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Pesticide Use Linked To Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s & ALS

Pesticide use has been linked with increased rates of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and ALS.

Pesticide use has been linked to increased rates of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS.

Pesticides are neurotoxins (neu·ro·tox·in: a poison that acts on the nervous system) which overstimulate brain cells, causing miscommunication between them and eventually, cell death. This is how pesticides kill insects: the creature’s brain and nervous system becomes so scrambled it shuts down and the insect dies.

Definitive links exist between pesticide use and the rise of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease as well as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – ALS – or known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Pesticides are classified as those used to control insects, weeds and fungi and are known as insecticides, herbicides or fumigants.

Organophosphates are commonly used on food, in household pesticide and insecticides as well as lawn and garden chemicals. Organophosphates  have been shown to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and ALS.

You might know some of these pesticides by their brand names:  Sevin Dust, Malathion (used in mosquito control)  Round-Up (glyphosate) and Diazinon.

Elevated serum levels of pesticides in humans, along with a rise in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, point to a link in neurological damage in those consistently exposed.

Though most Alzheimer’s research has focused on genetic factors, scientists have found that only half the cases are linked to heredity.  The other half increasingly points to use of pesticides in past decades.  DDT, banned over 40 years ago, remains in the body and has been found in about 75-80% of the population.  In Alzheimer’s patients the levels of DDE, (DDT when broken down) were 4.18 times higher.

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurological disorder.  Nerve cells in the brain regulating dopamine – which controls movement – are damaged to the point where they cannot produce the chemical.  Less than 1% of Parkinson’s cases can be attributed to genetics and researchers are finding a solid link to exposure to pesticides.  Scientists in the UK in studies ranging from 1983-2005, found a substantial link to pesticide and herbicide exposure in Parkinson’s patients.

  • Research conducted in the U.S. found that those consistently exposed to low levels of pesticides and herbicides were twice likely to develop Parkinson’s.
  • A Harvard study found that long-term pesticide exposure, even at low levels, shows a 70% increase in the disease over those who had limited contact.
  • Gardeners who routinely use pesticides such as Sevin Dust,  are 50% more likely to develop Parkinson’s than those who grow organic gardens.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, affecting motor control and is always fatal.  Over time patients lose motor control and in later stages, may become totally paralyzed.

Pesticides cause oxidative stress which in turn can lead to an array of health issues:  Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ALS, cancer, chronic fatigue, heart and blood vessel disorders, atherosclerosis, heart failure, heart attack and inflammatory diseases.

With mounting evidence against pesticides, isn’t it time you think twice before using them?

There are no “safe” pesticides.

Read More:

Food Truth Freedom:  If You Use Pesticides, READ THIS!

Beyond Pesticides:  Pesticide Induced Diseases. Pesticide Exposure, Parkinson’s &  Neurodegenerative Diseases


Sevin Dust Search Terms

I have to laugh at a lot of the search terms that come through for Sevin Dust. These are search terms that people have used to access my site & learn about Sevin Dust.  Some of them are valid; others are just downright stupid. My thoughts follow in italicized print.

One of the most widely used chemicals in U.S. gardens.

One of the most widely used chemicals in U.S. gardens.

is it ok to put seven dust in the water that you water your plants with? (Inside or outside plants? Why would you want to use a poison around your yard or – God forbid – IN your home on houseplants!)

can i use sevin dust on my dog? (No, Sevin Dust is poison & you can’t use it on your pets!)

Using sevin dust on pot (Are you kidding me? You’re going to smoke pot with Sevin Dust ON it? Sevin dust WILL cause lung damage – “Black Lung disease” – but never mind – you are going to absorb the Sevin through your lungs and into your bloodstream! You’re either pretty stupid,  pretty stoned or BOTH!)

does using seven dust make garden non organic? (Duh…, Sevin Dust is not an organic product and it’s poison – of COURSE your garden won’t be organic!)

is sevin dust safe for vegetables? (NO!  You’re going to EAT these vegetables? Why put poison on them?)

will seven granules hurt the birds if eaten? (Yes, “seven” is toxic to birds.  They mistake the granules for birdseed.)

can a person die from sevin dust? (You might not drop dead from eating it right away but it has a cumulative effect on your body can manifest itself in a variety of ways: neurological damage, increased chances of developing Parkinson’s disease, lung damage from breathing dust and increased chances of developing cancer. If pregnant – you might predispose your unborn child to a myriad of birth defects.  We are talking some serious long-term effects here.) 

