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Helen Barratt
About Helen I am a university graduate, mother and wife with teenage 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.

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 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 member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and next year I plan to continue my academic career as a science researcher.

13 years ago my husband and family made a 'sea-change' move from us being IT professionals in Sydney, to becoming organic, fruit and livestock permaculture farmers in Byron Bay, Australia, though I did continue to work as an IT administrator and PC Support officer at the local council for another 5 years until I retrained as a counsellor. The combination of droughts then floods, ongoing competition from very cheap foreign fruit imports and my husband's knee problems has forced us to reluctantly sell our beautiful farm.

Since 2006 I have been working on a telephone crisis line as a crisis worker answering calls and also providing crisis support as an in-shift support supervisor. I have also worked more recently as a professional 'face to face' counselor for a local Government employment agency.

My forum article 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 can be found at http://www.science20.com/forums/medicine

My latest environmental forum article 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 http://www.science20.com/forums/medicine

Please visit and hopefully 'like' my Facebook 'Toxic Blue Green Algae Awareness' community page with my daily updates which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/toxicbluegreenalgae
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Deconstructing Jazz and books ...by Peter Murray Scott (my Dad)
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