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Well, another week has gone by with continued uncertainty about how large a nuclear event will happen in Japan, how much area of Japan and the world will be contaminated, as well as to what degree. This whole scene should be making all of us think hard!

The best solution to the energy-crisis (and looming rising oil costs) is conservation! It can do more than anything else to help the planet and our fiscal stability – personally and nationally.

All of us need money for more important things in life — like supporting our Health. We have to make serious choices here.

An Japanese-American nuclear physicist, just returning from Japan, was interviewed locally last night. He said that what happened imminently was going to determine the extent of the disaster, now that they have determined nuclear reactor 3 has been “breached” and serious radiation was beginning to escape.

He continued, that if, because of radiation hazard for the firemen and reactor workers, they have to stop dousing the other two at-risk reactors, and thereby they melted-down too, this would be a “much bigger catastrophe than Ukraine’s Chernobyl” (which has a dead-zone around it which will last for at least a couple of centuries).

The location of these 3 plants and the wider circle of contamination  will effectively impact Japan and Honshu Island to a huge degree, really pushing already strained population centers to the max. It would mean  removing a huge contaminated area, which threatens to bi-sect the island and make each half disconnected.

Already the economic impact is tremendous, with parts and supplies needed for already-exported goods not being able to be manufactured. The crisis will mean jobs lost or furloughed all over the world.

That’s bad enough, but now back to Health. Unfortunately, as I suspected, the longer the radiation was spewing, the more likely that even the ocean would be effected. I don’t know how far and how deep the samples were taken but news this week said “seawater” was showing radiation, as was land water, milk, spinach, potatoes, and some root crops (!), like turnips.  All still at “non-problematical levels”, but if the situation goes awry, as described above, all bets are off.

It’s a shame, as Japan’s industrial rise was based on a land which had NO ready-to-go natural energy resources of its own. I wish that over these last few decades, they would have immediately researched wind (which the Americans did and then turned the technology and industry over to the Japanese to manufacture), geo-thermal and wave-action technologies (their best source, but least-researched) and solar (which is less useful to them, as they are a far-north country), but all would help.

The Japanese government went against their people’s traditional Shinto respect for Nature in choosing nuclear power and it has come back to bite them with a vengeance.

The shame is shared by America. It turns out that General Electric (GE) manufactured this “cheap” version of a nuclear reactor. The global corporations are wreking their havoc again. I do not know to whom else they sold this crappy reactor, which is doing just what critics were concerned it would do. But, in reports online,  I did read that there are at least 23 of the same GE nuclear reactors in nuclear power stations in the United States! Some are even on earthquake faults here.

So, everyone, you may have one of these monsters on your doorstep. I suggest you find out, and while you’re at it, start campaigning to get it decommissioned, like we did (decades ago) to the one plant that our power company (built against our wishes), on the Columbia River, in Oregon. We know we are as safe and responsible as we can be, now. Can you say the same? Yes, it took a long public campaign and a short time to vote and then goosing the utility and the government to do what The People wanted. All the more reason for you to start now.

Oregon then followed through on energy conservation and research. We have wind-farms, wave-technology starting on the Oregon coast, bike lanes and public-use bikes in major cities, new, efficient forms of public transportation reaching as deeply as possible into suburban neighborhoods etc. Support for sharing cars. We have revised codes and building standards. We are intent on Green.

This allows all of us in Oregon to have the 2nd forward-most thinking and action on Healthcare.

Until last Thursday, I would have said First. But, to their credit, the Legislature in Vermont wrote and passed historic legislation to get private, for-profit health “insurance” companies and “health-plans” out of Vermont!

In the next couple of years, a plan being crafted now, will bring to Vermonters the nation’s first universal health-coverage! Bravo! Brava! It will be a single-payer system. And it will be drafted in co-ordination with physicians, so the emphasis will be Health and not admin or drug company lobbying.

Vermont is another Green-thinking state, not wildly spending our grand-children’s future.

Oregon and Vermont have a lot to teach the rest of the nation and you need to make your so-called “representatives” take a serious look. Instead of supporting the new campaign for nuclear power to rise again in  America, quash it! Stop it now and forever. Otherwise, people will be dealing with lots more than diabetes, as fallout, sooner or later.

Health and social services, as well as public-safety,  have to be the first concerns of any government, and we cannot have this when we are mired in poor decisions and falsely-helpful technology raping us in other areas of life.

