The Radioprotective Properties of Miso

August 10, 2014

In this episode, Marti talks about the radioprotective properties of miso and she explains the variations between different types of miso.

Never boil miso or it will kill the enzymes. Just spoon a tablespoon or two of liquid into a bowl and then stir in the miso until it is free of lumps.

Never boil miso or it will kill the enzymes. Just spoon a tablespoon or two of liquid into a bowl and then stir in the miso until it is lump free.

What’s So Great About Miso?

Miso is a highly nutritious fermented paste made with soybeans as its base with the addition of other grains and legumes. It has a rich flavor that enhances any meal, but is mostly famous in the form of miso soup served in Japanese restaurants.  Miso comes in many different varieties that should be consumed according to season.

 

White Miso

Warm weather is the best time for white miso, a lightly colored, mild miso with a thin body. It is mostly made from soybeans that have been fermented with rice for a short period of time. It has the least amount of salt, when compared to darker varieties of miso. It is the sweetest tasting of all the different miso varieties. Use it to perk up salad dressings and light sauce or to replace dairy in some recipes, such as mashed potatoes, but is at it best when made into a bowl of delicious soup featuring a healthy mix of delicate springtime veggies.

 

Barley Miso

Barley miso is the most popular and it is best suited for year round use. It is typically made from soybeans that have been fermented with barley and rice. Its color ranges from light yellowish brown to a medium yellowish brown. It has a mild, savory flavor that enhances any dish. It’s my got miso as it is the most versatile of all the miso. You can use it as an ingredient in a wide variety of dishes. Everything form a hearty bowl of soup to salad dressings, condiments, marinades, gravy and sauces.

 

Chickpea Miso

Chickpea miso is a bit darker than barley miso and is better suited for consumption when the evenings start to grow chilly, in the early to late fall.

 

Red Miso

Red miso is dark and is best to consume in the winter. It is the strongest, saltiest miso and it has been fermented the longest. This miso has the highest percentage of soybeans that have been fermented with barely and other grains, such as rice. The color is much darker and ranges from a dark brownish red to a deep brown color. Word of caution: use sparingly as it has a tendency to overpower dishes. It is best served with a hearty bowl of winter soup or as the secret ingredient in a glaze or marinade.

You can buy miso in your local Asian market or health food store, but you can also make it at home. If you make it at home, it will take 5 months to 1 year to mature.

 

Miso’s Radioprotective Properties Discovered

On August 9th, 1945 the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. During that time, Dr. Tatuichirou Akizuki ran a tuberculosis ward in St. Francis Hospital located about one and a half kilometers away from where the bomb had detonated.

Dr. Akizuki had about 20 people working under him. They worked around the clock caring for their patients and anyone else who came to them suffering from radiation sickness. Dr. Akizuki’s workers escaped the effects of radiation sickness due to the fact that the doctor served miso soup with wakame seaweed and brown rice everyday prior to, during and after the ordeal.

 

Dr. Watanabe

After hearing about the legendary Dr. Akizuki’s accidental cure for radiation sickness, a curious doctor wanted to know why miso was so effective in warding off radiation sickness. Dr. Watanabe was not satisfied until he discovered the reason why miso was so effective in preventing the onset on radiation induced illnesses so, he decided to conduct a study to find the reason.

Dr. Watanabe and his colleagues in Hiroshima, Japan discovered that when they mixed miso according to different fermentation stages (early, medium, and long-term) into the food of adult male mice, one week before irradiating them, they found that the mice that ate the long-term fermented miso had a “significantly increased” rate of survival.

“The protective influence against irradiation…in the long-term fermented miso group was significantly greater than in the short-term or medium-term fermented miso…diet groups. Thus, prolonged fermentation appears to be very important for protection against radiation effects.”

Dr. Watanbe discovered that miso that had been fermented for over 180 days offered a “more significant” advantage over miso that had been fermented for shorter periods of time. That’s what the researcher meant when they described the miso given to the mice as being “long-term.” It was finally concluded that “The mechanism of radioprotective effect of miso is considered to be closely related to the substance produced during fermentation…Thus, the radiation protection effects of miso might be attributed to the fermentation process.”

Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11833659,                                               http://yufoundation.org/watanabe.pdfhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3695331/

Fukushima Fire, Carrageenan and Hemp Milk

 

What was the cause of that  mysterious orange glow in the wee hours of May, 20th, 2014?

What was the cause of that mysterious orange glow in the wee hours of May, 20th, 2014?

 

Recorded on June 8rd, 2014

Fukushima Fire, Truth or Hoax?

Kevin Blanch’s unnamed source and Fukushima cam watchers appear to have found a new fire at nuclear reactor 4, on May 20, 2014.

Initially, I thought that there might be some evidence of Fukushima fallout from the fire, but the only high readings coming from the California coastline came from a single point of origin. If it were Fukushima fallout, then there would be a wider spread of elevated readings. Instead, it turned out that Diablo Canyon had been leaking radiation, coincidentally, a few days following the Fukushima fire rumor. On  5/23/14 the readings were as high as 155 as of 9:13 EST at 11:15 climbed to 167.

Readings were taken from radiationnetwork.com.

Readings briefly dipped down into the low 80’s on the evening of June 1st and spiked back up to 160, on the rise, in the early morning hours of June 2nd. I’ve been watching the reading all last week and it appears that things have normalized, which is to say that readings are in the 30’s and 40’s.

As I was preparing the episode, I noticed that the readings have spiked again. As of June 14th 2014 at 6:15 AM, it’s at 61 and the readings appear to be on the rise again.

However, there could be some truth to the Fukushima fire rumor as Youtuber MissingSky101 reported that the, “radiation levels spiked in the hours following the incident. Winds were flowing toward the south on 5/21 and many cities south of Fukushima experienced an increase in rad levels.”

Fukushima Dairy maintains that there was no fire and that the orange glow detected on the TEPCO webcam points between reactors 2 & 4. The author of Fukushima Diary says that the glow came from the seaside and that no spikes were detected from TEPCO’s official data.

Edit: There continues to be conflicting data regarding the goings on at the damaged Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant. At this point, I am very hesitant to report anything else on the subject, as it is difficult to verify. Personally, I’m keeping my eye on the citizen radiation monitoring networks, looking for a rising trend which may indicate fresh Fukushima fallout. 

Metal Recycling Plant Releases Radiation

In the meantime, there was a radioactive release at a metal recycling plant in Jersey City on the 28th. There has been a news blackout on the story. Staten Island Nuclear Weather Report claims that there was a brief rain at 8:20 pm which measured at 106 cpm, normal back ground readings are normally around 34 cpm.

 

Carrageenan is used by researchers to induce edema and cancer.

Carrageenan is used by researchers after irradiating their entire body and injecting their paws with carrageenan.

 Carrageenan Rat Studies

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16124406

In the first study we are going to look at, we find that laboratory rats were exposed to low dose, whole body radiation, twice, and then had injected carrageenan into the bottom of their paws in order to induce edema. What they found, was that after 72 hours, the group of rats that received ginkgo biloba had a considerably reduced inflammatory response with a significant reduction in paw edema.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12220952

In the second study, researchers started out the same way. They irradiated the rats, twice, and injected carrageenan into the bottom of their paws, but this time, they gave the rats melatonin instead. What researchers discovered, was that the melatonin had a protective/anti-inflammatory effect which, in turn, reduced the edema and swelling.

 

Cancer Induced Carrageenan Toxicity Studies

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1242073/

In a study by J K Tobacman, carrageenan was linked to intestinal ulcerations and neoplasms. Neoplasms are an abnormal mass of tissue that results when cells divide more than they should or do not die when they should. Neoplasms may be benign/noncancerous, or malignant/cancerous.

http://www.littlebigcat.com/nutrition/carrageenan-a-common-pet-food-additive/

To be fair, the type of carrageenan that was used in these animal experiments was most likely poligeenan, although in the studies mentioned above, there was no distinction between poligeenan and carrageenan mentioned.  Poligeenan has been processed so that it’s basically clusters of little fragments. It is used specifically for the purpose of inducing edema, inflammation and cancer in animal experiments. Either way, all carrageenan tends to be problematic.

Carrageenan isn't a harmless healthy ingredient, it can be the cause of your abdominal bloating and many more undiagnosed gastrointestinal disorders.

Carrageenan isn’t a harmless healthy ingredient, it can be the cause of abdominal bloating and many more undiagnosed gastrointestinal disorders.

What Exactly is Carrageenan?

Carrageenan is made from edible red seaweed. Historically, it was made from Irish Moss to create a pudding like dessert because when it is heated, it thickens to a pudding like consistency. Nowadays, carrageenan is a food additive that has been extracted by chemical solvents. It’s a highly processed product that is used as an emulsifier, stabilizer and thickener in a wide variety of foods we eat on a regular basis.

