Radiation Poison Prevention by Susan Norgren
Twice now Japan has seen more than its fair share of nuclear devastation. The first time was back in 1945 when the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Currently they are dealing with the crippled reactors in Fukushima province and the fallout of radiation.
How do we prevent radiation poisoning from harming children, our pets and ourselves. What do we take to combat the effects of radiation both before and after exposure?
Americans receive radiation poisoning from airport security scanners, x-rays, CT scans, nuclear medicine tests (such as PET scans and bone scans), injected radioisotopes, radiation therapy, food irradiation, and unbelievably tobacco products contain low levels of radiation.
Underground miners, radiologists, medical technologists, nuclear plant operators, research scientists and pilots are some of the higher risk occupations for receiving radiation poisoning.
Any amount of radiation can be dangerous because of the potential effect it has on living cells. Radiation exposure from our environment can add up over one’s lifetime.
I recommend taking iodine supplements and natural herbs now to detoxify radioactivity out of your body, which will protect you from environmental radiation poisoning. The average recommended dosage is 12 and 50 mg per day for most adults.
If there is Radiation Fallout, it will be important to:1. Protect your Thyroid.
2. Protect your DNA from genetic mutation
3. Remove as much of the radiation from your body as humanly possible.
Iodine protects your vulnerable thyroid from radiation poisoning. The thyroid loves iodine, radioactive or not, and it quickly absorbs either one. So, if you take the iodine before or immediately after exposure, it will fill up the thyroid so there is no room for the radioactive iodine to enter.
Iodine usually leaves your thyroid in about 24 hours but a good liquid iodine will work almost immediately once ingested. Potassium iodide also known as KI is a salt of iodine that is stable. Nascent Iodine and all food grade iodine may be used instead. Do NOT drink iodine products such as Betadine, which is not for human consumption.
How much do I need to take? According to the CDC and FDA, the following doses are appropriate to take after internal contamination with (or likely internal contamination with) radioactive iodine:
Older adults over the age of 40 should only take supplemental iodine is they are exposed to a large dose of radiation because they tend to have an allergic reaction to iodine and are least likely to develop thyroid cancer. but you too will need to protect your cells from genetic damage.
Adults up to age 40 should take 130 mg. This is about 700 times the normal daily dose of 150 mcg. (micrograms).
Women who are breastfeeding should take 130 mg.and stop breastfeeding and use formula. Pregnant women need to take one dose.
Children between the ages of 3 to 18 should take 65 mg. (Children who weigh 150lbs or more should take 130 mg.).
Newborns from birth to 1 month (both nursing and non-nursing) should be given 16 mg. Note: newborns less than 1 month old who receive more than one dose of KI are at particular risk for developing hypothyroidism. If not treated, hypothyroidism can cause brain damage. Infants who receive supplemental iodine should have their thyroid hormone levels checked and monitored by a doctor. Avoid repeat dosing.
Note: The thyroid glands of a fetus and of an infant are most at risk of injury from radioactive iodine. Young children and people with low stores of iodine in their thyroid are also at risk of thyroid injury.
Do not take iodine:•If you are already taking medication with high levels of iodine.
•You are allergic to iodine.
•If you have a thyroid disease that is iodine sensitive such as Grave’s disease, do not take supplemental iodine without your doctor’s permission and guidance. ‘Jon Barron’