Pesticides could be responsible for Parkinson's, a neurodegenerative disease. Toxins from such chemicals can increase the risk by up to six times. This is relevent to ourselves personally - as many of you may know my oldest son Eden now 13 has had practically a lifetime of chronic sickness - ADHD, chronic headaches, irritability, daily nausea, inability to sleep, extreme fatigue and when we finally realised after exhausting the ranks of allopathically trained doctors that there was no help in the mainstream system for such a cluster of chronic symptoms so we turned to studying Functional Diagnostic Medicine - test lab results from one of the most sophisticated labs on the planet revealed - he has off-the-scale highest possible levels of one of the most toxic pesticide chemicals known to humans - with no obvious exposure.
The seven pesticides tested in this Parkinsons study include: dithiocarbamates (e.g., maneb, ziram), two imidazoles (benomyl, triflumizole), two dicarboxymides (captan, folpet), and one organochlorine (dieldrin). This study was done at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
It clearly revealed that these seven toxic pesticides inhibit the aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) enzyme, which then affects the dopamine cells linked to the development of Parkinson's. It has been well established in the medical arena that when dopamine levels decrease this results in abnormal brain activity and eventually to the signs of Parkinson's. Of even greater concern, the scientists of this study reported that the pesticides caused an inhibition of the ALDH enzyme at far lower levels than the allowable current safety standards.
Although one of the pesticides (benomyl) has been banned in some countries, the others can still be found in everyday use. They are found in the foods we eat that have been sprayed - especially grains and fruits and vegetables and found in parks and golf courses. They are also found in common pesticide control agents used in offices and homes. Arthur G. Fitzmaurice, PhD*, Shannon L. Rhodes, PhD*, Myles Cockburn, PhD, Beate Ritz, MD, PhD and Jeff M. Bronstein, MD, PhD. Aldehyde dehydrogenase variation enhances effect of pesticides associated with Parkinson disease. Neurology February 4, 2014 vol. 82 no. 5 419-426
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