West Nile virus: Natural Prevention, Treatment, and Control
Dr. Mercola - "West Nile virus disease is a mosquito-borne infection
that can cause mild flu-like illness or severe encephalitis. Although chances
of a person getting encephalitis are small, there are some simple steps
you can take to reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes. "Because
of the widespread fear, bordering on panic, that has accompanied the continued
appearance of the West Nile Virus, massive pesticide spraying campaigns
are underway. The insecticides being used in New York are sumithrin (Anvil)
and resmethrin (Scourge), both synthetic pyrethroids. The Pyrethroids may
interfere with the immune and endocrine systems. According to researchers
writing in the Journal
of Applied Toxicology, "immense care is warranted in the use of insecticides,
because they not only affect the liver, kidney and other organs but also
may alter the activity of the endocrine glands." (J Appl Toxicol 1996 Sep-Oct;16(5):397-400).
Other researchers have found that pyrethroids are environmental estrogens,
and may contribute to reproductive dysfunction, developmental impairment,
West Nile Virus Protection
Most people by far who become infected with the West Nile virus "fight
it off without even knowing they were infected, while a small minority
suffer flu-like symptoms such as aches and fever".
"Only one per cent suffer encephalitis - inflammation of the brain that
can cause fever, headaches, stiffness, confusion and muscle weakness -
and only five per cent of these suffer long-term consequences, or even
death." said Dr. Colin D'Cunha, Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Province
of Ontario, August 30. 2002. Exactly the same holds true for Cryptococcal
disease, a rare fungal infection caused by the spores of a tree fungus,
that can affect the lungs and nervous system. In some cases, the infection
can lead to swelling of the lining of the brain. "The disease and the cryptococcus
fungus appear across the world. Most people are exposed to some variety
of the fungus at some point in their life but never develop serious symptoms",
writes Dr. Murray Fyfe, BC Centre for Disease Control, "less than 3 cases
are reported per 100,000 people per year on Vancouver Island." (Also CTV
news, September 6. 2002). It is clear that most people have highly
effective immune systems which protect them against both diseases,
that some people have a somewhat effective immune system, and that a few
have an inadequate immune system. more
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Dr.Tom Levy, M.D says that
he has cured two cases of West Nile Virus in Boulder, Colorado. He sent
a cover story from The Boulder Weekly which corroborated his claim. Two
men, one 68 and the other, 55, were cured of year-long cases of West Nile
Virus when Dr. Levy gave them mega-doses of vitamin C intravenously. The
older man was cured in 30 hours. The younger men had three drip-infusions,
and was pronounced cured.
Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz - "Spraying malathion, a suspected human
chemical carcinogen and known immune system blocker, or its alternate,
Anvil 10:10, violates a basic tenant of public health practice that requires
foreknowledge of the risks and proven benefits of the policy before it
is implemented" more
"The chemicals that are released into the environment in an effort to
control mosquitoes are harmful to human health, wildlife, and ecosystems.
They are also ineffective in that they kill only a limited percentage of
mosquitoes, leaving sprayed communities with a false sense of security
and less likely to use effective, non-toxic, control measures. There is
evidence that long-term spraying may actually increase the number of mosquitoes
by destroying predators that feed on mosquito larvae and adults. Mosquitoes
that are sprayed but not killed by the poisons may become resistant, become
more aggressive biters, and have increased prevalence of West Nile Virus
(WNV) within their bodies." "The only hard evidence available that pesticide
applicators are behind efforts to increase public hysteria and thus the
market for their products comes from the New York State Attorney General's
Office. A Long Island landscaping company agreed to pay a fine and cease
an advertising campaign that falsely claimed its spraying of homeowners'
trees and shrubs would kill mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus. The
action against Green Island Tree Spray Inc. of Huntington includes a fine
of $35,000 and restitution to customers who hired the company based on
its deceptive advertising. "This pesticides applicator cynically preyed
upon peoples' fear of the West Nile virus for the sake of increased profit,"
said Attorney General Spitzer. "This action should serve as a warning to
others who might contemplate similar schemes." excerpt
from the Maine Environmental Policy Institute (MEPI) and the Toxics Action
Biological Warfare, Vaccinations includes: a historical review of the
use of biological weapons from 400 BC to the present day, a list of bacteria,
viruses, fungi, and toxins considered to be biological weapons, including
Anthrax, Botulism, and Ebola viruses—along with definitions and descriptions
of the various agents, symptoms, and treatment options, information on
how to detoxify, deacidify, and de-stress, as well as on natural ways to
boost your immune system, including the use of herbs, vitamins, minerals,
and nutrients o a discussion of traditional versus alternative approaches,
focusing on the safety and effectiveness of each, a resource guide listing
key organizations—including Web sites and support groups—that offer information
about natural prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. Drawing
on both conventional and alternative medicine, this book offers ways to
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symptoms, and treatments for a range of potential toxins, including anthrax,
botulism, and Ebola. The authors discuss how to detoxify, deacidify, and
de-stress, as well as boost immunity through herbs, vitamins, minerals,
Cure's More Deadly Than the Disease - Pesticides
Targeting West Nile-Carrying Mosquitoes May be a Thyroid Danger
Because of the widespread fear, bordering on panic, that has accompanied
the continued appearance of the West Nile Virus, massive pesticide spraying
campaigns are underway in many areas on the Northeastern US, including
New York City and Boston. The insecticides being used in New York are sumithrin
(Anvil) and resmethrin (Scourge), both synthetic pyrethroids. In Boston,
only resmethrin is being used. The use of both pesticides are coming under
considerable criticism, as potentially toxic chemicals that pose a danger
to humans, wildlife and the environment.
