6 die from brain-eating amoeba – Infectious Diseases – MSNBC.com This one is real, folks. There’s a one-celled organism out there that likes to enter through your nostrils, swim up to your brain and feed on the gray matter until you die. That’s not Stephen King or Clive Barker – this one is real. Scary, real life stuff. It’s a good thing I stopped swimming in lakes at around 8 years old!