Exposure to Metals
Over the years, pesticides and herbicides have been heavily implicated in causing Parkinson’s. Researchers have found high levels of pesticides/herbicides in the brains ofpeople with Parkinson’s, compared to those with regular dopamine levels. Furthermore, agricultural workers who find themselves exposed to these pesticides have significantly higher rates of PD than the general public meaning that farmers are one of the occupations of most risk to developing Parkinson’s. It is not just high levels of pesticide exposure that puts people at risk. Recent research suggesting that even low levels of exposure to pesticidesdisrupts cells in a way that mimics the effects of mutations known to cause Parkinson’s disease.
The most toxic pesticides within agriculture that have been directly linked to causing Parkinson’s are Parquat and Maneb, which can be found in the popular Roundup weed killer products. Although these pesticides are now banned from use in the UK, it is possible that you are consuming traces of these through food that has been imported from around the world. Now, you may think that small traces of this toxic substance will not do any harm, but we have to remember that paraquat in particular is extremely toxic- enough so to lead to death if ingested. It destroys body cells and could still change cell structure over time.Therefore, in order to reduce the risks of developing Parkinson’s, we need to adopt a lifestyle that actively protects brain health and our nervous system and take necessary precaution. We need to be more proactive about our health. Fruit and vegetable are important categories of human diet and they are also paraquat carriers, because paraquat can enter into plant cell quickly, simple washing may not remove it.
Did you know all silver fillings (also called amalgam fillings) contain about 50% mercury? Did you also know mercury is a highly toxic element? In fact, there is no known safe level of mercury exposure.
The impact of dental amalgam on the development of Parkinson’s disease is still uncertain, although a positive association between dental amalgam and Parkinson’s has been found in a few case-control studies. One study in Taiwan revealed that individuals who received amalgam fillings had a significantly higher risk of PD afterward than those who did not.
Some people experience a wave of toxins from getting metal amalgams that are used as fillings. They leak mercury into the body and mercury destroys nerve tissues. Metal fillings and crowns can also interfere with the communication between the mind and muscles known as proprioception.
Ideally, neither children nor adults should have any mercury in their bodies because it provides no physiological benefit. Children are exposed to mercury from a very young age and so it is particularly important to know how to protect them from the toxic damage which can lead to Parkinsonism or Parkinson’s Disease in later life.
Another matter of serious concern is mercury exposure via environmentally contaminated food, mainly seafood, where mercury bio-accumulates in the food chain. Oceans, rivers, and other water bodies are dynamic sinks of mercury and therefore the aquatic environment has a crucial role the global cycle of mercury. Certainly, mercury in water can be a source of human exposure but of main concern is the biotransformation of mercury in the aquatic environment. In this process, mercury in an aquatic environment can be converted into the organic bound form methylmercury by certain bacteria and abiotic chemical processes.
Methylmercury accumulates in fish, shellfish, and sea mammals and biomagnifies in the aquatic food chain. The concentration of methylmercury is greater in the predator than in its prey, and the mercury accumulation increases up the food chain. The main source of methylmercury exposure is through consumption of contaminated fish and shellfish. Mercury cannot be eliminated by cooking. Inorganic mercury is also accumulated along with methylmercury in food. In mammals, methylmercury from fish products is in part converted into inorganic mercury and therefore might be partially relevant for the consumption of meat and poultry products. Fish with the highest mercury content include Shark, Swordfish, Tilefish, King mackerel and Marlin. Fish with the lowest levels of mercury include Shrimp, canned light tuna.
Mercury settles in lakes and rivers where it moves up the food chain to humans who eat contaminated fish. Exposure to small quantities of mercury will cause symptoms to eventually emerge, although it may take decades. Long term exposures cause tremors, inability to walk well, memory problems and pain. Do these symptoms sound familiar?
We urge you to start examining the foods you eat and products you use to see if you can reduce your exposure to mercury. If you wish to remove the metal in your mouth and replace with a non-metal filling, you should consult with a holistic dentist. Remember, mercury can be found in rice, skin lightening creams, vaccines and even healthcare measuring equipmentsuch as thermometers and other devices. Efforts have been made to mitigate the global mercury burden. In some sectors mercury has been successfully phased out. For example, in the health care sector, mercury-free measuring products and disinfectants have been adopted in the last few years.