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Toxic Puzzle: Our Health and the Health of the Great Lakes Wednesday, October 10

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Toxic Puzzle: Our Health and the Health of the Great Lakes Part of the Lake Forest Open Lands' Great Lakes-Great Issues series

  • Date: October 10, 2018
  • Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Price: FREE
    Please register ahead of time to ensure your seat


Co-presented with Lake Forest Open Lands Association.

Before the film–Dr. Bullerjahn, Director of the NIH/NSF Lake Erie Center for Fresh Waters and Human Health will discuss toxic, nutrient pollution which pose threats to fresh water resources all over the world. This has yielded harmful algae blooms affecting drinking water for tens of millions of people. Prevention and mitigation of these bloom events require an understanding of the environmental conditions. This film and presentation will cover a range of topics ranging from algal physiology to land use management, and how these studies can inform public policy aimed at protecting the public from these threats. Following the film, Dr. Bullerjahn will be available for questions from the audience.

TOXIC PUZZLE, the film:

Dying from diseases like ALS and Alzheimer’s is a tormenting process. The illnesses are on the increase and scientists believe an environmental toxins can trigger the disease in a gene/environment interaction. TOXIC PUZZLE is a medical and environmental detective story where documentary filmmaker Bo Landin follows ethnobotanist Dr Paul Alan Cox and his scientific team around the world in a hunt for the hidden killer. The pieces come together in a toxic puzzle where cyanobacteria in our waters become the culprit. Are these organisms, fed by human pollution and climate change, staging nature’s revenge by claiming human lives?

In the film, which has been four year in the making, filmmaker Bo Landin was granted unique access to follow Paul Cox and over 50 collaborating scientists  from around the world. On their quest to learn more about toxic substances produced by cyanobacteria, they make an extraordinary discovery of a link between cyanobacteria and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s illnesses. Is it possible that this link may also provide clues to a cure?

Narrated by Harrison Ford.

Drinks and concessions available for purchase before the film.


For more information on the “Great Lakes, Great Issues” Three-Lecture series click here.

This series is offered free of charge thanks to funding support from the Illinois DNR’s Coastal Management Program.

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