The nuclear reactor meltdown in Japan has provoked fears about radioactivity and the implications to your h...
The nuclear reactor meltdown in Japan has provoked fears about radioactivity and the implications to your health. Many anxious patients and readers called in last week to inquire about the health threats of radiation. This article is an attempt to address any radiation concerns you may have, relating both to the reactor meltdown and everyday exposure in normal life. Read on to discover natural ways to protect yourself from exposure and reduce radiation load on your body.
First, you should know that radioactivity from Japan has little impact on U.S. citizens. Take a look at the numbers. To date, the news reports that the four reactors in partial meltdown spewed radiation as high as 500 meters or 1,640 feet, according to John Beddington, U.K.’s Chief science officer. In comparison, the Chernobyl blast sent radioactive particles 30,000 feet high for months. Although it is true that minute radiation was detected in Sacramento at the end of last week, it was so minor — one-millionth of what people get from natural background radiation — that health officials assured the public that it posed no threat to residents on the west coast of the United States.
Wherever you live, avoid foods grown on or raised near the fallout zone. Dairy and spinach produced within the radioactive zone in Japan had vastly elevated radioactivity, which the Japanese government discouraged its people from consuming. Radioactivity was also found in Pacific waters, off the northern coast near the nuclear plant. Over time, this radioactivity should dissipate as the reactor is cooled and stops spewing particle ash and dust. For now it is wise to avoid seafood caught in Japanese waters. Other than avoiding potentially contaminated food, there should be no concern for American residents, so no need to panic or go out and hoard potassium iodide pills, let alone take them!