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Protect Yourself from the Damaging Effects of Radiation
February 24, 2010

When most people think of radiation they picture nuclear weapons of some sort, a nuclear power plant, or a medical device such as an X-ray and Cat Scan machine. However, in our modern world today we are being exposed to radiation from many more sources than ever before. Other sources of radiation exposure include microwaves, high-voltage power lines, cell phones, televisions, video display monitors which includes computer monitors, and all devices that run on electricity.

Radiation Damages the Body
Radiation produces free-radicals that damage cells that make up tissues such as organs, glands, muscles, and bones. Besides causing the cells to age more quickly they also become distorted, or mutated, creating cancers such as leukemia, anemia, birth defects, and other diseases.

Radioactive Isotopes

Radioactive isotopes, depending on the isotope, from either medical treatments or nuclear fallout, can remain radioactive in the body for days, months, or years. Most kinds of radiation that come from microwaves, cell phones, and medical devices such as X-rays, Cat Scans, just pass through the body causing immediate damage to cells and leaving behind free-radicals that continue their damaging effects. Sometimes radiomimetic products are created that mimic radioactive substances that cause similar damage to the body.

Levels of Exposure
The amount of exposure to radiation will vary from person to person of course. However, I want to caution people not to become complacent about this. There has been so much Strontium 90 released into our environment all over the world by nuclear explosions, power plants, and nuclear weapon facilities that it is believed that every person on Earth has levels that are detectable in their bone tissue.

Besides the continuous low levels of radiation exposure, people are being exposed to higher levels from man-made sources than first realized. First example, it has just been fairly recently that they discovered that Cat Scans are exposing people to higher amounts of radiation than they thought, tremendously increasing their risk of cancer. One report said that one Cat Scan could be equivalent from 50 to 400 X-rays!

Medical Radiation Accidents
Another area of lethal exposure to radiation is from medical equipment accidents. In other words, the equipment was not programmed properly, or the software and/or equipment had a glitch. To help you appreciate this I provided an article that I found in my local Sunday newspaper - The Columbus Dispatch. After you read the article I have provided some ways that you can protect your body against radiation.

Medical-radiation accidents go unreported
Trusting doctors often unaware of machine errors
Sunday, January 24, 2010 3:15 AM
By Walt Bogdanich
The New York Times

As Scott Jerome-Parks lay dying, he clung to this wish: that his fatal radiation overdose -- which left him deaf, struggling to see, unable to swallow, burned, with his teeth falling out, with ulcers in his mouth and throat, nauseated, in severe pain and finally unable to breathe -- be studied and talked about so that others might not have to live his nightmare.

Sensing death was near, Jerome-Parks summoned his family for a final Christmas. He died several weeks later in 2007. He was 43.

A New York City hospital treating him for tongue cancer had failed to detect a computer error that directed a linear accelerator to blast his brain stem and neck with errant beams of radiation. Not once, but three times.

Soon after the accident at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan, state health officials cautioned hospitals to be extra careful with linear accelerators, which generate beams of high-energy radiation.

But on the day of the warning, at University Hospital in Brooklyn, a 32-year-old breast-cancer patient, Alexandra Jn-Charles, absorbed the first of 27 days of radiation overdoses, each three times the prescribed amount. A linear accelerator with a missing filter would burn a hole in her chest, leaving a gaping wound so painful that the mother of two young children considered suicide.

Jn-Charles and Jerome-Parks died a month apart. Both experienced the wonders and the brutality of radiation. It helped diagnose and treat their disease. It also inflicted unspeakable pain.

Americans receive far more medical radiation than ever. The average lifetime dose of diagnostic radiation has increased sevenfold since 1980, and more than half of all cancer patients get radiation therapy.

Serious accidents are rare. But patients often know little about the harm that can result when safety rules are violated and the technologically complex machines go awry.

To better understand those risks, The New York Times examined thousands of pages of public and private records and interviewed physicians, medical physicists, researchers and government regulators.

The Times found that although this new technology allows doctors to more accurately attack tumors and reduce certain mistakes, its complexity has created new avenues for error -- through software flaws, faulty programming, poor safety procedures or inadequate staffing and training.