It’s found in a lot of vegetarian and vegan products because it replaces gelatin. Gelatin usually comes from pork products. If you read the label you will find that many organic foods contain carrageenan. It is interesting to note that the European Union has banned its use in infant formulas.

Remember those rat studies? Well it turns out that the carrageenan we consume in our “healthy” food choices contains a small percentage of fragmented carrageenan which has been known to induce inflammatory responses and trigger allergies.

 

A Consumers Query Regarding Carrageenan

http://www.cornucopia.org/faq/

On Cornucopia Institute’s FAQ page they responded to a reader’s question about carrageenan.

“I emailed a company that uses carrageenan, and they claim that they use only food-grade carrageenan, which is safe.”

 

Cornucopia’s response was,

“Since 1969, researchers have found that food-grade carrageenan is linked to gastrointestinal inflammation, ulcerations and lesions. Several studies with food-grade carrageenan found it to be a promoter of colon tumors in laboratory animals.

 

The only studies that conclude that food-grade carrageenan is safe to consume have been funded or commissioned by carrageenan suppliers or the food industry. Studies pointing to harm have been funded by independent or government sources, including the National Institutes of Health. The statement by some food processors that ‘food-grade carrageenan is safe’ is based on a handful of self-serving, industry-funded studies.”

 

Why is carrageenan added?

http://www.cornucopia.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Carrageenan-Report1.pdf

Carrageenan acts as a fat substitute. It has the ability to thicken low-fat and fat-free foods. The end result is that the product is thicker, and smoother. It gives the illusion that the low-fat version of a particular product has the same texture and mouthfeel as the full fat version.

Carrageenan also serves as a stabilizer causing products to not separate, eliminating the need to shake before consuming.

Carrageenan triggers an immune response that leads to inflammation. Inflammation may become a chronic condition as more and more carrageenan products are consumed. By eliminating carrageenan from their diet, some individuals have reversed irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and abdominal bloating.

The Cornucopia Institute has delved expensively into the topic of carrageenan in our food supply. For a comprehensive list of companies and products that contain carrageenan follow the link below.

http://www.cornucopia.org/shopping-guide-to-avoiding-organic-foods-with-carrageenan/

Hemp Milk

Hemp Milk

The side effects of food additives can be mind-boggling, but with a little research and forethought, we can eliminate the health problems associated with unhealthy food ingredients such as carrageenan and we can save money too. All you need are the proper ingredients and a blender.

Hemp milk may be a safer alternative to nut milk and soy milk because it rarely causes allergic reactions. Hemp seeds do not need to be soaked, as they do not contain phytates, an enzyme inhibitor that can block the assimilation of essential minerals. Also, hemp seeds do not contain oligosaccharides, which are a chain of complex sugars that can cause gas and bloating.

Homemade hemp milk is creamier than other  milk alternatives. The creamy texture and mouth feel of hemp milk is natural and does not require harmful additives such as carrageenan in order to achieve it.

Hemp milk contains all 10 essential amino acids. Essential amino acids are proteins that your body cannot manufacture on its own, so we must get them through our diet.

More healthy milk alternative recipes will be explored in upcoming episodes.

 

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Potassium, Your Secret Weapon Against Radioactive Cesium’s Damage to the Heart and Kidney

 Potassium, Your Secret Weapon

Episode 3-3
The Final Installment of an Investigation into the Damaging Affects of Cesium-137 on the Heart and Kidney

 

Welcome to the Nuclear World Network.  This is where you’ll learn how to protect yourself from the fallout. We’ll talk about how you can use the law of selective uptake to your advantage, so you can stay vibrant and healthy in years to come. You can find links to the articles I mention over at nuclearworld.net/3-3. Thank you for taking the time to tune it.

 

Please understand that I have no credentials stating that I am in any way a professional on the matter, but I can tell you that I have been researching the effects of radiation on health and the environment since the mid 80’s.

In episode 3-2 we looked at evidence of fresh Fukushima fallout in the Bering Straits, we touched on a mysterious disease that’s killing dogs. I also walked you through how to read between the lines when reading research abstracts. I used the honey sample abstract from Polish researchers as an example. Like milk, honey is used as a marker to detect environmental radiation. We also touched on how cesium-137 affects the heart and we took a look at a 25 year study that was done on individuals that lived in a contaminated area in the Ukraine. And as always, I explained how you can use the law of selective uptake to your advantage.

In this episode, we’ll take an ever closer look at how cesium-137 effects heart tissue and we’ll touch on Dr. Bernard Jensen’s book, The Chemistry of Man and take a look at how he sees potassium’s role in the body. And, I’ll give you my rundown of which potassium rich foods top my list of preferences. Then we’ll wrap up the episode with Chris Busby’s recommendations on what to do to help children living in contaminated regions in Japan and his assessment of how fundamentally flawed “official” statistics are when it comes to assessing people’s risk when it involves radioactive cesium.

 

The Law of Selective Uptake

Before we get rolling, I’d like to quickly review how you can use the law of selective uptake to your advantage. In a nutshell, the law of selective uptake is this, radioactive isotopes mimic elements. Today the spotlight is on cesium-137. Cesium-137 mimics potassium. Strontium-90 mimics calcium. Plutonium-239 mimics iron. Each radioactive isotope mimics a specific element, except for cobalt-60. That mimics vitamin B12. Theoretically, if we keep our bodies saturated with a rich supply of ionic minerals and elements, it  may repel the harmful effects of radiation and maintain your DNA’s integrity.

http://fukushimavoice-eng.blogspot.com/2013/02/radioactive-cesium-and-heart-chapter-4.html

As I mentioned in episode 3, part 2, the myocardial cells in the heart are especially at risk due to the sodium/potassium pump and cesium’s affinity for potassium. In that episode, I explained how the sodium/potassium pump worked.

 

Radioactive Cesium May Become Absorbed by the Heart Muscle without Resistance

Since radioactive cesium is similar to potassium, it gets absorbed into the heart muscles without any resistance. The cellular membranes responsible for keeping harmful influences out are fooled into accepting radioactive cesium as if it were potassium. From there, radioactive cesium goes onto interfere with essential enzyme processes.

 

Radioactive Cesium Interacts with Cell Membranes and Creates a Serious Threat

http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/creatine+kinase
It turns out that radioactive cesium interacts with the cell membranes and suppresses an essential enzyme called creatine phosphokinase. Creatine is essential to cellular energy metabolism. Creatine combines with phosphate to form phosphocreatine or creatine phosphate, which is pretty much the same thing, but with a slightly different name. Creatine phosphate is in muscle tissue. It’s basically what I would consider the holding tank for the energy needed in order to make muscles contract.

Creatine kinase is an enzyme responsible for the transfer of phosphocreatine to ATP. ATP is a nucleotide made from adenosine. (Adenosine is the basic structural unit of nucleic acids  – DNA and RNA.) ATP is in all muscle tissue. It’s a major source of energy on the cellular level.

Creatine phosphokinase is found in many different cellular structures, including the cytoplasm and the mitochondria. The theory is that mitochondrial creatine phosphokinase acts as a catalyst in order to transform phosphocreatine from ATP. ATP is essential to cellular energy.

http://www.trueorigin.org/atp.asp  

A decrease in enzyme activity is cause for alarm because it means that there is a serious problem with the delicate balance of energy in the mitochondria which in turn, affects the heart muscle’s ability to function properly. I believe it is important to note that a decrease in the activity of alkaline phosphates in myocardial tissues is a huge red flag because it indicates that some sort of degenerative process is taking place. In this case, it specifically points to exposure to ionizing radiation.

 

Cesium-137’s Damage is Predictable

http://fukushimavoice-eng.blogspot.com/2013/02/radioactive-cesium-and-heart-chapter-4.html

Changes in the myocardial cells in laboratory animals and in individuals living in contaminated zones are very similar. It follows a pattern. When radioactive cesium is absorbed by the body the sarcoplasmic reticulum membrane (the sarcoplasmic reticulum is a network of tubular membranes that surrounds small slender muscle fibers or fibrils of calcium ions) and causes structural changes in myocardial cells.

http://www.smw.ch/docs/pdf200x/2003/35/smw-10226.PDF  

What was discovered by Dr. Yuri Bandazhevsky, was that the nature of structural changes (in the myocardial cells of laboratory animals and people living in contaminated cesium-137 contaminated areas) shows that there is a problem with the permeability of the sarcoplasmic reticulum membrane involving the transfer of calcium ions. The researchers believe that it may be a direct effect of cesium-137 on the cell membrane, combined with the radioactive rays that cesium-137 emits as it decays. This results in the peroxidation of fatty acid chains of phospholipids. Which leads to changes in the cell’s membrane and it’s ability to allow calcium ions and other important ions to pass through. At the same time, it changes the activity of membrane-bound enzymes.  The end result? Excess production of free hydroxy radicals and amplification of lipid peroxidation contribute to the destruction of cell membranes.

