This Parasite Is a Surprising Cause of Seizures in the US


Neurocysticercosis: Pork Tapeworm Larvae Eating Up The Human Brain (Video)

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A brain scan reveals several tapeworm cysts, which appear as bright spots

This Parasite Is a Surprising Cause of Seizures in the US:

The idea of tapeworm larvae traveling to your brain and forming life-threatening cysts sounds horrifying. But for many people around the world — including a surprising number in the United States — this condition is a reality.

Now, U.S. doctors are releasing new guidelines on how to identify and treat this condition, called neurocysticercosis, to help tackle the disease in this country.

“Neurocysticercosis is an important problem in the United States, and the right diagnosis and treatment are critical,” Dr. A. Clinton White, lead author of the guidelines and professor of infectious diseases at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, said in a statement.

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Neurocysticercosis: Pork Tapeworm Larvae Eating Up The Human Brain (Video)

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Pork Tapeworms in the Brain (Feb 25, 2012):

A pair of new studies underscore the U.S. public health threat of neurocysticercosis—quite literally having pork tapeworm larvae curled up inside one’s brain—now the most common cause of adult-onset epilepsy in the world. The first study, The Impact of Neurocysticercosis in California, concluded that “Neurocysticercosis causes appreciable disease and exacts a considerable economic burden in California,” with estimated annual hospital charges exceeding $17 million. The second study, published two weeks ago, is the first to follow the cognitive function and quality of life of those living with these brain parasites.

As you’ll see in today’s video pick below, even after one’s brain is infested with pork tapeworms, some people can go for years before the headaches and seizures start as the larvae begin to multiply. What the second study suggests, though, is that long before the more obvious symptoms present, those who are infected may suffer from mental, social, and cognitive dysfunction. (See video above).

The follow-up video, Avoiding Epilepsy Through Diet, details diagnosis and treatment and reports on a synagogue survey. If pork tapeworms can get inside the brains of orthodox Jews in Brooklyn, then I guess no one’s immune! Turns out it’s not only what we eat that may put us at risk, but also the diets of those who handle our food.

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.




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