Posts Tagged zeolite

How to get rid of radioactive caesium?

Back in April, TEPCO was dropping bags of zeolite into the ocean. Also in April, the Japanese police arrested two people for selling medicine without a license. The headline says “fake radiation drug”, but the article says nothing about the efficacy of the product they were selling, “Premium Zeolite”. However, I doubt TEPCO would be dumping zeolite into the ocean or using it to purify its cooling water, if it did not absorb radioactive cesium. Nor would the Japanese Agricultural Ministry be burying it in rice fields in Iitate, Fukushima Pref. if they didn’t think there was a good chance it would do the trick. The Ministry’s experiment also included sunflowers, which were planted in many areas around Chernobyl after that disaster.

I notice the article assumes that if the medicine is not licensed, it must be harmful or a fake or both. The article authors asked no deeper questions.

Questions such as, were these people actually selling a zeolite product, and if so, is it as effective when taken internally as it is when used externally?

A friend of mine sent me the following info on zeolite and a zeolite product which is intended to be taken internally (it is actually a suspension of zeolite in water; it is not sold in Japan):

One of the few negatively charged minerals in nature, zeolite is formed from the fusion of volcanic lava and ocean water….

any old zeolite will not do; firstly, it is by its very nature full of contamination, ie positively charged particles attracted into its honeycomb structure – so it has to be very thoroughly cleaned – “activated” – which is a laborious & thus expensive process; secondly if it has not been micronized, the powder will just stay in the digestive tract. If it does not enter the bloodstream it can’t get to work on pulling out the toxins wherever they are sequestered throughout the body.

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Japan rice worries a blow to collective psyche | Reuters

The article below suggests that the recent news to test rice for radioactivity came as a shock to the nation. If so, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry will have been spared the shock as they were already anticipating this in May: Experiment to decontaminate farmland begins in Fukushima I have not seen any follow-up reports on the results of this experiment. Inquiring minds would like to know.

News that local governments around Japan will test rice for radioactive caesium came as a blow that rocked the nation’s collective psyche, threatening to make its beloved traditional staple the latest in a long list of forbidden foods.

Announcement of the testing last week came amid public fears over radiation in food in the wake of the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years at the Fukushima plant in northeastern Japan, with excessive levels of radiation found in beef, vegetables, tea, milk, seafood and water.

via Japan rice worries a blow to collective psyche | Reuters.

And from the Breitbart May 28th article:

The farm ministry and the prefectural government have secured 3 hectares of rice paddies, vegetable fields and grassland for the program in which they plant sunflowers and amaranths in the fields to see their capabilities for absorbing radioactive cesium in the soil, they said.

In the paddies, they will use a mineral called zeolite to see its effect in absorbing cesium in mud, they said.

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2011/04/16 14:21 – Japan Using Absorbent Agent To Cut Radioactivity At Nuclear Plant

Zeolite in the news:

TOKYO (Dow Jones)–The Japanese government said Saturday that it had begun distributing a special agent that can absorb radiation into ocean waters at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to further contain seawater contamination.

The material, known as zeolite, is a mineral that absorbs cesium, one of the radioactive agents that has been leaking at the plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501), the plant operator, said it plans to use zeolite to also purify cooling water at the site.

via 2011/04/16 14:21 – Japan Using Absorbent Agent To Cut Radioactivity At Nuclear Plant.

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