Comfort Ye

My CD of healing passages from the King James Bible is now available!
I was inspired to create the prototype for my mother Dorothy to listen to when she had trouble sleeping after radiation treatments for her cancer. She listened to it every night for six months, finding comfort in these words, night after night after night. She passed away a year ago, but I hope now that many others will be comforted by these beautiful words. Two wonderfully resonant and faithful friends of mine read the passages. I play a few harp glissandos and my son did the recording as well as the inspiring photography. Comfort Ye is a wonderful gift for anyone who is grieving or in pain. Comfort Ye will be welcomed by anyone who would like to replace that incessant discouraging internal chatter with affirmations of God’s eternal love.

Beverly Seng: Comfort Ye
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被ばく予防に効果的栄養物 [Nutrients for Radiation Protection]

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Beverly Seng, MA, JD, NTP


被ばく予防に効果的な多くのサプリメントや食物の多くは無害です。こうした栄養物は化学的研究がなされ、その情報は米国国立医学図書館(National Library of Medicine)、Pub Medと呼ばれるサイトで誰にでも容易にアクセスできます。







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Radiation Protection

Introduction and Summary from my article Radiation Protection

Many, many supplements and foods offer radiation protection and are non-toxic. These nutrients have been researched in scientific studies easily accessible to anyone on the website of the United States’ National Library of Medicine, also known as PubMed.

Here is my short list of the most important radiation-protecting supplements, compiled from a review of this research: Vitamins C and E (particularly mixed tocopherols and succinate forms); the essential fatty acid DHA; the minerals selenium, calcium, and iodine; probiotics; the hormonal supplement melatonin; the herbs mint, lemon balm,  curcumin, ginseng, ginger, rosemary, and gotu kola; and the detoxifiers laminaria (seaweed) or its extract sodium alginate,  sodium bicarbonate, apple pectin, and possibly  vitamin D.   Certainly no one would wish to ingest all the herbs on this list.  I document several herbs for your information.  Suggested amounts of each supplement are given in Appendix I.

Certain foods also offer demonstrated radiation protection:  beets, spinach, grapefruit, apricots, mustard greens, black grapes, Indian gooseberry or aamla, and Amaranthus gangeticus (“Elephant ears,” eaten as salad greens).

Other herbs may protect from radiation damage, but the evidence supporting their use is less compelling.  These are listed here in descending order from most to least corroborating evidence: rhodiola, grape seed extract, spirulina, lycopene, cat’s claw, chlorella, gymnema, and aloe vera. The evidence for the radiation protection qualities of these less-studied supplements is contained in Appendix III.

Several supplements are promoted on the Internet as offering protection from radiation, but many of these claims are not backed by published research, or the published research is negative or troubling for other reasons.  These questionable supplements include glutathione (as an oral supplement), bentonite clay, liquid zeolite, miso, alpha lipoic acid, and N-acetyl-cysteine.   My reasons for excluding these items from my short list appear in section XI.  Of course, the lack of published evidence is not evidence of ineffectiveness.

Vitamins, minerals and herbs may interact with prescription drugs.    Consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking supplements if you are already taking drugs.  The issue of whether persons currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation for cancer can safely take antioxidant supplements is discussed briefly in Appendix II.    Cancer patients should consult a nutritional-oriented oncologist.



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Mercury Amalgam Fillings: Over and OUT!

The United States government has taken the paradigm-shifting position that mercury-containing “silver” dental fillings should be phased out.

This goal is articulated in a position paper prepared for the United Nations’ Mercury Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, which is charged with protecting human health and the environment from mercury.  The delegation from the United States proposed in late March 2011 that the multinational treaty on mercury be crafted “so that the agreement is able to achieve the phase down, with the goal of eventual phase out by all Parties [nations] of mercury amalgam upon the development and availability of affordable, viable alternatives.”[1]

The US proposes that the treaty “commit Parties to phase down the use of mercury amalgam” by several means, including “educating patients and parents in order to protect children and fetuses.”

By taking this position in the negotiation of a multinational treaty, the United States is standing for the human rights of children throughout the world to be protected from the insidious danger of mercury toxicity.

