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I’d been wondering: there are so many people getting one disease or another, particularly as they get older. Just why is that?

From a June 2006 press release on the Harvard website:

Pesticides Exposure Associated With Parkinson’s Disease

Boston, MA — In the first large-scale, prospective study to examine possible links between chronic, low-dose exposure to pesticides and Parkinson’s disease (PD), researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have shown that individuals reporting exposure to pesticides had a 70 percent higher incidence of PD than those not reporting exposure. [More at Harvard.edu]

I wonder if you can trace the larger incidents of some of these diseases to the point when the use of pesticides started to proliferate.

Interestingly, the Mayo Clinic also released findings of a study in June 2006:

Study Concludes that Pesticide Use Increases Risk of Parkinson’s in Men

ROCHESTER, Minn.–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. [More at MayoClinic.org]

Enough said. Don’t spray it on your lawn; don’t eat it in your food.

[Hat tip to the Wall Street Journal for its Grass Warfare article about organic lawns.]

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4 Comments for "Harvard & Mayo Clinic say pesticides linked to Parkinson’s"

  1. wayne

    AGENT ORANGE WHAT ABOUT THOSE VETERANS WHO WERE EXPOSED TO IT DURING THE VIETNAM WAR FROM 1961 UNTIL ALL SPRAYING WAS STOPPED IN 1971. I HAVE CLAIM WITH VA FOR NINE YEARS FOR AGENT ORANGE EXPOSURE FOR TYPE 02 DIABETES.

  2. Diane Vigil

    Hi, Wayne. I’m sorry to hear about your exposure to Agent Orange.

    I did find this page at The American Diabetes Association’s website: Agent Orange and type 2 diabetes. I’m not sure if they can help, but it’s worth a try — and good luck to you.

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