Potassium Iodide (Ki) or Potassium Iodate (KiO3) is definitely one item that should always go into an emergency kit. With hundreds of nuclear power plants all over the world, a radiation leak from any one of these plants could be carried downwind for hundreds of miles, potentially poisoning thousands or even millions of people in large population areas.
Unfortunately, a Nuclear Power Plant has over 100 times more radioactive materials than an Atomic Bomb, which can be released as fallout. One of the most abundant components released is Radioactive Iodine 131 that is then carried downwind for hundreds of miles. Thyroid cancer attributable to Chernobyl has been documented more than 300 miles from the accident site.
The most recent incident with Japan’s nuclear reactors blowing up because of damage from a very strong earthquake shows us how real of a threat nuclear fallout is….globally!
Both Potassium Iodate (KiO3) and Potassium Iodide (Ki) will shield (or block) the thyroid and prevent it from absorbing Radioactive Iodine, however, Potassium Iodate (KiO3) is a superior form due to the extra molecule of oxygen in Potassium Iodate (KiO3).
Very small amounts of inhaled or ingested Radioactive Iodine can do serious damage because it will always be absorbed and held in the thyroid gland. Eventually, by absorbing a large amount of radiation in the thyroid, abnormalities are likely to result, such as nodules in the thyroid, loss of thyroid function, or thyroid cancer.
Taking Potassium Iodide (Ki) or Potassium Iodate (KiO3) in the event of nuclear fallout will saturate a person’s thyroid gland with stable (“good”) iodine, so the Radioactive Iodine cannot be absorbed by the thyroid. Because the thyroid is saturated with the “good” Iodine, then any Radioactive Iodine that is later inhaled or ingested is quickly eliminated by the body.
But here is where we run into issues….
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.
What this means in plain English is that fluoride will displace iodine and so the potassium iodide (Ki) or potassium iodate (KiO3) that you took would be kicked out of the thyroid gland by the fluoride leaving it open to radioactive iodine. The radioactive iodine might also be displaced but not before it had time to do its damage.
Sources of fluoride are found in municipal drinking water, toothpaste and mouthwash. Fluoride is actually a poison. Before 1940, fluoride’s only approved use was as a rat and cockroach poison. In smaller doses, it was approved for use as a treatment for an overactive thyroid gland but this use was abandoned after many patients suffered severe destruction of their thyroid gland.
Fluoride is not something ANYONE should ingest and it most definitely does NOT prevent tooth decay…just the opposite.
Here’s a very informative article exposing fluoride: EPA’s Own Scientist Says, “Fluoridation is the Greatest Case of Scientific Fraud of This Century, if Not ALL Time!”
So what are the remedies?
Get a fluoride water filter for your home and start drinking and bathing in fluoride free water and switch to non-fluoridated toothpastes and mouthwashes.
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This is the fluoride filter I think is a fairly good under counter one and that I personally have in my own home. The crystal quest one is hooked up specifically to my Kangen Machine and is on a separate line from my whole house water filtration system. Kangen Machines need a certain amount of minerals present in the water to ionize the water and my whole house system filtered the water too well and my Kangen Machine didn’t work properly so I use this one for my Kangen Machine only.
I also have a whole house fluoride filtration system so that when I’m cooking and washing produce my food is not absorbing fluoride and when I’m bathing I’m not absorbing fluoride through the pores in my skin and when I brush my teeth I’m not sublingually ingesting fluoride.
Pretty much all commercial toothpaste and mouthwash is now fluoridated so you have to go to health food stores or online companies that make these products without fluoride.
But whatever brand you get just make sure to read the labels very carefully as many toothpastes sold in health food stores actually contain fluoride.
Here are some Questions and Answers about taking Potassium Iodate in the event of a nuclear fallout: (You can print this page and store it with your Potassium Iodate)
Q. Would it help if I started taking KiO3 now…just in case?
A. NO! Do not take any thyroid blocker now. You will be wasting your supply. It will not help you unless you are caught in fallout. We repeat, “NO, do NOT take a Thyroid Blocker UNLESS the authorities tell you to do so.”
