Caution: DEET Based Insect Repellents

Every year, approximately one-third of the U.S. population uses mosquito repellants containing DEET to ward off mosquitoes and other pests.

At present, DEET is used in more than 230 products with concentrations up to 100 percent.

Duke University Medical Center pharmacologist Mohamed Abou-Donia has spent 30 years researching the effects of pesticides. He has found that prolonged exposure to DEET can impair functioning in parts of the brain.

“Damage to these areas could result in problems with muscle coordination, muscle weakness, walking or even memory and cognition”

Abou-Donia says rats given even small doses of DEET for 60 days had a harder time accomplishing even the easiest tasks. Abou-Donia says short-term exposure to DEET does not appear to be harmful, but warns against using any product with more than a 30 percent concentration.
Use as little of the product as you can, and don’t use a product containing DEET if you’re taking any medication.

“We found that the combined exposure to DEET and other chemicals is more dangerous than just DEET alone.”

Abou-Donia also warns to never put a product containing DEET on an infant’s or child’s skin. The side-effects could be even more serious.

DEET should be used with caution due to its possible damaging effects on brain cells.
Studies have shown that DEET causes brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats after frequent and prolonged use. This exposure causes neurons to die in regions of the brain that control muscle movement, learning, memory, and concentration. Rats treated with an average human dose of DEET (40 mg/kg body weight) performed far worse when challenged with physical tasks requiring muscle control, strength and coordination. These findings are consistent with reported human symptoms following DEET’s use by the military in the Persian Gulf War.

With heavy exposure to DEET and other insecticides, humans may experience memory loss, headache, weakness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, tremors and shortness of breath. These symptoms may not be evident until months or even years after exposure. The most severe damage occurs when DEET is used concurrently with other insecticides, such as permethrin, for prolonged and frequent periods of time.

At this time, there is little information about the short-term, singular and occasional use of DEET. Further government testing of the chemical’s safety is necessary. However, frequent and long-term use of DEET, especially in combination with other chemicals or medications, could cause brain deficits in vulnerable populations, particularly children.

Until further studies are done, it is important to be cautious when using this insecticide:

  • Use insecticides containing DEET sparingly and infrequently
  • If you do use one on your skin, avoid wearing it for prolonged periods of time.
  • Be wary of using mosquito repellants containing DEET on children. Children are more susceptible to subtle brain changes caused by chemicals in their environment because their skin more readily absorbs them. Also, their still-developing nervous systems are more potently affected.
  • For the same reasons, NEVER use insect repellant containing DEET on infants.
  • Be aware that DEET can be present in commonly used preparations like insecticide-based lice-killing shampoos. Use the same precautions with such preparations as you would with insect repellant.
  • Do not combine insecticides with each other or use them while using other medications. Even an over-the-counter antihistamine could interact with DEET to cause toxic side effects.
  • Do not spray your yard for insects and then take medications afterward. There is a possibility that you’ve inhaled a small amount of the insecticide that might interact negatively with the medication.
  • Also, be sure to wash your skin thoroughly after spraying your yard. Lawn treatment chemicals are very strong and were not formulated to be applied to human skin.

After reading this you might want to consider the alternative, healthier natural mosquito repellent products. One such product is Buzz Away Extreme which uses essential oils and is DEET-free and can last 4 to 8 hours per application.

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Buzz Away Extreme Towelettes Get a New Look

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Deet-free Buzz Away Extreme towelettes repel mosquitos and ticks for hours. Family friendly and made with natural plant oils, they are easy to apply.

The larger 25 count size contains baby-wipe style towelettes and make it particularly easy to put on small children. The 12 count box contains individually foil wrapped towelettes for pocket, backpack, glove compartment, etc.

 

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What Are Cold Sores?

Cold sores, also known as fever blisters or Herpes Simplex (HSV1), are clear small blisters that form around the mouth and are filled with fluid.

Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus I, which lives inside nerve tissue. It is estimated that 80% of the population carry the virus and 60 million people have outbreaks once or more per year.

Cold sore symptoms are virtually the same for everyone, making them quite easy to diagnose. Since the life cycle of a cold sore outbreak is usually identical to the last outbreak, many people who get cold sores can detect the onset of an outbreak before physical symptoms can be observed.

Cold sores often start with a tingly or itchy sensation where the sore will appear. After a day or two, the area becomes extra sensitive to the touch and to hot and cold temperatures. For many people, applying a cold sore treatment such as Lip Clear Lysine+ ointment (Journal of Alt Med, June 2005) at the first sign of the tingling or itching sensation can either stop the cold sore from developing further, or significantly reduce the life cycle of the sore.

After a few days, a small reddish bump will start to form on the itchy/tingly area of skin. The area may also start to become somewhat painful. As the bump grows, it slowly forms into a blister, sometimes round in shape and sometimes irregularly shaped. The blister fills with fluid and grows larger. In some cases, other smaller cold sores may appear close to the initial sore.

The blister continues to grow and becomes increasingly painful, usually lasting 2-7 days, until it finally bursts or breaks. Once the blister has broken, the cold sore will start to scab over. Still relatively painful, the scabbing sore can last another 2-7 days.

The scabbing period, or ‘shedding’ as it is also called, is the healing of the sore, which will eventually get smaller and less painful, until it is gone completely.

What happens the first time you get a cold sore?

Generally, people first get cold sores when they are infants or children. Interestingly enough, only about 20% of those carrying the virus ever get symptoms.

The sores can appear within days or weeks or even years following the first exposure to the virus. The first time symptoms appear they are usually more intense than subsequent outbreaks.

Canker Sore vs. Cold Sore

Cold sores usually appear around the mouth, while canker sores appear in the mouth. A virus causes cold sores, while bacteria cause canker sores. If a cold sore is in the mouth, it’s usually on the roof of the mouth.

What makes cold sores appear?

Cold sores can be triggered by:

  • Sunlight
  • Fever/Illness
  • Stress
  • Arginine rich foods, such as chocolate, food allergies or hormonal changes.

Are cold sores contagious?

Yes. Don’t kiss anyone when you have an outbreak. Avoid sharing eating utensils, toothbrushes, razors and towels.

What are the stages of a cold sore?

Cold sores, untreated, can last up 14 days. Beginning treatment at the first sign of tingling can reduce the time to as little as 2-4 days. Beginning treatment after the blister appears can also significantly reduce the time and degree of pain.

Day 1: Prodrome (tingle) stage. Before a blister appears, one usually feels a tingling, itching, or burning sensation beneath the skin, usually around the mouth or the base of the nose. This is the best time to start treatment.

Days 2-3: The blister(s) appear.

Day 4: Ulcer or weeping stage. This is when the blister opens up revealing a reddish area. This stage is when the sore is most contagious and painful.

 

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Oral Herpes (Cold Sores) vs. Genital Herpes

The obvious distinction between oral herpes (cold sores) and genital herpes is where on the body their respective symptoms occur. Oral herpes refer to the herpes virus that manifests as fever blisters or cold sores on or around the lips. This is called the Herpes Simplex Virus I.

Genital herpes refers to the herpes virus that manifests as blisters or sores in or around the vagina or penis, the genital areas. This is known as herpes simplex virus II.

Until recently, scientists believed that two different types of the herpes simplex virus caused oral and genital herpes. Research now shows that HSV1, which was thought to cause only oral herpes, can also show up in the genital area.

The symptoms of oral herpes are very similar to genital herpes. Oral herpes will start as a tingly area on or around the lips. Genital herpes starts as a tingling or burning sensation on or around the genitals. In both cases, the sensitive area develops a reddish bump, which eventually grows into a blister-like sore. In the case of oral herpes, there may be only one or two sores, close together. Cases of genital herpes (particularly genital herpes caused by the HSV2 virus) can result in many more blisters, which can be spread out in a much wider area.