7 dust around my plants not on them (Uh, your plants will absorb the Sevin Dust from the soil and if these are vegetable plants, you’ll still be eating Sevin Dust!)

where can i buy sevin in us? (Certainly NOT in the grocery store, brilliance! Why do you want to buy it anyway?)

is 7 dust safe for kids?  (No, children absorb pesticides at a higher rate than adults do.  Their bodies are still developing – why would you want to subject your children to a substance like Sevin Dust, thus predisposing them to an array of complications.)

is it natural for worms to rise after putting seven dust and it rained? (The worms are rising to the surface because of the rain and yes, you are going to kill the worms in your garden – even the birds who eat these worms – if you use Sevin.)

is sevens powder harmful to humans? (Yes it is. Why use something that, in an accident in 1984, killed 3,000 immediately following an explosion in a plant that manufactured it.  Sevin Dust IS poison.)

can you use sevin on vegetables? (Again, Sevin Dust is a toxic compound. Why would you want to put it on your food?)

what to do if you get sevin dust on skin (It says RIGHT ON THE PACKAGE not to get it on your skin.  How safe can something be if it’s dangerous to come in contact with?)

has sevin dust caused cancer in animals? (Yes it has caused cancer and reproductive illnesses in lab animals.  Vets have reported increased incidences in cancer in pets whose owners use Sevin and other lawn and yard chemicals.)

Use Self Rising Flour Instead of SEVIN DUST


Sevin dust IS POISON; self rising flour isn't!

Sevin dust IS POISON; self rising flour isn’t!

Unlike Sevin dust, it’s available in every grocery store.  It’s organic and best of all, it’s NOT poison! It won’t kill beneficial insects like bees. You can eat the residue without fear of any kind of health issues. It’s completely natural.

You can’t spread Sevin dust with your bare hands.  Self rising flour is completely harmless;  doesn’t matter if you get it on your skin.  You won’t be absorbing a poison pesticide through your hands or breathing its dust.

If your pets get into the garden, they’ll just get some flour on their coats or paws.  It won’t hurt them as Sevin will.

You can let your kids help in the garden, too, free of the fear that they’re near a dangerous pesticide like Sevin dust.  They can even help spread it!

Why does it work?  When a bug chomps down of a leaf and the self rising flour gets into their system, it expands.  BOOM!  Instant compost!  Sure if they munch your plants a bit, they won’t last long. Tomato horn worms weren’t a problem in my garden because of self rising flour.

WHY GROW A GARDEN AND PUT POISON ON IT?  Save yourself the time, the sweaty, grimy work out in the heat, the hours of back-breaking labor and just go to the grocery store and buy their pesticide-laden vegetables!

Sevin Dust Dangers, Round-Up & Other Garden Chemicals

  • Of the 30 most commonly used pesticides, fungicides or insecticides:
    • 19 are linked with cancer
    • 13 linked with birth defects
    • 21 with reproductive effects
    • 26 with liver or kidney damage
    • 15 neurotoxicity (nervous system)
    • 11 with endocrine (hormone) disruption
    • 17 are found in groundwater
    • 23 have the ability TO leach into groundwater
    • 11 are extremely toxic to bees
    • 16 are toxic to birds

Sevin dust is a popular lawn and garden chemical. So are Scott’s Turf Builder, Round-Up, Bug B Gon, Bayer products, Spectricide, Triazicide and others.

What do they have in common?


You cannot use it IN your house, ON your dog, near children or pregnant woman.


They are neurotoxins meaning it affects your nervous system & brain.

They are carcinogens meaning they cause cancer!

They cause birth defects

  • Women who are pregnant from May to September have higher instances of fetal abnormalities.

They are highly toxic to fish, bees and birds.

Your dog and cats can get cancer from being on lawns or in gardens treated with these chemicals.

You can make your children very, VERY sick – even predispose them to CANCER.

Aren’t these enough reasons NOT to use them?

For more information read:

Sevin Dust Is NOT Your Garden Friend

If You Use Pesticides READ THIS

Sevin Dust Illegal in Many Countries: Top Seller in U.S.