Aussies and others have had successful experiments with cars run on water cells etc., there’s SO much alternative energy research to do to help the planet and ourselves. We need to support that research and not let researchers be harassed (and worse) by goons from big-Oil.

Now, as promised last week, I’ll share why Dr. Robert Jay Rowen, MD cautions about the media’s use of potassium iodide as an effective help for this potential crisis of radiation poisoning, for the following reasons.

There’s been a massive run on potassium iodide, and regular store shelf supplies in some West Coast cities is sold-out. “Experts” are telling people that this combination will protect them from nuclear fallout, but Dr. Rowen says “They’re wrong!”.

He says that potassium iodide is a good product, but that the potassium is supposed to protect you from the radioactive cesium molecules. And the iodide protects against radioactive iodine isotopes.

But, here’s the problem:
___   First, in his opinion, there’s not nearly enough potassium in this combination to protect you against the radioactive cesium. (In your body, cesium acts like potassium. So the theory is that if you have enough potassium in your body, that is supposed to prevent your body from absorbing the cesium.)

But Dr. Rowen believes that most people are so deficient in potassium, that the small amount in potassium iodide won’t protect you. Instead, he says that you need to take a separate potassium supplement to protect yourself.

___   Second, Dr. Rowen says that you have to protect a lot more than your thyroid from radiation. The iodide in potassium iodide will protect your thyroid, but it won’t be as efficient at protecting your breasts and other organs.

Iodide and iodine — each serves slightly different roles in your body, and they each protect different organs, in different ways.

Yes,  iodide is only one form of iodine. In the event of nuclear fallout, it’s vital you protect your body with both nutrients, and potassium iodide doesn’t provide iodine.

Iodine is essential for your thyroid, and this gland needs it most — this is especially true for children’s thyroid glands, as they are growing and have faster metabolisms, so radioactive iodine will damage their gland much more. 

If you’re deficient in Iodine, as most Americans are, your thyroid will pick up any iodine your body ingests (we’ve talked about this danger before). This includes grabbing radioactive iodine isotopes, which can then poison your thyroid.

But, Dr. Rowen says, if your thyroid is sufficiently full of iodine, your gland will ignore any other iodine passing by — including radioactive iodine.

There are two products that provide ample amounts of both iodide and iodine, in addition to food sources.

___ Dr. Guy Abraham, MD’s landmark product, Iodoral, is the first. Dr. Rowan says ” I think most people should take one capsule daily, just for general nutritional purposes. I do. After a few weeks, your thyroid should be sufficient in iodine and iodide, making your organs more resistant to radioactive iodine.” Iodoral is a pill and tasteless, whereas that cannot be said for the next choice.

___  A good (but foul-tasting)  alternative is Lugol’s solution. This should be available from your pharmacist. Explain what you need it for so you get the correct version.  This is a centuries-old formula, from a Frensh pharmacist, for this lack-of-iodine problem, which used to be rampant in Europe plagued with goiter.

In a way, it is the liquid form of Iodoral. Two drops of this Lugol’s Solution – an iodine/iodide product —  is equivalent to one Iodoral tablet. Dr. Rowen says: “If you know there’s a significant risk of radioactive iodine exposure, you can double or triple the Lugol dose in the short run.”

___   Finally, Dr. Rowen also mentions that potassium iodide cannot protect you against the radioactive heavy metals — like uranium and plutonium! This is the greatest hazard!

Uranium atoms seem to be too large for conventional chelators to grab, so he recommends Metal Magnet.

It is a totally natural supplement from decayed organic matter, which contains active humic and fulvic acids. These are complex large organic molecules which are structured with lots of carboxylic acid chemical groups (which attract metals like a magnet). All size  metal molecules will fit in, even the big-boys like uranium. Find Metal Magnet on the Internet.

___   Strontium 90, which a also radioactive mineral, and has been found in American dairy in the past; it is a more difficult issue, as it is chemically similar to calcium,  so it can enter and stay in your bones — potentially causing bone cancer.

The  EDTA protocol can chelate calcium, so it should also grab strontium, and studies suggest it does. Dr. Rowen says: “For strontium 90, consider both oral and rectal EDTA, which may offer limited protection. If you are exposed to radiation, I’d go directly to intravenous EDTA under the care of a trained chelation doctor.”

___   And, as general, everyday protection:

He also recommend taking Chlorella (15 tablets daily!). This algae  is an excellent metal detoxifier and it is definitely a superfood; get it in juice form, too, in smaller quantities tho’,  in many of the “green” juices. Read the labels.

