Skip to comments.Japan, Radiation Fallout and Iodine Recommendations
Posted on 03/12/2011 5:00:54 PM PST by spacejunkie01
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I have had inquiries about the use of iodine to prevent problems secondary to the nuclear fallout that will occur. As the Japanese nuclear reactors release radiation into the air, the jet streams will push this radiation to the Western U.S. and Canada. There are estimates that the radiation fallout will reach the Western side of N. American in six to ten days. Furthermore, I have seen estimates that it is expected that 750 RADS may contaminate these areas.
How much is 750 RADS? One chest x-ray is approximately 3/100 RADS. One CT scan is 1 RAD.
Folks, potentially this is a lot of radiation. Fortunately, we have an item that can prevent this fallout from damaging us: iodine. If there is enough inorganic, non-radioactive iodine in our bodies, the radioactive fallout has nowhere to bind in our bodies. IT will pass through, unharmed.
It is important to ensure that we have adequate iodine levels BEFORE this fallout hits. How much iodine is recommended?
The CDC recommends using iodine to prevent injury form radioactive iodine fallout. Adults and women who are breastfeeding should take 130mg of potassium iodide. Children who are between 3 and 18 years of age should take 65mg of potassium iodide. Children who are adult size should take the adult dose. Infants and children between 1 month and 3 years of age should take 32mg of potassium iodide. Newborns from birth to one month of age should be given 16mg of potassium iodide.
my doc has me on iodine.
When should you take iodine? For an acute exposure, you want to take
iodine just before the exposure hits. Iodine is cleared out of the body within
24 to 72 hours after taking it. However, If you have been using ortho-
iodosupplementation as I describe in my books and lectures (taking from 6-
50mg/day of iodine and iodide), you should be covered. Remember, the
goal is to not let the radioactive iodine bind in the body.
Potassium iodide can be found in many health food stores. Combinations of
iodide/iodine can be obtained from holistic physicians. Iodoral, Iodozyme
HP, and Lugols solution are examples of this form of iodine. For long-term
treatment, combinations are much more effective. More information about
this can be found in my book, Iodine Why You Need It, Why You Cant Live
Without It, 4th Edition (available at www.drbrownstein.com).
I do not recommend starting the first dose of iodine right now. It is important
to follow the news reports and supplement accordingly. I would suggest
starting iodine supplements within one to two days of the expected fallout. If
the fallout is expected to continue, you may need to take more than one
dose of iodine. I will keep you updated as I find out more information.
Where can you buy KI pills? Do local retailers carry them?
Better put your flame suit on.
There’s a wagonload of jerks out there who will be coming by to tell you how big a fool you are for even thinking that this could cause a problem.
Fortunately, it’s easy to ignore the ignorant.
My recommendation is don’t do anything UNLESS you hear about elevated radiation levels where you are (or approaching where you are).
The best place to buy it and the best product to buy is Iodoral at www.breastcancerchoices.org
What if you are allergic to seafood? Isn’t that iodine?
Is that scenario for 1 reactor meltdown or does it include others that may melt down as well?
I’m a huge advocate of iodine even without the threat of radiation.
Better safe than sorry. I am buying some KI pills.
email the people at the breast cancer choices site. they’ll get RIGHT back to you and answer your questions. I don’t believe you should just take iodide though...it should be both iodine and iodide together, which is iodoral, lugol’s, etc.
750 RADS is way beyond a lethal human dose.
Taking iodine won’t help you if that is the actual radiation dose.
You are either allergic to the seafood itself, or you are having bromine detox symptoms from the iodine in the food. Iodine is a VERY potent detox and it pushes bromine off of your iodine receptors into your body and some of the symptoms can be crappy and certainly misconstrued as an allergic reaction.
Where's that "Ah Geez" graphic?
Well, I personally have somewhat low thyroid. I can tell with a simple thermometer.
So about once a week, i use a bit of tincture of Iodine, and make sure I get enough zinc and selenium and Vit C.
And my temperature is much more level now, and my energy levels are pretty much normal.
Plus I sleep one heck of alot better.
I mean they put iodine in salt because THEY REALIZED THERE WAS A PROBLEM WITH PEOPLE NOT GETTING ENOUGH IODINE!!!
Then they came back AND TOLD PEOPLE NOT TO USE AS MUCH SALT!!!
Doesn’t take a braniac to figure that all out...
I’d just add that the younger you are the more important it is to take iodide if there’s a chance at being exposed to radio active fallout.
“iodine” or Potassium IoDIDE?
And you know they’ll be the ones pushing and shoving to get to the front of the line if it hits the fan. It doesn’t hurt a thing to be aware and prepared.
Agreed. It’s a crucial element.
The Japanese people get an average of 14mg/day of iodine. The RDA in the US is 150 mcg. They’re getting almost 100x more iodine daily and don’t have breast/prostate/thyroid cancer because of it.
What should those of us who are hypothyroid be taking? I am taking synthetic thyroid, and still feel crummy, and can’t lose weight.
Would additional iodine be helpful? Is there a test to see if one is iodine deficient?
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