by Mark Sircus
30 March 2011
What does radiation do to us?
It burns the cells, kind of like burning
down a house. It is well known that radiation burns our cells by
creating too much free radical damage. Now of course this is like
talking Greek to medical officials and professors because if they
knew this they would be on the bullhorn telling the public what to
do to minimize free radical damage.
This is important information because just about everyone in the
northern hemisphere, within a short period of time, will have to
live with a gentle radioactive mist all around them and their
We always have been surrounded by
radiation but increasingly so in recent decades because of all the
nuclear tests and accidents and use of nuclear materials in warfare
(God forbid they are
using depleted uranium weapons in Libya)
and, of course, the wireless revolution.
But now comes our worst nuclear nightmare, an
station belching out plutonium and other very nasty nuclear
materials. Imagine it as a mist for that is what it is. If you can
conceive of Geiger counters around the world picking this up you
know it’s raining nuclear particles just about everywhere. Within
the space of only two weeks radiation is being reported in a huge
Okay, it’s only a light nuclear rain so far but who wants to go out
even in a mild nuclear rain without a nuclear umbrella? But for
those poor unfortunate souls who live and work within 50 miles of
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, it’s a downpour, and perhaps ‘only’
a strong rain as far away as Tokyo.
Now we understand why they tell people
to stay indoors, the nuclear density (rain) in an area will only
increase the longer the source continues to emit radioactive
Staying indoors only affords partial
protection for the contamination seeps through in the air, water and
food that we breathe and eventually eat and drink.
They can only say that this amount of initial radiation is safe
because biological entities do have built in systems to handle
very unsafe radioactive particles. Low levels of radiation speak
about the quantity of nuclear materials, to their density, but not
to the capacity of each nuclear particle to wreak havoc inside our
cells by creating flurries of free radicals.
Free radicals are tremendously volatile molecules.
When they are in the company of oxygen,
they merge haphazardly with unsaturated fats to form peroxides.
These peroxides cause grave, irreversible destruction to cells and
the protective membrane linings that surround them. When escalating
armies of free radicals overwhelm a person’s antioxidant defenses
their health begins to burn down.
With the unfolding of the potential nuclear disaster in Japan, and
the consequent potential for weather-carried radiation exposure in
North America and the rest of the northern hemisphere, many people
are asking what they can do to protect themselves from radiation
damage. While most people are aware of the use of iodine
supplementation to protect the thyroid from radioactive iodine
fallout, most of the actual damage from radiation is due to runaway
oxidative stress and consequent DNA damage.
This oxidative damage is due to a combination of a high production
of reactive oxygen species (ROS) from the radiation exposure
while the radiation simultaneously causes a depression of the
natural antioxidant systems (mostly the glutathione system and
Surviving nuclear toxicity is similar to the process of surviving
heavy metals and chemical toxicity though the medical situation is
worsened dramatically when even super low doses of high energy
radiation enters the body. No one wants to be caught with even one
particle of plutonium lodged in their lungs for there is no
treatment that can guarantee it can reverse, stop, or even diminish
If you were to eat some plutonium-contaminated food you might have a
chance of increasing the odds it will come out the other end if you
were to partake of a naturopathic intestinal cleaning process that
uses clay or some ingenious formulas that maximize the effect.
Once in the tissues it’s another level of cellular warfare that goes
on between the radioactive particle, heavy metal or nasty toxic
chemical molecules and our tissues and cells. Once any of these
toxic insults penetrates into the cells themselves there is an array
of defenses waiting to defend and protect.
Obviously our cells need defenses in
depth, meaning it’s one thing to protect the cell membranes and
cytoplasm from oxidative damage and another thing to protect the
nucleus and the DNA that resides there.
Unfortunately the rain is going to be around for a while though it
will drop into the soil, our water and find its way quickly into our
The radioactive half-lives, the time it
takes for any particular type of radiation to lose half of its
Uranium 238: 4.5 billion years
Uranium 235: 710 million years
Plutonium 239: 24,100 years
Strontium 90: 30 years
Cesium 134: two years
Cesium 137: 30 years (Cesium can
be absorbed in food and water or inhaled as dust. It is
easily taken up by plants and animals)
Ruthenium 103: 39 days
Ruthenium 106, about a year
Iodine 131: 8 days
This suit is not the answer to radiation
exposure though of course such a suit would come in handy if you
actually had to work in a heavily exposed area.
For life to remain relatively pleasant
here on planet earth, we and our corrupted medical officials must
become familiar with the entire system in the body that protects us
from oxidative damage.
There is an antioxidant system that acts at the cellular level to
protect sensitive cellular targets right down to the nuclear DNA
level. It is not just the very popular enzyme
glutathione but an
array of enzymes and detoxification systems that work together to
save our cells of oxidative stress when attacked by radiation, heavy
metals and toxic chemicals.
Dr. Chris Shade
“While glutathione (GSH) is now the
darling of the antioxidant world, few people are realizing that
it is the “glutathione system” that is important and that it
includes many enzymes (e.g. glutathione peroxidase or GPx,
glutathione reductase or GR, glutathione S-transferase or GST,
etc.) and a toxin transport system (i.e. the Phase III
transporters MRP1 and MRP2 that move glutathione-toxin
conjugates out of the body) to really work.
