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The fear that a nuclear cloud could float from the shores of Japan to the shores of California has some people making a run on iodine tablets. Pharmacists across California report being flooded with requests.
State and county officials spent much of Tuesday trying to keep people calm by saying that getting the pills wasn't necessary, but then the United States surgeon general supported the idea as a worthy "precaution."
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin was in the Bay Area touring a peninsula hospital. NBC Bay Area reporter Damian Trujillo asked her about the run on tablets and Dr.
Thyroid blocking in a radiation emergency only.
Potassium Iodide should not be used by people allergic to iodide.
Originally posted by RenoKnows
Got a tabletop version, Sodium Iodine (table salt 45% iodine ) Potassium pills or Bananas. Pectin and Ginkgo Helps also all blue green algae and kelp.
Best of luck
Supplies of potassium iodide, a preventive against radiation poisoning of the thyroid gland, are running low at some manufacturers, as Americans seek protection amid fears that radiation from Japan could head to the U.S., according to the companies.
One leading supplier, Anbex Inc., quickly sold out of its supply of more than 10,000 14-tablet packages on Saturday, said Alan Morris, president of the Williamsburg, Va., company.
Originally posted by zorgon
THIS is where all the other pills went to
Purchasers of iOSAT™ include:
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (11 million tablets)
U.S. Postal Service (1.6 million tablets)
Defense Intelligence Agency (50,000 tablets)
Center for Disease Control ( 2 million+ tablets)
U.S. Navy and U.S. Army
U.S. Dept of Homeland Security
and many other hospitals, nuclear plants, pharmacies and foreign governments.
Purchasers of ThyroShield™ include:
Kuwait Ministry of Health (5.4 Million doses)
U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services(144 million doses)
Dept of Defense and U.S. Dept of Homeland Security
Originally posted by TheShep4866
Why is it all Americans freak out at the smallest thing,
have you looked at a globe, japan in half way around the world.
You have a massive ocean between you.
Stop the panic, go back to buying McDonalds.Get on with your lives
Originally posted by Fractured.Facade
Bad form, you changed the title. Should be:
Surgeon General: Buying Iodide a "Precaution"
Little difference, but less impact?
Besides, in the world we live in, it is just plain common sense.
edit on 15-3-2011 by Fractured.Facade because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by clay2 baraka
In all fairness The Surgeon General is neither a nuclear physicist nor a meteorologist, so she was speaking from a medical standpoint that it would be a good idea to have iodine in your emergency kit (especially seeing as stocks are low).
She does not have the expertise to assess if iodine tablets are actually going to be needed. She simply stated that it is a good idea to be prepared.