U.S. Study Links Pesticides to Parkinson's Disease
March 01, 2011
U.S. researchers have found that people who used two types of pesticides were 2.5 times as likely to develop Parkinson's disease. The pesticides in question are paraquat and rotenone, which are not approved for house and garden use. Research on animals had already linked paraquat to Parkinson's.
According to Yahoo News: "Rotenone directly inhibits the function of the mitochondria, the structure responsible for making energy in the cell ... Paraquat increases production of certain oxygen derivatives that may harm cellular structures. People who used these pesticides or others with a similar mechanism of action were more likely to develop Parkinson's disease."
Big Pharma's so-called solution to Parkinson's disease is not very comforting either. Didier Jambart is now suing drug maker GlaxoSmithKline, alleging that Requip, a drug he took to treat his Parkinson's symptoms, turned him into a gambling, sex addict.
Requip is a "dopamine agonist" intended to relieve motor symptoms such as shaking, stiffness, and slowness by activating dopamine receptors. However, there are reports of people developing side effects from the drugs such as hypersexuality, gambling and excessive shopping.
According to ABC News:
"Up to 17 percent of people with Parkinson's disease who take dopamine agonists exhibit an impulse control disorder, according to a 2010 study published in the Archives of Neurology."