Pesticide in milk linked to Parkinson’s

Pesticide in milk linked to Parkinson’s

Cow’s milk has been consumed for thousands of years, and has been touted as a healthy drink for strong bones and teeth, amongst many other benefits. Ever since we were kids, most of our parents made us drink milk at least once a day.

As scientists and researchers dig deeper into the relationship between milk and our health, they find that there is no inherent need in our bodies to consume milk.

It is nature’s perfect food but only if you are a calf. The evidence of its benefits is overstated, and the evidence of its harm to human populations is increasing,” states Dr. Mark Hyman.

New research from the American Academy of Neurology has uncovered a pesticide in milk linked to Parkinson’s disease.

The link between dairy products and Parkinson’s disease has been found in other studies,” said study author R. D. Abbott, PhD, with the Shiga University of Medical Science in Otsu, Japan. “Our study looked specifically at milk and the signs of Parkinson’s in the brain.”

As written in the study abstract:

Milk intake data were collected from 1965 to 1968 in 449 men aged 45–68 years with postmortem examinations from 1992 to 2004. Neuron density (count/mm2) was measured in quadrants from a transverse section of the SN. Additional measures included brain residues of heptachlor epoxide, an organochlorine pesticide found at excessively high levels in the milk supply in Hawaii in the early 1980s.

The study found that those who drank more than two cups of milk per day had 40 percent fewer brain cells.

There are several possible explanations for the association, including chance,” said Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, who wrote a corresponding editorial. “Also, milk consumption was measured only once at the start of the study, and we have to assume that this measurement represented participants’ dietary habits over time.”

The study showing a pesticide in milk linked to Parkinson’s disease was published in the medical journal Neurology.

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1. “Got Proof? Lack of Evidence for Milk’s Benefits.” Dr. Mark Hyman, 25 July 2013. Web. 14 Dec 2015.
2. “Pesticide Found in Milk Decades Ago May Be Associated with Signs of Parkinson’s.” Newswise. American Academy of Neurology, n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2015.
3. “Midlife Milk Consumption and Substantia Nigra Neuron Density at Death.” Neurology. American Academy of Neurology, n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2015.

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