> ... The state and
> most Doctors were denying it was even present. ...
There remains much controversy in the medical community over Lyme
disease. Most if not all doctors now know it exists, but the debate
is over its treatment and whether it goes away when treated or may
sometimes become chronic. IIRC, the doctor to first recognize Lyme
disease, believes it lasts in some patients and treats a number of
them on an ongoing basis.
Earlier I brought up DEET vs. Picardin. You probably want to keep any
DEET-based product away from your climbing gear. I have seen it
dissolve things readily, when touched by someone who used a DEET-based
repellent (a lower concentration consumer-grade product, not the
high-octane DEET the Military uses). You are supposed to keep DEET
away from clothing, so don't risk it on anything designed to save your
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