|There is panic among the world population since the nuclear crisis in Japan began. People are worried about the radiation threat emerging from the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. They are Buying up all the Potassium Iodide Pills in health stores and online to try and protect themselves from radiation exposure.|
The reality is that every person, everyday is exposed to mild doses of harmful radiation. Everything we encounter in our daily lives contains some radioactive material, some naturally occurring and some man-made; the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the ground we walk on, and the consumer products we purchase and use all contain small amounts of radiation.
*It is not recommended that you consume Potassium iodide on a regular basis unless prescribed by a physician for certain illnesses. But it can’t hurt to have it around in case of a nuclear emergency.
If you feel you are at risk to radiation exposure make sure you take all necessary precautions and keep up with current radiation readings in your local area, you can also purchase a Geiger counter.
Recommended use of Potassium Iodide for Adults is 1-4 tablets per day and children 1-2 tablets per day for no more than 10 days. It is not recommended that pregnant or breastfeeding women and people allergic to iodide should consume Potassium Iodide. Potassium iodide product is not intended to be used as a long term daily supplement and should not be used for an extended period of time (over ten days) without consulting a physician.
Radioactive contamination, also called radiological contamination, is radioactive substances on surfaces, or within solids, liquids or gases (including the human body), where their presence is unintended or undesirable, or the process giving rise to their presence in such places.
Excerpt from ~ International Atomic Energy Agency (2007). IAEA Safety Glossary: Terminology Used in Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection. Vienna: IAEA. ISBN 92-0-100707-8.
Radiation poisoning, radiation sickness causes damage to organ tissue through excessive exposure to ionizing radiation. The term radiation poisoning is generally used to refer to acute problems caused by a large dosage of radiation in a short period, though this also has occurred with long term exposure. The clinical name for radiation sickness is acute radiation syndrome (ARS) as described by the Center for Disease Control. Chronic radiation syndrome does exist but is very uncommon; this has been observed among workers in early radium source production sites and in the early days of the Soviet nuclear program. Short exposure can result in acute radiation syndrome; chronic radiation syndrome requires a prolonged high level of exposure.
Radiation exposure can also increase the probability of developing certain diseases, particularly cancer, tumors, and genetic damage or mutations. These are referred to as the stochastic effects of radiation, and are not included in the term radiation sickness.
Can Potassium Iodide Help Reduce the Effect of Radiation Exposure?
Potassium Iodide is a Thyroid Blocking Agent as it blocks the thyroid’s absorption of cancer-causing radioactive iodine released from a nuclear reactor or nuclear bomb. If taken prior to radiation exposure, the iodine pills counter the effect of the radioactive iodine on the thyroid. This process helps prevent the development of thyroid cancer on a long term basis.
How Does it Work?
Potassium Iodide is a compound that contains Iodine, a nutrient necessary for normal thyroid function. Iodine in the form of Iodide is an integral part of thyroid hormones, which regulate cellular metabolism and stimulate energy production. Potassium Iodide may be used when it is desirable to maintain a high level of beneficial iodides in the thyroid gland. Potassium Iodide naturally blocks the thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive iodine. It also helps to maintain a healthy water balance and whole body pH by supporting the body’s normal detoxification processes, including the removal of heavy metals.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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