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Protecting Your Thyroid from Radiation with Natural Iodine

Christina Sarich
September 21st, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 6:00 pm
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iodine seaweed 263x164 Protecting Your Thyroid from Radiation with Natural IodineSince numerous nuclear power plants in the US and elsewhere are designed in the same manner as the Japan Fukushima plant, experts are calling Fukushima a singular threat of many more possible meltdowns to come. With radiation exposure from medical practices such as mammograms, and cancer treatments, as well as that which is being leaked from sites like Fukushima, it becomes more important than ever to educate ourselves about natural ways to protect against radiation exposure. Fortunately, iodine has been shown to protect the important glands of the endocrine system from radiation toxicity, namely the thyroid.

The Iodine Solution and Why it’s Important

The triple meltdown that happened just a year ago, which still dumps millions of gallons of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean, could be small potatoes in comparison to the potential threat at several sites in the US. Nuclear waste experts are saying that we are all playing with fire considering the amount of nuclear fuel stored onsite at many reactors.

Some contain more than 10 times the deadly levels of celsium-137 released during the 1986 Chernobyl accident. There is no question that protecting yourself from radiation exposure is extremely important. Enter, iodine.

The thyroid glands actually use iodine to make thyroid hormones. These hormones are responsible for keeping the body’s metabolism working. That doesn’t just mean helping you to burn fat, but also ensuring that your lungs can process air, your heart still beats, and your liver, kidneys, and spleen do their jobs too.

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Dr. David Brownstein is an expert on iodine. When it comes to radiation exposure, he explains: “If there is enough inorganic, non-radioactive iodine in our bodies, the radioactive fallout has nowhere to bind in our bodies. It will pass through us, leaving our bodies unharmed. It is important to ensure that we have adequate iodine levels BEFORE this fallout hits.” Iodine can also help to promote true health by naturally supporting healing associated with the following ailments:

  • ADHD
  • Breast Cancer
  • Detoxification
  • Fatigue
  • Fibrocystic Breasts
  • Graves’ Disease
  • Hashimoto’s Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Improve the Immune System

Acute radiation sickness can ensure and cause the our body’s DNA to being a process of degrading within hours of high-level exposure. Chronic radiation exposure can cause cancer and even low levels of radiation can harm cellular regeneration.

There numerous foods rich in iodine, which can be consumed to deflect radiation disease. You can also take an iodine supplement, but organic, food-derived iodine is the most beneficial. The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University recommends the following foods for iodine:

FoodServing SizeIodine
Dried Seaweed1/4 ounce>4,500µg (4.5 mg) (3000% DV)
Cod3 ounces*99µg (66% DV)
Iodized Salt (Fortified)1 gram77µg (51% DV)
Baked Potato with peel1 medium60µg (40% DV)
Milk1 cup (8 fluid ounces)56µg (37% DV)
Shrimp3 ounces35µg (23% DV)
Fish sticks2 fish sticks35µg (23% DV)
Turkey breast, baked3 ounces34µg (23% DV)
Navy beans, cooked1/2 cup32µg (21% DV)
Tuna, canned in oil3 ounces (1/2 can)17µg (11% DV)
Egg, boiled1 large12µg (8% DV)

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  • DoYouKnow

    Nuclear power plants release Iodine-131 during their “normal” operations, too!
    It’s a dirty little secret of the nuclear industry.
    They test for Iodine-131 around nuclear power plants and find it in the air, water, grass, cattle, fish, etc.
    Google: “NRC Effluent Environment” Reports to find a list of U.S. nuclear power plants and the radiation they have emitted into the environment.
    Also, nuclear plants release TRITIUM into the environment all the time, and Tritium is found in the rain and snow!
    ENENEWS is a good place to learn a lot more about this interesting topic.

  • michelle

    the fukushima disaster happened over two years ago. march 2011.

    • Yvonne

      No started over 2 years ago …… still going on ….

  • el gallinazo

    Because of Fukushima, iodine supplementation from plants would be worse than counterproductive. The worst would be Alaskan sea kelp (which prior to our wonderful Jetson nuclear age, crowned with Fukushima pollution of the Pacific. was the best). Mineral iodine is unfortunately now the way to go. BTW, the poisonous nature of iodine is a NWO myth. My major was chemistry and I looked into it. Easy enough to research it for yourself on the internet. The LD50 (lethal dose 50% for a 150 pound person is about 3 pounds of iodine ingestion.