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Save your money: There are thousands of these scams claiming to be marvelous cures for everything. If you have a skin problem, a skin DR will help you. ...Read more
Blue-green algae: can be found in most health food stores. GNC or the Vitamin Shoppe are the names of some of the larger chains. If you are able to see a nutritionist or naturally-oriented doctor first that would be best. ...Read more
Dried pond scum: Like everything else in nature, algae such as spirulina, chlorella and the curious bacteria called blue-green algae contain biomolecules. You might get them more enjoyably and less expensively from some healthy-raised fruits and vegetables from your local farmer's marker. There's nothing magic here, just advertising. If you are interested in supplements, get with a responsible holistic-focused doc. ...Read more
No: Blue green algae also called cyanobacteria can produce toxins which can be harmful to health. There is paucity of data in this are and i would not recommend these to anyone at this time. ...Read more
Spirulina: Spirulina has more protein than beef, chicken, or soybeans plus all 8 essential amino acids. Also it's high in gamma-linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid), b complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin e, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and more. Because it can absorb the minerals where it's grown, you want to be sure to buy a trusted (uncontaminated w/heavy metals) brand. ...Read more
Our daughters pool sat for a few days and green algae was in it we cleaned it out and tiny red wormlike things were in it. Are they dangerous?
POLLUTED POOL: She should never be on unclean water. She can get sick ! ...Read more
I bought a tub of copper sulfate to get algae out of a pond. Having second thoughts though. Is this stuff harmful even if I get it on my skin?
It can be.: Copper sulfate is a skin irritant if exposed. If it gets in your eyes, it can cause a severe irritation. If swallowed, it will cause vomiting. It's useful as an algicide in VERY low concentrations, but can kill fish in the ponds so treated. Can it be used safely? Yes. Should you be careful in its use? Absolutely. ...Read more
NOT deadly but...: Most blue-green algae aren't toxic, in fact people pay large sums of money to take certain types of blue-green algae like spirulina as nutritional supplements. But some types can produce toxins which can cause rashes, stomach problems, affect the liver and nervous system and be deadly to pets and wildlife. However, there are no known human deaths from toxic algae. See http://tinyurl.com/jwzqt62 ...Read more
Depends: Some chlorella and spirulina can possibly be contaminated by heavy metals and other chemicals, but check manufacturer's data sheet and ask if they test for these things. ...Read more
I heard that fermented collagen from algae is only one who is good , as animal collagen (from chicken) is not absorbed and not working. Is this true?
Not likely: Mustard algae is a chlorine-resistant form of green algae (yellow-green to brown in color) typically found in sunbelt areas that contaminates swimming pools and aquariums. Mustard food allergy is a reaction to the proteins in the mustard seed. This is an up-and-coming food allergy that can be severe. However, it's still safe to swim in the icky pool if desired. ...Read more
Im on 100 mg of aldactone (spironolactone) can taking with KLAMATH BLUE GREEN ALGAE SUPPLEMENT safe?
I read that chlorella algae is good in helping bloating and your digestive system. Does it really help?
Pro mean with: and bio means life. Probiotics help the GI system digest food. Anti means against. So, if one takes excessive antibiotics (which are sometimes needed) they can kill off the good bacteria in our GI systems and we can have digestive problems. Good bacteria that are missing or low can re-grow. Peace and good health. Chlorella can also be used. ...Read more
What to do if I had my molar tooth on top of it there's a black thing. and also the side of it. is it an algae. does it eats it?
Needs to be seen..: Call a local dentist for an appointment. I know it's not algae, but the tooth certainly needs attention. ...Read more
I scraped my leg on a big rock by Lake Erie. The Rock is where water hits it and algae grows.. I put peroxide on it. Should I worry about infection?
Sure vigilance: GOOD: It's certainly a very good idea to keep that scrape under observation. I'd keep it ordinarily clean with soap and water and dry. If you would like to send me a photo of your leg feel free at: www.healthtap.com/dr-saghafi If anything starts to look red/inflamed or purulent (i.e. pus develops or it starts to swell and really hurt then, you need to get to medical attention right away. ...Read more
My mother swum in our pool while we were away and it was going green with algae. She said she didn't go under though. Can she get sick?
Sounds ok: Unless she ingested some of this "eeky" water with algae, she should be ok. I have no idea what else you had/have in that pool. It's not likely that there are some tropical water-born parasites or other organisms that could cause concern. Does she have any open wounds? Did she aspirate any of this water? If the answer is no to most of these questions, she should be ok. No fever, or GI upset? ...Read more
I got in a pool with algae in it. Is it safe to hold my baby (5m) now that the water is dry? Can it make her sick if she gets any in her mouth?
Can swimming at "Big Bear lakes" surrounded by algae give you deadly brain eating disease? I swam all weekend and woke up with headache. Back home now, still waking up with dull headache.
"Brain-eating...": Deadly brain-eating disease: You have a very colorful way with words. If you're able to post that, I don't think too much of your brain can have been consumed yet. Do you mean the lake in the San Bdo Mtns? If you're worried, see your doctor. Although the chances of your having a deadly brain-munching disease are low, some screening and surveillance wouldn't be inappropriate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer