Farmers That Used Paraquat Have Developed Parkinson's Disease, a Permanent And Deadly Neurological disorder
Parkinson's disease may more than double in the coming decade and researcher blame toxic agricultural chemicals
Thursday, June 3, 2021 - A lawsuit filed recently claims using paraquat, marketed under the brand name Gramoxone, led to developing the disease. The lawsuits against paraquat makers Syngenta and Chevron claim that Minnesota resident Joseph Nelson "suffers from Parkinson's disease caused by his exposure to the herbicide Paraquat." The lawsuit targets the company's negligence in failing to adequately research or test paraquat's harmful health effects on those that inhale the herbicide or come into direct skin contact and that such information was available to the companies. According to the filing published by AboutLawsuits.com (AL), "At all relevant times, Defendants knew, or in the exercise of reasonable care should have known, that Paraquat was a highly toxic substance that can cause severe neurological injuries and impairment, and should have taken steps in their research, manufacture, and sale of Paraquat to ensure that people would not be harmed by foreseeable uses of Paraquat." According to AL, the claimant stated that he sprayed paraquat from 2005 to 2012 and would become covered in it on his exposed skin when the wind would shift and blow the deadly defoliant back into his exposed face and hands. Gramoxone contains a surfactant that causes it to stick to weeds and not wash off into the soil. This surfactant can also cause paraquat to cling to human skin causing abrasion and absorption into the bloodstream. Farmworkers in the midwest and California have filed lawsuits claiming that spraying paraquat onto soy, corn, cotton, and wheat fields caused the defoliant to become airborne and inhaled. Studies have demonstrated that once inhaled paraquat enters the olfactory system responsible for the sense of smell and other bodily functions. Inhaling paraquat kills brain cells that produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter chemical that coordinates the exchange of information between brain cells. The victim may suffer from a lack of physical coordination, slurred speech, an unsteady gate, and hand, arm, and leg tremors. Parkinson's disease is irreversible, progressive, and eventually leads to death.
Studies indicate that coming into contact with paraquat either by inhaling it or through the skin can lead to developing Parkinson's disease. DrugWatch found that "One study found people who used paraquat and another pesticide called maneb had an increased risk of as much as 600 percent of developing Parkinson's, according to a 2017 letter from Unified Parkinson's Advocacy Council to the EPA." Paraquat attorneys offer a no-obligation, free consultation before filing a lawsuit claim.
Another interesting study was released by ParkinsonsNewsToday.com which told readers that a Dutch scientist warns that the world's next pandemic will be Parkinson's disease caused by paraquat. "Bastiaan Bloem, MD, a neurologist, and professor at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, says that over the next 20 years, the number of people with Parkinson's disease (PD) will likely double - from the present 6.5 million to more than 13 million. The main cause of this exponential jump: widespread exposure to herbicides, solvents, and other toxic chemicals used in agriculture and manufacturing."
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