"Linear accelerators and treatment planning are enormously more complex than 20 years ago," said Dr. Howard I. Amols, chief of clinical physics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. But hospitals, he said, are often too trusting of the new computer systems and software, relying on them as if they had been tested over time, when they have not.

No one agency oversees medical radiation, and there is no central clearinghouse of cases. Accidents are chronically underreported, records show, and some states require no reporting.

In June, it was reported that a Philadelphia hospital gave the wrong radiation dose to more than 90 patients with prostate cancer and then kept quiet about it.

In 2005, a Florida hospital disclosed that 77 brain-cancer patients had received 50 percent more radiation than prescribed because one of the most powerful -- and supposedly precise -- linear accelerators had been programmed incorrectly for nearly a year.

Dr. John J. Feldmeier, a radiation oncologist at the University of Toledo, estimates that 1 in 20 patients will suffer injuries.

Most are normal complications, not mistakes, Feldmeier said.

"My suspicion is that maybe half of the accidents we don't know about," said Dr. Fred A. Mettler Jr., who has investigated radiation accidents and written books on medical radiation.

In 2009, the nation's largest wound-care company treated 3,000 radiation injuries, most of them serious enough to require treatment in hyperbaric oxygen chambers, which use pure, pressurized oxygen to promote healing, said Jeff Nelson, president and chief executive of Diversified Clinical Services.

Although the worst accidents can be devastating, most radiation therapy "is very good," Mettler said. "And while there are accidents, you wouldn't want to scare people to death where they don't get needed radiation therapy."

"My suspicion is that maybe half of the accidents we don't know about."
Dr. Fred A. Mettler Jr.
expert on radiation accidents

What You Can Do to Protect Against and Remove Radiation
Pectin

Pectin has the ability to bind radioactive residues and remove them from the body. Apples are high in pectin. Other fruits are guavas, quince, plums, gooseberries, oranges and other citrus fruits. Try to use organic fruits. You can also purchase concentrated pectin powder from a health food store. It can be mixed in fresh juice or chlorine-free water.

Edible Clay
Add 4 ounces of chlorine-free unboiled water to 1 ounce of bentonite clay. Let sit for 8 hours, stir and drink once a day.
Make sure you drink plenty of chlorine-free water throughout the day. You can also use other forms of edible clay such as French green clay.

Sea Salt and Baking Soda
Add 1 pound of sea salt and 1 pound of baking soda and soak in chlorine-free water for 20 minutes. Then rinse with cool water. You can also 1 pound of betonite, or other clay, to the sea salt and baking soda when soaking which increases the removal of radiation. Some specialists who work with radioactive isotopes use this method to remove radiation from their body. If you have been exposed to an abnormally high level of radiation you can use this method three times a week for one month.

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, such as wheat and barley, and sunflower greens. Chlorophyll is similar in structure to hemoglobin.
Source: “Fighting Radiation and Chemical Pollutants with Foods, Herbs and Vitamins” by Steven R. Schechter, N.D.

Guinea pigs on a diet rich in chlorophyll showed increased resistance to lethal X-rays.
U.S. Army report in 1950

Alfalfa
Organic alfalfa is a good source of natural chlorophyll.

Other Benefits of Alfalfa
- Rich source of absorbable minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, and iron.
- Natural fluoride and trace minerals
- Fiber for for good bowel health and function
- All vitamins including A as beta carotene, B-6, B-12, C, D, E, and K
- Essential Fatty Acids
- Antioxidants such octacosanol, saponins, carotenoids, and other phytonutrients
- Helps to balance the pH (reduces an over-acid pH which is very destructive to the cells.)
- Promotes healthy kidney function and water retention
- Promotes healthy joints
- Contains enzymes to help in digestion
- Nourishes the glandular system
- Supports healthy blood sugar levels
- Assists in healing peptic ulcer
- Assists the body in fighting infections
- Assists in building strong bones and teeth
- Assists in cleansing the blood
- Assists in removing excessive cholesterol and supports healthy blood vessels

Chlorella
In Japan, interest in chlorella has focused largely on its detoxifying properties - its ability to neutralize or remove poisonous substances from the body, including Cadmium, mercury-caused disease, dioxin, PCBs, X-rays and other radiations.