Similarities

  • Both start as itchy/tingling/burning patches, resulting in blisters that eventually scab over and heal.
  • In both cases, those infected can have frequent outbreaks or have no physical symptoms whatsoever.
  • Both oral and genital herpes are contagious, particularly when there are sores present.

Differences

  • Oral herpes can be spread via oral sex to the genital area of the sexual partner and become genital herpes. On the other hand, there is little evidence of genital herpes spreading as oral herpes.
  • Genital herpes, on average, shows symptoms of a much higher count of blisters than oral herpes.
  • Genital herpes can be caused by both the HSV1 and HSV2 virus, the latter having more severe symptoms.

Treating Genital Herpes

Because the skin is more sensitive in the genital area, some non-prescription products may burn on application or irritate the skin. Natural products, such as Lip Clear Lysine+, will not burn and can provide relief, however, there is no OTC product approved for such usage. There are prescription drugs such as Valtrex, which are used to prevent or reduce the duration of a genital herpes outbreak. The amino acid L-lysine can also helps in this way.

If you think you may have genital herpes, you can get a definitive test at your doctor’s office or a many free clinics.

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Cold Sores vs. Canker Sores

Many people who contract a cold sore (also known as a Fever Blister) misdiagnose it as a canker sore. This can happen for many reasons.

In some cases, the person does not want to believe they have contracted the herpes virus. In other cases, the person has had canker sores before, and it simply doesn’t occur to them that they could have a cold sore.

In either case, there are some fairly recognizable differences that can help you differentiate between a cold sore and a canker sore: (pictures of colds sores, pictures of canker sores)

Cold Sores

  • Usually occur outside the mouth: on or around the lips, on the cheek, chin, nose, and in some cases, on the eyes or eyelids.
  • Cold sores show up as red bumps that eventually turn into full blown blisters, usually red or transparent like in color.
  • Cold sores are caused exclusively by the Herpes Simplex Virus I. 

Canker Sores

  • Occur inside the mouth, on the inside of the cheeks, on or under the tongue, on the gums, on the underside of the lips, and the throat area.
  • They show as dark red, round or oval sores that tend to be covered by a whitish/yellowish plaque film that can be scraped off. There is usually a red “halo” outlining the sore.
  • Although recurrent, canker sores can be caused by bacteria, viruses, allergies, or general irritation in the mouth.

The easiest way to determine whether you have a cold sore or a canker sore is by the location of the sore. Cold sores are rarely found in the mouth. If they are, they take on a much more ‘blister’ like quality. Cold sores in the mouth also tend to be very small in comparison to canker sores.

Using quality products like Lip Clear Lysine+ can stop pain and cut healing time significantly (J of Alt Med, June 2005).

 

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Cold Sore Prevention

If you’ve ever had a cold sore, you know how annoying they can be. Treating them as you deal with them might seem like the only option, but that’s not totally true. Our line of Lip Clear Lysine+ products is used for both treatment and prevention of cold sores.

Understanding cold sore triggers can help you stay on the lookout for potential outbreaks, as certain external factors can bring on an eruption. Once you understand and know how to anticipate these triggers, you can arm yourself with the right defenses.

A common mistake of sufferers is the misidentification of a cold sore as a canker sore. A canker sore is merely a sore in the mouth or on the lip, while a cold sore (or fever blister) is a blister, and can be representative of the Herpes Simplex Virus I (HSV).

The makers of Lip Clear Lysine+ can help you understand more about cold sore prevention. Prevention can be broken into two categories:

  1. Preventing the contraction of the herpes simplex virus I. This category deals with the transmission risks of the virus.
  2. Preventing cold sore outbreaks, if you have the herpes simplex virus. This deals with avoiding triggers, staying healthy, and using natural preventative medicines.

