Careful Anti-Radiation Supplementation

Careful Anti-Radiation Supplementation... (and while not harming your thyroid!)

 
This article is a nutritional heads-up as nuclear fallout from Japan is still coming our way. TEPCO finally has admitted Fukushima suffered a nuclear meltdown in three reactors. And it wasn't merely one rod melting beyond the barriers as maintained for a long time. More at http://wtsenates.info/nexxus/fukushima
How to stay healthy now that we know continuing nuclear contamination will probably affect us all in North America non-stop (EVEN if reality sets into the brains of the Japanese government!) and specifically along the West Coast, too, for a log time to come. Mitigating and en-tombing the damage is now in the discussion stages... with immodest face saving out front and a priority. It is illegal / criminal act to actually report on this mess in the media in Japan...
 
The 1986 Chernobyl meltdown that killed dozens of people down-wind from it almost immediately and thousands of people over the following decade, was mostly undocumented at the time and is now coming to the (information) surface. The Chernobyl catastrophe resulted in the release of major clouds of nuclear toxins, which the winds carried for thousands of miles, contaminating most of Europe. This led to a hundred-fold increase in thyroid cancer in children and adolescents in the Belarus and Ukraine regions. Most of the radiation was inhaled; and some was ingested (from contaminated produce and from milk produced by cows feeding on contaminated grass that slipped through the "tight Euro controls" from various countries).
  
There is much and varied information circulating as to the supplements we should take to address harmful effects of this (and other) radiation exposure. Potassium iodide was recently sold out at most drug stores in North America right after the disaster! People were taking this antidote indiscriminately, doing more harm than good (with too large dosages), initially, and now we seem to have moved on to other crises.
 
There are many forms of radiation - gamma rays, strontium, radioactive cesium, radioactive potassium, etc – and not all are created equal – and our bodies are all different, too, in terms of absorption. So what could one REALLY do? (What follows is not medical advice, of course, and one must check everything with one’s main medical advisor).
  
Why the thyroid gets all the attention:
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the throat and naturally requires iodine to help make the hormones needed to maintain normal metabolism (of every cell) and many other fundamental functions in our bodies. Normally, iodine is absorbed from our diet (seaweed, fish, etc), and enters the bloodstream and is then concentrated in our thyroid. Radioactive iodine also will concentrate in our thyroid – our body notices no difference and once there, will then cause damage to the tissue. This can possibly lead to the formation of benign and malignant thyroid nodules we are told, but this is minimal; instead the damage is more of depressing it's cells' functionability. Infants and children are the most susceptible to radioactive iodine's harm, because their thyroid cells are more active. Enough good iodine will take the receptor spaces and leave non for the radio-active variety.
Don't assume that you have enough regular iodine circulating in your body because you saw that iodine is now added to your table salt. Some governments have mandated that iodine be added to table salt, but that common heat-treated type of salt that the majority of the population still uses is not often digested by our bodies (our digestive tracts treat this sort of heat-treated molecule as a toxin and the NaCl will not break down and allow the iodine out... and our body surrounds the poor quality salt with mucous to take them out of harms’ way into the gut (including the trace amounts of iodine). See the article for the best type of salt (not necessarily the most expensive or what the package says!) at the bottom of the home page in the articles section.

  
Why is iodine needed elsewhere, too:
Thyroid hormones are integral in the myelination of the central nervous system - most important in the womb and shortly after birth. It has been shown that a deficiency creates a potential IQ deficit. A well known expert states: "a single drop of IODINE each day can be the difference between an idiot and an Einstein."
  
What to take in advance of being compromised by radiation:
Whatever you take in the coming months and years, the rule of thumb is that it should add to your overall health and not be some emergency knee-jerk reaction. It should not be a burden to the very sensitive and intricate ways of all our organs and tissues but work synergistically. In fact some of the herbs, supplements, tinctures and foods mentioned here below, you may already have in your home. Now's the time to stock up on the rest of the items that "speak" to you - only you are in charge of your survival strategy - and there are many strategies and advices out there! Buyer beware!
  
Selenium, a necessary, miraculous mineral at any time, is a “repair workhorse” in the body and also protects DNA. Selenium deficiency is pervasive and leads to impaired anti-oxidant systems and also leaves people depleted after some of the harsh orthodox radiation "therapies” for cancer. Get plenty of selenium by switching to Brazil nuts for a while for all your snacking and include them in your cooking (crushed, nut-coated crispy chicken, chopped in salads, ground up in nutty pie crusts, etc) and eat while you drive or have a need to nibble - keep at your desk, glove compartment, and in your purse. Brazil nuts (more than any other food) are packed with selenium – this is one mineral that you can infuse your body with simply by eating it. Glutathione peroxidase is an important enzyme our bodies must produce to which selenium is a necessary co-factor – you cannot live without it at the best of times and now it's crucial to have more than enough. Pick some up pronto.
Drinking several cups of nettle tea per day - as an infusion is an option if you are allergic to nuts.
  
