How to Reduce Effects of Radiation Exposure (Part II)
By JOSHUA STRANGE, Two Rivers Tribune Contributing Writer
The nuclear disaster in Japan continues to unfold, and as of April 26 2011, the highest levels of radiation yet measured were recorded at Fukushima and there is still no end in sight. Levels of radioactive isotopes continue to rise in milk samples and have been detected in a growing variety of crops on the West Coast. Unfortunately, no testing is being done on the Northcoast with the exception of an EPA RAD-Net air monitoring station in Eureka and local seaweed testing undertaken by the Yurok Tribe with preliminary results indicating very low to non-detectable amounts of radioactive isotopes.
Part 2 of this investigative series examines proven nutritional techniques to protect against chronic damage from low-level radioactive fallout. Before discussing specifics, it’s important to understand the basics of how radioactive particles can enter and damage the body.
Research of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster found that food and water was the major pathway for entry into the body (with inhalation being another significant but minor pathway). As discussed in Part 1, internal emitters (alpha and beta) are much more hazardous than external emitters (gamma) at low-levels of fallout. Radioactive particles falling out in rain and dust can get into plant tissues by uptake from leaves and roots, which can then concentrate greatly into grazing animals like cows. This bio-accumulation affect largely explains why milk had the highest levels of radiation detected in the human food chain after Chernobyl and so far as a result of Fukushima.
Once in the body, radioactive particles cause damage by increasing production of hyper-reactive free-radicals and directly damaging DNA in a process similar to a slow burn. According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, the body produces over 50 different enzymes to repair DNA damage but free-radicals can also destroy these very enzymes. Thus with chronic, low-level exposure people tend to become more susceptible to radiation damage over time, especially kids. The most sensitive tissues include glands (ex. thyroid, breasts, and prostate), eyes, bone marrow, spleen, lymph nodes, lungs, gut lining, liver, and the brain. In other words, some body parts you might want to keep around.
As described by Dr. Helen Caldicott, the cells in immediate contact with a radioactive particle will die but adjacent cells will survive albeit with serious DNA damage, setting the stage for later development of cancers with a delay in onset of 5 to 30 years or more. Chronic, low-level exposure to radiation is notorious for weakening the immune system and increasing fatigue long before any other symptoms manifest.
Fortunately, the body has many pathways to repair itself that can be greatly assisted by proper nutrition and detoxification, and free-radicals can be neutralized by powerful anti-oxidants contained in a wide variety of plants.
Given the longevity of toxicity from the radioactive isotopes released by Fukushima (ex. 300 years for Cesium-137), methods to protect ones health will likely be ineffective in the long-term if only used in the short-term. This means protection will be best if a permanent change in lifestyle is implemented, which is a large undertaking. Fortunately, these changes will also greatly support one’s overall health and helps protect against a variety of diseases from diabetes to heart disease to obesity.
Creativity, attention to details, and personal experience will be needed to take these products correctly and reliably, especially for kids, but many supplements can be found in liquid form or crushed or pulled apart in pill/capsule form and added to real fruit juices or food. Dosing for supplements can usually be scaled down by body weight. Pregnant women often need lower doses but also need protection the most. Taking this health threat seriously while staying positive and having the endurance and will power to make these changes for your family over the long run are essential. Attitude makes the difference…be pro-active and then let go of your worries and celebrate life knowing you have enlisted the help of powerful protectors!
The following list has been compiled from publications by internationally-known doctors: Dr. Russell Blaylock, a neurologist and author of “Nuclear Sunrise”, and Dr. David Brownstein, a leading holistic family health practitioner.
FOOD AND WATER
When your grandma said, ‘eat your vegetables” she was right! It’s always a good idea to eat a varied, vegetable based organic diet as much as possible but now more than ever to keep your body more resistant to radiation effects. Conversely, processed non-organic food should be avoided, especially foods with added refined oils (omega-6 rich), sugars (ex. corn syrups), and artificial or “natural” food additives.
For those wishing to reduce the cumulative intake of radioactive particles, removing all dairy products from the menu should be a top priority as dairy has been shown to be a primary route for ingestion of radioactive iodine and strontium. Replacing diary with soy products is not a good idea because of the hormone disruption that non-fermented soy causes, which is especially problematic for kids (rice, almond, and coconut milk are good substitutes for soy and dairy milk). Potatoes, carrots, and oatmeal all have high amounts of bio-available protein and calcium as do beans. Many vegetables and fruits are high in anti-oxidants, especially the cabbage family. Washing produce is always a good idea. Garlic has powerful immune support and radioprotectant effects.
