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Our hearts go out to the people of Japan.
15 March 2011
- Protective measures in the event of release of radioactivity
from a nuclear power plant.
From Phil Lusk, one of the Guacamole Fund board
members and staff. This is a special
by Joan Ward, his wife and nutrition advisor,
who says that diet is ultimately more important
Note: People should not be taking Potasium
Idoine pills, unless instructed by a physican.
For those of you considering potassium-iodine,
the pharmacological / prophylaxis dosages given in the vicinity of an accident
are over 3000 times the RDA.
The RDA for iodine is 150 mcg. (1 mg = 1000 mcg)
Ingestion of up to 20 times the RDA (3 mg) has no known side effects. Side
effects of 30 times the RDA (4.5 mg) may include mouth sores, metallic
taste, swollen salivary glands, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, rash, and
breathing difficulties. Readers should not use this information for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment, but should always consult a medical professional regarding
any medical problems and before undertaking any major dietary changes.
This information is not meant to be substituted for medical advice.
Potassium iodide administered in pharmacologic
doses* (50-100 mg for adults) within 48 hours before or eight hours
after radiation exposure from a nuclear reactor accident can significantly
reduce thyroid uptake of 131I and decrease the risk of radiation-induced
thyroid cancer. The prompt and widespread use of potassium iodide prophylaxis
in Poland after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident may explain
the lack of a significant increase in childhood thyroid cancer in Poland
compared to fallout areas where potassium iodide prophylaxis was not widely
In the U.S., the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
(NRC) requires that consideration be given to potassium iodide as a protective
measure for the general public in the case of a major release of radioactivity
from a nuclear power plant.
* the dose or intake level of a nutrient many
times the level associated with the prevention of deficiency or the maintenance
of health. A pharmacologic dose is generally associated with the
treatment of a disease state and considered to be a dose at least 10 times
greater than that needed to prevent deficiency.
At the time of the atomic bombing, Tatsuichiro
Akizuki, M.D. was Director of the Department of Internal Medicine at St.
Francis's Hospital in Nagasaki and he fed his staff and patients a strict
diet of brown rice, miso and tamari soy soup, wakame, kombu and other seaweed,
Hokkaido pumpkin, and sea salt. He also prohibited the consumption of sugar
and sweets since they suppress the immune system.
By imposing this diet on his staff and patients,
no one succumbed to radiation poisoning whereas the occupants of hospitals
located much further away from the blast incident suffered severe radiation
Much of this positive result has to do with the
fact that the sea vegetables contain substances that bind radioactive particles
and escort them out of the body. This is why seaweed sales usually skyrocket
after radiation disasters, and why various seaweeds and algae are typically
used to treat radiation victims.
In Chernobyl, for instance, spirulina was used
to help save many children from radiation poisoning. By taking 5 grams
of spirulina a day for 45 days, the Institute of Radiation Medicine in
Minsk even proved that children on this protocol experienced enhanced immune
systems, T-cell counts and reduced radioactivity. Israeli scientists have
since treated Chernobyl children with doses of natural beta carotene from
Dunaliella algae and proved that it helped normalize their blood chemistry.
Chlorella algae, a known immune system builder and heavy metal detoxifier,
has also shown radioprotective
effects. Because they bind heavy metals, algae
should therefore be consumed after exposure to any type of radioactive
In 1968 a group of Canadian researchers at McGill
University of Montreal, headed by Dr. Stanley Skoryna, actually set out
to devise a method to counteract the effects of nuclear fallout. The key
finding from their studies was that sea vegetables contained a polysaccharide
substance, called sodium alginate, which selectively bound radioactive
strontium and eliminated it from the body.
Sodium alginate is found in many seaweeds, especially
kelp, and since that time the Russians have been seriously researching
the use of their own kelps from Vladivlostok, from which they have isolated
the polysaccharide U-Fucoidan, which is another radioactive detoxifier.
Because miso soup was so effective in helping prevent radiation sickness,
the Japanese have also done research identifying the presence of an active
ingredient called zybicolin, discovered in 1972, which acts as a binding
agent to also detoxify and eliminate radioactive elements (such as strontium)
and other pollutants from the body.
The kelps and algaes aren't the only natural foods
with radio-detoxifying effects. In terms of fluids to drink, black and
green tea have shown "radioprotective effects" whether consumed either
before or after exposure to radiation. This anti-radiation effect was observed
in several Japanese studies, and studies from China also suggest that the
ingredients in tea are radioactive antagonists.
In short, after any sort of radioactive exposure
you want to be eating seaweeds and algaes along with almost any type of
commercial heavy metal chelating formula to bind radioactive particles
and help escort them out of the body. Whether you're worried about depleted
uranium, plutonium or other isotopes, this is the wise thing to do which
can possibly help, and certainly won't hurt. Many nutritional supplements
have been developed for the purpose of detoxifying heavy metals, most of
which contain the algaes and plant fibers and other binding substances.
Basically, an anti-radiation diet should focus
on the following foods:
ยท Miso soup
ยท Spirulina, chlorella and the
algaes (kelp, etc.)
ยท Brassica vegetables and high
beta carotene vegetables
ยท Beans and lentils
ยท Potassium, calcium and mineral
ยท High nucleotide content foods
to assist in cellular repair including
spirulina, chlorella, algae, yeast, sardines,
liver, anchovies and mackerel
ยท Cod liver oil and olive oil
ยท Avoid sugars and sweets and wheat
ยท A good multivitamin/multimineral
Yet another benefit of the sea vegetables rarely
discussed is their high mineral content, which is a bonus in the case of
radioactive exposure. Consuming natural iodine, such as in the seaweeds,
helps prevent the uptake of iodine-131 while iron inhibits the absorption
of plutonium-238 and plutonium-239. Vitamin B-12 inhibits cobalt-60 uptake
(used in nuclear medicine), zinc inhibits zinc-65 uptake and sulfur is
preventative for sulfur-35 (a product of nuclear reactors) incorporation
by the body.
Since nuclear workers are potentially exposed
to radioactive sulfur, this means that workers in the atomic power industry
need a higher content of sulfur in their diet. MSM supplements provide
a source of dietary sulfur, but thiol supplements such as cysteine, lipoic
acid and glutathione serve double-duty in this area because they help detoxify
the body and attack all sorts of other health problems as well.
The immune system is usually hit hard after radiation
exposure, and a number of steps can be taken to help prevent opportunistic
infections after a radioactive incident. Though the full dimensions of
the protective mechanism is still unknown, Siberian ginseng is one form
of ginseng that exerts a definite radioprotective effect and has been demonstrated
to lessen the side effects of radiation. It was widely distributed by the
Soviet Union to those exposed Chernobyl radiation and is commonly used
to help cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.
Consuming Reishi mushrooms is another proven way
to bolster your immune system after radiation exposure and helps reduce
the damage from radiation. It's been used to decrease radiation sickness
in animals and help them recover faster after potentially deadly exposure.
Panax ginseng has prevented hemorrhaging after
radiation exposure, prevents bone marrow death and stimulates blood cell
formation, so it's another supplement to add to one's protocol. In short,
yeasts, beta glucans, bee pollen and various forms of ginseng have all
been shown to bolster the immune system after radiation incidents. In terms
of radiation burns, aloe vera has a proven ability to treat serious radiation
burns and offers other radioprotective effects, and can easily be grown
in your house.
The amino acid L-Glutamine can be used to help
repair the intestine in case of the gastrointestinal syndrome usually suffered
due to radiation exposure, and a variety of substances can help rebuild
blood cells to prevent hematopoietic syndrome. Those particular foods include
beet juice, liver extract, spleen extract, and shark alkyglycerols. Most
oncologists don't know that shark liver oil, with alkyglycerols, can help
platelet counts rebound in days.
Depleted uranium is currently in the journalistic
spotlight because US weapons are made from this material, and after being
fired leave a legacy of depleted uranium dust in the environment, which
anyone can absorb. Because the kidneys are usually the first organs to
show chemical damage upon uranium exposure, military manuals suggest doses
or infusions of sodium bicarbonate to help alkalinize the urine if this
happens. This makes the uranyl ion less kidney-toxic and promotes excretion
of the nontoxic uranium carbonate complex.
In areas contaminated by depleted uranium dusts,
it therefore makes sense to switch to drinking slightly alkaline water
and to favor a non-acidic diet to assist in this detoxification. Any of
the heavy metal detoxifiers, such as miso soup, chlorella, spirulina and
seaweeds, are also commonsense warranted.
Another thing you can do is use homeopathics for
radiation exposure. People commonly argue over whether homeopathics work
or not, but if you assume the position that they produce no results whatsoever
then you must also assume that they certainly won't hurt you, which means
the only loss from using them is a few dollars. Frankly, there are countless
cases and double-blind studies where homeopathic tinctures do provoke physical
healing effects in the body. Therefore they are a viable adjunct treatment
option. One homeopathic, in particular, is URANIUM NITRICUM (nitrate of
uranium) which homeopaths suggest should be used in cases of depleted uranium
exposure or uranium poisoning. Not just soldiers or civilians exposed to
battlefield dusts, but uranium miners and radiation workers may find it
While we've discussed just a few of the many supplements
and protocols you can use to help detox the body of the lingering results
of radioactive contamination, including the residues of depleted uranium,
the last thing that might be of interest is that there is a plant that
is a natural geiger counter. The spiderwort plant is so sensitive to changes
in radiation levels (its petals change color upon exposure) that it's often
used as a natural radiation detector (dosimeter), just as they use canaries
in mines as detectors of poisonous gas. Some people like knowing that they
have an ongoing monitoring system for radiation in the environment, and
this is just another tip available in "How to Neutralize the Harmful Effects
of Radiation or Radioactive Exposure."