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By Staff | Dec 12, 2018

R. GAUSE Cyanobacteria on the Caloosahatchee in Alva on June 24.

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation will host “Evenings at the Homestead: Toxic Puzzle Film” today, Dec. 12, at from 6 to 8 p.m. in the pavilion at the Bailey Homestead Preserve.

Screening of the award-winning documentary “Toxic Puzzle,” which is about the hunt for a link between toxic algal blooms and ALS and Alzheimer’s, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Is there a link between cyanobacteria – like the major bloom in the Caloosahatchee and Lake Okeechobee this summer – and ALS? Scientists believe there is a link between neurodegenerative diseases and environmental toxins. Ellie O’Connell, a young woman stricken with ALS, becomes the inspiration that drives scientist Paul Cox in his quest to find a cure. It is a medical and environmental detective story, where documentary filmmaker Bo Landin follows Cox and his team around the world in the hunt for a hidden killer. The pieces come together in a toxic puzzle where the role of cyanobacteria toxins are investigated. What is the link between human health and the organisms fed by human pollution and higher temperatures?

Following the screening, a panel of experts will take questions including:

– SCCF Natural Resource Policy Director Rae Ann Wessel

– Dr. Larry Brand, of the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, who is interviewed in the documentary and whose research found evidence of toxins from blue-green algae in crabs, shrimp and other parts of the estuarine food web

– Dr. David M. Berger, general surgeon and Sanibel resident

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with refreshments available.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com.

For more information, contact the SCCF at 239-472-2329.

The Bailey Homestead Preserve is at 1300 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.