In the wake of the Japanese nuclear disaster and the fear of radioactive particles being carried to many other areas, I thought it important to post this information. Although no dangerous radiation levels have been detected in other countries, many of my clients are asking what they can do to be proactive and prepared in the event of possible exposure. So how do we protect ourselves from the toxicity of heavy metals and radiation? Well, for anyone who is exposed to radiation from the nuclear reactors in Japan through contact with contaminated products or travelers, or by ingesting contaminated food, even if the exposure is relatively low in level.
There are three simple principles involved in detoxification. The most important is chelation, or the binding and removal of metals and other toxins from the body. Second, the body has its own methods of detoxification which can be encouraged. And third, antioxidants will scour and remove free radicals that have been created by oxidative damage. Everyone can easily take supplements to produce these results and protect the body from heavy metal and radiation toxicity.
Chelation can be accomplished with one or more of several supplements.
Chlorella is a green algae and spirulina is a blue-green algae which contain chlorophyll and other nutrients that bind toxic compounds in the gut. They are both used as chelating agents of heavy metals and other toxins. They are readily available in most health food stores. Seaweed has a similar ability to inhibit absorption of toxins in the digestive tract.
Laminaria is a brown seaweed that contains sodium alginate, which has been shown to chelate heavy metals and treat radiation sickness.
Modified citrus pectin has been shown in clinical studies to remove heavy metals including lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxins. Pectins are known as polyuronides, molecules that form chains in an “eggbox” structure that attract and trap radioactive metals. Typical dosage is 5 gm of the powder per day.
Zeolite is a naturally occurring mineral that has a crystalline structure that traps metals. It has been shown to remove depleted uranium from the body. Soul Alchemy Healing’s zeolite is exceptional; http://www.soulalchemyhealing.com/products.html Typical dosage is 10 drops three times a day.
Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
The oral administration of sodium bicarbonate diminishes the severity of the changes produced by uranium in the kidneys.
The kidneys are usually the first organs to show chemical damage upon uranium exposure. Old military manuals suggest doses or infusions of sodium bicarbonate to help alkalinize the urine if this happens. This makes the uranyl ion less kidney-toxic and promotes excretion of the nontoxic uranium-carbonate complex. The oral administration of sodium bicarbonate diminishes the severity of the changes produced by uranium in the kidneys.
Sodium bicarbonate can safely remove paint, grease, oil and smoke residue, decreasing workers’ exposure to harsh chemicals and eliminating much of the hazardous waste associated with other cleaners. This is the reason it’s used by oncology centers to control chemo agent spills and it’s actually used intravenously to protect patients from the hazardous toxicity of chemotherapy.
“Uranium is one of the only metals that get significant bonding from carbonate. Just flushing a lot of bicarbonate through the system, along with whatever kidney support you are going to use, will be very helpful!
Glutathothione is the body’s primary antioxidant. It can be produced in every cell of the body, but the liver is the primary source. Glutathione is capable of breaking down carcinogens and heavy metals. Supplements including N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) and alpha lipoic acid (or R-lipoic acid) will support glutathione production.
Milk thistle, or its active extract sylimarin, supports liver cell synthesis and promotes glutathione production.
Supporting the small intestine’s ability to maintain an effective immune system is an important component of detoxification. L-glutamine is an amino acid that protects the small intestine lining from radiation damage. Probiotics (lactobacilli and bifidobacteria), and prebiotics (arabinogalactan, beta glucans, and inulin) will maintain a healthy intestinal lining.
In addition to supporting the body’s own production of antioxidants, various supplements can provide additional support. These supplements include vitamin C, coenzyme Q 10, grape seed extract, astaxanthin (from krill or other sources), beta-carotene, and others. Of course many fruits and vegetables provide significant amounts of antioxidants, especially those with red, orange, or purple color.
Safeguard your body and protect it from radiation damage by taking at least one chelating agent such as chlorella, modified citrus pectin, or zeolite.
Support the body’s own detoxifying mechanisms by taking reduced glutathione or milk thistle. Support the small intestine’s ability to remove metals with L-glutamine, probiotics and prebiotics.
Get antioxidants from fruits, vegetables, and supplements of vitamin C, CoQ10, grape extracts, krill, or other sources.
Most products can be purchased at health food stores . Follow the dosage recommendations of the manufacturer on all products. None of the products mentioned have any toxicity, so overdosing is not a problem. In general, children take one-third to one-half the adult dose depending on their weight.
Parts of this article were exerted from a newsletter by Randall Neustaedter. Dr. Randall Neustaedter, OMD, has practiced and taught holistic medicine for more than thirty years. He is a licensed acupuncturist and doctor of Chinese medicine, author of The Holistic Baby Guide, Child Health Guide and The Vaccine Guide.