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How to Identify and Fight Radiation Poisoning With Super Foods

31 Mar

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The powerful Jet Stream has just delivered radioactive fallout from those damaged Fukushima nuclear power plants in Japan to America’s shores.

While health officials say we “have little to worry about,” I’m not taking any chances when it comes to protecting my health and my family.

You see, my home was only an hour down the road when Three Mile Island began to “experience problems” back in 1979 — although Lieutenant Gov. William Scranton assured Pennsylvania residents that the radiation escaping the cooling towers “wasn’t dangerous.”

That official proclamation was all the motivation I needed to get my pregnant wife and our three-year-old daughter into our Toyota Land Cruiser and join the snaking exodus past Hershey, Pa., a town once known for chocolate until understatement stole its rep.

32 Years Ago Almost To the Day

“It’s déjà vu all over again,” as Yogi Berra once quipped– but there’s no driving away from today’s fallout, folks. Meteorologists say the entire US will be blanketed in a matter of days. Just what we need, eh?

With spring allergies now beginning to rage and BPA plastic turning up in the entire food chain, the last thing my besieged immune system needs is another threat to shut it down.

Fortunately, protection is as near as your local supermarket.

Today I want to tell you about an easy, effective way to keep yourself and your family safe from the fallout overhead: That’s by eating more iodine-rich foods – starting right now.

If you’ve been consuming the healing super foods and “meals that heal” which we spotlight here at MyHealingKitchen.com every week, you’re already getting a healthy dose of natural cancer protection.

But because “unusual times require unusual precautions,” I’m going clue you in about the foods and supplements that are proven by scientific research to shield you from radioactivity and the harm it can do to your health. But first, let’s start with the basics…

Radioactive Fallout 101

While there are dozens of radioactive contaminants spewing from the damaged reactors, the one making it across the Pacific in significant amounts is iodine-131. It’s worrisome because it tends to lodge in the thyroid gland where it can cause cancer.

People with low levels of natural iodine (which, studies reveal, includes 95% of all Americans) are particularly vulnerable because their thyroids will soak up any iodine encountered – even the radioactive kind. But when your thyroid is “topped off” with healthy iodine, there’s no room available for the radioactive kind.

That’s why the best prevention and treatment for iodine-131 toxicity is to increase your body’s iodine levels.

Consuming extra iodine before and during exposure to radiation will help prevent the radioactive form of iodine from lodging in your thyroid (as well as ovaries, uterus, prostate, and breasts) and keep it moving until it exits your body.

Raising your iodine levels when radioactivity is present is like wearing one of those lead shields around your thyroid when you’re having an x-ray taken.

To protect yourself, the government is recommending that you take 50-100 mg of iodine per day, beginning immediately, and to ease back to 25-50 mg after 2-3 days.

That’s okay if you have an iodine supplements on hand. But most shoppers are finding it difficult to locate a bottle of iodine anywhere in the US because fallout fears have triggered a buying frenzy.

Iodine Supplements May Be Ineffective, Anyway

Although experts claim that a one-time dose of iodine before or after iodine-131 exposure provides sufficient protection, this strategy may be ineffective if you’re exposed over a longer-term and to a milder strength.

Even more inappropriate are potassium-iodide (KI) supplements, called “thyroid blockers,” which are the go-to emergency treatment for heavy-duty radiation exposure within a 100-mile radius of the meltdown zone.

But the radiation that America is currently receiving from Japan is at a much lower level, so KI supplements are totally uncalled for. In fact, taking KI tablets unnecessarily could actually be harmful to your thyroid, or activate a thyroid problem.

Shortages and Price Gouging

Finding a reputable iodine supplement may be difficult right now – and getting your hands on some KI is harder still. That’s because the Japanese nuclear disaster has triggered a massive demand for these tablets. And there is outrageous price-gouging happening online.

That’s not the worst of it. Unscrupulous manufacturers are cranking out worthless placebo tablets labeled as KI and charging exorbitant prices – so shop carefully.

