Creating Waves of Awareness
ScienceDaily (Feb. 8, 2010) — Workers exposed to tricholorethylene (TCE), a chemical once widely used to clean metal such as auto parts, may be at a significantly higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 62nd Annual Meeting in Toronto April 10 to April 17, 2010.
"This is the first time a population-based study has confirmed case reports that exposure to TCE may increase a person's risk of developing Parkinson's disease," said study author Samuel Goldman, MD, with the Parkinson's Institute in Sunnyvale, California, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. "TCE was once a popular industrial solvent used in dry cleaning and to clean grease off metal parts, but due to other health concerns the chemical is no longer widely used."
For the study, researchers obtained job histories from 99 pairs of twins in which only one of the twins had Parkinson's disease. All of the twins were men and identified from the World War II-Veterans Twins Cohort study. Scientists used twins in the study because they are genetically identical or very similar and provide an ideal population for evaluating environmental risk factors.
The study found workers who were exposed to TCE were five and a half times more likely to have Parkinson's disease than people not exposed to the chemical. Those who were exposed to TCE had job histories including work as dry cleaners, machinists, mechanics or electricians.
The study was supported by grants from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, The Valley Foundation and the James and Sharron Clark Family Fund.
"More than 1/5 million Americans suffer from the disease. Primarily effects the elderly, mostly over the age of 60.
In 1817 Jame Parkinson wrote an essay about Paralysis Agitans. It is explained as brain disease from cell death of dopamine. Tremors, difficulty balancing, slow movement, trouble blinking & swallowing. Environmental toxins, head trauma,stroke, prescription medications are cause for the disease. It is progressive disease."
To the Reader
I must share with the reader somewhat of an interesting fact: the main concepts and methods that are described in this book aimed at protection against deadly agents of mass destruction have been formulated and applied long before the tragedy of September 11 and the events that followed.
I had been successfully applying them in my medical practice and also taught them to physicians. Indeed, this subject was videotaped way before September 11.
The reason I became interested in this field of medicine many years ago, has nothing to do with my mind-set — one of heightened military preparedness, or clairvoyance with the ability to envision the current threats. It was rather propelled by the severe limitations of conventional medicine (described in detail in the book) in the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases.
Problems with Conventional Medicine
The main problems stem from its diagnostic approaches which are incapable of identifying the true causes of chronic diseases — and as a consequence, the treatment modalities that follow are just as inept at rooting them out. Both the diagnostic and therapeutic conventional approaches are based largely on the body chemistry aspect of our physiology whose concept is outdated.
As a result of these limitations, over 100 million people in the United States have been afflicted with serious degenerative diseases and cancer rates which continue to climb. This dismal reality, plus a personal family reason, forced me into searching and evolving medical concepts which lie along alternative energetic medical approaches and general science in order to close these gaps. . .