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Radiation and Cancer -What Potassium Iodide Does Not Protect!

Potassium Iodide and Nuclear Exposure

Since the earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, radiation and its potentially life-threatening effects have been a hot topic on people’s minds. Millions of people have rushed out to buy potassium iodide but few understand its limitations and what else can be done.

High Energy Ionizing Radiation Like That From the Nuclear Accident in Japan Can Cause More Than Just Thyroid Cancer.

The iodide form of iodine, works to protect against thyroid cancer, if taken before or upon early exposure to ionizing radiation, but does little to protect against other forms of cancer like leukemia, bone marrow cancers, skin cancers, breast cancers, myeloma, stomach and colon cancers.

In fact, though iodine may be protective against breast, prostate, and ovarian cancers, it is only pure iodine, not the iodide form of iodine that these organs absorb, so potassium iodide would probably not be protective for these cancers.

Because ionizing radiation sources, remove electrons from healthy cells, this causes the cells to become oxidized free radicals and therefore powerful antioxidants like vitamin C and those found in fruits and vegetable may be very protective against these other kinds of cancers that potassium iodide would not protect against.

So in the event that we become exposed to high levels of ionizing radiation like those the Japanese are now exposed to, it would make a lot of sense, to implement the following regimen:

Supplements and Foods to Add or Exclude to Your Anti-Radiation Diet:

• Consume 2-3 grams a day of vitamin C
• Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption
• Decrease meat consumption. Increase fish consumption
• Reduce sugar consumption
• Eat five servings a day of fruits and vegetables, especially broccoli, broccoli sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower
• Learn about forskolin, it might be for you. Find out for yourself: is forskolin recommended by Dr Oz?
• Increase fiber consumption via whole grains and flaxseed fiber
• Take one drop a day of Lugol’s Solution or 1 tablet a day of Iodoral, both of which are sources of both iodide and iodine (many conventionally trained physicians think that this level of iodine supplementation can interfere with thyroid function, though we do not see this belief supported in the literature, and in fact, this level of iodine supplementation may be very protective against breast and prostate cancer. Furthermore, these levels are lower than the levels of potassium iodide recommended by the government, so obviously there is some kind of disconnect here)
• Take 5000 IU daily of vitamin D-3
• Take 1500 mg daily each of curcumin and green tea extract with a minimum of 30% or more of EGCG

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S

Everyone at MigreLief is deeply saddened by the tragic events in Japan and our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan, their families, friends and all victims of this terrible tragedy.  In an effort to help, MigreLief will be contributing a portion of this months sales to assist in the relief and recovery efforts. 

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Consider Your Alternatives to Potassium Iodide (KI) in the Event of Nuclear Exposure and the Possible Unavailability of KI

With so many people around the world and on the West Coast of the United States becoming concerned about the possibility of radiation from Japan, there has been a rush to purchase Potassium Iodide – the supplement that’s recommended to protect our thyroids from absorbing radioactive iodine.  According to sources on the Internet, most supplies of KI are depleted and people are unable to purchase it.

As an alternative, people may want to purchase Lugol’s Solution, which is a combination of pure iodine, Potassium iodide, and water.  One site that sells it is

One milliliter of Lugol’s solution contains 150 mg of iodine an iodide which is slightly more than the 130 mg of KI recommended for adults.  Also, pure iodine can be more toxic than iodide and if taken for too long can negatively affect thyroid function.  But in a radiation emergency and no source of KI available, you may want to discuss with your physician about the option of taking Lugol’s solution, if radiation levels get too high.

There is another interesting option that may serve as an alternative if KI is not available when radiation levels increase.  Swabbing 8ml of 2% iodine solution on your abdomen and/or forearms.  The following research is also an option that you may want to discuss with your physician if you are caught without KI during a period of high air-born radiation:

According to research by Health Physicist Ken Miller, Hershey Medical Center, using 24 healthy adult male subjects, an adult could get a blocking dose of stable iodine by painting 8 ml of a 2 percent tincture of Iodine on the abdomen or forearm approximately 2 hours prior to I-131 contamination. The abstract of his study titled “Effectiveness of Skin Absorption of Tincture of I in Blocking Radioiodine from the Human Thyroid Gland” from Health Physics, June 1989, Vol. 56, No. 6, pages 911-914, states:

“Although there were large variations within each subject group in regard to serum-I levels and thyroid uptakes, the increase in serum-I concentration after topical-I application was effective in reducing the thyroid uptake of I131. The authors conclude that in the absence of KI, most humans would benefit from topical application of tincture of-I, and that in some the effectiveness would equal that of oral KI.”

In an emergency, if no more KI tablets available, you can topically (on the skin) apply an iodine solution, like tincture of iodine or Betadine, for a similar protective effect (WARNING: Iodine is NEVER to be ingested or swallowed and is poison to drink).  For adults, paint 8 ml of a 2 percent tincture of Iodine on the abdomen or forearm each day, ideally at least 2 hours prior to initial exposure. For children 3 to 18, but under 150 pounds, only half that amount painted on daily, or 4 ml.  For children under 3 but older than a month, half again, or 2 ml. For newborns to 1 month old, half it again, or just 1 ml (one measuring teaspoon is about 5 ml, if you don’t have a medicine dropper graduated in ml). If your iodine solution is stronger than 2%, reduce the dosage accordingly. Absorption through the skin is not as exact a dosing method as using the tablets, but tests show that it will still be very effective for most. Do not use if allergic to iodine. There are also a few other medical conditions and medications that are contraindicated that your physician can best advise you about.

Inquire with your doctor NOW if there is any reason why anybody in your household should not use Potassium Iodide (KI), or iodine solutions topically applied on their skin, in a future nuclear emergency, just to be sure. (The preceding paragraph was taken from the website).

For more on foods and supplements to eliminate or include in an anti-radiation diet to avoid potential cancers from radiation exposure:  /radiation-and-cancer-what-potassium-iodide-does-not-protect

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