The Pyrethroids may interfere with the immune and endocrine systems.
Other adverse chronic effects, including effects on the liver and thyroid,
have been reported in toxicology testing. According to toxicologists, animal
tests showed that chronic exposure to resmethrin could increase thyroid
weight and cause thyroid cysts. In animal studies, it was found that in
addition to a variety of other health effects, exposure to pyrethroids
can suppress both the thyroid's T4 and T3 levels, and raise Thyroid Stimulating
Hormone (TSH) levels.
According to researchers writing in the Journal of Applied Toxicology,
"immense care is warranted in the use of insecticides, because they not
only affect the liver, kidney and other organs but also may alter the activity
of the endocrine glands." (J Appl Toxicol 1996 Sep-Oct;16(5):397-400).
Other researchers have found that pyrethroids are environmental estrogens,
and may contribute to reproductive dysfunction, developmental impairment,
and cancer" (Abstract).
study found that some pyrethroids have the potential to promote breast
cell proliferation, an action that can increase cancer risk (Abstract).
Jay Feldman, is executive director of the National Coalition Against the
Misuse of Pesticides, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental organization.
According to him, "The city has overstepped the boundaries of safety and
law in the handling of its mosquito prevention and management program,
exposing the public to hazardous pesticides."
The group has filed a lawsuit against the City of New York over the
spraying, citing violations of federal and state environmental statutes.
William Cooke, a spokesman for the National Audubon Society in New York,
commenting on the spraying to the New York Times, saying: "There's a grossly
inadequate effort to track the collateral impact on the environment and
Potentially toxic spraying such what is taking place in New York City
and Boston may become a concern in other areas of the country soon, as
experts believe that the West Nile virus is on the move. "The virus
is probably in every corner of North America by now," as well as parts
of South America, says John Rappole from the Smithsonian Institution's
zoo, in the July issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases magazine.
West Nile Virus and Horses
Dr. Falconer DVM - This has a lot of people running scared and
vaccinating their horses repeatedly. Yet, the percentage of those exposed
to the virus who actually get sick is very small, on the order of 10%.
Why? The likely reason is that the majority of the horses, (or dogs or
people) exposed to the virus had adequate NK cell function at the time
of exposure. To make sure your horse is in the protected group though,
and Show™ on a daily basis. It has the Transfer Factor
Plus Advanced Formula in it, along with a host of immune synergists
and excellent quality nutrients for healthy coats and hooves. If your area
has any reported cases of West Nile (or colds, flu, Strangles, EPM, etc.),
just boost the immune system additionally with Animal
Stress Pack™ at the label dose for one to two weeks.
Why Pesticide Spraying for West Nile Virus May Cause More Harm Than Good
C. Sugg, III Director, Maine Environmental Policy Institute and author
of this report
In researching the issue of West Nile Virus, one is struck by the lack
of understanding of the public and decision makers about the risks that
WNV actually poses to their health, and their acquiescence to spray programs.
There is little consideration of the harm that the release of pesticides
can do to human health and the environment. When people hear that a "deadly"
virus from the "heart of Africa" is responsible for killing residents in
their community they are understandably upset and want the government agencies
and public officials to "do something!" Unfortunately, the first line of
defense has been toxic chemicals. The reasons for this are complex. They
are rooted in everything from our innate fear of disease to media-induced
hysteria to many people's feeling that the government will make the right
decisions when it comes to protecting their health and the environment
when responding to and defining a public health "crisis."
The purpose of this report is to empower the people and communities
of Maine with the information they need to protect themselves from West
Nile Virus while at the same time protecting themselves, their children,
wildlife, and the lobster fishery from the potential harm a spray campaign
The report examines the history and epidemiology of West Nile Virus,
takes a hard look at the threats it poses and discusses the mosquitoes
and animals that are involved in spreading the disease. It looks at how
WNV has spread in the eastern US, what the response has been, and what
Maine is doing about the situation. The chemical weapons used against the
mosquitoes and how they behave in the environment and in human and animal
bodies, and their effectiveness at killing mosquitoes and stopping the
spread of WNV are examined in depth. Most importantly, we describe alternatives
to toxic chemicals to control mosquitoes.
report uses references from professional journals, newspaper accounts,
personal interviews, government documents, and many other sources. In all
cases when a fact is presented, a corresponding reference is used to back
it up. When there is speculation -- on either side -- this is pointed out
clearly. If you read the report online, many of the full-text references
will be just a click away. Learn more:
Read the Maine Environmental
Policy Institute (MEPI) and the Toxics Action Center report in its entirety
Birth defects, frogs and methoprene (pesticide)
West Nile Virus: not a "deadly epidemic"
Why all the spraying?
Links between pyrethroids (pesticides) and hormonal disruption, childhood
brain cancers, neurological damage, thyroid damage,
Fulvic acid acts as an important protective
agent. An important aspect of humic substances is related to their sorptive
interaction with environmental chemicals, either before or after they reach
concentrations, toxic to living organisms. 33 The
toxic herbicide know as Paraquat is rapidly detoxified by humic substances
(fulvic acid). 34 Fulvic acids have a
special function with respect to the demise of organic compounds applied
to soil as pesticides. As the most powerful, natural electrolyte known,
fulvic acid restores electrical balance to damaged cells, neutralizes
toxins and can eliminate food poisoning within minutes. When it
encounters free radicals with unpaired positive or negative electrons,
it supplies an equal and opposite charge to neutralize the free radical.
fulvic acid acts as a refiner and transporter of organic materials and
cell nutrients. According to A. Szalay, fulvic acid has the ability to
detoxify herbicides, pesticides, and other poisons that it interacts
with – this includes many radioactive elements. This detoxification process
may extend to animals and humans, since we are the end-users of these plants.