Nations that sign a treaty containing this provision will be committing themselves to educating their citizens about mercury’s potential hazards.  Without information about the hazards of a medical treatment, no one can truly consent to treatment.

In other words, the United States is standing for the human right of informed consent prior to medical treatment.

The new U.S. position on amalgams is momentous.   It overrules the most recent FDA pronouncement on the subject.  In July of 2009 the FDA issued a ruling stating that the amount of mercury vapor coming from fillings does not put adults and older children “at risk for mercury-associated health effects,” and that younger children must be safe because they would get even lower exposures.[2]

Along with this pronouncement of safety in 2009, the FDA deleted a statement that had appeared on the FDA website beginning in June of 2008:  “Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses.” The cautionary statement had been posted in consequence of a lawsuit that had been filed by consumer groups, on the grounds that FDA had failed to make any regulations concerning mercury fillings. [3]

(In December 2010 the FDA’s dental advisory committee recommended that the FDA take another look at the evidence of potential harm to children, nursing infants, and fetuses.)[4]

In its position paper, the U.S. delegation on mercury also advocates the development of safe containment facilities for mercury waste.

Believe it or not, this proposal is also pivotal.    No nation has yet created such a facility, although a few nations are investigating the matter.  A cut-back on world use of mercury—whether in dentistry or in industry and mining–will create the need for such a site.  Right now it is far cheaper to stockpile this hazardous waste in our mouths.  About 30 TONS of mercury are stored in Americans each year.[5]

How dare the delegation contradict the considered opinion of the FDA?    The treaty negotiation team’s lineup offers the answer.  The U.S. delegation comprises half a dozen State Department officials, another half dozen officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, one representative from the Council on Environmental Quality, one from the Department of energy—and one lonely member from the FDA.

Perhaps the State Department decided that brandishing mercury fillings tarnishes our international image.  Canada, France, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Japan, and Taiwan have already either banned amalgams altogether or prohibited their use in children and pregnant women.  Further, the State Department is not subject to lawsuits from mercury-damaged consumers and therefore need not protect the status quo.   Or perhaps the EPA has trumped the FDA.

Treaties trump regulations–according to the United States Constitution.

As Charles Brown, legal counsel for Consumers for Dental Choice points out,  we are announcing to the world that mercury fillings are passé.

The worldwide phase-out of mercury fillings is now main-stream medicine.  I salute the US delegation.

[1] The full text of the U.S. position paper may be found  at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) website.  (The paper is not dated, but the committee’s deadline for submissions was March 28, 2011.)  I am indebted to the analysis of Charles Brown, Legal Counsel for Consumers for Dental Choice, “U.S. Government Calls for the Phase-Out f Dental Mercury Amalgam…,” which appeared in the Bolen Report April 5, 2011. Information on the delegates  may be found in the UN’s records of participants in the first (June 2010) and second (January 2011) meetings of the International Negotiating Committee for mercury.


[2] A summary of the FDA’s Final Regulation on Dental Amalgam, July 28,  2009 appears on the FDA website.

[3]Mike Adams,  “FDA Declares Mercury Amalgams Safe for All,” Natural News August 11, 2009, accessed April 10, 2011.

[4] Robert Lowes, “FDA Hearing on Mercury-Based Dental Fillings Pleases Both Sides of Debate,” Medscape Medical News December 18, 2010, accessed April 10, 2011.

[5] Mercury in Americans’ amalgams amounted to 30.4 tons in 2004, a slight decrease from 30.8 tons in 2001. Northeast Waste Management Officials Association, Trends in Mercury Use Product: Summary of the Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) Mercury-Added Products Database June 2008, page 9, accessed April 12, 2011.

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Update: FDA Committee Votes Down Warning Labels for Food Colorings

The FDA Food Advisory committee voted not to require warning labels on food colors.  (The FDA is not required to follow the advice of the advisory committee, but likely will do so.)  Not a surprising result, but disappointing.

More aggravating to me is the spin in the medical press.  Medscape headlines blared: “No Link Between Food Dyes and Behavioral Problems, Says FDA Panel.” [1]

The Medscape article  stated categorically that only certain “susceptible” ADHD kids react to food colors.  On the contrary, the Lancet 2007 study showed that colors increase hyperactivity in children “in the general population”—not just in “susceptible” kids who also have ADHD.  [2] This was the study that galvanized England and the European Union to require warnings on products containing the food colors.  Most major candy manufacturers in the EU as well as most British supermarket chains have already reformulated their products to eliminate artificial food colorings.

In addition to the Lancet study, other recent research has investigated “normal” children, finding higher hyperactivity scores when the children were ingesting food colorings.[3]

The Medscape article also stated that the reaction in these susceptible children was caused by a “unique intolerance” to the substances and not by any “inherent neurotoxic properties.”

Again, this statement is incorrect.  Researchers in England found that food colors are neutrotoxic, and that the neurotoxicity is exponentially increased if colors are combined with other  brain toxins, such as aspartame and glutamate.[4] Other studies of individual colors have found that they increase neurons’ permeability to calcium ions, meaning that red coloring  makes neurons “fire” more readily.[5] Animal studies have found that the color affects neurotransmitters.[6] The food colors have also been shown to inhibit energy production in mitochondria.  [7]

The good news in the midst of this disappointment:  the vote to require warning labels failed by only one vote: 8 to 6. This vote shows that even FDA advisors are aware of the risks of these chemicals, which of course have no value except as a marketing tool.  In fact the panel voted 13 to 1 to require more studies on the role of food additives in hyperactivity in children.

Other good news:  Frito-Lay has decided to remove artificial colors and flavors from more than 60 products, substituting beet and carrot juice, for example, for red dye number 40. “We’re always looking for new ways to give consumers what they’re looking for,” explained Jeff Dahncke, spokesman for Pepsico, which owns Frito-Lay.  (However, Frito-Lay does not intend to remove artificial colors from top-sellers Doritos and Cheetos.)

Sensient Technologies announced last year that it is investing $16 million to build the biggest natural color manufacturing plant in North America. “The trend towards natural colors is accelerating, and this new manufacturing plant will further promote the conversion to natural colors by large food and beverage manufacturers,” explained Kenneth Manning, CEO of Sensient Technologies.  [8]

And some commentators are realizing that American families—particularly lower income families–need help from the government if they are to avoid brain-damaging additives in their foods.    Columnist Petula Dvorak for the Washington Post quipped: “Okay, we get it. Loopy cereal the color of a circus tent or yogurt that glows an unholy green is not good for us or the kids.

“But when it turns out that barbecue sauce, beef bouillon, pickles, bread, the skin of oranges, cheese, meat and crescent rolls are also dyed to make you want to eat them, healthy eating becomes a ridiculous game of hide-and-seek that few people have time to play.”

Noting that Europeans have already reformulated products to avoid artificial dyes, she concluded: “If getting companies to start selling food that looks a little less like Play-Doh is acting like a nanny state, then bring it on. We can use a little help with the discipline over here.”[9]

For more information about the effects of additives and how to avoid them,  see my Resource pages, the Feingold Association website and the Fed Up with Food Additives website.

[1] Emma Hitt, No link between food Dyes and Behavioral Problems, says FDA Panel, Medscape News Today, April 1, 2011.

[2] McCann D,  et al.  Food additives and hyperactive behaviour in 3-year-old and 8/9-year-old children in the community: a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial. Lancet 2007  Nov 3;370(9598):1560-7.

[3] See  [NO author listed}  Artificial food colouring and hpyperactivity symptoms in children.    Prescrire International 2009 Oct;18(103):215.  PMID 19882794.  This placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover clinical study in 297 children representative of the general population showed higher hyperactivity scores during the periods when they were ingesting artificial food colorings.  Researchers concluded: “these data suggest that it is best to avoid exposing children to artificial food coloring.”

A similar study was done by Bateman, B. et al. The effects of a double blind, placebo-controlled, artificial food colourings and benzoate preservative challenge on hyperactivity in a general population sample of preschool children.  Archives of Disease in Childhood 2004 June; 80(6): 506-511.  This study of three-year-olds in the general population also found increased hyperactive behavior while the children were ingesting the food colorings, and reductions in hyperactivity during the withdrawal phase. Click here for the full text.

