Synthetic vs. Natural
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Flea Treatment Research
I hate fleas. With a passion. A couple years ago, at my old house, after my cat gave birth to 6 kittens in our garage, our home was struck with a flea infestation. It was an absolute nightmare. I had never experienced baby kittens nor fleas at all. This infestation went on for almost a year. Though it was off and on with extremes, there was always some somewhere in the house. It got to a point where no matter where I was in the house, I would have at least one flea jump on me if not several. It was not only frustrating, it effected me mentally. I would cry often because I felt like they would never go away and thus I would never feel comfortable in my own home again. I was becoming depressed and evidently consumed by it. We tried everything from borax, fumigating, flea sprays, flea collars, lavendar incense, anything and everything out there to rid our home of these monsters. Even though we were able to subside the infestation for the most part, up until the day we moved out, there were still a few buggers creeping in the crevaces. Since then, any little black dot I see anywhere whether it be on my socks or on the kitchen floor, I have flashbacks of the nightmare and instantly go online to look for new ways to prevent fleas.
Fast forward to a couple months ago, we just moved in to our new place and a couple months later we got a puppy. The first thing I thought of was, yup you guessed it, FLEAS. I wanted to do it right this time and take her to the vet to get the top flea treatment. Though I don't particularly agree with the medical field whether for pets or humans, I didn't know where else to go for flea treatment that actually worked. So off to the Vet I went.
It had been about two months of giving my puppy the flea pill which I was told only lasts for a month. Of course, me and my skeptic mind was wondering why it only lasted a month, and a month it did. It was literally one month and one day since I had given Stef the pill, and like clockwork, as if the pill had been somehow programmed to fail when 30 days was up, after a month of not seeing one flea, the 31st day I saw two on her. It was ridiculously amazing.
Fast forward a bit, to a few days ago. I was supposed to go in for a refill of flea treatment (refill is a deceptive word because one thinks "refill" they think :"free" but no. Refill is full price which is $25 a pop) But something inside me told me not to go in and to do some real serious research into what exactly is in those flea treatments.
My first thought was that there must be some natural ingredients in the medicine. You can make something out of nothing. Even plastic has natural ingredients. This is where my eyes were opened and it all made sense. Without further ado, here is what I found and the conclusion I came to:
Natural Ingredients found in Flea and Tick Treaments:
Pyrethrins are natural extracts made from FLOWERS of chrysanthemum plants.
What do Pyrethrins do?
Pyrethrins affect the nervous system of insects and result in repeated and extended firings of the nerves. They do this by affecting the flow of sodium out of nerve cells. Safety: All pyrethrins are easily hydrolyzed and degraded by stomach acids, so toxicity following ingestion by pets is very rare. Generally, any signs of toxicosis will be gone after 24 hours.
PYRETHROIDS (e.g.; Permethrin, Phenothrin, Etofenprox)
Pyrethroids are SYNTHETIC pyrethrin compounds. That means they are made in a laboratory and are NOT NATURAL PLANT EXTRACTS. Safety: Pyrethroids are less easily broken down than pyrethrin, so this makes their toxicity, though low, higher than that of pyrethrin. If signs of toxicity occur, consult your veterinarian immediately.
So what I found was some very interesting information. This is what I got out of it all. Pyrethrins are all natural plant extracts. Pyrethroids are lab-created synthetic compounds made from Pyrethrins.
If I were to give my puppy pyrethrin extracted from chrysanthemum plants, my conjecture is that because its 100% natural, the actions that occur, the repeated and extended firings of the nerves, because this is completely natural, my puppy's nervous system will react in such a way that it learns what is happening and will learn to do it on its own with out the treatment either much less often or possibly ever again.
If a natural occuring process or chemical reaction is introduced into any living organism's system, it learns, naturally and therefore will continue to perform and follow suit.
The Pyrethroids, the synthetic, lab-created bi-product of Pyrethrins, are what most Flea Treatments given by Vetrinarians, consist of. My conjecture is that because the Pyrethroids are NOT NATURAL and therefore causing the action to be unnatural, the body of the animal does not learn what the Pyrethroids are doing inside its system.This inability of the pet's system to learn the process of firing the nerves and controling the release of sodium, proposes a problem. You need another dose of Pyrethroids to instigate the action. Not just once, but again and again. Why because the natural body has not learned the natural process, and therefore it relies on the synthetic unnatural chemical insigator to induce the treatment. So now that the problem has thus been created, who, then, has the answer and the product you need to keep it up? Of course. The Vetrinarian Hospital.
The lesson learned here, at least from how I interpreted the information, is not only for flea treatment and the Vet, but regarding the entire Medical Industry that prescribes medication that is unnatural, synthetic bi-products that not only synthetically and pseudo-treat, but also harm the body rather than do any good.
It seems to me, after learning the basics of flea treatment and the ingredients, I think it's because of practices like these, prescribing synthetic, unnatural medications, that the medical field in general is as wealthy as it is, and continues to be so. The synthetic medications keep you going back to them for more because your body cannot function in the area that the medication is used without that medication.
Every medication has a natural origin, or natural ingredients that it was made from. So my advice would be BEFORE you go to the doctor, or vet, LOOK UP on Google the type of medication you think you need or that the doctor usually prescribes, and find out the ingredients of it. Not the synthetic ingredients, but look up "natural ingredients in xyz"
When I did, I found that Pyrethrins are made from pure Chrysanthemum plant extracts. So I bought some chrysanthemum seeds and going to grow them and make oil extract from them and learn how to incorporate it for my puppy.
An example of natural cures and how our body learns from them, is when my other dog had really bad dry itchy skin, I tried medicated dog shampoo but that just made it worse. So I asked my mom and she said just put Vitamin E oil on the areas that are dry or mix in Vitamin E into his bowl of food and see how that works. So I did that and I gave it to him only until it cleared up and I've never had to give it to him again. His dry itchy skin never came back. It was probably less than a week that I gave him Vitamin E and his body recognized the natural process and I never needed to give it to him again.
Next time you see Flea Treatment at a store or at the vet look for these active ingredients and learn to recognize SYNTHETIC vs. NATURAL:
Synthetic Pyrethrins are Pyrethroids (e.g.; Permethrin, Phenothrin, Etofenprox, Allethrin and resmethrin)
Natural Pyrethrins are PYRETHRIN or chrysanthemum extract.