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"In what may possibly be the greatest head lice movie ever made, poor Janice comes home with mom's worst nightmare: a head full of nits. After initially entering a state of middle-class denial ("people in our family don't itch"), Mom (Paul Wagner, who plays all of the adult roles) gets on the phone with the school nurse And learns the straight skinny on head lice. Combining humorous animation with solid health information and a five step battle plan, which includes the use of a pediculicide (not for the very young), an olive oil treatment (asphyxiate the buggers), cleaning of the home environment, nit combing, and a monitoring program, Head Lice to Dead Lice is a funny, but delicately handled, look at a potentially embarassing but common health problem. Highly recommended. -R. Pitman -- Video Librarian, The Video Review Guide for Libraries Volume 12, November - December 1997
..."You have made a "lousy" subject socially acceptable with good humor and excellent pedagogy." -- From a letter from former Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop, M.D. (December 1, 1997)
HEAD LICE COUNTERATTACK
Head lice have long been a cause for panic among parents of grade-school children, even in well-kept affluent areas, but now parents are even more alarmed. Over-the-counter lice-killing products, known as "pediculicides" such as permethrin and pyrethrin that once worked no longer make a clean sweep because the lice apparently have gained resistance against them, and in some schools, reports a Florida newspaper, the problem has become chronic. Even lindane, sometimes prescribed despite it potential for serious side effects, isn't entirely effective.
Frantic parents and their itching off-spring now have recourse, however, in a five-step "battle plan" carefully outlined in a humorous, disarming and easy-to-follow award-winning 15-minute video, "Head Lice to Dead Lice" from Sawyer Mac Productions of Weston, Mass. It's been endorsed by U.S. Public Health Service and Harvard School of Public Health entomologists, by former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, and was named the best community health video in the American Medical Association's International Health and Medical Film Competition.
The five-step program begins with a standard over-the-counter pediculicide shampoo or crème rinse that kills most but not all of the lice, followed on specific days by treatments with olive oil that works by smothering remaining and newly hatched bugs, painstaking combing and checking for nits (eggs and small lice), plus household vacuuming and laundering. -- Consumers Digest -May/June 1998
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