Natural Protection From Radiation Exposure

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist March 20, 2011

Radiation warning symbolThe Japanese nuclear disaster as it has been unfolding over the past 10 days has once again demonstrated that even the most earthquake prepared nation on earth is relatively helpless in the face of Mother Nature’s fury.

While some progress has been made in certain areas in containing the disaster such as the restoration of grid power to Reactors #5 and #6, a doomsday scenario at Fukushima Reactor #4 is still potentially unfolding as the spent fuel rod pool appears to be structurally compromised preventing its filling with water and threatening the overheating and explosion of exposed rods. Such an explosion would release tons of radioactive uranium into the air to be picked up by the jetstream and carried around the world.

Reactor #3 is also a serious concern as highly toxic “MOX” fuel resides at this location.  MOX fuel is 2 million times more toxic than enriched uranium.  Just a few grams would contaminate surrounding areas for tens of thousands of years.

The decreasing coverage of this story by Mainstream Media in recent days can only be described as shocking and irresponsible. One is left to ponder how the bombings in Libya have provided a highly convenient news diversion to such a dire situation while the US President is on an extended Latin American tour far from the reaches of the increasingly radioactive jet stream.

Even more alarming, officials seem to be glossing over recent news of food contamination. Fava beans imported to Taiwan have tested for low levels of radioactivity despite the fact that they came nowhere near Fukushima.  In addition, Japanese milk and spinach within Fukushima prefecture have also tested for contamination, although officials have deemed the levels so small as to pose no threat to human health. The reasoning? A person drinking the tainted milk for one year would “only” be exposed to the equivalent of one CT scan.

One CT scan?

One CT scan is a lot of radiation exposure, particularly if the radiation exposure does not abate due to contamination around Fukushima that poisons local food and water supplies for years to come. What these officials seem to be purposely ignoring is that radiation exposure is cumulative – one can never reduce one’s lifetime exposure. In fact, an increasing number of doctors deem CT scans simply too dangerous for children’s long term health and recommend that these high powered x-rays only be used for a life threatening emergency.

Consequently, it seems prudent that those in the path of the jet stream take precautionary steps to protect themselves from the radioactive plumes blowing in their direction.  The US President may suggest watching TV for the latest developments as the best way to prepare, but folks who truly understand the gravity of the situation in Japan will be taking concrete action steps to protect their health and, most importantly, the health of their children who are most vulnerable to long term damage from even small amounts of radiation.

Tips for Protection from Radiation Exposure

Dr. Tom Cowan MD, author of Fourfold Path to Healing, described the following as wise steps in this regard in a recent email newsletter:

  • Make sure to include special foods in the diet that have been shown to counteract radiation sickness. These foods include naturally fermented miso, beets, kombucha, and sea vegetables such as kombu.
  • Detoxifying baths with a cup of Epsom salts every couple of days is an inexpensive aid to boosting magnesium levels, relaxing muscles, and aiding the elimination channels.

As for medicines, Dr. Cowan recommends the safest and most proven aids in radiation exposure,

  • Vitamin C in the form of the highly absorbable liposomal C (1 tsp a day in any liquid, half that dose for children younger than 5)
  • The herb eleutherococcus, otherwise known as Siberian ginseng (one tablet twice a day for adults, half that dose for children younger than 5.  For children unable to swallow pills, the tablets can be dissolved in hot water and mixed with any liquid.  For tinctures use as directed on labels and half dose for children).
  • A seaweed called modifilan, a brown seaweed that is rich in a chemical called fucoidan, which studies have shown has great promise in combating radiation exposure.  This seaweed has liberal amounts of iodine, so the more toxic potassium iodine need not be taken at this point (3 capsules twice a day for adults, one capsule twice a day for children younger than 5.  It can be mixed with any soft food, like applesauce).

Dr. Cowan suggests caution with regard to potassium iodide:

  • As for potassium iodine, this is a much more aggressive measure, and many people will have some trouble with the high doses that are suggested.  But, if public health authorities say it’s time, then it should be used – but only then.
  • In that case, the dose is 130 mg of KI for adults and women who are breastfeeding, 65 mg for young people ages 3 and 18, children who are adult size take the adult dose, and infants and children between 1 month and 2 years should take 32 mg, newborns to infants 1 month old should take 16 mg.
  • The best source for potassium iodide is from your local pharmacy or by ordering Iodoral online.

 

Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist.com

 

Sources:  NaturalNews
Radiation Found in Japanese Milk, Spinach
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Comments (36)

  1. Living on the Florida Gulf Coast, are these things we should be taking now? And if so, most doses suggestions are for adults and children under 5. I have a 7 1/2 year old. Should he be dosed as an adult? (am referring to Vitamin C, sea vegetables, etc).

    Thank you, Sarah!

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    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Dawn, the current jet stream does not put any of the radioactive plumes down the FL Gulf Coast at the moment, but you never know .. sometimes this time of year we can get a late season cold front push through that would bring the jet stream down here too. Based on Dr. Cowan’s recommendations, it seems that a child older than 5 would have the same dosage as an adult.
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      • Dawn,
        I have 3 kids who do this detox bath about monthly or if they feel worn down or like they are getting sick. I use 1/2 cup epsom salt, 1/2 cup aluminum free baking soda in mine. 1 C each for adults. Soak 20-30 minutes inwarm/ hot water. Make sure they have a full glass of water after the bath, they may be really tired, for the first few times especially. And will sleep like a rock! Also- if your child gets a bad bruise (liking running into a deck post on a sled….ahem….) doing this will ease the bruised muscle and get them up and running quickly.
        Tips I have learned along the way :)
        ~Natasha

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  2. Hi Sarah-
    Where would you purchase that form of vitamin C??
    Also, I live in central Texas. I am wondering if the jet stream would make it down this far??
    Thanks!

