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    Friday, April 15, 2011

    Japanese Radiation Iodine Update 8:
    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
    radioactive iodine.

    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
    adequate hydration.

    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.
Iodine and Fallout Updates

    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.[1]

    Several severe adverse health effects, such as an increased
    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.[2]...

    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.[5]

    [edit] 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.[5]

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