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Parkinson’s disease causes nerve cells to stop producing the correct levels of the neurological chemicals, dopamine and acetylcholine. The imbalance of these chemicals leads to problems in motor function, which results in tremors, tics, stiffness in muscles and joints, and/or difficulty moving. Other symptoms include depression, anxiety, dementia, constipation, urinary difficulties, and problems sleeping. Drug therapy exists to help patients cope, but currently there is no cure for this degenerative disease. This study concludes that genetics and having been knocked unconscious contribute to an increased risk of getting Parkinson’s disease. Mounting scientific evidence from this and other studies also suggests that environmental factors, specifically pesticide exposure, is a significant risk factor that contributes to this disease.
This study could not determine what specific pesticides were linked to Parkinsons’s since participants were not able to identify what they had used. However, other studies show that the pesticides permethrin , maneb, rotenone, and paraquat increase risk of developing Parkinson’s. Read more about the evidence for pesticide’s link to Parkinson’s in Beyond Pesticides Daily News archives.
TAKE ACTION: Write the U.S.EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson and let the agency know that they have a duty to alert the public to the scientific findings (laboratory and epidemiologic) that link pesticides with Parkinson's disease. In addition, urge EPA officials to initiate an urgent and expedited review of pesticides' link to Parkinson's.