If you’ve been experiencing anger issues, there may be more going on than just a bad temper.
Believe it or not, you may be infected with a very common parasite – and you’ll never believe where you may have picked it up.
Researchers from the University of Chicago found that people diagnosed with an anger problem known as intermittent explosive disorder (IED) are actually twice as likely to ALSO carry a single-celled parasite, called toxoplasmosis gondii.
In fact, 22 per cent of patients with IED also tested positive for T. gondii – and their anger and aggression scores were likewise OFF THE CHARTS.
Now, believe me, I know how wild this sounds – that parasites could actually be responsible for your chronically bad mood. And when I tell my own patients how common parasites are, they’re usually pretty shocked.
But over the years, hidden parasitic infections have been linked to irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, ulcers, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders.
In fact, I treat these infections at my practice all the time.
Believe it or not, you can pick up T. gondii from food and even from cat poop. You can limit your risk by keeping your cat indoors, washing your produce, and cooking your meat thoroughly (or freezing it first).
Even if you do come in contact with T. gondii, it’s not a GUARANTEE that your inner Incredible Hulk will come out of hiding. In fact, of the third of the world population that has this parasite, many of them are symptom-free.
If your immune system has already been weakened, though, T. gondii can have more severe effects. Pregnant women and newborns both should stay away from the cat litter box altogether.
If you do discover that you or someone you love is infected (getting a proper diagnosis can be tough, but your doc can run tests), you may be prescribed a powerful antimalarial drugs like pyrimethamine. But that’s certainly not your only option.
There are natural remedies, as well as antioxidant foods (papaya, pomegranate, oil of oregano, garlic, and coconut oil) that can reduce inflammation and actually destroy parasites in your body.
It’s always a good idea to drink plenty of (filtered) water, get plenty of fibre, and boost your immune system with vitamin C and zinc… especially while you’re fighting off an infection.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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