News: Radiation Health Scare

As the news of the radiation leak at the Japanese Nuclear Powerplant spreads, the worries and fears of another Chernobyl disaster seeps into the minds of every citizen of every nation. This week we have seen the “radiation blocking pill” all over the news. There has been a dramatic demand for the potassium iodine (KI) tablet since we first heard of its use.

Taking potassium iodide tablets floods the thyroid gland so it cannot absorb any more of the radioactive material.

Even though government heads all over the world have been advising that there are no radiation risks, people have been scrounging to find these pills. One seller on eBay made USD$610 for 24 KI tablets… and the demand is still increasing. The goverment stipulates that potassium iodide does not neutralise radiation, but prevents any more radioactive iodine being absorbed.

We do not expect any health risk following the nuclear reactor releases in Japan, nor is the consumption of potassium iodide tablets a necessary precaution,” British Columbia’s health ministry told the public Tuesday.

“We do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the United States, whether it is the West Coast, Hawaii, Alaska or U.S. territories in the Pacific,” Obama said in a televised statement. “That is the judgment of our Nuclear Regulatory Commission and many other experts.”

The New York Times reported: “A United Nations report suggests that the radioactive cloud that is drifting across the Pacific Ocean, and is expected to reach the shores of southern California late Friday, will be so diluted that it should only have the most minor of health consequences.”

To help make an educated decision please read more information on KI and its effects, visit: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/japan/ki.asp
 

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