posted on Dec, 8 2007 @ 07:18 PM
Originally posted by whitewave
table salt sells for about .33 cents and will work just as well. has other uses besides seasoning.
You're trying to take many thousands of times the daily dose of iodine, rather than the daily dose in a half a teaspoon of table salt.
Do you picture yourself eating 250 teaspoonfuls of salt in 12 hours?
Iodized (table) salt does contain trace ammounts of iodine---all the iodine your body needs, as do fish products. But the goal of taking potassium
iodide tablets when immersed in radioactive fallout, however, is to give your body MORE than it needs, BEFORE it recieves any radioactive iodine via
The bottle of iodide tablets says they must be taken BEFORE exposure to radioactive iodine. Radioactive iodine, even in small doses (like iodine
streak tests for x-rays in cancer patients) can permanently destroy the thyroid gland and leave you chemically dependent on thyroxin pills for the
rest of your life (my sister's experience fighting cancer).
The whole idea of taking iodide tablets is to saturate your body, even to the point of temporary thyroiditis, in order to save your thyroid gland.
Eating a debilitating amount of table salt will not achieve this effect, in my opinion. It'll just make you thirsty and open to radioactive iodide,
which your body will mistake for a nutrient, thus shortening your life and lowering its quality.
You mention crude medice. Even iodide tablets are a "crude" attempt to avoid thyroid cancer. There's a sizable chance you could destroy the
thyroid gland in the process. But again, thyroxin is a fairly cheap drug, and beat the heck out of dying from throat cancer.