Iodine and Nuclear Radiation

Iodine Rich Kelp

Iodine Rich Kelp

Yesterday the Japanese increased their nuclear reactor crises to level 7, the highest there is, equal to Chernobyl.  The reason for this increase is the amount of radiation released into the environment. I gave some recommendations in this article on minimizing radiation risks.

The worst part of this story is how the Japanese and US governments have downplayed the severity of the radiation released on the northern hemisphere. Personally, I have taken action to avoid at least some of the radiation we are being dosed with.

First, I avoid dairy, which most people should do anyway. This is important as the radioactive iodine 131 that blows over from the crippled reactor is concentrated in milk. Second, I continue to use and recommend reverse osmosis purified water — RO removes 98 percent of all heavy metals. Finally, I am taking iodine supplements to protect my thyroid.

What we need to be concerned about most in the US is radioactive iodine. This is especially true for children. Infants and gestating babies are particularly susceptible as their need for iodine is much higher.

I talked with a doctor friend of mine who also studies holistic methods. She says that we only need to take a little iodine, not the massive doses that many people are taking out of fear. The larger doses have the potential of side effects that aren’t worth the risk. She asserts that a small dose taken daily is enough to protect most people from future thyroid issues.

The recommended dosage of iodine is 150 mcg for adults, and 175 mcg for pregnant women. A slightly higher dose may be needed to insure protection for the thyroid while the crisis continues.

If you do use dairy products, especially if you have children who do, you can reduce some of the radioactive iodine by storing the products for at least a week before using.

Radioactive iodine decays quickly, losing half its damaging effects in eight days. Figuring that it takes a day or two for it to travel to cow feed and then into milk, a week later the effects will be reduced by half. After a month it is almost completely gone. Milk can be frozen for that month if you want to be really safe.

Taking a little iodine, drinking water purified by reverse osmosis, and avoiding dairy products will help insure that you and your children survive this northern hemisphere crisis.

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Hello and welcome to my blog! There are several reasons I decided to start writing a blog on natural self-healing. The main thing I want to do is to share information on health and healing so that people can take action to heal themselves using natural techniques. I have met so many people who couldn't afford natural health care. They may have had health insurance, but they didn't trust that model. Many people want to know how to be healthy naturally. They want to know what really works and what doesn't. They want to be health conscious and often fail because of poor information, lack of knowledge, bad science and other factors. This blog is intended to help demystify the body and its various functions and to help people understand what is really needed to obtain optimum health. One of the great things about knowledge of the body is that once you know and understand how it works it becomes easy to know what the right things to do for it. And, it is much easier to do the right things when the consequences of the wrong things are fully understood. To do this I will be drawing from the knowledge of many people that I have learned from. I will talk about biochemistry relating that to what is needed to obtain optimum health. There will be information about the physical structure of the body and how to keep that aligned and functioning well. A major part of yoga has to do with health, so information about yogic techniques will be included. Mental and emotional health are important for the health of the body/mind, so articles about these topics will be included. And, there will be an occasional article about me and what I am up to. Hopefully I can relate that back to some health issue as well. The title Self Adjusting Technique comes from my technique for self-adjusting the structural part of the body, that is adjusting the body's various vertebrae and joints. For this blog it will include the idea of how to adjust health issues for yourself and those you care about. With a little knowledge there is a lot people can do to help heal themselves and stay healthy. I want to explain complex information about the body in a way that is easy to understand and useful. The comments section will help in that goal as people can ask for clarification if there is something they don't understand. And maybe we can get some helpful input from people smarter than me that will benefit us all. I hope you find information that can help you with your health issues. Kalidasa

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