09/10/2009 06:11 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Keep Yourself and Your Child Away from FDA-approved Pesticide Linked to Parkinson's Disease

Yet another report is out suggesting pesticides are a leading cause of Parkinson's Disease, which attacks the nerve cells that controls muscle movement. But this one is particularly disturbing with the news of a direct link to FDA-approved pesticide Lindane.

According to the U.K.-based Daily Telegraph's review of the Archives of Neurology Journal study, "Parkinson's sufferers are more likely to have significant levels of a pesticide in their body than healthy people."

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The study found pesticide beta-HCH, a chemical component of Lindane, "in 76 percent of people with Parkinson's, compared with 40 percent of healthy controls and 30 percent of those with Alzheimer's."

Pesticides are a major reason to switch to organic food: Peppers, celery, and kale may seem like innocent healthy vegetables, but they clock in with some of the highest pesticide residues around. While Lindane was banned from all agricultural uses by the Environmental Protection Agency in August 2006, it is still found in shampoos and skin lotions marketed to control lice and scabies.

And August 2006? That was just three years ago. Who knows what other pesticide with disastrous health consequences is still being used on the food we eat and the products we use.

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