Consume adequate amounts of water to help the body flush toxins (divide your weight in half and that is the amount of water one should drink in ounces per day). But make sure water for drinking and cooking is pure and free of fluoride, which tends greatly enhance the damage caused by free radicals due to its cumulative toxic stress on numerous organs. Unfortunately, the water supply in Hoopa continues to be fluoridated with a waste byproduct of the phosphate fertilizer industry, despite overwhelming scientific evidence of the dangers of ingesting fluoride, including increased behavioral problems in children. Thus purchasing water that has been through carbon filtration and either distillation or reverse osmosis is advisable.
Many people eating a modern Western diet have a deficiency of potassium and an excess of sodium, which makes them more vulnerable to a variety of diseases as well as damage from radioactive cesium since it mimics potassium in the body. Seaweed is one of the best sources of potassium. Other good sources of potassium are organic potatoes, bananas, beans, whole grains, seeds, and vegetables such as lima beans, spinach, and winter squash. Some fruits are also high in potassium such as honeydew melons, oranges, and raisins. Since potassium is critical to electrolyte balance, be careful of excess use of table salt in cooking and on food as it can interfere with potassium’s role (one quarter teaspoon of unrefined sea salt per quart of water consumed is a good general guideline for total salt including any added during cooking). Beets are effective for cleansing cesium so eat regularly if possible. Potassium compound can also be purchased online, which is then dissolved into water to make a concentrated solution (one quart of distilled water per bottle of compound; adults: two teaspoons/day with juice; kids: ½ teaspoon/day).
An estimated 40% of American people are also deficient in iodine, despite iodized table salt, which makes them more vulnerable to over 59 different diseases associated with thyroid dysfunction as well as damage from radioactive iodine. No one outside of Japan needs to take to potassium iodide at the recommend high dose 130 mg/day for severe radioactive fallout. However, people can address iodide deficiencies by pre-loading the thyroid with 6 to 50 mg/day over the long-term. Liquid solutions are best such as Lugol’s solution that contains dissolved potassium iodide and iodine, which can then be added to juice or painted onto the skin. According to Dr. Brownstein, who has been successfully using Lugol’s solution to treat thyroid disorders and iodine deficiencies in his medical practice for almost 20 years and thousands of patients; the potential dangers of potassium iodine supplementation are greatly overblown. Make sure to get plenty of omega-3 fats when supplementing with iodine products (ex. 2 tablespoons of omega-3 oil per day minimum; flax oil mixes are an excellent choice). With 5% Lugol’s solution, one vertical drop equals 6.5 mg. Start low and increase dose each day until reaching 6 to 50 mg per day (adults: 20 to 50 mg/day). Iodine is naturally found in seaweed and seafood.
Consume daily at will as seaweed is high is potassium and iodine and cleansing agar. Eating actual seaweed is best as opposed to supplements of seaweed, but make sure of a pure source. Nori wraps are a fun and tasty way to get seaweed into your kids’ diet as a snack.
ALGAE – CHLORELLA & SPIRULINA
These blue-green algae are safe and powerful anti-oxidants and super foods, and are vailable as supplements in pills or capsules to be used daily over the long-term. During Chernobyl, 5,000 mg of spirulina per day was used with good results. Chlorella (adults: 450 mg/day spread over three doses; teens and pregnant women: 225 mg/day; kids: 165 mg/day).
Apple pectin is a powerful binder that is gentle for daily use and was used in Chernobyl. You can eat lots of green apples like Granny Smiths daily, make fresh apple juice if you have a juicer (throw in some carrots too for calcium), or buy a supplement and follow the directions.
WHITE TEA AND GINGER
If you like caffeine then this is the route to get your fix and have healthy side affects because of the strong anti-oxidants. White, green, and black tea are all the same plant but white tea has the most ant-oxidants and much less naturally occurring aluminum and fluoride (do not add lemon to tea). Consume a strong brew several times per day at will hot or cold. Ginger is great too as a radioprotectant and stomach fortifier and makes an excellent tea by itself or with white tea. Ginger extract is also available (adults: two 500 mg capsules/3x per day before meals; kids older than 3: one capsule/day).
