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"How do I protect my family from radiation?"
The devastation from the earthquake in Japan has caused damage to at least two and possibly up to five nuclear power plants. Our prayers go out to that country as they seek relief. There is some evidence, and a lot of concern, that radiation will come our way, with the West Coast being the first on the receiving end.
In truth, we should have been concerned about radiation all along considering the use of cell phones, cell phone towers, microwave ovens, radio waves, color television, air travel, x-rays and computer use, however this disaster has brought it home in a really big way.
There is a lot of "mis" information going around on the internet, so I thought I'd offer some professional advice about 'what to do'.
Step 1 = Clean out your biliary tree!
Clear out the bile ducts of the liver where the toxins generally accumulate. Since the liver and gallbladder respond best to liquid therapy, open 4 capsules of Gallbladder Formula and add hot water and sip once per day on an empty stomach. (A little gritty, but not bad, the taste of the fennel and mint sort of come through) This should not cause a cleansing crisis, and can safely be used by anyone, with or without a gallbladder. Continue this for 30-90 days.
Step 2 = Make sure your bowel is moving!
As the liver and gallbladder dump toxin, they deliver it to the colon, which had better be moving! I use 1 Tablespoon of Psyllium Hulls Combination and 2-Cascara Sagrada to accomplish this, though some prefer Nature's Three, LOCLO or Everybody’s Fiber to the Psyllium Hulls Combo. Cascara Sagrada is to make sure the gelatinous mass is moving along as it pulls toxin from the body, and can be replaced with LB extract or Liquid Cleanse, both in liquid form, or LBS II, which has Cascara Sagrada plus other bowel movers. Use 1 Tablespoon of the fiber with as many bowel movers as needed to produce 2-3 bowel movements per day.
Step 3 = Iodine protects the body from radiation!
Good Nature's sunshine sources of iodine are Kelp, Heavy Metal Detox, Target TS II, Thyroid Activator, Spirulina and Energ-V. Also, Chlorophyll and Super Algae are good chelators, they are not high in the iodine that sea vegetables have so they won't work here.
A common misconception about iodine is that we can be allergic to it. In truth we are so loaded with chlorine, bromine and bleach that iodine displaces these harmful toxins and causes a reaction. Therefore the reaction to iodine is a bromine detox and not a true allergy. If you have been told you're 'allergic to iodine' go cautiously with the iodine formulas and rely on Heavy Metal Detox instead! By: Pat
What About Potassium Iodide
Potassium Iodide is a man-made CHEMICAL. It is used to prevent only ONE type of radiation poisoning (for radioactive iodine isotopes). It is only effective for 24 hours so taking it now is not going to help but it may just hurt.
Basically it works because it closes the receptor sites to the thyroid so the nuclear fallout (heavy metals) which destroy the thyroid will not get to it.
They don’t allow pregnant or breast feeding women to use it because it can cause fetal goiters or hypothyroidism!!! And you think it can’t do this in children and adults? What about people with low immune or that are already ill?
Side effects can be hives, nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal distress, swelling and iodism.
You are taking a CHEMICAL to close off the thyroid – and quite frankly, that chemical does not make choices. It can’t look at a item and say, well, you are safe so you can pass…..oops, you aren’t so I’m blocking you….. etc. And what are the residual effects?
HOWEVER……. Our body is smarter than any pharmacist or chemist!
When heavy metals enter the body, it will produce FREE T3 and T4 which guess what? Blocks the receptor sites to the thyroid so the heavy metals do not enter! (Side note: unfortunately, the medical community doesn’t do full thyroid panels and test for FREE T3 and T4 as part of a normal thyroid test or they would find that many times people have been exposed to heavy metals which is why their thyroid is not fully functioning!).
Instead of taking something that can leave you with a low or non-functioning thyroid for how long??? Why not take a natural substance that supports and strengthens your thyroid so it can do what it does WHEN it needs to? Even the CDC is saying: It is important to stress that high-strength potassium iodide of the 130 mg or above variety should only be taken in a nuclear fallout emergency and not under any other circumstances. So please don’t panic and take something that could cause other problems! By: Kae Thompson
Iodine, Tocotrienols, Berries, and Lipoic Acid
to Protect Against Radiation Exposure
Monday, March 14, 2011 - Byron Richards, CCN
The unfolding events relating to Japan's damaged nuclear reactors is raising the concern in the U.S. of a worst-case scenario of a meltdown with a consequent cloud of radioactive particles following the jet stream over to the U.S. The prevailing jet stream winds would impact Los Angeles to Alaska, and would include Hawaii. Radioactive pollution would reach the U.S. within 36 hours. It would then travel the typical jet stream across the U.S that you see on your daily weather programs. While we all hope this does not happen, and various experts may debate the severity of public health issues involved if it should, it never hurts to have a better understanding of the subject. What would you do if such a cloud was headed your way?
