What Are The Adverse Health Effects of Radiation Exposure? Why Is the Obama White House Minimizing This Urgent Question?

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Re-posted on 3.16.2011 Courtesy of the BBC website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12722435

As American families scramble to procure potassium iodide tablets and to learn all they can about the health effects of radiation exposure, I have been at first baffled, and eventually irate over the lack of intelligent truthful and accurate reporting on this issue from the mainstream press. Scouring the web daily for good and helpful easy to read and understand articles on the topic of radiation exposure, I have noted with alarm and dismay that our US news media is putting out a steady stream of conflicting, confusing, incomplete and misleading articles on this topic.

‘Be prepared’: U.S. Surgeon General’s warning as terrified Americans panic-buy anti-radiation drugs and Geiger counters over nuclear fall-out fears

Cited:

  • Nukepills.com sells 250,000 potassium iodide pills while Anbex gets three orders a MINUTE instead of per week
  • Packs of 14 pills that usually cost $9.99 changing hands on Amazon.com and eBay for $250 to $400
  • Geigercounters.com begs people not to place any more orders after it sells out of radiation detection gadgets
  • Real-time radiation map of U.S. shows levels are currently within normal ranges
  • Japan Fukushima plant rocked by another fire and two more explosions, bringing the total to four
  • President Obama: ‘No danger of Japan nuclear fallout reaching the U.S.’ [ Are you KIDDING me? How WRONG is this statement! ]
  • American media outlets, elected local officials, Barack Obama: Get your story straight!

    As the Los Angeles County health official was just quoted as saying that iodine pills are not needed, the US Surgeon General was quoted the same day saying just the opposite. To make matters worse our own clearly incompetent and clueless Commander-in-Chief chimed in with the L.A. officials’ remarks, reiterating that “no nuclear fallout would reach the U.S”. Since when is Barack Obama a soothsayer on the nuances of the pacific jet stream? It’s an ill-informed  misstatement at least, and an overt blunder at worst to just assume that “no radioactive fallout will reach this country.” How absurd for him to make such an ill informed comment at this particular time. It does nothing to bolster the people’s flagging faith in this man leadership, which is always suspiciously missing in action when needed.

    It’s just one more WTF moment in observing the apparent incompetence of elected US public high officials in dealing adequately with a very serious potential national health crisis that is unfolding hourly. Minimizing the imminent threat of radiation clouds that could blow over the USA mainland and even stall over certain regions seems more than a little bit wicked to me.

    What in the hell is our local and national leadership thinking at this urgent moment? Are local public officials actually trying to convince Americans NOT to look at the potential nuclear fallout elephant in the living room? For God’s sake, why?

    No one in their right mind, as far as I am concerned, should be telling Americans NOT to procure supplies of potassium iodide tablets, yet that is exactly what one Los Angeles County public health official was just quoted as saying. Honestly, were it not for the UK, Canadian and Australian press, I would be hard pressed to locate good educational materials on the topic of radiation exposure at all.

    Why are our health and public safety leaders sticking their heads in the sand at this particular moment, when serious and strenuous national leadership and a unified health and safety message for the American public is so desperately needed?

    I’d like to thank the BBC, Australian and Canadian press for their helpful essays and reporting on both the nuclear events in Japan as they occurred, and the possible adverse health effects of exposure to airborne radiation. I could not locate a single article like this one below in the US press. What’s wrong with that picture?

    Chase Kyla Hunter

    Cited:

    What are the immediate health effects of exposure to radiation?

    Exposure to moderate levels of radiation – above one gray – can result in radiation sickness, which produces a range of symptoms.

    Nausea and vomiting often begin within hours of exposure, followed by diarrhoea, headaches and fever.

    After the first round of symptoms, there may be a brief period with no apparent illness, but this may be followed within weeks by new, more serious symptoms.

    At higher levels of radiation, all of these symptoms may be immediately apparent, along with widespread – and potentially fatal – damage to internal organs.

    Exposure to a radiation dose of four gray will typically kill about half of all healthy adults.

    For comparison, radiation therapy for cancer typically involves several doses of between one and seven gray at a time – but these doses are highly controlled, and usually specifically targeted at small areas of the body.

