DEET Alert

Rose Marie Williams, MA, a New Paltz, NY cancer activist published an article about DEET in the July, 2000 Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients.

Here are some excerpts:

"A 1999 EPA publication acknowledges serious effects including rare toxic encephalopathic reactions following intensely treated skin application in some children causing behavioral disorder, ataxia, rapid loss of consciousness, hypotension, seizures, flaccid paralysis areflexia and death.

According to physician, Dr. Marion Moses, "DEET is very toxic to the brain and nervous system...(when) applid repeatedly, or in high concentrations.

"Headaches, restlessness, irritability, crying spells in children and other changes in behavior may rsult from mild poisoning"6. Many parents are not likely to make the connection between mild syptoms or behavior problems to DEET exposure.

DEET insect repellants are used in homes, domestic dwellings, on the human body, on clothing, on cats, dogs, horses, and pet sleeping areas. DEET formulations are used to control flies, midges, chiggers, fleas, deer flies, gnats, horse flies, mosquitoes, ticks, no-see-ums and other biting insects.

Safer Alternative Repellents

"There are a number of alternative products available with less toxic or nontoxic ingredients. They may require more frequent applications, but generally pose less risk to the user.

GONE-safe and natural insect deterrent spray with powerful herbal oils (800)282-7394

All Terrain Herbal Armor Insect Repellant at sports shops and health food stores or (800)-2-INSECT

BUZZ AWAY spray, stick-on-squares, wrist band (safe for kids), citronella towlettes Penn Herb Co. (800)523-9971

Outdoor Herbal Spray (The Bug Disenchanter) with neem leaf extract -really works! (800)677-8577 IMHOTEP, Inc.

BiteBlocker works up to 10 hourse, available over the counter in drugstores

6.Moses, Marion, MD "Designer Poisons" Pesticide Education Center, San Francisco, CA 1995.

Rose Marie Williams, MA, (914)255-0836

Buzz Off-Essential Oil Bug Spray

CedarCide-Alternative to DEET (per USDA)

UPI, 9/02

Pesticide Residue on Washed Skin

J Applied Toxicology, 3-4/03

Battle Those Bugs

LINK to product part of whose proceeds go to Children's Health Env Coalition

Bite Blocker

LINK to resource for anti-mosquito product

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