It is becoming clear that the consequences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster could be catastrophic because the system protecting the more that 11,000 spent fuel rods that must be constantly cooled has been jeopardized. Just one curie can be fatal and there is a total of 336 million curies of energy in these rods; 134 million is in the form of cesium 137. This is somewhere between 10 and 85 times what happened in Chernobyl.
Almost no cleanup has been done and none is planned that we know about. The fallout is poisoning our food, water, air, soil, sea and sea life. It is imperative that we prepare to protect ourselves and our loved ones from this potential radiation damage.
This information is intended to be educational and is not intended to be treatment. Treatment should be supervised by a qualified health care practitioner.
- How much radiation does it take to make us sick?
Six Gray units (one gray unit is equivalent to one Sievert or 100 RADS) can be lethal and just one Gray is enough to cause acute radiation sickness that is characterized by nausea and vomiting within 6 hours of exposure.
- What are the symptoms of acute radiation poisoning?
Intestinal destruction that leads to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea within a few hours or exposure.
Bone marrow failure that causes bleeding and immune suppression that leads to infections within a week or two.
- What is the mechanism of radiation poisoning?
Ionizing radiation destroys tissue by causing free radicals to form.
Antioxidants prevent the free radical destruction by neutralizing them before they can cause pain and swelling and autoimmune and chronic degenerative diseases such as cancer.
Antioxidants are depleted when there is free radical stress, which causes a deficit in our cells’ ability to repair cellular damage. Thus, it is critical to keep large amounts of antioxidants in our body.
Remember that regular intense exercise is the best way to increase you antioxidant levels, so stay fit!
- What foods can help protect us against radiation damage?
Foods rich in sulfur such as garlic, onions, ginger, brassica veggies, and eggs; they make glutathione, the most important intracellular antioxidant in the human body.
Foods rich in ECGC that is found in green and white teas.
Juicing is the most potent nutrition you can consume because it is nutrient dense and rich in antioxidants (especially berries).
Fermented foods that are rich in probiotics such as sauerkraut and yogurt.
Sea vegetables that include seaweed salad, miso soup, water cress, and kim chi.
- Do you need iodine and how much?
If you’re have iodine 131 it is good to take about 65 mg of iodine in the form of SSKI for adults and half that for kids. If exposure is prolonged it is important to supplement with one grain a day of desiccated thyroid as well
- Once you are exposed to radiation what can you do?
Avoid further exposure by washing clothing and shoes because about 80% of your exposure is on your clothes