Jon Barron
April 13, 2021

Finally, a pandemic article that isn’t about COVID!

Neurological disorders are the leading cause of disability in the world today. Of these, Parkinson’s disease is the fastest growing. In the US, the incidence of Parkinson’s has increased 35% the last 10 years and is expected to double again in the next 25 years. Globally, the incidence almost tripled from 2.6 million in 1990 to 6.3 million in 2015 and is expected to almost triple again to 17.5 million by 2040.
In fact, according to a 2018 review article published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, researchers and medical authorities are now beginning to refer to Parkinson’s as a pandemic.1 For most of human history Parkinson’s disease was a rare disorder. However, thanks to changes in demography and the contributions of industrial byproducts, we are now facing an impending Parkinson’s pandemic.2 Yes, I understand that the term “pandemic” has traditionally been used to refer to diseases that spread person to person or animal to person and that this does not apply to Parkinson’s. But as the researchers point out, even though it is non-infectious, the disease’s spread nevertheless shares some of the key characteristics that define a pandemic.3

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