Protect Yourself from Radiation Poisoning
How to Protect Yourself from Radiation Poisoning
How to protect yourself from radiation poisoning could save your life and/or prevent a radiation induced cancer. In light of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant disaster in Japan as a result of the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, you better have a plan for dealing with radiation exposure. The partial meltdown, hydrogen explosions, pressure releases and steam and core breaches have released radiation into the atmosphere. This will affect the entire planet. Japan will suffer with the highest radiation exposures but the trade winds will carry the radiation around the globe.
Update 8-11-2013 – 2 and a half years later!
However, Japan’s Ministry of Industry has recently estimated that some 300 tons of contaminated groundwater have been flowing into the ocean daily ever since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the disaster.
TEPCO also promised it will urgently reinforce the protective shields to keep radioactive leaks at bay. The company has repeatedly complained it is running out of space and has had to resort to pumping water into hastily-built tanks of questionable reliability, as more than 20,000 tons of water with high levels of radioactive substances has accumulated in the plant’s drainage system.
Water samples recently taken at an underground passage below the Fukushima nuclear plant showed extreme levels of radiation comparable to those taken immediately after the March 2011 catastrophe. The tested water, which had been mixing with ground water and flowing into the ocean, contained 2.35 billion Becquerels of cesium per liter – some 16 million times above the limit.
Funny the media hasn’t said squat about this MASSIVE RADIOACTIVE LEAK
At this point in time (March 19, 2011), we have been told radiation releases have been minimal. First off, I don’t believe them. Second, radiation at even low levels can cause cancer (especially thyroid cancer), damage DNA and unleash oxidants / free radicals within our bodies. Children, pregnant mothers and their fetuses are the most vulnerable. DNA damage to fetuses can cause birth defects and cancers.
The most vulnerable point of the body to radiation poisoning is the thyroid gland. Radioactive iodine collects in the thyroid (90% of people are iodine deficient so there are many iodine receptors open to the radioactive iodine). The best protection is avoid radioactive iodine all together – unfortunately, this is not an option for all exposed.
Radiation pills as they are called are generally potassium iodide (KI), sometimes an inferior potassium iodate (KIO3) is sold (stay away from potassium iodate unless that is all that is available). Iodine pills help by filling up the thyroid iodine receptors with radiation free iodine so it can not uptake radioactive iodine (a preventative). In order for this to work, potassium iodide must be taken before exposure to radiation. If the thyroid is saturated with non-radioactive iodine, the radioactive iodine will not be absorbed by the thyroid and therefore protecting it.
When to Take Potassium Iodide
Upon government notification of dangerous radiation levels in your area:
Daily dosage of Potassium Iodide for thyroid protection
- Adult is 130mg potassium iodide
- Age 3 to 18 – 65 mg
- One month to three years – 32 mg
- Birth to 1 month – 16 mg
Taken daily – until authorities announce that there is no more risk for exposure. If you have a thyroid issue, consult a doctor before supplementing with potassium iodide.
Only take potassium iodide at these dosages for short periods of time during imminent radiation exposure – government warning or other credible warning FOR YOUR AREA. Generally, no more than 2 weeks at a time.
Potassium iodide only protects your thyroid against radioactive iodine (iodine 131) – the thyroid is the most vulnerable part of the body to this type of exposure, fortunately it is the most common type of radiation released. The half life of radioactive iodine is 8 days. Other types of radiation potentially released from nuclear reactors is cesium (cesium 137) and plutonium. Potassium iodide will not protect you from these forms of radioactive materials.
Some have been touting “don’t take potassium iodide ever” because of a few individuals have adverse reactions. I have taken potassium iodide in the past and had zero side effects. Your choice if you want to take a chance at radiation poisoning or cancer. Of course, if you have been advised by a doctor to avoid iodine because of a thyroid condition or adverse reactions then don’t take it.
A natural source of iodine which will do the same as supplementing with radiation pills is kelp or seaweed. They naturally contain iodine and are considered health foods but you don’t know the amount of iodine you are consuming. You can also buy kelp or seaweed supplements which state on the label the amounts of iodine they contain. Remember, iodine is necessary for life, just don’t over do it.
Natural Supplements to Combat the Effects of Radiation Exposure:
- Kelp/Seaweed extract supplements – iodine source
- Ginseng – adaptogen
- Ashwagandha – adaptogen
- Chlorella – detox
- Zeolite – detox
- Fulvic Acid – detox
- Reishi Mushroom – healer
- Sea Salt – iodine source
- Miso – used after Hiroshima and Nagasaki with good results
- Vitamin C – antioxidant
- Magnesium – detox…
- Selenium – detox, cancer prevention/cancer killer
- Glutathione – antioxidant
- Gingko biloba
- Garlic extract
- Curcumin – antioxidant
- Baking Soda
- Tulsi tea (Holy Basil)
Let’s hope this situation is under control and no more radiation will be released. These tools will help.