Just as the COVID threat/narrative starts to unwind the risk of nuclear emergencies resulting from war is steadily rising as world superpowers seem to be approaching open and direct conflict with one another. The subjects of nuclear strikes and attacks on nuclear power plants are now daily talking points in news around the world. This blog post will discuss briefly why iodine is distributed to at-risk populations and how you can be best prepared.
We have posted a 3-part article named Radiation Health Risks which covers a number of topics relating to radiation in general.
Part I. Mechanisms and Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation. Discusses ionizing radiation and how it alters the structure of atoms, kills healthy cells, corrupts DNA and causes cancer. Shows the role of cell division and cell repair in the creation of genetic diseases and cancer.
Iodine is absorbed mostly and most quickly by the thyroid. I-131 is a radioactive form of iodine that is usually present in nuclear emergencies. We want to avoid absorbing I-131 as much as possible by saturating our iodine-absorbing tissues with molecular iodine and/or some form of iodide. Taking a high dose (60-130 mg) of iodide will flood the thyroid with iodine causing the I-131 to pass by without being taken up.
Well that’s great news for you and your thyroid. What about the rest of the body? The reason we recommend regular high doses (12.5 mg) of iodine is that the whole body uses iodine.. not just the thyroid. We may also need to manage intense detox effects. We will continue discussing this in the next blog.
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