Parasite Turning Us All Into Zombies
According to scientists, at least 40% of the population may be living at the mercy of the parasites that infect their brains. That’s right: just under half the world’s humans have been turned into the real-life equivalent of zombies.
Neuroparasitology, or what the UK Telegraph calls “zombie reprogramming,” is a result of parasites or other microbes entering the brain and rewiring how you think and act. While this most often occurs in nature, it can happen in humans. For example, researchers at Binghamton University recorded the activity of 36 academics before and after receiving the flu vaccine, and the results were terrifying.
Says the Telegraph:
“Before the vaccination, according to the journal Annals of Epidemiology, they interacted with an average of 54 people a day; afterwards it shot up to 101. Yet the amount of time they actually spent with each person plummeted – from 33 to 2.5 minutes.”
It’s as if the flu virus wanted them to find new people to infect.
The article also mentions a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. Transmitted from cats, this parasite clusters in the brain’s fear and pleasure centers. Researchers have noticed that humans with the parasite have greater risk of suicide and drive recklessly. Basically, researchers have finally discovered the cause of Tea Partyism (just kidding) and justified your crippling fear of insects.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go honor our new overlords and masters: the single-celled organism.
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