In one study, Bandazhevsky did an ECG (electrocardiogram) on children of different ages with different levels of exposure to radioactive cesium following Chernobyl. They also looked a tissue samples of different organs from people who lived in the contaminated zone and they did experiments on lab animals. Personally, I don’t feel that we should exclude the results of these animal studies because they are valuable in helping us drive home the fact that radioactive cesium, truly is something that we need to be seriously concerned about, not just for ourselves but for the children, as well.

 

Radioactive Cesium Impacts the Nervous System and Endocrine System

What Bandazhevsky discovered was that radioactive cesium has a direct impact on the cells, but also influence the nervous system and endocrine systems. Other factors that need to be considered include the amount of time people are exposed to radioactive cesium. Prolonged exposure to radioactive cesium may lead to the death of cardiomyocytes. Cardiomyocytes are specialized muscle tissue in the heart.

It was determined that radioactive cesium cardiac related events could be stopped all together, just by decreasing the amount of radioactive cesium in the body.

 

Cesium-137 Rat Study

Researchers also conducted a study on rats. They injected them with a large amount of cesium-137. Within 5 days, the total concentrated amount of cesium-137 was 1,000 becquerels per kilogram. At that level, it caused them to have heart attacks. It was determined, and quite obviously so, that the cesium-137 was the direct cause of death. They also mention that in cases of long-term cesium toxicity, there was a “progressive suppression of function of the sympathetic nervous system.” Apparently, it’s a double whammy because cesium toxicity causes a reduction in the body’s ability to cope or adapt to the changes caused by the radioactive cesium.

 

Men are the Most Vulnerable

In men, creatine phosphokinase activity is greater when compared to women. Researchers state that, “it cannot be ruled out that the vulnerability of this enzyme in myocardial cells [under] the influence of radioactive cesium is the…cause of sudden deaths in men. ” It should be further noted that, “a decrease in the activity of alkaline phosphatase in the myocardial structures is indicative of the development of degenerative processes specific for exposure to ionizing radiation.”

Which basically means that there is a reduction in the alkalinity in the smooth muscles that make up the myocardial cells. That’s a red flag telling us that the reduction in alkalinity in the heart cells is a degenerative process which can be linked back to exposure to ionizing radiation, like cesium-137. They go on to further state that in both cases (laboratory animals and people living in contaminated zones) that there is an “impairment in the permeability of sarcoplasmic reticulum membrane for [calcium ions].”

I’m going to backtrack a bit here at this point and cover material that we already covered, but in a slightly different way.

The sarcoplasmic reticulum is a specific type of smooth endoplasmic reticulum. Endoplasmic reticulum are a tiny little structure inside your cells. It is found in smooth and striated muscle fibers. Its job is to store and release calcium ions. The sarcoplasmic reticulum releases calcium ions during muscle contraction and absorbs them during relaxation.

 

Calcium Ions, Electrons and Basic Math

Calcium ions are atoms that have either lost or gained an electron. If an ion has a positive charge, that means it has lost an ion. If the ion has a negative charge, that means that the ion has gained an electron.

Radioactive cesium has a direct effect on the cell membrane due to the decay process it goes through. The decay process results in the per-oxidation of the fatty acid chains of phospholipids. That leads to changes in the cell’s membrane, which cause a change in the membrane’s structure and its permeability. The membrane allows certain molecules or ions to pass through it by diffusion and that ability is compromised when exposed to radioactive cesium.

In the study, they show a slide of the myocardium of a woman who died in childbirth. She had a concentration 105 becquerels of radioactive cesium in her heart per kilogram. The slide shows that the myofibrils disintegrated, and that there was a loosening of muscle fibers and inter-muscular edema.

Myofibrils are muscle slender fibers. They’re the small rod-like parts of muscle tissue. Muscles are made up of tubular cells called myocytes or muscle fibers. There types of cells contain many chains of myofibrils.

The authors of this study are quick to point out that, “Injuries to the cardiovascular system could not be examined separately from other organs and systems, particularly the kidneys.  As the main organ of excretion of radioactive cesium from the body, kidneys are significantly affected even at small Cs-137 concentration.  Kidneys also undergo similar damaging effects as the cardiovascular system, first and foremost in the glomerular apparatus. In the muscle fibers within the arterioles, there are changes identical to those observed in the myocardium. Contractures of myofibrils lead to a prolonged spasm of the arterioles, stopping the circulation in the structures of the nephron. Deaths of cellular elements form a specific structural change in the glomeruli, a phenomenon called melting icicles.  Dystrophic and necrobiotic changes gradually appear, accompanied by wrinkling and fragmentation of the glomeruli.”

 

The Most Vulnerable Kidney Tissue

The researchers state that the glomerular apparatus is the first kidney tissue to be affected by cesium-137. The glomerular apparatus is in the kidney, It’s a small ball like shaped structure made up of tiny capillary blood vessels which are involved in filtering the blood in order to create urine. The glomerulus is essential to the kidney’s ability to function properly.

The glomerulus was named by an Italian anatomist named Marcello Malpighi back in the 1600s. Originally, it was called a malphigian corpuscle, but later the name was changed to glomerulus. The word glomerulus comes from the Latin word “glomus” or “ball of yarn.” When translated, it literally means “little ball of yarn.”

In episode 3, part 2, I touched briefly on a 25 year study that was conducted in the Ukraine on individuals who developed kidney cancer after living in a cesium-137 contaminated region. http://www.nuclearworld.net/3-2/

These two studies confirm that once cesium-137 is incorporated into the body, it poses a very serious danger. Not only does it put the heart at immediate risk, but it also affects the kidneys. Cesium-137 does a lot more damage than that, but those are the two major organs that we focused on in this 3 part investigation.

 

Potassium’s Protective Properties

At this point, I want to take a time out to consider just one aspect of potassium and it’s function in the body. In Bernard Jensen’s book, The Chemistry of Man, he tells us that, “Nerve force is dependent upon oxygen. Because potassium foods attract oxygen to the body, potassium indirectly generates a stronger nerve force. Power, vigor, vitality, enthusiasm and optimism come from oxygen. A form of neurasthenia is facilitated by low levels of potassium although phosphorus and iron shortages also produce this condition. Remember that potassium is active in the autonomic nervous system, in skeletal and involuntary muscles and sugar metabolism and apply food chemistry accordingly.”

In this context, neurasthenia is an undefined word that was used in the last century to loosely describe a condition of low energy, lassitude, fatigue and irritability.

In part one of my investigation into cesium-137, we briefly touched on some foods that were high in potassium. We looked at skipthepie.org’s website and found that sprouted lentils were one of the highest sources of potassium available. Now, I just want to add a few more plant-based items to that list. You can find more information about potassium rich foods in Bernard Jensen’s book, The Chemistry of Man.

Here’s my top picks and the potassium rich foods I would be most likely to personally enjoy, in no particular order:

  • potatoes
  • anise seed tea
  • sage tea
  • apples
  • dried apricots
  • red beans
  • pinto beans
  • white beans
  • mung beans
  • string beans
  • lima beans
  • black cherries
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • cashews
  • cucumbers
  • dates
  • kelp and dulse (which are types of sewed – It’s best to by Maine Coast Sea Vegetables, they test for radioactive contamination)
  • grapes
  • kale
  • fresh parsley
  • raw pecans
  • sesame seeds
  • fresh spinach
  • raw sunflower seeds
  • swiss chard
  • non-GMO tomatoes
  • raw walnuts
  • watercress

 

Connect the Dots

http://harmonicslife.net/Blog/2011/GensBlog/20111004/caesiumheart_v1.0_E.pdf

Next, let’s take a look at a paper Chris Busby wrote on radiation exposure and the occurrence of heart attacks in children from Fukushima. Here’s the opening quote from the report, “It is commonly supposed that exposure to radiation causes cancer and leukemia. For high doses, it is conceded that there are serious deterministic effects, ending in deaths. I want to discuss a non-cancer result of internal exposure to the nuclide Caesium-137 which is a major long lived contaminant from nuclear reactors, was present in the Chernobyl fallout and in the contamination from Fukushima…consider the effects of chronic exposure of children to this substance and how it will damage their developing hearts…First, we do not need to speculate about this. The data is available. Prof Yuri Bandashevsky carried out a great deal of research on the effects of the contamination of children in the territories of Belarus contaminated by the Chernobyl accident. He established that children with mean body burdens of upwards of 40Bq/kg Cs-137 suffered life-threatening cardiac problems including arrythmias, cardiac insufficiency (angina) and heart attacks (infarctions) which could result in death.”

http://www.smw.ch/docs/pdf200x/2003/35/smw-10226.PDF

His recommendation? “…make it a matter of urgency to begin to carry out clinical investigations and ECG measurements on children living in the contaminated territories and ingesting or inhaling Cs-137. Any child found to have cardiac anomalies should be immediately evacuated to clean territory. If it is found that any children are suffering cardiac problems it must be a matter of urgency to evacuate all the children.”