    Radiation dose Effect
    Source: World Nuclear Association: See http://worldnuclear.org/auswahl.cfm?select=1
    2 mSv/yr (millisieverts per year) Typical background radiation experienced by everyone (average 1.5 mSv in Australia, 3 mSv in North America)
    9 mSv/yr Exposure by airline crew flying New York-Tokyo polar route
    20 mSv/yr Current limit (averaged) for nuclear industry employees
    50 mSv/yr Former routine limit for nuclear industry employees. It is also the dose rate which arises from natural background levels in several places in Iran, India and Europe
    100 mSv/yr Lowest level at which any increase in cancer is clearly evident.
    350 mSv/lifetime Criterion for relocating people after Chernobyl accident
    1,000 mSv single dose Causes (temporary) radiation sickness such as nausea and decreased white blood cell count, but not death. Above this, severity of illness increases with dose
    5,000 mSv single dose Would kill about half those receiving it within a month

    How is radiation sickness treated?

    The first thing to do is to try to minimise further contamination by removing clothes and shoes, and gently washing the skin with soap and water.

    Drugs are available that increase white blood-cell production to counter any damage that may have occurred to the bone marrow, and to reduce the risk of further infections due to immune-system damage.

    There are also specific drugs that can help to reduce the damage to internal organs caused by radioactive particles.

    How does radiation have an impact on health?

    Radioactive materials that decay spontaneously produce ionising radiation, which has the capacity to cause significant damage to the body’s internal chemistry, breaking the chemical bonds between the atoms and molecules that make up our tissues.

    The body responds by trying to repair this damage, but sometimes it is too severe or widespread to make repair possible. There is also a danger of mistakes in the natural repair process.

    Regions of the body that are most vulnerable to radiation damage include the cells lining the intestine and stomach, and the blood-cell producing cells in the bone marrow.

    The extent of the damage caused is dependent on how long people are exposed to radiation, and at what level.

    Radiation and cancer

    • Most experts agree even small doses of ionising radiation – as low as 100 millisieverts – can increase the risk of cancer, but by a very small amount.
    • In general, the risk of cancer increases as the dose of radiation increases. Exposure to one sievert of radiation is estimated to increase the lifetime risk of fatal cancer by around 5%.
    • The thyroid gland and bone marrow are particularly sensitive to ionising radiation.
    • Leukemia, a type of cancer that arises in the bone marrow, is the most common radiation-induced cancer. Leukemias may appear as early as a few years after radiation exposure.
    • Other cancer can also result from exposure to radiation, but may not develop for at least a decade. These include cancers of the lung, skin, thyroid, breast and stomach.

    What are the most likely long-term health effects?

    Cancer is the biggest long-term risk. Usually when the body’s cells reach their “sell-by date” they commit suicide. Cancer results when cells lose this ability, and effectively become immortal, continuing to divide and divide in an uncontrolled fashion.

    The body has various processes for ensuring that cells do not become cancerous, and for replacing damaged tissue.

    But the damage caused by exposure to radiation can completely disrupt these control processes, making it much more likely that cancer will result.

    Failure to properly repair the damage caused by radiation can also result in changes – or mutations – to the body’s genetic material, which are not only associated with cancer, but may also be potentially passed down to offspring, leading to deformities in future generations. These can include smaller head or brain size, poorly formed eyes, slow growth and severe learning difficulties.

    Are children at greater risk?

    Potentially yes. Because they are growing more rapidly, more cells are dividing, and so the potential for things to go wrong is greater.

    Following the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident in the Ukraine in 1986, the World Health Organization recorded a dramatic increase in thyroid cancer among children in the vicinity.

    This was because the radioactive materials released during the accident contained high levels of radioactive iodine, a material that accumulates in the thyroid.

    What risk does Fukushima pose currently?

    The Japanese authorities have recorded a radiation level of up 400 millisieverts per hour at the nuclear plant itself.

    A sievert is essentially equivalent to a gray, but tends to be used to measure lower levels of radiation, and for assessing long-term risk, rather than the short-term acute impact of exposure.

    Professor Richard Wakeford, an expert in radiation exposure at the University of Manchester, said exposure to a dose of 400 millisieverts was unlikely to cause radiation sickness – that would require a dose of around twice that level (one sievert/one gray).

    However, it could start to depress the production of blood cells in the bone marrow, and was likely to raise the lifetime risk of fatal cancer by 2-4%. Typically, a Japanese person has a lifetime risk of fatal cancer of 20-25%.

    Prof Wakeford stressed only emergency workers at the plant were at risk of exposure to such a dose – but it was likely that they would only be exposed for short periods of time to minimise their risk.

