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Dr. Berger Interviewed on WFLA-TV About Zika Concerns

May 31, 2017

Original story on News Channel 8 by Gayle Guyardo (Published: September 5, 2016, 10:15 am Updated: September 5, 2016, 4:33 pm)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA)  – On the front lines in the fight against the Zika virus, crews are double-dosing chemicals to kill larva and adult mosquitoes.

People are being urged to use bug sprays with the ingredient DEET as another layer of protection.

All the chemical exposure is worrisome to a lot of people.

“Right now it’s the better of two evils – I’ve been watching the news stories about Zika and my sister is in her first trimester and I do worry about the chemicals too – but I think the bigger concern is keeping her and her baby safe,” a new mom Rochelle Colburn said.

Tampa pediatrician Dr. David Berger agrees that there is still so much we don’t know about the Zika virus.

“It’s a devastating disease when a baby turns out microcephalic with most likely lifelong developmental delays,” Dr. Berger said.

Dr. Berger says many of his patients are concerned about toxic accumulation and the over-exposure to chemicals like DEET used to fight mosquitoes.

He says he recommends products like Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula containing Picaridin.

“They do have to be applied more often but even consumer reports found it to be as effective,” Dr. Berger said.

See original article here: http://wfla.com/2016/09/05/tampa-doctors-looking-for-alternatives-to-deet-to-scare-off-mosquitos/

Dr. David Berger (“Dr. David”), a Board Certified Pediatrician with over 20 years of experience as a clinician, has developed a national reputation in wholistic pediatric primary care. Dr. David is considered Tampa Bay area’s leading authority on medical cannabis for adults and children, and is one of the nation’s most experienced pediatricians using medical cannabis to help facilitate the treatment of children with chronic conditions.

Dr. David graduated from The Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1994 and completed his pediatric residency at the University of South Florida/Tampa General Hospital where he first began utilizing wholistic therapies. Dr. David has been in private practice since 1997 and in 2005 opened Wholistic Pediatrics & Family Care, his medical practice in Tampa, Florida. In 2010, Dr. David was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. In 2016, he launched Wholistic ReLeaf to help qualified patients become certified to use medical cannabis.