The Japanese nuclear disaster has everybody on edge and people are panicking. Potassium Iodide has flown off the shelves at a rate where stockpiles could not meet demands. What most people don't realize is that there are literally hundreds of other foods and supplements that protect the entire body and organ systems (not just the thyroid) and they're typically safer and far more effective than potassium iodide.
In an interview about Japan's crisis with Newsmax.com, world renown neurosurgeon, Dr. Russell Blaylock stated "of course people near the site face the greatest danger,” he said. "Anything over 150 rads [a measurement of radiation] is going to produce radiation sickness. And they’re getting close to that level, from what I understand...At about 100 to 400 rads you drastically increase death risk. Once you get above 600 rads, about 95 percent of people are going to die within two weeks. This is what they’re worried about."
Blaylock suggest that people may need to take several supplements to protect against the effects of radiation. "Taking these supplements not only protects you against radiation but a lot of other diseases including cancer, brain degeneration."
Gingko biloba can be protective even after exposure to radiation according to Blaylock.
A report published and October, 2009 issue of the International Journal of Low Radiation added evidence to a protective effect for Ginkgo biloba against radiation damage. Ginkgo biloba is a tree species whose leaves have been used for centuries in Chinese medicine. Ginkgo leaf extract contains antioxidant compounds called ginkgolides and bilobalides which help scavenge free radicals that attack nearly all components of the cell, including DNA.
In their article, Chang-Mo Kang of the Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences in Taegu and colleagues describe their use of an assay for radiation-induced programmed cell death (apoptosis) to evaluate the protective effect of ginkgo extract against radiation exposure that occurs during accidents or occupational overexposure. In one experiment, white blood cells from human donors aged 18 to 50 were treated with one of four concentrations of ginkgo extract or a 9 percent saline solution before being exposed to gamma rays.
The researchers found a significant dose-dependent reduction in apoptotic cells among those treated with ginkgo. While radiation-induced apoptosis occurred in nearly one third of irradiated cells not treated with ginkgo, the number declined to 5 percent or less in cells treated with the herb.
Beta-glucan protects the bone marrow. Since the 1940s, scientists, through Beta Glucan Research, have been evolving the scientific evidence of the remarkable abilities of a simple substance derived from baker's yeast to effectively potentiate and activate the immune response, and to work through nutritional potentiation of the immune response in the body's war against cancer, ulcers, radiation exposure, infection, and trauma.
Curcumin also can offer protection after exposure, particularly against breast cancer. Curcumin protects against radiation-induced acute and chronic toxicity in skin.
The amino acid L-glutamine is standardly used by nutritionists to help rebuild intestinal walls, and preclinical studies by Fasano (2002) suggest glutamine might be useful in treatment of radiation injuries to the gastrointestinal tract.
When the blood producing organs atrophy due to the radiation, this dramatically raises the susceptibility to infection, hemorrhage and anemia, all of which pose potentially lethal threats. Mushroom supplements (from JHS Naturals) can help rebuild the immune system during this period. The shortage of red blood cells (anemia) causes fatigue, weakness, paleness, and difficulty breathing with physical exertion. Bee pollen may also be useful as it helps increase RBC and WBC counts, enhances vitality and energy, is a general immune stimulant, and has been found to protect people from radiation sickness and specifically reduces the side effects from radium and cobalt 60.
People with Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS) typically also suffer some kind of skin damage which can start to show within a few hours after exposure and can include swelling, itching, and redness of the skin (like a bad sunburn). Various homeopathic remedies can help with this type of condition. A mainstream treatment of radiation injury is the use of Aloe vera preparations on damaged areas of skin because it has demonstrated remarkable healing properties even for chronic ulcerations resulting from radiation exposure.
Melatonin and it's antioxidative effects offer protection against cellular damage caused by ionizing radiation.
The seed buckwheat is high in rutin, helps to protect against radiation and stimulates new bone marrow production.
The mucilaginous fibers in seaweed help to prevent the reabsorbtion of radioactive strontium 90.
Sea vegetables contain a polysaccharide substance, called sodium alginate, which selectively bound radioactive strontium and eliminated it from the body.
Following the bombing of Nagasaki, a group of surviving macrobiotic doctors and their patients avoided radiation sickness by eating brown rice, miso and seaweed. They also did not get leukemia. Seaweeds also help to break down fatty deposits.
High chlorophyll foods like wheatgrass and barley grass strengthen cells, transport oxygen, help to detoxify the blood and liver as well as helping to neutralize polluting elements and stimulate RNA production.
Sulfur rich vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and mustard greens combine with heavy metals and help to prevent free radical damage.
High pectin foods like carrots, sunflower seeds and apples help to keep pollutants from being assimilated.
Use liver cleansing foods such as artichokes, beets and radishes.
Fermented foods like miso, unpasteurized sauerkraut and yogurt help to promote healthy intestinal flora.
Garlic keeps radioactive isotopes from being absorbed.
Nutritional yeast (non-MSG), high in B vitamins binds, absorbs and carries heavy metals out of our systems.