And then beyond that there are
enzymes that link the glutathione system with vitamin C, vitamin
E, lipoic acid, CoQ10, and thioredoxin, creating an
interconnected network of antioxidant, detoxification, and
It is important to be clear that
cellular antioxidants, detoxification/chemoprotection reactions and
protein repair processes are all part of one integrated system and
we need to support the whole system, not just one part of it to be
really effective in dealing with radiation exposure.
Contemporary medicine recognizes few therapies for radiation
injuries. Good supportive care, of course, is recommended - lots of
fluids, infusions of blood-clotting platelets, and
infection-fighting antibiotics is thought to be the key for acute
radiation syndrome, an overall poisoning that can begin causing
symptoms days to weeks after high exposure.
To guard against longer-term harm caused by low dosages, iodine can
protect against future thyroid cancer by shielding the thyroid from
only one type of fallout, radioactive iodine.
Medical physicist David Brenner, director of Columbia’s
Center for Radiological Research, thinks that,
“Before you can start to treat
people, you need to know what radiation doses they got. If you
take a guess and get it wrong, you might do more harm than
This is of course more allopathic
hogwash. We do not have to wait and depend on medical testing when
we know that we are being subjected to increasing levels of
Cells in the bone marrow and GI tract are extremely vulnerable to
radiation so they need to be protected.
“They overreact to what should be
reparable damage and commit cellular suicide,” says Dr. Andrei
Gudkov of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
So we must create detoxification
pathways that will allow the body to remove radioactive particles as
quickly as possible.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says internal
exposure to plutonium “is an extremely serious health hazard” as it
stays in the body for decades, exposing organs and tissue to
radiation and increasing the risk of cancer. Increasing the risk of
cancer does not quite cover the seriousness of plutonium
contamination. It is simply death squared.
So we have to come to a whole new understanding of all this in order
to come to grips with what we have to do in the face of rising
radiation levels coming from a nuclear plant that was under-designed
to withstand the predictable tidal wave that came following an
earthquake. Human ignorance coupled with arrogance ruled once again
to create a nuclear disaster of immeasurable proportions, since we
have no assurances that they will ever bring this nuclear site under
Fortunately for the average person learning exactly what to do is
reasonably easy and even easier to put into action.
Anyone can learn how to set up a nuclear
field hospital in their home and start treating themselves and their
loved ones effectively while doctors and their superiors sit it out
helplessly with their own families.
The officials and established institutions of the world would rather
go down with the ship than to admit their ignorance and refusal to
learn anything new. Sorry for them, but we cannot wait for them to
finally take the necessary steps to become aware. We live in a
dangerous world of innumerous chemical types of toxins and
incredible exposure to heavy metals, especially mercury, and now to
To get a bird’s eye view of the hurricanes of toxicity we face on
the parts per billion and million level it is helpful to know that
air pollution in major cities is seen as being just as dangerous to
health as the radiation exposure suffered by survivors of
A 2007 study suggests high levels of
urban air pollution cut short life expectancy more than the
radiation exposure of emergency workers who were sent into the
19-mile exclusion zone around Chernobyl straight after the accident.
This means we do not have to be given any special permission to
start treating ourselves, especially if we live in an urban center.
In the world that is quickly arriving, only the intelligent and
adaptable will survive. The ignorant and the stubborn and the human
ostriches with their heads in the sand will perish and there is
nothing we can do about that just like there is almost nothing they
will be able to do to bring this nuclear nightmare under control.
Survival Medicine for the 21st Century, which I published
four years ago, is in part a textbook in toxicology of low-level
There is so much necessary information
to incorporate to get a full medical picture of the situation that
we all jointly face.
I intend to pull from this compendium of
mine all the pertinent information and put it out in this urgent
book Radiation Toxicity Syndrome that zooms in on the rising
radioactive threat to our heath.
We will put Radiation Toxicity
Syndrome out at a greatly reduced price to facilitate wide
Four years ago Dr. Garry Gordon
was talking about the existing situation about toxic metals and many
of the common chemical exposures.
“There’s no place to escape. Every
leaf, every blade of grass is now provably coated with
particulate matter, which comes from the burning of things like
coal, and is carried on the air. So, the oceans are loaded with
mercury. There’s nothing you can eat that doesn’t have these
Just about everyone who is writing about
protocols for radiation toxicity is forgetting about the importance
of magnesium salts.
Magnesium is a crucial factor in the
natural self-cleansing and detoxification responses of the body. It
stimulates the sodium potassium pump on the cell wall and this
initiates the cleansing process in part because the
ATPase pump regulates intracellular and
extracellular potassium levels.
Cell membranes contain a
sodium/potassium ATPase, a protein that uses the energy of ATP to
pump sodium ions out of the cell, and potassium ions into the cell.
The pump works all of the time, like a bilge pump in a leaky boat,
pumping K+ and Na+ in and out, respectively. This is of course just
the tip of the iceberg and I will write a full explanation and
instructions for use in the next few days.
Meanwhile load up on
magnesium bath flakes,
Dead Sea salt and Epson Salts.
 Sources: International Atomic
Energy Agency, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S.
National Center for Biotechnology Information; Georgia State
University) (Compiled by Gwladys Fouche and Alister Doyle