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Radiation Protection: Practical Solutions Beyond Potassium Iodide

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

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by Greg Nigh, ND, LAc

Nature Cures Clinic physician

The media has us all glued to our seats seeking more information about the radiation cloud that may or may not drift over US soils. In any case, speculation on TV about where it might drift is accompanied by frenzied searches for potassium iodide tablets that we are told might help protect us.

As our previous article by Dr. Andy Swanson noted, potassium iodide is not practical protection from long-term, low-level radiation exposure — the very type that people in the US could be exposed to. Potassium iodide is to be used to protect against high-level, short-term exposure to radiation. The doses that provide this protection, though, cannot and should never be sustained beyond about 5 days. Even in this amount of time, there are serious risks involved with taking iodide in such high doses.

However, this certainly doesn’t mean that, without potassium iodide, there are no ways to protect against radiation exposure. In fact, the scientific literature is filled with hundreds of studies showing that supplements you can find at virtually any grocery or drug store can offer substantial protection against low level radiation exposure.

First, it’s helpful to understand exactly what it is that radiation does in our bodies. Once this is clear, the ways to protect against it become more obvious. Radiation that passes through our cells can create high levels of something called reactive oxygen species (ROS), or free radicals as they are more commonly known. These free radicals have a damaging effect on cells through a process called oxidation. The best protection, then, is through substances that fight oxidation in cells. We all know what these substances are, because they are called antioxidants.

A wide range of antioxidants have been shown in scientific studies to provide significant protection against the damaging effects of radiation exposure. Just a few of the antioxidants that have shown this protection include:

1) N-acetyl cysteine (NAC)
2) Melatonin, the sleep hormone that is also has strong antioxidant capabilities
3) Vitamin C
4) Vitamin E
5) Resveratrol
6) Genestein, found in soy foods
7) Selenium

These are just a few of the nutrients that have been found in scientific studies to protect against the damaging effects of radiation exposure. Even better, these nutrients have a wide range of health benefits in addition to the radiation protection they provide.

Please note: there are therapeutic doses of each of these nutrients. Do not run out and purchase them and take them all in high doses without consulting with a health care practitioner experienced in their proper dosing.

These are uncertain times. While the media and the internet have people scrambling for potassium iodide as radiation protection, common antioxidants found in most grocery stores and pharmacies are much more sensible solutions for preventing damages that could be caused by low level radiation exposures. Maintaining adequate, sustained antioxidant status in your body helps protect you far beyond the few days of protection that potassium iodide might offer.

If you’d like some help sorting through the fog of information about iodine/iodide, radiation, antioxidants or other health issues now in the news, visit with one of the doctors at Nature Cures Clinic. Let us sort through the fog for you and give you a practical plan for protecting you and your family from a potential radiation exposure.

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Black Rice Has More Antioxidants And Fiber, And Less Sugar Than Blueberries, And It Is Cheaper

Monday, August 30th, 2010

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Grapefruit’s Bitter Taste Holds a Sweet Promise for Diabetes Therapy

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

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Polyphenol antioxidants inhibit iron absorption

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

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Antioxidants do help arteries stay healthy

Monday, July 5th, 2010

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Quercetin and Cancer Chemoprevention

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant and has a pro-apoptotic effect in tumor cells, blocking the growth of several human cancer cell lines at different phases of the cell cycle.

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‘Pick the right veg’ for health

Monday, April 26th, 2010

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Potential Benefit of Dark Chocolate for Liver Disease Patients

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Research shows that dark chocolate reduces after meal liver blood pressure, which is associated with damaged liver blood vessels.

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The onion, a natural alternative to artificial preservatives

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Researchers suggest that onions have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that could make this bulb a healthy alternative for food preservation.

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XanGo® Juice May Help Lower Marker Of Inflammation And Improve Weight And Body Fat

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial has shown that XanGo reduces inflammation and may help control weight gain.

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Pistachios Increase Serum Antioxidants and Lower Serum Oxidized-LDL in Hypercholesterolemic Adults [abstract]

Monday, April 5th, 2010

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Flavonoids in orange juice suppress oxidative stress from high-fat, high-carb meal

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

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Cloves are the best natural antioxidant

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

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Eating chocolate regularly may prevent strokes

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Two large studies have shown that people who regularly consume chocolate have a significantly reduced risk of stroke and were fifty percent less likely to die after a stroke versus those who didn’t eat chocolate.

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Nutritional approach to sun protection: a suggested complement to external strategies. [abstract]

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Research suggests that dietary antioxidant vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals have protective effects against skin cancer.

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