By Vanessa Ryan and Dr Michele Sayball ND
Charleston County is spraying Trumpet (Naled) Saturday, September 17, 6:30am to 8:30 am in an effort to control the zika mosquito population. The backup date is Sunday, September 18, 6:30am-8:30am. Naled is a toxic pesticide. It kills bees, butterflies, moths and fish. It doesn’t kill humans, the unanswered question remains on exactly how damaging it is to humans.
Naled quickly breaks down into Dichlorvos which is more toxic and has been studied. Dichlorvos is a neurotoxin, it attacks the nervous system. Some are claiming that it is so toxic, it may be illegal according to the Geneva Protocol of 1925 which banned chemical and biological weapons. Naled has been banned in 22 of the 28 countries in the European Union.
Florida has seen multiple sprayings. Rashes have been reported immediately following Naled spraying in Florida. A rash is the hallmark of an overtaxed liver, the liver is overwhelmed when it cannot offload all the toxins and so it is trying to eliminate them via the skin.
We are beginning to see sprayings happen in South Carolina and have seen mass die-off of bee populations. If this is happening to our bees, how is it affecting other livestock and how about us? It is hard to know the toll this will exact, as we are essentially lab rats in this new era of repeated aerial sprayings of Naled on densely populated areas in an effort to control the zika mosquito. Aerially spraying of Naled will deliver it into our water supply, our fish, our livestock, our soil, our vegetables and of course, it decimates our bees. It killed over 2 million bees in South Carolina recently.
Here are precautions to protect you and your family to minimize the effects:
- Keep your windows shut.
- Close up your dog door.
- Take children’s toys in the yard inside.
- Try to use ceiling and floor fans instead of AC. If possible, shut off AC.
- Limit outdoor time.
- Do not go into the ocean or swimming pools.
- Diffuse essential oils to support indoor air quality. Purification by Young Living is a good option.
- Hose down outdoor play equipment such as swing sets. Spray with an organic cleaner. Thieves cleaner is a great nontoxic option.
- Clean off your dog’s paws before coming into the house.
- Do not wear your outdoor shoes in the house and clean off the soles of your shoes. Again Thieves cleaner is a good option.
- Put a tarp over your vegetable garden.
- Clean off the vegetables in your garden.
The following are supplements that will assist your body in detoxing the chemicals in Naled and minimize the effect on your body. This is especially important in little ones whose bodies and brains are particularly susceptible to toxins.
- Elimation pathways – Keep elimination pathways open. If you or your child needs assistance with bowel movements. Increase/add a high quality probiotic. A brand I like is Cytoflora. Also Kid-e-reg has really helped us get things moving when constipated. Magnesium can also be helpful.
- Liver – Support the liver to move out the toxins with burdock root, yellow dock, dandelion root, milk thistle or liver cleanse which is a magical blend by Nature’s Sunshine. Liver support is especially important for people with compromised immune systems, constipation and MTHFR gene mutations (which among other things decreases the body’s ability to detox/methylate).
- Lymphatic system – The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that clear unwanted organisms. Red clover and cleavers help stimulate the lymph system to help stagnation and move toxins out. Both red clover and cleavers are blood purifiers, so they eliminate the bad guys in your blood and help the lymph system move them out of the body. They do double duty. A combo I love and have used for lymph support is Lymph Gland Cleanse and All Cell Detox by Nature’s Sunshine (these products should not be taken by children, pregnant or nursing moms). Exercise, in particular, jumping on a trampoline helps the lymph system detoxify.
- Bentonite clay – This can be put in the bath water. Brands I like are Living Clay and Aztec Secrets:Healing Indian Clay. Bentonite clay is not recommended for very young children, pregnant or nursing moms.
- Kelp – Studies continue to show that the ocean is home to some of the best filtering systems on earth, facilitating the breakdown of chemicals, toxins and heavy meals. Kelp is one of these amazing detoxifiers in oceans and seas around the world (Barry, 1994).
- Spirulina – This makes many superfood lists. This blue-green algae is one of the oldest life forms on earth. It is an extremely bioavailable source of protein. It has so many benefits and is something we take almost every day at our house. It is great at detoxing and cleansing. In fact, Bangladeshi researchers conducted a three-month-hospital-based study of patients who had arsenic poisoning, where spirulina was given to 33 patients while 17 received placebo doses. 82 percent of those taking spirulina showed tremendous improvement.
- Chlorella and cilantro are potent detoxifiers. Chlorella is another blue-green algae and one of the oldest life forms on earth. Chlorella loosens up the toxins and cilantro escorts them out of the body. These are controversial with some claiming they are too strong a chelator (detoxifier) and can cause damage. On the other hand there are incredible stories of healing attributed to chlorella in particular. Chlorella is safe for nursing mothers and a study of 19 Japanese nursing moms, showed that chlorella significantly cut down on the toxins being passed in the breast milk.
- Alpha lipoic acid – this antioxidant scavenges free radicals. It is also a gentle chelator (detoxifier).
- Activated charcoal – this binds to everything including the nutrients so should not be given close to other supplements. This is also dehydrating. Not for small children or pregnant or nursing mothers.
Note, detoxing is not recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers. When done with children, this should be done under the care of a health care professional.
Our nerves communicate with each other by releasing chemicals called neurotransmitters. Nerve agents alter those neurotransmitters causing signals to get caught in a loop. Symptoms of nerve damage include nose running, the eyes cry, the mouth drools and vomits, and bowels and bladder evacuate themselves. Nerve agents also deplete the myelin sheath which is a fatty layer wrapped around the nerve fiber which enables electrical impulses to be conducted with speed and accuracy. Key ways to support the nervous system include:
- Omega 3 – this strengthens the myelin sheathing which surrounds the nerve fiber.
- Lion’s Mane – this regenerates the nerves and the myelin and increases Nerve Growth Factor (NGF).
- B vitamins in particular B12.
- Stress Relief – the naturopath I studied with, Dr Mary Reed Gates, has had great success using this to rebuild the nervous system. She has used this with OCD clients for many years. Can be used on children over 2 years old.
- Helichrysum essential oil.
Antioxidants help prevent cell damage caused by oxidants. Antioxidants help counteract the damaging effects of free radicals.
- Glutathione – this is an antioxidant enzyme often referred to as the body’s “master antioxidant” because of to its central role in protecting the body’s cells from free radical damage.
- Vitamin C – powerful antioxidant that boosts immunity. Vitamin C supports white blood cells so they can fend off the attack of pathogens and free radicals. This is a non-synthetic form of vitamin C, derived solely from plant sources such as rose hip, camu camu and blueberries. Liposomal Vitamin C is a very potent form. Vitamin C is water soluble and just like oil and water don’t mix, Vitamin C has a hard time penetrating the cell membrane which is composed of fatty acids. This incompatibility means that Vitamin C is not easily assimilated and utilized within the cell. Estimates of Vitamin C absorption into the blood stream are around 20%. By wrapping the Vitamin C in a fat (lypo) that mimics the cell wall structure, liposomal Vitamin C is significantly better absorbed, with some estimates ranging higher than 90%.
Try to keep the diet clean, free of processed foods and fructose to support the immune system and so the liver has less to detox out. Eat more enzyme-rich raw food or barely cooked cruciferous veg like cabbage, broccoli, collard or bok choi. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – help move those toxins out!
Charleston Spray Map
Below is a link to the Charleston County site with a map of the areas being sprayed.