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Pesticides May Cause Parkinsons

Two years ago, researchers announced they had discovered a link between Parkinson's disease and two chemicals commonly sprayed on crops to fight pests. The study examined people who simply lived near where farm fields were sprayed with the fungicide maneb and the herbicide paraquat. It found that the risk for Parkinson's disease for these people increased by 75% .

Now they have implicated a third pesticide, ziram, in the pathology of Parkinson's disease, and instead of looking just at whether people lived near fields that were sprayed, they looked at where everyone worked, including non-farmworkers like teachers, firefighters and clerks who worked near, but not in, the fields. They found that the combined exposure to ziram, maneb and paraquat near any workplace increased the risk of Parkinson's disease to three times normal and that exposure to ziram and paraquat alone was associated with an 80% increase in risk.

Researcher Bate Ritz says, "This stuff drifts. It's borne by the wind and can wind up on plants and animals, float into open doorways or kitchen windows--up to several hundred meters from the fields." And MORE pesticide spraying is likely to go on in the future. Despite the popularity of organic foods, the continued growth of cropland and loss of natural habitat is associated with an increased number of pests and thus with more insecticide use.

Researchers have now found the gene for Parkinson's, meaning that you are more likely to be affected by spraying if you have this gene, so if there's Parkinson's or any other degenerative nerve disease in your family, you should be especially careful to avoid pesticides.

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Sorry to say this, but this information has been known for quite some time. One thing to be aware of is, that there is no such thing as a safe pesticide, or herbacide. Also many of the fungicides used on foods are also highly toxic as well, this is one of the reasons I no longer eat strawberries.

All of them have the potential to do neurological damage to you. Since neurons can't typically repair themselves, the damage is cumulative.

This is one of the reasons why people get so crazed about eating organic food. Still even organic food lables can be problematic. It's also important to know the country of origin, and the company that produced the food.

Many years ago lots of giant agribuisness companies, realized there was money to be made in the Organic food industry. They got George W. Bush to lower organic standards. Then those agribuisness companies, bought up Organic companies, and downgraded the food. Lots of the new food would not qualify as Organic under the old standards. Also many so called Organic foods produced outside of this country are problematic, since it's unlikely that those foods were ever inspected only certified by the grower.

Then there are those ads on T.V. that you see in which people have a spray bottle of herbacide, that they use to kill weeds in their driveway..( For God's sake just bend over and pull them out with your hands, or use a hoe. ) Those herbacides have been associated with Lymphoma, and other blood cancers. Since it is known that the chemical companies that manufactured them submitted fradulent data about their effects to the government.

Sadly we all are exposed to those herbacides, because Genetically Modificed Food, GMO's, are designed to produce them. Researchers indicatge that sometimes genes of GMO food become a part of our gut flora, and forever produce herbacides in our G.I. Tract. Also, GMO food, has been shown to influence homrmones in the body, and may account for some of the rise in obesity.

When I see families at the park, watching pee wee soccer games, I always wonder if they are aware that the grass they are sitting on is loaded with herbacides.

Herbacides killed, 4 million Vietnamese in the Vietnam war. There are entire hospitals in Vietnam, that still treat, the victims of herbacide spraying. As children, are still born suffering from the effects of the herbacides that we used there.

Our food is just another war zone.

My mother has very advanced parkinsons along with the dementia. While a child she was bedbound with rheumatic fever three times as a child. They lived in the deep South and her mother frequently brought containers of straight DDT into the room to spray so her baby wouldn't be eaten alive by bugs.

mom has alway sworn that's what caused her illness, even before there was a whisper about it

this info is important, thanks!

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