With summer in the rearview mirror and the holidays fast approaching, you’ve already booked the family trip to St. Bart’s, Costa Rica or the Virgin Islands.
Chances are when you make your packing list, you’ll be sure include things like sunscreen, moisturizer and lip balm. But what about the kind of protection from disease-carrying insects like mosquitoes that Dr. Fedorenko True Organic products can deliver?
According to the MDtravelhealth.com website, St. Bart’s is more than just a winter destination where people go to get a good tan. It’s also a place where they can catch any number of tropical diseases.
Like chikungunya fever. It may sound like a spicy Indian dish, but it is actually a mosquito-borne disease, marked by fever, headache, rashes and joint and muscle pain. Although rarely fatal, it can prove to be debilitating for months. An outbreak of it in 2013 sickened some 700 people in St. Bart’s. And it’s not just St. Bart’s. An outbreak of dengue fever, another mosquito-borne illness, sickened more than 100 people in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2010. And there’s that old standard: Malaria. According to MDtravelhealth.com, less than a decade ago, more than 26,000 cases of malaria were reported in Costa Rica. Again, mosquitoes are to blame.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Protection recommends taking appropriate precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, such as wearing long sleeved shirts, long pants and hats. Like you’re really going to follow that advice. You’re going down to the tropics to enjoy the warm weather and get a little sun, not wrap yourself up like a mummy.</p>
<p>And that brings us back to insect repellent. The experts say to use plenty of it when exposed to the kinds of mosquitoes that can lay you low with a tropical disease.
The trouble is the most widely used bug repellents rely on the chemical DEET to keep the mosquitoes at bay. DEET was developed by the U.S. military after its experiences with jungle warfare during World War II. It was released commercially in the early 1950s in the era of “better living through chemistry” and has become the most widely used insect repellent in the world.<br />Not only do products containing DEET make you smell like a New Jersey chemical factory, but increasingly concerns are being raised about its effectiveness and safety. A British study has shown that mosquitoes quickly develop immunity to the chemical. Worse still, other studies have raised the alarm about DEETs’ neurological toxicity. Even DEET’s most ardent supporters recommend using the product sparingly when it comes to children. But there is a clinically tested alternative: Dr. Fedorenko.
True Organic products are DEET-free, alcohol-free, made with essential oils and certified organic. They’ll keep you and your family safe—and smelling terrific.