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Originally posted by Threadfall
So iodine prevents or nullifies the effects of radiation poisoning? Is that the premise? If the people that showed concern in this thread really cared you'd think that they would have explained in detail what iodine does and why people should be worried.
Originally posted by Variable
The Japanese are notorious for keeping things low key, I personally don't trust them to tell us how bad things are. Cesium detected... Jet stream... I live in the US and have four kids so - Where do I buy iodine pills on a Saturday in North Carolina. I'm searching online now but thought someone may know if you can get them at like Walmart or CVS or something.
I see they are called potassium Iodide.
Vedit on 3/12/2011 by Variable because: Found it was potassium iodide
"I repeat, there was and will *not* be any significant release of radioactivity from the damaged Japanese reactors."
Potassium iodide is used to treat overactive thyroid and to protect the thyroid gland from the effects of radiation from inhaled or swallowed radioactive iodine. It may be used before and after administration of medicine containing radioactive iodine or after accidental exposure to radioactive iodine (for example, from nuclear power plant accidents that involved release of radioactivity to the environment). It may also be used for other problems as determined by your doctor. Potassium iodide is taken by mouth. It may be taken as an oral solution, syrup, uncoated tablet, or enteric-coated delayed-release tablet. However, the delayed-release tablet form may cause serious side effects and its use is generally not recommended. Some brands of the oral solution are available without a prescription.