What’s Lurking in Your Home or Workplace?

Your environment could be the reason for Neurological conditions like Parkinson’s’, Alzheimer’s and Motor Neuron Disease, as well as a trigger for some Cancers.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disorder due to
selective loss of motor neurons (MND).
Difference outcomes to exposure.

Professor Rowe said one theory was that a toxin produced by blue-green algae called beta-n-methylamino-l-alanine (BMAA) might be one environmental risk factor for some people.
Did you know that when testing for bacteria in water-damaged homes we record high levels of
Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae).
3 genes involved in ALS (FUS, HDAC6 and TUBB1) show inhibition after only 8 hours when the same individuals are exposed to a Photocatalytic Air Purification System (PAPS) which has reduced some inflammatory triggers and toxin exposure.

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News Flash- A team of researchers, led by a University of Miami neurology professor, have found that the toxin in those algae blooms can lead to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) MND. Australian

Blue-Green Algae Toxins

A Potential Culprit in Neurodegenerative Diseases?

Emerging research suggests a possible connection between exposure to blue-green algae and cyanotoxins, and the development of Motor Neurone Disease (MND), also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. These devastating neurodegenerative diseases progressively attack motor neurons, leading to muscle weakness, paralysis, and eventually, death. While the exact causes of MND/ALS remain under investigation, scientific evidence is building on the potential role of cyanotoxins produced by harmful algal blooms, raising awareness within the scientific community and among the public.

Understanding MND, ALS, and their ALGAE Connection

Motor Neurone Disease (MND), also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a group of progressive neurodegenerative diseases that affect motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. These neurons control muscle movement, and when they become damaged and die, the muscles they control weaken, leading to difficulty walking, speaking, swallowing, and breathing.

While the exact causes of MND/ALS are still under investigation, several factors are suspected to play a role, including:

  • Genetics: Some people have a family history of MND/ALS, suggesting a possible genetic link.
  • Age: MND/ALS usually strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70.
  • Environmental factors: Exposure to certain toxins, such as heavy metals and pesticides, may increase the risk of developing MND/ALS.

Recent research suggests a possible link between exposure to blue-green algae and cyanotoxins and the development of MND/ALS.

  • Blue-green algae: These are a type of bacteria called cyanobacteria that can form harmful blooms in water bodies.
  • Cyanotoxins: These are toxins produced by some blue-green algae species. They can be harmful to humans and animals if ingested or inhaled in high amounts.

The potential connection between blue-green algae/cyanotoxins and MND/ALS is still being investigated, but there is some emerging evidence:

  • Studies have shown that people who live in areas with high levels of blue-green algae blooms may be at an increased risk of developing MND/ALS.
  • Laboratory studies have shown that cyanotoxins can damage motor neurons in cells.

It is important to note that:

  • The research on the link between blue-green algae/cyanotoxins and MND/ALS is still in its early stages, and more research is needed to confirm a cause-and-effect relationship.
  • MND/ALS is a complex disease with many contributing factors, and it is unlikely that blue-green algae/cyanotoxins are the sole cause.

If you are concerned about your risk of developing MND/ALS, it is important to talk to your doctor. They can help you understand your individual risk factors and recommend ways to stay healthy.

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Bluegreen algae bloom

Here are some steps you can take to reduce your exposure to blue-green algae and cyanotoxins:

  • Avoid swimming, boating, or fishing in water bodies with visible algae blooms.
  • Do not drink water from untreated sources, such as lakes, rivers, or streams.
  • If you live near a water body with blue-green algae blooms, be sure to get your drinking water from a safe source, such as a public water system.

It is important to remember that MND/ALS is a serious disease, and early diagnosis and treatment are important. If you are experiencing any symptoms of MND/ALS, such as muscle weakness, slurred speech, or difficulty swallowing, it is important to see a doctor right away.

Cyanobacteria and the Potential ALS Link:

Research, including one led by a University of Miami neurology professor, suggests a potential link between cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, and ALS. The concern lies with a specific toxin produced by these organisms called beta-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA).

While more research is needed, BMAA is theorized to be an environmental risk factor for some individuals developing ALS.