Promising Ways to Fight Radiation Poisoning

Up in arms about not getting a supply of Potassium Iodide or Potassium Iodate?  Relax. (Watch Dr. McKone.) They’re not a panacea and there are other natural remedies that can help with radiation poisoning should it come to that.

AS I was cruising the Net today, something caught my eye.  A doctor said something like, “Enough already with the Potassium Iodide – it’s very unlikely to be needed by people on the west coast of North America.  What is happening, however, is everyone’s getting stressed for no good reason!

I feel contrite because I’ve done my fair share of stoking the flames of, “Oh my god, the sky is falling”.  Certainly, one could interpret the several posts I’ve written about the Japan nuclear disaster as such, with their strong “Get prepared” message.

To reaffirm my position: I don’t believe that west coasters in America, Canada and Mexico are in imminent danger of being absorbed in a radioactive cloud floating here from Japan.  Even in Japan, the New York Times reports in its article, Precautions Should Limit Health Problems from Nuclear Plant’s Radiation, that the radioactivity fallout issue is a problem, but not a disaster – for now at least.

My intent in my posts on this subject is to say, “Hey, Japan is a wake-up call…. We need to be prepared here for something similar.”

In many places in North America, particularly the so-called “Ring of Fire”, earthquakes will happen.  Not a bad idea to be ready for them by having some food, water, medical supplies and radioactivity “mitigators” (my term) at hand.

So, I wrote various posts (see sidebar) about what’s happening in Japan, and how you could protect yourself if either the radiation there got to North America, or if what happened in Japan happened here.

Relax about Potassium Iodide

Back to my first paragraph… the good doctor was right – relax about the Potassium Iodide or Iodate.  It’s not a panacea anyway.

Potassium Iodide/Iodate protects ONLY the thyroid from radioactive iodine. If it is radioactive Cessium that is being released, Potassium Iodide/Iodate will not be effective in the reproductive system, kidneys, liver, and other places in the body where Cessium accumulates.

The same goes for another common element in radioactive fallout, Strontium… Potassium Iodide/Iodate doesn’t protect against it as it messes with your bones.

[Read more about Cessium, Strontium and how to protect yourself from them here: What to Do About Japan’s Nuclear Fallout.]

It ‘s also worth  noting that the thyroid radiation exposures from radioiodines after Chernobyl were virtually all internalThe biggest cause of thyroid radiation after Chernobyl wasn’t in the wind, but in the milk!

Thus, if you were exposed to radioiodines, it would be nice to have Potassium Idoide or Iodate, but perhaps more importantly, it would be really good to have uninfected food stored.

So, don’t stress about it; rather prepare in other ways, which I’ll get into in a minute, but first watch Dr. Lawrence Berkeley Lab’s Thomas McKone tell Stacey Delo that he’s more concerned about stress levels we create for ourselves in the U.S. than nuclear exposure from the evolving crisis in Japan.


The Potential Disaster Next Door

If you live in California, you may know about the once-famous Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.  When it was in the planning stages more than 30 years ago, it was roundly rejected by many environmentalists and citizens concerned with nuclear contamination.

Guess what?

Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, which sits less than a mile from a fault line and right next to the ocean, was not required to include earthquakes in its emergency response plan as a condition of being granted its license to operate. (See  At California Nuclear Plant, Emergency Response Plans Don’t Include Earthquakes.)

Don’t live near Diablo?

OK, check out this map of nuclear facilities… where do you live?

(The boxie things are where nuclear facilities are located, and the circles are radiation test sites. Check it out here: National Radiation Map )

Live Your Best Life as You Prepare for the Worst

OK, so you’re starting to accept that there are no currently available supplies of Potassium Iodide/Iodate, and Dr. McKone has relaxed you a bit.  But that map above is starting to seep in.  So, what to do?

Find other radioactive poison “mitigators”.

Consider Eleuthero

After the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster, Russian and Ukrainian citizens reportedly received Eleuthero (also called “Siberian Ginseng”) to counter the effects of radiation poisoning.

Skipping around the Net, I found much anecdotal information that Eleuthreo was effective at helping with radiation poisoning, but have yet to see concrete proof.  It is still widely used in Russia and other Asian countries and has gained popularity in western countries as well.  And it has the added benefit of being an effective Adaptogen.

An Adaptogen is a herb product that is thought to increase resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue.

See where I’m going with this?  Take Eleutreo and even if it doesn’t help with radiation poison, you’ll be relaxed about it! I’ve used it off and on for years, and though I’ve never been radiated per se (notwithstanding airport screening devices), I found it useful for cultivating energy and contributing to a sense of general well being (a totally non-scientific conclusion).

[There’s more about Eleutreo and its use to mitigate radiation here.]

Clay aka “Bentonite”

Various types of clay are used throughout the nuclear world to contain radiation.  The stuff absorbs heavy metals and radiation.  If ingested, it can help draw out radiation poison via the bowels.  If applied to the skin, it can draw out various poisons through the skin.

There’s a web site called, Magnetic Clay with very interesting information about clay, particularly how it responds to radioactivity that you might take a look at.

There’s information at this site about various detoxification baths.  I’d like to underscore the effectiveness and value of detox baths.  I do them while cleansing and they work great.  Scroll down to the bottom of this post, Detoxifying Your Way to Nirvana, to read about it.

Fighting Radiation with Food

Taking this a step further – many steps further – I’d like you to do yourself a favor and click on this link to and get the in-depth details about how the following foods, vitamins, minerals, herbs and other substances protect against and combat radiation.  You may come away feeling better about not finding a supply of Potassium Iodide/Iodate.

Sea Vegetables

Bee Pollen

Bee Propolis


Dried, Primary-Grown Nutritional Yeast





Foods rich in pectin

Fighting Radiation with Vitamins & Minerals

Vitamin A

Vitamin C & Bio-flavonoids

Vitamin E

B3 Nicotinic








Fighting Radiation with Herbs

Siberian Ginseng Panax Ginseng

Gingko Biloba

Black & Green Tea


Milk Thistle & Liver Support

Fighting Radiation with Miscellaneous Substances

Distilled Water



Beta-1,3 Glucan



Thymus Extract


Thymus Extract


Organic Germanium 132

Other Recommendations

Natural Geiger Counter

Sea Salt, Baking Soda & Clay

Sodium Bicarbonate



That’s it for now.  I hope you realize at this point that there’s no need to stress out about not having Potassium Iodide/Iodate at hand.  There are many other promising ways to battle radiation.

If there’s one I missed, put it in the Comments section below.

Last Updated on September 29, 2022 by Joe Garma

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