It’s difficult to figure out why Paraquat has not been banned in the United States. More than 32 countries have banned the herbicide due to its toxicity.
Exposure to this dangerous herbicide has been linked to Parkinson’s Disease. Mt. Sinai, a renowned research hospital in New York, has dedicated an entire section of its website to the health dangers of Paraquat.
According to Mt. Sinai, Parkinson’s is not the only health issue related to Paraquat exposure. The herbicide may damage lungs (pulmonary fibrosis), kidneys, liver, and the esophagus. If your skin is exposed to Paraquat, it may cause serious illness. If it’s ingested it can cause rapid death. Death may occur from a hole in the esophagus, or from severe inflammation of the area that surrounds the major blood vessels and airways in the middle of the chest.
Paraquat has been used since the 1960’s to kill weeds but it is so lethal it may kill crops as well.
In 2011, a U.S. National Institutes of Health study showed a link between Paraquat use and Parkinson’s disease in farm workers. A co-author of the paper said that Paraquat increases the production of certain oxygen derivatives that may harm cells, and that people who used Paraquat or other pesticides with a similar mechanism of action were more likely to develop Parkinson’s.
A 2013 meta-analysis published in Neurology found that “exposure to Paraquat … was associated with about a 2-fold increase in risk” of Parkinson’s disease.
While the most common brand name of Paraquat in the United States is Gramoxone, a product that is manufactured by Syngenta, there are numerous other brand names under which you can find this herbicide. These are the primary names in which Paraquat is sold:
Action Cekuquat Crisquat
Cropoquat Cyclone Agroquat
Agroxone Almoxone Cap Pelanduk
Capayam Delta-Quat Dextrone X
Dexuron Dragocson Efoxon
Esgram Erazone Express
Esgram Firestorm Galokson
Goldquat Gramex Gramix
Gramixel Halexone Herbatop
Herboxon Herbikill Inferno
Kapid Katalon Kemozone
Kendo Ken-Tec Kingxone
Marman Herbiquat Methyl Viologen Dichloride
Methyl Viologen Multiquat Nuquat
Osaquat Paquat Para
Parable Paraco Para-Col
Parakill Parakwat Paranox
Paraquato Paratone Paratroop
Parawin Parazone Pillarquat
Pillarxone Plusquat Priquat
Prelude R-Bix Revolver
Scythe Secaquat Shirquat
Sparkle Speeder Speedway
Sweep Sunaquat Total
Toxer Uniquat Weedless
The number of brand names under which this lethal herbicide has been sold reflects the nearly 60 years it’s been on the market. While research is still ongoing concerning the health effects exposure to Paraquat may cause, very little has been done to study the effects on our crops as well as consuming foods that have been exposed to Paraquat while still in the field.
If you or a loved one have been exposed to Paraquat and have a clear diagnosis of illness caused by exposure to the herbicide, please contact me for a free initial consultation.
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