Let’s be honest. When humans set out to improve on something natural, it tends to backfire, for instance to damage someone’s body parts, with health and the environment taking the brunt of the fumble.
The study, conducted by the Shiga University of Medical Science in Japan, looked at 449 men living in Hawaii. Data was collected on how much cow’s milk each of the participants drank.
Here’s where things get interesting.
The men who drank the most milk per day had the least amount of cells in a region of the brain that is typically damaged by Parkinson’s disease.Follow @newslexpoint
The cause of this damage became clear.
It was when researchers found that the participants’ brains contained residue of heptachlor, a pesticide that was used in pineapple production for many years.
Researchers believe that the 449 men studied were exposed to the pesticide by cows that grazed on land that had been contaminated by it.
Heptachlor has been off the market since 1988. But its effects are still prevalent.
As reported by Time Magazine, heptachlor tends to be persistent and can remain in soil and water for decades. That’s bad news for anyone living in any part of the United States, where heptachlor was used extensively up until its ban.
Heptachlor is easily converted by the body into the even more potent heptachlor epoxide. In addition to Parkinson’s, studies have linked exposure to reproductive damage, cancer and organ damage.
Do we really know what we’re doing when it comes to pesticides?
Once upon a timeheptachlor was considered safe for use as a pesticide not only in the agricultural industry but in homes as well, where it would be used to ward off termites. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that we’re in for a pretty rude awakening considering how many pesticides and chemicals we use today.
“There are still a lot of chemicals in our environment that are unregulated and there’s not very much work trying to investigate the relationship between diet, lifestyle, and the environmental exposures and risk…”
It’s frustrating to see concern for human health and the environment being tossed aside in favor of chemical company profits.
Check out this post to learn about ways to safely wash pesticides off your produce. And as far as cow’s milk goes? Pesticides causing Parkinson’s are just ONE of the reasons to give it the boot.
Source: David Wolfe
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