Pesticides and Parkinsons – Detox Diva
Eco-Fail: New studies show that there is a three-fold increase in the degenerative nerve disease Parkinson’s if the person has a certain gene and is exposed to paraquat and maneb, two pesticides commonly used since 1974. Parkinson’s disease can include tremors, muscle stiffness, and lack of balance. People with a susceptible gene did not develop Parkinsons if they weren’t exposed to the pesticides. The pesticides affect dopamine levels in the brain.
Green Chi Eco-Win: Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides has a large number of fact sheets for pesticide alternatives, from crane flies to cutworms!
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).