West Nile Virus
Discussion Forum: West Nile Fever, West Nile Meningitis and West
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the Whistle on West Nile - Shades of 1950's and DDT
by Lynn Landes
I'm reminded of the 1950's...TV newscasts showing clouds of DDT sprayed
on a clueless public, compromising their health and contaminating the environment
for decades to come, as Rachel Carson writes "Silent Spring." But
the time is now, other toxic pesticides have joined the ranks in our wayward
war against mosquitoes, and the Rachels of today are drowned out by a media
rushing to sound the alarm, rather than report the news.
And the news is - pesticides pose a much greater health hazard than
the West Nile virus.
DEET, Anvil, and other toxic pesticides are aggressively promoted to
protect the public from a mosquito bite that appears to be, statistically,
less dangerous than a dog bite or bee sting. And the CDC seems to agree.
On its website it says, "Human illness from West Nile virus is rare, even
in areas where the virus has been reported. The chance that any one person
is going to become ill from a mosquito bite is low."
Since 1999 only a handful of deaths per year have been associated with
West Nile, even though the virus has been found in 33 states. The
fact that this "health crisis" has been exaggerated, and that chemical
spraying is usually the least effective yet most toxic way to control mosquitoes,
has deterred some state officials, but not others. The New York State Health
Department backed away from recommending wholesale spraying after finding
that more people got sick from the pesticides than from the virus. However,
Louisiana has just asked for $17 million in federal aid, and Mississippi
is following suit. There's no word yet on how the money is to be allocated,
but rest assured the pesticide companies stand to benefit.
Meanwhile, some citizen groups are taking matters into their own hands.
The No Spray Coalition is suing New York City to stop pesticide spraying
in their neighborhoods. There's a good deal of information on government
and other websites about the toxic effects of pesticides, but a comprehensive
picture of the specific pesticides and issues involved in the West Nile
campaign is well laid out in a report called "Overkill:
Why Pesticide Spraying for West Nile Virus May Cause More Harm Than Good"
by the Maine Environmental Policy Institute (MEPI) and the Toxics Action
In short, they report that these pesticides offer a toxic legacy: short-
and long-term respiratory problems, immune and nervous system disruption,
cancer, and reproductive and learning disorders. That covers just about
everything you'd never want to get. The "Overkill" report also emphasizes
the association between outdoor pesticide sprays and neurological damage,
stating, "A report of pesticides and childhood brain cancers published
in Environmental Health Perspectives (a publication of the National Institutes
of Health) revealed a strong relationship between brain cancers and pyrethroids
used to kill fleas and ticks." Anvil, a pyrethroid, is a popular pesticide
used by state agencies to control mosquitoes. more
For More Information Contact:
Many groups have stated their opposition to the pesticide campaigns
to combat the West Nile Virus. Here is a small sample:
American Bird Conservancy
- "Spraying pesticides in urban and suburban areas does little to reduce
the spread of West Nile Virus, is extremely harmful to birds and may also
harm the humans it is intended to protect."
of New York State - "The cases of St. Louis encephalitis and West Nile
fever are not an epidemic or an emergency. There are fewer than 50 confirmed
cases in NY City. Compare that to 30,000 NY City children who suffer from
lead poisoning and hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers with asthma. Why
isn't NY City mobilizing against these plagues?"
For More information:
Beyond Pesticides: National
Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides
PANNA (Pesticide Action Network North
The No Spray Coalition
WNV Positive Wildlife And MTBE
from Shirley: MTBE is a toxic gasoline additive
Analysis of NYSDEC Pathology Unit's
In the New York City region, a public health disaster was recognized
during the summer of 1999. That recurring seasonal phenomena is referred
to as the “West Nile Virus Epidemic” and a virus was said to have caused
the human illness, disease, and unprecedented wildlife mortality.
This study analyzes the NYSDEC Wildlife Pathology Unit’s “West Nile
Virus Database” (1999) in terms of air pollution, ozone, MTBE protocols,
animals reported, WNV-negatives, and WNV-positives.
The 62 counties of New York State are defined, for the purpose of this
study, within three categories of air pollution: A) Severe counties (9)
are the original EPA "Severe-17" counties. B) Moderate counties (10) are
those originally designated by EPA as “Moderate NA”, plus the county of
Albany and its surrounding counties that experience dense metropolitan
traffic. Less polluted counties (43) are the remaining counties. (see map)
Findings: WNV-positive animal mortality correlated precisely with EPA
county-by-county categories that affect gasoline formulations with MTBE
(methyl ethyl butyl ether). MTBE is a poisonous gasoline additive that
has been undergoing a phase-out and ban as recommended by the EPA on July
31, 1999, at the height of arguably the highest incidence of bird mortality
in the history of the U.S.
The WNV-positive percentage of tested animals in the severe counties
was 24 times greater than in the moderate counties plus less polluted counties.
No animal tested positive for WNV in the less polluted counties.
Nile Virus: Out of Africa? Or out of a Lab?
Health authorities claim the virus entered the US via travelers from
the Middle East, or via a stray mosquito on an airplane. Other researchers
claim the virus arrived with African animals or birds placed in zoos. But,
in fact, the WN virus has been housed in US labs for decades (along with
African animals), and has been openly sold to researchers around the world.
From the very beginning of the WN virus outbreak, there were rumours of
bioterrorism, but these rumours were denied by health officials. more
Date Mailed: Aug. 6, 2002
For Immediate Release
Contact: Elaine Zacky—208/265-2575; 800/336-9266
Public Health Expert Calls West Nile Virus Pesticide Spraying Program
Sandpoint, ID — News reports about threatened West Nile Virus (WNV)
infections spreading across America have missed the much greater risks
posed by chemical sprayings. This mosquito control program is “madness”
according to a leading public health authority whose proof is in a new
book being donated to libraries and legislators nationwide.
Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz, a Harvard graduate independent investigator,
and author of more than thirteen books including the national bestseller,
Viruses: AIDS ? Ebola, says spraying pesticides to combat mosquitoes
suspected of carrying the West Nile Virus (WNV) has not been scientifically
proven to be either safe for humans or effective against the disease. Spraying
malathion, a suspected human chemical carcinogen and known immune system
blocker, or its alternate, Anvil 10:10, violates a basic tenant of public
health practice that requires foreknowledge of the risks and proven benefits
of the policy before it is implemented, he says.
There is substantial evidence linking exposure to these airborne chemicals
to cancer and genetic damage, the doctor maintains. For this reason he
has urged political and public health officials to stop what he calls “imprudent
practices that are clearly lethal to people.”
In support of his activism, the publisher of Dr. Horowitz’s Death in
the Air (Tetrahedron; 1-888-508-4787) has donated more than 1,000 copies
to libraries and legislators. His documentation comes “highly recommended”
in the July, 2002 issue of LIBRARY JOURNAL, the nation’s leading academic
Henry A. Wallace of the Institute for Alternative Agriculture has also
voiced concern saying, “I think people, by now, would know that heavy applications
of pesticide have not been the right way to go” in-so-far-as halting the
spread of threatening diseases. “Spraying people with pesticide that do
not want to be sprayed must be morally wrong.”
Dr. Horowitz says, “This spraying policy violates ethical, moral, and
scientific standards. To give people the proof and power to resist this
madness I’ve even lifted the copyright on the book. People should photocopy
and circulate the stunning evidence at townhall meetings for the benefit
of their communities and conscientious policy- makers considering or debating
this pesticide spraying issue.”
More information and free book applications link to: http://www.tetrahedron.org.
NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: For an interview or article on this area of Dr.
Horowitz’s research, please call Elaine Zacky at 1-800-336-9266.
229 Gypsy Bay Road • Sagle, ID 83860 • 208-265-2575 • (FAX) 208-265-2775
Top 10 Lies About
West Nile Virus
West Nile virus encephaliti
"Even in areas where the virus is circulating, very few mosquitoes are
infected with the virus. Even if the mosquito is infected, less than 1%
of people who get bitten and become infected will get severely ill. The
chances you will become severely ill from any one mosquito bite are extremely
Encephalitis is a viral infection. Mild cases may include a slight fever
and/or headache. More severe infections are marked by a rapid onset of
a high fever with head and body aches. Usually symptoms occur from 5 to
15 days after exposure. There is no specific treatment for viral infections,
other than to treat the symptoms and provide supportive care. Those who
may be most susceptible to encephalitis are the elderly and persons with
damaged immune systems.
West Nile virus is currently found in many areas of the eastern half
of the United States. The virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito,
and can infect people, horses, many types of birds, and some other animals.
Most people who become infected with West Nile virus will have either
no symptoms or only mild ones. On rare occasions, infection can result
in a severe and sometimes fatal illness known as West Nile encephalitis
(an inflammation of the brain). The risk of severe disease is higher for
persons 50 years of age and older. As of August 2, 2002 there have been
36 cases of West Nile virus related human illness confirmed to CDC during
2002, including 2 deaths. From 1999 through 2001, there were 149 cases
of West Nile virus human illness in the United States reported to CDC and
confirmed, including 18 deaths.
There is no evidence to suggest that West Nile virus can be spread from
person to person or from animal to person.
General Description ? History
US States reporting confirmed
West Nile virus infection
Prevention and Control
Natural insect repellent
Spraying and West Nile Virus
In 1999 and 2000, New Yorkers were exposed to massive amounts of toxic
pesticides by the Giuliani administration in a panicked overreaction to
the alleged threat of West Nile Virus (WNV - a disease that the Department
of Health?s own press releases admit is extremely hard to become infected
by and is very rarely fatal. We were repeatedly sprayed by helicopters
and trucks in our homes, in public parks, while shopping, while playing
in schoolyards, while eating in outdoor restaurants and while traveling
to and from work and school.
Now the possible spray area for mosquitoes said to be carrying West
Nile Virus has been extended to cities up and down the entire east coast,
and as far west as the Mississippi River, even though there have been no
human fatalities in the US from West Nile encephalitis apart from eight
people in New York in the last two years. Spraying has taken place in almost
every county in New York State, as well as in New Jersey, parts of Connecticut
(which used Scourge/Resmethrin), Maryland, Massachusetts and along the
entire eastern seaboard from Maine all the way to Florida.
Despite overwhelming evidence of the hazards of indiscriminate pesticide
use, plans are underway to extend the broadcast spraying for West Nile-carrying
mosquitoes to urban areas such as Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan.
On the west coast, massive indiscriminate spraying of urban areas is already
underway for other insects.
New York City remains the epicenter, and what happens there will dramatically
affect what happens everywhere else. Public health experts, mosquito control
technicians, and scientists who specialize in studying the effects of pesticide
exposure warn that this unprecedented use of chemicals on densely packed
urban populations will not only be ineffective for mosquito control but
pose a far greater health risk than West Nile Virus.
