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A common detergent is linked to a significant increase in the incidence of Parkinson's disease

For the past hundred years, the chemical trichloroethylene [TCE] has been used in decaffeinated coffee, metal cleaners, and dry-cleaned clothes. The substance itself is known to be a carcinogen, it is associated with miscarriages, congenital heart disease and a fivefold increase in the incidence of Parkinson's disease

[Translation by Dr. Moshe Nachmani]

Storage of hazardous materials. Illustration:
Storage of hazardous materials. Illustration:

A common chemical cleaning agent may cause an increase in the incidence of the fastest growing brain disease in the world - Parkinson's disease.

For the past hundred years, the chemical trichloroethylene [TCE] has been used in decaffeinated coffee, metal cleaners, and dry-cleaned clothes. The substance itself is known to be a carcinogen, it is associated with miscarriages, congenital heart disease and a fivefold increase in the incidence of Parkinson's disease. According to the US National Cancer Institute (National Cancer Institute), the substance is found in a number of household products, including cleaning cloths, spray cleaning products, paint removers, spray adhesives, carpet cleaners and stain removers.

In an article published a long time ago in the scientific journal the Journal of Parkinson's Disease, an international team of researchers, including from the University of Rochester Medical Center, speculates that the chemical may be an unseen cause of Parkinson's disease. In the article, the researchers detail the extensive use of the chemical, the evidence for the link between the toxic substance and Parkinson's disease, and cite as an example seven people, including a basketball player, a naval officer and a retired senator, who developed Parkinson's disease, either after a lot of dealing with the substance or as a result of Being exposed to it in their environment.

The peak of use was in the seventies and millions were exposed to it

The chemical was a common solvent used in a number of industrial, consumer, military and medical applications, including paint removal, typewriter error correction, engine cleaning and as part of medical anesthetics. The use of this substance reached its peak in the 280s in the USA with the production of about one kilogram per American every year. About ten million Americans have handled the chemical or similar solvents. Although the frequency of its use has decreased since the XNUMXs, the chemical is still used to clean metals and remove stains in the United States. The substance has caused countless infections across the length and breadth of the USA - half of the most toxic sites identified by the US Environmental Protection Agency contain trichlorethylene. Fifteen sites are located in Silicon Valley in California where the material was used to clean electronic components and computer chips. In addition, the material is also found in several military bases, including the Lejeune base in North Carolina. In the XNUMXs and XNUMXs, approximately one million marines, along with their family members, and civilians who worked within this base, were exposed to drinking water in which levels of trichlorethylene and tetrachlorethylene [perchloroethylene, PCE], a similar chemical, were detected XNUMX times higher than the levels considered safe.

The connection between the chemical substance and Parkinson's disease was first hinted at in a study conducted more than fifty years ago. Since then, research conducted in mice and rats has shown that the chemical easily penetrates the brain and body tissues, and in high concentrations is harmful to the energy-producing cell components, the mitochondria. In a study in Israel, the substance caused a selective loss of nerve cells that produce dopamine, the same substance that is a hallmark of Parkinson's disease in humans.

In addition, the material can contaminate the soil and groundwater flowing into streams and rivers, which can transport the material over long distances. One such contamination was linked to a space company in Long Island, New York, when the contamination stream was six kilometers long and more than three kilometers wide, contaminating the drinking water of thousands of residents. In addition to the risks to water, the volatile chemical can easily evaporate and enter homes, schools and workplaces, often undetected. Today, it is likely that these vapors of the substance cause the exposure of millions of people who live, study and work near places where dry cleaning was done in the past, military bases, and industrial sites, to the toxic vapors of the chemical substance. Toxic gases were first reported in the XNUMXs when it was discovered that radon gas evaporates from the ground and enters homes, while increasing the risk of developing lung cancer. Today, millions of homes are tested for radon, but only a few for the dangerous substance trichlorethylene, which can also cause cancer.

The authors note that: "For more than a hundred years, the substance trichlorethylene posed a threat to workers, caused air and breathing pollution - outside and inside homes - and polluted the water we drink. The authors propose a series of actions to address the chemical's threat to public health. They point out that sites contaminated with the material can be successfully cleaned and that the exposure of the material in the air inside homes can be reduced by air purification systems similar to those that handle radon gas. The authors also call for more comprehensive monitoring of the substance in groundwater, drinking water, soil and the air that surrounds us. In addition, they call for the banning of the use of this substance in the USA. Two states in the USA, Minnesota and New York did ban the use of this substance.

The scientific article

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14 תגובות

  1. The simple rule is: any artificial substance of which it has been proven with certainty that it is harmless is forbidden to use.

  2. Exciting and very worrying.
    I drink a lot Nes Coffee Haag - decaffeinated ... basically also drink coffee / regular Nes + milk ... Now I'm really worried. I suffer from strange symptoms and pains (I have a medical background) but I am now starting to think - maybe I am sensitive to this substance?
    Who can please respond and answer me - I would be very grateful. That. Another thing - I just delivered carpets for dry cleaning... What does this mean - in about two weeks they will get back to me - that .. even after the cleaning - there is a danger ??????
    Thanks to whoever answers.

  3. All the bad diseases are from the industrialized and engineered food so I won't be surprised at the truth of things
    It is advisable to consume products that are as close as possible to their natural form

  4. Anonymous. 100 percent. I used the substance for close to 30 years. To clean accessories. And I got Parkinson's disease (a terrible disease (at the same place I worked. We had 4 employees with the same disease, about 10 percent, we were 40 employees. While in Israel there are 25000 patients. Which is a fraction of a percent, 0.004 percent) But the cases of the disease increase every year. Please do not take it lightly (by the way, I have remained anonymous because my case is being discussed in court).

  5. In the USA it is used to clean stains and metals, but what about in Israel? More disturbing/me 🙂

  6. The decaffeinated Hague coffee I buy does not list this substance... It says 100 percent coffee, are you sure it doesn't have this substance in it?

  7. We are sprayed day and night with a chemical biological agent
    The sky is white from carcinogens, causes Parkinson's and dementia

  8. Seven people have Parkinson's??? And that proves the claim???? I would expect at least seven hundred thousand, and most of them dry cleaning workers...
    An article written only for the purpose of being added to the list of articles by the 'researchers'...

  9. In this day and age, one needs to do a more in-depth investigation of the facts before joining reports on a subject that studies published in peer-reviewed journals have found to lack a sufficiently solid basis in evidence. To your credit, you provided a link to the original article, but a brief check calls into question the credibility and authority of the journal as well as the credibility of the findings. The picture is much more complex, and if you look at other scientific publications, you find that while there is no doubt that this substance is toxic and problematic, there is not enough evidence to claim that it is indeed related to Parkinson's.

    See for example:
    doi: 10.1007 / s12035-017-0830-x

  10. It's a shame they don't specify in which products this substance that causes Alzheimer's is found

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