Saturday, August 29, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
by Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper
There’s an epidemic in America that’s bound to make your head itch the moment you read about it. Just in time for back-to-school, there’s an outbreak of “super lice”.
Because plain old ordinary lice weren’t bad enough, super lice don’t respond to the normal chemical treatments. Just like antibiotic-resistant infections, it seems that lice have adapted to the pesticide-filled shampoos that are commonly used and are thumbing their little buggy noses at efforts to eradicate them.
Dr. Kyong Yoon, PhD, of Southern Illinois University has been researching the trend. “We are the first group to collect lice samples from a large number of populations across the U.S.What we found was that 104 out of the 109 lice populations we tested had high levels of gene mutations, which have been linked to resistance to pyrethroids.”
Dr. Yoon says that there are other treatments that will work against the current batch of lice, but warns, “If you use a chemical over and over, these little creatures will eventually develop resistance.”