Another Reason to Stay Inside – Deet is Neurotoxic

Friday, 07 August 2009
Mosquito - Photo Credit: sciencedaily.comScientists have confirmed what many people suspected for a long time. Deet, the common active ingredient in insect repellents is bad for you. Bad in that it is a neurotoxin.

What is a neurotoxin? Duh, it is an ingredient that is a toxic to the central nervous system.

Researchers at the University of Angers, France found that, “deet is not simply a behavior-modifying chemical but also inhibits the activity of a key central nervous system enzyme, acetycholinesterase, in both insects and mammals".

They also said that more tests are urgently needed to confirm or dismiss any potential neurotoxicity to humans, especially when deet-based repellents are used in combination with other neurotoxic insecticides.

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