While paraquat has long been banned in the USA and several other countries. As more agricultural workers encounter Roundup-resistant weeds, paraquat is marketed in the United States as a weed control alternative. In fact, paraquat use has increased by about 200% since 2009. While herbicides are effective in killing unwanted plant growth, they are also at the center of a growing number of Paraquat parkinsons lawsuits. Research has consistently shown that paraquat has been linked to a number of health complications, including Parkinson's disease. Farmworkers, farmers, and families affected by paraquat have the potential to sue for paraquat.
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What is paraquat?
Paraquat is a reasonable and fast product that is used to control weeds and grasses. These properties contribute to its widespread use in most developing countries. In the US, paraquat is available as a liquid in various concentrations. However, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies paraquat as "limited use", meaning only licensed persons may use the product.
How is paraquat related to Parkinson's disease?
Parkinson's disease is a central nervous system disorder that affects movement. Symptoms begin gradually and tremors are barely noticeable with just one hand. Tremors are common, but the disorder often causes stiffness or slowness in movement. Other symptoms, such as difficulty speaking and swallowing, may be common, and non-motor symptoms may occur.
Researchers have suggested a possible link between exposure to pesticides and herbicides and a possible risk of developing Parkinson's disease. Symptoms of Parkinson's disease include:
- Bradykinesia (slow motion)
- Tremors in arms and legs
- Writing problems
- Hard muscles
- Loss of smile, blindfold, and other autonomic movements
- Unclear language, hesitant, low volume
- Impaired balance and posture