A Report by Scottist in 1986 and report from Japan showed that increase absorption of Cadmium by Chlorella and increased excretion of Cadmium by threefold after intake of Chlorella from animal testing. Chlorella can also detoxify Uranium, Lead, Copper, PCB.
Source: " A good Health Guide: Chlorella " by William H Lee. R. Ph.D. and Michael Rosenbaum, M.D.

Chlorella exhibited radioprotective action against Gamma-ray induced Chromosomal damage in mice. The Anti-mutagenic activity of chlorophyll and beta-carotene present in vegetable extracts is now well established.
The Japan Radiation Research Society in 1993

Other Benefits of Chlorella
- Improving and cleansing digestive system
- Protecting against damaging free radicals
- Increasing growth of gut micro-flora
- Detoxing - including heavy metals and PCBs
- Purifying and cleansing the blood
- Help balancing body's pH
- Boosting immune system
- Helping with weight loss/maintenance
- Stimulating the growth of new cells
- Supplementing essential vitamins and minerals
- Assist in protecting and repairing the nucleic acids (RNA/DNA) of the cells

Not All Chlorella Supplements Are the Same
For chlorella to be effective it must be cultivated properly and then made absorbable to the body without destroying its benefits.

YAEYAMA CHLORELLA
Yaeyama Chlorella is 100% fresh-water chlorella, grown on the coral reef island of Ishigaki, Japan. Chlorella may enhance health naturally by supporting the immune system and promoting energy, vitality, and natural cleansing. Yaeyama Chlorella is rich in chlorella growth factor (CGF), vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, beta-carotene, and other phytonutrients. It is spray dried using a special process that breaks the cell wall, yet preserves the nutrients within, ensuring a highly digestible and nutrient-rich product. Source Naturals Yaeyama Chlorella contains absolutely no added binders, fillers, or flow agents.

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.
Source: “Fighting Radiation and Chemical Pollutants with Foods, Herbs and Vitamins” by Steven R. Schechter, N.D.

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. Vitamin 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.
Source: “Fighting Radiation and Chemical Pollutants with Foods, Herbs and Vitamins” by Steven R. Schechter, N.D.

Not All Vitamin E Supplements Are the Same

Most vitamin E sold today are not produced properly. Too little gamma tocopherol and oil fillers are used which can produce free-radicals as they go rancid. E-Logic™ E-Complex is properly formulated and made oil-free in a GMP and ISO 9001:2000 registered facility.

Onions
Cysteine, 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.
Source: “Fighting Radiation and Chemical Pollutants with Foods, Herbs and Vitamins” by Steven R. Schechter, N.D.

Olive Oil
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.
Source: “Fighting Radiation and Chemical Pollutants with Foods, Herbs and Vitamins” by Steven R. Schechter, N.D.

Rutin
A glucoside found in buckwheat can help protect the body from the effects of radiation.

Other Benefits
- Inhibits plaque buildup in blood vessels, decreases capillary permeability and improves circulation.
- Combats inflammation
- Strengthens the capillaries, and, therefore, can reduce the symptoms of hemophilia.
- Helps to prevent unpleasant-looking venous edema of the legs.
- Some evidence Rutin can be used to treat hemorrhoids, varicosis, and microangiopathy
- An antioxidant

Seaweeds
Also called sea vegetables, are not only a great natural source of nutrients they are very effective at removing radiation from the body as they contain sodium alginate. I had an individual come to me about 15 years ago who had been subjected to many radiation treatments to combat a cancer he had. When I first saw him his whole body had a slight greenish tinge to the skin because of the amount of radiation he was exposed to. He was very sick and weak. I suggested that he drink 3 glasses of water a day with 2 tablespoons of sodium alginate powder mixed in. He decided to try it and when I saw him again about 2 weeks later his skin was back to its normal color and healthy looking. He also had a lot of energy and felt great.

