Potential cancer drug from a cat parasite

Toxoplasma gondii is a single celled parasite that lives in a cat’s intestine. While it prefers felines, it can live in humans and other animals. In fact, about 1/3 of humans are hosts to it. Normally this isn’t a problem, but it is for people with suppressed immune systems. The interesting thing is that a human body’s reaction to T. gondii is similar to its response to cancer tumors.

This leads to the idea that perhaps this parasite can be used as a cancer therapy. T. gondii stimulates the body’s immune system to fight cancer. While cancer can shut down the immune system, T. gondii stimulates it. Scientists have created a version of the parasite that can be grown in a lab, but can’t grow in animals/people. This may lead to an effective cancer drug that helps the body fight the disease.

10 Cancer myths busted

Here are 10 common myths about cancer, and why they’re wrong.

  1. Cancer is a man-made, modern disease
  2. Superfoods prevent cancer
  3. Acidic diets cause cancer
  4. Cancer has a sweet tooth
  5. Cancer is a fungus, and sodium bicarbonate will cure it
  6. There’s a miracle cancer cure
  7. The big drug companies are hiding the cancer cure
  8. Cancer treatment kills more than cancer does
  9. We’ve made no progress in fighting cancer
  10. Sharks don’t get cancer