 

The Grim Reality

Busby explains that the “end point” of calculating the risk of cancer and leukemia due to exposure to cesium-137 is fundamentally flawed for two reasons. One, cancer rates connected to age have a different trend when it comes to heart and circulatory issues. That fact tends to be problematic in light of studies that are carried out on radiation victims. He uses the example of nuclear test veterans and others in high risk occupations to validate this point. Second, and I think the most obvious and pragmatic point of them all, is that if you die of a heart attack, then cancer is taken out to the equation. Therefore, based on Busby’s conclusion, it is my understanding that many “official” statistics on cancer rates and leukemia caused by cesium-137 exposure are not presenting the reality of the situation. And the reality of the situation, is very grim, when we compare the amount of radioactive cesium being continuously released into the environment vs. the amount that had been previously released during the Chernobyl disaster. It’s much worse because Fukushima is ongoing and to my knowledge, reports about  he amount of tradition and the exact nucleotides that have already been released and are currently being released are all suspect, and that’s just my opinion.

 

There’s Just No Way to Paint a Rosy Picture. Period.

http://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/13/1425/2013/acp-13-1425-2013.html

If you take a look at this abstract based on a model created by T. Christoudias and J. Lelieveld you will see the sad reality of the “global atmospheric dispersion and deposition of radionuclides released from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant accident” situation. The model was based on general atmospheric chemistry and knowledge of weather patterns. Of course, they factored in some reasonable variables to account for changes in latitude and longitudinal dispersion.

“The model accounts for emissions and transport of the radioactive isotopes 131I and 137Cs, and removal processes through precipitation, particle sedimentation and dry deposition. In addition, we simulated the release of 133Xe, a noble gas that can be regarded as a passive transport tracer of contaminated air.” Admittedly, they say that “the emission estimates of 131I are associated with a high degree of uncertainty.”

The model was based on a large uninhabited area in Japan that was contaminated with more than 40,000 becquerels of radiation per square meter. They also estimated the inhalation of aerosolized particles of cesium-137, cesium-134 and iodine-131 over a period of 50 years.

Anyway you slice it, the projected outcome is not going to rosy, to put it mildly.

 

In Future Episodes

In future episodes we’ll take a look at the groundbreaking work of Yuri Bandashevsky, but for now, we’ll conclude this three part series on cesium-137. Next time we meet, I’ll be focusing on radioactive iodine.

 

Let’s Stay Positive                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

With so much bad news, I believe it is important to focus on the positive and the positive is this, every radioactive isotope mimics a specific mineral. Knowing this fact and how to use it to your advantage is the good news. So remember, radioactive cesium mimics potassium. Use this knowledge to your advantage. Tell anyone who is willing to listen. Help me get the word out.

 

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Radioactive Cesium Damages the Heart and Causes Kidney Tumors

 

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Thank you for taking the time to tune it. This is where you’ll learn how to protect yourself from the fallout. We’ll talk about how you can use the law of selective uptake to your advantage, so you can stay vibrant and healthy in years to come. You can find links to the articles I mention over at nuclearworld.net/3-2


Please understand that I have no credentials stating that I am in any way a professional on the matter, but I can tell you that I have been researching the effects of radiation on health and the environment since the mid 80’s.

 

 

This is the second part of an investigation into cesium-137. In part 1 of episode 3, we talked about cesium-137 and the fact that the Pacific is pretty much in the throes of death. We also featured a few common foods that are potassium rich because potassium may block radioactive cesium. Theoretically, if we keep our bodies saturated with a rich supply of ionic minerals, it  may repel the harmful effects of radiation and maintain  DNA’s integrity.

 

Episode 3-2

In this episode, we’ll take an ever closer look at cesium-137, we’ll take a look at evidence of fresh Fukushima fallout at Amchitka Island, one of the Aleutian islands in the Bering Straits. We’ll also touch on a mysterious disease that’s killing dogs in some of the most contaminated states in the continental US. We’ll also talk about how honey is used as a marker when governments test for radioactivity.

 

I’ll use the study  done on honey  as an example to show you how you can read between the lines. I’ll walk you through the abstract in order to identify what the researchers aren’t saying. We’ll also take a look at a study that concerns how cesium-137 affects the heart and we’ll also take a look at another significant study that  involves a 25 year research project based on how cesium-137 affected the health of individuals living in a contaminated region in the Ukraine. I believe it’s important to look at what happened after the Chernobyl incident  because we can expect to see the same thing happening in areas that have been particularly hard hit by Fukushima fallout.

 

The Law of Selective Uptake

Before we get rolling, I’d like to quickly review how you can use the law of selective uptake to your advantage. In a nutshell, the law of selective uptake is this, radioactive isotopes mimic minerals. Today the spotlight is on cesium-137. Cesium-137 mimics potassium. Strontium-90 mimics calcium. Plutonium-239 mimics iron. Each radioactive isotope theoretically mimics a specific mineral, except for cobalt-60. That mimics vitamin B12.

 

Potassium is an Electrolyte

As I just mentioned, radioactive cesium mimics potassium. Potassium is an electrolyte. Nutritionists generally use the term electrolyte to describe sodium, potassium, and chloride. Your body maintains its fluid balance through the action of electrolytes. Electrolytes are mineral compounds that, when dissolved in water, become electrically charged particles called ions. Electrolytes are critical if the body is to work properly. Maintaining a balance of electrolytes is essential for the normal function of our cells and our organs.

 http://goo.gl/ikDCMS

 

Dr. Helen Caldecott Sums Radioactive Cesium Up

Here’s what Dr. Helen Caldecott has to say about radioactive cesium, “One of the main elements is cesium, a potassium mimicker, which concentrates in the heart, endocrine organs and muscles where it can induce cardiac irregularities, heart attacks, diabetes, hypothyroidism or thyroid cancer and a very malignant muscle cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. Cesium remains radioactive for 300 years and concentrates in the food chain.”

 

Legacy Management on Amchitka Island Detects Fresh Fukushima Fallout

http://goo.gl/e749Lx

The US government regularly monitors Amchitka Island. Amchitka Island is one of the Aleutian Islands in the Bering Sea. It is routinely monitored due to underground nuclear testing that was done from 1965 through 1971. The only good news about that, is there is some sort of baseline data regarding specific radionuclides. It turns out that cesium-134 was detected in 2011 and that proves that fresh Fukushima fallout had landed there at that time. However, just by following the jet stream, I’ve noticed that by the time they get to the next sampling cycle, which isn’t until 2016, it most likely will be significantly worse. There were concerns that the presence of cesium-137 could be evidence of leaking from underground nuclear testing that had occurred decades ago.

 

“LM scientists anticipated that atmospheric transport of cesium would potentially increase the cesium activities in the 2011 biological samples collected near Amchitka. Because cesium-134 has a relatively short half-life of 2 years and indicates leakage from a nuclear reactor, it is a clear indicator of a recent nuclear accident and, if present with cesium-137, which can come either from a leaking reactor or a weapons test, would help LM explain the source of elevated cesium levels measured near Amchitka. This is because cesium-137, whose half-life is 30 years, could mistakenly be interpreted as leaking from an underground nuclear test that occurred more than 50 years ago, were it not for the confirmed presence of cesium-134 in the sample. LM decided to add cesium-134 to the list of radionuclides that would be monitored during the 2011 sampling event to help explain the elevated cesium-137 levels that were anticipated after the Fukushima Daiichi incident.”

 

It turns out that Dolly Varden (a type of freshwater trout), rockweed (a type of algae) and a species of fish called an Irish Lord all bear classic Fukushima radioactive isotope signatures. It is interesting to note that Star Reindeer lichen had elevated levels of cesium-134. They absorb moisture and air particulates through osmosis, so that’s the reason why the Star Reindeer lichen had elevated levels of radiation. Lichen are fascinating because they have a unique symbiotic relationship with fungus and algae or cyanobacteria. The fungus uses the algae or bacteria to create energy, while the bacteria benefits from the protection the fungus provides.

 

“The monitoring results showed that the cesium content was larger at the reference area (Adak Island) than on Amchitka Island. Apparently, the reference area was aligned more closely along wind directions emanating from Fukushima…”

 

There is another island called Adak Island, that the Legacy Management organization uses as a reference site. That means that they collect samples on that island and compare them to the samples collected on Amchikta Island. What they found was that the animal and plant life that relayed on precipitation the most, were affected the most because they were exposed to atmospheric fallout since they were the closest to it. The Legacy Management folks expect to see that will change when they return in 2016 to collect more samples.

