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Nuclear Fallout Exposure and Radiation Natural Health Remedies

For the amount of money and research put into the field of nuclear energy, very little is put into spreading awareness and information regarding what to do in the event of exposure to radioactive material and fallout. It is strange that such an obviously hazardous and environmentally catastrophic technology has actually made it this far in our society without in depth plans to address catastrophes and nuclear fallout protection. This article attempts to provide comprehensive guidance on the best natural remedies to protect your health from nuclear contamination as well as radiation therapies.

A brilliant and thorough manual was released free to the online public by Bill Bodri in 2004, entitled “How to Help Support the Body’s Healing After Intense Radioactive or Radiation Exposure”. Bodri intelligently approaches the issue from many angles, ranging from medical studies, military procedures and protocol, to naturopathy and herbalism. Get a free download of his radiation detox manual by clicking here.

In recent news we have all heard of large populations of people being exposed to potentially harmful amounts of radioactive fallout. Radiation cancer therapies, X-rays, frequent flying, various chemical and industrial products, and even close proximity to a nuclear plant all warrant many reasons to undergo a basic detox. See our recently featured video of Dr. Sheridan discussing his hard core cleanse on OWC’s wellness TV which has a significantly effective detox component to it.

Considering the miniscule amount of research on the subject in comparison to the magnitude and gravity of the possible harm, a general detox might be advisable for just about anyone at this point. There are many levels of possible exposure to radioactive materials, each dosage requiring a different form of treatment. This article will focus on mild to moderate amounts of exposure, and in the case of severe or acute radiation sickness, it is advised to immediately contact a physician. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, redness, swelling or inflammation of the skin, fatigue, loss of appetite, loss of hair; all of which are too familiar for anyone that has undergone chemotherapy, or other radiation cancer therapies.

The presence and effect of mild radioactive exposure can be elusive, and go undetected for years. It should come as no surprise that children are much more vulnerable to the effects of radioactive toxicity. The reason for this is that an accelerated effect is experienced in rapidly growing tissue. The overall radioactivity can as much as triple in developing cells, seriously affecting fetuses, children, and the more rapidly developing parts of human anatomy, such as the testes, ovaries, and bone marrow.

Radiation sickness can at times significantly lessen the amount of white blood cells (WBC), red blood cells (RBC), and platelets produced, stripping the body of the immune system’s capabilities. Bee pollen has been shown to increase WBC and RBC counts, enhance immunity and overall vitality, and offer protection to people with radiation sickness. Beets also help to strengthen the amount and quality of blood production. Panax ginseng has been shown to prevent hemorrhaging caused by radioactive exposure, protect bone marrow from degeneration, and increase blood count. Ginseng is a tonic herb, used for overall vitality and immunity building. During times of exposure it is of utmost importance to keep the body’s natural immunity strong, and to purify and fortify the blood.

After the recent nuclear disasters in Japan residents were given KI, or potassium iodide tablets, to prevent the absorption of toxic radioiodine from nuclear fallout. This is a preventative measure for only certain types of radioactive material, and must be taken before or as soon as possible, should serious exposure take place. The thyroid gland requires iodine to function properly and will concentrate any amount available, whether in toxic or stable form. The trick is to max out the thyroid with the stable KI tablets, so that there is no room for radioactive iodine.

Thankfully, the traditional Japanese diet incorporates iodine rich seaweeds into daily recipes. For this reason the local population may have been particularly well-prepared for this unfortunate disaster, due to cultural, dietary choices which, offer natural protection against some forms of radiation poisoning.

Population areas outside of Japan that were or will be affected by the movement of the radioactive plume pushed by the jet stream, should increase daily use of iodine and iodide, both of which form in seaweeds like kelp and dulse. These compounds function in tandem which means they are more effective when taken together. Seaweed in edible form, can be found at specialty Asian grocery stores, grocery stores that carry organic or whole foods, and local health food stores.

Simple iodized table salt is thought of as a good way to supplement for the lack of iodine-rich foods in the diet, but it does not provide the tandem iodine and iodide. Increasing sodium intake to unhealthy levels is hardly an answer to a worldwide daily need for missing iodine, and not sufficient for supplying the needed protection. Five full cups would be needed just to meet average daily requirement!

Potassium iodide tablets may need to be ingested at the first threat of nuclear exposure, and to insure availability it is advisable to stock up on KI prior to a need, that hopefully none of us should ever meet. Liquid iodine is toxic if consumed, and is not a viable alternative. The simplest and certainly most delicious way to keep your thyroid functioning well and also prevent accumulation of radioactive toxins, would be to incorporate more seaweed into your diet. Sushi and miso soup with seaweed would be a nutritious addition to any diet, regardless of any such dire circumstance. This is one of the least expensive and fastest ways to incorporate deep cellular detoxification and nutrition into one’s daily routine.

