3.18.2011

Iodine: eat that seaweed and keep the radioactive kind at bay!

I came across this post from TheHerbalistSeattle.blogspot.com (which was a reposting of this article by Ryan Drum) and thought it was very appropriate to share especially for us on the Pacific coast fearing the consequences of possible nuclear meltdown across the ocean. Even if you're sitting pretty on the East Coast, or half way around the world in Mozambique, this information is useful and valuable in our nuclear age.

"Iodine 131 is hazardous because our bodies will happily take it in if we need iodine. Since prior to the human atomic age there was no iodine 131, we have no defense against it if we need iodine, and no way to selectively excrete it. IF we have sufficient iodine in our bodies, Iodine 127, the only natural iodine isotope, our bodies will not take in the heavier iodine 131... The critical information is: if we continually take in 150 micrograms of iodine 127 daily, we will most likely be protected from iodine-deficiency “iodine aggressive uptake”. We can do this by eating 5-10 grams of seaweeds daily. If we are worried about iodine 131 which reasonably might be expected in the seaweed, we can let the seaweed iodine 131 if any, decay for 8 weeks. How do we know and expect this seaweed iodine to be protective against iodine 131 fallout and decay? The Polish example. Within hours after the onset of the Chernobyl disaster, Polish authorities acted to get iodine solutions, potassium and sodium iodide tablets, even seaweed tablets and capsules into as many of their citizens as possible to protect them from the nearby huge amounts of iodine 131 coming their way. Over the intervening 20 years, the Polish people treated with iodine 127 have almost 1000 time less thyroid disease than neighboring countries even further than Poland from the Chernobyl disaster site."

WOW.

nori rolls
miso soup with plenty of wakame, arame, nori, kombu
seaweed salad at your local japanese restaurant
delicious crinkly seaweed snacks
eat up!!

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