Neem extracts have been shown to rid the body of head lice
in three very important and distinct ways. First of all Neem contains
hormone mimics that interfere with the life cycle of parasites.
Secondly Neem inhibits the parasites ability to feed, giving rise
to the term anti-feedant. Finally and very importantly Neem prevents
louse eggs from hatching.
best way to use Neem against lice is as follows:
Wash hair with NeemWell shampoo and dry the hair as usual.
(2) Apply NeemWell Scalp Lotion to
the hair and scalp. Massage well to insure even and compleate
(3) Leave it on overnight,
(4) Next Morning comb the hair with
a nit comb, thoroughly cleaning the whole scalp.
(5) Repeat the complete program:
wash, apply lotion, comb procedure, for three days.
Using Neem shampoo regularly helps to keep the hair healthy.
It may also help prevent infestation with lice.
A new shampoo based on neem (Azadirachta indica) is highly effective against head lice in vitro.
During school term keep a check on children's hair. Fine
comb regularly to insure there are no lice or eggs. Avoid using
harsh chemicals on young children.
An indication that lice are present is if the child's hair
is dull and lifeless. If the child is scratching and irritable.
If you see anything on the scalp
Conventional Head Lice
treatments contain toxic chemicals.
Babies and children
are more at risk from pesticides than are adults for the following
Babies have more
fat on their bodies than adults and pesticides are stored in fat.
Could a chemical
be that deadly?
For fear of attack by Saddam Hussein, most Israeli hospitals
have antidotes to a deadly nerve gas developed by Nazi chemists
which contains organophosphate(OP). A closely related compound
is the insecticide found in head lice lotions. The same family
of insecticides is
suspected of driving prion diseases like BSE and CJD. For
example: the vast bulk of the cattle found staggering around in
British fields with their brains burned out, have been treated
for warble-fly with these insecticides....Read
Side effects in humans using these insecticide lotions
range from slight irritation to the eyes and skin to serious skin
disorders, respiratory conditions, blood disorders, neurological
disorders and even death.
A study in 1997 by the Health & Safety Executive and Dr
Vyvyan Howard of Liverpool University found that head lice insecticides
used on children contain enough organophosphate to put them five
times over government safety limits, and that repeated use may
damage the nervous system.
mix 'threatens health'
findings about chemicals in the home and their effects on the
foetus and child
Are Pesticides taking away
the ability of our children to learn?
by Mary O'Brien
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All of the pesticides used against head lice are toxic
at high levels and there is concern about frequent exposure to
lower levels. Malathion is a case in point - many health effects
have been noted from malathion and its contaminants or breakdown
products. Heavy exposure brings on symptoms of dizziness, excessive
salivation, urination, headaches, nausea, diarrhea, convulsions,
muscle weakness, incoordination, abdominal cramps, slowed heart
beat, respiratory depression, paralysis, and coma. There are reports
of deaths, poisoning, intestinal disorders, leukemia, near sightedness
and kidney damage after aerial spraying of malathion. From animal
and in vitro tests, there is evidence of intestinal disorders,
weakened immune system, lung damage, birth defects, chromosome
damage, behavioral and reproductive effects.... READ
From the Californian Division
of Communicable Disease Control
used since the 1950s, is both the least effective and, by far,
the most toxic. Even though the "old is standby" Kwell®
is no longer produced, other lindane-based products are still
available and still require a prescription. Since 1983, the NPA
has maintained that the potential toxicity of lindane far outweighs
its possible benefits as a pediculicide. Among the adverse effects
reported to the NPA's register are seizures, behavioral changes,
neuromuscular complaints, attention deficit disorders, chronic
skin eruptions, and death. It was stated in California Morbidity
(April 17, 1987, #14) that: "Given that 1% lindane shampoo
(Kwell®, etc.) is less effective and has more potential toxicity
than the easily available alternatives, there is no reason to
continue prescribing this material for the control of head lice
in California." ...READ
Prepared in the context of cooperation between the International
Programme on Chemical Safety and the Commission of the European
LONG-TERM PSYCHOLOGICAL AND
OF LINDANE POISONING
The following case is of an individual who was acutely
intoxicated with Kwell, an anti-scabies agent, which employs lindane
as its active ingredient. Although her initial symptoms were indicative
of severe lindane poisoning, what makes the case important are
the prolonged and clearly-related neurological and psychological
symptoms that she experienced for 20 months following her initial
isn't cool for the environment
Lindane is an ingredient in prescription products used
to treat head lice and the skin mite scabies. Lindane head lice
shampoos are often called KWELL. No matter what they are called,
they are harmful to the environment. When misused, they can actually
hurt kids. Safe and effective alternatives to lindane are available,
and prevention and early detection techniques for head lice may
What does the Merck
Index say about lindane?
According to the Centennial Edition of the Merck Index,
poisoning with lindane may occur by ingestion, inhalation, or
skin absorption; possible acute symptoms include headache, nausea,
vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, weakness, convulsions, dyspnea, cyanosis
circulatory collapse. The Merck Index states that "Lindane and
other hexachlorocyclohexane isomers may reasonably be anticipated
to be carcinogens."