While Americans sprinkle Sevin dust around their yards like sugar, it is banned in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Iran and Angola.  These countries are not convinced, as the United States is, that Sevin dust is safe.

The U.K. Chemicals Directorate Division of the Health and Safety branch is not convinced enough that Sevin dust is safe.  Because of the effects of ingestion, that’s EATING the stuff, folks, after you douse your vegetable garden with it — has been proven to cause cancer.


Now the reason I am sounding off again on Sevin dust is because on this site, it is the #1 search term.  I should change the site name to SEVIN DUST is Icky or something like that.  Well, that’s the truth because it is!

One of the most widely used chemicals in U.S. gardens, but illegal in many countries.

One of the most widely used chemicals in U.S. gardens, but illegal in many countries.

On a more serious side, continuous inhalation of Sevin dust can cause pneumoconiosis, more commonly referred to as “Black Lung Disease,” which is routinely found in coal miners, but the indication is also prominent in those who work in certain manufacturing industries. Pneumoconiosis causes hardening of the air sacs in the lungs caused from inflammation. Complications of pneumoconiosis include:  heart failure, lung cancer, respiratory failure.

Pregnant women should avoid exposure to Sevin dust because it can cause fetal abnormalities:  cardio and pulmonary, nervous system development, spontaneous abortion, ADD in their child and a host of other difficulties. Additionally, women whose pregnancies fall between the months of highest Sevin applications – May and September – have the highest instances of fetal distress in development.

Read my other posts on Sevin dust:

Sevin Dust is NOT Your Garden Friend

Sevin Dust: Why Grow Vegetables & Put POISON On Them?

If You Use Pesticides, READ THIS!

wrningAmericans apply approximately 75 MILLION POUNDS of lawn care products annually; pesticides and insecticides used on your lawn  around your home.  They include ROUND-UP, Scott’s Weed and Feed, Sevin Dust, Bug B Gon, Triazicide, Spectricide, Ortho, Bayer products, Azatrine (2-4-D) which is a component in Agent Orange, Scott’s Winterizer and many others.  They are POISON and studies have proven the following:

  • There is NO safe ‘chemical’ pesticide or herbicide
  • Are known carcinogens (cause cancer)
  • Are hormone and endocrine system disruptors.
  • All are neurotoxins –  meaning toxic to the brain, causing brain cell death and affecting brain function.
  • Recent studies show pesticides to be a direct cause of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, ALS and other neurological disorders & shrinkage of the brain.
  • Can be passed from pregnant mother to fetus causing birth defects or abortion
  • Cause allergic reactions
  • Children are especially susceptible to neurological damage, increased rates of cancer, ADD, asthma, development of allergies from exposure to lawn chemicals and pesticides.
  • If you have a well and use lawn chemicals you are poisoning your own water.
  • Pesticides and chemicals applied by lawn services have heavier application rates than for agriculture!
  • Golf courses use millions of pounds of herbicides & pesticides and with heavy watering, contribute to groundwater contamination.
  • Electric companies, railroads and municipalities also contribute to environmental & groundwater pollution with herbicide spraying of right-of-ways, parks, rail and roadsides.  Corporations also use these chemicals around their buildings to keep their lawns weed free. The list is endless!
  • Will make your pets ill, predisposing them to cancer and a host of other diseases.
  • Runoff from suburban lawns does not dissipate.  Instead it persists in the environment for decades.
  • Catch basins in urban areas and ponds, streams and lakes in rural areas – and finally, the ocean, are all polluted by pesticides and lawn care chemicals.
  • Each time you use lawn care products or pesticides you WILL kill beneficial insects such as earthworms, bees, butterflies, praying mantises as well as birds, frogs and other mammals.  This will be from either direct contact (bees and insects) or indirect (birds or other wildlife) or from water runoff.  Birds will eat chemicals that are in pelletized form thinking it’s food.
  • Honeybee colony collapse is directly related to the use of pesticides over the past 50 years.
  • Insects have developed a resistance to these chemicals as have weeds.  Manufacturers have to develop stronger chemicals or mix them with older ones which haven’t been in use recently.
  • Pesticides and insecticides don’t just ‘go away’.  Some stay in the soil for long periods of time – years!
  • Children, because of their developing brains, muscles, bones – have a tenfold exposure over adults.
  • Women pregnant from May to September have highest risks of birth defects for their unborn child if they are exposed to pesticides and lawn care products.
  • Pesticide drift from wind and rains can bring chemicals on your property and into your home.
  • Of the 30 most commonly used pesticides
    • 19 are linked with cancer
    • 13 linked with birth defects
    • 21 with reproductive effects
    • 26 with liver or kidney damage
    • 15 neurotoxicity
    • 11 with endocrine (hormone) disruption
    • 17 are found in groundwater
    • 23 have the ability TO leach into groundwater
    • 11 are toxic to bees
    • 16 are toxic to birds

