The Daily Dose – Is your cat causing your PMS? 

The Daily Dose – From the files of “this research makes absolutely no sense” comes the latest suggestion as to why, ladies, some of you suffer from homicidal-rage-inducing PMS. 

Your cat. 

Maybe you should re-think this cat lady thing? KIDDING! Seriously though, researches in Mexico have isolated a parasite that is transmitted from cats to humans. Or from poop to humans. Or from basically any other animal to humans. But domestically – blame it on the cat. 

More specifically, the researchers believe that Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) could be triggered by this nasty bastard parasite. 

PMDD is characterized by the typical abdominal cramping, back pain, bloating, fatigue, etc. from your normal PMS … then, tack on severe mood swings, anxiety, depression. Ladies, I seriously don’t envy you.

This parasite also is thought to trigger schizophrenia, personality and behavior changes, and even vision changes. So yeah, there’s that. 

So do you I have to get rid of my cat? Nope, but you might have to start doing one simple thing to avoid contracting the parasite, or passing it on to others (hint: most of us are already infected, but our immune systems keep it at bay. Watch the video to help make sure it stays that way … )

Toxoplasma gondii infection, from predation to schizophrenia: can animal behavior helps us understand human behavior? (Journal of Experimental Bioloyg – super boring article for you research nerds)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3515034/

How your cat is making you crazy (The Atlantic)

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/03/how-your-cat-is-making-you-crazy/308873/

Toxoplasmosis (The Mayo Clinic)

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/toxoplasmosis/basics/causes/con-20025859
#PMS #PMDD #Cats #Toxoplasmosis #Toxoplasmagondi

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