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Nuclear Fallout From Japan





Iodine-131 has a half-life of 8 days.  This means that in 8 days,  half of the radioactive iodine decays.  In another 8 days, another half decays and so on.  Therefore it will take a few months for all of the Iodine-131 to significantly decay.   If we are exposed to it, we will need to continue therapy for a few months until it completely decays. 

The reason radioactive iodine is a risk factor for thyroid cancer is because thyroid hormone is made with 4 iodine atoms, T4.  The thyroid is continually taking up iodine to make hormones, therefore iodine concentrates in the thyroid gland.  The higher concentration of iodine puts the thyroid gland at higher risk than other tissues.  Every cell in the body needs the active form of thyroid hormone which has 3 iodine atoms, T3.  This hormone goes to the nucleus of the cell to have its effect.  If radioactive iodine is incorporated into thyroid hormone it could be delivered to the nucleus of cells where our DNA is located.  This puts us at greater risk for cancer in other tissues as well.



1)  Be prepared and informed but don’t panic.  Do your best to get accurate information concerning the fallout.  Taking large doses of Potassium Iodide is not a good idea if you have not been exposed to radioactive iodine.

2)  If you have Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis, I DO NOT recommend taking large doses of Iodine as this can exacerbate the autoimmune process. You can probably safely take small amounts of organic iodine in foods such as seaweed.  If you are taking thyroid hormome replacemen,t there is a good chance you have Hashimoto’s.  Your doctor should have checked you for thyroid antibodies, so call their office and ask if you have autoimmune thyroiditis.  If you haven’t had this test I can order it for you for $28 plus a $10 blood draw fee.

3)  If you do not have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, then taking small amounts of Potassium Iodide is probably safe and preventive.  Once we know that we are being exposed to radioactive iodine, then the large doses are appropriate.

4)  If you develop symptoms of hyperthyroid,  then reduce or stop taking the iodine until the symptoms go away.  Once the symptoms are gone, you can try resuming the iodine at ½ the previous dose.  Symptoms of hyperthyroid include:  heart palpations, inward trembling, increased resting pulse rate, nervousness, insomnia, night sweats and difficulty gaining weight.


Strontium-90 has a half-life of 29.1 years. Because it behaves chemically like calcium, it tends to concentrate in the bones and teeth.  Cesium-137, with a half-life of 30 years, increases risk of cancers.  Besides Iodine-131, these are the other 2 primary radio isotopes to be concerned about now.  They will be with us for a very long time. 

Don’t panic about the short term exposure and then ignore your long term accumulation.  The main point is to be taking care of your body’s ability to breakdown and eliminate toxic material all the time.  If we support our natural detoxification pathways we can cope with long term exposure.



Our main molecule of detoxification is Glutathione.  This protects us from all kinds of toxins, including radioactive ones.  I am encouraging people not to focus just on the iodine issue but to focus more on increasing Glutathione production and recycling within the body.  This is easy to accomplish and has far reaching and long lasting benefits.

I have been studying this area for more than 15 years and carry a lot of different products that enhance detoxification and increase Glutathione production and recycling.  There are numerous options to fit different people’s needs.  Some of the products are listed below with a brief description.



Chelate means to grab and hold on like a crab.  Chelating substances bind heavy metals and other toxins and make them ready for elimination from the body through the urine, stool and sweat.  Modifilan, Sodium Alginate, Chlorella, Cilantro, Zeolite, Metaloclear, DMSA, EDTA.


The following products either increase Glutathione production or recycling or both.  Liposomal Glutathione, Glutathione Recycler, Cordyceps, NAC, Whey protein made from raw dairy, BileMin, LypoMin, Taraxagen, and more.



 I have probably 50 or more different products that increase detoxification each with a slightly different emphasis.  They range from amino acid formulas to Spagyrics and homeopathic combinations. 



Our main exposure will be through ingestion, inhalation or absorption through the skin so take care of these organs.


Ingestion:  Protect your gut lining.  It is only a single cell thick and very delicate so protect it by avoiding sugar and refined carbohydrates which increase the proliferation of bad bacteria that degrade our gut.  Eat lots of fiber which our good bacteria thrive on.  You can use probiotics if you want to, but fiber is the main thing.  Avoid using non steroidal anti-inflammatories such as aspirin, Tylenol and Ibuprofen.  If you have chronic gut or digestive issues talk to me.


Inhalation:  Make sure you are getting some Vitamin A and Beta Carotenes.  These help generate the mucosal lining in the lung.  These are usually in a multiple vitamin.  If you get frequent colds and flus you can use up to 50,000 IU’s short term.


Skin:  Brush your skin gently toward your heart with a natural fiber brush before you bath.  Take a sauna or infra-red sauna.  Take a bath with 1 cup Epsom Salts and 1 cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.  If you go outside during the possibility of fallout, then stay covered up and wash your clothes when you get home.


Use reverse osmosis filtered water.  It will take out isotopes that get into the ground water.  Usually available outside grocery stores for 35 cents a gallon. 


Let me know if I can be of further assistance.


Please email me at healingelements2@yahoo.com  if you have any questions about any of the products on my website.


Dale White, MS., LAc., DNBAO

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