You have to ask yourself:

  • Is it WORTH IT to have the ideal ‘golf course’ lawn, an insect-free yard or perfect vegetables – to put my family and pets and even my neighbors at risk for a premature death from cancer,  increased chances of neurological, reproductive disorders or organ failure or allergies years from now?  Is it WORTH IT to expose my family, even those not yet born, to an uncertain fate from exposure to chemicals which is not even necessary?


My answer to that would be NO!  What would yours be?

Further reading:

Sevin Dust is NOT Your Garden Friend!

Americans have long had a torrid love affair with garden chemicals.  In their quest to have the perfect yard or picture-perfect vegetables, consumers spend millions on lawn & garden chemicals. In a per acre study, American consumers outpace farms in their use of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides tenfold.

Sevin Dust and liquid are one of the most popular.  What is Sevin Dust exactly?

Sevin is a pesticide.  Pesticides are neurotoxins, which in plain English means that they act on the nervous system of the insect.*  In insects they scramble nerve impulses causing neurological misfires and ending in paralysis and death.


Carbaryl (1-naphthyl methylcarbamate) is the chemical name for Sevin.  It’s been around for a long time, developed in the 1950’s by Union Carbide. It was touted by Carbide as a broad spectrum insecticide and pushed to American farmers, supposedly with little after effects or residue. As a kid in the 50’s I remember my Dad using Sevin Dust on his tomatoes and in the garden. Today many people still use it on their gardens and especially on their vegetable plants to kill a wide variety of insects.

Over the years Sevin was proffered on third world countries as a savior for their insect ravaged crops.  Latin America was targeted first, then India.  What wasn’t realized at the time was that the drier conditions of western Asia naturally lead to crop failure in the first place and no miracle chemical, even Sevin, could save them.  Unknowingly Union Carbide’s Sevin insidiously poisoned and sickened the people of this region.

Those old enough probably remember the horrific Bhopal disaster in 1984 at the Union Carbide plant in India. The plant was built in 1980 and would not only produce carbaryl, but also two other key ingredients used  in the manufacture of Sevin, Methyl isocyanate,  a highly toxic, flammable liquid and phosgene, also highly toxic and carbon monoxide were produced at the Bhopal facility.  It was due to phasing out of the plant in 1984, cutbacks in maintenance and personnel that precipitated the Bhopal accident which killed 3,000 people outright, sickened thousands and led to the death of thousands more in the following weeks.  For years thereafter many died from illnesses related to the accident.  Dow now owns Union Carbide.

Why NOT To Use It?

Human exposure, be it from direct skin contact, inhalation or ingestion, leads to nausea, impaired cognitive development and tremors. Higher incidences of Parkinson’s disease have been reported by the Harvard School of Public health and the Mayo Clinic. The American Veterinary Medical Association shows related cancer rates in dogs exposed to lawn care  and garden chemicals. Other concerns: the compounds that make up Sevin are mutagens causing fetal abnormalities during pregnancy, reproductive dysfunctions in males and females, kidney and liver damage and behavioral problems in humans and animals. Carbaryl is an inhibitor of the cholinesterase enzyme, found in nervous tissue, red blood cells. It is also a carcinogen and has shown to induce DNA damage in humans, animals and plants. Breakdown of this chemical in the stomach, coupled with ingestion of sodium nitrate, a common food additive, forms nitrosocarbaryl, a more potent mutagenic compound.

Sevin is highly toxic to bees, aquatic invertebrates, and mollusks.  Groundwater contamination and subsequent runoff affects the entire food chain. It also increases the toxicity of another common yard chemical, 2-4-D or Scotts Weed & Feed or Miracle Grow.

