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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/

In private practice since 1997, Dr. David is an advanced practitioner of biomedical therapies, advocating for the Autism Research Institute philosophy since 1999. In 2005, Dr. David opened Wholistic Pediatrics & Family Care (formerly Wholistic Pediatrics), his medical practice in Tampa, Florida. In 2010, Dr. David was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. In 2012, he helped develop and lead the Preconception to Infancy Portland Think Tank, from which the national P2i initiative was developed. In 2016, he launched the Family Medical Cannabis Clinic to help qualified patients use medical cannabis as a treatment option.