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No More News Coming Our Way
The earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11, 2011. Let’s
control? No. Are we being exposed to radioactive particles from this
disaster? Yes. Are there things we can do to protect ourselves?
What is amazing to me is how the media has stopped reporting on
this story. Here we have a continuing melt-down and release of
radioactivity from Japan and now there is literally nothing being
said about it.
Radioactive iodine has been found in water and milk samples
throughout the U.S. In fact, many water supplies from Los Angeles
to Detroit have tested positive for radioactive iodine. But, keep in
mind, the authorities are not testing (or not reporting) for
contamination with radioactive cesium, plutonium or uranium all of
which have a longer half-life than iodine.
I have stated before that the amount of radioactive iodine that we
are currently being exposed to is not lethal, but it is not innocuous.
The danger is greater for those who are iodine deficient.
Compared to iodine sufficient people, those who are deficient (i.e.,
the majority of Americans) are more likely to absorb and bind
Wherever radioactive iodine binds in the body, it destroys and
damages cells. Where does this occur? Every cell in the body
needs and utilizes iodine. However, iodine is concentrated in the
glandular tissue—the breasts, thyroid, ovaries, and uterus are
examples of tissue that concentrate iodine.
I believe the reason we are seeing such an epidemic of disease of
the breasts, thyroid, ovaries and uterus is due, in part, to iodine
deficiency. I describe this in more detail in my book, Iodine: Why
You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, 4th Edition.
One of the first steps that you can do to prevent problems with
exposure to radioactive iodine is to become iodine sufficient. In our
toxic world, my experience has shown that iodine supplementation
in milligram amounts is necessary to accomplish this.
However, as I stated above, the disaster in Japan is more than just
radioactive iodine leakage. Radioactive plutonium, cesium and
uranium are also being released into the atmosphere. These items
have a much longer half-life than iodine and are much more
dangerous. What can you do to protect yourself from these items?
To protect yourself from radioactive toxins as well as other
toxicities, it is important to ensure adequate hydration. I cannot
emphasize enough the importance of drinking enough water. How
much water? Take your weight in pounds, divide by two and the
resulting number is the amount of water to ingest per day in
ounces. My experience is that most new patients, especially those
with chronic illness, are dehydrated. I always inform these patients
they will not achieve their optimal health without maintaining
There is one nutrient that can help combat nearly any toxicity. That
nutrient is vitamin C. Ensuring adequate vitamin C intake is
important. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient in the diet as the body
cannot manufacture vitamin C; therefore, we have to ingest enough
in our diet. What are the best dietary sources of vitamin C? Fruits
and vegetables are the best food sources of vitamin C. However,
most people do not eat enough fruits and vegetables to maintain
optimal vitamin C levels. Furthermore, our toxic environment has
increased our need for vitamin C as it aids all the detoxification
pathways. I suggest taking 3-5,000mg/day of vitamin C. Buffered
vitamin C seems to be the most tolerated form for this large dose. If
you get diarrhea with these doses of vitamin C, you can lower the
Other nutrients which help prevent damage from radioactivity
include vitamin E—as mixed tocopherols at 200UI/day), alpha lipoic
acid (300mg twice per day), and unrefined sea salt (1/2-1 tsp/day).
Also, eating a healthy diet, free of refined foods, is a big help. Note:
All of these supplements mentioined above can be found at my
Does radioactive iodine penetrate the body beyond the thyroid?
Judge for yourself.
More on radiation fallout
Downwinders From Wikipedia
Downwinders refers to individuals and communities who are exposed
to radioactive contamination and/or nuclear fallout from atmospheric
and/or underground nuclear weapons testing, and nuclear accidents.
Currently, this article focuses on incidents in the United States, or
caused by its weapons testing.
More generally, the term can also include those communities and
individuals who are exposed to ionizing radiation and other emissions
due to the regular production and maintenance of nuclear weapons,
nuclear power, and nuclear waste. In regions near U.S. nuclear sites,
downwinders may be exposed to releases of radioactive materials into
the environment that contaminate their groundwater systems, food
chains, and the air they breathe. Some downwinders may have
suffered acute exposure due to their involvement in uranium mining
and nuclear experimentation.
incidence of cancers, non-cancerous thyroid diseases, and
congenital malformations have been observed in many and
diverse "downwind" communities exposed to nuclear fallout and
radioactive contamination. The impact of nuclear contamination
on an individual is generally estimated as the result of the dose
of radiation received and the duration of exposure, using the
Linear No-Threshold Model (LNT). Sex, age, race, culture,
occupation, class, location, and simultaneous exposure to
additional environmental toxins are also significant, but often
overlooked, factors that contribute to the health effects on a
particular “downwind” community....
How Downwinders Are Exposed to Fallout
The nuclear explosions produce a characteristic mushroom cloud,
which moves “downwind” as it reaches its stabilization height.
Dispersion of the radioactive elements causes vertical and lateral
cloud movement, spreading radioactive materials over adjacent
regions. While the large particles settle nearby the site of the
detonation, smaller particles and gases may be dispersed around the
world. Additionally, some explosions injected radioactive material into
the stratosphere, more than 10 kilometers above ground-level,
meaning it may float there for years before being subsequently
deposited uniformly around the earth. “Global fallout” is the result,
which exposes everything to an elevated level of man-made
background radiation. While “downwinders” refers to those who live
and work closest to the explosion site and are thus most acutely
affected, there is a global effect of increased health risks due to
ionizing radiation in the atmosphere.
 Health Effects of Nuclear TestingThe earliest concerns raised
about the health effects of exposure to nuclear fallout had to do with
fears of genetic alterations that may occur among the offspring of
those most exposed. However, the observed inheritable effects of
radiation exposure by groups with histories of acute risk are
considered minimal compared with the significant increase in thyroid
cancer, leukemia and certain solid tumors that have developed within
a decade or more after exposure. As studies of biological samples
(including bone, thyroid glands and other tissues) have been
undertaken, it has become increasingly clear that specific
radionuclides in fallout are implicated in fallout-related cancers and
other late effects.
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