I have been contacted by many people regarding the “radioactive plume” headed our way from Japan. Experts have said it won’t impact us at all and others say it is much worse than that. The truth is, we have no idea how this will play out, so here are some tips:
1.) Don’t stress. Do what you can, but realize there is a potential danger, so be proactive and do what you can to minimize the effects.
2.) Increase your supplements and/or foods high in Calcium and Potassium are very helpful in replacing it and helping it to eliminate Cesium 137 from the body.
3.) Consuming natural iodine, such as in the seaweeds, helps prevent the uptake of iodine-131 while iron. (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.
4.) Increasing your multi-vitamin may help. Taking iron in the morning (away from calcium) inhibits the absorption of plutonium-238 and plutonium-239. Vitamin B-12 inhibits cobalt-60 uptake.
5.) Glutathione (GSH) may help to detoxify and reduce the damaging effects of radiation.
6.) 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 contamination, like kelp, chlorella, spirulina.
7.) Avoid sugars and sweets!!!!!!
8.) Extra vitamin D is a very good idea at about 5,000iu per day for the next 2 weeks. Vitamin D is depleted by Strontium 90.
9.) Vitamin C with Bioflavinoids like Rutin are essential. This is an easy combination if you have CBR at home.
10.) Taking iodine is a great idea, but this really only protects the thyroid, which is extremely important.
11.) Close all doors, windows, and fireplace dampers, as well as turn off A/C units
that bring air in from outside. Bring pets and their water inside.
12.) Take a BATH! A 20-minute baking soda with sea salt (mixing half a pound of salt and half a pound of baking soda). Costco carries large bags of baking soda.
13.) Since we live so close to a San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, we ALL should have a 2 week supply of Potassium Iodide per person in our home. I understand people are selling this once cheap pill for a fortune, so the prices WILL come down.
14.) This is a good wake-up call to see if we have enough provisions and postassium iodide in the event WE have an emergency. Do you have enough water for your family? Do you have enough food that is not located in your freezer or fridge? Are YOU prepared?
Potassium Iodide (KI) – Many are reading about potassium iodide being handed out in Japan because of radiation levels. Potassium iodide may protect just the thyroid gland against exposure to radioactive iodine that occurs when radiation levels increase. KI will probably not help with radiation damage in other parts of the body.
The FDA has approved two different forms of KI—tablets and liquid—that people can take by mouth after a nuclear radiation emergency. Tablets come in two strengths, 130 milligram (mg) and 65 mg. The tablets are scored so they may be cut into smaller pieces for lower doses. Each milliliter (mL) of the oral liquid solution contains 65 mg of KI.
According to the FDA, the following doses are appropriate to take after internal contamination with (or likely internal contamination with) radioactive iodine:
- Adults should take 130 mg (one 130 mg tablet OR two 65 mg tablets OR two mL of solution).
- Women who are breastfeeding should take the adult dose of 130 mg.
- Children between 3 and 18 years of age should take 65 mg (one 65 mg tablet OR 1 mL of solution). Children who are adult size (greater than or equal to 150 pounds) should take the full adult dose, regardless of their age.
- Infants and children between 1 month and 3 years of age should take 32 mg (½ of a 65 mg tablet OR ½ mL of solution). This dose is for both nursing and non-nursing infants and children.
- Newborns from birth to 1 month of age should be given 16 mg (¼ of a 65 mg tablet or ¼ mL of solution). This dose is for both nursing and non-nursing newborn infants.