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The commonly used.pesticide pyrethrin, used widely for over 100 years, was tested on lab rats and was found to cause Parkinson’s.
My friend lived in a place with a well where the land was used a a dump for old farm spraying equipment. After three years living there she was diagnosed. Why, after this study confirmed the correlation, hasn’t this discussion continued ?
What has happened to research about the link between particulate matter in the air and neurological conditions? I have Parkinson’s and have been diagnosed for 10 years. As a young teacher I was sent to Mt Isa , a mining town in North west Queensland in Australia for two years. This was in 1978/79 before serious pollution controls were in place. Copper, silver, lead and zinc were mined here and there were two large ‘stacks’ or chimneys – for the by products of lead mining and copper mining. I would say three or four days out of every week when the wind was blowing over the town we had watery eyes, running noses and irritated throats from the fumes of the copper stack I believe. The fumes from the lead stack were there but we couldn’t see or ‘feel’ them. Also now of course there has been a lot of work done on the effects of lead on children’s development in Mt Isa. I strongly believe that these years of breathing in these fumes was a ‘trigger’ for my Parkinson’s. Of course there is no proof and there are so many other factors that it is almost impossible to prove. Can anyone give me more information on this.
Manganese miners develop Parkinsons symptoms, and perhaps this and other transition metals lead to reactive oxygen stress which harms certain cells.
I also hope they are looking at the impact of mercury exposure as a triggering factor for one form of the disease. And specifically, but not exclusively, mercury exposure that off-gasses from dental amalgam fillings with heat and abrasion, which is pretty much what teeth do, and especially in those with the genetic variats identified by James S. Woods et al to cause neurobehavioral deficits and kidney function changes in boys with certain gene types (see four articles by him in PubMed 2011-2014 reanalyzing Childrens Amalgam Trial data by gender and gene type). A second clue here is the Thomas Duplinsky and Domenic Chicchett of Yale School of Medicine article finding higher rates of neurological, psychiatric, respiratory and cardiovascular disease in CT dentists than carefully matched controls. A third clue are anedoctal reports of noted prevalence of Parkinsons Disease among former dentists in, for example, some assisted living communities. Safe removal of amalgams by a biological dentist with special training and equipment to minimize mercury exposure to the patient, dentist and staff (that go way beyond a dental dam and water spray) has helped some patients arrest and reverse Parkinsons and other neurological diseases.
The ADA has done a masterful effort of capturing FDA over decades, and defending installation of a mercury based restorative material in people’s teeth without their knowledge, disclosure of materials composition, warnings of side effects or health risks, or written informed consent, prolonging the life of a dangerous dental device material on which its affiliates held patents as recently as 1995. They have done a masterful job at capturing medical, media, consumer and regulatory organizations in the US, and in capturing Congress and public officials.
It is time to shine a spotlight into this dark corner of American medical practice and media lack of sight. Imagine a world where there is less neurological disease and fewer behavioral deficits because we joined other nations in their efforts to ban (much of Scandinavia and Japan), restrict (EU voted to end its use in children underr 15 and pregnant and nursing moms on July 1st), and phase down use of mercury dental amalgam, as there are newer, safer materials that have been proven to work in all clinical situations. There are enough unknown health risks for neurological diseases that we do not have to keep perpetuating the known ones.
Brilliant! Your last sentence is sublime. Follow the money, and you will realize why? I have an aunt, Dead from Parkinson’s, and an autistic son, and I am so disgusted.