In the case of skin exposure to radioactive material, aloe vera can be applied externally, and has been shown to repair ulcerated tissue damaged by radiation exposure. Aloe vera juice ingested daily would also help to soothe internal inflammation.

Another simple home remedy for detoxifying the body of toxic heavy metals, which all radioactive materials are, would be a therapeutic bath. Dr. Hazel Parcell was a naturopath that spent time living in New Mexico, and frequently treated people exposed to radiation. She has many different recipes, all that follow a similar method of application. She recommended bathing at night, when the body is already geared towards detoxification. The method is as follows:

Dissolve ingredients in a tub of hot water, as hot as you can stand it. Soak in the tub for 20-25 minutes, until the water cools. The hot water will draw toxins to the skin, and the cool water will draw them out of the skin cells and into the water. It is important to stay in the water until it has cooled. When you are done bathing, do not shower or rinse off for at least 4-8 hours.

Parcell recommended only one therapeutic bath per day, unless of course there is severe exposure, when a bath in the morning and perhaps a different type of bath at night would be more effective. Some of her hot bath recipes are as follows:

Epson Salt Bath

Dissolve a pound of sea salt or rock salt and a pound of baking soda in a tub of hot water. This is recommended for a detox from general exposure, perhaps from irradiated foods, X-ray treatments, or flying through highly ionized areas.

Clorox Heavy Metal Bath

Add a cup of regular clorox bleach to a bath of hot water. Be sure to use a sufficient amount of water, and do not increase the amount of clorox added to this bath. This recipe has been shown to be effective in the event of exposure to heavy metals, carbon compounds, such as carbon monoxide, insecticides and chemicals, and will strip metals from the body.

For Extra Pull

If you have been exposed to low-grade atmospheric radioactive materials, dissolve two pounds of baking soda in your bath, and while bathing, sip a glass of warm water with a ½ teaspoon of baking soda in it. If you have been exposed to nuclear fallout, a stronger alkalizing tea can be made with 8oz of warm water, ¼ teaspoon natural sea salt, and ¼ teaspoon baking soda, to be drunk every 2-3 hours depending on severity of exposure.

Therapeutic baths can also be made with certain types of clays, such as bentonitezeoliteFuller’s earth, and French green clay. Most of these clays can be consumed safely, and will bind with heavy toxic metals and draw them out of the body. After the nuclear meltdown in Chernobyl, it is said that the Soviet Union mixed French green clay into chocolate bars and distributed them freely to the masses exposed to nuclear fallout.

Some clays have a high aluminum content, bentonite in particular, and should be used in smaller quantities and only on occasion. French green clay will bind to aluminum, on the other hand, and draw it out of the system along with heavy metals and toxins. Clay is so effective at binding with radioactive materials and reducing contamination that bentonite was dumped on top of the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl after it melted down. Some people working in nuclear power plants even coat their bodies with hydrated clays before they put other protective suits on, to bind to any stray radioactive materials and prevent harm.

If the thought of eating clay seems a bit odd, there are many ways to chelate, or bind with, heavy metals in the body, and draw them out. The superstars of this method of detoxification are certainly seaweeds and algae. The documentation on this matter is intimidating, and the benefits of eating a diet rich in both of these items stems a lot farther than just for radiation specific detoxing.

There are countless reports following the nuclear bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and the catastrophe of Chernobyl, where individual doctors all the way up to government agencies administered seaweeds and algae to testing and public distribution.

Tatsuichiro Akizuki, M.D. saved every patient and staff member at the St. Francis Hospital of Nagasaki,only miles from ground zero. He did this by treating his patients with a diet of brown rice, miso and tamari soy soupwakamekombu and other seaweedshokkaido pumpkinsea salt, and prohibiting sugar and sweets.

After the disaster at Chernobyl in the Ukraine, the neighboring state of Belarus was exposed to 70% of the nuclear fallout, contaminating 23% of its territory. The British company, Earthrise UK, sent shipments of spirulina tablets and powder to clinics in Belarus for treatment of children suffering with radiation sickness. Supplements were sent to Minsk and Grodno, Belarus and Kiev, Ukraine. The results were astounding!

A dose of 5 grams of spirulina a day for 45 days was administered. This showed to enhance the immune systems and T-cell counts, and significantly reduce the amount of radioactivity in their bodies! The Institute of Radiation Medicine in Minsk also reported regeneration of bone marrow, spinal fluids, blood and the liver. In 20 days, dangerously low white blood cell counts rose from 1000, typical of leukemia, to 3000. In short, the spirulina produced rapid improvements in the health of treated children.

The Institute found a 50% reduction of radioactivity levels in the urine after only 20 days. Children with poisoning so severe that their eyeballs were bulging out of their sockets were restored to health; and all took place in the presence of radiation and contaminated food and water sources. The Belarus Ministry of Health concluded that spirulina accelerates the evacuation of radionuclides from the human body.

