Drugs used in the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder inhibit the replication of Toxoplasma gondii.
Here’s some data on how several psychiatric drugs target T. Gondii; in particular, Haldol and Depakote seem to have the most in vitro (petri dish) activity against the organism…
Comparative analysis of anti-toxoplasmic activity of antipsychotic drugs and valproate
A bit more data on anti-toxoplasmic activity of different psych drugs; slightly different results, particularly on Depakote / valproate, but still shows the link between psych drugs and anti-toxoplasmic effect.
Strange that these drugs were developed before any link between schizophrenia and T. Gondii were made public… perhaps to avoid a public freakout? I, personally, didn’t start taking medication regularly UNTIL I discovered the link to this organic cause… Anyway, moving on…
These drugs are far safer, and FAR more effective against T. Gondii, than our current antibiotics/antimalarials/antipsychotics…
Not released to the public yet, but perhaps one of us can charm them into giving a month-long trial?
DNA methylation and demethylation as targets for antipsychotic therapy
I find this quite interesting, since…
Clozapine and sulpiride but not haloperidol or olanzapine activate brain DNA demethylation.
How Electroconvulsive Therapy Works?: Understanding the Neurobiological Mechanisms
Clozapine AND ECT leading to DNA demethylation…
Epigenetics: 5 Ways Your Environment Modifies Your Genes
The rats born to inattentive mothers were found to have highly methylated genes regulating glucocorticoid receptors, which serve to regulate stress hormones. In the rats with highly attentive mothers, these genes were rarely methylated. The methylation of these genes in the rats born to inattentive mothers prevented the normal amount of glucocorticoid receptors from being transcribed in the hippocampus—a structure in the limbic system of the brain that is critical for memory acquisition and stress response. As a result of the high methylation, these rats grew up with highly nervous temperaments.
Oddly enough, clozapine utilizes DNA demethylation, a seemingly fairly recent target for antipsychotic therapy, even though it was first synthesized back in 1958…
Problem is, I preeeeetty much REFUSE to stop taking my psych drugs, and, if their success is due to anti-T. Gondii effects… would I even show up positive for antibodies, if they meds are already keeping the levels low?
Maybe testing cerebrospinal fluid and / or brain biopsy.
I cannot, legally nor morally.
Was mainly coming here to share the T. Gondii data in the hopes someone with the financial means to… persuade… OHSU in Portland Oregon to give them a trial on the ELQ-271 / ELQ-316
What I’m doing for myself is
clozapine 450 mg / day (might go higher)
lithium 600 ER / day
adding in propranolol DAILY for its anti-toxoplasmic effect at 120mg / day
NAC / inositol… etc…
ECT if clozapine fails or is not sufficient (Leaning towards this for my next step, seems like it could be a useful booster, especially with that brain DNA demethylation, just like clozapine / amisulpride)
This is an infection you can get from almost anywhere. Cats are the main host, and they get it from contact with the soil, so humans can get it from them and the soil also, as well as at birth. Eating undercooked meat is another important way to meet the organism. Our immune system usually takes care of it so no therapy is needed, unless one gets immunocompromised, like with AIDS or an organ graft. So if steps are taken not to get AIDS, and diet & exercise are done.
I don’t think there has ever been a trial to determine if psych meds affect seropositivity of tests for T. gondii. But… I would think it would not impact it a whole lot because the tests are pretty sensitive. Theoretically, maybe it could make an active infection look less severe.
But either way, I think you are correct to keep taking your meds. And if there is no treatment available for toxoplasmosis, other than the meds you are already taking, there might not be much point to the test.