When the Ukrainian nuclear plant at Chernobyl melted down, Russian researchers found brown seaweed (alginate) greatly reduced radiation poisoning. Dr. Rowan suggests  Modifilan and  Pectasol Chelation Complex (same as Dr. Fuchs) as both products are rich in alginates. OR, as I have said many times — start using kelp in your diet. Read my archive.

Advanced Detox Formula has a long track-record helping cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. The formulation greatly reduces the amount of radiation their body absorbs, so it will work for environmental exposure, too.

This protects you with its sulfur-bearing detoxification nutrients, which also help regenerate your greatest body-made anti-oxidant, glutathione. I suggest some sulfur-rich foods below. Dr. Rowan says to be  sure to take ADF along with supplemental vitamin C (2-8 grams daily ! Whoah!) and vitamin E (1,200 IU daily) when exposed to radiation. He suggests  vitamin E as Unique E, Carlson’s E, and Delta-Fraction Tocotrienols (take one softgel, twice a day).

I don’t know about you, but I have trouble after 500 mg of Vitamin C. I’d be in the bathroom all the time, but maybe if exposed to massive radiation, one can tolerate that much Vitamin C as your body would be using it up at a furious rate! So, I hope all this helps our Japanese friends, and any who are exposed in future nuclear events.

As usual, you can order King Chlorella, Pectasol Chelation Complex, Advanced Detox Formula and Delta-Fraction Tocotrienols from http://www.AdvancedBionutritionals.com .

___   Dr. Rowen, MD is a kindred spirit, as he, too, brings us back around to letting Food Be Your Medicine and savior. Remember, that everyday use of  certain foods can protect you — especially if you are eating as many raw, Living Plant Foods (LPF) as possible.

Plants have to survive constant assault from solar radiation. So, their plant chemicals  can help protect you as well. The Japanese use many of these products just naturally, and especially after the atomic bombs were dropped on them during WW2.

Generally, the Japanese diet is the healthiest in the world; their people are the most long-lived and if anyone can survive this catastrophe, the Japanese can, given half-a-chance as they already have all these good habits in place.

Their research has shown that for general radiation exposure, whether nuclear, or even medical gamma ray exposure, that Japanese fermented soybean paste ( miso) can protect you.Many studies confirm the efficacy of fermented soy, but it is salty, so a tablespoon is a lot to use at one time. Miso soup is a good choice. The recipe from Jim Healthy I published last time is at a level you can use through the day.

As an aside, Dr. Rowen tells  of a hospital right under ground zero in Japan, which survived the bombing. It was spared the destruction of the blast (which went outward more than downward). One of the doctors walked outside after the bomb dropped, saw the total destruction, walked back inside and told everyone to start eating miso. Those who did were spared radiation sickness, even at ground zero!

Organic soy bean miso is easy to find in the refrigerator case of good health stores. Read the labels, as some miso is also made from barley, and I do NOT know if it would have the same protective properties.

Tofu is NOT fermented. It does NOT count, and I would think the same is true of the whole soybean (edamame), as it is the fermentation process which releases other compounds in the soybean. Eat edamame for other healthy purposes. And, do NOT cook miso! Just add it at the end of the cooking process; just swirl it into the dish.

Start to eat seaweeds, sprouts, miso and radishes, onions and garlic everyday.

As a start: try Tofu – Seaweed Burgers Note: this makes 10-12 burgers. Experiment to see if they freeze well OR just reduce the recipe. Hijiki is a robust seaweed with lots of texture. You can also substitute nori seaweed without soaking or use several tablespoons of kelp sprinkles. Each of the potatoes (use the skin, too), seaweed and miso are very pH alkaline foods, That’s GOOD.

OK, we’re done, but find out if there’s a nuclear power plant near you and start to get it decommissioned like we did in Oregon; start to learn more about energy conservation; start to be proactive for getting the federal government to set aside research money to be spent on alternative energy; let your representatives know that you do NOT support expansion of the nuclear industry.

REFERENCE:
Hiroshima J Med Sci., 2001 Dec;50(4):83-6; Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, volume 18, number 4, 612-616, DOI: 10.1007/BF01055029.

Best to all — Em

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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

I’ve written five articles on the subject of Iodine because it’s amazingly essential for our Health! How come you haven’t heard about it before? Well, it’s complacency and ignorance in current Public Health circles and in your doctor’s office. The scientific research is quite clear, and you need to take about 20 – 25 minutes to read the other 4 parts in this series, for background. If you are a regular reader, then just continue in this article’s text after these links.