ROSEMARY AND BASIL
These common culinary herbs both contain powerful anti-oxidant flavonoids. Rosemary has show an exceptional ability to help repair damaged DNA and is also a potent anti-microbial and the flavonoids in holy basil are strong bone marrow and gut protectors. Consumption as herbs is fine but concentrated extracts of these plants are available in capsule and liquid form: rosemary (Nature’s way or Vitacost; 400 mg/day) and basil (orientin and vicenin).
There are several types of powdered clay available for internal use. Calcium or potassium montmorillonite clay is generally considered best. Clay absorbs just about everything, including nutrients, so it is advised to take it on an empty stomach (at least one hour before a meal and at least two hours after a meal). Do not take at the same time as your supplements or medications. Once to several times per week is probably sufficient.
When taking the clay internally, you should also take some fiber like psyllium husk (ex. Metamucil). The fiber will help flush all of the clay out. The following are general guidelines when taking clay internally: 1) Light physical stature: add 1 level teaspoon of clay and an equal amount of psyllium husk to about 8 ounces of juice and mix thoroughly; 2) Medium physical stature: add 1 heaping teaspoon of clay an equal amount of psyllium husk; and, 3) Large physical stature: add 1 tablespoon of clay and an equal amount of psyllium husk.
The following supplements are radioprotectants, anti-oxidants, and/or promote immune system function and DNA repair. Typically available in pill/capsule or liquid form at health food stores or internet sites.
Herbal extracts: Gingko biloba (Pure Encapsulations; adults: 80 mg/2x per day; teens: 80 mg/day; kids: 40 mg/day; not for pregnant or breast feeding women; do not take if consuming anti-coagulation medications including aspirin or ibuprofen); quercetin (adults: 500 mg/day; kids: 250 mg/day; not for kids under 6 or pregnant women); beta-glucan (protects the bone marrow); caretoneoids (mixed carotenoids at 25,000 to 50,000 IU/day); curcumin which is extracted from Turmeric root (250 mg/twice per day – mixed into one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil); resveratrol EXTRA (made from grape seeds; adults: one capsule 3x/day; kids: one capsule/day); silymarin (adults: two 250 mg capsules/2x day between meals; teens: two capsules/day; kids 6 to 12: one capsule/day); and trans-ferulic acid (adults: one 500 mg capsules/3x per day; kids 6 to 13: one 500 mg casule/day).
Vitamins and minerals: selenium (200 ug/d as selenomethionine), magnesium (200 mg/day), zinc (4 to 40 mg/day), N-acetyl-L-cystine (500 mg/day); Vitamin E (1,000 IU/day; natural form, not made in China); Vitamin D3 (2,000 to 5,000 IU/day best in liquid form such as Bio-D-Mulsion from Biotics Research; preganat women: 1,000 IU/day); Niacin (500 mg/day; do not use flush free form); Vitamin B-12 (sublingual 5,000 ug); Folate (800 ug/day); Vitamin B-6 (50 mg/d); and Vitamin C (buffered 500 to 2,000 mg/day on an empty stomach with lower doses if intestinal upset occurs). A good multi-vitamin/mineral supplement can cover many of these items, such as found in Extend Core or Vitamineral Green (men and post-menopausal women should avoid any supplement with iron). A good liver cleanse protocol is worth looking into as well.
The information presented in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice for a specific individual or condition, or as a substitute for consulting a health professional. This information should not be construed as medical consultation or instruction. While the information presented is considered sensible and accurate based on the medical experts’ opinions reviewed by the author, any readers who fail to seek counsel from appropriate health professionals assume risk of any potential consequences. The mention of brands or trade names does not constitute an endorsement. The views presented herein do not necessarily reflect those of the Two Rivers Tribune or its staff.
– Convert various radiation units: http://www.radprocalculator.com/Conversion.aspx
– Daily summary of worldwide headlines on Fukushima: www.enenews.com
– Nuclear wiki: http://www.nuclear-codex.org/doku.php
– Dr. Russell Blaylock: http://www.russellblaylockmd.com/
– Dr. David Brownstein: https://www.drbrownstein.com/homePage.php
– Dr. Helen Caldicott: http://www.helencaldicott.com/
– UC Berkeley radiation data: http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/UCBAirSampling
– EPA RAD-Net: http://www.epa.gov/japan2011/rert/radnet-eureka-bg.html
– Anti-oxidant foods: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_antioxidants_in_food
– Udol’s omega-3 oil mix: http://www.udoerasmus.com/products/oil_blend_en.htm
– Supplement suppliers: www.vrp.com or www.vitacost.com
– Food Matters documentary: http://www.foodmatters.tv/