    The level of exposure for the general population, even those living close to the plant, was unlikely to be anywhere near as high.

    How can the Japanese authorities minimise the cost to human health?

    Prof Wakeford said that provided the Japanese authorities acted quickly, most of the general population should be spared significant health problems.

    He said in those circumstances the only people likely to be at risk of serious health effects were nuclear workers at the plant or emergency workers exposed to high levels of radiation.

    He said the top priority would be to evacuate people from the area and to make sure they did not eat contaminated food. The biggest risk was that radioactive iodine could get into their system, raising the risk of thyroid cancer.

    To counter that risk, people – in particular children – could be given tablets containing stable iodine which would prevent the body absorbing the radioactive version.

    The Japanese already have a lot of iodine in their natural diet, so that should help too.

    How does Fukushima compare to Chernobyl?

    Professor Gerry Thomas, who has studied the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster, said: “It is very unlikely that this will turn into anything that resembles Chernobyl.

    “In Chernobyl you had a steam explosion which exposed the reactor core, which meant you had a lot of radiation shooting up into the atmosphere.”

    Prof Thomas said although the Chernobyl disaster had led to a rise in thyroid cancer cases, the only people affected were those living in the immediate area of the explosion and who were young at the time.

    See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12722435

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    9 comments

    1. wily2

      Acute radiation poisoning is one of the worse ways to go! Iodines in liquid form is next to very difficult to find! Tetraglycine Hydroperiodide (this can be found on line or surplus ‘military’ will treat water for radiation but will still need to filter (first) treat it by boiling or other forms, you will need a neutralizer (P.A. plus tablets) to get rid of the taste of the iodine! Potassium iodine can be found w/o much trouble, time is of essence. Learn everything you can, it’s coming, prepare for life w/o home services (utility’s). have plenty of food, ‘cash on hand’, water, personals, meds and be ready to move on a short notice, don’t forget TP! PRAY for wisdom, trust in Him fully!
      It is interesting of the stance Japan’s officials made concerning Israel right before the quake, I care for ‘them’ and we need to help ‘them’, if you (we)can, pray for them!

    2. jill

      natural disasters make a great case for population control, almost at no cost to those who control! they can just sit back, claim they’re unable to help and that they’re out of iodine pills (all those huge corps that are “sold out” of tablets… have strong ties with the White House and the Fed), and that nobody should panic because there’s no risk. AKA… everyone just sit there, ignore your instincts to protect yourself, listen to the mass media, and essentially allow yourself to be consumed by radiation poisoning, having taken no precautionary measures… and if the plan goes as hoped, you’ll die. and make more room for the elitists.

    3. Ras922

      How to Detox Your Body of Depleted Uranium

      Residues, the Effects of Radiation, and Radioactive Contamination
      These Herbs and foods can also be used for

      many other Health challenges– This sure gives me a lot of peace of mind. ~J

      It’s sad but true that there are thousands of scientific references

      and medical studies out there on the fact that radiation and

      radioactivity can harm you, yet despite millions of dollars spent by

      the government to study radiation, virtually nothing is available

      about a detoxification diet or nutritional supplements you might use

      if you are exposed to radioactive contamination.

      Here’s some of the information we do know from the only book in the

      world on the topic. Keep this information in the back of your mind

      as it may one day help save you or someone you know.

      Most people are aware taking potassium iodide (KI) or potassium

      iodate (KIO3) tablets will help block your thyroid gland from

      absorbing radioactive iodine should there ever be a dirty bomb

      explosion or nuclear power plant mishap such as the Three Mile

      Island incident. In 1999, another such accident happened in

      Tokaimura, Japan where several individuals died from radiation

      exposure in a fuel processing facility.

      What people don’t recognize is that potassium iodide or iodate

      tablets only protect the thyroid gland and do not provide protection

      from any other radiation exposure, so taking them should not give

      you a false sense of security. It’s important to detox your body

      after radioactive exposure!

      One question is, what do you do if KI or KIO3 tablets aren’t

      available during an emergency? Interestingly enough, according to

      research by Ken Miller, health physicist at the Hershey Medical

      Center, he found that an adult could get a blocking dose of stable

      iodine by painting 8 ml of a 2 percent tincture of Iodine on the

      abdomen or forearm approximately 2 hours prior to I-131

      contamination. Potassium iodine tablets are best, but if they’re not

      available this is the next best thing.

