This is my story. My doctors believe my Parkinson's is environmentally connected. My DNA was tested and do not have genetic markers for Parkinson's yet I have just completed a second DATSCAN (2013 & 2020) confirming that I have PD. Need proof? Click here for a 1976 South Florida Ecological Study of soil samples in my neighborhood: https://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1011/report.pdf. From 1973-1975 I, along with my neighbors, were overhead crop dusted with DDT numerous times in order to eradicate the mosquito population coming in from the Everglades. Pests to residents, it was also meant to stop the spread of insect-bourne diseases like Malaria. It was a yellow powder that rained down on us as we played outside. I still remember it today. This study documents the invasion of the human population into native South Florida wetlands that were literally landfilled to make acreage for tract home communities. The water was filled in with soil and the water was runoff into drainage canals. We had one that run alongside Bailey Road (C1 or C4 canal, I believe). At one point humans and ecology clashed in the early-mid 70's and they came to a crossroads; decide whether to continue on the path of ecological destruction which ultimately wins and causes human destruction like my disease. The Florida government took the high road and the ecology won. They stopped the overhead spray but the levels of toxins were 1000% above normal in soil studies.... and still are to this day. The same neighborhood. Scientists predict it will take more than 100 years. A lasting legacy that we have no recourse for. Toxins most likely did this to me and thousands of others. Pharma researchers are on the path to finding the antidote that will block those toxins from continuing to destroy human dopamine transmitters in the brain. The toxins turned a switch on. The antidote (treatment) will turn it off. Funding research and legislation to clean up the environment is vital to the health of our planet. Look for my new Parkinson's research fundraising campaign coming soon. Help me help foundations help scientists eradicate Parkinson's Disease. Never give up and never give in.
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