Berries, Bats and Blue-green algae in False Bay

9 June 2011

Sheila Jeftha (FBWPG) thanks Bill Harding for his talk

Is there an environmental component to the etiology of neurodegenerative diseases such as Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinsons, Alzheimers or even Progressive Supranuclear Palsy?  Today I presented the evidence, which suggests that this hypothesis may well be true, to the members of the False Bay Women’s Probus Group.

This is a thought-provoking topic and one that brings to the fore the dangers of sustained inattention to the management of the condition of our surface waters.  There is a growing body of evidence that cyanobacteria, through their production of a specific amino acid, may be a causal link in the sequence of events which, ultimately, trigger the onset of one of these crippling diseases.

This issue is of global significance.  Research being conducted by DH Environmental, with the cooperation of the MNDA, PASA and the AASA is screening for links between exposure to cyanobacteria and neurodegenerative disease.  Thusfar the response has been extremely heartening and anyone suffering from these maladies is welcome to participate.

Thanks to Gill von Seidel for setting up the opportunity and to Chairperson Jo McIntyre, Rose Morris and Sheila Jeftha for a most enjoyable meeting & lunch.  I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of you!  Always nice to be able to share information with a full-house of interested people!


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