Effects Of Radiation & Prevention Steps


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.


"As a result of the incident with the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, several EPA air monitors have detected very low levels of radioactive material in the United States consistent with estimated releases from the damaged nuclear reactors. EPA has stepped up monitoring of precipitation, milk, and drinking water in response to the Fukushima events. These detections in air, precipitation, and milk were expected, and the levels detected have been far below levels of public-health concern.

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."

Radiation Explained

Radiation is simply energy that is transmitted as rays, waves or as particles. The heat of the sun is a form of radiation, and there are 2 types of radiation we are concerned with here, particle radiation and electromagnetic radiation. The electromagnetic radiation is our main concern - because it is what will be carried in dust particles from the leaks at the nuclear plants into the jetstream. This nuclear radiation comes out of thousands of different types of unstable atoms. The key word here is unstable.

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:

Prevention #1: Protect The Thyroid

You've probably read about US citizens in Japan being given Potassium Iodine to make sure sure they protect the thyroid. The thyroid is the most effected, and sensitive, organ when it comes to radiation. You might eat kelp (seaweed - which is high in iodine) which is a healthier alternative.

Prevention #2: Eat Foods Known To Attract/Absorb Radiation Particles

Apple Pectin - This is a natural chelating agent which binds radioactive particles which can then be removed from the body, offsetting the effects of radiation.

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.

Prevention #3: Remove Airborne Radioactive Particles

Staying indoors will prevent the effects of radiation charged particles during periods of high winds if nuclear particles are present. However none of us want to live indoors or without fresh air indoors.

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.

Prevention #4: Avoid Contaminated Food or Water

Particles in food (and who knows if there is or not?) is best handled by washing the food in a wash known to remove these particles. Avoiding food grown downwind or away from nuclear fallout is another preventative measure.

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.

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