DEET causes neurological damage. A 2002 Duke University study proved that DEET, the main ingredient in conventional insect repellent, causes diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats after frequent and prolonged use. The DEET caused brain cell death in regions of the brain that control muscle movement, learning, memory, and concentration. Even more shocking is the fact that rats treated with just an average, human-equivalent dose of DEET performed far worse than control rats in tests of muscle control, strength, and coordination.In humans, DEET is absorbed through the skin and makes its way to the blood stream.
DEET exposure may cause memory loss, headache, weakness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, tremors, and shortness of breath. Children are particularly susceptible to the health risks posed by DEET. Symptoms may not appear for years. Dr. Mohamed Abou-Donia, who led the Duke University study, said, "The take-home message is to be safe with insecticides. Never use insect repellents on infants, and be wary of using them on children in general. Never combine insecticides with each other or use them with other medications."
Nobody needs to tell Todd Hakanson about the dangers of DEET. When Hakanson was hiking in Costa Rica in 1996, a bottle of DEET leaked, and the toxic chemical ate through his backpack and melted the keys off his calculator! This frightened Hakanson so much that he started researching DEET, and what he discovered inspired him to develop Herbal Armor, a protective blend of five all-natural, essential oils. Independent clinical research demonstrates that Herbal Armor is 100% for up to two hours and over 95% percent effective after three hours.
Since it is all natural and DEET-free, Herbal Armor is tolerated well by most chemically sensitive individuals. Not only is it safe for humans, but Herbal Armor is also safe for the environment. When humans use DEET, it also escapes into the environment and disrupts natural ecosystems.
Herbal Armor will protect you against mosquitoes, ticks, gnats, flies, ants, black flies, and other pesky insects. Mosquitoes and ticks are especially dangerous because of the diseases they can carry. West Nile Virus infections have rapidly spread across the United States over the past few years, and the virus continues to spread throughout the nation. Symptoms of West Nile Fever include fever, headache, tiredness, and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash (on the trunk of the body), and swollen lymph glands. As the West Nile Virus progresses, symptoms may worsen to include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis.
Ticks can cause Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Lyme Disease is caused by a bacteria that's transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected tick. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the nervous system and the heart.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is the most severe and most frequent tick-borne disease in the United States. Like Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is caused by bacteria. Early symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, and skin rash. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages, and it can be fatal without prompt treatment.
People can be extremely allergic to tick venom as well especially people who have other allergies. Just last night, in a repeat episode of House (Episode 16, Season 2), a 16-year-old girl was brought into the hospital with anaphylaxis (a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction), heart failure, and ascending paralysis of her muscle tissue. Nobody could explain her symptoms until Dr. House found a tick on her. After he removed the tick, his young patient quickly regained her health. In real life, however, you won't always have a brilliant doctor who can find the cause of anaphylaxis in time. That's why it's important to protect yourself against the tick, the dust mite's nasty arachnid cousin.
To protect yourself against these and other diseases carried by insects, apply Herbal Armor before outdoor activities, and remember to re-apply every two or three hours. Remove any points of standing water (like birdbaths) from your yard, as they are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. You can also control the mosquito population in your yard by planting natural mosquito repellents like lemon balm, catnip, basil, and lemon geraniums.