Is it SAFE?

For all those wondering if Sevin is safe:  no it is not. It is not a “natural” or “organic” garden chemical.  It is dangerous.  It is toxic. Eating food treated with Sevin Dust or Sevin liquid will cause low levels of poisoning (see above) and in higher doses *will* cause damage and illness to the human body.

Continuous inhalation of Sevin Dust can cause pneumoconiosis, more commonly referred to as “Black Lung Disease,” which is routinely found in coal miners, but the indication is also prominent in those who work in certain manufacturing industries. Pneumoconiosis causes hardening of the air sacs in the lungs caused from inflammation. Complications of pneumoconiosis include:  heart failure, lung cancer, respiratory failure.

Pregnant women should avoid exposure to Sevin Dust because it can cause fetal abnormalities: cardio and pulmonary, nervous system development, spontaneous abortion, ADD in their child and a host of other difficulties. Additionally, women whose pregnancies fall between the months of highest Sevin applications – May and September – have the highest instances of fetal distress in development.

Read the following post  on this site:  “If You Use Pesticides, READ THIS” for more information. If you’ve read the package warnings, it’s enough to scare anybody. Bottom line:  it’s poison not only for insects but for humans and animals.  DON’T USE this on your garden or in your yard.  

When you use any pesticides on plants you are growing for food, you are eating that chemical! Whether in dust form or spray, the plant absorbs the chemical from the soil and leaves. In the end it gets into that food you are growing — and eating!

SEE ALSO:  Sevin Dust – Why Grow Vegetables And Put Poison On Them?  

Better Choices

Plenty of home remedies exist but you have to accept one fact:  your garden will not be 100% perfect and yes, the bugs will eat some things.  Better to let them have a sacrificial plant or veggies that aren’t picture perfect.  I’d much rather eat something that has no chemicals on it than its opposite choice.

Old fashioned insect deterrents include good old soap and water to retard fungus, watering wisely as in don’t over water which encourages disease,  keeping areas around plants clean of dead leaves (especially roses) and using certain natural ingredients such as hot peppers to put the bite on bugs.

Some of my favorites:  Save your bath water.  It’s got soap in it which is a natural insect deterrent and acts as a natural fungicide.  Even better if you’ve taken an Epsom salts bath:  the magnesium from the Epsom salts promotes growth in plants.  Use this to water your plants.  Add some cayenne pepper to the mix and pour it over your plants.  Bugs will get a big surprise when they bite the leaves.  Murphy’s Oil Soap is another great garden pest killer.  Mix a small amount in a bucket of water and douse the plants in your garden.  It also kills Japanese beetles on contact! Need a weed killer?  Boil about a half-gallon of white vinegar.  Mix in 1-2 cups of salt.  Stir until salt dissolves.  Add a few squirts of Dawn dish detergent.  Use a spray bottle or handheld sprayer.  Your weeds will be toast in a day or two.

Last summer I battled tomato hornworms  and other nasties quite successfully with self rising flour. The little monsters will chomp on a leaf, ingest some of the flour and soon after — BOOM!  The flour will rise in their moist guts and they’ll blow up, becoming instant compost!  Another plus was that I planted mums all around my garden.  I had very few instances of bugs chomping things.

Living in the country, I’ve got a problem with critters dumping my potted plants or digging up my newly planted ones.  Take some jalapeño peppers (or hot cherry peppers) and rub it around the rim of the pot.  Sprinkle some hot, hot cayenne or bird’s eye pepper around the base of the pot (or around the plant) in just inside the rim.  Mr. Skunk or Possum will be in for a big shock when he gets a snoot full of that stuff!  Trust me; your plants WON’T be dug up!

My long time plant hero, Jerry Baker, has been an inspiration to me for over 40 years. Visit his website to learn some of my favorite gardening tricks – and garden without Sevin, Round-Up, Weed-B-Gon or other poisons!

*They also act on the nervous system of humans.

Very Important Read below

If You Use Pesticides, READ THIS!

Editor’s Note:  This was originally published on my old site, Good Food 4 All.  Some of the articles I still have in my archives and will republish.  This one in particular bears repeating because gardening season is coming up again and many people think Sevin Dust is harmless.