The main chemical used in 1999, Malathion (Fyfanon ULV), is described
by the NYC Mayor?s Chem-Bio Handbook - the City?s official guide to handling
chemical and biological emergencies which is distributed to every police
precinct, ambulance and fire truck - as a toxic nerve gas directly related
to those used in WWII. Anvil (Sumithrin + Piperonyl Butoxide + Petroleum-related
byproducts), the synthetic pyrethroid nerve gas sprayed from trucks in
2000, is known to cause asthma, disruption of sexual hormones and various
other health disorders, and has been linked to breast cancer in women and
diminished sperm counts in men.
According to a study by Dr. Mary Wolff of Mount Sinai School of Medicine,
the main component of Anvil, the chemical Sumithrin, disrupts human hormones
and has been shown to increase the growth of breast cancer tumors.
"Women who have breast cancer and who may be exposed to the spraying
should be notified about that," Wood said. "These politicians who have
no knowledge of this stuff keep saying it's okay. But I'm afraid 10 to
15 years from now we'll be paying the consequences."
Rather than jump to costly pesticide spraying that has to be repeated
every year, Wood said, City Hall should look at its own successful and
environmentally sound ways of eliminating mosquitoes.
One of those methods is something called a Mosquito Magnet, a machine
that looks like a barbecue grill. It burns propane gas that sends out a
plume of carbon dioxide. The plume attracts mosquitoes who are then sucked
in and killed. One magnet can destroy adult mosquitoes over an acre of
The city is already using these machines in all of its waste treatment
plants. It needs to order hundreds, or even thousands, more.
What we don't need is an annual battle over pesticide spraying that
does more harm than the danger being fought.
Prevention and Control without toxic pesticides
mosquito repellent has been associated
with seizures and several cases of toxic encephalopathy (encephalitis)
in children, including three deaths, according to the Extension Toxicology
Network at Cornell University.
Herbal Mosquito ? Insect Repellent
Bug Arrest is an ecologically safe and
effective pest management solution for humans and pets. This non-toxic
product contains natural enzymes that devour the exoskeleton of pests such
as fleas, lice, scabies, mites, and more.
Natural herbal remedies for insect bites and stings: redness, swelling, itching
Insector, The Bug Collector. How many sleepless nights have been spent
listening to the unnerving whine of a mosquito or the buzz/thwack of a
frantic fly? How many outdoor evenings have been spoiled by annoying moths
or a squadron of hungry mosquitoes? The new Insector Bug Collector works
both indoors and out to trap unwanted insect guests without resorting to
electric zaps, gooey adhesives or noxious poisons. Just plug in the Insector
in your bedroom, kitchen, backyard patio, anywhere you'd like to be free
of flying pests. The insect-attracting blue light lures flying insects
toward a down-drafting fan that pushes them into an inescapable trap in
the base, where they perish naturally. Cleanup is quick and easy — just
unscrew the base and empty the trap. Insector is an effective, yet attractive
device with its sculptural profile and attractive translucent blue color.
Durable plastic construction withstands exposure to UV rays.
Repels Mosquitoes More Effectively Than DEET
CHICAGO, August 27 — Researchers report that nepetalactone, the essential
oil in catnip that gives the plant its characteristic odor, is about ten
times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET — the compound used
in most commercial insect repellents. Entomologist Chris Peterson,
Ph.D., with Joel Coats, Ph.D., chair of the university’s entomology department,
led the effort to test catnip’s ability to repel mosquitoes. Peterson,
a former post-doctoral research associate at the school, is now with the
U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Wood Products Insects Research
Unit, in Starkville, Miss.
In the laboratory, repellency is measured on a scale ranging from +100
percent, considered highly repellent, to –100 percent, considered a strong
attractant. A compound with a +100 percent repellency rating would repel
all mosquitoes, while –100 percent would attract them all. A rating of
zero means half of the insects would stay on the treated side and half
on the untreated side. In Peterson’s tests, catnip ranged from +49 percent
to +59 percent at high doses, and +39 percent to +53 percent at low doses.
By comparison, at the same doses, DEET’s repellency was only about +10
percent in this bioassay, he notes.
Peterson says nepetalactone is about 10 times more effective than DEET
because it takes about one-tenth as much nepetalactone as DEET to have
the same effect. Most commercial insect repellents contain about 5 percent
to 25 percent DEET. Presumably, much less catnip oil would be needed in
a formulation to have the same level of repellency as a DEET-based repellent.
Why catnip repels mosquitoes is still a mystery, says Peterson. “It
might simply be acting as an irritant or they don’t like the smell. But
nobody really knows why insect repellents work.” Catnip is a perennial
herb belonging to the mint family and grows wild in most parts of the United
States, although it also is cultivated for commercial use. Catnip is native
to Europe and was introduced to this country in the late 18th century.
It is primarily known for the stimulating effect it has on cats, although
some people use the leaves in tea, as a meat tenderizer and even as a folk
treatment for fevers, colds, cramps and migraines.
Chris Peterson, Ph.D., is a former post-doctoral research
associate at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and is now a Research
Entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Wood
Products Insect Research Service, in Starkville, Miss. Joel R. Coats, Ph.D.,
is professor of entomology and toxicology and Chair of the Department of
Entomology at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
the mailbag - Natural mosquito repellent
I received this email from a visitor of my site to remind me of a safe
natural insect repellent. She writes: "There's another natural product
that you won't buy in a store that works against mosquitos and best of
all its free - urine! Of course, not too many people would have much desire
for this method. However, if you drink a bunch of water beforehand, then,
on your next bathroom break, collect a little urine, there will hardly
be any smell to it. Rub it on and no mosquito will touch you.
