Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Effects of Radiation on the Body

We are a long way from a meltdown that could cause serious damage around the globe, but if there is a meltdown in Japan and if the containment vessel does not contain the meltdown, then sizable amounts of radiation could enter the air, depending how high in the air it gets, and which way the wind is blowing, particles could be carried over to the West Coast of the United States. There are a lot of IFs here and the odds are very long, but here is a video that explains what radiation does to the body.

Here's Living Internationally explaining the importance of eating kelp by those exposed, or who might be exposed to radiation from the nuclear problems developing in Japan as a result of the earthquake and tsunami:

Potassium iodide has been long recognized as a proper prophylactic measure in the face of radiation emergencies. Unfortunately for folks in Japan who have recently faced a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and are also now looking at the potential nuclear meltdown of two reactor cores in Fukushima prefecture, potassium iodide is a controlled substance and not available for prophylactic use. You can get it, but only by prescription, which means you need to be sick first.

For the rest of us in Japan, therefore, we need to address the issue of iodine on our own. The best natural source of iodine is from so-called “sea vegetables” such as kelp. Kelp is a type of seaweed and is a feature of the Japanese diet. It is commonly used in making soup broths and certain types have a lovely texture, especially when cooked.

In the face of uncertain radiation exposure, I’ve begun an aggressive protocol. For my family, that means kelp has become a staple of the diet. Kelp at every meal. Oh, boy!.

On average, 20 grams of kelp contain 415 mcg of iodine. For adults 18-40 (or adolescents reaching a weight of ~70 kg), 50-60 grams of kelp/day should act as a reasonable prophylactic protocol. Children need approximately half that amount. In adults over 40, I’ve read that prophylactic protocols do not recommend the standard adult dosage until thyroid radiation exposure reaches 500 cGy or greater. This is because the risk of cancer and hypothyroidism decreases as adults age. Since I intend to live to be at minimum 120 years old, I have every intention of ignoring this advice and taking the regular adult protocol...

The purpose of using iodine or potassium iodide as a prophylactic protocol in (preparation for) radiation emergencies is that radioactive iodine isotopes are released during uncontrolled thermonuclear reactions. If our thyroid’s iodine receptors are not fully bound with healthful iodine, any radioactive iodine isotopes we ingest or inhale can bind in our thyroid and cause long-term DNA damage. The result of that can be radiation sickness, cancer and death.

To all my friends, family and clients in Japan, I encourage you to eat kelp and plenty of it. Be creative in how you prepare it. And until you know otherwise – without doubt – keep your iodine levels sufficient to protect from long-term radiation poisoning.

1 comment:

  1. Good video presentation. Obviously the young men in the video are presenting and reciting effects that have already been researched, which begs the question: What kind of sick excuses for human beings could conduct such experiments?

    I recall watching a vid in college about radioactive poisoning tests conducted on the human inhabitants of a small island (Bikini island I think).