The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor meltdown that occurred after Japan was hit by a massive tsunami in March 2011 released huge quantities of radiation into the environment, which is still continuing to accumulate and increasingly pose health risks to wildlife and humans. In light of this, Dr. Russel Blaylock of the Blaylock Wellness Center recently released a podcast to inform listeners about the different ways that they can protect themselves from the effects of radiation, such as multiple types of cancers, through dietary supplementation.
He explains how iodine supplements, which tend to be extremely popular at the start of nuclear crises, protect people's thyroids from accumulating radioactive iodine, but this leaves the rest of the body vulnerable to other radioisotopes. He then delves into NASA's efforts to develop drugs to protect astronauts from gamma radiation exposure in space. One such drug is WR-2721, which he describes as "very effective" though "very toxic" and carrying side effects like blindness.
"Of more interest recently, has been the fact that a number of natural agents are very powerful protectants against radiation damage, particularly the gamma radiation," Dr. Blaylock says. "[T]he important thing is that all of these agents are not only quite safe and have very, very few side effects but the other effects of these flavonoids are very healthy effects, for instance preventing cancer, protecting the brain against degeneration, strokes, heart attacks."Beta-glucan
is found in the cell walls of yeast and acts as a good cellular immune stimulant. It is also a very potent protector against radiation damage in tissues, especially bone marrow. It stimulates stem cell production to replace damaged blood cells.Curcumin
is an anticarcinogenic extract of turmeric. Extensive research has shown that it protects all cells of every type against every form of radiation damage, particularly gamma radiation. Curcumin protects lung cells from radiation-induced pulmonary fibrosis. It also helps by causing the body to produce protective antioxidants. Though curcumin is poorly absorbed in powder form, "if you mix it with extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil, you can increase the absorption by as much as 11 fold," Dr. Blaylock says. He also says that it is extremely safe to take even at high doses where nausea might be felt as a potential side effect.Lycopene
is a carotenoid and a powerful antioxidant. It also stimulates production of antioxidants and protects against radiation.Ferulic acid
has been shown by research to increase the amount of protective antioxidants in the body, and it improves the recovery of bone marrow stem cells.Quercetin
is a common flavonoid found in fruits and vegetables. It is very effective in protecting against radiation damage. In animal studies, it was found to extend the survival rate of mice exposed to fatal levels of radiation.
The major protective effects of these compounds can be combined to provide even greater protection against radiation exposure, as shown by scientific studies. These can also significantly improve the outcomes of cancer patients. Agents such as curcumin and quercetin actually protect normal healthy tissue from radiation while making tumors more sensitive to treatment.
With radiation continuing to drain into the Pacific Ocean, drift to the West Coast and accumulate throughout the environment, it is important that we all stay educated and informed of the best way to protect ourselves from its damaging effects. Choosing a variety of natural, herbal compounds is the safest way to combat radiation and avoid cancer. Be sure to listen to Dr. Blaylock's full informative podcast here