Pesticides & Parkinson’s

This article highlights a perfect example of chemicals that we are exposed to on a day to day basis adversely affecting our health. Environmental chemicals (pesticides) have the ability to interfere with with certain metabolic pathways of detoxification that then can lead to an increase of the body’s accumulation of said chemicals. This accumulation eventually leads to some type of organ dysfunction or mitochondrial damage.  And these are just two examples of many potential complications these hazardous chemicals may have.

According to the research in Neurology, “The investigators discovered that benomyl blocks an enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH). This enzyme changes aldehydes that are toxic to dopamine cells into those that are less toxic. If ALDH is blocked, this can play a part in the development of Parkinson’s disease.” The journal goes on to state, “The investigators conclude that therapies involving modulating ALDH enzyme activity or eliminating toxic aldehydes should be created. They say these interventions could potentially reduce the occurrence of Parkinson’s disease or slow its progression for individuals exposed to pesticides.”

We now also know that genetically,  we vary from individual to individual in our ability to detoxify.

We also now have the ability to determine via DetoxiGenomic Testing determine if we indeed do have inborn errors of detoxification  that lead to an increase accumulation in our bodies. Please contact our office for information regarding this test.

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