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Seaweed and Iodine: More Ways to Protect Your Family from Japan’s Nuclear Crisis

Posted Mar 15 2011 12:00am
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    Photo:   AttributionShare Alike Some rights reserved by  Jeff Kubina Seaweed, seaweed, seaweed!

    Seaweed, seaweed, seaweed!

    Since I can’t seem to focus on anything other than the nuclear crisis in Japan, as everyday there is more somber news of fires , I decided to share with you more ways you can protect your family from radiation in addition to yesterday’s post .  Finding potassium iodide in the United States may be next to impossible, and we’ve been told by local health food stores that any surplus is being shipped to Japan, as it should be.  There are other options that may be more appropriate for the amount of radiation that will reach the United States.

    Here’s a summary of posts I have encountered today that are worthy of sharing.

    The important thing is to get iodine into your body in a safe supplement form. This does not have to be “potassium iodide.” It can also be in the form of Nascent Iodine, which is a high-quality iodine supplement that has been available in the natural product marketplace for several years. (Do NOT drink topical antiseptic iodine products such as Betadine these products are not suitable for human consumption. They are povidone-iodine mixtures.)

    Dr. Brownsteinis one of the top experts on iodine. About radiation exposure, he explains: “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 us, leaving our bodies unharmed. It is important to ensure that we have adequate iodine levels BEFORE this fallout hits.” (Source link below, from the IMVA website.)

    What Dr. Brownstein is explaining is that you must get iodine in your body BEFORE being exposed to radiation. And most people are extremely deficient in iodine on a daily basis (… ).

    Radiation levels in Japan are rising and most stores in the Bay Area have already  sold out of Potassium Iodide (KI) supplements, but there’s still a way you can  protect yourself from radiation and limit your body’s absorption of radioactive iodine–eat more seaweed!

    Sea vegetables are very high in  naturally occurring iodine (100-200mcg per gram).  Adding kelp, wakame, dulse, sea lettuce, kombu, bladderwack, hijiki, nori and other sea veggies to your diet will help protect your thyroid and reduce your risk of cancer if you are exposed to radiation.  Eating these plants may benefit you more than supplementing with KI because the organic form of iodine found in kelp matches the way the element is stored in thyroid hormones and sea veggies are packed with complimentary nutrients.  Follow the recipes below and make yourself a tasty side dish, dressing or low-calorie dessert!…

    Eat your sea greens, but try not to exceed 1000 micrograms in a day.  This is too much for most bodies to process and may lead to nausea, stomach ache and burning sensations in the mouth and throat.  Also, increasing your iodine intake will only protect your thyroid–meaning the rest of your body ( bone marrow , for example) is still at risk.

    With all that is going on in Japan right now many are concerned about the effects of nuclear fallout reaching them. Potassium Iodide and Iodine are sought after in regards to radiation exposure so it is no wonder that sales of these are going nuts right now. But please don’t pay $500 for a packet of potassium iodide pills that were selling for $10 last week. There are natural sources of iodine that you can look to and Potassium Iodide and Iodine can help your glandular system after radiation exposure…

    Other foods to try for their protective and/or detox qualities:

    Reishii (a mushroom)
    Green and black teas
    Mustard Greens

    Other methods:

    Epsom salt baths
    Baking soda baths

    Even if you aren’t concerned about what is going on in Japan this is always good info to have, especially since our own government is in love with nuclear power. And we can expect more of these events in the future unless we (as a planet) make a move away from dangerous fuel sources. Until such time it is not a bad idea to add Potassium Iodide Tablets to your emergency supplies kit… after the prices come down of course.

    Stocking up on seaweed right now is a good idea, even if you don’t feel you need it for radiation protection.  Pacific seaweed and marine life is sure to absorb radiation, and most seaweed is sourced in Asia.  Atlantic seaweed is harder to come by for consumption.

    In addition, avoid pre-made seaweed salads that are bright green. They usually contain artificial food colorants, as well as high fructose corn syrup.  I have seen natural seaweed salad at Whole Foods, which you can distinctly tell by its browner color.  Even high end sushi restaurants often serve the dyed seaweed salad.

    I was accused yesterday by a reader of overreacting. I do not feel that being informed and prepared is overreacting.  Three Mile Island had a significant influence on my early life, not because of radiation exposure, but because of timeliness during my childhood at a stage of growing awareness.  Focusing on more sea vegetables in our diet is not alarmist, and when we can eventually get KI, we will keep it in our medicine chest.

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