Research Links DEET Mosquito Repellents to Nerve Damage

 

DEET (diethyl-meta-toluamide), a common ingredient in mosquito repellents,  has been linked to nerve damage.

 

A new study by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, published  in the Journal of  Neurochemistry, found that DEET-based mosquito repellents interfere  with proper nerve signals, disrupt the hormone dopamine needed for healthy brain  function, and invoke chemical mechanisms associated with neurological disorders  and nerve degeneration.

 

Earlier studies have also linked DEET to brain damage.  Duke University  researchers found that the toxin is linked to brain cell damage, harmful  interactions with some medications, and behavioral changes.  The scientists  also observed brain cell death and behavioral changes in animals exposed to DEET  after frequent and prolonged use.

 

According to the chemical industry’s own material safety data sheets, the  toxic effects of diethyl-meta-toluamide include:  reproductive  disturbances, genetic material mutations, and central nervous system  disorders.

 

The effects may be worse in children since their brains and nervous systems  are in the developmental stages.  Instead of spraying yourself or your  family members with DEET-based mosquito repellents, why not give  the natural options a try?  Some have even been proven to be more  effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET.

 

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True Love Powder

True Love Powder

 
 
This is a very ancient formula. Some recommend mixing it in food or water, as a love philter. Mistletoe has toxic properties–perhaps this is taking too much of a chance with romance. However, grind dried elecampane, mistletoe and vervain into a fine powder.
 
*Sprinkle the powder around the bed
 
*Use it as drawing powder
 
*Decorate an altar
 
*Dress a candle
 
*Carry it in a charm bag
 
If your heart is set on that love potion, a safer and perhaps even more powerful method of drawing on the powder of the herbal blend is to substitute the flower essence remedies made from each plant. Add a few drops of each to champagne or sparkling water.