Should you worry about the effects of radiation from Japan? I have had many calls from friends on the West Coast of the US, wondering whether I think they should worry about the dumping of nuclear waste water into the ocean, and the airborne releases. Radiation is a part of life, but too much radiation threatens life. My advice is a little prevention, and less worry, is probably the best idea.
Today, EPA released its latest RadNet results, which include the first results for drinking water. Drinking water samples from two locations, Boise, Idaho and Richland, Washington, showed trace amounts of Iodine-131 – about 0.2 picocuries per liter in each case. Even an infant would have to drink almost 7,000 liters of this water to receive a radiation dose equivalent to a day's worth of the natural background radiation exposure we experience continuously from natural sources of radioactivity in our environment.
Earlier precipitation samples collected by EPA have shown trace amounts of radioactivity, so EPA has expected to find results such as these in some drinking water samples. Similar findings are to be expected in the coming weeks."
While these types of atoms exist naturally, most of the volume of these molecules are created by nuclear reactors. And therein lies the problem. As a natural part of life we can deal with small amounts, whereas the effects of radiation with large numbers of particles may affect cells in the body - especially the thyroid. These unstable atoms (also called radionuclides) can change spontaneously change other healthy atoms.
Here are some natural ways to protect your body from the effects of radiation - both in the air as well as internally:
High Chlorophyl Foods - Chlorophyll-rich foods (chlorella, spiraling, alfalfa) have been shown in studies to decrease the effects of radiation. Chlorella especially works to neutralize radiation. It also removes poisons metals like cadmium, uranium, copper and lead. Foods including leafy green plants, celery, parsley, and wheatgrass are high in chlorophyl.
Certain clays like Bentonite will also extract radiation from the body.
The HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate) was first developed by the United States Government in the 1940's. Perhaps you've heard of the Manhattan Project, and that was where HEPA came about to protect scientists from radiation particles. These particles attach themselves to dust in the air. This in turn means that radioactive particles can circle the globe via clouds. HEPA air filters were sold commercially in the 1950's to remove pollen and dust for people with allergies. HEPA is also used in the space program, pharmacy lab processing, hospitals, nuclear plants, and in the computer chip industry.
The EPA has set specific requirements for HEPA filters because of their nuclear application, and this applies to commercial air purifiers. Air purifiers which call themselves "Hepa-like" , or "Hepa-type", do not qualify. Even a small $100 HEPA air purifier like the one below will remove particles with radiation from the air.
I only drink Artesian Water from a trusted source. This means the water comes from deep in the ground where minerals cleanse the water. Spring Water does not qualify since it is cleansed in streams exposed to the air.