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Radiation Exposure: Potassium Iodide is Not the Answer

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Following the devastation in Japan and the resulting nuclear facility compromises many people have begun to turn their attention toward preparedness in the event of exposure to radioactive material.

Generally where the medical profession provides “protection” for populations who have been exposed to radiation, potassium iodide is distributed.

Since fears of radiation exposure have increased, even in this country, the supplies of Potassium Iodide have begun to be bought up rapidly from any and every source it is sold.

Whether or not there is any real, present threat of an event which would cause fallout as far as the US west coast, there are multitudes of people worried enough to begin taking potassium iodide.

Before you decide this is good preventative medicine, or even a wise choice when exposure is certain, there are some facts that should be known about potassium iodide, what it can and can not do to help you and what it could do to harm you.

Potassium Iodide is not a natural, organically acquired compound.

This means it is not natural to the human body and the body will treat it as a poison.

In industrial uses it is found in disinfectants.

Though the body naturally processes both potassium and iodine as necessary nutrients, understand that potassium iodide will behave in the body as neither of these.

It is used as a measure against radiation sickness with the intent that it will uptake in the thyroid thus not allowing radioactive iodine to infiltrate it.

It is given to patients who undergo therapies which involve radioiodinated compounds containing iodine. The only effective measure it has is to block only radioactive iodine and only from the thyroid.

In the event of exposure to radiation, neither is it the case that only your thyroid is in danger, nor that you would only be exposed to radioactive iodine.

Taking potassium iodide for such a situation is nearly useless, and worse, can be quite harmful.

The side effects of Potassium Iodide are:

– Thyroid damage that may lead to cancer

– Fetal deformities

– Hyper immune responses/ severe allergic reactions

– Heart arrhythmia

– Decreased mental function

– Numbness/ weakness in limbs

Being neither effective nor safe, potassium iodide should never be the medicine of choice for those who have been or may be exposed to radiation.

It is only reasonable that what is effective and safe is a natural substance to the body and one which combats the molecular level damage to DNA which radiation exposure can cause.

The following are safe and effective supplements which the body can use to blockade itself from radiation damage:

those marked with (*) are the most helpful :

– Rosemary**

– Garlic

– Alfalfa

– Dandelion Root

– Spirulina (blue-green algae)

– Chlorella (blue-green algae)

– Modifilan* (brown seaweed extract)

– Red Clover

– Organically acquired Iodine supplements*

What you don’t consume can also make a big difference. Artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners (including Splenda) and preservatives are enemies of the immune system – and a healthy immune system is necessary to combat exposure to carcinogens.

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What Is In The Seasonal Flu Shot

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This year’s seasonal flu vaccine is being encouraged for everyone 6 months and older. Before you or someone you care about decides to take this vaccine, know what is in it.

The ingredients, aside from the pathogen itself, are listed below – specifically taken from Glaxo Smith Kline’s PREPANDRIX ingredients list. Other brands will contain the same ingredients, in slightly different proportions.

This year’s seasonal shot includes the H1N1 pathogen, as well as other common strains.

Everyone should ask themselves how much sense it makes that these things should ever be recommended for injection into weak and vulnerable persons such as the elderly and infants, especially.

The very ones which are most targeted for seasonal flu shots are those who are most likely to experience tragic side effects.

Haemagglutinin – Blood agglutinator (causes blood to clot)

Squalene – A hydrocarbon compound found naturally in shark liver oil, though squalene used in vaccines is usually a synthetic polymer. Used to intensify immune response, this was the determining factor in a disorder known as Gulf War syndrome. Symptoms include headache, dizziness, digestive ailments, auto immune disorders, fatigue, cancer, birth defects, joint and muscle pain and varied neurological problems.

DL-a-tocopherol – A synthetic form of vitamin E which instead of acting as a nutrient, extracts nutrients out of bone and soft tissue.

Polysorbate 80 – A polyethoxylated (having the properties of a detergent) emulsifier. Is potentially mutanagenic, causes reduction in fertility.

Octoxynol 10 – A surfactant and also used as the active ingredient in spermicides. Serious reproductive damaging effects, mutanagenic.

Thimerosal – A mercury compound used as a preservative. Toxic to nearly every major organ, bone marrow and central nervous system. Can cause peripheral neuropathy (causing a tingling, itching or numb sensation), skin discoloration, swelling, sweating, tachycardia, hypertension, rashes, loss of hair, photo-sensitivity, renal failure, insomnia, memory impairment and autism in children.

Sodium chloride – Table salt. Perhaps the safest ingredient in the vaccine, though injected can aggravate hypertension.

Disodium hydrogen phosphate – A sodium salt of phosphoric acid used as an anti caking agent. Can cause irritation at injection site, vascular damage, abdominal pain and intestinal upset.

Potassium dihydrogen phosphate – A Soluble salt used as a fertilizer, fungicide and pesticide. Can degrade to toxic oxides in certain ph environments. Causes local pain and irritation at injection site.

Potassium chloride – A metal halide salt of potassium and chlorine. Used as the active ingredient in lethal injection execution and also as a fertilizer. Damages heart, can cause sudden cardiac arrest, the reason it is used for lethal injection.

Magnesium chloride – Ionic halide salt used as coagulant, de-icer and animal feed additive. May cause allergic reaction resulting in anaphylaxis.

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