There are literally thousands of different types of seaweeds but some of the most popular are arame, wakame, kombu, hijiki, bladderwrack, rockweed, sea lettuce, and dulse. You can find them in your local health food store and various oriental grocery stores in your neighborhood in their natural form, or in flakes, flat sheets, and powders. They can be mixed in soups and salads, or eaten by themselves. If you don't like the taste of seaweeds, or you want something more convenient you can find various seaweed supplements in capsules or tablets.

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.
Source:
“Fighting Radiation and Chemical Pollutants with Foods, Herbs and Vitamins” by Steven R. Schechter, N.D.

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, 1 mg. of iodine for children and 5 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.
Source: “Fighting Radiation and Chemical Pollutants with Foods, Herbs and Vitamins” by Steven R. Schechter, N.D.

Miso
Miso has been used to treat radiation sickness. It is is a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting rice, barley and/or soybeans, with salt and the fungus kojikin, the most typical miso being made with soy. The result is a thick paste used for sauces and spreads, pickling vegetables or meats, and mixing with dashi soup stock to serve as miso soup called Misoshiru, a Japanese culinary staple. High in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals, miso played an important nutritional role in feudal Japan. Miso is still very widely used in Japan, both in traditional and modern cooking, and has been gaining world-wide interest. Miso is typically salty, but its flavor and aroma depend on various factors in the ingredients and fermentation process. Different varieties of miso have been described as salty, sweet, earthy, fruity, and savory, and there is an extremely wide variety of miso available.

Below is information on how seaweeds and miso were used to treat radiation poisoning.

NUCLEAR RADIATION
With the beginning of the atomic age in 1945, nuclear energy became a major personal and planetary health issue. Atmospheric atomic and hydrogen bomb testing, as well as nuclear accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl in the 1970s and 1980s released radioactive particles into the environment that have been associated with causing leukemia, lymphoma, and other cancers; birth defects; anemia; and other diseases. Several foods, especially miso and sea vegetables, have a strong neutralizing effect on radioactivity and can help the body release Strontium-90 and other particles from the body.
See Fluoridation, Irradiation, Miso, Seeds.

Macrobiotic Diet Prevents Radiation Sickness Among A-Bomb Survivors in Japan - In August, 1945, at the time of the atomic bombing of Japan, Tatsuichiro Akizuki, M.D., was director of the Department of Internal Medicine at St. Francis’s Hospital in Nagasaki. Most patients in the hospital, located one mile from the center of the blast, survived the initial effects of the bomb, but soon after came down with symptoms of radiation sickness from the fallout that had been released. Dr. Akizuki fed his staff and patients a strict macrobiotic diet of brown rice, miso soup, wakame and other sea vegetables, Hokkaido pumpkin, and sea salt and prohibited the consumption of sugar and sweets. As a result, he saved everyone in his hospital, while many other survivors in the city perished from radiation sickness.
“I gave the cooks and staff strict orders that they should make unpolished whole-grain rice balls, adding some salt to them, prepare strong miso soup for each meal, and never use sugar. When they didn’t follow my orders, I scolded them without mercy, ‘Never take sugar. Sugar will destroy your blood!’. . .

“This dietary method made it possible for me to remain alive and go on working vigorously as a doctor. The radioactivity may not have been a fatal dose, but thanks to this method, Brother Iwanaga, Reverend Noguchi, Chief Nurse Miss Murai, other staff members and in-patients, as well as myself, all kept on living on the lethal ashes of the bombed ruins. It was thanks to this food that all of us could work for people day after day, overcoming fatigue or symptoms of atomic disease and survive the disaster free from severe symptoms of radioactivity.”
Sources: Tatsuichiro Akizuki, M.D., Nagasaki 1945 (London: Quartet Books, 1981); Tatsuichiro Akizuki, “How We Survived Nagasaki,” East West Journal, December 1980.

