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Low-Level Pesticide Exposure Linked to Parkinson's Disease

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  • A new study revealed 11 pesticides that increase your risk of Parkinson’s disease even with very low-level exposure – levels lower than are currently being used
  • People with a certain common gene variant had a two to six times greater risk of developing Parkinson’s disease when exposed to pesticides
  • Separate research has further revealed that ambient exposure to organophosphate pesticides also increased the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease
  • Minimizing your exposure to pesticides – around your home, in your community, and via your diet – is an important way to lower your risk of Parkinson’s

By Dr. Mercola

The risk of Parkinson’s disease clearly increases with exposure to certain environmental toxins, such as pesticides. Pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides are potent toxicants that may cause disruptions or damage to the neurological system, including your brain.


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