8 Tips for Natural Protection From Radiation Exposure

by Sarah Healthy LivingComments: 35

radiationThe Japanese nuclear disaster as it has been unfolding over the past few years 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.

I no longer consumed any seafood from the Pacific ocean if I can avoid it, especially tuna, which are known to swim quite close to the Japanese coast.

The decreasing coverage of this story by Mainstream Media can only be described as shocking and irresponsible.

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 raw 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.

Tips for Radiation Protection

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 epsom salt baths using a cupful 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). Do not use sources of synthetic ascorbic acid or worse, GMO Vitamin C.
  • 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 iodide, 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, The Healthy Home Economist

 

Sources:
Radioactive Japanese Milk, Spinach

The Healthy Home Economist holds a Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mother to 3 healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, ABC, NBC, and many others.

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