Macrobiotic Diet Heals Atomic Bomb Survivor in Hiroshima - In 1945, Sawako Hirago was a ten-year-old school girl in Hiroshima. In the atomic bombing on August 6, she was exposed to severe radiation that burned her face, head, and legs. The burned parts swelled up nearly three times normal. In the hospital, doctors feared for her recovery because one-third of her body was burned. Her mother gave her palm healing therapy over the abdomen every night, and she ate the only food available, two rice balls and two daikon radish pickles each day. Inside the rice balls was umeboshi (pickled salted plum).
Although the medical doctors gave up on her, Sawako survived, “My mother didn’t show me a mirror until I was cured. However, I was able to see my hands and leg which were very dirty and had a bad, rotten smell. On the rotten spots there were always flies. When the skin healed, I broke it because it was itchy; finally it became a keloidal condition. I didn’t see my face until it was finally cured. However, sores remained on my nose and pus remained on my chest. My hands and chest had masses of skin which remained until I was 20.”

Because of her disfiguration, she was ridiculed, nicknamed “Hormone Short,” and told she could never marry or have children. After completing school, she became a high school physics teacher and met a young chemistry teacher who ate very simply. The couple married and attended lectures by George Ohsawa, the founder of modern macrobiotics in Japan, and he said that only people practicing macrobiotics would survive a future nuclear war.

After talking with Mr. Ohsawa, Sawako gave up the modern, refined food which she had been eating since her survival and started eating brown rice and other foods. To her surprise, her problems started to clear up, including anemia, leukemia, low blood pressure, falling hair, and bleeding from the nose. Within two months, she was elated, “My face became beautiful.”

Sawako went on to have seven healthy children and raised all of them on brown rice, miso soup, vegetables, seaweed, and other healthy food.
Source: Sawako Hiraga, “How I Survived the Atomic Bomb,” The Macrobiotic, November/December 1979.

Seaweeds Protect Against Nuclear Fallout - Scientists at the Gastro-Intestinal Research Laboratory at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, reported that a substance derived from the sea vegetable kelp could reduce by 50 to 80 percent the amount of radioactive strontium absorbed through the intestine. Stanley Skoryna, M.D., said that in animal experiments sodium alginate obtained from brown algae permitted calcium to be normally absorbed through the intestinal wall while binding most of the strontium. The sodium alginate and strontium were subsequently excreted from the body. The experiments were designed to devise a method to counteract the effects of nuclear fallout and radiation.
Source:
S. C. Skoryna et al., “Studies on Inhibition of Intestinal Absorption of Radioactive Strontium,” Canadian Medical Association Journal 91:285-88, 1964.

Seaweeds Protect Against Nuclear Fallout - Canadian researchers reported that sea vegetables contained a polysaccharide substance that selectively bound radioactive strontium and helped eliminate it from the body. In laboratory experiments, sodium alginate prepared from kelp, kombu, and other brown seaweeds off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts was introduced along with strontium and calcium into rats. The reduction of radioactive particles in bone uptake, measured in the femur, reached as high as 80 percent, with little interference with calcium absorption. “The evaluation of biological activity of different marine algae is important because of their practical significance in preventing absorption of radioactive products of atomic fission as well as in their use as possible natural decontaminators.”
Source: Y. Tanaka et al., “Studies on Inhibition of Intestinal Absorption of Radio-Active Strontium,” Canadian Medical Association Journal 99:169-75, 1968.

Miso Protects Against Radiation - People who eat miso regularly may be up to five times more resistant to radiation than people not eating miso. This is the conclusion of scientific studies conducted by Kazumitsu Watanabe, professor of cancer and radiation at Hiroshima University’s atomic bomb radiation research center.

In laboratory experiments, he tested the cells in the small intestine of mice. These cells absorb nutrients and are particularly sensitive to radiation. They are easily destroyed by radiation. The victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki suffered from severe cases of diarrhea after the atomic bomb because of massive destruction of these cells.

Forty-nine-week-old mice were given miso as 10 percent of their food for seven days prior to exposure to radiation. Mice were exposed to full body X-rays 1400 to 2400 times stronger than a regular medical X-ray (7-10 curies). Three days later their cells were examined. The loss of cells was less severe in the miso-eating mice than in regular mice. When 9 curies were administered, the gap between miso-eating and regular mice’s loss of cells became greater. Ten curies is a lethal dose for humans. When 10 curies were given to miso-eating mice, 60 percent survived, compared to only 9 percent of the mice which did not eat miso.

“I don’t know specifically what element in miso is effective,” Professor Watanabe told the South Western Japan Conference on the Effects of Radiation. “The small intestines of mice and humans are quite similar. Therefore this study indicates that miso is a preventive measure against radiation.”

In other tests at Hiroshima University, it has already been shown that miso has the property of eliminating radiation from the body and can help relieve liver cancer. Plans for further studies include how miso affects cancer of the large intestine and stomach as well as the effect of radiation on blood pressure.
Sources: “Miso Protects Against Radiation,” Yomiuri Shinbun, July 16, 1990; “People Who Consume Miso Regularly Are More Resistant to Radiation,” Nikan Kogyo Shinbun (Daily Business and Technology Newspaper), July 25, 1990.

Doctors Treat Radiation Sickness in Russia with Macrobiotics - In 1985, Lidia Yamchuk and Hanif Shaimardanov, medical doctors in Cheljabinsk, organized Longevity, the first macrobiotic association in the Soviet Union. At their hospital, they have used dietary methods and acupuncture to treat many patients, especially those suffering from leukemia, lymphoma, and other disorders associated with exposure to nuclear radiation. Since the early 1950s, wastes from Soviet weapons production were dumped into Karachay Lake in Cheljabinsk, an industrial city about 900 miles east of Moscow.
In Leningrad, Yuri Stavitsky, a young pathologist and medical instructor, volunteered as a radiologist in Chernobyl after the nuclear accident on April 26, 1986. Since then, like many disaster workers, he suffered symptoms associated with radiation disease, including tumors of the thyroid. “Since beginning macrobiotics,” he reported, “my condition has greatly improved.”
Source: Alex Jack, “Soviets Embrace Macrobiotics,” One Peaceful World 6:1 Autumn/Winter, 1990.

• Diet Helps After Chernobyl Accident - Russian scientists reported that beta carotene-rich foods and dietary therapy helped people suffering from the Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine.
Source: L. M. Iakushina et al., “The Effect of Vitamin- and Beta-Carotene-Enriched Products on the Vitamin A Allowance and the Concentration of Different Carotenoids of the Blood Serum in Victims of the Accident at the Chernobyl Atomic Electric Power Station,” Vopr Pitn (1):12-15, 1996.

Nuclear Radiation and Thyroid Cancer - Nuclear tests in the 1950s and early 1960s exposed millions of American children to large amounts of radioactive iodine, especially through milk, resulting in up to 50,000 cases of thyroid cancer around the country of which 2500 would be expected to be fatal. According to a National Cancer Institute study, the releases of fallout were larger than earlier estimates and at least 10 times larger than those caused by the Soviet nuclear accident in Chernobyl in 1986. Vast regions of the country were affected by the nuclear radiation, especially the West, Midwest, and New England.
Source: Matthew Wald, "U.S. Atomic Tests in 50's Exposed Millions to Risk," New York Times, July 29, 1997.

Radioactive Food Tested on Retarded Children - More than 120 mentally retarded children, as young as ten years old, were given breakfast cereals injected with radioactive substances in federally sponsored nutrition studies in Massachusetts in the 1940s and 1950s. Supervised by MIT scientists, the children at the Fernald School in Waltham were enrolled in a special "Science Club" and given the contaminated food without their knowledge or consent or that of their parents. The program was part of a Cold War experiment on the effects of radioactive iron and calcium. The results were published in the Journal of Nutrition in 1950, 1954, and 1956.
Source: “Radiation,” MIT Archives, 1994; Boston Globe, December 26, 1994.

Information above from - The Kushi Institute of Europe

Besides the information provided above there are many more ways to fight radiation contamination and exposure.
If you wish to learn more, and you can find a copy, an excellent source would be the book - “Fighting Radiation and Chemical Pollutants with Foods, Herbs and Vitamins” by Steven R. Schechter, N.D..

It came out about 20 years ago and may be out of print. However, you can check with your local library and if you can't find it go to Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble as they list older publications for sell.


References
1. Steven R. Schechter, N.D., “Fighting Radiation and Chemical Pollutants with Foods, Herbs and Vitamins”
2. Paul Pitchford, "Healing with Whole Foods" 1993; North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA
3. The Columbus Dispatch
4. The Kushi Institute of Europe