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enviromental risks and parkinson's disease

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Anonymous
Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:09 am Post subject: enviromental factors and Parkinson's

Dear Doctor,

I do gardening at home for the past of thirty years.

I use to spray different insecticide and put different fertilizer on the soil to make plant grow twice in a week.

I was told by using/exposure insecticides/fungicides at home was at the risk of developing the Parkinson's disease especially people with a family history of the disease.

There are insecticides regulations to private users

Kindly elaborate Thanks '
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Dr. OkunJoined: 19 Jan 2007Posts: 251Location: University of Florida
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:23 am Post subject:

There is no general warning on pesticides in PD, however you should always take precautions to wear a mask and protect your self from exposure. Remember all the studies focus on whether it is a risk for developing PD, and do not deal with people that have PD. If you have PD and are exposed to a pesticide it is less worrisome as you have already developed the disease. This months What's Hot column address pesticides and I will post it now to the forum as the next message. It is also on the main webpage._________________Michael S. Okun, M.D.
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