 

“…Because the Amchitka 2011 sampling event occurred soon after the Fukushima nuclear accident, the biota impacted by atmospheric precipitation showed the greatest impact (e.g., species that live in freshwater or shallow ocean waters) when compared to marine biota living in deeper water. This is because ocean currents are a slower transport process than wind currents. LM scientists anticipate that the marine biota will show the impacts of Fukushima during the next sampling event, currently scheduled to occur in 2016.”

 

Mysterious disease killing dogs in California, Michigan and Ohio

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/23950879/special-report-deadly-dog-virus

This is a new virus that just showed up in 2012. Here’s my thought on the subject, dogs tend to keep their nose to the ground, sniffing, because that’s what dogs do because of that, they are vulnerable to airborne contaminates that fall to the ground. If you checkout out the Enviroreporter piece on radioactive airborne particles being detected in the dust collected in Enviroreporter’s Michael Collin’s HEPA filter in his Southern California home, you will see that it’s a possibility that cannot be ignored.

http://www.enviroreporter.com/2011/08/hepa-filters-august-11-2011/

 

My suspicion is that this may also be a new virus or some sort of mutated pathogen. Remember what Andrei Sakharov told us back in the 50s? He said that radiation can cause otherwise harmless virus’ and bacteria to mutate. Or could it be a direct result of Fukushima fallout? I’m thinking California, maybe, but Michigan and Ohio? No way. Well, yes way, because if you take a look at the jet stream that crosses the US, you’ll see that it flows over Japan, then crosses the Pacific to California, and then goes right on over into the Midwest – Michigan and Ohio.

 

Mutation Watch

https://twitter.com/MutationWatch

If you mosey on over to Mutation Watch on Facebook and Twitter you’ll see that there are normal people like you and me who are sending in their photos of mutated plants from their neighborhoods. I encourage you to checkout Mutation Watch, just to get an idea of what mutated plants look like. Please take a look at the photos and see if you can spot any mutations in your neighborhood. If you do, snap a photo and send it into Mutation Watch. We need to document as many mutations as we can and start education people on what the telltale signs are.

 

Evidence of Fresh Fallout

http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=11613

In an article dated October 19th 2013, it was reported that radioactive cesium and cobalt-60 were detected in US Pacific seaweed, “The samples were standardized against a known amount of cesium 137 and cobalt 60. The finding of cesium 134 would indicate this is at least partially from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.“

http://optimalprediction.com/wp/cesium-and-cobalt-60-in-us-pacific-coast-seaweed/

 

Honey is Used to Detect Radiation

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24002443

The first study I want to look at is about radioactive cesium that turned up in honey samples from Poland. If you check out the archives, you’ll find that I mention honey as being a level 3 in the food chain back in episode number 2. Like milk, honey is also used as a marker to detect radioactive contamination. I  believe that is because honey is a level three on the food chain. It has to be processed by the bees.

 

Here’s what the researchers found out, “One hundred six honey samples were collected from hives and from bottled honey provided by beekeepers from north-eastern Poland in 2010, before the Fukushima accident, and during the two-year period directly following this catastrophe (2011-2012). Cesium-137 (Cs-137) and potassium-40 (K-40) were determined in lime, multifloral, buckwheat, honeydew and other kinds of honey samples….”

 

However, the researchers in this report did note that there was a “slight increase” in 2012 and that it was most likely attributed to Fukushima fallout…”Therefore, the studied honey samples collected after the Fukushima accident are found to be safe for humans with levels of Cs-137 and K-40 not posing any threats.”

 

The researchers state that the honey did not “pose any threats” and that it was “safe for human consumption.” Safe? All radiation in cumulative. That means it builds up in the body and irradiates surrounding tissues and cells causing a whole host of diseases. That’s why your cells need to be saturated with the ionic minerals that will block radioactive isotopes.

 

Read Between the Lines, There’s a Pattern

Let’s use this study to briefly take a critical look at the fact that when scientists and researchers talk about a radioactive dosage as being “safe for human consumption” I want you to please, please, please remember that radiation is never “safe.” It’s just the standard canned response that researchers and scientists are required to say in order to continue to receive more funding.

 

Let’s take a look at how the researchers end this particular abstract by telling us that, “…the total concentration of Cs-137 and K-40 in samples stopped decreasing in 2010-2011 and showed a slight increase in 2012. This relation may suggest the impact of pollution from Fukushima and requires further research in the coming years.”

 

Notice how they left the door open in order to receive additional funding for further research in the future…

 

When we read these type of reports, we have to be able to read between the lines and understand that scientists and researchers have to carefully word their reports as to not upset the apple cart and loose funding for future projects. Researchers and scientists have to feed their families too. Rocking the boat will get them blacklisted and ruin their chances for work in the future. When you read these reports, abstracts and studies, please bear this in mind and read between the lines.

 

Will History Repeat Itself?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22581103

Here’s a study that was done over a 25 year period in the Ukraine. The study showed that there was an increase of malignant renal tumors from about 5% to almost 11% per 100,000 people who had lived continuously the part of the Ukraine that was (and still is) contaminated by cesium-137 for over 20 years.  Recent studies indicate that there has been an increase in “morbidity, aggressiveness, and proliferation in renal cell carcinomas (RCCs) and clear-cell renal cell carcinoma (CCRCC).”  Their explanation was that these people’s cells had been exposed to “chronic  persistent low-dose ionizing radiation.”  They call it CPLDIR for short. The final outcome?  Their results confirm that chronic persistent low-dose ionizing radiation was the cause of the tumors.

 

Cesium-137 is highly soluble in water. As we discussed in episode 3, phytoplankton and fish from the Pacific are testing positive for cesium-137 because the Pacific is contaminated with a variety of radionuclides, not just radioactive cesium. To top it off, cesium-137 isn’t the only radioactive isotope that is water-soluble, but that’s just the one we are focusing on in this episode.

 

Radioactive Cesium Affects the Heart

http://fukushimavoice-eng.blogspot.com/2013/02/radioactive-cesium-and-heart-chapter-4.html

Myo means muscle and cardial relates to heart. Myocardial cells are specialized smooth muscle cells found in the myocardium, the muscular tissue of the heart.

 

Radioactive cesium acts on the heart due to its selective accumulation in the myocardial cells, especially when compared to other organs and tissues. It’s most likely due to the fact that cesium is similar to potassium and has an affinity for the heart due to the sodium/potassium pump potassium is easily absorbed by heart tissue, as well.

 

The sodium/potassium pump is an active transport mechanism. It’s like a little pump that requires sodium and potassium to work properly. It needs three sodium ions to enter it and a potassium ion to act as the trigger or catalyst in order to tell the pump to switch on. Then it moves the sodium ions over to the other side of the membrane. Then once the pump is open on the other side, two potassium ions come along and they are pumped back over to the other side. In this way the sodium/potassium pump selectively targets sodium and potassium ions, moving  them from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration.

hill.com/sites/0072495855/student_view0/chapter2/animation__how_the_sodium_potassium_pump_works.html

 

Mutated Produce

Ukrainian food, in my opinion is a bit healthier than the traditional American diet. However, food grown in any contaminated soil will become radioactive itself. Which brings me back Mutation Watch. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been seeing some oddly shaped produce at my local green market. He gets produce shipped in from all over the world. I’ve seen suspicious looking carrots, papayas and onions recently. Obviously, the most misshapen produce won’t make it to the produce aisle, but if you open your eyes up, you’ll start to notice, subtle mutations. Those are the ones that will escape detection. Eventually, mutated produce will be so common place that we will become desensitized to it and accept it as normal. Please don’t forget to take photos of the really obvious ones, document them and send them off to Mutation Watch.

 

Infant Leukemia Caused by Cesium-137

http://goo.gl/6zGzWk

In an article  dated  November 19th, 2013, published in The Economist. Chris Busby draws attention to the fact that unborn babies are highly sensitive to radioactive isotopes when they have been internalized by the mother. He states that here has been a “statistically significant” rise in infant leukemia in the European countries that were the hardest hit by the Chernobyl fallout.

 

He states that it was the “low dose of cesium-137″ that caused the leukemia. He believes that the infants that were exposed to high doses died in the womb, while infants exposed to low doses in the womb survived, but suffered from leukemia.

http://www.nuclearworld.net/a-small-dose-of-radiation-is-worse-than-an-atomic-blast/

 

“…It was the low ‘dose’ of Caesium-137 that caused the leukemias. And the dose response trend was not a straight line: The effect at the very low ‘dose’ was greater than at the very high ‘dose’. Presumably because at the high doses the babies perished in the womb and could not, therefore, develop leukemia…For what is done by these people is to dismiss any evidence of increased rates of cancer or any other disease by shouting at it: ‘The doses were too low’. In this way, reality is airbrushed away. What is this quantity ‘dose’? It is a simple physics-based quantity which represents the absorption of energy from radiation. One Sievert of gamma radiation is one Joule per kilogram of living tissue. This might work for external radiation. But it doesn’t work for internal exposures to radioactive elements which can produce huge effects on cellular DNA at low average ‘doses’. It is like comparing warming yourself in front of the fire with eating a hot coal. Or comparing a punch to stabbing. Same dose, same energy. Very different effects. This ‘dose’ scam has been used to dismiss real effects since it was invented in 1952 to deal with the exposures from nuclear weapons development and testing. For those who want to dig deeper into the science there is a recent book chapter I wrote in the book New Research Directions in DNS Repair…”

 

He goes on to say that there is a higher number of girls born depending on weather or not the sperm of the father or the mother’s egg was exposed. He cites a study that was done in Fallujah, Iraq where there was exposure to uranium weapons and other studies that were done following Chernobyl and nuclear weapons testing fallout from many different countries. It was estimated that millions of babies were killed by internal radiation exposure. He blames the nuclear military project as being responsible for these deaths. Here’s the quote, “The nuclear military project is responsible for an awful lot of deaths. In years to come I believe this will eventually be seen as the greatest public health scandal in human history.”

