How To Detox Radiation Poisoning
We are living in unprecedented times where both man-made and natural disasters are posing severe health hazards for our global community.
The Japanese nuclear reactor melt down currently happening, March 18, 2011, is a reminder that we need to include being prepared for nuclear fallout events with foods and herbal remedies in our medicine cabinets to protect us and our families as much as possible.
When a meltdown happens, the effects can be carried thousands of miles by the prevailing winds.
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Besides having iodine (the most commonly known for helping with radiation poisoning) on hand for emergencies, there are many herbs and foods that will flush radioactive particles and keep our bodies from storing these deadly compounds.
As we are all already being affected by radiation released by numerous sources in our everyday lives, eating these foods and doing detoxification and chelation protocols regularly is a good idea.
Low-frequency radiation is emitted from many electronics devices that are used in homes everyday, such as cell phones, microwave ovens, bluetooth headsets and personal laptop computers.
If you have been exposed to too many X-rays or CAT scans, if you fly too much, work with diagnostic medical equipment or are environmentally sensitive and have ingested elevated levels of radioactive contaminated food, air or water, you also want to employ the following protocol on a regular basis.
Start with the Food Matrix for Long Range Strategy
|Foods ranked as quality sources of:|
|Kelp (sea vegetable)||0.25 cup||8.6||415.00||276.7||579.1||excellent|
|Yogurt, low-fat||1 cup||155.1||87.22||58.1||6.8||very good|
|Cow's milk, 2%||1 cup||121.2||58.56||39.0||5.8||very good|
|Egg, whole, boiled||1 each||68.2||23.76||15.8||4.2||very good|
|Strawberries||1 cup||43.2||12.96||8.6||3.6||very good|
|Mozzarella cheese, part-skim, shredded||1 oz-wt||72.1||10.09||6.7||1.7||good|
The Detox Protocol:
Baking Soda - Iodine - Glutathione - Natural Chelation - Clay - Kelp
Clay continues to show up on so many lists as an excellent detox strategy and now here it is for radiation poisoning as well.
The key to all detox programs is the ability to bind the 'culprit toxin' and effectively flush it from the body.
Whereas Iodine will target the radioactive iodine isotopes, it will not flush uranium, cesium or plutonium radiation...clay will!
Clay is recognized as being the fastest and most effective way to remove ALL forms of radiation from the body.
Clay was one of the components used to bury the Chernobyl reactor due to its known ability to reduce the escape of radiation through its protective barrier. Using clay in soil remediation may help the concerned gardeners and farmers who are wondering how the heck they can keep there crops safe.
Clay appears to be the number one first line of defense against the potential harm from radiation poisoning.
Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
The oral administration of sodium bicarbonate diminishes the severity of the changes produced by uranium in the kidneys. (we recommend Red Mill Organic)
The kidneys are usually the first organs to show chemical damage upon uranium exposure.
The United States Army and old military manuals suggest doses or infusions of sodium bicarbonate to help alkalinize the urine if this happens. This makes the uranyl ion less kidney-toxic and promotes excretion of the nontoxic uranium-carbonate complex. The oral administration of sodium bicarbonate diminishes the severity of the changes produced by uranium in the kidneys.
So useful and strong is sodium bicarbonate that at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, researcher Don York has used baking soda to clean soil contaminated with uranium.
Sodium bicarbonate binds with uranium, separating it from the dirt; so far, York has removed as much as 92 percent of the uranium from contaminated soil samples.
Sodium bicarbonate can safely remove paint, grease, oil and smoke residue, decreasing workers' exposure to harsh chemicals and eliminating much of the hazardous waste associated with other cleaners.
"Sodium bicarbonate is able to clean in areas where other substances pose fire hazards, because baking sod a is a natural fire extinguisher," says Kenneth Colbert, a general manager for Arm & Hammer. This is the reason it's used by oncology centers to control chemo agent spills and it's actually used intravenously to protect patients from the hazardous toxicity of chemotherapy.
"Uranium is one of the only metals that get significant bonding from carbonate. Just flushing a lot of bicarbonate through the system, along with whatever kidney support you are going to use, will be very helpful," writes Dr. Chris Shade. There is no better therapy for radiation sickness then intense sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and magnesium baths with the appropriate clay added in.
Dr. Shade has a full line of detox products that will target the detoxing of heavy metals and uranium toxicity.
Even sodium thiosulfate can be added to these baths and that instantly neutralizes any chlorine in the bath water while simultaneously providing sulfur for the vital sulfur pathways.
Minimum stocks of sodium bicarbonate should be 25 or 50 pounds. Normally I recommend someone start with using one pound of bicarbonate in a bath but that could easily be two or three pounds in an emergency situation. It is not a joke that one can get 50 pounds of the most powerful medicines on earth for 35 bucks.
You will also need a lot of magnesium salts and the very best and most penetrating of them is the magnesium chloride in the form of magnesium bath flakes. Dead Sea salt is also quite fine for this application.
Exposure to radiation causes a cascade of free radicals that wreak havoc on the body. Radiation decimates the body's supply of glutathione.
The popular supplements labeled Glutathione are often difficult for the body to absorb. Research has indicated that NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine) is a more bio-available source for supplementing.
Nebulization is one of the best ways to quickly increase glutathione levels as is the use of glutathione suppositories.
The main cancer risk from inhaled uranium oxide and other airborne radioactive particles would be from tiny insoluble particles lodged deep in the lungs. That's a good reason to nebulize both glutathione and bicarbonate directly into the lungs and one must wonder why governments and health officials have not sponsored this treatment.
