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  • John Brotherton

    03/05/2023 at 2:30 am

    Just watched your presentation. I was diagnosed with PD 4 years ago.

    We had a holiday home in France for 30 years and spent 2/3 months/year there. It was in the countrywide and I mixed copious amounts of Paraquat based weedkiller which I sprayed on the gravel drive, sides of the lane and under hedges etc. The spraying could last for a couple of hours and I rarely used a mask. Just before I was diagnosed I had a very traumatic episode whilst a tooth was being extracted. I was in the dentist chair for 90 minutes and the tooth broke several times and my gum was injected with painkillers at least 8 times. When I eventually left the chair I was shaking and this lasted for 2/3 hours. I would rate it as the most upsetting medical experience in my life and I was 77 at the time. li believe that I was damaged by the weed spraying over many years and that the tooth episode may have acted as a trigger to accelerate the PD symptoms. Does that sound feasible to you?

    Regards, John Brotherton

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