At this point in time, there is no reason to expect any significant radiation will reach the West coast. Potassium iodide pills are being distributed to Japanese citizens within 18 miles of the damaged reactors, and this intervention is not appropriate for anyone outside of that area, as iodine in excess can damage the thyroid gland. If radiation is detected in the US in relation to the Fukushima meltdown, the following foods and herbs have been demonstrated to protect and repair radiation damage.
- Miso soup. Hiroshima J Med Sci. 2001 Dec;50(4):83-6. Radioprotective effects of miso (fermented soy bean paste) against radiation in B6C3F1 mice. Ohara M, Lu H, Shiraki K, Ishimura Y, Uesaka T, Katoh O, Watanabe H. Department of Environment and Mutation, Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine, Hiroshima University, Japan.
- Seaweed. Kitasato Arch Exp Med. 1992 Dec;65(4):209-16. Suppression of 125I-uptake in mouse thyroid by seaweed feeding: possible preventative effect of dietary seaweed on internal radiation injury of the thyroid by radioactive iodine.Maruyama H, Yamamoto I. Department of Pathology, Kitasato University School of Hygienic Sciences, Kanagawa, Japan. Biomed Environ Sci. 1991 Sep;4(3):273-82. Suppression of radioactive strontium absorption by sodium alginate in animals and human subjects. Gong YF, Huang ZJ, Qiang MY, Lan FX, Bai GA, Mao YX, Ma XP, Zhang FG. Institute of Radiation Medicine, Beijing, China.
- Mint tea. J Cancer Res Ther. 2010 Jul-Sep;6(3):255-62. Radioprotective potential of mint: a brief review. Baliga MS, Rao S. Research and Development, Father Muller Medical College, Father Muller Hospital Road, Kankanady, Mangalore, India. email@example.com
- Gingko leaf. Radiat Res. 1995 Nov;144(2):198-205. Clastogenic factors in the plasma of Chernobyl accident recovery workers: anticlastogenic effect of Ginkgo biloba extract. Emerit I, Oganesian N, Sarkisian T, Arutyunyan R, Pogosian A, Asrian K, Levy A, Cernjavski L. Department of Genetics, CNRS, Paris, France.
- Ginseng. Mutagenesis. 2005 Jul;20(4):237-43. Epub 2005 Jun 14. Radioprotective potential of ginseng. Lee TK, Johnke RM, Allison RR, O’Brien KF, Dobbs LJ Jr. Department of Radiation Oncology, Leo W.Jenkins Cancer Center, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org