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6/27/2006

Hey, at least we're getting the bugs...

Turns out that being exposed to pesticides may increase a person's chances of getting Parkinson's disease by up to 70%, even if it's a low concentration of it. The study was done with more than 140 000 people. There is still confusion in that everyone that developes some sort of genetic mutation from the pesticides don't always get the disease and vice versa.
Ascherio and colleagues found that those who reported exposure to pesticides had a 70% greater risk of developing Parkinson’s disease than those who said they had no such exposure.
Right now in the popultion 2% of eople are at rist of developing the disease, but adding pesticides into the mix ups those chances to 3%. That wasn't the real big shock, the big deal was that even people working in an environment that had low transmissions of the toxin had equal chances of getting the disease as a farmer who is exposed to them almost all day, everyday. This suggests that perhaps farm chemicals aren't the worst, and its what we spray on our lawns and gardens that could be doing more damage to our bodies, and to the environment that they're in. (The source a New Scientist breaking news article) **Also on a totally unrelated note, if anyone can find me the lyrics for Melissa Etheridge's "I Need to Wake Up" I'll probably love you forever.**
|| Kian, 2:57:00 PM