reply to post by Realtruth
Good job here, Realtruth. You beat me to the thread as I have been working on this since yesterday as well, trying to get info together. You did a
fantastic job. If you don't mind (and I hope you don't see this as a hijacking of your thread) I would like to add just a few things that I found
I post this one just as a reference. Yes it was done in 2001 and from what I could find it has not be updated since that time. But it gave me, at
least, a good basic understanding of what KI does, how it is best used and so on. It's a short read, only 15 pages in length and for it being
written by the FDA, amazingly easy to follow.
FDA Study on the use of KI in radiation
Now for a topic that I have not seen addressed as of yet, folks taking KI or their natural counterparts that already may have a pre-existing
condition. As Realtruth has already stated and I will confirm... I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I am not putting this out there to be considered doling out
medical advice, merely mentioning it to get people thinking about the whole picture where it pertains to their own physical well being.
I am an insulin dependent diabetic, and what got me to thinking about KI and the natural substitutions to begin with is IF a situation came about that
I would have to take any of these (not just for the Japan situation but there are 2 nuclear power plants very very close to where I live) just how
well would these things play with the insulin? Surprising the things I was able to find.
POTASSIUM IODIDE (KI)
- Note: I was not able to find any information that would indicate that Postassium Iodide in any form would lead to an increase of hypoglycemia or
hyperglycemia. If anyone out there is able to find it, please let me know.
- I was also not able to find any information out there that taking KI in any form would lead to an increase of thyroid issues in diabetics as long as
it was not taken long term, just like it is advised in people without diabetes.
- What I was able to find is that KI taken in any form would react with a diabetic pretty much the same as it would with a person without diabetes.
That said......use good judgement and don't give in to panic. In panic is where we (everyone of us) make the majority of mistakes.
NATURAL ALTERNATIVES: KELP, SEAWEED, BLADDERWRACK.
- This is what surprised me the most. For diabetics, or anyone for that matter with a pre-existing condition, it is strongly, strongly encouraged
that you do your homework! One would think, like I did, that because these things are 'natural' they would be better for you to take than KI, which
is not necessarily the case here.
Effects on blood sugar:
Extracts of bladderwrack may cause lowered blood sugar. Caution is advised when using medications that may also lower blood sugar. Patients taking
drugs for diabetes by mouth or insulin should be monitored closely by a qualified healthcare provider. Medication adjustments may be
Effects on blood clotting:
Bladderwrack may have blood-thinning (anticoagulant) properties. Therefore, bladderwrack may increase the risk of bleeding when taken with drugs
that increase the risk of bleeding. Some examples include aspirin, anticoagulants ("blood thinners") such as warfarin (Coumadin®) or heparin,
anti-platelet drugs such as clopidogrel (Plavix®), and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®) or naproxen
Source for the above 2 quotes:
Because I like to give as much info as I can here are a couple of more links:
Side Effects of Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack)
How Bladderwrack interacts with
You may think I am picking on poor little Bladderwrack, but I am not. The information above would apply to all kelp, seaweed etc. as they are all
harvested from the same places.
I do not post this to cause or add to any panic whatsoever. I just want to make folks out there think about the overall picture of their health
rather than to go out there with blinders on and potentially get themselves into a more dire situation.