[Greenbuilding] cat shit
gfx-ch at msn.com
Mon Feb 23 16:59:38 CST 2009
Blindness & birth defects. My best friend's daughter died at age 6; her doctor said because her mother merely touched cat shit; about the same time their well was condemned because it was contaminated with duck shit. Me thinks there's lot's of bull shit flying around because doctors, to be politically correct, don't examine environmental causes.
> From: racheli at sonoracohousing.com
> Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 14:51:56 -0700
> To: greenbuilding at listserv.repp.org
> Subject: Re: [Greenbuilding] cat shit
> I know about the parasite, but what about children's blindness?? --
> That's the thing
> that caught my eye.
> My community is full of outdoor cats who are defecating everywhere
> in our vegetable garden), and we also have lots of children...
> Any information about effective deterrents would be highly appreciated!
> On Feb 23, 2009, at 2:39 PM, Jeannie wrote:
> > Obviously Don is not infected, or else he would have lost his fear of
> > cats. :-)
> > As he says, the huge majority of cat owners already carry the antibody
> > and therefore cat feces does not hold any risk for said cat owners who
> > become pregnant. Nevertheless, pregnancy is always a good excuse to
> > have hubby empty the litter box.
> > J., who is not currently owned by a cat or a litter box
> > don lush wrote:
> >> Racheli- You may want to check out Toxoplasma gondii which is a
> >> protozoan
> >> parasite that infects muscle and nervous tissue. Its natural life
> >> cycle is
> >> to infect the brains of mice where it causes them to lose their fear
> >> of cats
> >> so that the cats can eat the mice. The cats then defecate and then
> >> new mice
> >> eat the feces and become infected ensuring the survival of the
> >> parasite an
> >> completion of its life cycle. Recent research has shown that
> >> approximately
> >> 70% of cat owners carry the antibody to this parasite meaning that
> >> they are
> >> infected (most are a symptomatic). Recent research has shown that
> >> this
> >> parasite can affect behaviour in humans as well as causing spontaneous
> >> abortion in pregnant women.
> >> Just google Toxoplasma gondii human behaviour and it may give you some
> >> additional insight into the behaviour of cat owners!
> >> Don
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