[4]Lau, K. et al. Synergistic interactions between commonly used food additives in a developmental neurotoxicity test.  Toxicological Sciences 2006 March; 90(1): 178-187.   Click here for the full text.

[5] Augustine, G. and Leitan, H.  Presynaptic effect of erythosin B at the frog neuromuscular junction: ion and photon sensitivity.  Journal of Physiology 1983 Jan; 334: 65-77.

[6] Goldenring, J, Batter, D, and Shaywitz, B.  Sulfanilic acid: behavioral change related to azo food dyes in developing rats.  Neurobehavioral Toxicology and Teratology 1982 Jan-Feb; 4(1): 43-49;  Augustine, G., and Levitan, H.  Neurotransitter release from a vertebrate neuromuscular synapse affected by a food dye.  Science 1980 Mar. 28; 207(4438): 1489-1490 [ scroll up on the link to find this citation];  Lafferman, J. and Silbergeld, E. Erythrosin B inhibits dopamine transport in rat caudate synaptosomes.  Science 1979 July; 205(4404): 410-412.

[7] Reyes, P., Valim, M, and Vercesi, A.  Effect of organic synthetic food colours on mitochondrial respiration.  Food Additives and Contaminants 1996 Jan; 13(1): 5-11.

[8] Lyndsey Layton, “Food Dyes’ Favor Fades as Possible links to Hyperactivity Emerge,” Washington Post March 25, 2011.

[9] Petula Clark, “Food dyes may make kids hyper, some scientists say, but sadly the price is right,” Washington Post,  March 28, 2011.

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Building Muscle in Elders: Show Me the “Whey”!

Older adults who lose muscle may simply not be consuming enough protein.  To stimulate muscle building, older adults need greater amounts of protein than do younger persons.

The proteins from a meal break down in the digestive tract into individual amino acids for absorption.  The flood of amino acids released from the digestive tract into the blood signals the building of muscles.  Like many body tissues, muscles are constantly being broken down and rebuilt.  Without adequate amino acids from protein in the diet, muscle rebuilding will cease, while muscle breakdown continues.

Muscle loss in the elderly, called sarcopenia, affects at least 30% of individuals over age 60, and 50% of those over 80.[1]

After ingesting 25 to 30 grams of high-quality protein, both young and old synthesize the same amount of muscle.  In fact, this amount of protein increased muscle protein synthesis by 50% in both young and old, as compared to muscle synthesis before the meal. [2] But muscle protein synthesis is impaired in the elderly with meals less than 20 grams of protein. [3]

The study’s author, Dr. Padden, suggests that older persons consume 25 to 30 grams of protein at each meal.  More protein is not helpful for muscle building: the extra protein will simply be used for energy, or stored as fat.  To consume roughly 25 to 30 grams of protein, try 4 ounces of meat, poultry, fish, or cheese, 1 cup of large curd cottage cheese, or three or four eggs. [4]

This amount of protein exceeds the US RDA.  The RDA is currently .36 grams per pound of body weight, or about 55 grams per day for a 150-pound person—less than the 75 to 90 grams per day that Dr. Padden recommends.  But the RDA is based on short-duration studies in young adults.[5] Many researchers have argued that the RDA is insufficient to protect the elderly from sarcopenia.  In one study, elders who ate the most protein lost 40% less of their muscle mass than did elders who ate the least amount of protein. [6] Ten men and women aged 55 to 77 who ate precisely the RDA amount of protein for 14 weeks lost muscle mass. [7] So it may be that muscle loss in our elderly is not “normal aging” but malnutrition.

The amino acid leucine is most important for building muscles in older persons.  Several human and animal studies have found that older adults given extra leucine synthesized more muscle than did controls not given the extra leucine. [8] For young adults, the extra leucine had no effect.  So some researchers are recommending supplementation with the amino acid leucine along with a high-quality protein meal to improve muscle rebuilding in the elderly.

What foods are highest in leucine?  Poultry is highest, followed closely by red meat.  Fish has slightly less.   Another very good source is whey protein.