      An entirely different problem arises after you’ve been exposed to

      radioactive contamination because now you have to get rid of any

      radioactive particles you may have ingested through the air you

      breathed, water you drank, or food you ate. Some people suggest

      Epson salt, Clorox or clay baths to remove any residues on your skin

      and to leach out any heavy metals you may have absorbed, but the big

      worry is internal contamination. To gain some insights into what to

      do, we have to turn to the story of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

      At the time of the atomic bombing, Tatsuichiro Akizuki, M.D. was

      Director of the Department of Internal Medicine at St. Francis’s

      Hospital in Nagasaki and he fed his staff and patients a strict diet of brown rice, miso and tamari soy

      soup, wakame, kombu and other seaweed, Hokkaido pumpkin, and sea

      salt. He also prohibited the

      consumption of sugar and sweets since they suppress the

      immune system.

      By imposing this diet on his staff and patients, no one succumbed to

      radiation poisoning whereas the occupants of hospitals located much

      further away from the blast incident suffered severe radiation

      fatalities.

      Much of this positive result has to do with the fact that the sea vegetables contain substances that bind

      radioactive particles and escort them out of the body. This is why

      seaweed sales usually skyrocket after radiation disasters, and why

      various seaweeds and algae are typically used to treat radiation

      victims.

      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.

      In 1968 a group of Canadian researchers at McGill University of

      Montreal, headed by Dr. Stanley Skoryna, actually set out to devise

      a method to counteract the effects of nuclear fallout. The key

      finding from their studies was that sea

      vegetables contained a polysaccharide substance, called sodium alginate, which selectively bound

      radioactive strontium and eliminated it from the body.

      Sodium alginate is found in many seaweeds, especially kelp, and

      since that time the Russians have been seriously researching the use

      of their own kelps from Vladivlostok, from which they have isolated

      the polysaccharide U-Fucoidan, which is another radioactive

      detoxifier. Because miso soup was so

      effective in helping prevent radiation sickness, the Japanese have

      also done research identifying the presence of an active ingredient

      called zybicolin, discovered in 1972,

      which acts as a binding agent to also detoxify

      and eliminate radioactive elements (such as strontium) and

      other pollutants from the body.

      The kelps and algaes aren’t the only natural foods with

      radio-detoxifying effects. In terms of fluids to drink, black and green tea have shown “radioprotective

      effects” whether consumed either before or after exposure

      to radiation. This anti-radiation effect was observed in several

      Japanese studies, and studies from China also suggest that the

      ingredients in tea are radioactive antagonists.

      In short, after any sort of radioactive exposure you want to be

      eating seaweeds and algaes along with almost any type of commercial

      heavy metal chelating formula to bind radioactive particles and help

      escort them out of the body. Whether you’re worried about depleted

      uranium, plutonium or other isotopes, this is the wise thing to do

      which can possibly help, and certainly won’t hurt. Many nutritional

      supplements have been developed for the purpose of detoxifying heavy

      metals, most of which contain the algaes and plant fibers and other

      binding substances.

      Basically, an anti-radiation diet should focus

      on the following foods:
      · Miso soup

      · Spirulina, chlorella and the algaes (kelp, etc.)

      · Brassica vegetables and high beta carotene vegetables

      · Beans and lentils

      · Potassium, calcium and mineral rich foods

      · High nucleotide content foods to assist in cellular repair

      including spirulina, chlorella, algae, yeast, sardines, liver,

      anchovies and mackerel

      · Cod liver oil and olive oil

      · Avoid sugars and sweets and wheat
      · A good multivitamin/multimineral supplement

      Yet another benefit of the sea vegetables rarely discussed is their

      high mineral content, which is a bonus in the case of radioactive

      exposure. Consuming natural iodine, such as in the seaweeds, helps

      prevent the uptake of iodine-131 while iron inhibits the absorption

      of plutonium-238 and plutonium-239. Vitamin B-12 inhibits cobalt-60

      uptake (used in nuclear medicine), zinc inhibits zinc-65 uptake and

      sulfur is preventative for sulfur-35 (a product of nuclear reactors)

      incorporation by the body.

      Since nuclear workers are potentially exposed to radioactive sulfur,

      this means that workers in the atomic power industry need a higher

      content of sulfur in their diet. MSM

      supplements provide a source of dietary sulfur, but thiol

      supplements such as cysteine, lipoic acid and

      glutathione serve double-duty in this area because they

      help detoxify the body and attack all sorts of other health problems

      as well.

