INFO ON SEAWEED and MORE....
by Talia Rose
Sodium Alginate: An effective preventive and therapeutic substance
against radiation and heavy metals according to Tanaka. In two
experiments using rats, sodium alginate decreased by a factor of 12,
the uptake of several radioactive isotopes—including strontium-90,
strontium-85, barium, radium, and calcium. Skoryna el al. concluded
that ingestion of small but regular does of alginate is effective in
preventing the daily absorption of small doses of radioactive
strontium and other contaminants that are present in the environment.
Brown sea vegetables such as kelp are the most effective sources.
Alginate is nontoxic and is not reabsorbed for the GI tract and
appears to have no adverse affects even at high doses. Red sea
vegetables, such a dulse are most effective at binding plutonium, and
green algae binds cesium most effectively.
Dose: The Atomic Energy Commission recommends for maximum protection
against radioactive poisoning for humans, taking a minimum of 2 to 3
ounces of sea vegetables a week or 10 grams (two tablespoons) a day of
sodium alginate supplements. During or after exposure to radiation,
the dosage should be increased to two full tablespoons of alginate
four times daily to insure that there is a continual supply in the GI
or gastrointestinal tract.
There may be a rare problem of constipation but this can be avoided if
the sodium alginate is made into a fruit gelatin. Agar, derived from
sodium alginate in kelp, is a safe, nontoxic substance that can be
used as a thickening agent or gelatin. (Solaray has a great product
called Detox Blend ) Another benefit of sea vegetables is the natural
iodine. If there is insufficient iodine in the diet radioactive
iodine-131 will be absorbed and collected in the thyroid gland. Even
if radioactive iodine is absorbed by the thyroid, taking natural
iodine helps offset the side effects of exposure. According to Dr.
Russell Morgan, one mg. of iodine for children and five mg. for adults
taken daily will reduce by about 80 percent the radioactive iodine
accumulated in the thyroid. Whole foods are the best source of
iodine, e.g. sea vegetables like hijiki, arame, kombu and dulse.
Iodine is leached from the thyroid gland by drinking chlorinated water.
Avoid iodized salt which contains excessive sodium and no potassium.
Sea vegetables are rich in vitamins and contain most if not all of the
essential minerals and trace elements. Sea vegetables also help
dissolve fat and mucus deposits.
Chlorophyll: A number of studies found that chlorophyll-rich foods
can decrease radiation toxicity. Spirulina and chlorella are two
micro-algae that are rich in this substance, as are leafy greens,
celery, parsley, the sprouts of any grain or bean, the young shoots of
any edible grass and sunflower greens. Chlorophyll is similar in
structure to hemoglobin.
Sea Vegetables: Sodium alginate is one of the more powerful
protective substances in sea vegetables like kelp, which includes
arame, wakame, kombu, and hijiki. Sodium alginate reduces the
amount of strontium-90 absorbed by bone tissue by 50 to 83 percent.
(You can also obtain a great source of this in a fantastic herbal
combo by Solaray called Detox Blend SP-25.)
Bee Pollen: Studies show that bee pollen can significantly reduce the
usual side effects of both radium and cobalt-60 radiotherapy and also
the sickness after massive abdominal x-rays. One study showed that the
proliferation of cancer cells stopped in cancerous tumors induced in
mice. (This is only indicative and does not purport to be medical
advice. One should go to the source and study the relevant information
before drawing conclusions. Try to get real bee pollen from an organic
bee keeper, uncooked.)
Bee Propolis: Besides the healing and anti bacterial qualities of
this substance, it has been effective in clinical stages of
radioepithelitis, i.e. inflammation of epithelial tissue due to
radiation. (Same as above. Get unheated, raw organic honey; it is a
good source of pollen, royal jelly and propolis.)
Fermented Foods: Due to their multiple beneficial effect on the
intestines, fermented foods help to couteract the toxins from
radioactive fallout that is ingested from foods, e.g. yogurt,
sauerkraut, kefir, etc.
Beets: Beets have been shown to rebuild hemoglobin of the blood after
exposure to radiation. Rats fed a diet of 20 percent beet pulp were
able to prevent cesium-137 absorption and 97 to 100 percent more
effectively than rats given no beets.
Primary-grown Nutritional Yeast: Besides having Vitamin E, it also
contains the nucleic acids RNA and DNA, both of which have been shown
to have radio protective qualities. It has been shown to help rebuild
and regenerate cells damaged by radiation, and also to produce relief
from radiation poisoning and it’s many horrible symptoms. Nutritional
yeast has a good amount of many important nutrients. Primary–grown
yeasts bonds with and absorb heavy metals such as uranium, lead and
Garlic and Onions: Cysteine, also present in onions, binds with and
deactivates both the radioactive isotopes and toxic metals such as
cadmium, lead and mercury. The sulfur in cysteine helps the kidneys
and liver detoxify the body. Garlic has many wonderful healing
properties and should be researched.
