This is the fourth installment of the Natural Radiation Prevention series. Our previous article discussed about the the radioactive iodine-131 material, its impact on human health and how we can prevent its negative effects in our body. Today, I will cover some other well-known and important radioactive elements from nuclear fallouts, such as strontium, cesium, and plutonium that impact our health.
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Chemically, strontium (Sr) belongs to the mineral family and it is just below the popular calcium in the chemistry periodic table. Biologically, strontium resembles calcium and the human body does a poor job of distinguishing the two. It is therefore absorbed by the body and stored in the skeleton in places where calcium should be. Regrettably, radioactive strontium-90 was, and some experts consider it, still is widely spread in the environment, primarily produced by the above-ground nuclear tests in the 1950s. The half-life (when it becomes half as harmful or when scientists assumes insignificant effect) of radioactive Sr-90 is 29.78 years.
Daily supplementation of calcium (Ca) and magnesium(Mg) is a great way of preventing radioactive Sr-90 contamination in your body. Beware of cheap calcium and magnesium supplements out there which might not be so bio-available. The best source of Ca and Mg are wholefood based. Particularly of sea-food source. For that we have a supplement called Nature’s Sea Calcium which is exactly that. Other acceptable forms of Ca and Mg are amino-acid chelated form and those with built-in enzymes in them such as Skeletal Strength by Nature’s Sunshine. Read your labels carefully, avoid the Calcium Carbonate form.
In 1968, a group of researchers at McGill University, Montreal, found that sea vegetables containing a polysaccharide substance, called sodium alginate, have the unique property of selectively bound radioactive strontium and eliminates it from the body. High quality sodium alginate can be found in our product called Algin, which we use effectively for heavy metal detox purposes.
Alkali metal family member just like strontium, cesium (Cs) is situated in the same column but two positions below potassium in the chemistry periodic table. All cesium compounds should be regarded as toxic because of its chemical similarity to potassium (K). Ingestion of any cesium compounds is therefore to be avoided. The isotope Cs-137 (present in the biosphere in small amounts as a result of radiation leaks) has a half-life of 30.07 years and it is very toxic. Rats fed cesium in place of potassium in their diet die. Large amounts of cesium may cause hyper-irritability and spasms. Unlike iodine-131, radioactive cesium-137 is a longer-lasting isotope that affects not the thyroid alone but the whole body and may raise one’s cancer risk significantly.
To protect yourself from cesium poisoning, consume plenty of high potassium foods, as potassium competitively inhibits cesium uptake. Foods high in potassium include avocados, bananas, cabbage, celery, sea vegetables, and leafy green vegetables are all good source of potassium. An effective potassium supplement product called Combination Potassium contains elemental potassium in a base of alfalfa herb, dulse, kelp plants, horseradish root, horsetail herb, and white cabbage leaf. Apple pectin was used in the aftermath of Chernobyl to reduce the load of radioactive cesium in children as it has the binding effect to the cesium element.
Don’t forget that there are many potassium depleters such as alcohol, coffee, diuretics, excessive salt, prolonged diarrhea or vomiting and refined sugar. If any of these depleters are a part of your daily routine (e.g. coffee), you need to supplement potassium daily even without the compounding impact of a cesium-related nuclear fallout event.
Plutonium, like strontium and cesium, belongs also to the conductive metal family of elements. It has a silvery appearance which takes a yellow cast when oxidized slightly. It is chemically reactive. Plutonium (Pu) has the nuclear property of being readily fissionable with neutrons. One kilogram of plutonium is equivalent to 22 million kilowatt hours of heat energy, so plutonium is important for nuclear power. Plutonium is a radiological poison and must be handled with care. Plutonium does not occur to any significant extent in the biosphere, however, it is now found in small quantities in some areas within the biosphere as a result of fallout from atomic bombs and from radiation leaks from nuclear facilities. It constitutes an extreme radiation hazard when even small quantities are assembled in one place. Because of the high rate of emission of alpha particles and the element specifically being absorbed by bone marrow, plutonium is an extreme radiological poison which must be handled only be properly trained expert personnel using very special equipment and precautions. Permitted levels of exposure to plutonium are the lowest of any element.
To protect yourself from plutonium poisoning, eat lots of dulse and consume iron from plant sources, namely sea algaes such as spirulina and chlorella, which provide more iron than red meat. Miso soup has also been shown to have a protective effect. See also Michio Kushi’s well-referenced book, “The Cancer Prevention Diet.” The mineral, zeolite, is being investigated for removing radioactive materials out of the body.
In summary, beside iodine-131, radioactive strontium-90, cesium-137, and plutonium have been described. Specific nutrient, food sources, and supplement products your body absolutely needs to combat each of these isotope elements were given. The best prevention methodology is to continually supply ample of these natural nutrients on a daily basis so that the radioactive elements, when accidentally exposed, will not be able to wrack havoc in your body.
Here are some additional foods and supplements to consider when combating radioactive fallout elements:
* Antioxidants – will help the body cope with these higher toxic levels as radioactive materials cause antioxidant depletion and ill health.
* Vitamin B-12 inhibits cobalt-60 uptake, zinc inhibits zinc-65 uptake and sulfur is preventative for sulfur-35 incorporation by the body.
* The milk thistle combination supplement is one of the best sources available to allow the body to increase glutathione levels, a potent way to combat immune related vulnerability.
The latest news we are hearing out of Japan is the radiation contamination in the water. In the next blog, I will get into that a bit and discuss best ways to avoid and remove radiation toxins out of the drinking water.