Debris from the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami is now washing up on the West Coast beaches of North America — some 15 months after the catastrophic event. Not long ago, irradiated seaweed was found off the southern California coast. Is this a time to sit back and do nothing?
Shortly after the March 11, 2011 earthquake in Fukushima, the EPA moved swiftly to increase what the agency considered to be safe limits for radiation exposure while Canada turned off its fallout detectors.
Meanwhile, informed scientists and spokespersons such as Jeffrey Patterson assert that “there is no safe level of [radiation] exposure, whether from food, water or other sources.”
Who’s acting responsibly here?
To answer this question, let’s start by reviewing what researchers found out about the hibakusha — the survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs of 1945.
Below is an excerpt from an article published in the August 2005 issue of the Idaho Observer that was entitled, “How to Detox Your Body of Depleted Uranium Residues, the Effects of Radiation, and Radioactive Contamination.”
“At the time of the atomic bombing, Tatsuichiro Akizuki, M.D., was Director of the Department of Internal Medicine at St. Francis’ Hospital in Nagasaki and he fed his staff and patients a strict diet of brown rice, miso and tamari soy soup, wakame, kombu and other seaweed, Hokkaido pumpkin, and sea salt. He also prohibited the consumption of sugar and sweets since they suppress the immune system. By imposing this diet on his staff and patients, no one succumbed to radiation poisoning whereas the occupants of hospitals located much further away from the blast incident suffered severe radiation fatalities. Much of this positive result has to do with the fact that the sea vegetables contain substances that bind radioactive particles and escort them out of the body…”
An article about the anti-radiation health benefits of miso was published in The Periled Sea:
Miso soup: Powerful antidote to radiation
Posted by Nana Silvergrim
The Periled Sea
Nov. 15, 2011
“People who eat miso regularly may be up to five times more resistant to radiation than those who do not eat miso. That is the conclusion of a team of researchers at Hiroshima University’s atomic bomb radiation research center.”
Now for the punchline: Miso is not only a rich protein source, it also contains all amino acids necessary for a balanced diet, including the sulfur amino acids, methionine and cysteine. According to Cellular Matrix Study Director Patrick McGean, the reason miso and sea vegetables proved to be an effective anti-radiation diet for the A-bomb survivors was because they contain large amounts of the sulfur amino acids which have the natural ability to transform harmful radioisotopes into their innocuous, sulfate equivalents and eliminate them from our bodies.
It would be marvelous if everyone (at least, in the Northern Hemisphere) could just sign onto the “hibakusha” diet to provide a level of protection from radiation poisoning. However, it’s difficult to follow this dietary regimen when so much of our seaweed is tainted with radiation and a majority of soybean production in countries like the United States is genetically modified.
If you are interested in improving your health and mitigating your radiation exposure, Organic Sulfur For Health recommends that you start taking MSM on a daily basis. While you will find less expensive MSM products for sale at health food stores and on the Internet, you will invariably learn that they usually contain fillers and anti-caking agents that inhibit the full uptake of sulfur to the cells, requiring you to consume more MSM to get the same health benefits. In addition, MSM products manufactured overseas are often heated to very high temperatures and turned into a powder that sharply reduces the effectiveness of the sulfur.
Don’t wait until government officials and the media tell you what to do to protect yourself from radiation exposure! If you do, it may be too late.