Parkinsonís Disease is a progressive movement disorder caused by the progressive impairment or deterioration of neurons (nerve cells) in an area of the brain known as the substantia nigra. There are currently over 1 million Americans diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and over 50,000 more Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease each year.
Though genetics are thought to play a role in causing Parkinson's Disease, there is also evidence that certain toxins in the environment may cause Parkinson's Disease. Further, science suggests that environmental toxins may cause Parkinson's Disease by selectively destroying the dopanimergic neurons. Some toxins linked to Parkinson's Disease are manganese, carbon monoxide, carbon disulfide and some other pesticides.
Certain professions such as welding have shown early onset of Parkinson's
Disease. It is thought that the toxic fumes, a natural by-product of welding,
cause Parkinson's Disease. Even simple welding can lead cause carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and
ozone fume, but more hazardous welding including metals with zinc, cadmium, chromium, copper, fluoride, lead, manganese, or
vanadium can be more problematic. This is because the resulting fumes can cause a condition known as
"metal-fume fever". Coated or painted metal can also be problematic as
many paints are lead based or contain other carcinogens.
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