LINKS to the previous articles in the series. Please read first. It won’t take long and your health really does depend on knowing this!

Diabetics – Iodine and Health, Part 1
Diabetics – Iodine and Health, Part 2
Diabetics – Iodine and Health, Part 3
Diabetics – Iodine and Health, Part 4

___ In this edition, as one of the topics, let’s discuss Iodine, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, first.

Thyroid hormone and your thyroid gland, together with iodine, are the most important factors by far for completion of a normal pregnancy and delivering a normal baby.

Iodine is put into the mother’s milk by the lactating breast to levels that are 30 times the levels in the mother’s blood (your body can only put iodine in your breast milk if you have enough to give). I do not know how much (if any) is put into baby formulas. It would not be the first time that formula-makers have missed an essential ingredient. Maybe the amounts used would help explain the rash of learning “disabilities” and generally lower IQ scores in past decades, as Moms feeding their babies by breast milk has declined.

If you find after delivery or while nursing, that your thyroid has become sluggish and you have ‘low thyroid” symptoms (like fatigue, cold extremities, weight gain etc.), then maybe your body is giving all your Iodine stores to your baby and leaving you with nothing left to operate your thyroid and metabolism with. In those circumstances, your immunity is also put at risk, along with many other possibilities to erode your health. Making sure that you maintain proper Iodine levels for you and your baby is critical. You have to learn what foods are iodine rich and then eat them everyday in normal-size portions.

Iodine has very important functions for your child’s brain development before and after birth.

Iodine deficiency in pregnant or nursing mothers can lead to statistically significant neuro-cognitive deficits in their infants. Lack of iodine creates metabolic havoc and may create irreversible developmental brain damage during gestation and in the first several years of life, according to Peter Laurberg, from Aalborg Hospital in Denmark, and his colleagues. If it is bad enough, your child could become a cretin, which is not reversible.

Just start eating seaweed, daily. It tastes good; it really does. Next week, I’ll include more recipes, but meanwhile, Japanese and Macrobiotic cuisines offer the best chance to find some more recipes, along with Korean and Chinese cuisines, to a lesser extent.

[[Never buy Chinese source seaweed unless you are sure there is NO ecological damage in the area where it is harvested. With China’s pollution, this is almost impossible.]]

And, if you are concerned or interested, then take Dr. Abraham’s Iodine Loading Test to find out your body’s Iodine status (his lab is Optimox). All three labs mentioned below supply their own protocol for details on collection of urine samples, pooling samples for 24 hr. and sending a 2 ounce aliquot to the Laboratory for analysis. It would always be best to confirm that you can take this test when you are already pregnant; I don’t know the answer to that.

Dr. Abraham: OPTIMOX CORPORATION
P.O. Box 3378, Torrance, CA 90510-3378
or Call Toll Free in America: (800) 223-1601
Optimox Iodine Loading Test

If you go through the Hakala Research Lab in Colorado, USA you will not need a doctor’s prescription for this test. Hakala Labs

Labrix Clinical Services Inc. in Oregon City, Oregon, USA is another lab which can do this test for you.
LABRIX CLINICAL SERVICES INC.
619 Madison Street STE 100
Oregon City, OR. 97045
Phone: 1 (503) 656-9596
Toll Free in America: 1 (877) 656-9596   Fax: 1 (877) 656-9756
Email: info@labrix.com
Labrix Iodine Testing – explanation

Dr. Jorge Flechas’ Lab: FFP Laboratories
576 Upward Rd. Suite 8
Flat Rock, NC 28731
Toll Free: 877-900-5556
Fax: 828-697-9020
Email: ffp_lab@yahoo.com

___Dr. Ryan Drum, PhD, one of the world’s experts on seaweeds, the best source of Iodine, also mentions that there is a generational aspect to whether you and your future grandchildren will have a body optimizing Iodine and providing protection for any babies you, your daughters and grand-daughters produce.

Read more here: How Seaweed Heals and How To Get Enough Iodine Read especially if you have chronic disease, have had recent trauma, surgery or are having chemotherapy. Additionally, seaweeds can help if you need anti-viral treatment or get pneumonia. Brown seaweeds are also the only vegetarian source of thyroid hormone able to be used by humans. Dr. Drum also discusses using seaweed as treatment “for prevention of Dioxin and PCB uptake” and to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (which he regards as poisoning the brain’s fatty tissue) in troops who have been exposed to chemicals during warfare.