 

Wrap Up

In today’s show we covered evidence of fresh Fukushima fallout in the Bering Straits, we touched on a mysterious disease that’s killing dogs, I also walked you through how to read between the lines when reading research abstracts. I used the honey sample abstract from Polish researchers as an example. Like milk, honey is used as a marker to detect environmental radiation. We also focused on how cesium-137 affects the heart and we took a look at 25 year study that was done with individuals that lived in the contaminated zone in the Ukraine. And as always, I explained how you can use the law of selective uptake to your advantage.

 

With so much bad news, I believe it is important to focus on the positive and the positive is this, every radioactive isotope mimics a specific mineral. Knowing this fact and how to use it to your advantage is the good news. So remember, radioactive cesium mimics potassium. Use this knowledge to your advantage. Tell anyone who is willing to listen. Help me get the word out.

 

Thank you for Sticking Around

Waking up to the realization that we live in a world contaminated world is a bitter pill to swallow. I acknowledge you for being courageous. If you feel that my podcast has value, then please consider leaving a positive review on Stitcher.

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Potassium May Block Radioactive Cesium

 

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At the time of release, it is Thanksgiving Day in the US and I’d like to just say that I’m thankful that you have taken the time to stop by. I’m also thankful to those of you who have chosen to subscribe.

I feel a deep connection to the Thanksgiving season and that’s why it is especially significant to me that I have chosen this season to formally announce that I’m working on a book. It may take a some time to complete, as I work a demanding full-time job and time is a valuable commodity, but rest assured that it is in the works. I’ll keep you posted…

Please understand that I have no credentials stating that I am in any way a professional on the matter, but I can tell you that I have been researching the effects of radiation on health and the environment since the mid 80’s.

In this episode, we explain the law of selective uptake, then we’ll cover cesium-137, and I’ll mention a few foods that are rich in possum, as potassium may block the uptake of radioactive cesium. Then we’re going to connect the dots by taking a look at 3 puzzling maladies that are affecting the marine life in the Pacific, and we’ll also touch on the importance of the extracellular matrix.

Edit – Since I have recorded this show things have gotten even worse.

We are already seeing signs of mutations in the environment and in children that have been born in the years following Fukushima. By wisely applying the law of selective uptake, we have a shot at preserving the genetic integrity of future generations.

 

Cesium-137

Today we are going to spotlight the radioactive isotope cesium-137. Cesium-137 is produced when uranium and plutonium absorb neutrons and undergo fission. This is part of the process that powers nuclear reactors and it is also part of nuclear weapons manufacturing. Uranium and plutonium fission create radioactive isotopes. Cesium-137 just happens to be one of them. Cesium-137 is also used in nuclear medicine for the treatment of cancer.

Initially, the majority of Cesium-137 in the environment came from above ground nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s and 1960s. Carried by the winds, the cesium-137 that was released at that time has contaminated most of the planet. If that was all the exposure we’ve had since then, then the initial exposure would have deteriorated down to about 25% of the original amount by now, but the sad fact remains that there has been a lot more environmental contamination since then. We haven’t even considered Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and now Fukushima. To top it off, we are going on three years of continuous fallout since the Fukushima triple meltdown occurred back in 2011. Now that the fuel rods from reactor four are being removed, there has been a rising trend of “hot” radioactive rain across the United States. Just recently, Death Valley had rainfall that was over 30% higher that normal.

http://www.enviroreporter.com/2013/11/boreas-storm-packs-radioactive-punch/http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1848674/?page=1

http://www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/isotopes/cesium.asp

 

You Cannot Taste or Smell Radioactive Cesium

Here is what concerns me most about radioactivity in the environment. It’s virtually undetectable, that is unless you have a high quality Geiger counter with special settings designed to test food. Since we rarely eat locally, we depend on a wide variety of resources from a lot of different locations. We don’t know if our food is contaminated unless we have it tested and in the case of cesium-137 and other radioactive isotopes you need special equipment designed to detect the presence of radiation. You cannot feel exposure to cesium-137.  You cannot taste or smell it.

The half-life of cesium-137 is 30.17 years. After 30 years, half of the original amount of cesium-137 is left over. Now we’re at 50%. Then after another 30 years, half of that is left over. We are at 25% of the original amount now and after another 30 years it’s down to 12 ½%  of the original amount and so on and so on. It never really quite disappears because it’s halved every 30 years.

Cesium-137 mimics potassium

In order to meet our demands for this critical electrolyte we must eat foods low on the food chain that are rich in potassium. Many of the foods I’m going to mention today are also rich in other minerals and vitamins.

 

Lentils Rock

Let’s take at look at lentils first. Lentils are a staple that I always have in my pantry. Personally, I prefer red lentils the most. Typically, you can find them at your local health food store in the bulk aisle or prepackaged on the shelf. Buy organic if you can and make sure it doesn’t come from any known contaminated regions.

Lentil beans are a powerhouse of potassium. One cup of dry lentil beans, soaked and boiled contain about 730 mg. of potassium. One cup of raw sprouted lentil beans contain a little over 1,800 mg. That’s almost 2000 mg. per cup. That’s a lot of potassium and remember, potassium blocks cesium-137.

Sprouting lentils is cheap and easy to do. It just takes few days. You can go to sproutpeople.org for all the information you need to start sprouting, granted they do want to sell you stuff, but they also provide a lot of information for sprouting newbies. They have recipes and a yahoo group dedicated just to sprouting. http://www.sproutpeople.com/seed/print/lentils.html.

I love sweet potatoes

I don’t know about you, but I love sweet potatoes. When I lived in China, during the cold winter months, street vendors would sell delicious baked sweet potatoes. Nothing tastes as delightful and nourishing as a fresh-baked sweet potato on a cold blustery day. However, if you don’t have time to slow roast them, that’s OK. I just toss them in a pot and boil them up at home. It takes about 20 minutes to cook and the pay off is worth it. One cup of boiled sweet potato contains about 440 mg. of potassium.

White Potatoes are Not the Bad Guy Anymore

While we are on the topic of potatoes, did you know that one large white potato contains 948 mg of potassium? Don’t listen to the potato nay-sayer crowd. Potatoes are a rich source of potassium. It’s all the other junk that people throw on them that makes spuds fattening. There are so many tasty things you can do with potatoes, it’s hard to just focus on one thing but by far, one of my favorite things to eat is an Indian dish called Aloo Gobi.  http://www.food.com/recipe/aloo-gobi-84324

And let’s not forget swiss chard. One cup of boiled swiss chard contains about 961 mg. of potassium.

BTW ~ You can find out the mineral content of almost any food just by doing quick search at skipthepie.org.

 

Plant based Foods are a Sure Bet for Superior Nutritional Content

Plant based foods are the best way to get easy to absorb minerals. If you can eat it raw with the enzymes still in tact, that’s even better. However, the thing to always keep in the back of your mind, is to buy produce from uncontaminated regions. I always annoy my green grocer with the same question, “Where does this come from?”

 

Here’s What we Know at this Point in Time

We know that the entire west coast of North America is contaminated. Let’s take a look at what we already know is grown in that region.

We know that grapes are gown on the west cost. So, what does that eliminate? That eliminates all wine, raisins and products with concentrated white grape juice in it,  Products such as grape seed extract, red wine extract and so on are included in that list.  Basically, any grape related product from California.  For me, the reality set in when I had to put that box of Sunmaid raisins back on the shelf.

We also know that a lot of citrus is grown in California. Here’s how I solved that problem, I just bought citrus grown in FL. It seems like a safe bet for now, as Florida typically isn’t part of the jet stream that flows across Japan and the northern hemisphere.

We also know that almonds are grown in California. I’ve already eliminated almonds from my diet. Which is kind of sad, because I like almonds. I won’t risk buying them again until I’m clear on where they are grown. I want to be able to identify if the location is from a contaminated region or not.

