Fukushima Fallout & The Foods That Can Help.
U.S. authorities state that the radiation emitted in Japan, in the wake of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster, after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami does not pose a health threat to people in the U.S. It is generally believed that two ocean currents off the eastern coast of Japan (the Kuroshio Current and the Kuroshio Extension) diluted the radioactive material so much so that its concentration fell well below the WHO safety levels (within four months of the Fukushima incident).
However, scientists have recently been reported to have recorded a radioactive plume of water moving across the Pacific Ocean, which is predicted to reach the U.S. coasts by 2014. Japanese officials now admit that 20 trillion to 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium have leaked into the Pacific Ocean, with over 300 tons of radioactive water reported to still be leaking into the sea each day.
A study published in the Open Journal of Pediatrics this year concluded that there has been a 28% increase in thyroid problems in babies born in Hawaii and America’s West Coast after the Fukushima nuclear accident. It is important to note here that babies and young children are much more vulnerable to radiation than adults.
We are exposed to radiation everyday from cell phones (towers), microwaves, X-rays and CT scans, etc… but since the Fukushima disaster we may also be more exposed to it in the air we breath and the food we eat. “The Vancouver Sun reported that the seaweed in British Columbia now has radiation levels four times the amount considered safe, while cow’s milk samples taken from across the US after the Fukushima incident have shown radiation levels three times higher than EPA maximums.” (Amy Nicole, www.ultraculture.org).
It is no surprise that U.S. dairy farmers are now regularly adding boron to the diet of their cows to help counter act radiation levels in the meat and milk. (A general rule of thumb is the higher up the food chain the higher levels of radiation, so dairy and meat would be the first things to reduce in your diet after nuclear contamination, as well as stop eating any sea life from the affected area, in this case the Pacific).
It was Hippocrates that said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” The food we choose to give our families’ may dramatically help protect from elevated radiation levels.
Most people are aware that iodine rich foods such as seaweed and kelp are useful in detoxification and removing radioactive iodine from the body. They do this by neutralizing radioactive isotopes in the body, and protecting the thyroid. But there are also other foods that can help eradicate radiation from the body and stimulate the immune system.
Kombucha Tea, a popular drink on Maui and an ancient herbal treatment has recently been documented for its ability to increase T-cell counts and protect against the toxicity of gamma radiation (a type that is produced by both uranium and plutonium, both of which are used in nuclear power generating stations) by combating free radicals.
Spirulina and chlorella have been shown to reduce or even remove radioactive materials in people who were contaminated by the Chernobyl fallout (although it should probably not be sourced from Japan or nearby waters). Foods very high in clorophyll have been shown to neutralize toxins in the body.
Dark greens are also chlorophyll rich and high in caffeic acid, which protect against gamma radiation induced cellular damage, and cilantro is observed to be effective in helping to eradicate radiation and heavy metals from the body.
Lentils, nuts and other members of the legume family are high in zinc and may assist in DNA repair. Zinc helps strengthen the T-cell-producing thymus gland.
Miso soup has been shown to discharge radiation from the body although the reason is not clearly understood. It was observed that the Japanese who ate miso everyday did not die from radiation-induced cancer after the bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Radiation itself is particularly hard on the liver, and the extra stress placed on it by excessive free radicals makes it even more important to support this organ. Milk Thistle is a champion for this, although be aware that it can have mild detoxifying adverse effects, including nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, rash, and upset stomach.
And lastly, water is a great ally to help keep our bodies flushed and hydrated (radiation can increase our susceptibility to dehydration) and is one more reason to try and drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
Although we now live in a world with more radiation a slight change in diet may help protect against these elevated levels.
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