posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 10:11 AM
Couple of points to remember about using Potassium Iodide as a Thyroid blocking defence (to block radioactive Iodine uptake by the Thyroid gland).
Fluoride (in drinking water/toothpaste etc) will *neutralise* the Iodide / Iodine in your body - fast!
So too will Chloride AKA Common table salt.
After the next week or so, when you start taking your Thyroid blocking Iodide/Iodine doses, remember to stay away from sources of these chemicals, or
you're pretty much going to greatly reduce your protection, because as the Iodide/Iodine gets neutralised, the Thyroid will again be free to absorb
the radioactive iodide from the fallout.
The idea is to keep the thyroid gland *saturated* with the 'good' iodide you take, and keep the bad radioactive stuff out...if the thyroid gland is
stuffed full of the good stuff, there's no room for the bad.
There's not a lot of point taking supplemental Iodide/Iodine and then losing it all by eating table salt (chloride) and drinking Aluminium processing
waste (Fluoride), as you'll be back to square one again.
Another thing to think about with this fallout scare, is that Thyroid irradiation (leading to cancers) is *not* your only consideration.
If you breath a radioactive particle (dust etc) into your lungs, no amount of Iodide/Iodine will help prevent a cancer forming, where the particle
embeds itself into the lining of the lung and it's membranes.
*Ironically* SMOKERS are at LESS risk of radioactive particles embedding into the walls of the lung structures, due to heavy mucus levels covering the
lung linings and walls...this prevents the particle from easily embedding, and often will be removed from the lungs together with the mucus when
expelled through the action of coughing.
Fallout will 'fall out' of the sky and land over all surfaces, contaminating the land.
Kicking up contaminated dust or dirt will cause the radioactive particulates to again rise on the air and be breathed in/cover your clothes/body.
Food prices are set to rocket.
Crops may be affected to the degree that they are unsafe for consumption. This is a wait and see how much the radiation falls off before it hits
mainland US/Canada/S.America, it may be safe(er) by the time it reaches these areas.
Japan (best wishes to all Japanese members) has (obviously) suffered catastrophic damage to infrastructure and so on, but perhaps more importantly,
has lost pretty much most of it's crops, including it's staple of rice.
Rice is going to double - quadruple in price, maybe go even higher than that.
Be careful, stay safe and best wishes to everyone in the affected areas.
Water is a great radiation shield, and water a foot or so deep, will effectively block radiation.