Natural Supplements to Protect the Thyroid and Kidneys from Damage by Nuclear Radiation


This article was contributed to by Dr. James P. Blumenthal, DC, DACBN, FACFN, The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research New York and David Wolfe

In a previous article I wrote about using zeolite to remove radioactive waste from the body, which is definitely one of the very first things to do obviously when exposed to radiation. This article is going to focus more on natural ways of protecting the kidneys and thyroid specifically…the two body parts most susceptible to radiation poisoning.

In a nuclear event there are 4 basic radioactive isotopes we need to be worried about: Radioactive Iodine 131, Uranium, Plutonium and Cesium.

Radioactive iodine 131 has a half life of about 8 days. Radioactive iodine 131 is really only an issue for people next to a nuclear event. If you are within 10-50 miles of a reactor meltdown, radioactive iodine 131 will connect to any and all iodine receptor cites that have no iodine in them.

By taking a dose of about 130 mg of potassium iodide (KI), the receptor sites are filled and there is nowhere for the radioactive iodine 131 to be absorbed.

But DO NOT take emergency potassium iodide unless instructed to do so because it is only to be taken if there is a nuclear event within miles – not thousands of miles – from you!

Potassium iodide (KI) dosing is only effective for about 24 hours and doing it more than twice starts pushing the envelope of toxicity. Doing it even once is likely to make real trouble for anyone with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

If you are thousands of miles away from a nuclear event you will only need to be concerned with protecting yourself from low levels of radioactive iodine 131, however, there are other radioactive isotopes in nuclear radiation… namely Uranium, Plutonium and Cesium. Uranium and Cesium have half-lives of about 30 years, so we do need to be more concerned about these forms of radiation.

The two body parts most susceptible to radiation poisoning are the thyroid and the kidneys.

Protecting the Thyroid From Low Level Radiation

There are some things you can do to help strengthen and protect yourself from the inside out and many natural remedies you can take and foods you can eat that will help your body deal with low level radiation exposure, should it occur.

Iodine Supplements - Depending on what your current iodine levels are you may or may not need to take iodine supplements, however, over 90% of Americans are iodine deficient and taking daily supplements of iodine (about 1/1000 of the dose of emergency iodine dosages) can help protect the thyroid from low levels of Radioactive iodine 131 you may be exposed to.

The reason so many Americans are iodine deficient may be because of the fluoride they consume through drinking fluoridated water and using toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain fluoride. There is a chemistry conflict between potassium iodide and fluoride.

Both fluoride and iodine are members of a group of elements called halogens. If you recall your days back in high school chemistry class you may remember what is called the “rule of halogen displacement”. This means that any element of the halogen family with a lighter atomic weight will always displace another within the halogen group whose atomic weight is greater.

Fluoride has a lighter atomic weight than that of iodine (meaning fluoride will displace iodine). And this I believe is the main reason over 90% of Americans are iodine deficient. So taking daily iodine supplements for 90% of Americans may be beneficial if not necessary.

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Treating Free Radical Damage Done to the Thyroid by Radiation

Treating the thyroid is very tricky. There are only a few things that will help reduce the free radical damage done to the thyroid by radiation.

The most important one is an antioxidant called Glutathione followed by Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) and the enzyme Catalase for treating the thyroid. Radiation decimates the body’s supply of glutathione.

Glutathione helps reduce the free radical damage done to the thyroid and give it the ability to keep working. One of the challenges of taking glutathione though is that you can’t just take it as a supplement. Glutathione is a really big molecule and is made up of three different amino acids: Methyl-Selenium-Cysteine, Glycine and Glutamine.

These three amino acids combine to make glutathione inside the body.

Taking glutathione as a supplement, it doesn’t work very well because it’s a big molecule that has trouble getting from the small intestine to the blood stream and the body has to break it down into its three parts then reconstitute it on the other side once absorbed. That is a lot of work and expense and inefficiency.

One alternative is to supplement the three amino acids individually:

Methyl-Selenium-Cysteine (not to be confused with seleno-methionine which does NOT do the same thing).

You don’t need to take more than about 200 micrograms (mcg) of Methyl-Selenium-Cysteine per day and it starts getting toxic at 4-5 times that level.

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Glycine is the smallest of amino acid molecules, yet extremely important in liver detoxification pathways, DNA, hemoglobin and most importantly, the production of glutathione. Glycine sticks from Metabolic Maintenance each contain 3 grams of glycine (very sweet tasting) that can be used instead of sugar in coffee and tea, on cereal, etc.

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Glutamine - The main function of glutamine is to combine with the amino acids glycine and cysteine for the production of glutathione which is the master antioxidant of the cell.

Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in circulation within a healthy body having over 100,000mg. It is three to four times more prevalent than any other amino acid. It is very concentrated in the brain, skeletal muscles, gut, lungs, heart and liver. In people with chronic illness, mood problems or cognitive symptoms the levels are almost always found to be low.

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Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) is one of the most important metabolic enzymes. SOD protects and revitalizes cells, and reduces the rate of cell destruction. This enzyme neutralizes the most dangerous free radicals, the superoxide radicals, before they can wreak havoc on the body. Super oxide dismutase is found naturally in barley grass, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, wheatgrass, and most green plants.

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Protecting 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 (aka baking soda) 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.

So useful and strong is sodium bicarbonate that at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, researcher Don York has used baking soda to clean soil contaminated with uranium. Sodium bicarbonate binds with uranium, separating it from the dirt; so far, York has removed as much as 92 percent of the uranium from contaminated soil samples.

Even the United States Army recommends the use of sodium bicarbonate to protect the kidneys from radiation damage.

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. “Sodium bicarbonate is able to clean in areas where other substances pose fire hazards, because baking soda is a natural fire extinguisher,” says Kenneth Colbert, a general manager for Arm & Hammer. 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.

You’ll want to be using aluminum free baking soda as you don’t want to be ingesting aluminum which is toxic metal (and has been linked in hundreds of clinical studies to Alzheimer’s disease) when your body is already compromised with the radiation….adding more toxic material to the body instead of helping eliminate toxic material.

Mix 1 teaspoon of aluminum free baking soda with one quart of water. Drink 8 oz. every two hours.

It can also be used for baths mixing 1 pound into the bath. A very good therapy for radiation sickness is intense sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and magnesium baths (magnesium chloride in the form of magnesium bath flakes) with the appropriate clay added in.

Nebulization of sodium bicarbonate is another option. The main cancer risk from inhaled uranium oxide and other airborne radioactive particles is from tiny insoluble particles lodged deep in the lungs. Nebulizing sodium bicarbonate directly into the lungs can help protect the lungs.

Putting the baking soda water mixture in a ultrasonic diffuser or aromatherapy inhaler might be a good option for getting it nebulized. Ultrasonic diffusers can disperse heavier materials than a traditional nebulizer can and would be better suited for nebulizing baking soda.

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This article was contributed to by Dr. James P. Blumenthal, DC, DACBN, FACFN at, The Journal of Experimental Medicine, Vol 25, 693-719, Copyright, 1917, by The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research New York and David Wolfe

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