Radiation Exposure Protection Classic Radiation Antedotes - How to Protect Yourself From Radiation Exposure By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca ______________________
Conventional medicine adheres generally to the KI protocol to excrete radioactive iodine from the body. Alternative medicinal practitioners may employ some other protocol like seaweed, mega doses of Vitamin C, sulfur or some other treatment or combination . Whatever you select, discuss the protocol with the family physician and do some reading on the efficacy of the treatment you will employ in an emergency.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission or the NRC supplies Potassium Iodide (KI) tablets to States requesting it for the population in a 10-mile emergency planning zone (EPZ). KI is to be used to supplement evacuation or sheltering in place, not to take the place of these actions. If radioactive iodine is taken into the body after consumption of potassium iodide, it will be rapidly excreted from the body. Potassium Iodide is an important component of Emergency Planning. Contact your state health department to obtain exact details tailored to your locale.
Populations closest to a nuclear power plant or within the 10-mile emergency planning zone are at greatest risk of exposure to radiation and radioactive materials. When the population leaves the affected area, and contaminated foodstuffs are removed , the risks from further radioactive iodine exposure to the thyroid gland are substantially lessened . Beyond a 10 mile area, the major risk of radioiodine exposure is from ingestion of contaminated foodstuffs like milk products. Make certain to keep enough bottled water and powdered milk readily available. Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the FDA have published guidance to protect consumers from contamination in the food . These protective actions are preplanned in a 50-mile ingestion pathway EPZ.
Radiation produces free-radicals (“inflammatory molecules”) that damage cells comprising tissues; such as, vital organs, glands, muscles, and bones. Radiation causes the cells to age more quickly . The cellular structures become distorted, or mutated, creating cancers such as leukemia, anemia, birth defects, and other diseases .
Radiation is harmful to humans when exposed to large doses. The health risks from exposure to radiation range from acute radiation syndrome to carcinogenesis depending on the dose and duration of exposure. The radioactive fallout (deposition of radioactive particles on the earth's surface) can be due to nuclear detonations , accidents involving nuclear materials or major earthquakes/Acts of G-d.
Acute radiation syndrome, or ARS, is caused due to exposure to large amounts of radiation over a brief period. Some of the symptoms of ARS include skin irritation, nausea, vomiting, burns to the skin, diarrhea, inflammation of tissues, bleeding from the nose, mouth, gums or rectum, and anemia. It can even lead to death if the radiation dose is too high.
Remember, in the unlikely event of a nuclear power plant accident, it is important to follow the direction of your State or local government in order to make sure protective actions, such as taking potassium iodide pills, are implemented safely and effectively for the affected population. 1)
Various products are on the market . These products contain Potassium Iodide. For instance, NukeProtect is one such product which consists of a high concentration of KI. Nuke Protect consists primarily of potassium iodide, recommended by the Department of Homeland Security, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other federal agencies as a “blocking agent” to protect the human thyroid gland, which rapidly absorbs ionized radiation. NukeProtect provides cellular protection, detoxification and thyroid support. 2) 3) 4) Nuke Protect contains Potassium Iodide, Selenium Yeast, cumin powder, wild kelp and coriaria. These ingredients are nuclear antidotes according to the manufacturer.
Radiation produces free-radicals (“inflammatory molecules”) that damage cells making up tissues; such as, vital organs, glands, muscles, and bones. Besides causing the cells to age more quickly they also become distorted, or mutated, creating cancers such as leukemia, anemia, birth defects, and other diseases.
Sulfur has a long history of use as an antidote for acute exposure to radioactive material. DMSO is the classic sulfur compound. A Japanese study showed that even low concentrations of DMSO had radio-protective effects through the facilitation of DNA double-strand break repair, providing protection against radiation damage at all cellular levels in the whole body.
Remember that boosting your body’s detox capabilities and overall anti-oxidants levels is a key to survive in these stressful times. Being on a detox diet is crucial to regain health in a toxic environment. Our extensive experience and research shows that those on a no grain/low carb (no gluten) and non dairy diet fare MUCH better. 5)
After a radiologic or nuclear event, local public health or emergency management officials will instruct the public whether or not KI or other protective actions are needed. For example, public health officials may advise you to remain at home, school, or place of work (this is known as “shelter-in-place”) or to evacuate.
Health officials may also ask that you abstain from certain foods or drinks until a safe supply can be brought in from outside the affected area. Following the instructions of health officials carefully can lower the amount of radioactive iodine that enters your body and lower the risk of serious injury to the thyroid gland.
How much KI should I take?
The FDA has approved two different forms of KI-tablets and liquid-that people can take by mouth after a nuclear radiation emergency. Tablets come in two strengths, 130 milligram (mg) and 65 mg. The tablets are scored so they may be cut into smaller pieces for lower doses. Each milliliter (mL) of the oral liquid solution contains 65 mg of KI. According to the FDA, the following doses are appropriate to take after internal contamination with (or likely internal contamination with) radioactive iodine:
o Adults should take 130 mg (one 130 mg tablet OR two 65 mg tablets OR two mL of solution).
o Women who are breastfeeding should take the adult dose of 130 mg.
o Children between 3 and 18 years of age should take 65 mg (one 65 mg tablet OR 1 mL of solution). Children who are adult size (greater than or equal to 150 pounds) should take the full adult dose, regardless of their age.
o Infants and children between 1 month and 3 years of age should take 32 mg (½ of a 65 mg tablet OR ½ mL of solution). This dose is for both nursing and non-nursing infants and children.
o Newborns from birth to 1 month of age should be given 16 mg (¼ of a 65 mg tablet or ¼ mL of solution). This dose is for both nursing and non-nursing newborn infants.