The Humble Extracellular Matrix

Let’s now turn our focus to the humble extracellular matrix. The extracellular matrix  is not only the fluid inside the cytoplasm of the cell, but its a whole lot more. The cytoplasm is the liquid substance that makes up the bulk of the cell. It contains the structures that allow the cell to do its job.

http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Cell_matrix

In Alfred Pischinger’s book, Matrix and Matrix Regulation, he tells us that seawater is rich in electrolyte minerals such as sodium, potassium, and chloride. These electrolyte minerals provide the primary regulatory system of the single cell. He compares the extracellular matrix to seawater, in that it determines the genetic expression of the cells.

The extracellular matrix can be also be found in connective tissue and blood. Basically, the extra cellular matrix is essential to your health. It’s essential because it goes throughout the entire body and it communicates with other tissues and organs. I like to think of it as a second brain because it’s kind of everywhere.

Keeping our extracellular matrix loaded up with a full spectrum of ionic minerals, as well as essential minerals like potassium and calcium are critical in blocking radioactive isotopes such as cesium-137.  Now bear in mind, not only will these important minerals block radiation, they may keep your DNA from being damaged, because that’s what radiation does. It causes genetic mutations. We’ll see evidence of this when there is a high rate of high infant mortality, genetic defects, and cancer. Sadly, this already appears to be the case on the west coast of North America with a 45% infant mortality in baby seals.

This is yet another reason why ionic minerals are essential to your health…because not only do they block your body from absorbing radioactive isotopes, but they are critical to maintaining cellular integrity via the extra cellular matrix and the connective tissue.

 

Connect the Dots

Here’s something that mainstream media isn’t covering, the Activist Post article

28 signs that the west coast is being absolutely fried with nuclear radiation from Fukushima.

http://www.activistpost.com/2013/10/28-signs-that-west-coast-is-being.html

Polar bears, seals and walruses along the Alaskan coastline are suffering from fur loss and open sores.

The US Geological Survey said in a statement that among 33 bears spotted near Barrow, Alaska, along the Arctic coastline. Turns out that those poor bears had “alopecia, or loss of fur, and other skin lesions.” It was also reported in the same US News article that “ice seals with similar symptoms have also been reported in adjacent regions of Canada and Russia and from the Bering Strait region.”

The article was dated April 8th, 2012 and at that time it was reported that “60 seals and several walruses were found dead. Many of the diseased seals and walruses were juveniles and had trouble breathing.” The authors go on and list a variety of possible causes, but they were quick to dismiss radioactive contamination from Fukushima as being a possibility.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/04/08/11083494-fur-loss-open-sores-seen-in-polar-bears

After nearly 3 years of radiation being dumped in to the Pacific, it has most likely also caused an “unusual mortality event” or an epidemic of sea lions deaths along the California coastline at island rookeries off of the Southern California coast. Where 45 percent of the pups born in June have died. The article reports that it is significant because usually, less than one-third of the pups would die.”

http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2013-03-31/fukushima-radiation-causing-epidemic-dead-and-starving-sea-lions-california

Last August, Mark Hume of the The Globe and Mail reported that independent fisheries scientist Alexandra Morton is concerned about a disease she says is spreading through Pacific herring causing them to hemorrhage.

Morton believes that it could cause large-scale herring kills and infect wild salmon, which depend on herring as a food source.

 

The Plankton Connection

What do herring survive on? Like many fish, they depend on plankton as their main food source. Plankton are the foundation of all marine life. Herring feed at night in the upper water column, following massive vertical migrations of plankton that live in deep waters by day and surface waters by night. Herring filter-feed plankton. Morton reported that she had been seen herring with bleeding fins and that she had recently gone to a northern Vancouver Island and “found about 100 herring that were bleeding from their fins, bellies, chins, and eyeballs.” Morton suspects the disease is viral hemorrhagic septicemia.

However, it is my opinion, that just as it was in the case following the 1975 massive Milford radiation release in Connecticut which caused a spirochete to mutate into Lyme disease, this could also be the case with Canada’s herring. Or, could it be a direct result of radioactive contamination caused by almost years of contaminated water flowing into the Pacific on a daily basis?

Even though authorities are quick to dismiss radiation as being the cause of the tragic condition of marine life in the Pacific, experts have found very high levels of cesium-137 in plankton living in the waters of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the west coast of North America.

High Levels of Cesium-137 Detected

Plankton, the Foundation to Aquatic Life

Plankton are microscopic marine plants. Sometimes they are called micro algae. They contain chlorophyll and need sunlight because they use photosynthesis to get energy from the sun. Most phytoplankton float near the surface of the ocean so they can be near sunlight.

There are two kinds of phytoplankton. There are dinoflagellates and diatoms. Dinoflagellates have a tail or flagella that is shaped like a whip. They use it to propel themselves through the water.

The second type of phytoplankton are the diatom. Diatoms don’t have a tail to help them move through the water. Instead they are at the mercy of the ocean currents. They make up the vast majority of phytoplankton and they carry the burden of keeping the food chain alive.

Phytoplankton are at the bottom of the food chain. They provide food for an incredibly wide range of ocean life. Everything from whales to snails and baby fish rely on phytoplankton in order to survive.

In addition, they are responsible for nearly half of the world’s oxygen supply.

http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/viewArticle.do?id=167709

 

Killer Whales in Peril

On Oct. 24, 2013, the Vancouver Sun reported that there have been changes in the behavior of killer whales that live off the north-central coast of British Columbia and Alaska. (It is worth mentioning here that the entire length of the west coast, from Alaska to the Baja Peninsula, has been contaminated by Fukushima.) Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard, a marine mammal scientist from the Vancouver Aquarium said that the whales, “…weren’t vocalizing, and that was quite a striking change after years and years of being very familiar with how noisy they are and how easy to find acoustically.” His team also noticed an uncharacteristically high mortality rate among pod matriarchs. It turns out that there have been seven or eight deaths among older females in the pod over the past two years. That’s statistically significant, given that the team normally notices one or two deaths per year.

http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Normally+chatty+northern+whales+have+quieted+down+Vancouver/9079690/story.html

Additionally, on Oct. 24, 2013, Komo News reported that the same Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard announced the results of a study revealing that the number of male killer whales of reproductive age in Puget Sound was dwindling. So now we have the matriarchs dying off in disproportionately high numbers and the males of reproductive ages are dying off too.

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Researcher-High-death-rate-puzzling-behavior-in-BC-orcas–229135551.html

Starfish, the Canary in the Cole Mine 

However, this story is the most concerning of all, Seattle Aquarium biologists Jeff Christiansen reported that Sunfish Sea Star populations in Vancouver Harbour and Howe Sound are dying from some unknown pathogen. He said,  “We’ve got some sea stars that look like they’re melting on the bottom.”  Apparently, the same thing is happening in the waters near Canada too. Scientists are scratching their heads at this point.  However, they suspect that it may be linked to a viral infection. It looks bad. They are estimating that 60% of the species in that area are dying off.

www.king5.com/news/local/Biologists-search-for-cause-of-sea-star-deaths-229408861.html

In an Oct. 31st story, Allison Gong, an associate research biologist at UC Santa Cruz’s Long Marine Laboratory,  keeps live sea stars for her college biology classes. However, earlier this fall, she was shocked to find the starfish in her tank were eating each other. Then, they started to disintegrate. Her quote, “Healthy stars don’t get eaten by other stars, so seeing cannibalism always raises the ‘uh-oh’ flag..then, the stars began dropping arms and melting away.” In recent months, divers from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and California have reported hundreds of melting sea stars from at least 10 different species.

http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/archives/2013/1031/article_117edb76-41b6-11e3-8ae5-0019bb30f31a.html

Sea Star Wasting Syndrome

Let’s not forget that Dr. Andrei Sakharov warned us that even at low levels, radiation could increase mutations of bacteria and viruses. 

Mutated Viruses

It appears to me that the Pacific northwest’s sunflower starfish, killer whales and herring deaths maybe evidence of radioactive contamination due to the ongoing Fukushima catastrophe. Has anyone bothered to sample the tissue and get it tested for radiation? I mean they are testing some of the fish coming out to the Pacific for radioactive contamination, why not the starfish, bears, killer whales and herrings too?

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es4002423

Please Don’t Eat Tuna

One test in California found that 15 out of 15 Bluefin tuna were contaminated with radiation from Fukushima. Bluefin tuna spawn in the waters surrounding Japan before migrating to California. Fish caught of the shore of California may have cesium-134 and cesium-137 in their tissues.

Bluefin Tuna Contaminated

The Radioactive Fish List

Back in 2012, the Vancouver Sun reported that cesium-137 was found in fish being sold to Canada. They discovered that the majority of the fish were contaminated. Here’s the list:

  •  73 percent of mackerel
  •  91 percent of the halibut
  •  92 percent of the sardines
  •  93 percent of the tuna and eel
  •  94 percent of the cod and anchovies
  •  100 percent of the carp, seaweed, shark and monkfish

I’d like to note here that any detection of radiation is bad news, as all radiation is cumulative. That means that it builds up and wrecks havoc on your immune system and DNA.

