Environmental Radiation its effects and uses

Environmental Radiation – During the tragedy in Japan, we received many calls with concerns about a radiation plume; the information we have suggests any radiation from the Japanese nuclear plants would be greatly dissipated by the time it reaches our shores. However, there are nutritional ways to arm yourself against any exposure and we have outlined them below.

Potassium Iodide

Environmental RadiationAccording to the CDC: “Following a radiological or nuclear event, radioactive iodine may be released into the air and then be breathed into the lungs. Radioactive iodine may also contaminate the local food supply and get into the body through food or through drink. When radioactive materials get into the body through breathing, eating, or drinking, we say that “internal contamination” has occurred. In the case of internal contamination with radioactive iodine, the thyroid gland quickly absorbs this chemical. Radioactive iodine absorbed by the thyroid can then injure the gland. Because non-radioactive KI acts to block radioactive iodine from being taken into the thyroid gland, it can help protect this gland from injury.”

It may not be necessary to use potassium iodide unless there is a large exposure to radiation. Click here for more.

It is important to note that iodine should NOT be ingested as a precautionary measure unless exposure to a significant amount of radiation is imminent. In improper amounts, iodine can harm the thyroid.


Kombucha may aid in cellular protection

Following World War II, cancer cases in the former Soviet Union increased dramatically in certain areas. Researchers were determined to find out why. In the midst of dreadful cancer statistics, two areas stood out like neon lights: The districts of Solikamsk and Beresniki had hardly any cancer cases reported, and those few with cancer often turned out to be people who had only recently moved into the area from elsewhere.

How could this be? Environmental conditions were not any better than other districts – in fact, the region had potassium, lead, mercury and asbestos mining with production facilities spewing plenty of pollution. Trees in the area and fish in the Kama river were dying. Two teams of scientific investigators were puzzled to find that each district drank as much vodka as other Russians, but did not seem to have the social drunkenness problems or poor work record.

One day, one of the scientific team leaders personally visited the home of a family selected to be studied. An elder woman offered Dr. Molodyev a refreshing beverage, while Dr. Grigoriev also stumbled across this beverage in the other district at about the same time. It was soon confirmed that there wasn’t a home in the region that was without the fermenting crocks of kvass (lacto-fermented beverage made with rye sourdough bread and raisins) or kombucha (fermented beverage made from mushroom culture and black tea).

Kvass is a well-known digestive tonic and immunity-booster. Tolstoy describes how Russian soldiers took a ladle full of kvass before venturing from their barracks onto the Moscow streets during a cholera epidemic. Because kvass protects against infectious disease, there is no worry about sharing the glass.

Kombucha is rich in B vitamins and a substance called glucuronic acid which binds up environmental and metabolic toxins so that they can be excreted through the kidneys. Glucuronic acid is a natural acid that is produced by the liver. Kombucha simply supplies the body with more and boosts the natural detoxification process.

The Soviet experience is part of a large body of documentary evidence that the beverage made from kombucha fermentation of tea and sugar is, indeed, a dramatic immune system booster and body detoxifier. Choose the Greens version of Kombucha by GT which uses Chlorella and Spirulina, both which have impressive research concerning detoxification.


In two separate studies, scientists in Spain found that nothing fights radiation damage to micronuclei like a simple garden herb known as rosemary. Shaklee’s Garlic Complex contains rosemary, making it a very potent and exceptional product.

Carnosic acid and carnosol found in rosemary are fat soluble allows them to provide highly significant protective anti-mutagenic activity. Even the most powerful water-soluble antioxidants lack the capacity to protect against gamma ray induced damage. This study can be found in the British Journal of Radiology, February 2 edition.


Caffeic Acid Offers Radiation Protection

In a study from India, scientists investigated the radio-protective potential of caffeic acid against gamma radiation-induced cellular changes. This study is found in the 2008 Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology. Food sources offering significant amounts of caffeic acid are apples, citrus fruits, and cruciferous vegetables.

A study by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has found that resveratrol, a natural antioxidant commonly found in red wine, may offer protection against radiation exposure. “New, small molecules with radioprotective capacity will be required for treatment in case of radiation spills or even as countermeasures against radiological terrorism,” said Dr. Greenberger.

Supplementation | Environmental Radiation

1. Garlic: Cysteine, also present in onions, binds with and deactivates both the radioactive isotopes and toxic metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. The sulfur in cysteine helps the kidneys and liver detoxify the body.

Thorne Basic Nutrients 2 a Day


Contains methylated b-vitamins, iodine, selenium, calcium, magnesium, vitamin E in the right form, zinc and numerous micro minerals. B-vitamins can normalize red blood cells and white blood cells after radiation exposure. Iodine protects the thyroid and results from animal experiments indicate that antioxidant nutrients, such as vitamin E and selenium compounds, are protective against lethality and other radiation effects. The mechanism of selective uptake, calcium blocks or decreases the absorption of strontium-90, calcium-45 and other radioactive isotopes by the skeletal system. Calcium also helps to eliminate radioactive isotopes that are lodged in the bones. A diet that supplies sufficient zinc blocks the uptake of radioactive zinc-65.

2. C-Salts Buffered Vitamin C (best for higher dosing)

Helps protect white blood cells from radiation. Works in concert with vitamin E and the b-vitamins. Best in doses 2,000mg and up.


Sources: | Environmental Radiation

1. Tom Valentine Search for Health:  www.westonaprice.org


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