Japanese health authorities are passing out iodine tablets to those in the vicinity of these reactors - as it is common knowledge that the thyroid gland is a weak spot when it comes to radiation exposure. By flooding the body with iodine, the iodine is taken up by the thyroid which then blocks radiation uptake into the thyroid. This reduces the risk for future thyroid cancer (which is already an epidemic cancer in the U.S. in part likely due to excess CT scans).
Such iodine saturation should occur 24 hours prior to exposure and be maintained during the duration of excess exposure. This solution is not without risks, especially when potassium iodide is used. That is because excess iodine can clog thyroid function, inducing either hypo or hyper thyroid. However, that risk is trivial compared to acute radiation exposure - thus iodine makes sense. I like water-soluble iodine that in my experience is much less problematic when higher doses are used. Liquids can be applied directly over the neck region or taken orally, and reapplied as desired based on concerns.
Protecting the thyroid with iodine seems to be about all that public health officials are willing to recommend to the public. However, there are other important steps every person should consider. Radiation interaction within your body generates massive amounts of damaging free radicals, in turn potentially inducing DNA damage that may lead to future cancer - often manifesting a decade or two later. This means it is a good idea to maximize your overall antioxidant defenses. Ideally, this system would be bolstered in advance to provide maximum defense. Unfortunately, the antioxidant defense systems of a majority of Americans are in shoddy condition.
Many nutrients contain antioxidants and many of these behave in your vital antioxidant network to protect your DNA from damage. In your diet these nutrients come from fruits, vegetables, whey protein, and whole grains. Additionally, almost any nutrient supplement with antioxidant properties, such as vitamin C, will help bolster your antioxidant team. I would suggest to everyone a broad-base of antioxidant support as the minimum. Indeed, a cocktail of antioxidants (selenium w/ vit E, vitamin C, N-acetyl cysteine, alpha lipoic acid, and co-enzyme Q10) started 24 hours after a lethal level of radiation exposure has been show to be highly protective.
Excessive radiation exposure damages DNA, especially DNA relating to the system in our bone marrow that produces all the red and white blood cells that are vital for survival. Therefore, radiation exposure has adverse consequences on circulatory health and immune system competence, disturbing energy balance and increasing the risk for cancer. Of particular importance are the haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) that constantly rejuvenate blood and can become any of the white or red blood cells, as well as the haematopoietic progenator cells (HPCs) that transform into specific blood cells. Both HSCs and HPCs are the life force of blood cell rejuvenation and essential to your good health.
In this armed forces experiment where mice were exposed to non-lethal amounts of whole body radiation, there was a control group and a group fed gamma tocotrienol. Stem cell colonies (HSCs) were 80 - 86% maintained in the gamma tocotrienol treated mice, while they were 50% reduced in controls. Similarly, progenator cells (HPCs) had recovered completely within 7 days in the gamma tocotrienol treated mice, while they remained at 30% for weeks in the controls. A detailed analysis of the bone marrow showed that gamma tocotrienol maintained the regenerative integrity of bone marrow cells. The authors concluded that gamma tocotrienol "protected hematopoietic tissue by preserving the HSCs and HPCs and by preventing persistent DNA damage."
Another recent animal study shows that gamma tocotrienol can offset the adverse effects of radiation exposure, including the reduction of peroxynitrite, the most damaging free radical. This is important because as free radicals begin forming their reactions can cascade into producing large amounts of the most damaging of all free radicals, peroxynitrite. Short-circuiting peroxynitrite formation in response to radiation exposure is of immense importance to protecting DNA.
Lipoic acid is a very small and versatile fat- and water-soluble antioxidant. Animal studies show that it helps maintain the antioxidant defense system in multiple body tissues upon radiation exposure, especially protecting the brain, liver, spleen, kidney, and testes.
The health status of some 6,000 workers from Latvia who went to clean-up the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant has been followed for several decades. These workers suffered higher-than-normal rates of problems in their nervous, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine system (especially thyroid) and immunological systems.
A study conducted on some of these workers 10 years after the fact showed that 600 mg of Lipoic acid for two months was able to normalize many, but not all, of their lab abnormalities. Too bad they didn't have protection prior to and during exposure. Pretreatment with lipoic acid has been shown to significantly reduce radiation exposure damage to the brain.
