Please don’t panic about the threat of radiation, and certainly please don’t panic buy products you don’t need until you know exactly what you are dealing with.
Many people have jumped on the iodine bandwagon, don’t assume all radiation needs iodine, it depends of the type of radiation that has been leaked.
We can protect ourselves through herbs and nutrition. I always recommend eating the right foods first before needing supplementation. Then dowse (if you can use a pendulum) or use kinesiology to see what your body most needs each day. Never, EVER take the same vitamins/minerals/herbs/supplements every day 7 days a week. You don’t need the same thing/s every day.
Please remember that different supplements/herbs etc suit different people. One size does not fit all. You also need to take into account whether you have problems such as thyroid (taking extra iodine will cause you more problems further down the line) or liver (be very careful what tinctures and supplements you take so that you don’t overload an already struggling liver).
Here is some info I have gathered from different sources regarding protecting our immune systems re radiation (please note this is for information purposes only and is not intended to replace qualified medical care, if you have a problem get it checked out) :-
If Cesium (which is the type of radiation from Japan’s nuclear outage post e/quake March 2011):-
Increase Beetroot, increase potassium; bananas, sunflower seeds, pumpkins seeds, green leafy veg, black beans.
Take Gingko Biloba = best radioprotective herb together with beetroot for best free radical scavenging.
(In addition, it offers protection to the reproductive system and bone marrow, the parts of the body most likely to be impacted. It is mucilaginous to help with bonding with radioactive particulates so that they can be removed. The mucilage also protects tissues from dryness and damage due to lack of viscosity. It has a tiny amount of carminative herbs to help with assimilation and nausea. It has yarrow for its subtle effects on the aura and rebalancing and liver protective bupleurum).
Foods with Potassium
Serving Size Potassium (mg)
Apricots, dried - 10 halves - 407
Avocados, raw - 1 ounce - 180
Bananas, raw - 1 cup - 594
Beets, cooked - 1 cup - 519
Brussel sprouts, cooked - 1 cup - 504
Cantaloupe - 1 cup - 494
Dates, dry - 5 dates - 271
Figs, dry - 2 figs - 271
Kiwi fruit, raw - 1 medium - 252
Lima beans - 1 cup - 955
Melons, honeydew - 1 cup - 461
Milk, fat free or skim - 1 cup - 407
Nectarines - 1 nectarine - 288
Orange juice - 1 cup - 496
Oranges - 1 orange - 237
Pears (fresh) - 1 pear - 208
Peanuts dry roasted, unsalted - 1 ounce - 187
Potatoes, baked, - 1 potato - 1081
Prune juice - 1 cup - 707
Prunes, dried - 1 cup - 828
Raisins - 1 cup - 1089
Spinach, cooked - 1 cup - 839
Tomato products, canned sauce - 1 cup - 909
Winter squash - 1 cup - 896
Yogurt plain, skim milk - 8 ounces - 579
bananas, mint, and dandelions are good sources of potassium; dulse and kelp are some of the best sources You can make potassium broth really easily and drink it daily....
Snippets are From The School of Natural Healing website:
Increase your potassium intake (bananas, mint, and dandelions are good sources of potassium; dulse and kelp are some of the best sources). Rawbeets can help with the potassium in the system;
For even faster results, you can add to each cup of herb tea six to ten drops of elderberry tincture or six to ten drops of black walnut tincture, both of which are extremely high in potassium.
Regular meals can start off with a cup or bowl of potassium broth.
Dehydrated vegetables in the form of potassium powder or broth can be purchased from most health stores or you can prepare your own. There are some of your health books that provide instructions for making potassium broth.
There are several ways to receive your potassium. Dr. Bernard Jensen sells a potassium broth made from dehydrated vegetables. Dr. Bronner makes a similar, excellent product. You can also make your own potassium broth by simmering equal parts of red potatoes, celery, carrots, onions, and herbs to taste. Raw vegetable and fruit juices also flood the system with potassium.
