From a study published in July, 2010
Protective effects of garlic extract and vitamin C against in vivo cypermethrin-induced cytogenetic damage in rat bone-marrow
M.E. Assayeda, A.A. Khalafb and H.A. Salemc
a Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Menoufiya University, Sadat City Branch, Sadat City 32511, Egypt
b Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Giza 12211, Egypt
c Department of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Menoufiya University, Sadat City Branch, Sadat City 32511, Egypt
From the Abstract
The cytogenetic damage inflicted by the synthetic pyrethroid insecticide cypermethrin (CYP) on the bone marrow of male white rats, as well as possible protective role of two natural elements: garlic extract (GRE, 500 mg/kg) and vitamin C (VTC, 20 mg/kg) against the mutagenic potential of the insecticide were assessed.
The results show that CYP administration significantly induced clastogenic effects, as revealed by the significant increase in the mean frequencies of micronucleated polychromatic erythrocytes and various structural chromosomal aberrations in bone-marrow metaphase cells of all groups of treated rats.
On the other hand, this investigation clearly revealed the protective role of GRE and VTC, either each alone or in combination, against the mutagenic potential of cypermethrin: the garlic extract was often more efficient in its protective action against the insecticide toxicity than vitamin C. while the combination of both natural elements produced, in most cases, a more pronounced
Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis
Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript
(To read the entire article, see below)
Boric acid or Borax can discourage ants-it is particularly useful placed directly on the anthill. It may work with cockroaches too.
Dr. Joseph Mercola www.mercola.com, suggests combing honey with boric acid to more easily attract the bugs.
A garden spray of mashed garlic, cayenne or horseradish can be sprayed onto plants (small amount at a time please). Put only a small amount into a gallon sprayer.
Neem oil is supposed to be useful on garden plants for fungus, mold and possibly ants.
Palm Beach Post, 5/23/04
Written by Christopher Lepisto, ND
J Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis, July 2010
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