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Here are common chemicals to watch for -
Taken from the book “Staying Healthy with Nutrition.” 
By Elson M Haas, MD

• Rodent killers – used in mousetraps, these contain arsenic, strychnine, and phosphorus, which are deadly if eaten. 
• Insecticides – used for various bugs, many contain chemicals, even as “inert ingredients”, that may be dangerous. Pyrethrum, a plant extract derived from white chrysanthemum, can be useful. 
• Lice shampoos – these contain lindane (as in the brand G-Well), which are available in the United States by prescription but banned in many countries due to risk of nervous system and reproductive system damage as well as possible carcinogenicity. They are used for lice and crabs and also as an insecticide. Pyrethrin powders and sprays may be helpful and useful for animals but not for humans. 

Jocelyne’s note – In the old days, you would saturate your hair with olive oil and put on a shower cap and leave it on all day to kill the lice. Then you used a fine-tooth comb to comb the lice and eggs out of your hair. This could be done several times, until the hair was free of lice and/or eggs. Of course, all the bedding, clothes, and anything that the individuals were in contact with needed to be washed thoroughly to eliminate infestation.
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