According to yesterday's post on The Daily Green, the National Institute of Health has linked rotenone and parquat, two common pesticides in weed killers, with a higher likelihood of developing Parkinson's disease. While the chemicals are not usually found in household products, they are used on major crops like corn, soy, wheat, and potatoes.
See the excerpt below.
NIH: 2 Pesticides Linked to Parkinson's Disease
Those exposed to two common pesticides were far more likely to develop Parkinson's, according to a new authoritative study of possible causes of the disease.
By Dan Shapley
"Exposure to pesticides has been repeatedly linked to Parkinson's disease, and now the most authoritative voice on health research, the National Institute of Health, has highlighted the link.
In new research, the NIH said Parkinson's disease was 2.5 times more likely to develop in people who used rotenone or paraquat, neither of which are commonly used in households. Parkinson's disease is a a progressive degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. While both pesticides are used only by licensed pesticide applicators and Rotenone is used only to kill invasive fish, Paraquat is widely used on farms throughout the world..."
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