Since the nuclear situation has been slowly unfolding in Japan with no signs of a quick fix, it is now accepted by most Japanese that they are indeed consuming a certain percentage of radiation in their bodies. In past blogs I have mentioned about the increasing numbers of surfers getting back into the water here on the east coast, despite the fears that the contamination in the water is above the safety levels. Although I am not encouraging anyone to grab their kids and head down the beach everyday here in Chiba this summer, I understand that surfers just gotta surf, so I am dedicating this blog today to handy health supplements/foods related to reducing the amount of radiation in your body.
As we know, the release of radioactive iodine is very dangerous to humans, particularly children and unborn foetuses. Radioactive iodine can accumulate around the thyroid gland and cause thyroid cancer. In 1982, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved potassium iodine to protect the thyroid glands from radioactive iodine involving accidents or fission emergencies*. It should only be taken if there is a general concern that large amounts of radioactive iodine have been consumed.