Parkinson's Clearly Linked to Pesticide Exposure

July 14, 2009 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Parkinson's Clearly Linked to Pesticide Exposure
In patients with Parkinson's disease1 76% have elevated levels of a pesticide called beta-HCH (hexachlorocyclohexane), compared to 40% of controls. Pesticide exposure has been implicated as a Parkinson's risk factor for some time, but this is the first study linking a specific pesticide to Parkinson's

Around 10 million tons of beta HCH were released into the environment between 1948 and 1997, with China heading the list of polluters. Other countries in order of use were the former Soviet Union, India, France, Egypt, Japan, United States, East Germany, Spain and Mexico. During its production, more than ¼ of it is released into the atmosphere, resulting in world-wide pollution. Lindane, another pesticide that contains beta-HCH was finally banned by the EPA in 2006.

The fact that beta-HCH is currently in the blood in Parkinson's patients at significantly higher levels than controls is a clear sign that environmental poison is driving the numbers of this disease. Beta-HCH is fat soluble, so it can both accumulate in fat as a toxin as well as damage nerves over time. Many years of exposure are likely before damage progresses to the point of Parkinson's.

Our government has betrayed the people and allowed far too many risky toxins that are health debilitating for large numbers of Americans. You can protect yourself by ensuring your natural detoxification systems are in good working order.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Pesticides and Parkinson's  Arch Neurol.  Jason R. Richardson; Stuart L. Shalat; Brian Buckley; Bozena Winnik; Padraig O'Suilleabhain; Ramon Diaz-Arrastia; Joan Reisch; Dwight C. German

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