Although I haven’t investigated these sources personally, here are two well-reviewed products with a good reputation for quality KI tablets if you simply must have them for your peace of mind…

Source Naturals Potassium Iodide

Thyro Shield Potassium Iodide Solution, Black Raspberry

I’m in no way recommending that you buy a supply (unless you need the security of having a personal stash).

“Fallout Foods” Are Your Best Defense

The safest, smartest way to protect yourself in our current situation is to boost your consumption of foods that are rich in natural iodine.

I call these “fallout foods” because they pump up your body’s iodine supply, making you less vulnerable to any radioactive iodine in the air.

Even without an iodine supplement, you can protect yourself and family from the increased radiation overhead by getting more of these fallout foods into your diet.

The best of these iodine-rich foods come from the oceans — and topping the list is seaweed and other sea vegetables, the leading food source of iodine on the planet.

Seaweed and sea veggies are a mainstay in the Japanese diet (they consume more of it than any population on Earth), so they’re getting as much protection as these foods can provide.

But if you’re like most Americans, chances are the only seaweed you’ve ever swallowed was wrapped around a sushi roll.  And you probably couldn’t tell kombu from kelp if you’re life depended on it.  But that’s about to change.

Beefing-Up Your Seaweed Savvy

Here’s a rundown of the most popular types of seaweed available…

Kelp has an amazing 12 mg of iodine per teaspoon of granules. Sprinkle it onto any meal—salads, soups, and whole grains.

Kombu is a type of kelp that comes in strips. Add one 5″ strip to every pot of soup, grains and beans you cook (iodine is not affected by heat). It’s painless and flavorless, and you can remove it after cooking so squeamish family member won’t have to see it.

Dulse and wakame are other good sources of iodine — but, alas, nori is the iodine-poor member of the seaweed family. You can still get plenty of iodine in your sushi by adding kelp granules to the sushi’s rice, and/or cooking the rice with kombu.

Sea Veggies Remove Radiation from Your Body

In addition to protecting you from radiation, sea vegetables also pull radiation out of your body.  According to a 1964 McGill University study published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal, kelp reduces the intestinal absorption of radioactive strontium-90 by up to 80% (thus it passes through the body instead of sticking around where it can do damage).

Indeed, there are so many health benefits associated with seaweed that adding it to your current diet just makes good sense – whether fallout from Japan becomes a major health concern or not.

Curious to see how we could make “seaweed snacking” more appealing to Western taste buds, we’ve been experimenting with new recipe ideas in our My Healing Kitchen Test Kitchen.  Here are the winning favorites as voted by our Taste Panel…

Nori-Wrapped Crab Rolls with Wasabi and Roasted Red Pepper

Seaweed Cucumber Salad

Seaweed is definitely catching on in the health-conscious sectors of America. Seaweed snacks now populate entire sections of shelf space at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. One of my favorites is Annie Chuns Seaweed Snacks which is available in sesame or sinus-opening wasabi flavors. Both are big favorites around the MyHealingKitchen offices.

Other Radiation-Blocking Foods

No way, you say, that you’ll ever, ever eat seaweed?

Okay. So you’ll be happy to know there are several other foods that pack a big iodine wallop, including asparagus, garlic, lima beans, mushrooms, sesame seeds, soybeans, spinach, summer squash, Swiss chard and turnip greens. (Just realize that these veggies are nowhere near as potent as the sea-faring sisters.)

And forget that urban rumor about getting your iodine from iodized salt. You’d have to swallow a half a cup of salt to get a scant 13 mg — and your blood pressure wouldn’t appreciate that one bit.

So Have a Bowl of Miso Soup Instead

The Japanese consume a lot of miso — a savory, fermented soybean paste frequently used as a base for soups. Soybeans provide ample iodine on their own, but studies shown that miso strengthens people’s resistance to radiation poisoning by up to five times, according to 1990 Hiroshima University research. And this review of miso studies shows phenomenal anti-cancer activity.

