Protecting Yourself from Radiation

Protecting yourself from nuclear radiation

Last week, I reviewed a disaster-survival book about a nuclear meltdown and also listed some of the pros and cons associated with nuclear energy.  Regardless of how you feel about the safety and wisdom of nuclear power plants, they already exist.  There is also that outside possibility that “nukes” would accidentally or intentionally be launched onto U.S. soil.  We need to think about how we would deal with that.

To begin with, you probably want to know how close you are to a nuclear reactor.  Beyond that, you want to look at the typical wind patterns and see how likely you are to be “downwind” in the case of a release of radiation.  These things may impact how much money and time you allocate to preparing for this particular disaster scenario.

Steps to Take to Safeguard Yourself Before the Emergency

Consider storing and doing the following:

1.  Potassium Iodate

If you want to prepare for the possibility of radiation, I would begin by buying some KIO3 tablets.  It acts to “fill” your thyroid with safe iodine so that it will not absorb radioactive iodine in fallout.  One of the major problems radiation victims suffer long-term is thyroid cancer.  KIO3 a preventative.  You have to take it before radiation reaches you or as soon as possible.  It does not rid your thyroid of radioactive iodine after the fact.  In other words, by the time you know you need it, it’s too late to order.  Many in Japan sadly found that out.

Iodine-131 actually “decomposes” relatively quickly (within weeks or months).  The danger from this particular radioactive particle is shorter lived than others.

2.  Vitamin D and Vitamin K

These help rid your body of irregular cells- in other words, cells that may be affected by radiation and therefore replicating or acting improperly may be killed off better (appropriate apoptosis) in the presence of these two vitamins.  Vitamin D also helps the body with DNA repair.

3.  Potassium and Iron

These minerals may help in combating some of the radioactive particles that stick around longer.  Cesium-137 has a “half-life” of 30 years.  This is still commonly found in the ground around the old Chernobyl reactor in the Ukraine.  It is easily taken up by the body because it mixes well into liquids.  It is also carried easily by the wind.

4.  Other Antioxidants and Herbal Supplements

There isn’t a “magic bullet” for countering radiation, but some things are known to be helpful in protecting the body from the effects of radiation.  Some of these include turmeric, gingko biloba, garlic, ginger,ginseng,  melatonin,  magnesium, and spirulina.

5.  Choose a centrally located room in your home.  It should be the one with the fewest windows, preferably a basement or storm shelter.  Store supplies you may need there (the usual- food, water, medicine, clothes, flashlights…).  Consider what you will do for pets or livestock.

6.  Make sure all your loved ones know that this is where the family will gather in case of radiation.

What to Do at the Beginning of the Emergency

1.  Remove all articles of clothing before entering your sheltered area  if you have had any contamination risk.  Doing so could remove up to 90% of the radiation and you do not want to bring it inside.

2.  Wash as thoroughly as you can to get rid of what is on the surface of your body.

3.  Close off all vents and stop drafts that may bring contaminated air into your shelter.  If possible, seal off doors and windows with plastic sheeting and tape for the period of time that a radiation plume may be passing over.  You can only stay sealed up without fresh air for a few hours though.

4.  Keep your emergency radio on to find out updates.  Hopefully, you will be able to track the direction of the radiation, find out about medical help, etc.

What to Do Afterward

In the days after radiation has been released, there are a few other things you may want to do to help protect yourself.  Of course, stay inside as much as possible until you are sure it is relatively “safe” to venture out.

1.  Eat whole grains and the foods high in the above mentioned nutrients.  High fiber foods with phosphorus spend less time in the digestive tract and therefore help the body in eliminating all wastes.  Also, being a plant and therefore low on the food chain, any toxins the whole grains may have been exposed to will be less concentrated than those found higher on the food chain.

2.  Avoid some foods– highly processed, very fatty, and sugary things contain less nutrition anyway and are held in the GI tract longer.

3.  See a doctor as soon as possible if you suspect radiation exposure.  He may prescribe Prussian Blue, DTPA, or Neupona.

In the final piece in this series, I will outline the symptoms radiation sickness, technically called Acute Radiation Syndrome.

Do you have anything to add?  Have you taken any classes or found any good books with information you’d like to share?  Please do so in the comments section.

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8 Comments on “Protecting Yourself from Radiation”

  1. Mom of 5 Says:

    Zeolite, Modifilan, Redmond Clay or Fucoidan are all powerful tools to take radiation out of your body. Here are my posts on this topic: I became much more interested when I realized that a nuclear training facility is 11 miles from my home. If there is an EMP or GMD and the grid goes down, the ability for the core to be cooled fails. Then an “accident” (as opposed to a bomb) has occurred. Aside from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the main problems are from core meltdowns. (Fukishima, 3-mile, Chernobyl). Training facilities are not on the “nuclear facilities near you” websites. There are 6 in the US.


  2. Laura Says:

    Interesting blog and good information. I will have to look into those supplements more. I’ve never heard of them. Thanks for listing them.

    How did you find out about the nuclear training facility near you? Is there a list of the locations of all 6 so we can see if we live near one? I can’t find a listing searching Google. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission lists 4 “training facilities” in various places including Atlanta, GA and King of Prussia, PA. Are those the same things?


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    Please send daily Imformation to my facebook com I live in Anchorage alaska .I am a caregiver


    • Joe Says:

      Hi Gerald – Thanks so much for reading the blog. I hope you find it useful. Please feel free to share your thoughts through the comments often.

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  5. Simon Kelly Says:

    Iodine is good but…Prussian Blue will flush caesium and some other heavy metals from the body and is easily prepared from two simple solutions available on ebay….plutonium poisoning requires a chemical salt (DTPA) which is used in plant fertiliser to flush.. these chemicals are held by governments but not available to the general public…as a side note penicillin is easily grown on bread or lemons.. could i also recommend “life straws” …do your research now and good luck to you and yours


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