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Helen Barratt
About Helen I am a science graduate, mother and wife with teenage & adult children, horses and dogs, who enjoys reading and writing about science and is concerned about vulnerable and endangered people, animals, species and habitats on this planet.

Watch my 2015 Neurofilm entry called 'Hidden Dangers for ALS' at explaining why we need more environmental research into the causes of ALS & MND. My mother committed suicide in 2009, while dying a terrible death from Lou Gehrig's ALS otherwise known as motor neurone disease (MND) and I am keen to spread the word that Australian researchers have recently discovered that up to 90% of MND ALS is potentially being caused by toxic, blue green algae neurotoxin BMAA bioaccumulating in our food and water and also in us. Toxic BMAA has also been directly linked to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and can be invisibly present in our water supply, where it cannot be destroyed by boiling or disinfectants but it can be removed by using an activated carbon filter. A possible treatment called L-Serine is currently being trialed and tested on MND ALS sufferers. It is hoped that L-Serine will flush bioaccumulated toxic BMAA from the body and/or prevent further absorption.

I now have 2 'science' degrees, a Bachelor of Science honours degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Science double majoring in counselling and eclectic university wide studies including global environmental issues. I have worked for many years as an Information Technology (IT) professional, contracting, project managing, designing, programming and debugging computer systems in a variety of industries in Europe and Australasia. I am also a lifetime member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and next year I plan to continue my academic career as a science researcher.

My forum articles describing how in 2013 Australian researchers discovered a potential toxic blue green algae cause & are currently testing a possible L-Serine medical treatment for MND & Lou Gehrig's ALS, Parkinsons, Alzheimers and other neurodegenerative diseases from the ALS-dementia complex and also describing the causes, effects and management of harmful blue-green algae blooms in Australian recreational and drinking water with 2 local case studies from Ballina NSW can also be found at

Please visit and hopefully 'like' my Facebook 'Toxic Blue Green Algae Awareness' community page with my daily updates to new research which can be found at
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Recommended Books
Deconstructing Jazz and books Peter Murray Scott (my Dad)