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Pesticide Exposure Linked to Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Could Be Used to Predict the Disease Risk

re: correlation is not causation and backwards science

Most studies are BS, and many are outright fraudulent. But when a real product works in the real world, that’s useful. Will it work?

Or... is it backwards science: those with high pesticide levels have bodies that are already malfunctioning and therefore the pesticides cannot be eliminated?

Correlation is not causation.

Pesticide Exposure Linked to Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Could Be Used to Predict the Disease Risk


A blood test calculates risk through exposure to pesticides. Those with highest exposures had double the risk of developing this fatal neurological disease.

...Scientists have developed a blood test that can calculate a person’s risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, by measuring exposure to environmental toxins.

Pesticide Exposure Doubles Risk of ALS

For this study, researchers analyzed over 250 blood samples from people in Michigan with and without ALS. They calculated each person’s ALS risk and survival outlook using levels of 36 persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

POPs are hazardous chemicals that can persist in the environment for years before breaking down. They also accumulate in fatty tissue, magnifying concentrations up to 70,000 times over background levels. The risk from POP exposure is called the exposome. It refers to total exposure from external and internal sources.

Pesticide mixtures containing POPs like polychlorinated biphenyls, which are industrial products or chemicals, and certain organochlorine pesticides, which are synthetic pesticides used in agriculture, were most associated with ALS risk, according to the study.

...The collective effect of environmental toxins, exposures, and even lifestyle factors play a “very significant role” in increasing ALS risk...

... Herbicide Exposure Already Linked to ALS

Research published in 2022 found that the increased ALS risk in people who are physically active outdoors, including farmers, gardeners, sportsmen, and women, is “intimately linked” to widely used glyphosate-based herbicides used to control broadleaf weeds and grasses. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains that glyphosate poses no health risk based on current use...

Other environmental factors tied to higher ALS risk include exposure to heavy metals such as mercurymanganese, copper, and especially lead.

WIND: great. When I was a kid, we used to ride our bicycles behind the “fogger truck” spraying DDT—so cool. I wonder what my DDT level is...! And then there is my heavy metal exposure.

IMO, this sort of thing is why you should be eating whole unprocessed foods and avoiding wheat in particular (in all forms)—wheat is bad enough on its own (and not just the gluten), but most of it is also contaminated with glyphosate—recklessly and fecklessly sprayed on it to speed drying before harvest! Your government thinks that is just fine. Since they work for industry, not you.

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