Every farmer now has a medical reason to switch over to organic farming as soon as possible. I want to add that i have suspected a systemic risk for pesticide applications of all kinds for a number of years. I am related through marriage to several hundred farmers and ex farmers. Most of the working farmers did not die from significant causes other than cancer and they almost all died before their time.
This tells us that a wide range of pesticides and herbicides are a problem.That also tells me that most of those not detected cannot be trusted as well.
The only one i am prepared to generally support is good old 2-4-D for knocking back the likes of mustard and that is based on personal knowledge and extensive usage. Others may be as safe but only if the biochemical pathways are bullet proof.
|Parkinson's Disease Not Just An "Old" Disease|
Michael J Fox [above] was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1991 when he was only 30 years old, though he didn't break the news to the world until 1998. Most people aren't diagnosed with this debilitating disease until their 50s.
The late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, suffered from PD as does rocker Ossie Osbourne. Osbourne initially thought his hand tremors were from years of drug abuse until he was recently diagnosed. Pope Paul VI also suffered from PD and, towards the end of his life, had great difficulty walking and talking. Adolph Hitler suffered from tremors which were originally believed to be the result of injuries suffered in an explosive assassination attempt. Records of his private physician, discovered after his death, confirmed the diagnosis of PD.
Exposure to high levels of the industrial weed killer paraquat combined with a previous head injury have been identified as a serious combination risk factor increasing a person's chance of developing Parkinson's disease. According to a report from the Canadian medical site InsiderMedicine.ca, suffering a head injury and being exposed to paraquat tripled a person's chances of developing Parkinson's disease. Each of these factors can stand alone as one that can significantly increase a person's chance of developing Parkinson's disease but a new study appearing in the most recent edition of the journal Neurology found that both those risks combine to raise the chance of Parkinson's even more.
[source: November 2012]
"While researchers have identified certain genetic variations that cause an inherited form of Parkinson's, only a small fraction of the disease can be blamed on genes."
As a result, environmental factors almost certainly play an important role in this disorder. Understanding the relevant mechanisms -- particularly what causes the selective loss of dopaminergic neurons -- may provide important clues to explain how the disease develops."
--Arthur G. Fitzmaurice, a postdoctoral scholar in Bronstein's laboratory
"We've known that in animal models and cell cultures, agricultural pesticides trigger a neurodegenerative process that leads to Parkinson's. And epidemiologic studies have consistently shown the disease occurs at high rates among farmers and in rural populations. Our work reinforces the hypothesis that pesticides may be partially responsible, and the discovery of this new pathway may be a new avenue for developing therapeutic drugs." --Bronstein, who directs the UCLA Movement Disorders Program.
"... toxic effects caused by this mechanism have been either very rare or nonexistent. Most paraquat that contaminates cannabis is pyrolyzed during smoking to dipyridyl, which is a product of combustion of the leaf material itself (including cannabis) and presents little toxic hazard..." United States Environmental Protection Agency Manual