It is hard to believe but true, spring has already sprung in parts of the globe! Of course we never forget one annoying part of warmer weather – bugs.
But before you get out the can of bug killer and start spraying everywhere, have a thought about your brain.
Researchers at UCLA have identified 11 pesticides that might be a trigger in Parkinson’s disease. Pesticides, it seems, can not only kill annoying bugs, but they can zap our brains as well.
Research has found that many pesticides can block an enzyme called ALDH, and that can make Parkinson’s more likely to occur. Some people can even have a genetic tendency that makes the bug sprays even more dangerous to them.
“We were very surprised that so many pesticides inhibited ALDH and at quite low concentrations,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Jeff M. Bronstein. He also noted that these chemicals “can be found on our food supply and are used in parks and golf courses and in pest control inside buildings and homes. So this significantly broadens the number of people at risk.”
Seems like it might be time to invest in a few fly swatters.
Sources: “Researchers ID more pesticides linked to Parkinson’s, gene that increases risk” Kim Irwin, February 3, 2014, UCLA Newsroom, newsroom.ucla.edu