If you were told that there is a parasite that infected 65% of people around the world and that can control their behavior, you probably would not have believed it. But such a parasite does exist – it is the Toxoplasma gondii (Toxoplasma gondii).
According to some estimates, the number of infected parasites around the world reaches 65%, and in different countries, this level varies greatly. For example, in the United States, 23% of people are carriers, in Russia – 20%.
The parasite can enter the body through poorly roasted meat, unpasteurized milk, poorly washed vegetables. But the main carrier of the parasite, where the sexual part of its life cycle passes, are cats. The same sex part of the life cycle of Toxoplasma gondii can be carried out in absolutely any warm-blooded being.
If you are a cat owner, then with a probability of 90% this parasite has already settled in your body. If your cat does not live at home, then surely it is with your friends or friends of your friends who, without knowing it, spread the parasite.
Most people never find out that they are infected with Toxoplasma gondii. However, in very rare cases, people and animals with weakened immunity (for example, after a serious illness or a long reception of antibiotics) can develop toxoplasmosis – a disease that in severe cases leads to death. But we can say that the health of people and other mammals Toxoplasma gondii directly does not hurt much (except for rare cases of infection with toxoplasmosis).
But the parasite can harm indirectly, literally controlling the behavior of living beings! For example, in some cases the mouse infected with Toxoplasma gondii comes to the smell of cat urine – the parasite pushes it to be eaten by a cat, within which it can continue sexual reproduction. A bird species Hawaiian goose when infecting a parasite begins to change their behavior and manner of flight, which leads to increased injuries and death.
Per person, Toxoplasma gondii affects not as clearly as on some representatives of the animal world. However, as a result of long-term studies of infected patients, specialists were able to identify the main changes in the nature of people who contracted the parasite. So, people start to commit more risky and ill-considered acts, while their reaction slows down, which leads, for example, to more frequent car accidents. Sometimes infected people experience an inexplicable sense of anxiety. Interestingly, the presence in the body of Toxoplasma gondii contributes to the fact that a person becomes more pleasant smell of a cat.
It was noted that representatives of the female sex who had been diagnosed with Toxoplasma gondii are disposed to be frank and sociable. Men are less interested in something new. How the parasite manages to influence the character of a person is still a mystery.
This is interesting: some scientists believe that invisible to us parasites Toxoplasma gondii could change the cultural life of people. For example, one of the manifestations of parasites is the universal love of people for cats and cats.
If there was no such kind of parasite, we could live in a completely different cultural space.
We believe that it is man who is the master of this world. But suddenly the real master is the one who manages people who do not notice it at all? Let this master and the invisible eye a microscopic parasite.