Cold Sore Prevention Measures

  • Avoid coming into direct (or indirect) contact with someone showing symptoms of the HSV virus (cold sores or genital sores).
  • Avoid sharing objects on which the virus can live for a short time, like towels or utensils.
  • If you have children, a common method of wiping their face is licking your finger and using your hand. Instead, use a napkin and clean water. (Remember, you can have the cold sore virus and not show symptoms)
  • Below are ways to avoid triggers that can cause cold sore outbreaks:
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.
    • If prolonged exposure is unavoidable, make sure to use a UV protectant lip balm on your lips, such as Lip Clear Coldstick with SPF 21.
  • Eat foods high in lysine, such as:
    • Chicken, eggs, cheese, milk, fish, potatoes, brewer’s yeast, lima beans and soy products.
  • Avoid foods high in Arginine, such as:
    • Peanuts, chocolate, raisins, cereal grains, seeds, gelatin and carob.
  • Always find ways to reduce stress.
    • Stress is the number 1 trigger of cold sore outbreaks.
    • Some examples of stress relief include finding someone to confide in and talk to, reducing workload, getting a massage, or taking a vacation (don’t forget your lip balm!)

Good eating habits and good nutrition help you feel better and raise your immune system. If your immune system is strong, it will have an easier time keeping the herpes simplex virus in check, lessening the chances of an outbreak. Here are a few more things to keep in mind:

  • As much as possible, avoid irritation of the mouth. Avoid:
    • Touching or scratching your lips.
    • Chewing your fingernails.
  • Use a new toothbrush after an outbreak.
  • Use Quantum’s Super Lysine+ or a high dosage lysine dietary supplement formula on a daily or periodic basis, as needed.
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Symptoms Significantly Reduced With Lip Clear® Lysine + Topical Ointment

Lip Clear Lysine+ Clinical Study
From Alternative Medicine Review (V10, No.2, 6/05)

Eugene, OR: A study published in Alternative Medicine Review (6/05) shows that LIP CLEARLysine+ topical ointment healed cold sores faster than leading OTC and prescription brands costing 3 to 5 times more. Median healing time was just 4.0 days. Within three days, the formula either completely eliminated or dramatically reduced cold sore symptoms, including tingling, burning, itching, tenderness, prickling, soreness and blistering. In addition, a remarkable 40% of the participants had full cure by end of the third day.The all natural ointment, LIP CLEAR Lysine+ is available in the USA and Canada or www.lipclear.com or call 1-800-448-1448.

Cold sore sufferers using LIP CLEAR Lysine+ topical ointment healed more quickly and experienced significantly reduced symptoms, according to a study from Southern California University of Health Sciences published this week in the peer reviewed journal, Alternative Medicine Review (Volume 10, No. 2). That’s good news for the 60 million people with active cold sores

“The formula reduced the duration of cold sore symptoms by 50% or more when compared to untreated cold sore data” said Betsy Singh, PhD, the University’s Dean of Research. The median healing time was 4.0 days – 1/2 to 1 full day shorter than in the studies on the leading prescription and OTC brands that cost 3 to 5 times more

The study was co-authored by Jay Udani, MD, Medical Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at Northridge Hospital, Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA / Geffen School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Research at SCU.

The study, Safety and Effectiveness of an L-Lysine, Zinc, and Herbal-Based Product on the Treatment of Facial and Circumoral Herpes, also showed that within three days, LIP CLEAR either completely eliminated or dramatically reduced cold sore symptoms, including tingling, burning, itching, tenderness, prickling, soreness and blistering. In addition, a remarkable 40% of the participants were fully cured by the end of the third day. No adverse effects were reported.

The LIP CLEAR Lysine+ formula includes a proprietary blend of L-Lysine and 14 nutrients, (natural zinc oxide, Vitamins A, D and E, extracts of goldenseal, propolis, calendula, echinacea; cajeput and tea tree oil, and gum benzoin tincture, honey and lithium carbonate in a base of olive oil and yellow beeswax). For more information, visit www.lipclear.com or call 1-800-448-1448. The product is marketed as Super Lysine+ in health food stores.