I learned that in the rainforest of Costa Rica. When we finished
our rainforest trek and went to a hotel in San Jose, CR, the hotel owner
was very surprised that we had no mosquito bites (especially considering
that we travelled during the rainy season)." Suzanne firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about uropathy (urine therapy)
"The use of DEET in mosquito repellents is extremely troubling. DEET
has been associated with seizures and several cases of toxic encephalopathy
(encephalitis) in children, including three deaths, according to the Extension
Toxicology Network at Cornell University." Blowing
the Whistle on West Nile
Think about using Deet?
In the July 30th edition of the Latrobe Bulletin I read
an article called, "West Nile virus spreading faster than expected". It
advised using a mosquito repellent containing DEET. I’ve heard that DEET
is not safe for children. What’s your take on this and are there any herbal
insect repellents I could use instead of products containing DEET?
Jean M., Waterford, PA
Here's GrannyEarth reply:
DEET is the common name for N,N-diethyl-m-toluamid. DEET
is a unique pesticide because it is applied directly to the human body
for the purpose of repelling insects. It was developed and patented by
the U.S. Army in 1946 for use by military personnel. Deet was then registered
for general public use in the U.S. in the 1957.
Products containing N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide and isomers (DEET)
are beneficial as insect repellents, but have also been associated with
dermal (skin) irritation such as blisters and scarring (Reuveni and Yagupsky,
1982) and neurological damage including toxic encephalopathy with symptoms
of agitation, weakness, disorientation, seizures, coma and death (Heick,
1980 and Zadikoff, 1979). DEET is absorbed promptly through the skin and
distributed to all organs including the brain and (in case of pregnancy)
the fetus. I gleaned this information from EXTOXNET, a Pesticide Information
Project of Cooperative Extension Offices of Cornell University, Michigan
State university, Oregon State University and University of California
at Davis at their web site: (http://pmep.cce.cornell.edu/profiles/extoxnet/carbaryl-dicrotophos/deet-ext.html).
In 1995 the National Poison Control Center in Washington, DC. received
over 6,700 reports of (DEET) repellent exposure side effects, including
one death. Of the 6,700 reports, two thirds occurred in children age six
I have never used insect repellents containing DEET and I would not
recommend using them, especially on children. But with the recent threat
of the West Nile virus, I can understand how most people will panic and
reach for the DEET. However there are a lot of precautions one can take
to protect themselves against mosquitoes, such as getting rid of stagnant
water around the yard and wearing protective clothing when going into the
woods or working in the garden. Last year during the heat of summer I would
work in my garden from 7:00 until dark. Although this was more comfortable
than mid-day, the mosquitoes were out in full force and anxious to bite.
After getting pretty bite up the first time, I decided to pick some Sage
and Chamomile leaves and rub them on my arms and face thereafter. It worked
and the mosquitoes left me alone!
There are several natural alternatives to DEET products on the market
but they are slow to catch on and you have to go to a health food store
or on line to get them. Granted the DEET formulas work longer (from 6 –
10 hours) than natural repellents and so you’ll need to apply them more
often if you’re looking for extended protection. But that’s only an inconvenience
with no toxic side effects. As with most natural, alternatives, there is
always a little inconvenience. But what a small price to pay- don’t you
A trip to your local health food store (if you’ve never visited one)
will open a whole new world of ‘chemical-free’ living for you. You can
even find safe, herbal, no aluminum deodorants there!
It’s no coincidence that Nature provides effective and gentle remedies
for all of our needs, including mosquito repellent. If you have your own
herb garden, you might want to experiment in making your own. Some herbs
that are known to work are Lavender, Peppermint, Thyme, Citronella, Lemongrass,
Chamomile Eucalyptus, Garlic, Basil, Rosemary and Sage. Use what you have
growing. Make a strong herbal tea of the fresh leaves. Let the tea cool
and either put it in a spray bottle or wipe it directly on the skin. Keep
unused portion in the refrigerator and make a new batch every few days.
Mosquitoes especially dislike Lavender and Thyme oils. Use pure essential
oil, and dilute it in a base of either water or carrier oil such as sweet
almond, sesame, grape seed or safflower. Dilute 2-6 drops of the essential
oil into 1 teaspoon of a base oil to use topically. To make a water-based
splash, add 5-6 drops essential oil to 1 Tablespoon witch hazel and 4 Tablespoons
filtered/spring water. Shake it well and spray on the skin.
One of the best formulas I have found to keep most bothersome insects
Thyme oil, 4 drops
Lavender oil, 4 drops
Peppermint, 4 drops
Add this blend of oils to 2 Tablespoons witch hazel and 8 Tablespoons filtered
or spring water. Shake well and spray onto skin. Re-apply as needed when
outdoors. This is a good blend for children also. If you do happen to get
bit, tea tree oil is always a good first choice, since it has antiseptic properties, reduces inflammation and promotes skin healing.
There are natural alternatives Jean but it takes a little more time
and effort. As always, I urge you to do your own research and of course,
listen to your innate healing wisdom.
Do you have a question for Granny Earth? Email: email@example.com
Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz, is a Harvard graduate independent investigator,
and author of more than thirteen books including the national bestseller,
Viruses: AIDS ? Ebola
, and Death
in the Air: Globalism, Terrorism ? Toxic Warfare,
says spraying pesticides
to combat mosquitoes suspected of carrying the West Nile Virus (WNV) has
not been scientifically proven to be either safe for humans or effective
Recorded on 8/6/2002 on the Insight Hour.
(Note: views expressed by Dr. Horowitz in
his lecture regarding the West Nile Virus are his views and is presented
here for your information
and does not necessarily reflect the views of Shirley's Wellness Cafe.)