"Black Walnut (Juglans nigra; JUGLANDACEAE); leaves, inner bark, fruit (nut), green husk of unripe nut; containing organic iodine that is much more antiseptic and healing than the usual poisonous iodine so commonly used for pain on infections, cuts, etc.), germicide, powerfully sudorific and febrifuge (strong infusion), and is heavily laden with
potassium iodine which is a recognized universal remedy for scrofula, syphilis, diphtheria, and other forms of bad blood, inner bark—besides being cathartic, is a fibrin solvent (potassium sulphate), muscle and nerve food (magnesium sulphate), and food for hair, nails, skin, nerve sheath, and periosteum (silica). Black walnut is used for bleeding surfaces or moist skin diseases (apply powdered leaves), epistaxis and catarrh (spray the nasal passages or insert a saturated tampon of cotton), leucorrhea, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, etc. (use injections every 3-4 hours), internal ulcerations, inflammations, bleeding piles, worms of all types, dysentery, relaxed and ballooned intestines, syphilis,
scrofula, eye diseases, prolapsed uterus, varicose veins, ulcers, tumors, cancer, abscesses, boils, carbuncles, acne, eczema, itch, shingles, sore throat, tonsillitis, relaxed uvula, falling hair, dandruff, ringworm, hoarseness (very valuable as a gargle). The infusion of leaves and bark should be steeped for 15 minutes and taken in wine glassful doses; the strong infusion of leaves and husks should be macerated in warm or hot water for 1 hour; the husks make a valuable alcoholic tincture.
The best source of easily absorbable ORGANIC Potassium and Iodine is in my Body Balance+ Formula (Recipe at the bottom of this note). The main ingredients in the Formula are: Black Strap Molasses, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Black Walnut Hulls. Black Strap Molasses is by far the richest source of ORGANIC POTASSIUM. Black Walnut Hulls are the largest natural source of ORGANIC IODINE. And Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is one of the best Catalysts known to man so that even those with poor health and lousy digestion can easily absorb it into their systems. Another very rich source of Iodine can be found in my Total Nutrition Formula that has a large amount of Norwegian Dulce in it. This recipe is also very easy to absorb and is completely digested within 15 minutes.
Lastly, the only ingredient that runs out Radiation that has already been impregnated into the body is Vitamin B3 = Niacin = Nicotinic Acid. Those of you who've taken Niacin know what I'm talking about having experienced the "Flush" that goes along with taking it. That flush you experienced was Radiation running out of the body, and can not only be an old Sunburn turning on and blowing, but can also be doses of Radiation you received in the past blowing out of your body. There is a protocol called the Purification Rundown that is the best for terminatedly handling higher levels of Radiation already received, but this should only be done under full supervision by those qualified to deliver this rundown. During this rundown which can take up to a month to complete, one can safely take up to 5,000 Mg of Niacin. Doing this in your own home, the maximum level should not be more than 500 Mg taken twice a day as Niacin can turn on a full blown
BODY BALANCE+ FORMULA
4 CUPS (1 quart) ORGANIC, UNSULPHURED, BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES
4 CUPS (1 quart) ORGANIC, RAW, UNFILTERED, APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (we use and recommend the Braggs brand)
MIX IN A WIDE MOUTH 1 GALLON GLASS JAR. SHAKE WELL AS YOU GO. USE VINEGAR TO RINSE ALL THE MOLASSES OUT OF ITS BOTTLE. DO NOT FILL MIXING CONTAINER MORE THAN 1/2 FULL TO ALLOW PLENTY OF ROOM FOR BUBBLES AND TO SHAKE MIXTURE WELL.
ONCE MADE, FILL QUART BOTTLES TO JUST ABOVE SHOULDER AND EVEN OUT TO USE ALL LIQUID.
ADD 3 DROPPERFULS BLACK WALNUT HULL TINCTURE PER QUART. PUT ON CAP, TIGHTEN FIRMLY AND SHAKE WELL.
WIPE THE BOTTLES DOWN WITH A CLEAN, DAMP CLOTH UNTIL THEY ARE CLEAN AND NOT STICKY.
TURN EACH CAP TO BE SURE THAT IT IS TIGHT. KEEP OUT OF THE SUN.
Ian "Doc" Shillington N.D. (Retired)
Information out of a reference book, 'No Such Thing As Doomsday',
Philip L. and Arlene R. Hoag, http://www.nodoom.com ISBN 1-888865-01-6
" Selective Uptake: Selective uptake is an important concept in nutritional protection against radiation. It means that sufficient levels of proper nutrients can effectively block the uptake of many types of radioactive pollution."
