In watching the news and given my passion for detoxification and relieving the toxic burdens carried in our bodies , naturally I was concerned about radiation contamination affecting the USA as a result of the nuclear meltdown of their reactor in Japan. This horrible tragedy imposed upon the incredible nation of Japan is dangerous to all of us. I asked my dear friend and renowned neuroscientist, Dr. Russell Blaylock what we could do to protect ourselves.
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His response follows.
I thank you for your eternal vigilance. Yes, there are a number of things people can do to protect themselves from radiation exposure. The children are most in danger from I-131, which is taken up by the thyroid and can not only induce thyroid cancer, but a whole host of thyroid diseases, including autoimmune thyroid disease, hypothyroidism, etc. This isotope has a relatively short half-life of just 8 days and by 2 weeks it is of much less danger. Adults seem to be resistant to thyroid cancer from I-131. The other isotopes being released, such as strontium-90 and cesium-137 are more of a problem. They have very long half-lives—about 30 years, meaning that they will remain a danger for at least a hundred years or more. Both of these isotopes easily enter the body and remain for long periods. While taking I-131 tablets (Iodoral is the least toxic and best tolerated, even for children) will greatly reduce risks of thyroid disorders, it must be given before exposure.
A number of newer compounds are being found that offer tremendous radioprotection against the harmful effects of these isotopes against every organ and tissue in the body. Remember, Iodine only protects the thyroid. The other beneficial compounds include curcumin, quercetin, resveratrol, garlic extract, white tea and many more. In tests using animals exposed to massive, normally100% fatal gamma radiation levels, several of these flavonoids have dramatically improved survival—as much as 50% to 70%. They have also been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of a person developing cancer from the radiation, and again this has been tested using extremely high levels of gamma radiation, the most damaging form. Most interesting is the finding that unlike iodine, which has to be taken before exposure, these flavonoids offer high levels of protection even days after exposure.
Beta-1,3/1,5-glucan, an immune stimulant, has been shown to powerfully protect the bone marrow, the most sensitive tissue in one’s body to radiation damage. It is suppression of the bone marrow immune white blood cells by the radiation that is responsible for most deaths from radiation, so this is a significant protecting supplement. The government, over the years, has been secretly dispensing this supplement to nuclear plant workers who are at the greatest risk. High purity beta-1,3/1,6-glucan can be purchased without a prescription—but it has to be of high purity.
Most of what we know about radiation protection by natural products has been learned through research funded by the defense department and NASA.