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Tonya Kay

Tonya Kay photo courtesy Tonya KayTonya Kay is an actress, TV personality, professional dancer and danger artist living in Los Angeles. A vegetarian of 28 years, vegan for 18 of those and raw vegan for the last 11, Tonya Kay pioneers the green health movement with appearances, publications and green media (available at KayosMarket). Watch Tonya Kay's self-produced web series The Eco Tourist on EcoHearth's Eco Tube. You may have also seen her recently on TV's My Ride Rules, The Tonight Show, Criminal Minds, Glee, House MD, Secret Girlfriend and American Idol with Rhianna. She has performed live in STOMP, De La Guarda, with Panic At The Disco, Kenny Rogers and in countless music videos and commercials. Look for Tonya Kay in the new Muppets Movie, starring in MTV Network's Video Game Reunion, playing a lead in the scripted animal-activist feature film, Bold Native, performing the voice of Green Girl in the raw vegan superhero animated film Rawman and Green Girl and performing burlesque live in Hollywood, California, almost any weekend. In 2012, Tonya Kay will star in the films Off World and Within The Darkness. For more on Tonya Kay, visit her website.

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Repelling Insects Naturally
Monday, 09 June 2014 00:00  |  Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry

Tonya Kay at Elephant Nature Park in Northern Thailand photo courtesy of Tonya KayI shovel turds the size of cantaloupes from the elephants' dirt floor, tossing them, two at a time, over the rails of a tractor-drawn trailer. One potato, two potato, three potato, four—the trailer drives away to some distant compost heap in heaven and returns, empty and thirsty for more sweat and backbreaking work.

I'm no pansy volunteer. I embrace the manual labor at the Elephant Nature Park. I discard my Crocks and squish squash barefoot into the slimy, knee-deep mud pit composed of dark dirt, elephant spray and water buffalo pee. I attack the task of scooping all the liquid out of the mud pit—the elephants’ playground… with a tiny bucket. I relent not a whit when I notice that no matter how far I throw that bucket of liquid, it just drains back.

So what?!? I kick ass! I'm the Queen of the Thailand Jungle! I'm here to volunteer and make a difference in the lives of Asian elephants, as an endangered species and as individuals. I will give everything I've got—you can't stop me now. The heat may exhaust me, the blisters may distract me, the spiders may creep me out, but there is no poop I won't scoop, there are no logs I won't load, there's absolutely nothing I won't do for the elephants.

Except spray that can of DEET on my precious skin.

Or stand next to you while you're spraying it.

Of all who volunteer, it should be me who is obsessive about avoiding mosquito bites. I'm not all that put off by annoying itches and bumps, but I am put off by Malaria and Japanese encephalitis, which we are recommended to immunize against before visiting areas like this, specifically in Thailand. But if you read my Vaccine-Free Traveler piece, you'll know that I'm not the type who looks to vaccines to prevent an inauspicious disease. I am the type who looks to nature.

So what does a natural girl, who doesn't want to be bitten by mosquitoes in the jungle while claiming the title of Queen of Poop Scooping in northern Thailand, do? I include all of my tips and formulas in my article entitled Natural Insect Repellent—Safe for You and the Earth. Check it out. Then see you in the jungle!

Go to Natural Insect Repellent—Safe for You and the Earth

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Written by Steve the Kaleidoscope Guy , May 08, 2012
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