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Warning: Tick Repellent and Lyme Disease Both Stress the Liver

Preventing tick bites without toxic chemicals is a win-win for everyone – especially for those who have chronic liver disease.

Tick Repellent Alternative

The basics of tick bite prevention remain unchanged; avoiding contact with ticks, doing routine tick checks after a person, pet or gear has been in the outdoors, swift tick removal and using a high heat dryer cycle to kill ticks in clothing. Nonetheless, tick repellents containing toxic chemicals are less than desirable for those with a liver condition.

Fortunately, there is an effective alternative to tick repellents that is not toxic to the liver. A combination of potent and carefully selected essential oils has the potential to kill ticks – preventing them from biting a human. Ticks produce a neurotransmitter called octopamine that can be blocked with non-toxic oils. A formula known as NeuroRX™ is comprised of essential oils that effectively blocks octopamine, which shuts down the tick’s central nervous system, killing it instantly.

This combo of essential oils does not stress the liver and is not only a better tick repellant choice for those with chronic liver disease but also a great choice for protecting yourself against other insects such as mosquitoes, fleas and bedbugs.


Ticks are problematic for everyone, but especially those with an existing liver ailment. The chemicals commonly used for repelling ticks can add to the liver’s toxin load, increasing the likelihood of inflammation in an already irritated organ. This is because those with liver disease are more prone to the stress of chemical toxicity than those with healthy livers. In addition, a tick bite that progresses to chronic Lyme disease can lead to inflammation of the liver – adding insult to injury for those already trying to manage a liver problem.

There is no guaranteed way to stay tick-free and avoid Lyme disease. Nonetheless, those who live or visit areas where Lyme disease is prevalent are encouraged to practice tick bite prevention in a way that will not add any stress to an already compromised liver.


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Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®

Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM is a long time advocate of integrating perspectives on health. With a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester and a Master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute, Nicole has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2000. She has gathered acupuncture licenses in the states of California and New York, is a certified specialist with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, has earned diplomat status with the National Commission of Chinese and Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology and is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology. In addition to her acupuncture practice that focuses on stress and pain relief, digestion, immunity and oncology, Nicole contributes to the integration of healthcare by writing articles for professional massage therapists and people living with liver disease.

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