Chlorophyll: Lourau and Lartigue reported that green cabbage
increased the resistance of guinea pigs to radiation. The US Army
found that broccoli, green cabbage and alfalfa reduced the effects of
radiation on guinea pigs by 50 percent! (You can get a good organic
alfalfa pill very cheap from Nature’s Plus.)
Oils: Dr. James Ashikava found that mice will survive normally lethal
doses of x-rays if they are given common edible unprocessed vegetable
oils—especially olive or peanut oils. It is reported from Mexico,
that those who work or live near sources of radiation, such as atomic
labs or nuclear power plants, eat or rub vegetable oils on their skin
for greater protection. In one mice study, olive oil taken
internally fully protected rats against progressive doses of x-rays
ranging from 300 to 2,400 roentgens. The olive oil provided optimal
protection when is comprised about 15 percent of the total calories
of the diet. Olive oil and sesame oil are more resistant to breaking
down from heat while cooking and have a longer shelf life.
Vitamin A: In 1974, researchers from India found that vitamin A, when
taken internally by humans, hastened recovery from radiation. In
1984, Dr. Eli Seifter and a team of researchers fro the Albert
Einstein College of Medicine….reported vitamin A and beta-carotene
counteracted both partial and total body gamma radiation. It also
improved the healing of wounds; reduced weight loss, thymic and
splenic atrophy, and adrenal enlargement; and prevented gastro-
ulceration and an abnormal decrease in red and white blood cell
formation. (The therapeutic purposes, 25,000 to 35,000 IU are
recommended for adults. During emergencies or crisis situations,
intensive exposure may warrant as much as 40,000 to 100,000 IU of beta-
carotene, but should be taken for no more than three to four weeks.
Infants should not consume high amounts. This info is only very
partial and you should consult the book for specifics.)
Vitamin B Complex: There are so many benefits to the B vitamins that
there is no space to list them. One of the many is they normalize the
red and white blood cell count, because the destruction of white blood
cells by radiation can last for extended periods of time. The various
B vitamins have different effects and should be taken together.
Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids: Not to be redundant; researchers at
Harvard Medical School said, “Our experiment showed that vitamin C can
prevent damage from radiation….it somehow keeps the radiation from
killing the cells.” Their experiment indicates that the dosage for
humans exposed to intensive radiation would be approximately 10 grams
per day---a mega dose. (More about C and radiation later from Dr.
Thomas Levy. The literature must be studied before mega dosing but
levels up to 50,000 and more have been administered for short periods
with good results. If more than 750 mg. of vitamin C is taken daily,
calcium, magnesium, B6 (within the whole B Complex), and sufficient
water to prevent kidney stones. The body cannot store much C and it
is used for darn near everything in the body, so make sure you get
Vitamin D: An adult therapeutic dose would range from 400 IU per day
to 1,000 IU daily. During an emergency, adult daily dosage could go
as high as 2,000 IU, if taken for no longer than one month. (I would
say to find a natural vitamin D as there have been reports that
synthetic vitamin D has some bad side effects.)
Vitamin E: It can protect against the effects of x-rays and
radioactive cobalt. It improves anemia following exposure to
radiation. It can provide internal and external protection against
cesium-137 which is a common component of fallout and nuclear power
plant leaks and routine emissions. For the form of E d-alpha-
tocopherol, an adult weighting about 155 would need about 900 IU per
day. (On exposure, I would take 1600 IU as I have many times for
several weeks. I prefer to get the dry, water dispersable E, but any
kind is good as long as it is fresh. The oil can go rancid. Also, try
to get the most natural form.) E also helps prevent the destruction
of Vitamin A and fatty acids by massive doses of x-rays. If large
doses of C, B and E are taken before exposure, the terrible symptoms
of radiation sickness can be reduced or eliminated to a large degree.
Caution: E should be used cautiously if you have high blood pressure
or rheumatic heart disease.
Calcium: By the mechanism of selective uptake, calcium blocks or
decreases the absorption of strontium-90, calcium-45 and other
radioactive isotopes by the skeletal system. Calcium also helps to
eliminate radioactive isotopes that are lodged in the bones! The
National Research Council recommends that adults consume 800 mg. of
calcium per day. For children and lactating women this is 1,000 mg.
and 1,400 mg.. Too much calcium can be harmful. The best forms of
supplemental calcium are calcium citrate, gluconate, carbonate,
lactate, or amino acid chelated calcium. It is good to take a calcium—
Magnesium: Like calcium, magnesium prevents the uptake of
radioisotopes and helps to eliminate already stored strontium-90. One
reason not to use synthetic vitamin D (Calciferol) is that it can
combine with magnesium and carry it out of the body. Calciferol is
contained in much commercial milk. Fluoride also leaches calcium from
the body among other horrendous things. The optimal diet should
contain about ½ as much magnesium as calcium. The RDA for calcium is
350 mg. to 700 mg. The high end should not be exceeded but since the
Standard American Diet or SAD does not supply enough magnesium,
supplements are recommended.
