Parkinson’s and Pesticide Toxicity

Pesticides could be responsible for Parkinson’s, a neurodegenerative disease.

Toxins from such chemicals can increase the risk by up to six times.

The seven pesticides tested include: dithiocarbamates (e.g., maneb, ziram), two imidazoles (benomyl, triflumizole), two dicarboxymides (captan, folpet), and one organochlorine (dieldrin).

This study was done at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

The study clearly revealed that these seven toxic pesticides inhibit the aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) enzyme, which then affects the dopamine cells linked to the development of Parkinson’s.

It has been well established in the medical arena that when dopamine levels decrease this results in abnormal brain activity and eventually to the signs of Parkinson’s.

Of even greater concern, the scientists of this study reported that the pesticides caused an inhibition of the ALDH enzyme at far lower levels than the allowable current safety standards.

Although one of the pesticides (benomyl) has been banned, the others can still be found in everyday use. They are found in the foods we eat that have been sprayed with these toxic chemicals and found in parks and golf courses. They are also found in common pesticide control agents used in offices and homes.

As a functional medicine practitioner, I recommend that any patient suffering with Parkinson’s request that their physician order the Toxic Effects Core test or the GPL-TOX Profile from Great Plains Lab.

Reference:

Arthur G. Fitzmaurice, PhD*, Shannon L. Rhodes, PhD*, Myles Cockburn, PhD,  Beate Ritz, MD, PhD and Jeff M. Bronstein, MD, PhD. Aldehyde dehydrogenase variation enhances effect of pesticides associated with Parkinson disease. Neurology February 4, 2014 vol. 82 no. 5 419-426

https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/isee.2013.P-3-23-13

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