According to the researchers, participants commented that the formula provided a superior experience compared to other formulas: it was invisible, could be worn under lipstick, did not burn when applied, and provided immediate relief.

This open label outcome study measured time to full cure as well as ten common symptoms. Full cure referred to the complete disappearance of the lesion, not merely crusting, which is the end point in most studies (crusting may take 2 to 7 more days to disappear). The ten factors for monitoring the sores were: tingling, itching, burning, tenderness, prickling, soreness, bump/swelling, small blister(s), oozing blister(s), and crusting. 120 subjects pre-enrolled and 30 subjects, (half male/female, aged 28 to 65) participated. All subjects were experienced cold sore sufferers and were familiar with the efficiency of other treatments.

Cold sores are small blisters that form around the mouth. They are clear and filled with fluid. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, which lives inside nerve tissue. It is estimated that 80% of the population carry the virus and 60 million people have outbreaks once or more per year. Cold sores are also known as Herpes Simplex or HSV1 (not the same as genital herpes) and may be referred to as fever blisters. Cold sores can be triggered by sunlight, fever, illness, stress, arginine rich foods such as chocolate, food allergies, or hormonal changes. Early symptoms of an outbreak are itching, tingling, or burning. Cold sores are contagious and can be spread by kissing or sharing eating utensils, toothbrushes, towels or razors 

Safety and Effectiveness of an L-Lysine, Zinc, and Herbal-Based Product on the Treatment of Facial and Circumoral Herpes

Abstract

CONTEXT: L-lysine, an essential amino acid, inhibits normal replication of Herpes simplex virus (HSV), shortening the normal course and duration of the disease. This study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of a combination of L-lysine with botanicals and other nutrients in relieving the symptoms of facial and circumoral herpes.

METHODS: This small pilot study was conducted using an outcome (open-label) model. Thirty male and female participants (15 in each group) meeting the inclusion/exclusion criteria were admitted to the study. The 10 outcome measures used to monitor the sores were tingling, itching, burning, tenderness, prickling, soreness, bump/swelling, small blister(s), oozing blister(s), and crusting. The study also utilized before-and-after photographs of the lesions and a daily diary.

RESULTS: At the end of treatment, the ointment produced full resolution in 40 percent of the participants by the third day and in 87 percent by the end of the sixth day. A cold sore episode can last up to 21 days without treatment.
CONCLUSIONS: Overall data indicated significant improvement in participants by the sixth day of treatment for all but two participants. There were no adverse effects reported during this study.
(Altern Med Rev 2005;10(2))

Authored By: Betsy B. Singh, PhD; Jay Udani, MD; Sivarama Prasad Vinjamury, MD (Ayurveda); Claudia Der-Martirosian, PhD; Sonal Gandhi, MD; Raheleh Khorsan, MA; Dinesha Nanjegowda, PhD; and Vijay Singh, PsyD (Candidate)

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Zinc lozenges help common cold – but lozenges with the required doses are hard to find: Meta-analysis

High dose zinc lozenges may be beneficial in reducing the duration of common cold symptoms – but a lack of high dose lozenges on the market mean these benefits remain out of consumers’ reach, according to a new meta-analysis.

Zinc is widely recognized as being beneficial to common cold symptoms. But University of Helsinki researchers hypothesised that the beneficial effects of zinc acetate lozenges may be limited because they dissolve in the mouth, meaning that the zinc ions remain concentrated in the localised throat area.

However when the researchers, led by Harri Hemila, pooled data from three randomised double-blind, placebo-controlled trials, they found that this was not the case.

High dose lozenges shortened the duration of several common cold symptoms, including muscle ache by 54%, coughs by 46%, nasal congestion by 37% and a scratchy throat by 33%. There was no difference in the duration of headache and fever. “The most common cause for the common cold is rhinovirus, and usually the most bothersome symptom of rhinovirus infections is nasal discharge,” the researchers wrote. “Therefore the 34% reduction in the duration of nasal discharge, with no heterogeneity between the three trials, is a particularly important effect.