Q. When will the authorities tell us to start?
A. They should tell you that Fallout is headed your way and you should start taking KiO3 or Ki as a single dose about 3 to 12 hours before, or up to 10 hours after exposure (although this is less effective). If there is a “nuclear event” and you are down-wind, you need to take KiO3 or KI before the radioactive plume reaches you.
The tablets should be taken as a single dose 3 to 12 hours before exposure, or up to 10 hours. If you do not have KiO3 or KI at the time of the event, then it is most likely too late to take a thyroid blocker unless the authorities can reach you with the proper dose during fallout conditions.
Q. What is the usual recommended “daily dosage” in case of a nuclear disaster?
a) Adults (age 12 years and older). 2 tablets daily – 3 to 14 days.
b) Children (age 3 years to 12 years). 1 tablet daily – 3 days or longer.*
c) Infants (age 1 month to 3 years). 1/2 tablet daily – 1 to 3 days.*
d) Babies (age newborn to 1 month). 1/4 to 1/2 tablet – 1 to 3 days.*
e) For Pets give the dosage for newborns to children depending on the size and weight of your pet.
*Authorities may determine that repeat or longer dosing may be necessary.
*Under heavy plume conditions 1/2 tablet may be given to newborns as a starting dose. It is extremely important that young children be taken out of harm’s way as soon as possible.
Keep in mind that it is possible to have more than one event OR an ongoing event as happened at Chernobyl.
For young children or newborn babies, the 1/2 to 1/4 tablet may be crushed and taken mixed with milk, juice or water.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding you should normally not take more than two doses for a minor “reactor leak.” Babies up to a month old should only receive one dose for a minor “reactor leak.” However, this should be determined by authorities.
Q. I am allergic to Iodine and it gives me a rash. Should I not take a thyroid blocker?
A. Keep in mind that if you are allergic to any Iodine product, then you will also be allergic to Radioactive Iodine (I-131) . Please consult your doctor if you have concerns.
Q. What are some other considerations before taking KiO3 (or any thyroid blocker)?
A. Is it a true radiation emergency? Are you allergic to iodine? Do you suffer from a skin disease? Do you sufer from inflammation of the blood vessels? Are you being treated for an overactive thyroid? Do you have problems with your kidneys? Are you being treated for problems with your adrenal glands? Are you suffering from dehyudration due to extreme heat? Are you currently taking a diuretic? IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS, YOU SHOULD TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE TAKING KI OR KiO3.
Although rarely, hypersensitivity reactions such as a rash, swollen salivary glands, headache, wheezing or coughing and stomach upset may occur. if you have these or any other effects while taking Potassium Iodate, tell a doctor immediately.
Q. I have a Thyroid problem and my doctor says I should avoid foods that contain Iodine. What should I do?
A. That is a tough question. Iodine can cause some serious problems in some Thyroid patients. Radioactive Iodine-131 is Iodine and can be deadly for babies and young children. One who has a Thyroid condition that requires the avoidance of Iodine will still be subjected to Iodine in the form of Radioactive Iodine-131. Talk to your doctor and try to come to a decision together.
Q. You carry KiO3, but I have seen Ki for sale also. Is Ki any good?
A. Ki is a Thyroid Blocker and it works. There are distinct advantages to KiO3, but Ki will work to block the Thyroid.
Q. Which is safer, KiO3 or Ki?
A. According to Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) KiO3 is safer to use. KiO3 has a health risk of 1 (slight). Ki, has a health risk of 2 (moderate). However, compared to Radioactive Iodine, a health risk of 2 for Ki means nothing.
Q. Which would be best for babies, children and adults, Ki or KiO3?
A. KiO3 because it is easier to dose. Also, KiO3 is not bitter in the stomach therefore babies, pets and the ill are able to keep it down easier.
Q. What is the shelf life of Potassium Iodate?
A. According to the manufacturer, the shelf-life is “Theoretically Unlimited”. This means that it will be good for 10 years or more if not exposed to excessive heat. Note the fact that the sealed bottles are air tight.
Q. Is there anything else?
A. Yes. Store in a dry, cool place where children cannot reach them. If you swallow a lot of the tablets all together, or if you think a child has accidently swallowed any of the tablets, contact your nearest hospital emergency room or Doctor immediately.
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