Is DEET dangerous? CERTAINLY NOT, - if used correctly and if you want to believe the dedicated users of DEET and the manufacturers of DEET products who certainly have an invested interest in the use of their products!
It certainly is not dangerous according to CDC and WHO and any other organization of note! Try and google DEET and see for yourself how much has been written about it.
So, if DEET is not dangerous, than why are there so many DEET free alternatives on the market?
We know that DEET was developed as a pesticide and approved for human application in the mid 1950’s and is still found in most pesticides today.
So why on earth would you want to put a pesticide, which is cited as mildly toxic, on your skin and your children and babies skin?
A pesticide that dissolves plastic and strips varnish from furniture?
Our skin is the largest organ in the human body with many functions. Whatever is applied to the skin, good or bad, is absorbed into the body.
Young children absorb greater concentrations of DEET per body weight as their organs and immune systems are not fully developed yet.
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) sites DEET as a developmental neurotoxin!
The danger associated with a neurotoxin is that no-one can foresee the long term effects on the human body! The effects of a neurotoxin is accumulative in the brain, the liver, the lymphatic system and the kidneys over 10, 20, 30, 40 or more years.
Now also add the medications you take on a regular basis including anti-histamines -
- add to the above a diet rich in aluminum, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup and refined white sugars and alcohol,
- and lastly add the environmental factors we are exposed to on a daily basis,
and we set the stage for serious health issues in the future with the body unable to cope with the overload of toxins!
THE THINGS I WONDER ABOUT
Could the use of DEET be instrumental in –
*the increase of incidence of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS?
*bee colonies dying at an alarming rate when studies have shown pesticides including DEET were found in pollen collected by bees in corn and soybean fields
*the increase in respiratory illnesses worldwide
*the increase in skin related problems worldwide
I certainly do not have all the answers (I wish I had some!), but I do believe one should protect the body from harmful products, of which DEET is a big one, at all costs!
If you are interested in further reading –
*On the 30 year study about Parkinson’s Disease: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5004732/
*On the increase in Alzheimer’s Disease: https://www.alzforum.org/news/conference-coverage/alzheimers-incidence-rising-not-falling-researcher-says
*On pesticides in bee pollen: https://www.newsweek.com/bee-pollen-full-pesticides-mosquito-repellents-465166