Senseless Death

An article posted on was quite disturbing.

A toddler dying over a lice treatment is senseless and has me feeling like I failed in getting my message out about prevention through the weekly use of Grace’s NitFlix® Shampoo & Conditioning Treatment. “I could have done more or better,” is usually the feeling that emerges. Not that it boils down to me saving her life (which is a natural way to think coming from my life and death profession of perfusion) since parents’ choices are obviously their own responsibility. This comes from my own internal sense of responsibility to provide a service – whether it’s tending to a patient in ICU or on bypass in the OR, it all comes down to caring and preventing any nightmares, even if it’s “just lice” as many professional organizations have expressed ad nauseum.

Wouldn’t it have made sense to keep this whole issue from happening to begin with?   That’s what I put all my sweat and tears into after my horrific experience with trying to eliminate lice with Jenne.
I’ve done all the hard work for you.  All you have to do is use my product once a week, and not be caught by the unpredictable woes of lice infestation!!


Dedicated to A-way With Lice,


Selfies May Come With Lice

We had a blast with Alan Eschenburg and Cheryl Honc from Belegenza at the Emmy’s.  The Emmy event brought up what I had just read in the comment section of The Sidney Morning Herald, “A headful of nits, anyone want a selfie?”, by Annabel Crabb, August 17, 2014, at

She speaks about various “adult humiliations,” one of which caught my eye…

“I speak, with grim and recently acquired expertise, of the Adult Nit Infestation.”

Gee, we sure know about that one!

“As an adult, the discovery that one is harbouring an unspecified number of small scuttling insects in one’s hair brings about a number of confronting results.”

I could not get beyond this one personally, which resulted in a shaved head!

MOST IMPORTANTLY she went on to mention, “In February, there were reports in California of a head-lice outbreak among teenagers, supposedly fuelled by the continuing popularity of selfies…the excitable claims of a selfie-fuelled teen lice outbreak turned out to be largely spurious…”  She felt it was falsely generated by a commercial nit removal business and humorously ended her thought provoking comments with, “My name is Annabel Crabb, and I had nits this week. I’m clean now. Selfie?”  Uh, no thanks!

One of the basic rules of lice prevention is no head-to-head contact; however, applying this to selfies is not so apparent.  While discussing a fundraiser with the principle of Crystal Lake Elementary School, Brenda Watkins said she also recently read about selfies and lice transmission.

I shared this with Alan and Cheryl so they could better protect themselves since they take many photos with others including selfies!  Prevention is everything!  No offense to others but lice is like being a carrier of the flu; before you know you have it, you’ve already passed it on.

This conversation was perfect timing for their next event, The Social Slam Selfie Awards!

Dedicated to A-way With Lice,


The Story of Amazing Bird Talking to Dog While He Eats

Rosie was our original pet.  In October of 2007 we rescued Bart from the original rescuers but had to make sure the bird was OK with him first.  He freaked out initially seeing Bart, but was surprisingly fine thereafter; the dog never made a move to attack the cage.  This was a bird who would take a month to approach a new toy in his cage and was perfectly fine with this 96 pound pony!

While walking Bart, I realized he would make a start to chase a bird nearby which put me more on guard, but over time, this behavior dissipated.

My dad, George Ratto, was always a great whistler and was at our house often.  He would whistle and talk to Rosie all the time.  It got to the point where I would be in another room unable to tell which one was doing the whistling!

Jenne, my daughter, and I would each hold one of the animals to have them get to know each other better and to see how they would respond.  Rosie couldn’t get close enough and Bart would look at us with the expression of, “Aren’t I doing great?”, while whimpering.  Somehow he knew Rosie was part of the family and off limits but not something I would count on because after all he is a dog, or so I thought.

After my dear friend and hairstylist, Alan Eschenburg, shaved my head since I was at my wits end with our lice nightmare, these two nitwits created NitFlix; a lice prevention product!  I finally had some hair to style and was late for my appointment which we also used to develop Grace’s NitFlix® A-way With Lice®.

Three and a half hours later, I returned home, greeted by Bart at the door; however, what was missing was Rosie’s hello chirp.  I looked at the cage, only to find I left the top open with the perch.  “Oh my God, I killed Rosie!”  I looked at Bart who had no expression of guilt whatsoever.  I looked to see if there were feathers on the floor, while never moving from the front door since I was stunned.  As crazy as it seems I asked, “Bart, where’s Rosie?”  He turned his head to look down the hallway and looked back at me.  I thought, OK, that was a fluke and asked again, “Where’s Rosie?”  Bart again turned his head, to look down the hallway.  I finally stepped into the house, looked down the hallway and spotted Rosie in Jenne’s room, looking at himself in the mirror!  I was in shock.  Bart had 3.5 hours to chomp on Rosie and chose not to.  Now that’s what I call restraint!

After this occurrence, we knew we no longer had to hold each pet, hence the freedom and love witnessed within the video.

A Reporter Stating the Truth About Lice

I am always searching on the internet

for what is being said about lice.

It is my honor to keep you current.

I was taken with an article written in Canada by Kirsch, Vik.

“Lice don’t take a break for the summer.”

GuelphMercury 20 Aug. 2011: Local News. Web.

Kirsch reports:

Parents coming home from the drugstore

may be tempted to treat not only the afflicted child,

but other children in the household.

“They might do all the kids.” But Otten (a disease manager

at Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health) advised against this.

“Only treat a person that actually has it,” she said,

noting treatment is not a preventative measure,

so doesn’t merit what might otherwise

be considered a proactive approach.

The truth is, lice never take a break but we give you one!

The good news, we do have a preventative measure

that can be found by going HERE

Dedicated to A-way with lice,