Fish Eaters Threatened by Contamination

A senior researcher of marine chemistry at the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Meteorological Research Institute says that “30 billion becquerels of radioactive cesium and 30 billion becquerels of radioactive strontium” are being released into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima every single day.

Due to the immense amounts of radiation being dumped into the Pacific, I’m in complete agreement with environmental activist Joe Martino when he says, “Your days of eating Pacific Ocean fish are over.”

Days of Eating Pacific Ocean Fish Are Over

 

The Pacific is Dying

While I’m not a particular fan of Alex Jones’ sensationalist style of reporting, there was a recent article from Infowars that reported that the California coastline is being transformed into “a dead zone”…

The California coastline is becoming like a dead zone…If you haven’t been to a California beach lately, you probably don’t know that the rocks are unnaturally CLEAN – there’s hardly any kelp, barnacles, sea urchins, etc. anymore and the tide pools are similarly eerily devoid of crabs, snails and other scurrying signs of life… and especially as compared to 10 – 15 years ago when one was wise to wear tennis shoes on a trip to the beach in order to avoid cutting one’s feet on all the STUFF of life – broken shells, bones, glass, driftwood, etc.

There are also days when I am hard-pressed to find even a half-dozen seagulls and/or terns on the county beach.

You can still find a few gulls trolling the picnic areas and some of the restaurants (with outdoor seating areas) for food, of course, but, when I think back to 10 – 15 years ago, the skies and ALL the beaches were literally filled with seagulls and the haunting sound of their cries both day and night…

NOW it’s unnaturally quiet.

That account appears to substantiate what Mr. Macfadyen experienced when he crossed the Pacific recently.

In the past, Mr. MacFadyen said that “all he’d had to do to catch a fish from the ocean between Brisbane and Japan was throw out a baited line.” However,  on his most recent trip across the Pacific, Macfadyen reported that there were no fish to be found: “We hardly saw any living things. We saw one whale, sort of rolling helplessly on the surface with what looked like a big tumour on its head. It was pretty sickening. I’ve done a lot of miles on the ocean in my life and I’m used to seeing turtles, dolphins, sharks and big flurries of feeding birds. But this time, for 3000 nautical miles there was nothing alive to be seen.” Not surprisingly, he did find lots and lots of Tsunami debris.

It is interesting to note that Mr. Macfadyen signed up for this voyage while he was in the US after being approached by US academic types who wanted yacht owners to fill in daily survey forms and collect samples for radiation testing.

Although Mr. MacFadyen was quick to blame overfishing as the cause of the lack of sea life, I disagree. I believe the Pacific is dying as a direct result of the radiation pouring into the Pacific from the damaged Fukushima-Diaiichi nuclear reactors.

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/the-ocean-is-broken-20131018-2vs7v.html

 

Conclusion

In today’s episode, we covered where cesium-137 comes from, we talked about its half-life and we found out that consuming foods rich in potassium may block the absorption of radioactive cesium. Then we talked about the importance of the extracellular matrix and we took a look at the alarming deaths of Pacific marine life. We also took a moment to consider the importance of phytoplankton. In the next episode, we’ll dig a bit deeper and take a look at some studies that were done on cesium-137 and as always we will connect the dots…

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Radiation Knows No Boundries


bluefin

Not too long ago a monster blue fin tuna weighing in at 27 kg. was caught off the coast of New Zealand. Bluefin tuna spawn off the coast of Japan.

Radiation Knows No Geographical Boundaries

This is what I don’t understand. Why are researchers supposedly, “surprised” to find that the Bluefin tuna that have spawned off the coast of Japan and the Philippines contain elevated levels of Cesium-137?

 

It’s been two years since the Fukushima – Daiichi nuclear power plant suffered from a triple meltdown. In fact, it’s still spewing radiation. Japan’s problem has now become OUR problem and by OUR problem, I mean YOUR problem and MY problem and unfortunately, our children’s problem and our grand children’s problem and their grand children’s problem. The radiation that has been released and is still being released as of this writing, is basically a generational curse that will reap a heartbreaking harvest.

Radioactive isotopes all decay at different rates. Plutonium-239’s half-life is 2,400 years which means that it is still hanging around in the food chain a half a million years later.

And, while health authorities claim that blue fin tuna may be safe for human consumption, I beg to differ, as all radiation is cumulative.

In an article titled, Radiation’s Risk to Public Health, Dr. Ira Helfand, MD writes,

From the beginning of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, the public was told repeatedly by industry spokesmen and government officials that the radiation discovered in the air, drinking water and food was “safe” or that it did not pose a threat to public health.  This unfortunately is not true.

It is the consensus of the medical and scientific community, summarized in the National Research Council BEIR VII report, that there is no safe level of radiation.  Any exposure, including exposure to naturally occurring background radiation, creates an increased risk of cancer.

Keep Your Cells Saturated With Ionic Minerals

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Ionic minerals suspended in water are the most efficient way to meet the demands of living in an environment compromised by nuclear waste.

 

The beast has been unleashed and it isn’t going to disappear in our lifetime. There is nowhere to hide from the insidious effects of nuclear contamination.

However, you can keep your cells saturated with a rich supply of minerals which will block your body from absorbing radioactive isotopes. By consuming fruit and vegetables grown in uncontaminated soil and taking ionic mineral supplements, such as Marine Research’s ConcenTrace liquid ionic minerals,  it may block the absorption of radioactive isotopes, and as an extra bonus, you may have more energy to help you keep up with your busy lifestyle.

 


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Strontium-90 and Calcium


Strontium-90 mimics calcium. Calcium rich bones will reject strontium-90. Plant based foods are an easy to absorb alternative to dairy products.

Strontium-90 mimics calcium. Calcium rich bones will reject strontium-90. Plant based foods are an easy to absorb alternative to dairy products.

 

Strontium has 24 isotopes that are radioactive, but strontium-90 is the most lethal. Strontium-90 is a by-product of nuclear reactors. It  is created when uranium and plutonium breakdown. It has a half-life of 29 years, but that doesn’t mean that it disappears after 29 years. Oh no, if only it were that simple.

Here’s the deal with half-lives. Let’s use strontium-90 as an example. Strontium-90 has a half-life of 29 years. That means it disappears after 29 years, right? Well, not exactly. After 28 years, half of the original amount of strontium-90 will be left over, then after another 28 years, half of 50% will be left, so now we are down to 25% of the original amount. Then after another 28 years, we’re down to half of 25%. We’re at 12.5% now. It just goes on and on like that and never really quite disappears because whatever is left over is halved every 28 years.

And, because strontium-90 mimics calcium, the body tends to think, “Hey, calcium!” and treats it as if it were calcium. So it ends up in the bones and teeth. Once in the bone morrow, it builds up and interferes with the body’s ability to make new blood cells. It can interfere with blood clotting and cause anemia too.


Here’s where you can use the law of selective uptake to your advantage. Bones rich in calcium will look at strontium-90 and say, “Eewww,” and immediately reject it. That’s the best case scenario. The worst case scenario is when the bones are calcium deficient, the strontium-90 is absorbed as if it were calcium and then becomes part of the bone’s structure. Blood clotting issues and anemia aside, strontium-90 tends to irradiate the surrounding bone cells and eventually that may lead to leukemia or bone cancer.

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Blocking Radioactive Isotopes

Fukushima’s triple nuclear disaster continues to contaminate the environment.  This fact has been largely under reported. The implications of this event are mind-blowing. Expect to see a rise in birth defects, cardiac events and cancer.[/caption]

Minerals are the key to blocking radioactive isotopes from being absorbed into your body because radioactive isotopes mimic minerals.

For example, strontium-90 mimics calcium. If you have a calcium deficiency, your body may absorb strontium-90 instead. Each radioactive isotope mimics a specific mineral. You can find a mini-reference chart here.

Cobalt-60 is the most plentiful radioactive waste in existence today. Cobalt-60 is what they use to irradiate food. They also use it to “sterilize” our beverage containers – like the plastic jugs that hold our orange juice, milk and other beverages. At least, that’s what they use at Vindicators in Mulberry, Florida.  Cobalt-60 mimics vitamin B12. We need to be sure that our bodies are saturated with vitamin B12 too. Technically, B12 isn’t a mineral, but you get the point.

So remember, when our bodies are saturated with ionic minerals and vitamins such as B12, then our bodies are less likely to absorb radioactive isotopes that may be lurking in the environment. Unfortunately, after the advent of Fukushima, that’s a possibility we cannot ignore.

Dr. Helen Caldicott predicts that in 25 years, the cancer rate will soar. Please don’t become a statistic. Use the law of selective uptake to your advantage.