Online newspapers distort the connection between extreme PMS and cats

The online news media have once again misrepresented a scientific study. This happens a lot. It is all over the internet: that there might be a connection between cats and the worse type of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) which is described as premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

For example: ‘Why your cat might be causing your PMS – The Telegraph’

The Mexican study used a process called logistic regression to come up with a possible link between the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis and extreme PMS despite the fact that only ten out of 151 women suffering from premenstrual dysphoric disorder had been exposed to toxoplasmosis (they carried antiodies to the disease).

The sample size was small and the conclusion uncertain as the scientists say further tests are required.

Woman with PMS

Two useful tags. Click either to see the articles: Toxic to cats | Dangers to cats

The study made no mention of cats. The fact of the matter is that although cats are the primary host of the parasite T.gondii; in the US, the main source for T.gondii transmission to humans is raw meat and unwashed fruit and vegetables.

So the online news media should have written headlines such as: ‘Extreme PMS may be caused by parasite on your fruit and vegetables’. Of course that sort of headline is far less attractive.

This message must be got across to the public: although cats are the primary host of this parasite, its transmission to humans comes mainly from raw meat and vegetables.

To omit this fact is to lay blame, in this instance, on the domestic cat for premenstrual dysphoric disorder when the blame should be on the mishandling of raw meat or the eating of raw or undercooked infected meat and on unwashed fruit and vegetables.

The reason why I am concerned about the news media’s misreporting of this study is because it may encourage cat haters to hurt cats. It also may lead to less cats being adopted from shelters and more cats being abandoned.

See the truth about toxoplasmosis.

Useful tag. Click to see the articles: Cat behavior

Note: sources for news articles are carefully selected but the news is often not independently verified.
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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

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2 Responses

  1. C. Ashton says:

    And the T. gondii oocysts that exist on fruits and vegetables, or is found in your dinner meats, come directly from cat-feces. Try as you might, you can’t get around the reality that all those ways that you contract T. gondii came from cat-shat oocysts. No other species of animal creates the oocysts by which T. gondii is spread into all other animals.

    Recent studies have shown that the millions and millions of T. gondii oocysts produced by just one cat (many times during its life, even high antibody counts in cats do not prevent reinfection in a cat, peer-reviews studies prove this) can remain viable even up to 4.5 years in any bodies of water. During that time-span the very same cat can become reinfected (even from its own cat-shat oocysts) and spread millions of more T. gondii oocysts.

    Here’s an interesting study of how even vegans are not safe from T. gondii infection due to all the commercially available fruits and vegetables that have been coated with cat-shat T. gondii oocysts from free-roaming cats. http : / / www . academicjournals . org / article / article1380205329_Ajmal%20et%20al . pdf

    • Michael Broad says:

      Firstly, Woody try and learn not to insult me in comments that you want me to publish! Stupid or what. I have deleted the last para of your comment.

      The point I have clearly made is that the act of transmission comes from human’s handling and eating raw meat or handling vegetables. That major point was not reported on by news media. That is the point I am making. This is an article about news media and how they report studies. I hope you can understand that Woody. Take your blinkers off.

      I stated that cats are the primary host.

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