How Do I Prevent Radiation Sickness?

The tragic natural disaster in Japan has us all riveted.  Stories like the mother and child who were protected from the cold by strangers remind us all of our shared humanity.  As you send prayers and support in any way you are able, you can be thankful that it is not you.

But it could be you.  And you may very well be directly affected in a few days.  As the Japanese nuclear reactors release radiation into the atmosphere, the jet streams will push this radiation to the Western United States and Canada.

In 5 – 9 days it is expected that the radiation fallout from damage to Japan’s nuclear power plants will arrive.

There are estimates that 750 RADS (7.5 Gy) may contaminate these areas.  That is A LOT of potential radiation exposure.  To put it into perspective, one chest x-ray is approximately .03 RADS.  One CT scan is 1 RAD.  Radiation sickness occurs with as little as 100 RADS.

Urgent: How do I Prevent Radiation Sickness from Japan Fallout?

Fortunately there is a way to help prevent this radiation from damaging you.  It is iodine. The goal is to have enough non-radioactive iodine in your body so the radioactive fallout cannot bind.  The radioactive iodine will pass through your body, leaving you unharmed.

You must have adequate iodine levels BEFORE this radioactive fallout gets here.

The CDC recommends using iodine to prevent injury from radioactive iodine fallout.  These are the doses for potassium iodide.

  • 130 mg for adults and women who are breastfeeding
  • 65 mg for children age 3-18.  Children who are adult size should take the adult dose.
  • 32 mg for children 1 month – 3 years of age
  • 16 mg for newborns from birth – 1 month of age

When should you take this iodine?

  • Just before the exposure hits
  • Iodine is cleared out of the body within 24 – 72 hours after taking it

If you have been taking iodine and iodide (Iodoral, Prolamine Iodine, etc.) daily, you should be covered.  If you have adequate body stores of iodine, the radioactive iodine does not have a place to bind in the body.

Where can I get this iodine?

  • Potassium iodide can be found in many health food stores
  • Note that iodide/iodine combination is much more effective for long-term treatment – Iodoral, Iodozyme HP and Lugol’s solution are examples
  • You can order Iodine online by CLICKING HERE

For more information read “Iodine, Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It” (click here to learn more) by David Brownstein, MD.

DO NOT start the first dose of iodine right now.  However, have it on hand so you are prepared.  Follow the news reports and supplement when radiation fallout exposure is eminent.

  • Take iodine within 1 – 2 days of the expected fallout
  • If the fallout is expected to continue, you may need to take more than one dose
  • Remember iodine only lasts 24 – 72 hours in the body after taking it

I will keep you updated as I find out more information.  Let us hope that this precaution turns out to be unnecessary.  However, this is a good reminder to make sure that you always have adequate body stores and a regular source of iodine.

Be cautious if you have Hashimoto’s Disease.  Of course, a true iodine allergy is also a problem. This is rare.  An allergy to radioactive iodine dye does not necessarily mean there is an allergy to inorganic iodine/iodide (such as Iodoral).  Most allergies are not life-threatening.  An allergy can take any form, including rash, fatigue, congestion, headache and fever.  Ideally a suspected iodine allergy has been challenged before such an urgent situation arises.  Talk to your physician if you have concerns.

Where Can I Buy Potassium Iodine Pills?  (Potassium Iodide)  You can order Iodine by CLICKING HERE.

To Your Vibrant Health!

Veronica Tilden, DO

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