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My grandmother died of Parkinsons disease.  My family was in denial until the end.  Only well after the fact did I find out that Parkinsons can be caused by DDT--and that was most likely the cause in her case, for the town where she lived in southwest Wisconsin bordered a swamp and was therefore thoroughly sprayed with DDT at least twice a week (right through the 1950s and early 1960s) in summer to keep down the mosquitos . . .

I have not come across anything relating radiation exposure to Parkinsons, but many, many chemicals have been implicated as causes, so you might want to check in to what chemicals the aerospace companies in your area were using.  You would be surprised at the horrific toxins seemingly innocuous industrial processes use for very boring or mundane tasks like degreasing, &c.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Tue Aug 4th, 2009 at 09:01:21 PM EST
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