Radiation conundrum

Hi all, I have been reading the news this week regarding the devastation in Japan, watching some of the impact fall right into our laps here on the West Coast.  Quite a few patients have contacted me this week wondering if they should be taking Potassium Iodide.  The short an answer is, I don't know.

There is very little conclusive evidence available at this time to make a definitive recommendation.  However, I did come across this map that shows the likely flow of the radiation plume from the nuclear power plant.  Many people want and need a plan of action.

What I do know is that it's smart to be prepared.  As a naturopathic doctor and midwife, I can't stress that enough in any realm of health.  What I also know is that I want to protect my patients and my family.  So, for that reason I am recommending that each family get some Potassium Iodide.  I think it's wise to have it on hand at this point.

If your local stores are out of it, I have found some at Amazon.com.  We also got a shipment this afternoon at our clinic of Potassium Iodide drops.  The dosing::ONLY IN THE EVENT OF ACTUAL RADIATION EXPOSURE:: is as follows (from cdc.gov):

  • Adults should take 130 mg (one 130 mg tablet OR two 65 mg tablets OR two mL of solution).
  • Women who are breastfeeding should take the adult dose of 130 mg.
  • Children between 3 and 18 years of age should take 65 mg (one 65 mg tablet OR 1 mL of solution). Children who are adult size (greater than or equal to 150 pounds) should take the full adult dose, regardless of their age.
  • Infants and children between 1 month and 3 years of age should take 32 mg (½ of a 65 mg tablet OR ½ mL of solution). This dose is for both nursing and non-nursing infants and children.
  • Newborns from birth to 1 month of age should be given 16 mg (¼ of a 65 mg tablet or ¼ mL of solution). This dose is for both nursing and non-nursing newborn infants.
  • Pregnant women should take 130mg and immediately evacuate the radiation zone.

Many forms of Potassium Iodide that you will find in stores come in microgram dosages, so make sure to do the appropriate math.  You want to take milligram dosages should we have actual radiation exposure.

In the meantime, we should be focusing on Iodine-rich foods to build our stores up a bit.  I'll be updating this blog as the story develops. So check back.  I'll leave you with this list of yummy foods to munch on:

Asparagus

Dulse

Garlic

Kelp

Lima beans

Mushrooms

Seafood

Sea salt and fortified salt

Seaweed

Sesame seeds

Soybeans

Spinach

Summer squash

Swiss chard

Turnip greens