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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolly_Penguin View Post
    The 80% DEET is a good idea. The sun tan lotion is also going to be applied liberally. I don't understand why these two products are not sold as one combined lotion.
    Wisconsin Pharmacal used to make a product called "Sun & Bug". The FDA shut it down after J&J objected on the basis of their surmise that the components could interact with each other and body chemistry with unknown results. That's what you get when Federal agencies are in the pocket of their their biggest "clients".

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    Reading more about DEET, I've learned (or confirmed; somebody mentioned this above) that the percentage in it only affects how long it lasts and not how much protection it gives. I've also read that its illegal in Canada in percentages over a certain amount (I think 30%) and that many people claim it gets into your blood stream through your skin and can to serious damage.... so rethinking the DEET.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolly_Penguin View Post
    Reading more about DEET, I've learned (or confirmed; somebody mentioned this above) that the percentage in it only affects how long it lasts and not how much protection it gives. I've also read that its illegal in Canada in percentages over a certain amount (I think 30%) and that many people claim it gets into your blood stream through your skin and can to serious damage.... so rethinking the DEET.
    I worked for WPC for a couple of years after they bought our Company in 2000. Read TONS of technical stuff ... in one study, rats showed signs of loss of appetite after consuming (orally) their own body weight in DEET every month for a few months. It actually has very low mammalian toxicity, according to all the reports I read.

    A viable alternative is lemon eucalyptus oil and its synthetic variants...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolly_Penguin View Post
    Reading more about DEET, I've learned (or confirmed; somebody mentioned this above) that the percentage in it only affects how long it lasts and not how much protection it gives. I've also read that its illegal in Canada in percentages over a certain amount (I think 30%) and that many people claim it gets into your blood stream through your skin and can to serious damage.... so rethinking the DEET.
    It's a lot less harmful than malaria, dengue fever, ross river encephalitis, or any of the dozens of other mosquito bourne diseases that are out there.

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    Yup and I'll be using it. I've now read that you should put it on and let it dry before putting on sunscreen or you'll be more likely to poison yourself with the combination.

    I've also been learning about leech socks. This is gonna be extreme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolly_Penguin View Post
    Yup and I'll be using it. I've now read that you should put it on and let it dry before putting on sunscreen or you'll be more likely to poison yourself with the combination.

    I've also been learning about leech socks. This is gonna be extreme.
    Leeches don't wear socks. They don't even have feet

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