As the situation in Fukushima remains critical and may still get worse, I’m re-posting some links to sources of information about iodine, potassium iodide, the Japanese diet, and various supplements. I have not tried any of these and amd not recommending them.  Please do your own research. Kelp is konbu 昆布 コンブ in Japanese.

Some people have expressed concerns over the lack of Potassium Iodide available at stores in Japan. Potassium Iodide is used to protect the thyroid gland from the effects of radiation exposure.

First off, in Japan, most druggist do not carry Potassium Iodide as one needs a prescription to buy it. Secondly, the average Japanese gets more than sufficient amounts of iodine in their regular foods that it is not necessary at all to supplement it.

via Marketing Japan: Potassium Iodide Not Necessary for People Who Eat Japanese Diet.

Taken in a sufficient amount, natural iodine can block uptake of radioactive I-131 in fallout and prevent thyroid cancer. The U.S. government’s Department of Health and Human Services has approved potassium iodide (KI), in a dose of 130 milligrams (mg), as a thyroid blocking agent in radiation emergencies. This dose contains 100 mg of iodine, as iodide, in its salt form. But it doesn’t have to be KI. Lugol’s solution, Iodoral, SSKI (super saturated potassium iodide), and Nascent iodine work just as well…

A person needs to take 50 mg of iodine a day for 3 months, or 12.5 mg a day for 1 year, and continue that dose, in order to achieve whole body sufficiency of iodine. Once achieved, people who take 12.5 mg or more of iodine a day are already well protected against radioactive iodine in fallout. The thyroid glands in such people will retain less than 2 percent of absorbed I-131, similar to that after consuming a 130 mg KI tablet (in the appropriate time window).

Fortunately, this is the case with the Japanese. People in Japan eat a lot of seaweed, which protects them against the deleterious effects of I-131 in radioactive fallout from the meltdown of their Fukushima Dalichi nuclear plants. Compared to terrestrial plants, which contain only trace amounts of iodine (0.001 mg/gm), the seaweed that the Japanese consume – brown algai (kelp), red algae (nori sheets, with sushi), and green algae (chlorella) – have a high concentration of this nutrient (0.5–8.0 mg/gm). According to public health officials there, people in Japan consume 14.5 gm of seaweed a day. They don’t need to take potassium iodide tablets for fallout. They consume enough iodine in the seaweed they eat…

Chernobyl (April 26, 1986), until now, has been the only accident in the history of commercial nuclear power where radiation-related fatalities have occurred. The steam explosion and fire in this reactor, uncontained and lacking an emergency core-cooling system, released 5 percent of the reactor’s radioactive core into the atmosphere. Some 134 employees developed acute radiation sickness and 28 died from it. No increase in cancer incidence or mortality has been observed attributable to the ionizing radiation it released. Thyroid cancer is another matter. The explosion spread significant amounts of I-131, raising the incidence of thyroid cancer in children in the Ukraine from 0.7 per million to 4 per million. Dr. Arthur Robinson reckons that only 70 extra cases of thyroid cancer have arisen in children living near Chernobyl as a result of the accident, and these cancers could have been prevented had the Ukrainian authorities provided these children with iodine.

At Three Mile Island (March 28, 1979), a partial core meltdown was largely contained within the reactor building. No deaths resulted from the accident, and the amount of radiation released into the environment was the equivalent of a single chest X-ray for people living within ten miles of the reactor.

Untoward effects of Iodine. Allergies, swelling of the salivary glands and thyroid, and iodism (an unpleasant brassy taste, runny nose, and acne-like skin lesions) occur rarely, in less than 1 percent. Iodism is caused by the bromide that iodine extracts from the tissues, and it subsides on a lesser dose of iodine. Thyroid function remains unchanged on doses up to 100 mg a day in 99 percent of people.

via Iodine for Radioactive Fallout by by Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD

In this informal conversation I had with Dr. David Brownstein he brings us back to the very basics of what we need to do to protect ourselves to the maximum possible from increasing radiation in the environment. So even before rushing out to buy iodine we might better start with hydrating our bodies to the 100 plus level because just like they need to spray down the reactors and spent rod pools with water, we ourselves need to spray down our entire cellular colony within our bodies. Simply put, our cells will burn a lot faster when dehydrated then when fully hydrated especially with purified water with some bicarbonate it in. David also makes the important point about vitamin C, so take yourself and everyone in the family up to bowel tolerance level. He also stresses not using common table salt but instead Real Salt, Himalayan or Celtic salts that are unprocessed; he explains how these salts can provide vital minerals that will protect the cells quickly.

Dr. Gabriel Cousins, in his book Conscious Eating, says, “Foods containing chlorophyll have long been known to protect against radiation. Generally speaking, any green foods have chlorophyll. From 1959 to 1961, the Chief of the U.S. Army Nutrition Branch in Chicago found that high-chlorophyll foods reduced the effects of radiation on guinea pigs by 50 percent. This includes all chlorophyll foods: cabbage, leafy green vegetables, spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass, any sprouts, and the blue-green algae from Klamath Lake called Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA). This variety of blue-green algae is an excellent anti-radiation food because of its high cellular immutability and high regenerative energy, as well as its high chlorophyll content. It should be taken in a dose of four capsules (one gram) four times per day for one week before, and several weeks after, radiation exposure.”

via Emergency Additions to Radiation Protocol

And here’s something a friend just sent me:

There’s ample evidence that clinoptilolite increases excretion of cesium and strontium (the primary fallout products from nuclear power generation). In
fact, zeolite biscuits were handed out after the Chernobyl incident specifically to maximize excretion of those metals. Radioactive Iodine is the primary concern of people close to a reactor leaking radioactive gasses. Since Iodine is a halogen, it carries a negative charge. Therefore, the zeolite will not directly remove it. The recommendation is to supplement with iodine to load up. This prevent exogenous uptake of iodine that may be taken into the thyroid. This is why people around nuclear reactors are given potassium iodide (KI) supplements. There is some iodine in the EDN, but the best advice for people that are close to active fallout is to use a strong iodine source: either KI, kelp or bladderwrack supplements.
 While plutonium may be a concern for people VERY close to a reactor in  meltdown, it is really not a concern over extended areas. Very little  Plutonium is produced in a normal nuclear power generator. Plutonium is  usually made in breeder reactors for the specific purpose of weapons creation.  Additionally, plutonium has a short half-life and quickly converts to  Neptunium and Uranium. Uranium would be the likely fate of any Plutonium  created in the event and we have ample evidence that clinoptilolite has a high affinity for uranium.
 I hope that this is helpful,
 Rik J Deitsch
 Chief Executive Officer
 Nutra Pharma Corporation
 Office: 954-509-0911 <tel:954-509-0911>
 Fax: 877-895-5647 <tel:877-895-5647>
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And another acquaintance sent me this: