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Very Brief Summary (Dec 16th 2011): 9 months later the Fukushima nuclear plant might finally declare a cold shut down. It could take 40 years however to completely dismantle the plant and deal with the toxic waste as reported on the BBC. Japan to declare 'cold shut-down' at Fukushima - BBCLeaks are ongoing and 100 million tons of debris is still traveling across the ocean. For the latest news and updates check out NHK
"Nuclear is not the answer, or if it is, what is the question..."
Very Brief Summary (May 24th 2011 12:47 PM PDT Daylight Savings Time): 3 of the rectors are said to have have melted down and although this happened hours after the Tsunami we are finally reading about it in the news. There have been leaks into the ocean, air and soil and there will mostly likely be many more. April VIDEOS of the extensive damage to the nuclear site had been released by the MOD. The workers are still working to remove debris and rubble from the hydrogen blasts. Workers and researchers are finding more and more evidence that one or more the the reactor containment building are leaking. The work is slow because of high radiation levels and smoke keeps intermittently rising from various buildings or high level radioactive water keeps seeping out creating dangers. Radioactive elements are being found in sea water, drinking water (including Tokyo), soil, leafy vegetables and milk and the amounts keep rising. The MEXT has added radioactive monitoring data (readings) to there site. MEXT Japan - Reading of environmental radioactivity level by prefecture, Time series data（Graph）（English version) . We moved the Oregon near real time radiation charts and jet stream maps to a NEW PAGE. Researchers say that tsunami waves as high and 37.9 meters high (124 feet 4.12 inches) and with 40 tons per square meter of force hit Japan in some areas. A total of 45,700 buildings in 9 prefectures were destroyed it is said.
Japanese Defense Force.
Reading of environmental radioactivity level by prefecture ( Graphs ).
Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA)
Up To The Minute News - Tokyo News in English
Radiation measured in the waters and air (Fukushima Plant).
JAPAN Earthquakes - real time maps.
Aftershock Map M8.9 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN -real time maps.
Tepco Power Company
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
Large Summery - Wikipedia - Japan Earthquake 2011
Radioactive: You are likely to hear a number people say that there is no danger, there are no risks or there are dangers and risks. So what is the story? There are different forms that radioactive hazards can take. One of those is radiation. If you are far enough away from the source of the radiation then there is very little if any danger. On the other hand, ANY release of radioactive materials in the form of water, smoke, vapor, steam, particles (or the like) pose a danger because you are bringing the source of radiation to you or other areas and even locations around the world. Thus, high radiation at the nuclear plant is fairly localized, but smoke from a fire or steam is not. At any given time, air and moisture are moving in, through, amongst and around everything on the surface of the planet including nuclear plants. Moisture can pass right though cement buildings (although fairly slowly) for example, and air or smoke can circle the globe in the jet stream. Everywhere or anywhere on the planet will likely have some radiation form natural sources in the Earth or coming from space. The greater danger with fallout is that the radiation can be absorbed or ingested because the radiation is distributed as particles of pollution that one can breath, eat on food or drink in water.
The idea that nuclear does not create green house gases is an illusion. Even just gathering the massive amount of materials that then are processed/reduced down for there radioactive components requires moving/mining rock at the level of moving mountains. This requires the use of fuel.
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Since nuclear fallout could come your way what should you do? It is smart to be ready. Research takes time so let's start and work together. Normally they recommend Potassium Iodide pills - various governments hands them out in an emergency. Natural foods like Kelp and Dulse (both sea weeds that contain Iodine) are natural alternatives, along with foods high in potassium like bananas and pomegranate juice. Elemental Iodine is toxic so you will want to understand the risks if you take Iodine which is why we would choose natural foods instead. In general, the idea is to bring your body to saturation (meaning the body has what it needs) on certain elements (Calcium, Iodine, Potassium etc) using natural foods, so your body does not take in the radioactive versions of these elements or radioactive elements in general. So eat, and eat well if you can. Iodine and potassium are only two of many minerals you will want to shore up.
1For Natural Supplements like Raw Superfoods offer food source vitamin and minerals that can help supplement minerals in a safe and natural way. You can order them with next day delivery also.
2For Supplements we like New Chapter they offer food source vitamin and minerals that include Potassium and Iodine. You can order them with next day delivery also.
3Kelp can supplement Iodine.
4Dulse can supplement Iodine.
5 The Classics For General Health: Flax seed oil and raw nuts and seeds. Fresh fruit and vegetables (not grown in the fall out areas). Drink lot's of pure water. Foods bought in there simple seed/grain raw state for cooking like Rice, Azuki beans, Quinoa, and Amarath.
What else is known to help? There are foods that are known to help that the Japaneses discovered over time after the Atomic bombs were dropped. Do you know what those are? We think some of them are Chlorella, Ginko, Ginseng, Seaweed, Green Tea and Miso, but there are others, what are they? Basically any ocean vegetable or ocean fish will will supply iodine. Now is the time to take multi-vitamins and minerals supplements or eat super foods (Goji berries, Blueberries, Cacao nibs, Acai berries, Maca, Aloe Vera, Hemp Seed, coconut, healing mushrooms, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds, dried figs and dried apricots and various seaweeds) if you are concerned about fall out. Also, lima beans, mushrooms, sesame seeds for some iodine. Foods rich in potassium include apricots, avocados, bananas, lima bean, blackstrap molasses, figs, dulse, nuts. Apples are high in pectin, which bind radioactive particles. Buckwheat is high in rutin, a bioflavinoid that protects against radiation. Calcium and magnesium are also recommended and are said to help prevent the body from absorbing radioactive minerals. For Supplements we like New Chapter and you can order them with next day delivery. Sunflower Seeds and apples are a source of pectin to attract, bind and eliminate radiation from the system.
Ideally you would do this with food sources, rather than raw minerals (like classic supplements). In the early stages of a meltdown the highest concentrations for the first days and weeks are radioactive iodine and cesium. The reason the government gives out potassium iodide tablets is that the body does not distinguish between radioactive minerals and non-radioactive minerals. If your thyroid has all the iodine it needs it won't absorb the radioactive form. Living organisms treat cesium-137 as if it was potassium, and it becomes part of the fluid electrolytes and is eventually excreted. This is why potassium is also recommended.
Binders help. You want to bind the anything toxic to something that body can transport out. Classically if we are in a toxic situation we usually intuit what to take. Every situation is different. Yet over time a patten emerges. Dulse, Flax Seed Oil, Blue Berries and various bitters are selected like Dark Chocolate, Coffee, Oregon Grape Seed Extract are examples. Some times the best instant help is taking charcoal (charcoal tablets) or even burnt toast or burnt tortillas if we do not have tablets. A tablet is a lot of charcoal, often it takes very little to turn a very unpleasant situation around.
Fall out It can travel the globe...
Countless "Downwinders" are the ones that get hit with radioactive fallout, and also the few that are on location at the accident, melt down, test, bomb explosion or whatever the immediate source of the radiation is. There are radiation maps of fallout like that from accidents and blasts that really show the great distances the fall out travels. This is well known, so precautions are worth taking.