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the EPA’s “Find the Repellent that is
                                                                                    Right for You” search tool which bases  repellents; “Is DEET Bad for You (and
                                                                                    its recommendations on your inputs    Your Kids)?”
                                                                                    regarding what you are trying to battle,
                                                                                    how long you will be outside and      bad-for-you-and-your-kids/.
                                                That said, many of us are still concerned  potentially exposed, active ingredient  EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy
                                              about the safety of DEET for our health  preference, and even preferred brand  Scheer & Doug Moss for the 501(c)3
                                              and the environment. According to the  name.
        Dear EarthTalk: Is DEET natural and is it  non-profit Environmental Working Group  Resources: EPA’s “Find the Repellent  nonprofit EarthTalk. See more at https://
      safe to use topically as a mosquito repellent?  (EWG), exposure to high concentrations of  that is Right for You,” To donate, visit https://
      And which formulations and concentrations  DEET can irritate the eyes and in very rare  repellents/find-repellent-right-you; Send questions to:
      are advised?                            cases impair the nervous system, with  EWG’s Guide to Bug Repellents,
      — M. Frey, Milwaukee, WI                symptoms including seizures, tremors and

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        DEET (short for “diethyltoluamide”) is a
      synthetic compound invented by the U.S.  slurred speech. But despite these risks,
      Army in 1946 that can be applied topically to  EWG acknowledges that DEET is still  Looking for a SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY?
      repel mosquitos, ticks, fleas, chiggers,  probably the safest option for preventing
      leeches and other biting insects. Unlike other  insect-borne diseases.
      repellents which actually deter bugs with                                      CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING FULLERTON
      smells they don’t like—or even kill them on                                       373 E. Imperial Highway, Fullerton, CA  92835
      contact—DEET just makes it harder for pests  If you want to use DEET, keep in mind
      to smell us so they are more likely to leave  that pediatricians generally recommend
      us alone.                               not using it on babies up to two months        September 2020
                                              old, but otherwise sticking to
                                              concentrations of 10-30 percent for infants
        DEET has been available to the general  and children. The stronger the
      public since the Army “released” it in 1957,  concentration of the DEET you apply, the
      and today it remains most people’s repellent  longer lasting protection you’ll get from  VIEW SERVICES on the INTERNET
      of choice, with 90 percent market penetration  mosquitoes. Consumer Reports found that
      in the U.S. An estimated one-third of   99 percent of DEET formulations gave up
      Americans use DEET to protect them from  to 12 hours of protection while lower
      not only mosquito bites but also mosquito-  concentrations (20-34 percent) lasted 3-6
      borne illnesses like Eastern Equine     hours.                                    click Sundays/Past Services
      Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, the Zika virus
      and malaria, not to mention tick-borne
      illnesses like Lyme disease and Rocky     If you want to avoid DEET altogether,     Call for prayer & updates
      Mountain spotted fever.                 there are several effective alternatives
                                              available, including Picaridin and PMD
                                              (AKA Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus).                             714-525-1126
        DEET is not only effective, it’s also  Meanwhile, several botanical oils (castor
      convenient; it is sold in a variety of  oil, cedar oil, citronella oil, clove oil,
      formulations (liquid, lotion, spray,    geraniol oil, lemongrass oil, peppermint       Choose Faith over Fear
      towelette) ranging in strength from 5-99  oil, rosemary oil, soybean oil) are known
      percent. The U.S. Environmental Protection  for repelling insects, but EWG warns most
      Agency (EPA) considers DEET safe to use  of these are not very effective, won’t last
      topically, and has approved 30 companies to  long and could trigger allergic reactions
      sell some 120 different DEET-based      in the user on their own.
      repellents online and in store shelves across                                      Would your church like a listing in
      the U.S. And with 90 percent market
      penetration for insect repellents, DEET seems  To decide what’s best for you and your  NBY!? Send information to email
      to be here to stay.                     family given where you live and the risks
                                              for insect-borne diseases there, check out - Attn: Amanda

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