Pesticides - Proven Cause of Parkinson's Disease

Exposure to pesticides and such solvents has been proven to be associated with an increased risk of Parkinson's disease, according to a meta-analysis published in the May 28 issue of Neurology.

Parkinson's disease is a brain disorder that is caused by the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells. Dopamine is the happy neurotransmitter that also controls movement and other neurological functions. As a result, people lose control of their motor functions, leading to shaking, balance issues, stiffness and depression.

The authors selected 104 articles for qualitative assessment. They included 89 in the meta-analysis, providing data on 6 prospective investigations and 83 case-control comparisons. From the case-control studies, the analysis showed that Parkinson's disease was associated with exposure to any type of pesticide, herbicide, insecticide, and solvent, with the risk ranging from 33% to 80%.

Researchers from Mexico's Unidad de Medicina Familiar also studied cases of Parkinson's together with exposure to the herbicide Paraquat among Mexican workers. They also found a positive association between exposure to this chemical and Parkinson's disease.

A study published last year from the Louvain Center for Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology of Brussels' Catholic University of Louvain had also concluded that pesticide exposure was also significantly linked to Parkinson's.

A study from Korea's Yonsei University had studied the broad spectrum pesticide Rotenone – and how it damages nerve cells and pathways. The researchers found that Rotenone induces cell death in a process called with G2/M cell cycle arrest. G2/M cell cycle arrest blocks the process of mitosis that enables cells and their DNA to replicate – and more importantly among nerve cells - repair any DNA damage. Thus the insecticide basically blocks the ability of the nerve cell to repair itself – lending to the cells eventually dying off or mutating.

There is so much evidence now that points to these chemicals and mental disease that anyone who is sane or wishes to remain so will do anything in their power to oppose their use. The fact is that whether grain traders, processors or pesticide makers, this industry is the most profitable, highly subsidized and consolidated in the world. What's even worse is that the ten companies that control 90% of the global pesticide market also enjoy unprecedented influence over the regulatory system tasked with protecting public health and the environment from the dangers of their products. The bottom line is to go organic or to go insane.

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