As an unprecedented nuclear crisis unfolds in Japan following a destructive earthquake and tsunami many are considering the risks from nuclear power plants in their own community as well as the danger of fallout drifting from Japan. In South Florida there is also a nuclear plant on the shore of an ocean. FPL’s Turkey Point plant in Homestead, Florida has been the focus of a debate over FPL proposals to build additional nuclear reactors at that location. Despite a history of safety lapses and evidence from researchers involved in the “Tooth Fairy” Project that radioactive elements have already appeared in excess downwind from nuclear plants such as Turkey Point, FPL has sought to expand its involvement in nuclear power creation. Scientists for several years have alerted the world to the danger of volcanic and seismic activity in the Atlantic Ocean, where the collapse of a portion of an island in the Eastern Atlantic Canary Island chain (La Palma) could launch a monster tsunami wave toward the U.S. East Coast.
While this future threat is made more tangible by the current disaster in Japan, the present focus is on protecting ourselves from adverse affects of the radioactive clouds emanating from damaged Japanese reactors. Extremely high levels of radioactivity are already being detected in Japan and the radiation is expected to cross the Pacific and affect the United States. Fortunately for Americans, some of the radioactive elements have a short half-life, meaning levels would drop sharply by the time the fallout reaches the Western U.S. Yet some elements could take decades to dwindle. The Jet Stream air current would take the fallout from Japan across the heart of the U.S., and it would likely spare Florida from the direct effects of this radioactivity. Yet, contaminated food and water and other indirect sources of this radiation could show up in Florida. German officials are already testing airplane flights from Japan to identify if these planes are contaminated. One way or another our exposure to radioactivity is likely to increase, adding onto what many feel is already excessive exposure from sources such as medical tests and airport backscatter scanners.
To protect ourselves there are some valuable supplements that can protect and cleanse our bodies from radioactive elements. Natural sources of iodine in seafood offer a great resource for protecting the thyroid from radioactive idodine isotopes. Kelp is inexpensive and readily available and is safer for long term use than potassium iodide pills. Other seaweed and algae products are also excellent. Spirulina, chlorella, and modifilan (brown seaweed extract) all have protective properties. Modifilan was used successfully to treat people exposed to radioactivity at Chernobyl. Aloe vera, bee pollen and bee propolis, vitamins and minerals, herbs such as rosemary, and other compounds can be helpful as well. Here are a few resources to visit where readers can learn more about coping with radiation exposure.