Did you know that in a nuclear fallout emergency having something as simple as potassium iodide tablets on hand could actually save your life?
Editors Update: Japan Nuclear Crisis
The nuclear fallout disaster in Japan really got me thinking about how important it is to make sure we have sufficient supplies on hand to protect our families in such a situation. This kind of thing is not easy to find; if a warning were issued the nuclear fallout was scheduled to hit your area in a matter of hours or even days everyone would be scrambling to make sure they have their preparations in order. Most regular retail stores do not carry potassium iodide tablets. Some specialty health food stores, survival stores and possibly camping supply stores may carry them but their inventory would run out quickly in the face of a nuclear fallout threat.
That’s why I went ahead and ordered a couple of extra bottles yesterday (next day shipping of course) since I live on the west coast. I figure it never hurts to have extra for the neighbors or whoever might need them since obviously I don’t need them all for myself.
Just thought I would pass this along as a heads up to our readers in the Pacific Northwest in case the nuclear radiation makes it’s way to the U.S.
Sources are reporting that local health food stores have been completely wiped out of all potassium iodide tablets and many suppliers are sold out as well. As word of the nuclear explosions in Japan has spread, people have been emptying the shelves of potassium iodide and alternative solutions.
After making some calls, I did not find any potassium iodide tablets for sale locally. However, I did end up with some good advice on alternative therapies and even some suggestions that the potassium iodide tablets may not work for the type of radiation we would experience from a fallout. The CDC has a great article with all the facts on potassium iodide, what exactly it does inside the body and what it can and not protect you from. There are also some rumors flying around the web that there are some serious side affects from taking this drug, ironically one of them is cancer – the exact thing it’s supposed to prevent.
There are still a few places left to order Potassium Iodide tablets online. But I wouldn’t doubt if they’re quickly on their way to being sold out as well.
While I’m obviously not an expert, I like to take a multi-pronged approach when it comes to survival so here’s what I found out in case you’re looking for a little more assurance against radiation poisoning.
Alternatives to Potassium Iodide
Several sources suggest that Kelp may be used to treat the affects of radiation on the body. Many “green foods” such as kelp, seaweed, wheat grass or any other source of chlorophyll will have similar properties.
In two separate studies, scientists in Spain found that nothing fights radiation damage to micronuclei like a simple garden herb known as rosemary.
“In Chernobyl, for instance, spirulina was used to help save many children from radiation poisoning. By taking 5 grams of spirulina a day for 45 days, the Institute of Radiation Medicine in Minsk even proved that children on this protocol experienced enhanced immune systems, T-cell counts and reduced radioactivity. Israeli scientists have since treated Chernobyl children with doses of natural beta carotene from Dunaliella algae and proved that it helped normalize their blood chemistry. Chlorella algae, a known immune system builder and heavy metal detoxifier, has also shown radioprotective effects. Because they bind heavy metals, algae should therefore be consumed after exposure to any type of radioactive contamination.”
When Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed with nuclear weapons in WW II, a
follow-up study was done on the health of the Japanese people. The fact that many did
not have as serious health repercussions as expected was attributed to the regular
inclusion of miso soup and seaweed in their diet.
Researchers claim that niacin had been a definite point of study as an antidote to radiation exposure and has also proven to be an extraordinary effective catalyst for the discharging of radiation.
Read about the affects of radiation on the body here.
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