Researchers are finding a disturbing correlation between a parasite called Toxoplasmosis and a wide variety of chronic diseases. Toxoplasmosis was recently found in humans to interact with over 3,000 susceptibility genes to diseases such as:
Schizophrenia Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s disease Cancer Heart disease Multiple Sclerosis Bipolar disorder Depression ADHD Lupus Autism Asthma
The estimated number of cats infected by toxoplasmosis in the US has varied from 1/3 to 3/4. Regardless of whether or not you are pregnant it may be prudent to minimize contact with cat feces where possible and to be very careful handling or eating raw meat. The good news is that Chinese herbal medicine can help prevent and treat toxoplasmosis infections. For example, Gingko Biloba (pinyin: Bai Guo) was found to kill toxoplasmosis in concentrations that were safe to cells. Keep in mind that although Gingko fruit is used in Chinese cooking, it is used in small amounts and is considered to be slightly toxic. Traditionally pulse diagnosis is used to determine when one has consumed too much of a toxic herb.
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