ReadyNutrition guys and gals, by now, hopefully you’re well on your way to finishing up making a batch of JJ’s Ginger Ale; and what could go better with it than a nice serving of Potassium Iodide! Only kidding. Potassium Iodide is what you need to stock up on to protect your thyroid from radiation. I’m sure my Ginger Ale will help it go down a little more smoothly. We’re going to cover Potassium Iodide in this piece…what it is, and why you should have some in your supplies to prep for when the SHTF.
Why Should Every Family Have Potassium Iodide in Their Supplies
First, let’s cover the why. Fukushima is still glowing hot, and according to news sources, the control rods have now completely melted into a radioactive “blob” weighing many tons…and gone right through their protective casing into the earth. The radiation levels are on the rise. We already know (no thanks to the MSM and their obfuscations mislabeled “reporting”) that radioactive particles are reaching the West Coast and the Pacific is beginning to show signs of contamination.
In addition to the Japanese problem, there are many reactors in the U.S. that are either leaking or beginning to have structural problems. I just recently did a piece on EMPs and that article came with a map showing the location of the nuclear power plants in the U.S. Skipping on, we find that Kim Jong-Un of North Korea is threatening the U.S. with a nuclear strike on an almost daily basis, and he has the capability to do it. Russia and China have not become any friendlier, and Iran is waiting in the wings to develop its own nuclear capabilities with the assistance of all three of the other nations just mentioned.
How Does Potassium Iodide Protect Me?
So, let’s talk about Potassium Iodide. It is a compound with the chemical formula of KI. It can be found on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, and it is commercially produced in quantity in the U.S. It is specifically used in medicine to block excess intake of radiation by the thyroid, hence its value in a nuclear disaster/situation. In emergency purposes, potassium iodide tablets are given out by emergency respondents to prevent radio iodine uptake. This is a deadly form of radiation poisoning caused primarily with the uptake by the human body of iodine-131, produced with a fission reaction found in a nuclear explosion or a leakage.
Symptoms of Radiation Sickness Include:
- Bleeding from the nose, mouth, gums, and rectum
- Bloody stool
- Hair loss
- Inflammation of exposed areas (redness, tenderness, swelling, bleeding)
- Mouth ulcers
- Nausea and vomiting
- Open sores on the skin
- Skin burns (redness, blistering)
- Sloughing of skin
- Ulcers in the esophagus, stomach or intestines
- Vomiting blood
You may find it interesting to know that potassium iodide is produced naturally within Kelp, and the iodide content can range from 89 µg/g to 8165 µg/g. Potassium iodide, incidentally, is what is added to table salt to prevent iodine deficiencies.
The thyroid gland has a natural affinity for iodine. Iodine deficiency can lead to goiters, which presents with an enlarged, thickened throat/neck area. Potassium iodide was approved in 1982 by the FDA for use in protecting the thyroid gland from fallout or fission in a nuclear emergency/accident, or in the event of a war. By saturating the thyroid gland with the potassium iodide, the harmful nuclear fission-produced iodide particles are unable to be absorbed/taken up by the thyroid. This has to be taken prior to exposure. The dosage lasts for 24 hours. Here is the WHO recommendations for dosages of KI:
WHO Recommended Dosage for Radio-logical Emergencies involving radioactive iodine:
AgeKI in mg per day
Over 12 years old130
3 – 12 years old65
1 – 36 months old32
Under 1 month old16
The pills were given out in 1986 with Chernobyl’s nuclear reactor accident, and the U.S. Navy has been giving KI to its personnel who have operated within the area of Fukushima’s contamination. As with all things medical, consult with your physician prior to acting upon any of this information, as there are some complications that may arise from overdosing, and also with those who have heart conditions, due to the potassium intake. In this case, there are natural foods you should have on hand that are high in iodine.
You can obtain it (for now) in some of your health food stores, for about $10 a bottle, ranging from 50 to 100 pills. I picked up some made by NOW foods, 30 mg per tablet, 60 per bottle…originally $9.99, for $1.00 per bottle at a yard sale. You just have to shop around; you can find a deal on it. Bottom line: it’s a good line of defense in your arsenal. I’ll bet every government employee and their families have a supply for themselves, paid for by our dime, no less. Stock up on it and set it aside, and let’s hope we’ll never have to use it. In the meantime, drink a glass of Ginger Ale and keep fighting that good fight!