Following the recent (and ongoing) nuclear events in Japan, we have been asked by many people to comment on preventing radiation sickness and disease caused by exposure to radioactivity. Whilst such measures are always going to be somewhat controversial and will undoubtedly change over time, it is our belief that responsible use of natural remedies and nutritional supplements NEVER leads to disease.
In this case, however, it might just save your life!
As we all know, radiation is very dangerous - so much so that there is considered to be NO SAFE DOSE, i.e. ALL radiation does SOME damage and the more exposure you have, the more damage will be done.
Of course, very low levels of natural background radiation are always present and our bodies are used to this and deal with it on a daily basis. However, when radiation levels are increased, even a little (such as in the cases of airline crew), increased levels of radiation-related disease are common.
So, how can you protect yourself from radiation exposure or radiation disease?
Well, as the question hinted, one of the most important things is to prevent any unnecessary radiation exposure, such as sun exposure leading to Sunburn. However, here we are going to deal with preventing as much damage as possible in people who have been, or expect to be exposed to raised radiation levels.
Many of the suggestions we are going to make are common sense, however they also follow significant experience gained from the treatment of people exposed to large doses of radiation following the Chernobyl disaster, which was (so far) the World's worst nuclear disaster.
Most, if not all, Government recommend Iodine supplements if one is exposed to (or anticipates being exposed to) radioactive material. This is because when radiation is released, one of the most common radioactive componenets is a radioactive form of Iodine, known as Iodine-131.
In order for this radioactive form to cause damage, it must bind to other substances in the body, where iodine is normally found. The principle of taking iodine supplements is therefore to ensure that all of those opportunities are removed by saturating iodine-receptors with healthy, natural Iodine, preventing the radioactive material from binding and causing its effects.
Whilst this is a matter for medical advice, Governments have clear recommendations in place for those exposed to nucler material.
For example, in the USA, this recommendation is 130mg. Bear in mind however both that this is for high-level exposure and that Iodine can have toxic effects at high doses.
Outside of Japan, the likely levels of contamination (given the events so far) seem to be very low, however anyone concerned about this may still feel they need to protect themselves. Iodine only lasts in the body for 1,2 or 3 days, so more than one dose may be necessary.
Normal doses as suggested in your individual supplement should be sufficient unless you expect unusually high exposure, so you should be guided by that.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Anyone with thyroid disease MUST take medical advice before starting iodine supplements.
Dietary sources of Iodine include kelp, Salt (most salt has iodine added) and several fish, like Mackerel, Haddock and Pilchards.
Detoxadine Iodine is one of the most important mineral supplements used in radiation exposure.
Its use helps block the uptake of the radioactive iodine that is often leaked in nuclear events, helping protect against the thyroid problems that radioactive iodine can cause.
Zeotrex A unique combination of specially designed micro-particles that helps bind and eliminate highly toxic heavy metals.
These are two specific items that may be useful following (or in anticipation of) radiation exposure, however, it is highly likely that any that is exposed to radiation and want to detox thoroughly will benefit greatly from a Whole Body Cleanse , which we would HIGHLY RECOMMEND to anyone concerned about exposure to ionising radiation.
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