• Radiation vs. Nutrition (part 1)

    August 18, 2014

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    Recently, the Wall Street Journal published an article on radiation and Fukushima fallout by Craig Nelson, author of The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era (2014). In essence, Nelson’s message to Americans in this article was “Much ado about nothing”.
    As Nelson’s book was released, the Fukushima Solutions World Forum was held at the University of Texas, Austin campus. Panelists included Dale Klein, former head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (2006-09) and Helen Caldicott, world renowned anti-nuclear activist. Yet another was John Apsley, a naturopath and chiropractor whose book Fukushima Meltdown & Modern Radiation: Protecting Ourselves and Our Future Generations (2011) helps inform this issue.
    So, we have two major opposing opinions regarding the possible dangers ensuing from the Fukushima Catastrophe: 1) Nothing-to-worry-about; 2) Duck-and-cover.
    To discuss this topic, I researched online and drew from two books: Radiation Protective Foods: A Menu for the Nuclear Age, Sara Shannon, 2nd Edition, 2012, and Fukushima Meltdown: Protecting Ourselves and Our Future Generations, John W. Apsley, MD(E). ND, DC, 2011. Both works are documented in detail, but are very different in their presentation.
    Shannon wrote, “…radiation is the greatest contaminant in the world. It cannot be seen, felt, or heard. It is tasteless and odorless. It is in our food and in the air; it is in our blood and in our bones…. [Luckily] foods that have particular protective properties are the secret to helping us to live with radiation.”
    Apsley wrote, “…Fukushima and its potential impact on human health will play out most potently during the next 20-30 years. Our challenge is to understand [the impact of] radioactive materials and to determine what diet and supplement choices will give us the greatest opportunity to maintain good health….”
    How does nutrition work?
    The initiating story of nutrition at work comes from WWII.
    At a hospital in Nagasaki, one mile from ground zero, Tatsuichuro Akizuki, director of internal medicine, saved the lives of all staff members and most patients. He imposed a vegan diet of brown rice, fermented foods, sea algae, and vegetables.
    Sweets were forbidden. Another hospital the same distance from ground zero did not follow this diet. Fatalities there approached 100 percent.
    We have the advantage of being able to protect our bodies with both food and supplements. Some of the substances we discuss work as antioxidants; others, as chelators; and still others work on principle of selective uptake. (Discussed below.)
    In addition, there are supplements of substances that are not found in therapeutic amounts in food (e.g., N-acetyl-cysteine); not found in food at all (e.g., melatonin); or are non-nutritive chelating substances (e.g., bentonite clay).
    Radiation poisoning is a deluge of free radicals. These free radicals are made up of radiated particles. In essence, each is a tiny explosion, going off over and over in the body, disrupting our cells. That is how they cause harm. The specific half life of a radiated element is a reflection of how long it must break down before finding stability.
    In order for nutrition to protect us, there must be 1)ample reserves of super nutrients; 2) an abundance of effective antioxidants; 3) the correct blood pH (slightly alkaline); and 4) adequate oxygen levels. In addition, the body must be 5) replete with the essential minerals. When these requirements are met ongoingly, the body is protected from exposure to pollutants and toxins, including radiation. In addition, although these requirements can be stated separately, the substances indicated work concurrently and synergistically in the body.

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