Blue-green algae blooms may be linked to Lou Gehrig's Disease - VT Digger

The partner of a Charlotte man who died of ALS said researchers are investigating potential links between the fatal disease and blue-green algae, such as sometimes appears in Lake Champlain. 


"The doctor has participated in a number of studies researching whether there is a link between the cyanobacteria released by blue-green algae and ALS. This was a startling coincidence to Scheuer because he had owned a home for decades near Shelburne Bay in Shelburne, a spot where blue-green algae blooms in the water are a recurring problem. After Scheuer’s diagnosis, the ALS progressed quickly, McKinnon said."

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  • Dale Hackett
    commented 2019-08-28 16:09:47 -0400
    Cyanotoxins are toxins produced by bacteria called cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae). … Exposure to the cyanobacteria neurotoxin BMAA may be an environmental cause of neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.

    People may become ill after swimming or water skiing in lakes with toxic blue-green algae. Rarely, humans may experience stomach pains, vomiting, diarrhea, and skin rashes (dermatitis/swimmers itch). Nerve and liver damage have been observed following long-term exposure such as drinking water with toxic blooms.

    read the next one though, yikes!!!
    Chapter 31 – Cyanobacterial (Blue-Green Algae) Toxins. Several genera of cyanobacteria are able to produce toxins that may be accessible for use as chemical warfare agents. Important toxins include those that primarily affect the liver, such as microcystins, nodularins, and cylindrospermopsin.

    key factor, your autoimmune system as to how it will effect you, suffice to say though, if you see it, stay away!!!
  • Guy Page
    commented 2019-08-28 14:53:03 -0400
    Enough to trigger ALS, though? It’s an interesting and in fact scary idea. Lake Champlain may have no sharks, but…..
  • Dale Hackett
    commented 2019-08-28 07:05:34 -0400
    yes algae has neuro toxins that are extremely potent.
  • Dale Hackett
    commented 2019-08-28 07:05:29 -0400
    yes algae has neuro toxins that are extremely potent.