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Originally posted by Agree2Disagree
Here's the thing...
No need to worry UNTIL there is an actual meltdown that allows for contamination to reach the jet stream. If this doesn't happen, the west coast will never see any side effects.
Here is a reliable way to track radiation levels of the west coast. It is updated every 3 minutes. (Just in case)
Also, just for your information, from our current jet streams, it would take roughly 40-80 hours for contamination to reach the U.S from Japan.
Originally posted by chr0naut
Yes, radiation products like Caesium & Strontium products can (and will) get into our food chain. Hopefully, the release of radioactive elements will be limited.
To a certain extent, radiation products have always been in our foods (in small amounts), even before we figured out how to split the atom, so our bodies have some resistance to low dose radiation.
Normally, we would only be afraid of Gamma radiation in the environment due to its high penetrating power and its level of energy, however in foods, lower power and less energetic radiation like Beta and Alpha radiation become a problem.
As far as consumption of affected products, the food chain tends to concentrate radioactive isotopes the further up the chain you go, so you could reduce your dose by assuming a vegetarian diet.
Also, Iodine in the diet can help defend your body from some of the problems caused by radiation. You could get iodine tablets from your pharmacist. Iodine is also added to some foods (like salt) and so you could buy "Iodised Salt" but I am unsure if this would provide enough Iodine to be effective.edit on 13/3/2011 by chr0naut because: (no reason given)
Russian scientists use Bentonite to protect their bodies from radiation when working with nuclear material, by coating their hands and bodies with a hydrated Bentonite “mama” before putting on the radiation suits. It absorbs radiation so well, that it was the choice material used to dump into Chernobyl after the nuclear meltdown in the former Soviet Union.