WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A combination of two commonly used agricultural pesticides, when injected into mice, causes the same pattern of brain damage as seen in Parkinson’s disease, researchers said on Thursday.
Mice given the herbicide paraquat and the fungicide maneb showed clear signs of Parkinson’s, a progressive and incurable brain illness, Deborah Cory-Slechta and colleagues at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry said.
The findings add to a growing body of evidence that exposure to chemicals such as pesticides may at least contribute to the brain damage seen in Parkinson’s.
And more from six years later:
Mayo Clinic researchers have found that using pesticides for farming or other purposes increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease for men. Pesticide exposure did not increase the risk of Parkinson’s in women, and no other household or industrial chemicals were significantly linked to the disease in either men or women.
“This confirms what has been found in previous studies: that occupational or other exposure to herbicides, insecticides and other pesticides increases risk for Parkinson’s,” says Jim Maraganore, M.D., Mayo Clinic neurologist and study investigator. “What we think may be happening is that pesticide use combines with other risk factors in men’s environment or genetic makeup, causing them to cross over the threshold into developing the disease. By contrast, estrogen may protect women from the toxic effects of pesticides.”
Keep up the healthy living in the name of profit, modern society. It wouldn’t be bad if you had profit AND other goals in mind, but you seem to drop those other goals and ONLY justify yourselves with profit… which is weak.