Organic Agriculture Advocate Responds to Organic Food Benefitting Parkinson’s Patients

Organic agriculture advocate, Philippe van den Bossche, responds to an article that discusses the potential benefits of a diet consisting of organic foods for those with Parkinson’s disease.

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New York, NY (PRWEB) June 19, 2013

On June 19, organic agriculture advocate, Philippe van den Bossche, responds to a Medical Daily article that discusses the potential benefits of a diet consisting of organic foods for those with Parkinson’s disease.

According to an article by Medical Daily, recent studies have suggested that organic foods could prevent Parkinson’s disease (PD). The article says eating organic food may not only be beneficial to the prevention of PD but may be a healthier alternative for patients who already have PD because they are not sprayed with pesticides.

In 2009, researchers at UCLA found that Central Valley, Calif. residents who lived within 500 meters of fields sprayed between 1974 and 1999 had a 75 percent increased risk for developing Parkinson's disease. They noted in their paper, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, that "Parkinson's disease has been reported to occur at high rates among farmers and in rural populations, contributing to the hypothesis that agricultural pesticides might be causal agents."

An organic diet would vary between patients depending on the person and their stage of PD but it is suggested as a way to improve overall health regardless of other factors. In particular, organic foods with fiber, flavonoids and protein are strongly recommended.

Philippe van den Bossche, organic agricultural advocate and Chairman and Owner of Advancing Eco-Agriculture, believes this recent study could help in proving the greater need for organic farming. “Parkinson’s disease affects a lot of people, with approximately 50,000 getting diagnosed with the illness each year. If there an organic diet does, in fact, benefit someone suffering from PD, than it may give the government that extra push it needs to increase funding for organic farming.

Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman and Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture, an agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company providing consulting services and specialty nutritional materials for use in irrigation systems and foliar applications. As an avid organic agricultural advocate, he believes that the production of healthy crops is a function of complex interaction between soil, plants and microbes.


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