How often should I take KI?
A single dose of KI protects the thyroid gland for 24 hours. A one-time dose at the levels recommended in this fact sheet is usually all that is needed to protect the thyroid gland. In some cases, radioactive iodine might be in the environment for more than 24 hours. If that happens, local emergency management or public health officials may tell you to take one dose of KI every 24 hours for a few days. You should do this only on the advice of emergency management officials, public health officials, or your doctor. Avoid repeat dosing with KI for pregnant and breastfeeding women and newborn infants. Those individuals may need to be evacuated until levels of radioactive iodin 6)
The Wisdom of the Herb Schools provides extensive guidance on how to turn back radiation exposure. "As you've probably heard, there may be some radiation moving across the pacific in the next weeks heading towards the west coast from Japan. To keep going, be alive, and not shut down, we need courage, nourishment, and support - make a pot of soup! " , 7)
1. SEAWEED: eat nori, put wakame, kombu, and hijiki in your soups and stews. The iodine in kelp helps draw out the radiation and protect your thyroid from radioactive uptake.
2. MISO: good medicine full of live cultures, amino acids, minerals, and protein. I'd recommend making a big pot this week, having a bowl everyday and feeding it to all your friends- recipe follows.
3. MUSHROOMS: strengthen your immune system with some shitake mushrooms, sauteed or in soups.
4. Eat vegetables, especially DAIKON radishes and BURDOCK root- stick them in your soup too or make a shredded salad (recipe below). Daikon has been used for drawing out radiation, post nuclear fall out- it's cooling and detoxifying.
5. BATHS in epsom salt and baking soda (1 lb of salt, with a bit of baking soda 2x week)
6. DRINK lots of WATER
7. IMMUNE support: Do the things you know boost your immune system- sleep well, eat garlic and Vitamin C rich foods, and go easy on the sugar.
In case of radiation exposure, you should have an emergency supply kit. Families should have enough supplies in the home for at least 3 days. These supplies should include: a portable radio, flashlight, new batteries, bottled water (1 gallon per day per person), non-perishable foods, first aid essentials, prescription medications, personal hygiene products, sanitation supplies such as plastic bags, a whistle, duct tape, shoes, rainwear, hats, gloves, and copies of important documents such as insurance cards and your photo id . Some families have also invested in a nuclear radiation detection device which can detect radiation leaks, check for contamination and monitor your radiation exposure.
Keep important personal items like: o a battery-operated radio and flashlight, contact information for your house, cash, o an extra set of car and house keys, copies of important personal documents in a waterproof container, o bottled water and non-perishable food, first-aid kits with any essential prescription medications, hygiene supplies o You should check and update your emergency kits periodically .
In case a radiation incident occurs outdoors , try to find shelter right away. Remove clothing and place it in a plastic bag before entering your home or shelter to avoid bringing in any radioactive materials. This can eliminate up to 90% of radioactive contamination. Once inside, immediately wash your body with soap and water. If symptoms such as nausea and vomiting start to occur, seek medical attention, as soon as possible . 8)
Some guidance has been gathered from the World Health Organization (WHO). Details follow:
What type of radiation exposure could occur in a nuclear power plant accident?
In the event a nuclear power plant does not function properly, individuals, land, and structures in the vicinity of the plant could be exposed to a mixture of radioactive products generated inside the reactor, also known as “nuclear fission products”. The main radionuclides representing health risk are radioactive caesium and radioactive iodine. Members of the public may be exposed directly to radionuclides, either in the air or if food and water become contaminated by these materials. Rescuers, first responders, and nuclear power plant workers may be exposed to radioactive materials and higher radiation doses inside or around the power plant due to their professional activities.
What are the potential health effects of consuming contaminated food?
Consuming food contaminated with radioactive material will increase the amount of radioactivity a person is exposed to and could increase the health risks associated with exposure to radiation. The exact effect will depend on which radionuclides have been ingested and the amount. According to data reported so far, radioactive iodine is the main contaminant and concentrations in some food samples have been detected at levels above the Japanese regulatory limits. Radioactive iodine has a half-life of eight days and decays naturally within weeks. If ingested, it can accumulate in the body, particularly the thyroid gland, increasing the risk of thyroid cancer, particularly in children. The ingestion of potassium iodide is an established method to prevent the accumulation of radioactive iodine in the thyroid. Radioactive caesium has also been detected in some foods. The situation has to be monitored carefully as ingestion of food contaminated with radioactive caesium can also have long-term health effects. 9)
What general advice can be given to food consumers and producers in the event of a nuclear emergency?
The response to an emergency involving radioactivity should be the same as the response to any emergency involving any hazardous material contaminating food. In the early stages of an emergency, and if it is safe to do so, it is possible to take immediate actions to prevent or minimize the contamination of food by radiological materials. For example, it is possible to do the following:
o protect food and animal fodder which is stored in the open; cover with plastic sheets or impermeable tarpaulins; o close the ventilation of greenhouses to protect growing vegetables; o bring livestock in from pastures and move animals into a shed or barn; o harvest any ripe crops and place under cover before any fallout has been recorded; and o don’t harvest after fallout - wait for further instructions after contamination has been recorded.
Many other short-, medium- and long-term actions need to be considered in areas confirmed to be seriously contaminated, such as: o avoid consumption of locally produced milk or vegetables; o avoid slaughtering animals; o avoid consumption and harvesting of aquatic animals and plants (including fish, shellfish, and algae); and o avoid hunting or gathering mushrooms or other wild or collected foods. 9)