Thursday, March 17, 2011

Radiation Protection and the Macrobiotic Diet

There is so much fear mongering in the media and online it is ridiculous.  Anytime a disaster strikes, every marketer comes out of the woodwork selling some cure or product.  The idea that the radiation from Japan will reach North America is likely but only at very low levels.  We are exposed to radiation in our every day lifes.  Putting your cell phone up to your ear every day has more risk than any radiated wind current coming from Japan.  Are you worried about radiation from your cell phone?  If not, you should be.  Ted Kennedy was a heavy cell phone user.  What about the body scanners at the airport, medical x-rays, WI-FI, microwaves, portable telephones, blow dryers, televisions, computers, dish washers, cell towers, and electrical towers to name a few?  The problem with radiation is the cumulative effect.     

If some reason, a more than negligible amount of radiation does reach North America, there are things you can do besides taking potassium iodide pills.  Go on the macrobiotic diet.  The macrobiotic diet not only helps protect you from radiation but helps rid the body of radiation.  After the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, patients in a nearby hospital, located one mile from the center of the blast, survived the initial effects of the bomb, but soon after became ill with symptoms of radiation sickness. Dr. Akizuki, at the hospital, fed his staff and patients a strict macrobiotic diet of brown rice, miso soup, tamari soy sauce, wakame and other sea vegetables, Hokkaido pumpkin, and sea salt.  He prohibited the consumption of sugar and sweets. As a result, he saved everyone in his hospital.  The same can't be said for survivors outside the hospital.  Many died from radiation poisoning.

What is special about the macrobiotic diet?  The macrobiotic diet helps detox the body of radiation, especially the seaweed (kombu, wakame, nori, arame, hiziki, and kelp are some types of seaweed).  As a matter of fact, if you recently had an x-ray (including at the airport), it wouldn't hurt to have some miso soup with seaweed with your meals for a few days.  With all the radiation in our modern environment, it wouldn't hurt to consume miso soup with seaweed on a regular basis.

I make miso soup with wakame and arame seaweed, shiitake mushrooms, and udon noodles (or tofu) about once a week, and more frequently when I am feeling ill.  It truly cleanses the body and has worked wonders for my family.  And it is delicious.  I will add my miso soup recipe to a posting and recipes in the next couple of days. 

A bigger risk to the world outside of Japan than airborne radiation is food imported from Japan.  Japan is a large exporter of seafood and seaweed so be careful when shopping.  No point in eating seaweed if it is laced with radiation fallout.   

In addition to the macrobiotic diet, you can also increase antioxidant supplementation. That would be Vitamins A, C, and E. Remember the word ACE when you go to the store.   Antioxidants help protect the body from cellular damage.

In Health Always :-)

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