Living In the Fukushima Era

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Living In the Fukushima Era


By Michelle Kahmeyer-Gabbe (for Conscious Life News)

As our globe nears the three-year mark since an earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, what do we know and what can we do about our potential exposure to toxic radiation?

It is clear that radioactivity from Fukushima has spread by both air and water. By its own fairly recent admission, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) estimates that 300 tons of contaminated water from the Fukushima plant continue to flow into the ocean every day. What little information we have been fed about the initial catastrophic fallout, status of damaged reactor units, and risky ongoing cleanup efforts is likely to dry up even further. In late December 2013, the parliamentary government of Japan passed a highly contentious state secrecy bill making whistle blowing punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The bill’s broad definition of ‘classified information’ has many worried that the law will be used to erode press freedom and shield the government from charges of mismanagement and cover-ups at Fukushima.

In an eye-opening interview that aired January 28 on GaiamTV, Dr. John Apsley revealed critical misinformation and misconceptions about the Fukushima accident and radiation phenomena in general. He stressed that people in the northern hemisphere, and across North America in particular, are being affected by disseminated radioactivity far more than the public is aware.

Do we point the finger at inept power company operators, asleep-at-the-wheel authorities, or the scientists who assure us that nuclear reactors are safe? Is society at large to blame for enabling the industry to pepper our planet with hundreds of reactor sites?

A natural response is to lapse into anger and outrage at the breathtaking audacity that allowed for this epic calamity. Worse yet is to sink into an even lower vibration, giving up and giving in to fear and hopelessness.

As dire as the situation seems, these emotional states only weaken the immune system – the defense shield we most need to strengthen if humanity is to rise up and overcome this challenge to life on planet Earth.

Now is the time to expand your personal power and get proactive. Consider the following three approaches to safeguarding yourself against damage from radioactive materials: 1) minimize exposure and ingestion; 2) remove ingested radionuclides from the body; and 3) strengthen inherent systems for protection and regeneration – mind, body and soul.

Minimize Exposure

This may seem an obvious suggestion, but keep in mind that our bodies are routinely taxed by harmful radiation from many sources, including diagnostic medical imaging (x-rays, CT scans, mammograms, etc), airport security scanners, high-voltage power lines, radon, and cell phones.

There is no safe level of ionizing radiation. The often-repeated idea that dilution of radioactive materials alone somehow lessens their health effects is a fallacy. Our bodies have built-in systems for quenching and removing ‘hot’ particles. Free radical damage caused by long-term, low-level radiation, however, can be paradoxically far more lethal – a phenomenon known as the Petkau effect.

Despite obvious health risks and numerous reports of unusually high radiation levels at California beaches, it appears that “no U.S. government or international agency is monitoring the spread of low levels of radiation from Fukushima along the West Coast of North America and around the Hawaiian Islands.” This from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, where senior scientist Ken Buessler has organized a crowd sourcing campaign to analyze coastal sea water.

In the meantime, because of the predicted paths of atmospheric and ocean currents disseminating the radioactive material, Dr. Apsley makes strong recommendations for avoiding the consumption of all seafood from the northern hemispheric Pacific ocean. Likewise, do not buy dairy, eggs or meat products that originate anyplace between the US West Coast and Rocky mountains. Cattle grazing on grass that has been hit with even low levels of radioactive material can become toxic.

Other unsafe foods from the Pacific and West Coast include lettuces, strawberries, mushrooms, and even the ordinarily detoxifying chlorella and spirulina – essentially anything that doesn’t grow on trees.

Trees grown on the West Coast that produce fruits are ok, he says, including apples, oranges, pears, cherries and avocados, as well as tree nuts. Trees that do get irradiated are protected by radiation-absorbing clay in the topsoil, leaving the roots unaffected.

More detailed information and step-by-step health advice can be found both in his free newsletter and timely book, Fukushima Meltdown & Modern Radiation: Protecting Ourselves and Our Future Generations.

Remove Ingested Material

Toxic elements that we can expect to encounter after a nuclear reactor accident are radioactive forms (radioisotopes) of iodine, cesium and strontium.

Dietary iodine is readily taken up and stored in the thyroid gland, where it plays an important role in thyroid hormone function. Deficiency in this critical nutrient is very common. Because the body doesn’t distinguish between natural iodine and its radioactive form, those who are iodine deficient will be susceptible to radioactive iodine uptake in the immediate aftermath of a nuclear accident. In such cases, there is a benefit to flooding the system with a potassium iodide supplement, but only in the early days after a nuclear fallout – with its short half-life, radioactive iodine will have decayed away within 90 days. Ideally, protect yourself by maintaining optimal body stores, without overdoing it. Both too much iodine and too little can be risky. Choose natural sources, including sea vegetables and spirulina harvested from uncontaminated waters, or research brands of nano-colloidal nascent iodine.

Because of their chemical similarities, cesium is absorbed into the body nearly identically to potassium, which is a natural muscle seeker. The difference? The energy that’s released when a cesium-137 atom disintegrates is a million times more powerful than that of a potassium atom according to Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education. With a half-life of 30 years, radioactive cesium-137 that finds its way into the food supply can have effects that linger for a very long time. Getting enough dietary potassium is important as it blocks any incoming cesium, and some individuals will benefit from supplementing with a bioavailable form like potassium orotate.

Chemically similar to calcium, radioactive Strontium-90 can be taken up into teeth and bones, damaging bone marrow and increasing the risk of bone cancer, cancer of nearby tissues, and leukemia. In a body armed with sufficient calcium (in balance with its absorption partner, magnesium), strontium-90 will be poorly absorbed.

A number of earth clays are effective at pulling toxins out of the body, including the radioactive variety. Full of inert supercharged minerals and highly negatively charged, they can be used externally in the form of baths and poultices, as well as internally, usually taken in capsule or fine powder form.

The best known is Zeolite, which is used on a large scale for environmental cleanups after nuclear accidents, but there are many more including Bentonite, French Green Clay and Kaolin. These are often mixed with soil-derived humic and/or fulvic acids, which proponents say greatly amplify the detoxification power.

Undertake a clay-based detoxification carefully, ideally under the guidance of a health professional. Most of us are unknowingly carrying a heavy toxic load, and it’s common to feel quite ill as the toxins make their way out of the body, commonly described as a healing crisis.

Some naturopathic physicians and applied kinesiologists can use muscle testing to determine the presence of radioactive materials lurking in the body and suggest the best products for their removal from your system.


Everyday vigilance with an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich diet and lifestyle is essential. Excellent advice can be found from Drs. Mercola, Apsley and Group, who write about radiation effects regularly. Their suggestions include embryonic food factors (bee pollen, seeds, eggs, etc.), high-dose vitamin C, herbs like ginseng, and earthing/grounding.

Emerging evidence about the health benefits of grounding, the act of making direct bodily contact with the earth, are very exciting. Simply walking barefoot on grass or even concrete quickly brings the body into alignment with the earth’s electrical potential, opening the door to better sleep, improvements in the immune, nervous, circulatory systems, and more. Best of all, it’s free!…

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