Am I the only one with my finger on the panic button? The reports about what's happening at Fukushima vary hugely, but what is clear is that thousands of tonnes of radioactive waste are still leaking into the Pacific ocean more than two years after the initial explosions. Radioactive particles are damaging to body cells in more ways than one. Acute radiation poisoning occurs after short-term exposure to high levels of radiation. You might expect this if you'd been near a nuclear reactor meltdown.

Chronic radiation poisoning is the result of long-term exposure to lower levels of radiation. The Fukushima disaster will chronically expose large amounts of people, over a large geographic area, for a long period of time. The nature of some radioactive elements is that they take many, many years to break down. During this time, they disperse and then concentrate through the food chain. The chance is high that they will eventually make it into our food or water, and so into our bodies.

Radioactive elements can damage our cells significantly, causing nasty things such as cancer and birth defects. Perhaps the worst part about radiation in our environment is that we can't see it, feel it, or taste it. Usually we don't know when we're being exposed to contaminants. Nor can we directly relate a health issue back to radiation. But experts predict, and I agree, that we will see increased rates of diseases that are associated with excessive environmental radiation.

We should all be paying attention to this situation. Luckily, my research has revealed more than just some good reasons to panic! There are some powerful protective measures we can all take, so here's a start...

Potassium iodide protects the thyroid by preventing uptake of the radioactive version of iodine. Potassium iodide is recommended at a standard adult dosage of 130mcg daily when there is known radiation exposure. The dosage for long-term environmental protection would be somewhere between 65mcg-130mcg, depending on the situation. As the leakage continues, I'm starting to think the higher dose may be more appropriate. Dosage changes for children, pregnant and lactating women, and the elderly. For more information about appropriate dosage, contact us directly, or post on our community health forum.

Ginkgo biloba is also at the top of the list of protective measures, due to it's unique constituents. Special chemicals in Ginkgo can protect cells against the damaging effects of radiation exposure. Drink 3 cups of strong, good quality Ginkgo tea every day, or take 1.5mLs (30 drops) 3x daily of the fluid extract (tincture). Again, this is standard adult dosage only.

I am in the process of creating a workshop about "Environmental Radiation Protection", so watch this space. Details will be posted on the website and facebook page once the date is set. It's particularly important for pre-conception, pregnancy, children, and the elderly to be utilising this knowledge. These are the life stages most vulnerable to biological disruptions from radiation. Keep up to date with the latest Fukushima developments, and keep sharing information.

Green Blessings,