Vitamin A and beta-carotene counteracts gamma radiation damage to cells to some extent. It also improves the healing of wounds and supports a number of essential reactions in our bodies and some of our organs. For therapeutic purposes, such as with this fallout and oceanic water and rainfall contamination, or a compromised immune system, a natural cancer therapy regimin (many types) or if one is recouping from a continuous, severely poor diet, then temporarily 25,000 to 35,000 IU is the dose for adults. General maintenance would be less. (Vitamin A in large doses can be toxic to pregnant woman and their babies).
  
Strontium 90, another radioactive mineral we need to block, is a more difficult issue or the tissue, as it is chemically similar to calcium and can slide into our bone marrow and bones. One of pantothenic acid’s (vitamin B5, calcium pantothenate) many functions is that it helps normalize red and white blood cell formation in the bone marrow (and therefore indirectly helps to decrease the effects of radiation on bone marrow, too). The various B vitamins all dance together synergistically and should be taken together, as recommended on the supplement bottle.
  
Vitamin C - a VERY IMPORTANT supplement as it protects cell membranes (not just nuclear radiation but also from chemo and other harsh therapies). If the Vitamin C is buffered (with minerals) - called an ascorbate - then large dosages can be taken (up to bowel tolerance) when we know we have been specifically exposed (such as on a trip to Tokyo) (included in a smoothy, for example, with organic yoghurt, good oils, your iodine and other supplements). (We are all very different and large quanitites of Vitamin C leads to loose stools differently for each of us - can be anywhere from 4 to 18 grams per person per day.)
Extra Vitamin C, such as these extreme amounts described above (of buffered!! vitamin C) can be done at any time for acute health purposes but surely during fallout times. If you have ascorbic Vitamin C at hand - NOT buffered with minerals - then 200 to 500 mg several times a day is best. 
This would not be a time to quibble about politics but... in Canada we cannot purchase non-cornstarch AND buffered Vitamin C - the American companies we did have, we considered non-compliant as they did not have health Canada DIN numbers and are therefore disallowed. Left is Camu, Camu which is NOT buffered, but in spite of that, a quality product.

 

Health Canada “rules” have become too onerous for the top notch American companies such as Nutricology and Allergy Research to bother to continue to export into Canada.
(In Canada a few cornstarch Vitamin C products may say “made with Such-and-Such a berry” but that is usually a miserable 8%! Definitely not worth it. "Made from" is the right wording. No source stated on the bottle means that it's probably made from cornstarch and is less expensive and desirable).
 
Seaweed (thousands of different types and Laminar Japonica is the winner of radiation absorption in most literature) is a superb source of nutrients and they are very effective at removing radiation from the body in general as seaweeds contain the natural sodium alginate (cleans up in the the GI tract much like the action of apple pectin). Sheets and powders of seaweed can be mixed into soups, salads, or eaten by themselves as in sushi, but we are not likely to eat these in large quantities at every meal...
Supplements or capsules provide us with the alginate and a bonus of iodine (on average .05/.10 mg per capsule). This is why it is good to take several caps / tabs daily for normal healthy functioning, even in good times with no radiation threat. 
  
Potassium Iodide is what we have heard the most about for anti-radiation defense as we think of it as the go-to iodine. This is a sticky wicket. The iodide portion protects mainly the thyroid but must be taken in very tiny quantities - in too great an amount is damaging and very imblancing... The potassium is supposed to protect your whole body from the absorption of radioactive cesium (cesium acts like potassium). There is nowhere near enough potassium in this combination to protect and flood your body against all the radioactive cesium that you might take on (we are even still experiencing some of the cesium 137 from the atomic bomb experiments in Nevada from way back!!).
I’d suggest you start eating potassium rich foods such as organic bananas NOW, and don’t stop until we know we are in the clear - or never stop, for that matter. If you can afford organic coconut water, (not coconut pop) then that will be even better! If, per chance, you notice a few more trips to the bathroom after your new and improved potassium intake, then you know you have affected your potassium / sodium pump in a good way (that's a ratio of potassium and sodium that swims in and around your tissue cells throughout your body). Now is a perfect time to include potassium rich foods into your diet. Seriously.
Lug's iodine or Lugol's was what we used in the old days. It is a solution of elemental iodine and potassium iodide in water, named after the French physician J.A.G. Lug. Lug's iodine solution is still used as an antiseptic and disinfectant, even for emergency disinfection of drinking water. This became popular again when mercurochrome was recognised as containing mercury... disinfect while you poison!
When an alternative health expert advises on supporting and returning a hypo thyroid to better functioning (a sluggish thyroid), the amount of potassium iodide advised, is usually miniscule – from one to five drops per day in a gradual increase. A little iodide / iodine is dynamic and goes a long way, especially as it is partially cumulative! Lugol's is a stronger iodine - one drop per day in a glass of water is SUFFICIENT!
And more is not better in this case as one does not want to repair and protect an unhappy thyroid with a sledge hammer.
The amounts that are now recommended for radiation protection vary greatly but conservatively run around 130 mg per adult per day of potassium iodine. This is a huge amount! My pharmacist recommended twice that amount - unbelievable.
I have an unhappy thyroid, personally, so I eat potassium rich foods and take my normal amount of potassium iodide - a few drops per day, or one drop of Lugol's, in order to gently ensure that it is as close to "normal" as possible.
 
The FDA’s advice is interesting as I wonder about what the double blind cross-over studies look like that they draw their advice from (a factor always demanded of my alternative peers for proof of credibility... and did they use truly radiated people from nuclear sites who were compromised or just (not the same) radiated lab rats... one group of radiated humans compared with a placebo group and one group with potassium iodide (a few corpses would ensue, perhaps...?) This comment just to make the point that we should not believe everything we hear, even from the FDA.
On the other hand, and on a bright and non-cynical note: this Fukashima  scare has gotten the public to focus on their potassium iodide in take. Some people, in real need and not aware of their under-functioning thyroids or because the regular GP's tests were too insensitive, may now be benefiting from improved thyroid tissue!
(Women who are breast-feeding - take the adult dose. Children and infants should obviously have their dosages reduced to an amount that is proportional to their weight). If one has contra-indicated meds, or are hyper-thyroid, then please ask your GP first and go with your info in hand and educate yourself thoroughly before the next visit.

If you have deep pockets, then Beta-1,3 glucan- I is a free radical scavenger supplement that you will also like to have in store. In a controlled study done at the US Armed Forces Radiobiology Institute, 70% of rats (not humans) were given a lethal dose of radiation exposure and then were completely protected from the radiation effects when given a dose of yeast beta glucan. It protects certain types of white cells from free radical attack during and after the radiation, allowing these cells to continue to function in their irradiated bodies and clean up. 
Reishi mushroom are high in beta 1,3 glucan (500 mg once a day - another supplement that is abused by taking too much - and disrupting the delicate granules and nucleii of neutrophils).
 
Burdock Root
 - removes some radioactive isotopes from the body - and is also good for taking after a few plane trips, a CT Scan, frequent mamaographies or if you are a pilot or flight attendant. This root is also good for after radiation "therapy" for cancer (and hopefully you would be doing much more if you actually had had radiation "treatment" for cancer). It’s inexpensive and available at health food and Asian grocery stores – just an ugly inexpensive root that is invaluable. It’s also one of the 4 herbs in the original Essiac and acts like a gentle detox herb, as well. Or purchase the dried herb from a reputable herbal apothecary. Burdock root tea can be consumed three to five times per day 5gm of finely chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon coarsely dried powdered herb per cup of tea. Infuse the root in cold water first (for up to several hours) and then boil for up to an hour and finally the root is passed through a strainer. This long process serves to increase the bioavailability of some of the active ingredients. As a food, this root can also be added to soups. Burdock root may reduce the requirements for insulin, as it helps to normalize blood sugar levels. (Therefore it is recommended that diabetics consult with a wise health care practitioner. Burdock during the first trimester of pregnancy is contra-indicated.) 
  
Herb Robert - a herb that specifically takes out radiation - see "Herb Robert (geranium robertianum) and Removing Radiation" should be available at better herbal apothocaries in larger cities and online as a tincture. (A dropper full every 2 hours after a nuclear blast, once the fallout has fallen, once you are done your cancer therapy, etc, and taken once in a while if you fly a lot.)
  
Cilantro Leaf in tincture form - is a natural heavy metal chelator and is often used to remove heavy metals from the body and is believed to cross the blood/brain barrier (plutonium and cesium are the heavy metals it also targets.) Several  droppers full spread out over the day, will provide you with enough. Eating cilantro raw, would require an enormous amount - no fun - not feasible. It only takes 1-3 droppers full daily of tincture. If a headache ensues, then reduce the quantity.
  
And borrowed from alternative chemo-cancer-after care: Rutin - a bioflavonoid (can be purchased on its own and is sometimes included in vitamin C supplements containing bioflavonoids). It is used by alternative health seekers to rebalance from excessive x-ray exposure and radiation "therapy". I’d personally take 200 mg a day as a preventative supplement.
  
So stock up and become familiar with these other synergistic, health promoting, items and then... And then... lay back and have a nice long 30 minutes soak in a hot (as hot as you can stand it) Sea Salt and Baking Soda bath - 1 lb. of each and if no sea salt is available, then 2 lb. of baking soda (it's very important NOT to skimp). Many flight attendants and pilots use this detoxification method.  
... And even every other day, if we are inundated by radiation fallout.

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