      The immune system is usually hit hard after radiation exposure, and

      a number of steps can be taken to help prevent opportunistic

      infections after a radioactive incident. Though the full dimensions

      of the protective mechanism is still unknown, Siberian

      ginseng is one form of ginseng that exerts a definite

      radioprotective effect and has been demonstrated to lessen the side

      effects of radiation. It was widely distributed by the Soviet Union

      to those exposed Chernobyl radiation and is commonly used to help

      cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.

      Consuming Reishi mushrooms is another

      proven way to bolster your immune system after radiation exposure

      and helps reduce the damage from radiation. It’s been used to

      decrease radiation sickness in animals and help them recover faster

      after potentially deadly exposure.
      Panax ginseng has prevented

      hemorrhaging after radiation exposure, prevents bone marrow death

      and stimulates blood cell formation, so it’s another supplement to

      add to one’s protocol. In short, yeasts, beta glucans, bee pollen

      and various forms of ginseng have all been shown to bolster the

      immune system after radiation incidents. In terms of radiation

      burns, aloe vera has a proven ability

      to treat serious radiation burns and offers other radioprotective

      effects, and can easily be grown in your house.

      The amino acid L-Glutamine can be used

      to help repair the intestine in case of the gastrointestinal

      syndrome usually suffered due to radiation exposure, and a variety

      of substances can help rebuild blood cells to prevent hematopoietic

      syndrome. Those particular foods include beet

      juice, liver extract, spleen extract, and shark alkyglycerols.

      Most oncologists don’t know that shark liver oil, with

      alkyglycerols, can help platelet counts rebound in days..

      Depleted uranium is currently in the journalistic spotlight because

      US weapons are made from this material, and after being fired leave

      a legacy of depleted uranium dust in the environment, which anyone

      can absorb. Because the kidneys are usually the first organs to show

      chemical damage upon uranium exposure, military manuals suggest

      doses or infusions of sodium bicarbonate

      to help alkalinize the urine if this happens. This makes the uranyl

      ion less kidney-toxic and promotes excretion of the nontoxic uranium

      carbonate complex.

      In areas contaminated by depleted uranium dusts, it therefore makes

      sense to switch to drinking slightly alkaline

      water and to favor a non-acidic diet

      to assist in this detoxification. Any of the heavy metal

      detoxifiers, such as miso soup, chlorella, spirulina and seaweeds,

      are also commonsense warranted.

      Another thing you can do is use homeopathics

      for radiation exposure. People commonly argue over whether

      homeopathics work or not, but if you assume the position that they

      produce no results whatsoever then you must also assume that they

      certainly won’t hurt you, which means the only loss from using them

      is a few dollars. Frankly, there are countless cases and

      double-blind studies where homeopathic tinctures do provoke physical

      healing effects in the body. Therefore they are a viable adjunct

      treatment option. One homeopathic, in particular, is URANIUM NITRICUM (nitrate of uranium) which

      homeopaths suggest should be used in cases of depleted uranium

      exposure or uranium poisoning. Not just soldiers or civilians

      exposed to battlefield dusts, but uranium miners and radiation

      workers may find it quite useful.

      While we’ve discussed just a few of the many supplements and

      protocols you can use to help detox the body of the lingering

      results of radioactive contamination, including the residues of

      depleted uranium, the last thing that might be of interest is that

      there is a plant that is a natural geiger counter. The spiderwort

      plant is so sensitive to changes in radiation levels (its petals

      change color upon exposure) that it’s often used as a natural

      radiation detector (dosimeter), just as they use canaries in mines

      as detectors of poisonous gas. Some people like knowing that they

      have an ongoing monitoring system for radiation in the environment,

      and this is just another tip available in “How

      to Neutralize the Harmful Effects of Radiation or Radioactive

      Exposure”

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    8. homeopathicmedicines

      We need to be prepared for anything including nuclear radiation, plutonium and other poisons entering our environment wherever we are. Radiation effects include cancer, genetic and DNA damage, reproductive damage, hormonal damage, and thyroid damage (that’s why they want you to take potassium iodine, another dangerous toxin) but I wouldn’t. There is a much safer substance (nascent iodine).

      There are some natural substances strong enough to protect against radiation. A good article on what you can do is here:

      Radiation Pills
      And to make sure the water you drink is safe, look at the following article:

      Radiation Water Purification

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