Codes for the Biological Apocalypse by
Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz
in the Air: Globalism, Terrorism ? Toxic Warfare by
Dr. Leonard Horowitz
Chemical, and Nuclear Warfare - Protecting Yourself and Your Loved Ones
smallpox, chemical weapons, SARS or nuclear disaster? Savely Yurkovsky,
MD, says "No sweat," whether the conventional medical vaccines or antidotes
exist or not and proposes his method that everyone, even a layperson, can
master within minutes! More than that, this method is natural, drug free
and supported by hundreds of scientific studies, ample medical experience
and prominent scientists!
Disenchanted with the dismal yield of conventional medicine in the care
of chronic diseases, he turned to the exploration and thorough study of
Alternative Medicine. Having realized that the primary source of health
and disease, according to physics, stems from the corresponding cellular
energy fields, he adopted a new revolutionary medical model - one that
interfaces the theories of biology and physics, created by his mentor,
Professor Emeritus of Materials Science, William A. Tiller, of Stanford
Yurkovsky, MD is a former or current member of many professional organizations,
including the American College of Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), American
Institute of Homeopathy. He is a cardiologist and Board Certified physician,
internationally known expert in Integrative Medicine with special interest
in toxicology and infectious diseases. Dr. Yurkovsky resides with his wife
and two children in Connecticut, and maintains a private practice in Chappaqua,
information about homeopathy --- Responding
to Terrorism Homeopathically
The Immune System: The body's defense
"West Nile virus disease is a mosquito-borne infection that can cause
mild flu-like illness or severe encephalitis. Although chances of a person
getting encephalitis are small, there are some simple steps you can take
to reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes. Encephalitis is a viral
infection. Mild cases may include a slight fever and/or headache. More
severe infections are marked by a rapid onset of a high fever with head
and body aches. Usually symptoms occur from 5 to 15 days after exposure.
There is no specific treatment for viral infections, other than to treat
the symptoms and provide supportive care. Those who may be most susceptible
to encephalitis are the elderly and persons with
damaged immune systems."
the South Dakota Department of Health - Office of Disease Prevention
Your immune system is your bodyguard. It works both pro-actively and
protectively to shield you from anything in your world that threatens your
life and limb. The immune system is not responsive to drugs for healing.
By rebuilding immunity, health is naturally restored and disease disappears.
If health and immunity are thereafter conscientiously maintained, the individual
is no longer vulnerable to disease. According t o Dr. George C Pack, MD,
a cancer specialist at Cornell medical School, almost everyone has cancer
cells present at times in our bodies. If our immune system is working properly,
these cells are killed or reabsorbed by our defense system before they
begin to grow and threaten our health. The only real defense against cancer
is the immune system. Everyone gets cancer every day but if the immune
system is where it should be those cancer cells are eliminated and we never
Boosting the Immune System
David M. Markowitz, M.D.:
you know that close to $10 billion was spent on antibiotics in the U.S.
last year? Did you know that many bacteria have become increasingly resistant
to these drugs and that many drugs are outdated as soon as they are released
for use? Have you seen the many articles in Time and Newsweek (and many
medical journals) about the variety of plagues caused by infectious agents
throughout the world? What can we do to protect ourselves in a safe and
natural way against this ever-increasing threat? Have you had a child or
patient who has required multiple drugs to deal with one or several ear
infections? This is how this threat touches our daily lives. We now have
new HOPE . . . literally, hope in a capsule of Transfer Factor!" David
M. Markowitz, M.D.
Factor: natural immune booster
The scientific term "transfer factor" was added to dictionaries in
1956. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines "transfer factor"
as "a substance that is produced and secreted by a lymphocyte functioning
in cell-mediated immunity and that upon incorporation into a lymphocyte
which has not been sensitized confers on it the same immunological specificity
as the sensitized cell". What this all means, is that when immune system
cells have battled with specific disease invaders, they produce a substance
that transfers a message of warning on to other immune cells. The newly
alerted immune cells "remember" the warning message, producing the same
substance, alerting other immune cells. Once alerted, the immune cells
always "remember" who the specific enemy is, and how to attack it. Because
scientists were unable to actually identify this unknown immune stimulating
substance, they coined the simple term "transfer factor" to describe it.
Every mother (human or mammal) that breast feeds her baby, passes all of
the immunity gained throughout her lifetime on to her infant. Transfer
factors are not species-specific and can therefore be extracted from any
mammal and then be given to another mammal with the same efficacy.
There are over 3,000 published papers and 50 years of research on transfer
factors. 4Life Research has thousands of case reports on the effectiveness
of transfer factors. There has also been a lab study and a human study
done with these products. In addition, the International Transfer Factor
Society sponsors an International Symposium every three years on the findings
of transfer factor research. more
Ginseng is one of the most powerful healing plants in the world!
by Linda Page, N.D. Ph.D.
It’s been around for thousands of years. Every traditional healing culture
in the world has a ginseng or ginseng-type plant in it’s medicine chest.
Daily ginseng was a necessary matter of life throughout all of China’s
long history. At the turn of the 20th century, virtually every Chinese
person used ginseng to some extent for their well being, especially as
a wellness tonic. Ginseng was also highly esteemed by every Native American
At the Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Jilin Province (where
ginseng is grown), researchers in the pharmacology department evaluated
the effects of ginseng on immune responses. The immune responses of mice
were tested with different dosages of extracts obtained either from the
leaf or the root of ginseng. Significant changes in the response of the
reticuloendothelial (RES) system were found, especially with moderate doses
of the root extracts. Larger doses did not improve the response. RES cells
are the immune system components that devour foreign organisms without
leaving their original sites in the liver, spleen and other tissues of
Ginseng - the most extensively studied herb on earth! Dr. Lin Yutang,
a Chinese research scientist who spent a lifetime learning about ginseng,
summed up his work by saying that "The magic tonic and building qualities
of ginseng are the most enduring, the most energy-giving, restorative qualities
known to mankind, yet it is distinguished by the slowness and gentleness
of its action". More modern research has been done on ginseng than all
other herbs combined. At the turn of the 21st century ginseng is being
intensively studied by athletic performance experts as well as medical
more about the different kinds of ginseng, the many ailments ginseng addresses,
how to use ginseng for maximum results, and a list of the highest quality
ginseng formulas and products!