1) POTASSIUM IODIDE: 100 milligrams for 100 days. (Note: dosages for children will be less). Blocks uptake of radioactive iodine. (can get liquid or pills)
1a) Thyroxin supplements. Blocks uptake of radioactive iodine ( Do not have a source yet)
2) Calcium/Magnesium Blocks uptake of Strontium-90 (cal-mag-citrate) 3) Iron Blocks uptake of Plutonium 4) Potassium Blocks uptake of Cesium-137 5) ZINC Blocks uptake of radioactive Zinc-65 ~ Lozenges 6) Vitamin B-12 Suppresses uptake of Cobalt-60
*This by no means replaces nutritional foods.
Please do your own research! Here is a site we have bought Radiation Protection supplements and supplies:
Radiation Sickness and Poisoning
Guidelines for Homeopathic Prevention and Treatment
In the wake of the major earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday, an explosion has just occurred at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
It was reported that radiation had already leaked from the plant prior to the explosion and Japanese officials now fear a meltdown with further contamination has now taken place.
People are being evacuated from surrounding areas as engineers scramble to contain the damage.
Should the situation worsen, radioactive material carried by wind and air currents may spread contaminated material to neighbouring islands and countries.
For all concerned, there are protective steps that can be taken with homeopathy.
Key remedies that have been used either in research or historically to prevent or treat radiation poisoning include the following:
If at risk of radiation exposure, any one of the above remedies may be taken as an emergency response, three times a day in a 30C potency. Do not exceed 6 doses without guidance from your homeopath. If radiation sickness has developed, your homeopath can also advise on treatment dosages.
The following was written for the treatment and prevention of radiotherapy and chemotherapy side-effects but the information and references it contains are just as useful and relevant to accidental radiation exposure.
PROTECTING THE THYROID
Radioactive Iodine 131 is a byproduct of nuclear fission and would be released in the event of a meltdown or possibly in the event that the fuel rods have degraded and fission products are carried with the steam vented from one of the reactors.
Because the thyroid takes up Iodine, and Iodine 131 is highly unstable, there is a large risk of thyroid cancer from exposure to Iodine 131. The best way to minimize the Iodine 131 uptake is to provide the thyroid with large amounts of Iodine 127. Standard procedure in the event of a nuclear disaster is to distribute Potassium Iodide to people in affected areas. And Potassium Iodide will certainly do the job.
Seaweeds are the best natural source of Iodine. Larch Hanson says that Laminaria digitata, a Kelp species, has the highest Iodine content, but other brown Kelps are excellent sources as well. Any seaweed will give you some decent amount of Iodine.
Shellfish, ocean fish, and red meat also contain Iodine in lower but appreciable levels. (Make sure your sources are ethically and environmentally clean!)
(One caution: people with hyperthyroid conditions such as Grave's Disease and people taking medications for hypothyroid conditions should not increase their Iodine levels without consulting an experienced practitioner.)
Because radioactive isotopes of other minerals may be released as well its advisable to eat bone broth and/or drink mineral rich herbal infusions (Nettles, Oatstraw, etc.)
There is anecdotal evidence that a diet including large amounts of Miso may have reduced rates of cancer and radiation sickness in some Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors. There are a couple of possibilities here: One is that this was simply a factor of increased Iodine intake since Miso was traditionally served with fish and sea vegetables. But it is also possible that the beneficial bacteria in Miso may have played a protective role.
Because Soy is detrimental to thyroid health I would suggest Miso made from other legumes (South River Adzuki Bean Miso is my favorite!)
IMMUNE MODULATING MUSHROOMS
Beta Glucans in a number of mushrooms including Chaga, Reishi, Turkey Tail, Matiake, Mesima,Birch Polypore, Lion's Mane, and Maitake help to modulate immune activity, and have been used with great success by a number of clinical herbalists working with cancer patients. Reishi and Mesima mushrooms have been shown to inhibit angiogenesis (See George Vaughan's great chapter on "Mushrooms in Cancer Therapy" in Margi Flint's ‘The Practicing Herbalist’.
