Roundup, one of the most popular weed killers on the market, has come under fire in recent years due to its link to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Now, another weed killer is being heavily scrutinized because of its connection to a serious health problem.
Paraquat has been linked to the development of Parkinson’s disease in agricultural workers who used the product or came into contact with it. It’s also associated with health conditions such as:
- Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
- Multiple System Atrophy
- Corticobasal Syndrome
- Lewy Body Dementia
- Essential Tremor
People who are suffering from paraquat-related symptoms may experience both Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson’s disease symptoms, including impaired and slowed bodily movement, rigid muscles, impaired posture and balance, and loss of automatic movements and reflexes, including blinking and smiling.
Unfortunately, mere exposure to paraquat is enough to cause people to suffer serious health problems. That means that people didn’t have to use or apply it at home or while at work to be at risk—they only needed to be around it while it was being used or after it had been applied. That puts potentially millions of Americans at risk of paraquat-related health problems.
The risks of paraquat are well known globally, to the point that China and the European Union has banned its usage in its countries. However, it’s still used in the U.S., despite plenty of evidence showing how dangerous it is.