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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
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
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
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