The fallout-fighting benefits of miso were first observed by Dr. Tatsuichiro Akizuki, M.D., who discovered that his staff and patients failed to develop radiation sickness, even though they were terribly near the atomic blast in Nagasaki. He attributed this to their unusually high daily consumption of miso and wakame seaweed soup.

Miso is incredibly versatile, too. You can use it as a bouillon or stock, put it in sandwich spreads, or sip it with grated ginger as a hearty tea.

Some mornings, I fill a quart jar with hot water, add 2 teaspoons of grated ginger with a tablespoon of miso, and enjoy it for hours. It’s quick, easy, nourishing — and very low-cal. Add a bit of kelp and you’ve got twice the fallout protection.

Put More Cancer-Blocking Foods on the Table

Radiation causes cancer by creating free radical molecules that damage DNA. So it makes sense to eat more foods and supplements that are rich in antioxidants these days — and research backs this up.

Choose foods loaded with the antioxidants vitamin C (papaya, kale, red bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries and kiwis), vitamin E (sunflower seeds, almonds, olives and spinach) and selenium (Brazil nuts, salmon, shrimp and turkey, and brown rice).

All of these are cancer-blocking heavyweights. And it’s easy to identify them. Just let your eyes guide you: Fresh, brightly-colored foods tend to be antioxidant treasures.

You also should consume more whole grains, especially brown rice. Whole grains are rich in fiber, phosphorus, antioxidants and selenium, all of which help escort toxins from the body.

And don’t forget rosemary. Spanish researchers published research in the British Journal of Radiology demonstrating that nothing fights the free radicals created by radiation like this aromatic herb. Since rosemary’s essential antioxidants are fat-soluble, they provide critical protection in areas water-based antioxidants can’t reach.

Other supplements that may be protective against radiation damage are vitamin D and vitamin K. Both support cell apoptosis, which is the programmed death of cells that accumulate various DNA errors (due to radiation and other causes). Vitamin D also supports DNA repair.

It’s Time for Change

Following on the heels of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico just 13 months ago, the current nuclear disaster in Japan is yet another wake-up call for us as global citizens, as well as Americans.

The terrible televised scenes from Japan re-emphasize the pressing need to transition to non-polluting, sustainable, renewable sources of energy immediately.

In the meantime, one thing each of us can do right away is conserve the energy available to us. Conservation is the cheapest form of energy we have at hand right now.

The time for real alternative energy is here. The sooner we get working on it, the sooner we can pass a safer world on to our grandchildren.

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Radiation: Many People wonder how this invisible poison with effect those exposed to it? The medical outcome of severe radiation poisoning is very serious, here is what to look for:

Radiation sickness is damage to your body caused by a very large dose of radiation often received over a short period of time (acute). The amount of radiation absorbed by the body — the absorbed dose — determines how sick you’ll be.

Radiation sickness is also called acute radiation sickness, acute radiation syndrome or radiation poisoning. Common exposures to low-dose radiation, such as X-ray or CT examinations, do not cause radiation sickness.

Although radiation sickness is serious and often fatal, it’s rare. Since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, during World War II, most cases of radiation sickness have happened after nuclear industrial accidents, such as the 1986 nuclear reactor accident at a power station in Chernobyl, Ukraine.

The severity of signs and symptoms of radiation sickness depends on how much radiation you’ve absorbed. How much you absorb depends on the strength of the radiated energy and the distance between you and the source of radiation.

Absorbed dose and duration of exposure
The absorbed dose of radiation is measured in a unit called a gray (Gy). Diagnostic tests that use radiation, such as an X-ray, result in a small dose of radiation — typically well below 0.1 Gy, focused on a few organs or small amount of tissue.

Signs and symptoms of radiation sickness usually appear when the entire body receives an absorbed dose of at least 1 Gy. Doses greater than 6 Gy to the whole body are generally not treatable and usually lead to death within two days to two weeks, depending on the dose and duration of the exposure.

