Yesterday I learned that Parkinson's disease is caused by pesticides. The pathology starts at the digestive system, moving towards the central nervous system to eventually cause the Parkinson's disease. Before I get called conspiranoid, let me post the link where you can read the original article
But what I found more shocking is that the compound shown to cause the Parkinson's disease in this study is rotenone, a compound which has been used in "organic farming" (!!!!). Which should make us think twice about the supposed security of "organic farming". Fortunately, this and related studies prompted a ban of rotenone in agriculture, from what I've read. Yet I wonder how many of similar substances remain allowed due to lack of information (or even to hidden information).
This is the abstract of the article; at the link above you can download the whole article, if interested:
Pathological studies on Parkinson's disease (PD) patients suggest that PD pathology progresses from the enteric nervous system (ENS) and the olfactory bulb into the central nervous system. We have previously shown that environmental toxins acting locally on the ENS mimic this PD-like pathology progression pattern in mice. Here, we show for the first time that the resection of the autonomic nerves stops this progression. Moreover, our results show that an environmental toxin (i.e. rotenone) promotes the release of alpha-synuclein by enteric neurons and that released enteric alpha-synuclein is up-taken by presynaptic sympathetic neurites and retrogradely transported to the soma, where it accumulates. These results strongly suggest that pesticides can initiate the progression of PD pathology and that this progression is based on the transneuronal and retrograde axonal transport of alpha-synuclein. If confirmed in patients, this study would have crucial implications in the strategies used to prevent and treat PD.