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Episode 7, Season 2: February 25, 2003

Not Nit-Picking
Producer: Catherine Clark
Reporter: Gillian Findlay
Associate Producer: Danielle Stone
Research: Lesley Cameron
Editor: Gary Akenhead, Dominique Banoun
Camera: Georges Laszuk, Ty Evans, John Badcock, Jeff Denesyk, Richard Furlong
Audio: Peter Wonsiak, Paul Pickett, Mary Wong, Fredrick Edwards, Karndeep Jassal

Not Nit-Picking

They were known as the dirty dozen: DDTs, PCBs, dioxin, chemical wonders, potent pesticides –the worst of the worst of environmental pollutants.

We got rid of them in the bad old days of the 1970s and 1980s. The 1990s brought a new bunch of bad guys to get rid of. They’re going, but not completely. Some are still around, and one of them is turning up in the most unlikely place – on your kid’s head.

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  • Lindane Education And Research Network - a comprehensive website with information about the effects of lindane on humans.
  • The Ban Lindane Campaign - this UK-based group is calling for all lindane products to be taken off shelves immediately, and for existing stocks to be handed in for safe disposal.
  • Lindane - information about the chemical from IPCS INCHEM (organization combs current, internationally peer-reviewed chemical safety-related publications and database records from international bodies, for information about chemical safety.)
  • What is Lindane Anyway? - information from, a production of the U.S. National Pediculosis Association.
  • Lindane Usage Reduction Project - an effort by the Sanitation District of Los Angeles County, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, and the National Pediculosis Association. The program targeted those parties who either treat or provide advice on the treatment of lice and scabies: doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, school nurses, day care centers, hospitals, and correctional institutions. It was the first major program to convince physicians to change the medications they prescribe based on environmental concerns.
  • MEDLINEplus: Head Lice - links to information about identifying and treating head lice (including alternative treatment methods).


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