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Helen Barratt
About Helen My mother committed suicide in 2009, while dying a terrible death from Lou Gehrig's ALS otherwise known as motor neurone disease (MND). I am keen to spread the word that since then Australian researchers have discovered that up to 90% of #MND #ALS is potentially being caused by the toxic blue green algae neurotoxin BMAA bioaccumulating in our food, water and also in some people. The cyanotoxin #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 may 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.

Watch our 2015 Neurofilm entry 'Hidden Dangers for ALS' at in which Dr Rachie Dunlop explains why we need more environmental research into the causes of ALS & MND, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and #dementia.

I have 2 science degrees & currently work as a suicide crisis worker but before retraining as a counsellor & supervisor I worked for many years as an Information Technology professional, contracting, project managing, designing, programming and debugging computer systems in a variety of industries in Europe and Australasia.

My forum articles describing how Australian researchers discovered this potential toxic blue green algae cause & L-Serine medical treatment for MND, Lou Gehrig's, ALS, Parkinsons, Alzheimers and other neurodegenerative diseases and describing the causes, effects and management of harmful blue-green algae blooms in Australian recreational and drinking water 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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Deconstructing Jazz and books Peter Murray Scott (my Dad)