Initial signs and symptoms
The initial signs and symptoms of treatable radiation sickness are usually nausea and vomiting. The amount of time between exposure and when these symptoms develop is an indicator of how much radiation a person has absorbed.

After the first round of signs and symptoms, a person with radiation sickness may have a brief period with no apparent illness, followed by the onset of new, more serious symptoms.

In general, the greater your radiation exposure, the more rapid and more severe your symptoms will be.

Early symptoms of radiation sickness
Mild exposure (1-2 Gy) Moderate exposure (2-6 Gy) Severe exposure (6-8 Gy) Very severe exposure (8-10 Gy or higher)
Nausea and vomiting Within 6 hours Within 2 hours Within 1 hour Within 10 minutes
Diarrhea Within 8 hours Within 3 hours Within 1 hour
Headache Within 24 hours Within 4 hours Within 2 hours
Fever Within 3 hours Within 1 hour Within 1 hour
Later symptoms of radiation sickness
Dizziness and disorientation Within 1 week Immediate
Weakness, fatigue Within 4 weeks Within 1-4 weeks Within 1 week ImmediateImmediate
Hair loss,                     bloody vomit and stools, infections, poor wound healing, low blood pressure”
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Treating Radiation Exposure: How to Detox Your Body of Depleted Uranium With Herbs, Nutrition, Natural Supplements

19 Mar
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A site guest submitted this information, below, today in a comments field on 3.19.2011 and it seemed thorough and timely. I am rep-posting it for everyone.

Residues, the Effects of Radiation, and Radioactive Contamination
These Herbs and foods can also be used for many other Health challenges– This sure gives me a lot of peace of mind. ~J

It’s sad but true that there are thousands of scientific references

and medical studies out there on the fact that radiation and

radioactivity can harm you, yet despite millions of dollars spent by

the government to study radiation, virtually nothing is available

about a detoxification diet or nutritional supplements you might use

if you are exposed to radioactive contamination.

Here’s some of the information we do know from the only book in the

world on the topic. Keep this information in the back of your mind

as it may one day help save you or someone you know.

Most people are aware taking potassium iodide (KI) or potassium

iodate (KIO3) tablets will help block your thyroid gland from

absorbing radioactive iodine should there ever be a dirty bomb

explosion or nuclear power plant mishap such as the Three Mile

Island incident. In 1999, another such accident happened in

Tokaimura, Japan where several individuals died from radiation

exposure in a fuel processing facility.

What people don’t recognize is that potassium iodide or iodate

tablets only protect the thyroid gland and do not provide protection

from any other radiation exposure, so taking them should not give

you a false sense of security. It’s important to detox your body

after radioactive exposure!

One question is, what do you do if KI or KIO3 tablets aren’t

available during an emergency? Interestingly enough, according to

research by Ken Miller, health physicist at the Hershey Medical

Center, he found that an adult could get a blocking dose of stable

iodine by painting 8 ml of a 2 percent tincture of Iodine on the

abdomen or forearm approximately 2 hours prior to I-131

contamination. Potassium iodine tablets are best, but if they’re not

available this is the next best thing.

An entirely different problem arises after you’ve been exposed to

radioactive contamination because now you have to get rid of any

radioactive particles you may have ingested through the air you

breathed, water you drank, or food you ate. Some people suggest

Epson salt, Clorox or clay baths to remove any residues on your skin

and to leach out any heavy metals you may have absorbed, but the big

worry is internal contamination. To gain some insights into what to

do, we have to turn to the story of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

At the time of the atomic bombing, Tatsuichiro Akizuki, M.D. was

Director of the Department of Internal Medicine at St. Francis’s

Hospital in Nagasaki and he fed his staff and patients a strict diet of brown rice, miso and tamari soy

soup, wakame, kombu and other seaweed, Hokkaido pumpkin, and sea

salt. He also prohibited the

consumption of sugar and sweets since they suppress the

immune system.

