Preventive Measures to Protect from Excess Radiation

Iodine is a necessary component of thyroid health. Deficiency in this mineral is widespread today for a number of reasons.  Our natural reserves are being used to shield the body from the deleterious effects of mercury, lead, bromides, cadmium, and fluoride leaving the thyroid gland vulnerable to radioactive iodine 131.  Making sure we have adequate amounts of iodine is the best insurance that your thyroid gland can function under duress. Potassium iodide is the iodine of choice. It appears people in regions with poor soil selenium levels in addition to low iodine levels may be especially vulnerable to the adverse effects of iodine deficiency on thyroid function. Selenium is a cofactor for type 1 deiodinase, which converts T4 to T3. It is also critical for the formation of glutathione peroxidase, which protects the thyroid from oxidative stress 1

Selenium– protects DNA from radiation damage and helps prevent damage to the skin surface, too.

Vitamin B-Complex– many B vitamins, especially pantothenic acid, help to decrease the effects of radiation. One of its many functions is that they normalize the red and white blood cell count because the destruction of white blood cells by radiation can last for extended periods of time. The various B vitamins have different effects and should be taken together.

Vitamin E - can provide internal and external protection against Cesium-137 which is a common component of fallout and a reported component in the fallout from Japan. Vitamin E also helps prevent the destruction of vitamin A and fatty acids by massive doses of x-rays. If large doses of C, B, and E are taken before exposure, the terrible symptoms of radiation sickness can be reduced or eliminated to a large degree. Preventive Dose – an adult weighing 155lbs should take 900 IU per day of Vitamin E as d-alpha-tocopherol. The dose upon radiation exposure is up to 1600 IU per day.

The body sees cesium as it would potassium. Cesium accumulates in reproductive organs, muscles, the liver, the kidneys, and blood and is transported throughout the body. Green sea vegetables and green leafy vegetables are most effective for combating cesium.

Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)- removes radioactive isotopes from the body. Recommended Dose – 1-4 ounces/300-120 grams of the cooked fresh root, up to a pint of infusion daily, or several large spoonfuls of vinegar but only if made with fresh roots. Tincture – 15-20 drops 3 times a day. Contraindications – do not use Burdock during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Cilantro Leaf (Coriandum sativum)- natural heavy metal chelator (i.e. plutonium and cesium are heavy metals.) Therefore, it helps to eliminate them out of the body. Recommended Dose – Take 1-3 dropperfuls daily of tincture or eat large amounts of fresh cilantro.

Eleuthero/Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)- helps protect against the side effects of radiation exposure. Recommended Dose – 500-3000 mg. in capsule form. Tincture: 15-20 drops three times a day.

Holy Basil/Tulsi Aerial Parts (Ocimum sanctum)- preliminary research shows evidence that Holy Basil protects against radiation-induced peroxidation, thus helping to protect against the detrimental effects of low-level radiation. It also increases glutathione and superoxide dismutase which are important mediators in the liver in helping the body deal with radiation. Recommended Dose – Tincture: 40–60 drops, three times per day.

Sea Salt and Baking Soda Baths – add 1 cup of sea salt and 1 cup of baking soda and soak in chlorine-free water for 20 minutes. Then rinse with cool water. You can also 1 cup of bentonite, or other clay, to the sea salt and baking soda when soaking which increases the removal of radiation. Some specialists who work with radioactive isotopes use this method to remove radiation from their bodies. If you have been exposed to an abnormally high level of radiation you can use this method three times a week for one month.


1. Natural Medicine Journal, Tuesday, April 6, 2011

March Newsletter, Eti Kodama, L.AC

This information is not intended to replace Medical Advice and has not been reviewed by the FDA.  Please consult your Medical Practioner before starting any new health regime.