The PD Warrior recently did a post about the high incidence of Fire Fighters with Parkinson’s Disease. Where the occurrence of Parkinson’s Disease among the normal population is something like 3 to 4 per 1,000 people, the incidence among firefighters, according to the information on this blog is that these brave men and women, who are exposed to all sorts of toxic gases and materials during their daily work environment get Parkinson’s at a rate of 30 per 1,000. Ten times the normal number!!! And that’s just for PD. Add to that the number with other types of Neurological Disorders and this is flabbergasting, to say the least, and should receive more attention than it does. In all my reading about PD and other Movement Disorders, I have never noticed any mention of firefighters.
So here’s a plug for a great site (although my brain has trouble with the “firey” style of the blog) that everyone should read!
Firefighters with Parkinson’s.