is regarding the Oct. 25 article, Louse House Helps Probe Why
Treatments Don't Work.
Parents across North America spend millions annually on lice
shampoos. Looking for the quick fix promised by manufacturers and
physicians, most parents don't realize these products are
pesticides, just like roach sprays, rat poisons and weed killers. By
definition, pesticides are poisons and can be dangerous even if used
as directed. Researchers are warning that many of these chemicals
pose serious human health threats, including skin, eye, and
respiratory irritation, tingling sensations, allergic reactions,
asthma and blood damage. Children have been found to be at greatest
risk. The chemical lice treatments being massaged into your child's
scalp are toxins and will enter their blood stream.
The real question here is not why the chemical shampoos are no
longer working (everyone knows insects will build up a resistance
over time), but why aren't we using natural alternatives which are
more effective, since the lice never build up a resistance to them?
The answer, of course, is money. Selling lice shampoos has become
big business and big business has lots of money for advertising.
There are real alternatives out there that work and cost little.
Non-toxic treatments include: coconut oil or olive-based shampoo
(without conditioner), bar soap or pure coconut or olive oil (these
oils kill lice by smothering them); tea tree oil; a solution of 50
per cent vinegar and 50 per cent mineral oil. Simply shampoo your
child's head with this solution, cover with plastic for one hour,
and then comb out the nits.
The most important part of stopping a lice problem is removing
the nits. This step cannot be avoided even when using a toxic lice
There are simple, safe and effective alternatives to treat lice.
Please, for the sake of our children's health and well-being, let's
start using them.
Elora Centre for Environmental Excellence
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