I can personally attest to the muscle-building qualities of whey protein. I recently was hospitalized for pneumonia and lost about 25 to 30 pounds of muscle mass. [9] I started drinking lots of powdered whey mixed with water, because I wanted something that I could sip while lying in bed.  I also  knew that whey helps the body to synthesize glutathione, a natural anti-oxidant, detoxifier, and essential component of the immune system.[10] .  (At the time I had not read about whey’s muscle-building potential for older adults like me).  My muscles miraculously reappeared.   Friends who had seen me lying in a hospital bed with twigs for arms and legs were amazed when I  resumed vigorous folk dancing.

The best whey protein is “non-denatured,” meaning that it has not been heat-treated.  High heat damages amino acids.  High heat also creates free glutamates and other protein breakdown products.  Glutamates are excito-toxins, meaning that they excite neurons to death, causing brain lesions in laboratory animals. [11] Whey protein isolate may be up to 20 percent glutamate or free glutamic acid.  Look for “non-denatured” on the label if you’re buying powdered whey.  Avoid the terms “hydrolyzed and “protein isolate.”  The product I used is “Whey Cool,” from pastured cows and Designs for Health.  I am extremely sensitive to glutamates and I had no difficulties in ingesting large quantities of this product. (I have no financial relationship with this company.)

Some studies show that elders who do strength training do not synthesize any extra muscle while consuming protein in amounts greater than the RDA.  So perhaps the extra protein is not needed for those who lift weights regularly.  But many elders have illnesses or joint pains that prevent them from strength training.  For them, extra protein may be the key to remaining healthy and active in their later years.

May your meals satisfy and your muscles flourish!

May your meals satisfy and your muscles flourish!


[1] Baumgartner, R. et al. Epidemiology of sarcopenia among the elderly in New Mexico.  American Journal of Epidemiology 1998; 147:755-763.

[2] Symons, T. et al. Aging does not impair the anabolic response to a protein-rich meal.  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2007; 86:451-456.

[3] Padden-Jones, D. and Rasmussen, B. Dietary protein recommendations and the prevention of sarcopenia.  Current Opinion on Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care 2009 Jan; 12(1): 86-90. Cuthbertson, D. et al.  Anabolic signaling deficits underlie amino acid resistance of wasting, aging muscle.  FASEB Journal 2005; 19:422-424.

[4] Vegetarians may prefer 1 ½ cup sliced almonds (or 96 whole almonds), 1-1/2 cu. cooked lentils, ¾ c. pumpkin seeds, 1 c. sunflower seeds, or 2 cups of cooked beans.  However, vegetable proteins are not considered “quality” proteins because they do not contain all eight essential amino acids. Protein data is from USDA Agricultural Research Service, Home and Garden Bulletin #72.

[5] Rand, W. et al.  Meta-analysis of nitrogen balance studies for estimating protein requirements in health adults.  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2003; 77:109-127.

[6] Houston, D. et al.  Dietary protein intake is associated with lean mass change in older, community-dwelling adults: the Health, Aging, and Body Composition (Health ABC) Study.  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2008; 87:150-155.

[7] Campbell, W. et al. The recommended dietary allowance for protein may not be adequate for older people to maintain skeletal muscle.  Journals of Gerontology Series A 2001; 56(6): M373-M380.

[8] Dreyer, H. et al. Leucine-enriched essential amino acid and carbohydrate ingestion following resistance exercise enhances mTOR signaling and protein synthesis in human muscle.  American Journal of Physiology–Endocrinology and Metabolism 2998; 294:E392-400. Rieu, I. et al.  Leucine supplementation improves muscle protein synthesis in elderly men independently of hyperaminoacidemia.  Journal of Physiology 2006; 575:305-315.

[9] Kortebein. P. et al. Effect of 10 days of bed rest on skeletal muscle in healthy older adults.  Journal of the American Medical Association 2007; 297:1772-1774.   Padden-Jones, D. et al Essential amino acid and carbohydrate supplementation ameliorates muscle protein loss in humans during 28 days bedrest.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 2004; 89:4351-4358.

[10] Lomaestro, B.  Glutathione in health and disease: pharmacotherapeutic issues.  Annals of Pharmacotherapy 1995 Dec; 29(12): 1263-73. Bounous, G. and Gold, P.  The biological activity of undenatured whey proteins: role of glutathione.  Clinical and Investigative Medicine 1991 Aug; 14(4): 296-309.

