Helping you make better health choices

In shops now or delivered to your home from only £3.50 an issue!

Subscribe!

ME: The pesticide connection

MagazineJune 2007 (Vol. 18 Issue 3)ME: The pesticide connection

One cause of chronic fatigue syndrome could be exposure toorganophosphate pesticides and insecticides

One cause of chronic fatigue syndrome could be exposure to organophosphate pesticides and insecticides. The condition is identical to neuro-behavioural abnormalities noticed since the early 1960s in farmworkers who had been working with sheep dips and insecticides.

These abnormalities, which have never been given a collective name, are identical in onset, symptoms and results of neuroendocrine studies to those suffered by patients with CFS.

To test the theory, Peter Behan of the Institute of Neurological Sciences in Glasgow studied 10 patients suffering from neuro-behavioural symptoms for over a year and who had exposure to organophosphates through a sheep dip from between two and five years. Their symptoms included an acute influenza-like condition followed by incapacitating fatigue. In all cases, there was a long delay between exposure to the pesticides and the onset of the condition.

Back to How to Beat Your ME


ME: Diets and Supplements

Asthma: Danger drugs

You may also be interested in...

Sign up for free today

Sign up now to get your FREE 17-point Plan to Great Health

Free membership gives you access to our latest news reports, use of our community area, forums, blogs, readers' health tips and our twice-weekly
e-news letter.

WDDTY Recommends

Latest Tweet

About

Since 1989, WDDTY has provided thousands of resources on how to beat asthma, arthritis, cancer, depression and many other chronic conditions.

Start by looking in our fully searchable database, active and friendly community forums and the latest health news.

Positive SSL Wildcard

Facebook Twitter

Most Popular Health Website of the Year 2014

© 2010 - 2016 WDDTY Publishing Ltd.
All Rights Reserved