Let’s try to make 2010 an organic year! Pesticides can be dangerous in surprising ways: For instance, Insecticide exposure may increase the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis and lupus in post-menopausal women.

Farming and agricultural pesticide exposure has been linked to the development of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, but it is unclear whether pesticide exposure in other settings might also increase risk of disease.

Researcher Christine G. Parks says, “Our results provide support for the idea that environmental factors may increase susceptibility or trigger the development of autoimmune diseases in some individuals.”

An autoimmune disease is when the body attacks itself. This seems impossible, but it does happen. We see it happen when it comes to this wonderful website as well: People who profess to love and treasure it somehow can’t find the small amount of money it takes to support it. The sad truth is that we just won’t be here tomorrow unless more of you subscribe today. Our chats start again on Jan. 6 so don’t put it off any longer!

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