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Paraquat Update

February 12, 2021
Author: Ben Adams

A new study in mice has revealed that when inhaled, the pesticide paraquat can enter the brain. The researchers also found that, in male mice only, paraquat exposure impaired sense of smell, an early sign of Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Interestingly, Parkinson's is 1.5x more likely to present in men than women.

This study is important because inhalation represents the most realistic route of pesticide exposure for farmers but is often overlooked in basic animal research and risk assessments.

Paraquat was detected in four regions of the brain as well the lungs and kidney. Levels in the olfactory bulb were substantially higher than in any other brain region, consistent with inhalation exposure through the olfactory system. Even though paraquat levels in all tissues returned to control values within four weeks of the end of exposure exposed male mice had a persistent impaired sense of smell compared to controls. Exposure did not affect sense of smell in female mice.

This means that farmers, pesticide applicators, tank fillers/mixers, and the families living in and around farming communities are at increased risk of Parkinson’s disease.

A 2011 study by the National Institute of Health the found that people exposed to Paraquat are approximately 2.5 times, or 250%, more likely to develop Parkinson's Disease. Parkinson's is a disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement, often in the form of tremors, stiffness, or loss of balance. Although certain medications can control the symptoms of Parkinson's, there is no cure.

Scientists now believe that environmental exposures like herbicides and pesticides are the leading cause of Parkinson's. In fact, in animal studies, Paraquat is used to induce Parkinson's disease so that scientists can study the disease.

What this means is that Paraquat is used by scientists to purposely give Parkinson’s disease to animals but farmers are still allowed to spray this pesticide! Unfortunately, the link between Paraquat and Parkinson's disease is still widely unknown to farmers and the public. Many farmers may be using the herbicide spray and putting their entire communities at risk simply because the dangers are not known by them.

Sources:

Niehs

Pubmed

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