Selenium: Wonderful element. Does so many positive things impossible
to list. It fortifies the immune system, reduces the rate of cancer
in humans and helps to alleviate leukopenia, (abnormal decreases of
white blood cells). The RDA is 50 to 200 micrograms per day. Some
recommend as much as 100 to 300 micrograms per day, but more should be
under medical supervision. It is most effective when taken with
vitamins A and E. Potassium: If there is a deficiency, radionuclides
like cesium-137, cesium-134, potassium-40 and potassium-42, are
absorbed through selective uptake etc. RDA is uncertain but health
authorities suggest a minimum of 2,000 to 6,000 mg. in the diet.
Usually supplementation is not necessary and too much can be dangerous.
Zinc: A diet that supplies sufficient zinc blocks the uptake of
radioactive zinc-65. Zinc DTPA has been used to chelate americium-241
from a nuclear accident victim. Natural zinc also will help the body
eliminate several toxic heavy metals including cadmium, aluminum,
lead, and excess copper. Although doses over 50 mg. per day have been
used it should be under a doctor’s care. Dose: Preventive--adults—15
pregnant women—30 mg.
lactating women—40 mg.
Lactating women---40—50 mg. per day.
Iron: A number of studies indicate exposure to radiation
significantly decreases levels of iron in the body. Radioactive iron
and plutonium, isotopes similar in structure to iron, can be carried
to iron storage sites such as liver, bone marrow, ovaries or testes,
and lungs if the body is deficiency in iron. The National Research
Council recommends a daily intake of 18 mg. for women, 30 to 60 mg.
daily if pregnant or more if lactating; 10 mg. for men, and 10 to 18
mg. for children. After exposure to radiation or loss of blood,
supplementation of approximately 10 to 18 mg. daily.
Siberian Ginseng: Eleutherococcus senticosus is the best for
medicinal purposes. Soviet researchers reported that eleuthero extract
has radio protective qualities, and can be used in conditions of acute
or chronic radiation sicknesses such as hemorrhaging, severe anemia,
dizziness, nausea, vomiting and headaches due to x-rays. It can
lengthen survival time after exposure. The list is too long. Do some
research. It is almost miraculous protecting against infections.
poisons, etc. It increases human resistance to a remarkably wide
variety of stressors. Adult extract treatment doses: 20 to 40 drops
before meals, two or three times per day. Children: single dose one
drop per each year of age, repeated twice a day.
Panax Ginseng: Studies have found this Asian version is effective
against radiation as well. Researchers observed, ginseng increases
the rate of production of serum albumin and gamma-globulin as well as
DNA and RNA protein, and lipid synthesis in bone marrow cells. Also,
human subjects taking ginseng root were able to acclimatize more
easily to oxygen-deficient air. Both types can be taken daily as they
build up in the body in a positive way. Best to take small amounts
over a long period.
Aloe: Of the more than 200 species of Aloe, these species have shown
evidence of being radio-protectants: aloe barbadensis (aloe vera),
aloe arborescens, aloe striatula, and aloe saponaria. Emulsions can
prevent the development of local reactions in radiation therapy and
treating radiation burns of second and third degrees. Aloe also
accelerates the process of tissue repair and normal cell growth. It is
optimal to use its fresh form direct from the juicy leaves of the
plant. It also has pain-relieving properties. Use fully mature
leaves from outer leaves first.
Chaparral: Also known as the creosote bush, one of the active
ingredients is NDGA. One thing it does is inhibit the tumor electron
transport system, which denies such growths the electrical energy they
require. It also corrects malignant melanoma in many cancer patients.
Chaparral is an excellent antibiotic and helps purify and detoxify
the blood. Use with caution and supervision. Dose: If taken in
tablet form take an extra 300-750 mg. of vitamin C per day to help the
body process the concentrated resins and gums in the herb.
Nucleic acids: RNA and DNA increase the survival rate of mammals
exposed to irradiation. Bee pollen, nutritional yeast and certain sea
algae such as chlorella contain relatively large percentages of
nucleic acids. Onions contain RNA.
Cysteine: A natural amino acid helps counteract several kinds of
radiation. Caution: Do not take as a seperate supplement. Can be a
dangerous excitotoxin like glutamate (MSG) or aspartate in abnormal
quantities. Occurs in sulfur containing vegetables most of which are
in the cabbage family. Kale is by far the best source with watercress
and brussel sprouts good sources too. Make sure you get non-
Pectin: Obtained from ripe fruit like apples. Like sodium alginate
in agar and kelp, pectin bonds or chelates with radioisotopes,
especially strontium-90, and reduces the absorption into the skeletal
Papain: In one study, 50 percent of the rats given papain survived a
normally lethal dose of radiation.
Medicinal Charcoal: Has the ability to absorb and neutralize
radioactive substances and some toxic materials. Researchers report
that 10 grams or 1 tablespoon of charcoal can absorb about 3 to 7
grams of materials.