Experts expect that the Fukushima Dai-ichi catastrophe in Japan could cause nuclear radiation poisoning worldwide, and workers at the nuclear power plant say death from radiation poisoning is inevitable. A Google search for Japanese nuclear radiation poisoning revealed extensive pandemic-buying of iodine in the USA, in order to help prevent thyroid cancer.
This commentary is about preventing nuclear radiation poisoning resulting from radioactive water that Japan dumped into the Pacific Ocean. People living on the west coast of the USA are very concerned about millions of gallons of highly radioactive water that has spilled into it.
The risk for radiation poisoning is higher than high, especially in Japan. The danger of radiation poisoning is extreme because the tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant at Fukushima Dai-ichi has been discharging large amounts of water, which was used for cooling reactors, and it's teeming with high levels of radiation.
Water that's charged with high levels of radiation has been spilling unabatedly into the Pacific Ocean as of March 26, 2011.
A Google search for Japanese radio poisoning opened March 14, 2011 Fox News report about it. Not only that, but the Google search revealed that the damaged nuclear power plant disaster is causing a panic buy-out of iodine tablets in the USA, as an anti-radiation remediation, over fear of radiation poisoning.
The Japanese nuclear meltdown signed alarm about global radiation poisoning. Another Google search turned up a quote by the USA Surgeon General, who said, “Be Prepared” while he was in California back in the first part of March. USA Surgeon General's warning terrificed Americans, which prompted in a panic buy-out of over the counter anti-radiation drugs because of nuclear fall-out fears
The tsunami-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, because of a massive earthquake off the coastline of Japan, has brought about attention to dangers of radiation poisoning.
A Google search uncovered a Fox News report that said nuclear fuel rods were partly exposed, which is why some people in the USA might panic about a meltdown – one that, experts say, would send radiation drift across the Pacific Ocean.
An untold number of Japanese people were hospitalized for radiation exposure because of the disaster. Some USA citizens are in a panic about radiation poisoning spread in the USA, especially after a series of hydrogen explosions damaged nuclear reactors and put the reactors at increased risk of radioactive core meltdowns, a Google search revealed; in the aftermath of the devastatingly large 9.0 magnitude Japanese earthquake.
The extremely radioactive iodine-131 and cesium-137 were detected outside of the Fukushima plant, which indicated that nuclear fuel melted and the radioactive cores were damaged.
Almost 200 Japanese were hospitalized, shortly following the initial disaster, for radiation exposure. Everyone living within a radius of 12 miles of the Fukushima nuclear plant had to evacuate the area.
Fear that liquefied nuclear fuel force break through containment barriers, and then spew radioactivity into the air because of a nuclear reactor meltdown, were high. Joseph Cirincione of Plowshares Fund, who is an American nuclear expert, reported to Fox News that radiation might rise high into the atmosphere; and the jet stream would probably carry it to the USA.
Symptoms of Nuclear Radiation Poisoning
Radiation poisoning is also known as the acute radiation syndrome, which is the result of exposure to radiation. Symptoms of serious radiation poisoning include:
- Nausea, and
The acute radiation syndrome symptoms manifest themselves within a few minutes of being exposed to, and absorbing, radiation. The initial symptoms of acute radiation poisoning might last for just a few minutes, or even days; and then they subside.
The radiation-poisoning symptoms, however, will probably resume later; and they may intensify with more symptoms, including:
- Loss of appetite,
- Skin damage,
- Coma; and quite,
The American Thyroid Association warns that when thyroid cells are inundated with a high concentration of radioactive iodine-131, the risk of coming down with thyroid cancer increases exponentially. Thyroid cells can become overwhelmed with the unstable radioactive iodine-131 when a person drinks radioactive-tainted water, breaths contaminated food, or by eating food polluted with radiation.
The meltdown, which occurred during the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster for instance, is blamed for an epidemic of thyroid cancer; and, decades later, there was a dramatic upsurge in leukemia in the area of the disaster.
Panic over exposure to radioactive iodine-131 that was emitted from the Fukushima meltdown has compelled Japanese authorities to distribute 230,000 units of iodine pills to evacuation centers that were close to the Fukushima disaster.
The thyroid gland absorbs stable iodine, which helps make hormones, therefore it's common practice to distribute iodine tablets during nuclear disasters. Iodine tablets help protect the thyroid gland because it fills-up the thyroid gland so there's no room is left for it to absorb the dangerous radioactive iodine-131.
Otherwise, the thyroid gland would soak up destructive radioactive iodine-131 as readily as it would absorb the more stable iodine.
Japanese authorities issued iodine tablets to help protect people that live near the reactor; and a recent study suggested that using red wine, to help wash them down, could help the body neutralize radiation poison.
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine proved that resveratrol, which is a naturally occurring antioxidant that found in red wine, helps protect cells from radiation; by experimenting with mice.
But a single glass of red wine, or even one or two bottles, contains very little resveratrol. It would be better to get a supplement that has 1000 times the amount of resveratrol, which is in a single bottle of red wine; and take it with another supplement that has a stable form of iodine – preferably one that includes the element boron, because that's the ingredient that they use to help clean-up accidents involving nuclear radiation.
A Google search opened a Wikipedia article, which said, “Boron shielding is used as a control for nuclear reactors, taking advantage of its high cross-section for neutron capture.”