and chemicals such as those used in pesticides,
crop sprays, weed control, etc. are implicated
in a wide variety of illnesses such as Parkinson's
disease and hoof and mouth disease (CJD). The Sun can
496 Parkinson's disease patients at the Stanford University
Medical School were compared with 541 people who did not have the disease.
It was found that exposure to home and garden pesticides notably increases
the chance of getting Parkinson's.
People exposed to insecticides ('cide'
means to kill) in the home were at 70% greater risk to develop Parkinson's.
Herbicides and pesticides are advised
to be used only when absolutely necessary, when no alternative exists with
as little exposure as possible.
diseases are increasing. The exact reasons why need to be found and action
Magazine reports in August, 2000 issue that the
number of chickadees in south central Alaska that have deformed beaks (twice
as long as normal) has risen from 3 to 400 in 9 years.
The problem is that the bird beaks
are not aligning. the birds have difficulty eating and cleaning themselves
because of this.
Bill deformities have also appeared
among 15 other bird species.
The Biological Science Centre of the
U.S.A. Geological Survey in Alaska is investigating and feels pretty certain
that the main culprit is perhaps a pesticide contaminant.
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