[11] Blaylock, R. Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills, Health Press, San Francisco, 1997.

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Restricted Diet Relieves Symptoms in 4 out of 5 Children with ADHD!

A study just published in the Lancet supports what many parents have been saying for years: the best way to resolve ADHD symptoms is to try a restricted elimination diet. After ADHD symptoms are relieved, you can gradually add back favorite foods to learn what foods are causing the symptoms.

Researchers restricted 41 children with ADHD to a diet of rice, meat, vegetables, and pears.  Notice that this diet eliminates common allergens as well as all food additives.

Of those 41 children, 32 or 78% responded positively to the diet, a positive response being defined as at least 40% decrease in symptoms. Most parents would declare a 40% reduction in symptoms to be a cure!

Children with oppositional defiant behavior in addition to ADHD also reduced their oppositional behavior while on the restricted diet.  The improvement is particularly satisfying because oppositional children usually fare worse than ADHD children in later life.

A previous study by the same researchers found that 11 of 15 children on this same restricted diet made behavioral improvements of at least 40%, whereas none of the control children improved.

What’s unique about the new study is that researchers purposely did not select children who already showed signs of allergic reactions, such as rashes.  They wanted to see whether kids with ADHD who showed no other signs of allergy could respond to an elimination diet.  The answer was “Yes,” for nearly 80% of the children.

This new research complements seven published randomized controlled trials of diets that restricted foods and not just additives and sugars.  All these prior studies showed improvements in behavior from restricted diets.

In a second part of the study, researchers tried to ascertain whether IgG testing could help parents determine which foods caused ADHD symptoms.  (IgG testing finds out whether the child’s blood contains higher than normal antibodies to certain foods.)  Here the result was a resounding “No.”  Children given foods that the blood test showed to be safe (low-IgG foods) relapsed into poor behavior just as much as did children given high- IgG foods.  Researchers concluded that IgG allergic reactions do not cause ADHD and that parents should not bother with such tests solely for ADHD symptoms.

Researchers advise that all children with ADHD deserve a five-week trial with the restricted diet.

Do you accept the challenge?

Here’s an abstract (summary) of the new study, and here’s an abstract of their prior successful study.

Here’s the full text of the new study.

P.S.  For even better results, make sure that those vegetables don’t contain salicylates and that the meat is prepared to be low in amines.  For more information on low-salicylate and low-amine diets for children with learning and behavioral problems, see the resource page at It’s Alimentary.

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Still More on Iodine and other Protective Supplements

Here is some information from Dr. Thomas Cowan, Author of The Fourfold Path to Healing and board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

“Many people have asked me what, if anything, they should do to prepare for the possibility of increased radiation exposure.   Here are my suggestions, based on my understanding of the research on preventing and treating radiation sickness.  I also want to thank the many people who have written to me to help me sort out the voluminous research on this subject. 

“First, because there is no clear evidence of current danger that I know of, we should do now only what is safe, inexpensive and otherwise healthy.   This includes our Nourishing Traditions/GAPS diet, with liberal amounts of good fats, broth, lacto-fermented vegetables and greens.   Special foods that have been shown to counteract radiation sickness include naturally fermented miso, beets, kombucha and sea vegetables, such as kombu.  Fermented cod liver oil at the usual dose of ½ teaspoon or 2 capsules is best.   Next, detoxifying baths with a cup of Epsom salts every couple days is an inexpensive aid to boosting magnesium levels, relaxing muscles, and aiding the elimination channels. [Note from Beverly: I've researched the miso and found that there is little evidence for its offering radiation protection.  It's consumption is also associated with higher rates of certain cancers in Japan.]

“As for medicines, at this point I recommend the safest and most proven aids in radiation exposure, which are vitamin C in the form of the highly absorbable liposomal C; the herb eleutherococcus, otherwise known as Siberian ginseng; and a seaweed called modifilan, a brown seaweed that is rich in a chemical called fucoidan, which studies have shown has great promise in combating radiation exposure.  This seaweed has liberal amounts of iodine, so the more toxic potassium iodine need not be taken at this point.   The doses of these medicines are:

Liposomal C: 1 tsp a day in any liquid,  half that dose for children younger than 5.