“The common cold is the most common cause of acute cough and therefore the estimated 46% reduction in the duration of cough is also very important.” High doses They said the benefits are only seen with relatively high doses of zinc from 80 to 90 mg/day, taken within 24 hours of symptoms appearing and for a period of less than two weeks.

 A 2014 European Food Safety Authority scientific panel reviewed the population reference intakes (PRI) for zinc and ruled that levels for adults range from 7.5 to 12.7 mg/day for women and 9.4 to 16.3 mg/day for men. While an 80 mg dose is substantially higher than the EFSA recommended limit, the researchers say it is unlikely to cause serious adverse side effects if taken for a short time.   However, they also say that the lack of high dose lozenges on the market means that cold sufferers may have difficulty in obtaining the benefits.

“Many zinc lozenges on the market either have too low a dose of zinc or contain ingredients that tightly bind to zinc ions, such as citric acid. Therefore, the full benefit seen in the three high dose zinc acetate trials may not be easy to actualise until high dose zinc acetate lozenges are more widely available on the market.” One of the few brands that offer zinc gluconate lozenges at full or half dose each, is Thera Zinc from Quantum Health.

EU claims Zinc has 18 EFSA-approved health claims – the highest number for a mineral – including authorisations for the maintenance of a normal immune system, protein synthesis, healthy skin and nails and the maintenance of healthy bones. In comparison, calcium has 10 approved claims while iron has 12. 

A 2013 Cochrane review further boosted the mineral’s solid reputation by suggesting that supplementation of iron, zinc and vitamin A for infants between the age of six months and one year can reduce the risk of anaemia.  

Source: Zinc lozenges help common cold – but the required doses aren’t available: Meta-analysis

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Cold Sore Symptoms

Cold sore symptoms are virtually the same for everyone, making them quite easy to diagnose. Since the life cycle of a cold sore outbreak is usually identical to the last outbreak, many people who get cold sores can detect the onset of an outbreak before physical symptoms can be observed.

Cold sores often start with a tingly or itchy sensation where the sore will appear, usually on the lips. After a day or two, the area becomes extra sensitive to the touch and to hot and cold. For many people, applying a cold sore remedy such as Lip Clear Lysine+* at the first sign of the tingling or itching sensation can either stop the cold sore from developing further, or significantly reduce the life cycle of the sore.

What are the stages of a cold sore?

Cold sores, untreated, can last up 14 days. Beginning treatment at the first sign of tingling can reduce the time to as little as 2-4 days. Beginning treatment after the blister appears can also significantly reduce the time and degree of pain.

Day 1: Prodrome (tingle) stage – Before a blister appears, one usually feels a tingling, itching or burning sensation beneath the skin, usually around the mouth or the base of the nose. This is the best time to start treatment. (1)

 Days 2 to 3: The blister(s) appear.

 Day 4: Ulcer or weeping stage. This is when the blister opens up revealing a reddish area. One is most contagious and in the most pain. (2)

 Days 5 to 8: Crusting stage. The blisters dry up and a crust forms which is yellow or brown in color. Do not pick at this crust. (3)

Days 9 to 14: Healing stage. A series scabs will form over the sore, each smaller than the previous one until the cold sore is completely healed.

In almost all cases of cold sore outbreaks, no scarring occurs. The area previously infected by a cold sore usually looks exactly as it did before the outbreak. The exception to this is extreme spreading of the cold sore or severe irritation while it is present. If severe spreading starts to occur (the spreading of the sores from one side of the mouth to the other, or from the lip area to the cheeks, nose, chin or eyes), it is advisable to see a physician.

In some cases, the uncontrollable spreading may be due to lowered immune systems caused by underlying conditions or diseases (such as HIV or pneumonia). In the case of severe spreading, what is initially diagnosed as cold sores may in fact be impetigo, a very different skin disorder.

*Study published in J of Alt Med June 2005

(1, 2, 3) – In the Lip Clear Lysine+ study*, 40% of those using Quantum’s product avoided an outbreak. In addition, most participants skipped the blister, ulcer and crusting stages.

To learn more about Lip Clear Lysine+ Cold Sore Ointment: 

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This Summer, Just Say No to Bugs! Choosing a Natural Mosquito and Tick Repellent

There is a growing body of evidence warning that DEET, the most often recommended and used mosquito repellents ingredient, can cause serious health problems. Furthermore,  applying DEET while using sun block, increases DEET absorption into the blood by a factor of three.

Read on to discover why  choosing a natural mosquito repellent is the best healthy choice for your family this summer…

A study from Duke University Medical Center pharmacologist, Dr. Abou-Donia Ph.D, reported that the chemical DEET causes diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats after frequent and prolonged use. While the chemical’s risks to humans are still being intensely debated, Abou-Donia says his 30 years of research on pesticides’ brain effects clearly indicate the need for caution among the general public.

“Children in particular are at risk for subtle brain changes caused by chemicals in the environment, because their skin more readily absorbs them, and chemicals more potently affect their developing nervous systems”, said Abou-Donia. “With heavy exposure to DEET and other insecticides, people may experience memory loss, headache, weakness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, tremors and shortness of breath” , added Abou-Donia.

Such overt symptoms are not seen immediately after use but may manifest themselves months or years after exposure, making a cause-and-effect relationship difficult to establish.

Compounding the difficulty is a study released by Canada’s University of Manitoba warning against using DEET based mosquito repellents with sun block.

The study, by professor of pharmacy Xiaochen Gu, found that when a 2.5-per-cent solution of insect-repelling DEET was mixed with oxybenzone, a very common sun-blocking ingredient, the amount of DEET absorbed into the skin went from 9.6 per cent to 30.2 per cent.

There is evidence that if sun block and DEET are used together there may be an increased risk for stroke, headache and hypertension. About one-third of the population uses DEET based repellents, available in more than 230 products with concentrations up to 100 percent.

Practical natural mosquito repellent alternatives to DEET repellents abound.

The most popular brands are natural market leader Buzz Away Extreme as well as Bit Blocker, Avon Skin So Soft and All Terrain. These natural repellents are made from a variety of ingredients including plant oils and soy beans. The effectiveness of these products has been proven numerous times in University and independent tests.

The primary difference is that natural repellents usually need to be applied more often than high percentage DEET products.
The Buzz Away Extreme formula, the most purchased brand among natural food store shoppers, has been tested against DEET products and other natural products by The University of Guelph, the USDA, NEJM and others. Buzz Away Extreme has been shown to last 4 to 8 hours, and repel ticks for up to 3.5 hours. The average DEET repellent is good for four to eight hours.

The product is available throughout the US and Canada.

Mosquitoes 101

  • The mosquito is attracted to heat, light, and two chemicals we humans produce – carbon dioxide and lactic acid.
  • There are over 1,700 species of mosquito in North America.
  • Only the female mosquito bites.
  • Mosquitoes are born in standing water and rarely travel more than 300 feet from their place of birth.
  • The male mosquito lives a week, females two.

Mosquito Control Tips:

  • Avoid the outdoors at dusk, in the early evening or at dawn when mosquitoes are heaviest.
  • If you are outdoors during those times, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Bear in mind that mosquitoes can bite through thin cloth.
  • Get rid of standing water around the house – mosquitoes can breed there.
  • Put holes in the bottom of containers that are left outdoors.
  • Turn over plastic pools or other water containers when not in use.
  • Clean out birdbaths and clogged roof gutters.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not in use.
  • Ventilate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
  • If you have livestock, thoroughly clean their troughs every month.

Post By David Shaw, CEO, Quantum Health

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