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Paraquat may be linked to Parkinson’s disease.
Lawsuits have been filed in California alleging harm from exposure to the herbicide Paraquat. It is alleged that long term exposure to Paraquat in agricultural workers, as well as people who live near the fields where it is sprayed from the air or by tractors, causes Parkinson’s disease.
Paraquat is so highly toxic chemical that drinking a teaspoon is said to be toxic enough to kill an adult. 32 countries have banned the use of Paraquat, including Switzerland where the manufacturer Syngenta is headquartered! Nevertheless, the American food industry continues to spray Paraquat by the ton. Farmers in England and the EU, and even China, cannot use this toxic substance but million of kilograms a year are sprayed in the US.
Despite its ban across the world, Paraquat use in the U.S. has skyrocketed in recent years. As a consequence, people who work with Paraquat, or live near areas where it is used heavily remain at risk of exposure to it, most specifically farmers, farmworkers, farm residents, and farm neighbors.
California uses the most Paraquat in the US, than in any other state in the U.S, followed by Texas and North Carolina.
Studies have shown that exposure to the toxic chemicals in Paraquat can increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease. In fact, as Paraquat use has increased, so has the prevalence rate of Parkinson’s disease in the US.
Given the toxicity of Paraquat, it is believed that exposure to mist or microscopic droplets of Paraquat devastates the human nervous system. When a person breathes Paraquat mist, or Paraquat is absorbed through the skin, it travels through the lungs, the olfactory bulb, the skin, or the stomach and damages a part of the brain that creates dopamine. The reduction of dopamine-creating cells is one of the hallmarks of Parkinson’s disease, an incurable disease. As a consequence, lawsuits have been filed against Syngenta, Chevron U.S.A, Inc., and other companies that have manufactured, distributed, marketed, licensed, and sold Paraquat in the United States.
A diagnosis of Parkinson’s can be devastating, especially at a young age. And, despite what appears to be a clear connection to Parkinson’s disease, the American food industry continues to heavily use Paraquat. If you have been exposed to Paraquat and got Parkinson’s disease, please call us for a free consultation.
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