“Eleutherococcus from Mediherb, Pure, Herb Pharm or other vendors:  one tablet twice a day for adults, half that dose for children younger than 5.  For children unable to swallow pills, the tablets can be dissolved in hot water and mixed with any liquid.  For tinctures use as directed on labels and half dose for children.

“Modifilan:   3 capsules twice a day for adults, one capsule twice a day for children younger than 5. It can be mixed with any soft food, like applesauce.

“All these medicines can be obtained online, or, you can call our office (415-334-1010), and we will send them out.    We don’t have an unlimited supply but will do the best we can to keep up.

“As for potassium iodine, this is a much more aggressive measure, and many people will have some trouble with the high doses that are suggested.  But, if public health authorities say it’s time, then it should be used – but only then, in my opinion.  In that case, the dose is 130 mg of KI for adults and women who are breastfeeding, 65 mg for young people ages 3 and 18, children who are adult size take the adult dose, and infants and children between 1 month and 2 years should take 32 mg, newborns to infants 1 month old should take 16 mg.   The best source is either from your local pharmacy or by ordering Iodoral online.  If you need a prescription, you can call the front desk and we can call it in.

“Hopefully, this tragedy will be resolved soon. In the meantime, our hearts go out to the workers risking their health and lives to contain the damage, and to the people of Japan, who have endured so much. It is my hope that this event will lead to a needed change of awareness in our culture. I invite you to stay abreast of other possible interventions and to keep in touch.”

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More on Iodine

Here is information from Dr. David Brownstein, author of Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It.

Monday, March 14, 2011
Japan Radiation Update
I have received many questions from my post yesterday about the nuclear disaster in Japan. Unfortunately, there has been little information about the amount of radiation released from either Japan or the U.S. I find it hard to believe no one in the U.S. government has any idea on the amount of radiation that has been released and the amount of radiation that is predicted to fall over the U.S. in the next 3-7 days.

What should we do? I still say that we have time to sit tight as there is still time to take enough iodine in order to prevent problems from radioactive iodine. How much iodine? As stated yesterday, the U.S. government recommends 130mg of potassium iodide in the event of a nuclear disaster. However, that amount is only necessary for those who are near a nuclear explosion.

Thankfully, we are not near the explosion. As the cloud drifts over the ocean, the amount of radioactivity will dissipate. Although there is no sure amount that we know will prevent damage from this catastrophe, ensuring adequate iodine intake will minimize any exposure to radioactive iodine. How much iodine is that? Until we know what the exposure is going to be, no one can know what dose of iodine to take.

Now it is time to get off the fence. The average Japanese ingests around 13mg of iodine per day. This is 100x more than the average U.S. citizen. I have discussed this in my book, Iodine Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It. Since I have been recommending most people take 6-50mg of iodine per day, I would suggest taking the average Japanese dose of 13mg/day. This is one Iodoral pill or one Iodozyme HP pill or two drops of Lugol’s iodine. I do not believe microgram doses will do the trick.

[Note from Beverly: the Japanese intake estimates range from 1 to 15 milligrams. From my research I think the 13 milligrams figure, which came from now-disputed calculations based on seaweed consumption, is too high an estimate of average consumption in Japan.]

There is risk with taking iodine, just as there is risk with any substance, but my experience has shown this dose to be safe for the vast majority of people. Please discuss this dosage with your health care provider before beginning supplementation.


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Some experts are predicting that the gulf stream will bring radioactive particles to the United States.  Many folks are purchasing iodine supplements to prevent thyroid damage during radioactive fallout, and supplies are running short.  (Natural iodine protects the thyroid from absorbing radioactive iodine.)  For your information Vitamin Research Products still has iodoral supplements available.    And Natural News has posted an article about natural sources of iodine.  (I have no financial relationship with either company.)

One of my favorite supplement suppliers, Jigsaw Health,  reminded me of  the “gifts” of fear.  Fear teaches us to preserve and protect ourselves and our loved ones.  Fear teaches us wisdom.  May we  be wise and courageous.

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