I personally like Mushroom Harvest's 14 Mushroom Powder which Darcey and I regularly use in our soups, sauces, and gravies. (Thanks to Margi Flint for that tip!)
Gentle lymph moving herbs like Red Clover and Calendula are worth using, especially to keep the lymph moving around the head and neck. I might consider a gentle alterative like Burdock as well to support the body's natural detoxification systems as they move any radioactive materials out of the body.
Some of you might want to skip this, but most of you will feel better when you understand the mechanisms at work. There are a lot of different radioactive materials and each has similarities to organic substances normally used by the body. An example that is sometimes used is that Strontium-90 is absorbed by bones and teeth because the body treats it as if it were calcium. One theory advanced by those in the holistic health world is that the body will not absorb strontium if it has enough calcium. Moreover, the strontium will be replaced by calcium if the body is supplied with a proper form of calcium. This is why we should not panic and buy the first substance recommended for radioactivity but rather wait to see what is being released.
Meanwhile, there is corroborative material from the allopathic world of medicine in the sense that patients who are being treated with radioactive substances are advised to forego natural forms of that substance for some period following treatment. In short, the theory might be correct and since we don't really have better strategies for coping, we will proceed one step at a time now with what we think is known.
At the moment, we are not 100% certain about which cesium has been released but we do know that the body "views" cesium as it would potassium. So, unlike iodine which accumulates in the thyroid, cesium accumulates mainly in the reproductive organs and muscles and secondarily in the liver and kidneys and thence into the blood and hence everywhere else in the body. Of all the known agents for addressing cesium, green sea vegetables are regarded as the most effective. The required dosage is not all that great: -3 ounces a week. During times of direct exposure, the dosage can be ncreased to double or even triple the preventative amount. However, excessive intake is not necessarily good because there will be quite a bit
of iodine in the seaweed.
Other sources of potassium are of course bananas, beans, whole grains, seeds, and vegetables, especially lima beans, spinach, and winter squash. Some fruits are also high in potassium: dried apricots, honeydew melons, oranges, and raisins. Since potassium is critical to electrolyte balance, be careful of the amount of salt intake lest you interfere with potassium's ?ole.
So that we all appreciate the issues at hand, we are talking about a radioactive substance that is released in vapor form. It is highly reactive with water, explosive. This means that the damage of a direct contact would be an instantaneous burst when the radioactive cesium makes contact with moisture, but few people will make this kind of contact because the
radioactivity will be carried by the wind and "fallout" with precipitation.
It will then contaminate the natural environment. Some people may want to plant spiderwort or observe if they have it growing because it is apparently a good barometer of the extent of toxicity from radiation. The lowers change color when exposed to radiation. It makes me think of morning glories in Hawaii because I always noticed the rapid color changes but never really asked why.
We could hypothesize as to what exactly happens to the plant to produce this change and it would at minimum seem that the bioflavonoids are impacted because the colors of a plant are a clue to the flavonoids. We all need to remember that the nonverbal species are pictorial and use imagery to communicate!
Here, nothing is in bloom yet, not even the very, very late crocus flowers!!!
So, here is the problem: fallout will accumulate in the soil and be absorbed by plants which then yield a certain amount of radioactivity when ingested by foraging animals or people. In short, our world is polluted so in addition to the immediate risks, there are longer-term risks, meaning in this case that the uptake of potassium needs to be consistently somewhat higher than might ordinarily be the case.
This may almost be rocket science, but the management of the risks is within the scope of everyone's potential. To explain this further, let me go into the structure of kelp and its gelatinous constituent, sodium alginate. This is not assimilated but it bonds. It means that the moist and mucilaginous material can absorb and haul out radioactive particles. We use this substance all the time to thicken well known food products. Just look for "agar" on the ingredients list of foods.
Combing Steven Schechter's book for nuggets, he cites studies on rats who were fed beet pulp. They were able to prevent absorption of cesium-137. I happen to hate beets but I know the red agent in beets is a hydroxyl free radical scavenger. Nutritional yeast is another excellent food for the present situation. It helps to rebuild cells that are damaged by radiation.
This is something I use extensively. It is nonviable because it is roasted so do not worry about a "yeast infection".
As I said, I will keep sending short messages that are less overwhelming. The next will explain seaweed in more depth.
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