Oh, it used to be common practice to dump DDT all over a person who was badly infested with parasites- and as far as I can tell, it never harmed the recipient.
posted on 07/03/2002 7:10:37 AM PDT
In the 40s we used to barbecue and eat outside most of the time durring the summer and it was my job to spray DDT before we had dinner with a flit gun and I loved the smell of it. It was a daily routine for years and I sure haven't had any ill effects from it, in fact I haven't been sick for 57 years and have never had the flu so maybe it helped develop a better immune system.
posted on 07/03/2002 7:32:51 AM PDT
If you've ever watched the film footage or seen photos of the concentration camps being liberated in WWII Germany, you'll see the GIs dumping vast quantities of white powder which if my memory serves me was talcum powder and some percentage of DDT (10%, I think). You'll note that no one has come forward saying that DDT was killing thousands of survivors. If people who are starving and whose immune system is probably in pretty bad shape aren't affected, I'd say that it, if used properly has virtually no effect on humans.
For the falcons and birds issue, Stephen Milloy at www.junkscience.com has written some very good articles about DDT and birds.
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