Dr. Sarah Mayhill, speaking about uranium oxide says, "It can be inhaled by soldiers and civilians, it sticks to the lining of the lungs, it is taken up by cells of the immune systems and gets into lymph glands, bone, brain, hormone producing glands, ovaries and testes. It stays in these organs for many decades and is only very slowly excreted in urine."
Nebulization transdermally treats the lung tissues allowing for best effect on contaminated lung tissues.
Iodine is the most obvious and important element in protecting against radiation damages.
Radioactive iodine will plunge in to any and all iodine receptor cites that have no iodine in them due to iodine deficiencies. This is a serious problem because over 90 percent of people in North America, according to Dr. David Brownstein, are iodine deficient.
This leaves them incredibly vulnerable to radioactive iodine, which is one of the principle forms of radiation given off in nuclear accidents and from nuclear weapons.
Iodoral brand is the iodine supplement we recommend. Unfortunately, at the time of writing this article, it is 'out of stock' across the internet stores.
In cases of serious exposure, IV cocktails with high dosages of vitamin C, magnesium chloride or sulfate, sodium bicarbonate and very pure seawater full of all the minerals necessary for life would be ideal.
Dr. David Brownstein administers a slow IV vitamin C drip -- usually 25-50 gm, with minerals, and he adds 10cc of sodium bicarbonate. The addition of bicarb to the IV's made a huge clinical improvement. He also adds 1 cc of bicarb to all Myers cocktail IV's, which he says is "a great addition."
Nutrients to the Rescue
Kelp, Cilantro, Miso, Spirulina, Chlorella, Buckwheat and more...
Dr. Staninger wrote in a paper, "Kelp is a natural antidote to radiation poisoning as seen with plutonium, uranium, radon, I-131 and I-125. It was used as the primary antidote for the effects of radiation poisoning after the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. Lots and lots of miso soup were consumed by the Japanese to counter radiation poisoning.
As Chernobyl proved, and health experts now agree, the greatest health concerns affecting the largest number of people from a nuclear accident or explosion are likely to be form radioactive iodine readily carried by the winds many miles downwind from the site of a nuclear event.
Radio active Iodine (I-131 & I-125) is a major radioisotope constituent of both nuclear power plant accidents, nuclear bombs, contaminated milk in Panama and used as a ground water monitoring agent for oil wells right at Beverly Hills High School grounds.
Thyroid cancer attributable to Chernobyl has been documented up to 500 km from the accident site. Even very small amounts of inhaled or ingested radioiodine can do grave damage as it will always concentrate, and be retained, in the small space of the thyroid gland. And pregnant women breath 7 times more oxygen than a non-pregnant woman from the time of conception, thus allowing them to be at 7 times more risk than other people."
Tan Koon Peng from Singapore writes: "Miso is effective for detoxifying your body of radiation. During World War II, two hospitals that were located side by side were hit with atomic radiation, in one hospital people consumed Miso and all of them survived while many people in the other hospital that did not take miso died.
Miso is rich in vitamin B therefore it is suitable for vegetarians who are in shortage of vitamin B. For best results do not cook miso."
Herbalist Brigitte Mars says, "There are a number of foods that can better help our bodies tolerate the effects of pollution. Eating lower on the food chain minimizes our chemical intake.
Consuming more whole grains has a multitude of benefits. Their high fiber content binds with toxins and lessens intestinal transit time. Their vitamin B6 content nourishes the thymus gland and their vitamin E content helps the body to better utilize oxygen.
The grain buckwheat is high in rutin and helps to protect against radiation and stimulates new bone marrow production.
The mucilaginous fiber in seaweed helps to prevent the reabsorbing of radioactive strontium 90.
"Following the bombing of Nagasaki, a group of surviving macrobiotic doctors and their patients avoided radiation sickness by eating brown rice, miso and seaweed. They also did not get leukemia. Seaweeds also help to break down fatty deposits.
High-chlorophyll foods like wheatgrass and barley grass strengthen cells, transport oxygen, help to detoxify the blood and liver as well as help to neutralize polluting elements and stimulate RNA production.
Sulfur-rich vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and mustard greens combine with heavy metals and help prevent free radical damage," says Mars.
Dr. Shade commenting on the above said, "In the last sentence Brigitte Mars, a local friend actually mentions the broccoli family. A normal misconception is restated here - namely that the sulfur compounds in the broccoli family bind the heavy metals.
Actually the sulfur compounds trigger increased expression of your glutathione system, which results in both metal detoxification and free radical neutralization.
The other group of food compounds that do this is the polyphenolic antioxidants -pine bark extract, green tea extract, grape seed extract, and my favorite Haritaki or terminalia chebula, an Ayurvedic fruit that is the basis for many medicines including the intestinal detoxifier Triphala.
This fruit is used extensively in Tibetan Medicine where it is pictured being held by the Medicine Buddha and call the "King of Herbs".
It has potent effects on the glutathione system and on expression of other intracelluar antioxidants such as superoxide dismutase. Haritaki is one of the superpowers in Clear Way.
Clear Way also includes other polyphenolics such as Pine Bark extract, large amounts of liver cleansing dandelion root extract, natural iodine and minerals from fucus extract (or what is known as bladderwrack, a sea vegetable), the metal chelator and super antioxidant R-Lipoic acid, nerve protectors gotu kola and bacopa monniera, and B-vitamins 1, 5, and 6.
Research on animals indicates that curcumin (an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound found in the curry spice turmeric) may help protect against radiat ion-induced damage to the skin.
Other research in animals shows that the herb ginkgo biloba may help shield against organ damage resulting from radiation therapy. And aloe vera is often touted as a natural remedy for radiation-induced skin changes preventing or minimizing radiation-induced skin reactions.
If you know you've been exposed to radiation, seek emergency medical care.
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