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  3. Like my reply above, we do the detox bath a lot in my house. I add 1 cup aluminum free baking soda too. It helps you sweat. I also add whatever essential oils I want to the bath too. I try to do this bath weekly and it really helps me. I have family members who have reported getting a metal taste in there mouth during this detox. Always make sure to drink a full glass of water after and maybe add some lemon. Do this bath at night only as you will be tired afterward. If you ever feel naseuos or sick, rinse off and get out as you have had enough detoxing for the night and try again in a few days until symtoms cease. This bath makes your skin so soft and is a free pedicure as the dead skin just falls off after. For very specific instructions I have done a post on one of my blogs for benefits and specific instructions- http://phasestoforever.blogspot.com/2010/09/detox-bath.html. It also helps if you are sore from the gym! hahaha. Thanks for all the great info Sarah!

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  4. Thanks for sharing information about CT scans. My son has hardly ever been covered on the family health insurance due to his facial tumor, which actually lead to better health in the long run using diet and nutritional supplements. That meant no radiations from scans..(Doctors say they can’t remove his tumor, so the lack of doctor’s treatment didn’t affect his health). I believe less tests and scans kept him healthier..

    Using essential oils are something many don’t think about using. Melaleuca oils may protect cells from radiation damage, according to Dr. Daniel Penoel in l’aromathÄ-rapie Exactement.

    Limu is another brown seaweed that may be beneficial..
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  5. I took an epsom salt bath last year, and was up all night afterward with diarrhea and vomiting. Any insight on that? A friend suggested I may have stayed in too long (probably 20 minutes or so) but I’ve been chicken to try again ever since.

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    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Jenny, I got really sick with the flu once a few years back after a full body deep tissue massage. It really knocked some toxins loose and I failed to drink enough water after the massage to flush them out which I think contributed to me getting sick. I’m wondering if you drank water after your soak and whether maybe you soaked a bit too long? Obviously, it did you some good though as you had a very strong detox reaction. Maybe try again with a very short one, like 5 minutes and make sure to drink water afterward and see if you do better this time.
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  6. Thank you for this post. We are in Northern California and have started our entire family on iodine rich foods, liguid kelp, home brewed Kombucha, and other things that are good for reducing the side effects of radiation exposure. We did get some potassium iodone pills just in case things get really ugly from a local compounding pharmacy, especially since our children are still young and would be most susceptible in the event of full exposure.

    I have been following NaturalNews.com’s RSS feed and today there was a great article that talked about the protective benefits of Spirulina and Chlorella. I am going to be picking up some of these things too. http://www.naturalnews.com/031779_spirulina_radiation.html

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  7. The government always downplays the very real dangers of radiation. The fact is, no level of artificially created radiation has been shown to be safe. Thank you, Sarah, for giving us something we can do to protect ourselves. The government should be doing this, and more, but they are to busy claiming there is no risk.
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  8. Just had to mention this- it was not the earthquake, but the resulting tsunami that damaged the pumps to the reactors in Japan. Also, there have been no deaths/damages from radiation poisoning so far. The injuries were from the explosion itself. The media is really blowing this out-of-proportion, from what I have been able to gather.

    Of course, radiation exposure is real and a dangerous thing, but the damages at the plant in Japan have so far not even been as serious as that at 3-mile-island.

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  9. I saw Epsom Salts in the dollar store the other day. It in a cardboard, quart-sized container. I wasn’t sure if it was good to buy at the dollar store but saw the same size (and same type of packaging) in Target for just under $4. Has anyone bought theirs at a dollar store?

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  11. Sarah,
    What a great post. I spent a good bit of time researching this topic this week and ended up doing a post on it just today in which I cited your post.
    I really thank you – I am going to be following quite a bit of the natural recommendations.

    I used to live in Japan so this is issue is affecting me more than just as a health concern for me and my family. They are really having a rough time of it over there.

    And, as always, you are right on with your concerns about the Mainstream media and the government. Thanks for being willing to tell it like you see it.
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  13. Hello Sarah, is it safe to detox using this method while pregnant, or should I wait until after the baby? We live in Seattle, and didn’t do any safety precautions so far :((((( as we thought “there’s no immediate danger from local food, milk, etc” :(((((

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  14. Hi Sarah,

    My hubbie went in for a lumbar x-ray today for terrible sciatica (ex-football player….long story!). The technician screwed up and had to do the x-ray twice. I am beside myself with worry – mostly re fertility/reproduction :( If you were in my shoes, what would you do to help him?

    I know you’re super busy – thanks in advance if you have any suggestions…

    Shannon

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  20. Hi Sarah,

    I know this is an old post, but I just stumbled upon it, and am worried…I had a CT scan for kidney stone in September of 2013, so about 6 months ago. I also breastfed my then 12 month old twins about 6 hours afterward. I did not, at that time, know how much radiation this exposed me (and potentially them) to. I wish I could take it back! Is it too late to do the detoxing methods you mention for myself and/or my kids?

    Thank you!

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