By imposing this diet on his staff and patients, no one succumbed to

radiation poisoning whereas the occupants of hospitals located much

further away from the blast incident suffered severe radiation

fatalities.

Much of this positive result has to do with the fact that the sea vegetables contain substances that bind

radioactive particles and escort them out of the body. This is why

seaweed sales usually skyrocket after radiation disasters, and why

various seaweeds and algae are typically used to treat radiation

victims.

In Chernobyl, for instance, spirulina

was used to help save many children from radiation poisoning. By

taking 5 grams of spirulina a day for 45 days, the Institute of

Radiation Medicine in Minsk even proved that children on this

protocol experienced enhanced immune systems, T-cell counts and

reduced radioactivity. Israeli scientists have since treated

Chernobyl children with doses of natural beta

carotene from Dunaliella algae and proved that it helped

normalize their blood chemistry. Chlorella

algae, a known immune system builder and heavy metal

detoxifier, has also shown radioprotective effects. Because they

bind heavy metals, algae should therefore be consumed after exposure

to any type of radioactive contamination.

In 1968 a group of Canadian researchers at McGill University of

Montreal, headed by Dr. Stanley Skoryna, actually set out to devise

a method to counteract the effects of nuclear fallout. The key

finding from their studies was that sea

vegetables contained a polysaccharide substance, called sodium alginate, which selectively bound

radioactive strontium and eliminated it from the body.

Sodium alginate is found in many seaweeds, especially kelp, and

since that time the Russians have been seriously researching the use

of their own kelps from Vladivlostok, from which they have isolated

the polysaccharide U-Fucoidan, which is another radioactive

detoxifier. Because miso soup was so

effective in helping prevent radiation sickness, the Japanese have

also done research identifying the presence of an active ingredient

called zybicolin, discovered in 1972,

which acts as a binding agent to also detoxify

and eliminate radioactive elements (such as strontium) and

other pollutants from the body.

The kelps and algaes aren’t the only natural foods with

radio-detoxifying effects. In terms of fluids to drink, black and green tea have shown “radioprotective

effects” whether consumed either before or after exposure

to radiation. This anti-radiation effect was observed in several

Japanese studies, and studies from China also suggest that the

ingredients in tea are radioactive antagonists.

In short, after any sort of radioactive exposure you want to be

eating seaweeds and algaes along with almost any type of commercial

heavy metal chelating formula to bind radioactive particles and help

escort them out of the body. Whether you’re worried about depleted

uranium, plutonium or other isotopes, this is the wise thing to do

which can possibly help, and certainly won’t hurt. Many nutritional

supplements have been developed for the purpose of detoxifying heavy

metals, most of which contain the algaes and plant fibers and other

binding substances.

Basically, an anti-radiation diet should focus

on the following foods:
· Miso soup

· Spirulina, chlorella and the algaes (kelp, etc.)

· Brassica vegetables and high beta carotene vegetables

· Beans and lentils

· Potassium, calcium and mineral rich foods

· High nucleotide content foods to assist in cellular repair

including spirulina, chlorella, algae, yeast, sardines, liver,

anchovies and mackerel

· Cod liver oil and olive oil

· Avoid sugars and sweets and wheat
· A good multivitamin/multimineral supplement

Yet another benefit of the sea vegetables rarely discussed is their

high mineral content, which is a bonus in the case of radioactive

exposure. Consuming natural iodine, such as in the seaweeds, helps

prevent the uptake of iodine-131 while iron inhibits the absorption

of plutonium-238 and plutonium-239. Vitamin B-12 inhibits cobalt-60

uptake (used in nuclear medicine), zinc inhibits zinc-65 uptake and

sulfur is preventative for sulfur-35 (a product of nuclear reactors)

incorporation by the body.