One of the compounds responsible for the safe elimination of radioactivity from the body is a polysaccharide substance, called sodium alginate, found in many seaweeds and algae. Researchers have found that it binds with heavy metals, such as cadmium, lead, mercury, barium, radium, plutonium, strontium and cesium in the gastrointestinal tract, forms insoluble salts, and then carries them out of the body in the stool.

An EPA experiment, conducted by J.F Stara, revealed that sodium alginate significantly reduced the amount of radioactive strontium in the bones of cats. The strontium was re-secreted into the intestines, bound with the alginates, neutralized and excreted in the feces.

Steven Schecter, N.D. wrote in his book, Fighting Radiation with Foods, Herbs and Vitamins (East-West Health Books, 1988):

“There is no family of foods more protective against radiation and environmental pollutants than sea vegetables… sea vegetables can prevent assimilation of different radionuclitides, heavy metals such as cadmium, and other environmental toxins.”

Schecter explains:

“Alginate is non-toxic and is not reabsorbed into the rest of the body from the gastrointestinal tract. Alginate is specific and consistent in its reaction to stomach acidity and the enzymes present in the intestinal tract… it has also been shown to have no adverse effect on the ability of humans to assimilate calcium and other natural minerals.”

U-fucoidan is another polysaccharide found mainly in brown seaweeds, other sea plants, such as wakamemozuku, and hijiki, and in its richest form in kombu. Research shows that administered to cancer cells that are multiplying at uncontrolled rates, U-fucoidan caused them to dissipate within 72 hours, and helped the immune system in many other ways. It increases and mobilizes stem cells, enabling tissue and organ regeneration, and slowing down the aging process.

All sea vegetables contain Iodine-127, which will prevent the absorption of toxic Iodine-131, in the case of certain radioactive exposure. The further binding action of sea plants to radioactive materials and heavy toxic metals, make them a must have in the case of exposure to radioactive fallout. There are countless benefits from eating sea plants, including extremely anti-proliferative action against cancer cells, and interference with every stage of viral attack.

Wakame, arame, and hijiki contain 10 times the calcium of milk. Hijiki, has 8 times more iron than milk, while wakame and the other kelps have 4 times more. Sea lettuce has 25 times more iron available than beef, which helps with anemia caused by radiation exposure. Nori is a seaweed used when making sushi, and has a protein content of about 30% its weight. All of these can be added to soups, stirfry, crumpled over salads, eaten as a savory snack, or even ground into a healthy salt alternative.

The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission recommends that we consume two to three ounces (wet weight) of sea vegetables per week, or two tablespoons daily to protect from radiation toxicity. This should be increased fourfold during or after direct exposure to radiation (US Dept. Health and Human Services. “Dietary aspects of carcinogenesis,” Nov. 1981).

Consuming an excessive amount of kelp during or following exposure to radioactive fallout is a good idea, however, an excessive amount ingested over a long period of time can cause acne, or an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. As with all things, too much of a good thing is generally not good, but an appropriate daily dose of kelp, or any other seaweed, will absolutely help detoxify the body.

Another algae that has proven in numerous studies to work wonders against radioactive poisoning is chlorella, with the highest chlorophyll content of any known plant, and 5-10 times more than spirulina, wheat grass and barley grass. Along withblue-green algae, these five superfoods help to rejuvenate the body during sickness and even cancer.

Chlorella is the most researched algae in the world, and studies have shown that it has a radioprotective effect to gamma-ray induced chromosomal damage, as well as antitumor properties. Chlorella builds the immune system, detoxifies the body of heavy metals, normalizes blood sugar and blood pressure, balances the body’s pH, fights cancer, protects against ultraviolet radiation, and due to its high chlorophyll content, helps detoxify the liver, bowel and bloodstream.

Animal studies have shown that chlorophyll-rich diets increase the survival of experimental animals, even after lethal doses of radiation. Vegetables that are high in chlorophyl content include broccolicabbage and alfalfa, all of which were shown by the U.S. Army to reduce the effects of radiation on guinea pigs.

There are plenty of simple and natural remedies to exposure of radioactive materials, which are readily available at any health food store. A blend of daily spirulina, chlorella, seaweeds and miso soup could easily detoxify the body, and also stock it full with an incredible amount of phytonutrients and essential vitamins and minerals.

There are numerous homeopathics that can be taken to combat radiation sickness, and diets that can be entirely based around this detoxifying purpose.

The only upside to the recent nuclear disaster is Japan is the Japanese people and others will learn even more effective ways to prepare for another nuclear disaster sure to come, and the best ways to protect yourself from radiation and nuclear fallout exposure. Best wishes and luck to everyone affected and we hope this summary of natural remedies available to strengthen your body against toxic exposure from both disasters and everyday city living was helpful.


Main OWC research journalist assigned to this article was Julianna Bourgeois

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