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What does alguronic acid and micro algae do for skin?

What does alguronic acid  and micro algae do for skin?

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

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Does anyone know where you could buy wild blue-green algae?

Does anyone know where you could buy wild blue-green algae?

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

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What are some algae supplements?

What are some algae supplements?

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

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Can algae grow on a stainless steel/chrome hookah stem?

Can algae grow on a stainless steel/chrome hookah stem?

Yes: usually not algae, but various kinds of fungi can grow on any wet surface that stays chronically wet. ...Read more

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Is it okay for people on hemodialysis take blue/green algae?

Is it okay for people on hemodialysis take blue/green algae?

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

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What is a blue-green algae called spurulla (not sure of spelling) good for?

What is a blue-green algae called spurulla (not sure of spelling) good for?

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

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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?

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

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Can docs please explain are blue-green algae deadly to humans?

Can docs please explain are blue-green algae deadly to humans?

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

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Does anyone know if all blue green algae supplements have the chemical in them?

Does anyone know if all blue green algae supplements have the chemical in them?

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

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If I have a mustard allergy will i react to mustard algae?

If I have a mustard allergy will i react to mustard algae?

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

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Im on 100 mg of aldactone (spironolactone) can taking with KLAMATH BLUE GREEN ALGAE SUPPLEMENT safe?

Im on 100 mg of aldactone (spironolactone)  can taking with KLAMATH BLUE GREEN ALGAE SUPPLEMENT safe?

Supplement: You should never take the item you report until your doctor has evaluated you and make a decision about a new product. My personal bias is that aldactone (spironolactone) should be enough but I would like to hear what the doctor said. ...Read more

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I read that chlorella algae is good in helping bloating and your digestive system. Does it really help?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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 more

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