Since nuclear workers are potentially exposed to radioactive sulfur,

this means that workers in the atomic power industry need a higher

content of sulfur in their diet. MSM

supplements provide a source of dietary sulfur, but thiol

supplements such as cysteine, lipoic acid and

glutathione serve double-duty in this area because they

help detoxify the body and attack all sorts of other health problems

as well.

The immune system is usually hit hard after radiation exposure, and

a number of steps can be taken to help prevent opportunistic

infections after a radioactive incident. Though the full dimensions

of the protective mechanism is still unknown, Siberian

ginseng is one form of ginseng that exerts a definite

radioprotective effect and has been demonstrated to lessen the side

effects of radiation. It was widely distributed by the Soviet Union

to those exposed Chernobyl radiation and is commonly used to help

cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.

Consuming Reishi mushrooms is another

proven way to bolster your immune system after radiation exposure

and helps reduce the damage from radiation. It’s been used to

decrease radiation sickness in animals and help them recover faster

after potentially deadly exposure.
Panax ginseng has prevented

hemorrhaging after radiation exposure, prevents bone marrow death

and stimulates blood cell formation, so it’s another supplement to

add to one’s protocol. In short, yeasts, beta glucans, bee pollen

and various forms of ginseng have all been shown to bolster the

immune system after radiation incidents. In terms of radiation

burns, aloe vera has a proven ability

to treat serious radiation burns and offers other radioprotective

effects, and can easily be grown in your house.

The amino acid L-Glutamine can be used

to help repair the intestine in case of the gastrointestinal

syndrome usually suffered due to radiation exposure, and a variety

of substances can help rebuild blood cells to prevent hematopoietic

syndrome. Those particular foods include beet

juice, liver extract, spleen extract, and shark alkyglycerols.

Most oncologists don’t know that shark liver oil, with

alkyglycerols, can help platelet counts rebound in days..

Depleted uranium is currently in the journalistic spotlight because

US weapons are made from this material, and after being fired leave

a legacy of depleted uranium dust in the environment, which anyone

can absorb. Because the kidneys are usually the first organs to show

chemical damage upon uranium exposure, military manuals suggest

doses or infusions of sodium bicarbonate

to help alkalinize the urine if this happens. This makes the uranyl

ion less kidney-toxic and promotes excretion of the nontoxic uranium

carbonate complex.

In areas contaminated by depleted uranium dusts, it therefore makes

sense to switch to drinking slightly alkaline

water and to favor a non-acidic diet

to assist in this detoxification. Any of the heavy metal

detoxifiers, such as miso soup, chlorella, spirulina and seaweeds,

are also commonsense warranted.

Another thing you can do is use homeopathics

for radiation exposure. People commonly argue over whether

homeopathics work or not, but if you assume the position that they

produce no results whatsoever then you must also assume that they

certainly won’t hurt you, which means the only loss from using them

is a few dollars. Frankly, there are countless cases and

double-blind studies where homeopathic tinctures do provoke physical

healing effects in the body. Therefore they are a viable adjunct

treatment option. One homeopathic, in particular, is URANIUM NITRICUM (nitrate of uranium) which

homeopaths suggest should be used in cases of depleted uranium

exposure or uranium poisoning. Not just soldiers or civilians

exposed to battlefield dusts, but uranium miners and radiation

workers may find it quite useful.

While we’ve discussed just a few of the many supplements and

protocols you can use to help detox the body of the lingering

results of radioactive contamination, including the residues of

depleted uranium, the last thing that might be of interest is that

there is a plant that is a natural geiger counter. The spiderwort

plant is so sensitive to changes in radiation levels (its petals

change color upon exposure) that it’s often used as a natural

radiation detector (dosimeter), just as they use canaries in mines

as detectors of poisonous gas. Some people like knowing that they

have an ongoing monitoring system for radiation in the environment,

and this is just another tip available in  “How

to Neutralize the Harmful Effects of Radiation or Radioactive

Exposure.”

See also: Three Ways to Treat Radiation Exposure Naturally

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