___ It is critical to raise your iodine consumption gradually if you are deficient. Let your organ systems accommodate. You just can’t “catch up quickly” to levels the Japanese use. Too much, too quickly can cause other equally serious health problems. Stay with the amounts Dr. Ryan Drum, PhD, Dr. Abrahams, Dr. Flechas, Dr. Brownstein suggest and work up to 50mg of Iodine a day, over a number of months, even as much as a year.

___ Unless your food happens to be organically-farmed where seaweed actually has been applied as fertilizer, almost no land plants provide iodine, and, as Dr. Drum alerts us, unfortunately, my favorite whole sea salts (Celtic salts) do not have enough, either. There’s just not enough left in even gently-evaporated sea water; you must eat ocean plants (seaweeds) or ocean fish which eat ocean plants to get your Iodine requirement everyday, as Nature intended.

Dr. Ryan Drum, PhD also says, “Individuals with “seafood allergy” seem especially sensitive to iodine. Contrary to some practitioners and their believing patients, he says nobody has “iodine allergy”. No iodine, no life.” Use seaweed as your source rather than fish if you have concerns.

___ SEAWEED IODINE CONTENT from Dr. Drum
Icelandic kelp, 8000 parts per million
Norwegian kelp 4000ppm
Atlantic kelp 1500-2000ppm
Pacific kelps 500-1200ppm
Fucus spp. (species) 200-500ppm
Wakame 50-150ppm
Sargassum 35ppm
Nori 15 ppm

These numbers are estimates and will vary considerably by season, location, age of the plant and harvest practices. Sources for buying these were provided in my previous articles.

___ Dr. Drum has learned that the Japanese and other Asians who eat much more seaweed than the rest of the world does, apparently soak their Kombu and other seaweeds in freshwater for 10-30 minutes prior to using in miso broth (dashi) and other cooking. He says this effectively removes about 60% of the iodine (Hazutosi).

Curiously, he was also told by Japanese nationals that the kombu was then also left in the miso broth for 10-20 minutes and then discarded. It can be used several times, if left to dry out again. And, if you intend to use it several times, then maybe forego the “soaking in fresh water” and just allow the first dashi to have 60% iodine and remaining 2 later dashi soups to have a lesser amount, at least sometimes.

For people like the Japanese and Okinawans, who eat large amounts of seafood and sea veggies, the soaking or prolonged rinsing of high-iodine content seaweeds may reduce the risks for excess iodine-induced disease. But, notice that the all-pervasive “sushi” wrap is made from nori, which has low levels of iodine, and therefore does not require pre-treatment.

Sprinkling dry, cut nori on rice, as a garnish on anything or wrapping sushi, is a good way to get started, along with using about 1t of powdered Japanese-sourced or American-sourced Kombu a day, (to a max in later months of a total of 1Tablespoon of kombu powder per person, spread between 3 meals and snacks most days).

___ Dr. Ryan Drum, PhD also sheds light on another likely wide-spread set of conditions which seaweed can alleviate – potassium deficiency. And, you likely need to take a daily supplement of selenium (this is another mineral researchers find chronically lacking in the general public, and especially in diabetics).

Dr. Drum says, ” I believe that almost any craving for salt in our dietary times of heavily salted (with only “table-salt” i.e. sodium chloride), home-cooking, restaurant meals and preserved foods is a strong indication of potassium deficiency, especially in pregnancy.”

Potassium is an essential mineral, needed for even minimal nerve and muscle functioning. It is also a cross-membrane transporter ion for your brain’s neurotransmittors (like serotonin – which prevents depression) and also for transporting your hormones. This may also help to explain the huge increase in those with depression and other endocrine system disorders, like diabetes.

Dr. Drum has observed that “adding high-potassium foods, especially seaweeds, to the diets of people with A.D.D. (instead of Ritalin) can significantly improve behavior and mental functioning” in children and in adults.

Similarly, fibromyalgia patients, who are: exhausted, forgetful, moody and agitated, as well as those with: anxiety disorders and depression are all favorably improved with high-potassium diets and seaweeds.

Talk to your physician about this and have your doctor contact Dr. Drum (contact info is on his web-site http://www.ryandrum.com.
Potassium supplementation and levels must always be monitored carefully. Too much and too little are both bad.

Well, we’re not done yet, but it’s enough for now.

Best to all — Em

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