Recent animal research conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture showed that Bilberry and strawberry extracts helped prevent brain damage from radiation exposure. Interestingly, the polyphenols of each fruit protected different areas of the brain - supporting a variety of dietary berry intake and/or supplements with multiple berries. [NSP has Brain Protex, which help protect the brain]
Having an adequate antioxidant defense system for more optimal health is common sense. During times of increased stress your needs for antioxidants rise - and this relates to any type of stress. Radiation exposure is simply one more type of stress - a rather nasty type. The demands in your life or existing health concerns may already be testing your antioxidant reserves. Bolstering your antioxidant defense system to compensate for a potential challenge is also common sense.
[NSP Super ORAC combines eight powerful ingredients known to quench free radicals-decaffeinated green tea leaves, mangosteen pericarp extract, turmeric root, quercetin, resveratrol, apple extract, açaí (acai) berry extract and selenium.]
[NSP Super Antioxidant [Vital Nutrition] is an exclusive formulation of several powerful antioxidants that help neutralize damaging free radicals inside the body and maintain the structure and integrity of cellular makeup. This formula combines tocotrienols (scavenge free radicals within circulating lipoproteins), lycopene (a carotenoid antioxidant) and alpha lipoic acid (is both fat- and water-soluble to provide antioxidant protection throughout the body) in a base of rose hips fruit (a natural source of vitamin C, carotenoids and flavonoids), milk thistle seed (protects liver from toxins) and turmeric root (protects liver tissue).]
[Dulse Liquid also supports the thyroid]
Japan Radiation COULD Pose Threat to US Crops - Per Dr Blaylock
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 8:07 AM -By Ashley Martella and Jim Meyers
If a radiation cloud from Japan’s damaged nuclear reactors eventually reaches the western United States, it could pose a threat to American crops and the people who eat them, nationally known neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock tells Newsmax.
He also says the radiation could pose a cancer risk, and explains steps to take to protect against the damaging effects of radiation exposure.
Blaylock is a health practitioner; author of “Nuclear Sunrise,” which examines the threat posed by nuclear radiation; a lecturer; and editor of Newsmax.com’s “Blaylock Wellness Report.” In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, Blaylock was asked about the risks faced by people in Japan close to the damaged reactors.
“Of course people near the site face the greatest danger,” he says.
“Anything over 150 rads [a measurement of radiation] is going to produce radiation sickness. And they’re getting close to that level, from what I understand.
“The safety level is set at 5 rads per year. They’re getting this dose within a short period of time.
“At about 100 to 400 rads you drastically increase death risk. Once you get above 600 rads, about 95 percent of people are going to die within two weeks. This is what they’re worried about.”
Radioactive elements Strontium 90 and Cesium 137, which can be released by a damaged reactor, “have a half-life of 30 years, so we’re talking about very long contamination, a hundred years or more,” he says.
Prevailing winds in the area of the stricken reactors have been heading east into the Pacific, toward the Western Hemisphere. Blaylock was asked about the threat to Americans if radiation from the reactors eventually does reach Hawaii or the West Coast of America.
“Most of the health risks are not going to be due to acute radiation poisoning,” he tells Newsmax. “It’s going to be a risk of increased cancer.
“When we look at Chernobyl, most of West Germany was heavily contaminated. Norway, Sweden. Hungary was terribly contaminated. The radiation was taken up into the plants. The food was radioactive. They took the milk and turned it into cheese. The cheese was radioactive.
“That’s the big danger, the crops in this country being contaminated, the milk in particular, with Strontium 90. That radiation is incorporated into the bones and stays for a lifetime.”
If radiation does arrive in the United States, people would need “to change their diet. They need to stop eating Western farm products,” Blaylock says.
They might also need to take several supplements that can protect against the effects of radiation, he suggests.
“Taking these supplements not only protects you against radiation but a lot of other diseases including cancer, brain degeneration.”
Among the supplements he cited, iodine can protect the thyroid gland if taken before the exposure to radiation.
Gingko biloba can be protective even after exposure to radiation. Beta-glucan protects the bone marrow. Curcumin also can offer protection after exposure (found in: Super ORAC Antioxidant, particularly against breast cancer. He also suggests garlic, ginger, melatonin, and magnesium.
Blaylock’s e-book “Nuclear Sunrise” focuses mainly on the threat of radiation from nuclear terrorism, but it examines in detail the effects of radiation and steps to take to protect against radiation damage. It can be found at the website www.blaylockwellnesscenter.com.