Homeopathy to stimulate immune
As a properly practiced art, homeopathy stimulates an accelerated immune
system response. Historically, homeopathy has proven many times to be more
effective than allopathic medicine in the treatment and prevention of disease,
with risk of harmful side effects. In a U.S. cholera outbreak in 1849,
allopathic medicine saw a 48-60% death rate, while homeopathic hospitals
had a documented death rate of only 3%. Roughly similar statistics still
hold true for cholera today. Recent epidemiological studies show homeopathic
remedies as equaling or surpassing standard vaccinations in preventing
disease. There are reports in which populations that were treated homeopathically
after exposure had a 100% success rate-none of the treated caught the disease.
Therapeutic Fasting to Strenghten
the Immune Defense
"Proven throughout history for physical, mental and spiritual rejuvenation,
fasting promotes cleansing and healing; helps normalize weight, blood pressure,
cholesterol; rebuilds the immune system; and helps reverse the aging process.
If we are to get these poisons out of our bodies we must fast. By fasting
we give our bodies a physiological rest. This rest builds Vital Force.
The more Vital Force we have, the more toxins are going to be eliminated
from the body to help keep it clean, pure and healthy." P. Bragg, Ph.D
Marine Plants To Boost Immunity
and Detoxify "There is no family of foods more protective against
radiation and environmental pollutants than sea vegetables ... sea vegetables
can prevent assimilation of different radionuclitides, heavy metals such
as cadmium, and other environmental toxins." Steven Schecter, N.D.
effects of bee pollen A report from the Agronomic Institute,
Faculty of Zootechnics, Romania, showed the immune-strengthening effects
of bee pollen. According to the report, "Comparative Studies Concerning
Biochemical Characteristics of Beebread as Related to the Pollen Preserved
in Honey" by Drs. E. Palos, Z. Voiculescu, and C. Andrei, "An increase
has been recorded in the level of blood lymphocytes, gamma globulins, and
proteins in those subjects given pollen in comparison with control groups.
The most significant difference occurred in lymphocytes. These results
thus signify a strengthening in the resistance of the organic system."
Lymphocytes are the white blood cells that are the "soldiers" of the immune
system. They are responsible for ridding the body of injurious and harmful
substances, including infected or diseased cells, mutant and cancerous
cells, viruses, metabolic trash, and so on. Gamma globulin is a protein
formed in the blood, and our ability to resist infection is closely related
to this protein's activity.
? Golden Seal: nature's potent immune system booster
As well as its blood purifying properties, echinacea is an effective
antibacterial, antiviral and immune system stimulant or infection fighter.
For more than 100 years it has proven useful in most diseases due to impurities
of the blood. It is excellent for treating the causes of fever, infection,
colds and flu and is specific for all glandular infections. Echinacea (pronounced
eek-in-asia) is a plant which was first used by Native American Indians
to cure snake bites, colds, flu and other fever-related illnesses. Today
echinacea is commercially cultivated and is the most popular herb in the
world. In Europe, echinacea is used in many cases instead of antibiotics.
Golden Seal is claimed by many to be the world's oldest medicinal plant.
It is said to promote white blood cell activity, which is an important
part of your body's natural defense system.
Urine Therapy: an immune system booster
The practice of Urine Therapy (Amaroli) comes from Yoga and is the
use of one's own urine as food, medicine, restorative, transforming agent
and immune system booster. It is sometimes called 'Your Own Doctor'.
Amaroli is very simple to do and increases the power of the immune system,
strengthens the Aura and improves skin health. Urine Therapy is one of
the most powerful, most researched and most medically proven natural cures
Raw Food/Enzyme Therapy to Restore
the Immune System
Most human illnesses and diseases are due to a deficiency of vital
nutrients. When you supply your body with the proper nutrients, in a form
that your body can use, it knows how to repair itself. "The body has the
inherent ability -the vitality -not only to heal itself and restore health,
but also to ward off disease. Illness is not caused simply by an
invasion of external agents or germs, but is a manifestation of the organism's
attempt to defend and heal itself. Prevention Is the Best Cure. Health
is a reflection of how we choose to live." TC Fry
Earth Minerals The foods
we eat, over-processed and void of many essential nutrients, are grown
in soils that have been over-planted and saturated with synthetic fertilizers
and pesticides. Many mineral supplements are not easily assimilated by
the body. It's important that mineral supplements be water soluble, not
in rock form, and that the elements be in an oxygenated state, bringing
more oxygen to the blood cells and thereby releasing toxins from the body.
Scientists theorize that mineral deficiency subjects us, and our animals,
to more diseases, aging, sickness and destruction of our physical well-being
than any other factor in personal health. To the science of living cells,
fulvic acids are vital in bringing substantial amounts of nutrients and
minerals into water solution and delivering their living energies to the
living cells. Shilajit in Sanskrit means "conqueror of mountains ? destroyer
of weakness". It comes from the rocks in the lower Himalayas and is the
most important natural remedy of Ayurvedic medicine.
Sugars That Heal: The New Healing
Science of Glyconutrients by Emil I. Mondoa,
"When all eight sugars are available, the health benefits can be breathtaking:
Individuals regain their ability to fight disease, reactivate their immune
systems, and are able to ward off infection." Emil I.
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