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By New You Editorial
Posted On Apr 24, 2011

Radiation is the ultimately silent assassin. You can’t see, smell or touch it, but it doesn’t take much exposure to it to increase the risk of cancer. The fear of this quiet killer has only escalated with the explosion of the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Japanese government has distributed 230,000 units of potassium iodide tablets to evacuation centers in the areas around the Fukushima nuclear power complex. These tablets have been shown to protect the thyroid gland from the radioactive form of iodine released by nuclear accidents that could lead to thyroid cancer.

But as Japan scrambles to contain this nuclear disaster, 5,000 miles away on the Pacific west coast Americans are busily doing what they do best—panicking. Consequently, the three US government-approved suppliers of potassium iodide have all sold out. So how else can anxious Americans protect themselves against the possible nuclear fallout heading towards them?

Anti-aging and functional medicine experts suggest that if potassium iodide tablets or supplement-grade iodine are not available, you could use a tincture of iodine—by painting it on your skin. The formula: Paint 8 ml of a 2 percent tincture of Iodine on the abdomen or forearm approximately 2 hours prior to contamination. And like the pill form, once you start you should do it on a daily basis, especially if you are really paranoid.

But it’s not enough to simply protect against thyroid cancer. Other supplements that may be protective for all your cells are: Vitamin D and vitamin K as they support appropriate apoptosis, which is programmed death of cells that accumulate various DNA errors (including radiation damage); vitamin D also supports DNA repair.

In the end, detoxification may be the order of the day. Getting rid of toxins makes it easier for your body to repair itself from radiation damage. Visiting a specialist to check your toxin levels is important to ensure that contaminants such as mercury, lead and other heavy metals are not blocking your body’s basic repair mechanisms.


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