Radioactive iodine has been found in the milk of cows who graze in California and Washington State. While the Government assures us not to worry (why does that sentence make me grin?), if you are concerned, obviously this would be a good time to go on that cleansing diet that eliminates dairy products.

As to the larger question of exposure to radioactive isotopes and what you can do, one of the major public health officials recently (cannot remember if it was the Surgeon General or whom) said it would not hurt to take potassium iodide as a supplement; which, if my science is correct, protects the thyroid gland from the effects of radioactive iodine.

So I checked my multivitamin that I never remember to take, and lo and behold, potassium iodine is right there. So you probably don’t need to go out and buy it specially.

Meanwhile, you could certainly be eating more sea vegetables right now, which are an excellent source of natural iodine and other valuable trace minerals. Claims are also made by Japanese macrobiotic teachers that miso paste is somehow protective against the side effects of radiation. I have no idea if this is true, and am quite skeptical of this type of unsubstantiated claim, but in the event, miso is a great food unless you have to avoid salt.

Here are some links to 9 delicious recipes for sea vegetables like kombu, arame, wakame, and nori, and miso soup, including my personal favorite, chick pea miso.

http://blog.bodymindwellnesscenter.com/search/label/Sea Vegetables

http://blog.bodymindwellnesscenter.com/search/label/Miso Soup

Meanwhile, this might be a good time to address the issue of radiation from cell phones. Let’s see what today’s N.Y. Times and the Journal of the American Medical Association have to say,

In a culture where people cradle their cellphones next to their heads with the same constancy and affection that toddlers hold their security blankets, it was unsettling last month when a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association indicated that doing so could alter brain activity.

The report said it was unclear whether the changes in the brain — an increase in glucose metabolism after using the phone for less than an hour — had any negative health or behavioral effects. But it has many people wondering what they can do to protect themselves short of (gasp) using a landline.

“Cellphones are fantastic and have done much to increase productivity,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, the lead investigator of the study and director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health. “I’d never tell people to stop using them entirely.”

Yet, in light of her findings, she advises users to keep cellphones at a distance by putting them on speaker mode or using a wired headset whenever possible. The next best option is a wireless Bluetooth headset or earpiece, which emit radiation at far lower levels. If a headset isn’t feasible, holding your phone just slightly away from your ear can make a big difference; the intensity of radiation diminishes sharply with distance. “Every millimeter counts,” said Louis Slesin, editor of Microwave News, an online newsletter covering health and safety issues related to exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

So crushing your cellphone into your ear to hear better in a crowded bar is probably a bad idea. Go outside if you have to take or make a call. And you might not want to put your cellphone in your breast or pants pocket either, because that also puts it right up against your body. Carry it in a purse or briefcase or get a nonmetallic belt clip that orients it away from your body.

Some studies have suggested a link between cellphone use and cancer, lower bone density and infertility in men….

Here is the link to the whole article…http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/31/technology/personaltech/31basics.html?src=me&ref=general

Glad I don’t own a cell phone…

Ayurveda, Acupuncture, and Chinese Medicine in San Diegohttps://www.bodymindwellnesscenter.com

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