Select foods that are as organic as possible. Learn to identify and eat some of the wild edible plants from unpolluted areas such as chickweed, dandelion, malva and violets.
Burdock – During the Industrial Revolution, burdock was recommended as medicine to help people cope with the increased pollution. Helps improve skin and liver conditions. Alterative, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, demulcent, nutritive and rejuvenative.
Chaparral – Alterative, antifungal, antioxidant and immune stimulant.
Dandelion – Improves function of body’s organs of elimination. Consider how this plant has done a good job for itself adapting to environmental pollutants. Helps with depression, liver and skin problems. Antifungal, cholagogue, diuretic, liver tonic and nutritive.
Echinacea – Stimulates white blood cell and interferon production. Alterative, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, immune stimulant.
Eleuthero can help alleviate fatigue, ameliorate symptoms from chemical and radiation exposure and lessen the effects of stress. Adaptogen, chi tonic and immune stimulant.
Green and black tea – Helps with allergies, congestion, depression and fatigue. Antioxidant, decongestant, immune stimulant, nervine and stimulant.
Milk thistle seed – Use for chemical exposure, environmental illness and liver damage. Antioxidant, cholagogue and hepatoprotective.
Myrrh – Increases motility of white blood cells and normalizes mucus membrane activity. Alterative, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiseptic, decongestant and rejuvenative.
Nettles – Improves allergies, anemia, convalescence and headache. It helps to reduce sensitivities by binding immunoglobulin. Adrenal tonic, alterative, cholagogue, expectorant, kidney tonic, nutritive and respiratory tonic.
Red clover – Improves health in general. Alterative, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, expectorant and nutritive.
Yellow dock – Improves the function of the kidneys, liver, lymphatic system, intestines and skin thus aiding the body’s natural cleansing process. Aids anemia, convalescence, heavy metal toxicity and swollen glands. Alterative, antiseptic, blood tonic and cholagogue.
Pink yarrow flower essence is a specific for environmental sensitivities.
Vitamin A and beta-carotene improves tissue strength and decrease wound healing time.
The B complex can improve stress and fatigue.
Vitamin C gives protection against a wide range of pollutants, reduces allergy symptoms and improves healing time.
Selenium, helps protect one from heavy metal toxicity.
Zinc is needed for B and T cell production. It also helps in the elimination of aluminum, cadmium, copper and lead.
Glutathione is very protective against environmental pollutants. L-cysteine helps the liver breakdown chemicals.
Calcium helps protect the body from absorbing radioactive materials and magnesium helps prevent the uptake of strontium 90. Bee pollen is extremely nutritive and
Bentonite clay can be used for heavy metal detox as well as to remove radiation. Internal clays have been used for detoxification for hundreds of years. As with all clays, the more you use, the quicker you tend to detox and the longer the treatment the better.
High nucleotide content foods to assist in cellular repair including spirulina, chlorella, algae, yeast, sardines, liver, anchovies and mackerel
Marine phytoplankton reduces the side effects of radiation exposure.
Oral sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) can diminish the severity of the changes produced by uranium in the kidneys.
Anti-virals such as ionic silver and olive leaf extract to help the immune system ward off infections and illness. Immune systems are typically weakened by radiation exposure.
- Cadmium sulph 30 or Potassium iodide 30 taken once before and once after an atomic explosion. These are generally used before symptoms appear, but can be used after as well.
- Cobaltum 30C has been known to remove side effects of radiation by taking it four times in one day for 2-3 days. Then an assessment is taken to determine if more is needed and how often. If needed from that point, it is generally used four times in one day every two weeks for 2-3 months. In the hands of a skilled homeopath, this remedy may be used in a 200C potency.
- Radium bromatum 30C has been used when skin eruptions or arthritis appear. Generally, take it twice daily if mild, or up to 5 times per day if more severe. It has been used for as long as many weeks, but as always, under the watchful eye of a skilled homeopath.
- Arsenicum album 30C in repeated doses every few minutes to half an hour, for approximately 1-2 days, then as needed depending on symptoms.
- Phosphorus 30C, 200C, and 1M, one after the other in the same fashion as Arsenicum. Together these have a history of being a very useful 1st aid.
- Calc fluor 12C and Natrum muriaticum 6C thrice daily for months after exposure. More frequently, if necessary. regardless of which other remedies are chosen from above, these two remedies have a way of helping the body eliminate toxins in tandem with the other remedies.
The results you experience due to radiation exposure will entirely depend on the amount of radiation your body absorbs (the dose), the type of radiation you’re exposed to, the route of exposure (the susceptibility of the tissue), and the length of time over which you are exposed.
It is essential that you use as many natural foods and supplements as possible when utilizing methods of prevention. Toxicity levels can build up from many supplements if taken in excess (especially potassium iodide) and the body will not respond favorably to these conditions. Always take the recommended dosages and try to obtain the largest percentage of your antioxidant intake from the consumption of fresh organic sources.
It is the inability to see the effects of chronic, low level toxicities on human health that has been, and remains, our greatest failing as intelligent beings. -Dr. Boyd Haley