Radioactive Fallout Treated by IodinePlus2 – Answers to Your Questions
The events unfolding in Japan since their massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power station crisis have been most tragic. Our prayers, concerns and support go out to the misery now being suffered by the Japanese people.
The destruction of the nuclear reactors at Fukushima has been a major concern for our customers. We have been inundated by emails sent in by our customers who are raising a number of questions.
By far, the biggest question has been: “Can IodinePlus2 be used to treat for radioactive iodine?” The answer is yes.
When I designed IodinePlus2, the idea was to combine iodine with potassium iodide, along with two other ingredients: selenium and riboflavin, to make it the world’s best long term supplement for people with thyroid problems (which are almost always related to chronic deficiencies in iodine).
Thyroid hormone cannot be manufactured by the thyroid gland unless there is a sufficient quantity of iodine. If there is not enough iodine, then your thyroid doesn’t work or is chronically sick. Simple concept.
Most people on the planet are already deficient in iodine. Whether it is from a lack of iodine in the food supply due to soil exhaustion, or exposure to halide toxins like bromine (added to pasta), flourine (flouride toothpaste, drinking water) or chlorine, there is just not enough intake of iodine to safisfy the thyroid’s thirst.
Women are particularly vulnerable to iodine deficiency because of breast tissue and pregnancies. The thyroid is not the only organ that needs iodine. Breast tissue requires almost as much iodine as your thyroid. Also, fetal development of its thyroid gland literally “steals” iodine from the mother during pregnancy. This is why many women start noticing symptoms of hypothyroidism (under active thyroid) after a pregnancy – usually a second or third pregnancy.
Having said all this, I never dreamed that we would be talking about nuclear radiation fallout. Under active thyroid pandemic was enough of a problem to begin with. Especially since maintream medicine completely ignores the problem and is ignorant of simple solutions.
Enough of background. Getting back to your questions, the next one is, “How much IodinePlus2 does one need to take upon radiation (radioactive thyroid isotope 131) exposure?” The answer from the CDC is to take 130 mg of potassium iodide every 24 hours upon exposure. For IodinePlus2, this works out to about 10 tablets.
My mentor and thyroid guru, Dr. David Brownstein, has written a recent article on the CDC guidelines as it applies to a mixed iodine/potassium iodide product like IodinePlus2. The link is here.
Some important points concerning Dr. Brownstein’s discussion is that our product, IodinePlus2, is a combination of iodine and potassium iodide. The combination is physiologically superior to potassium iodide alone. The body prefers both kinds. The total amount of combined iodine/iodide is 12.5 mg, with the iodide component being 7.5 mg.
The really good news is that if you have already been taking IodinePlus2 prior to all these events, then Dr. Brownstein says you can just continue taking the equivalent of 1 or 2 tablets of our IodinePlus2.
Taking this one step further is that Dr. Brownstein is basically saying something different from the CDC. The CDC says to wait upon exposure to radiation and then start taking a big dose of iodine. Then they say to take that big dose every day until the exposure ends. With the possibility that the nuclear power plant may continue to emit radiation for weeks or months, the CDC recommendation is a little outdated. The CDC recommendation was formulated for Cold War applications after a nuclear bomb goes off in your neighborhood.
Our situation is different. We are looking at a long term accumulation of radiactive elements in the atmosphere for months, if not years to come. A smaller, long term strategy of iodine supplementation is much better and safer than the CDC’s recommendation.
The bottom line is: If you are already taking IodinePlus2, congratulations, you are in good shape. Continue. Maybe even increase to a minimum of 2 tablets a day. You can do this forever, if necessary.
If you have not taken any significant iodine supplementation before (table salt is insignificant), then I would recommend a loading dose of 4 tablets daily for a week, then go to 2 tablets a day thereafter.
Another question that has not come up from our customers but something I read in the New York Times, was the idea that potassium iodine is unsafe. That is so wrong that it is almost a criminal statement. Dr’s Brownstein and Guy Abraham have been working with various formulations of iodine for over 25 years. They recommend supplementing with amounts that are 80 – 100 times the RDA.
This brings me to my final point: The amount of iodine is almost all multi-vitamin preparations and drug store preparations are more or less the RDA amounts of 150 MICRO grams. Recall that we have been discussing units of MILLI grams. It takes 1000 micrograms to equal one milligram.
There are very few products available with iodine in milligrams. Read the label very carefully and do the math.
Unfortunately, supplemental iodine only helps with the prevention of thyoid destruction/cancers from exposure to radioactive iodine (I 131). There are dozens of other radiactive isotopes, including cesium, strontium and plutonium.
Radioactive iodine 131 causes thyroid cancer and hypothyroidism. Although it has a relatively short half life of 5 days, it still hangs around for a good 30 days before it is mostly gone. Cesium and strontium have half-lives of about 30 years. Plutonium has a half life measured in the millions of years. Cesium and strontium may end up in the water supply, milk and dairy products and love to settle in your bones.
Plutonium is heavy and probably won’t float around in the air or jet stream, so it stays local. The Japanese will be dealing with these forever.
Finally, I want to comment on the credibility of information that has been broadcasted since the earthquake struck. The general public has been getting a lot of mis-information and dis-information. Frankly, I don’t know who or what to believe. We have seen a steady progression of articles and announcements from official and government sources designed to calm the public and avoid panic behavior. Watching the conflicting stories, only to be told later that the disaster is multiple times worse than what was reported earlier is not encouraging.
The credibility of news sources and government reporting is reaching new lows. You must decide what is best for you and your family and act accordingly. Parsing articles and trying to read between the lines is something that Russian civilians did during Soviet times. We are now doing that with the Western media.
When politicians and government agencies are assuring us on all fronts that everything is fine, I don’t believe them. It will be years before we really find out what happened.
Andrew Jones, M.D
Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas