Archive for July, 2011
A good article by Mike Adams at Natural News about the omnipresent radiation in the world today:
- Grounding the human body during sleep lowers and resynchronizes cortisol levels
- Earthing the human body influences physiologic processes.
- Contact with the earth may have therapeutic properties, e.g. anti-inflammatory.
- Electrons from the surface of the Earth may have an antioxidant effect on the human body when we are grounded.
- Gounding the body to the earth has a therapeutic effect on muscle-soreness.
The human body is a fertile ecosystem for all sorts of bacteria – some considered friendly and others potentially deadly. Your body has an estimate 100 trillion cells, but the bacteria in your body outnumber that by at least 10 times! Bacteria are quite small, but nevertheless the total weight of the bacteria in your body adds up to somewhere between 2 and 9 pounds, depending on which expert you ask. Obviously, with this many guests living in your body, you want them to be the friendly type of guests, the ones that pitch in, help with the work of digestion, synthesize vital nutrients, clean up after themselves and don’t dump toxins all over the place.
Probiotics, simply, are foods or supplements that are loaded with beneficial bacteria, helping to establish a healthy population of the good kind of house guests. Probiotics should be considered vital to a healthy diet as well as frontline defenses against radioactive exposure. Some of the general health effects of probiotic consumption include:
- improving intestinal tract health
- enhancing the immune system
- synthesizing and enhancing the bioavailability of nutrients
- reducing symptoms of lactose intolerance
- decreasing the prevalence of allergies in susceptible individuals
- reducing risk of certain cancers.
- break down and elimination of toxic chemicals including BPA (biosphenol A) and chemical pesticides
- evidence suggests probiotics may be of value as anti-depressant or anti-anxiety applications
Probiotics are also Excellent Radioprotectors
Radiation destroys the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract, causing inflammation. The result is often diarrhea, a common symptom of radiation sickness as well as a side effect of radiation therapy undergone in the treatment of cancer. If diarrhea persists, it may result in serious dehydration and fatigue. Doctors have clearly demonstrated that probiotic supplements can prevent or decrease the occurrence of diarrhea during the course of radiation therapy. Naturally, probiotics may prevent or decrease diarrhea due to radiation sickness as well.
Irradiation of the intestines may result in weakened digestion and absorption of nutrients. Beneficial intestinal flora assist with both of these functions. As well, lactobacillus even synthesize some nutrients from their component parts. For example, sulfurophane is a potent anti-cancer nutrient found in high concentrations in broccoli sprouts and lower concentrations in mature cruciferous vegetables. Lactobacillus have been shown to synthesize sulfurophane from the mature cruciferous vegetables, meaning that we are not limited to only sprouts or supplements to provide this powerful anti-mutagenic substance.
One of the most often mentioned radioprotective foods is miso. Miso developed its reputation as a radioprotective food thanks to Dr. Shinichiro Akizuki, director of Saint Francis Hospital in Nagasaki during the second World War. Despite spending years treating patients a few miles from ground zero, neither he nor his staff suffered from the usual effects of radiation illness. In addition, his patients had a remarkable rate of recovery compared with similar hospitals. Dr. Akizuki insisted that all of his staff and patients eat miso soup daily and he attributed their resilience to the miso.
In addition to live bacterial cultures, miso contains sea salt, which contains trace elements such as iodine and selenium that have radioprotective benefits. Miso soup is typically made with seaweeds, such as kombu (kelp) and wakame, which also have strong radioprotective qualities.
All live miso appears to have radioprotective effects, however, the degree of radioprotection is dependent on how long the miso is aged. Studies done at the Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine inHiroshima University showed that the more a miso has aged, the greater the radioprotective effect.
Here is a readable summary of studies on the radioprotective and cancer-fighting qualities of miso.
Some of miso’s radioprotective effects appear to be derived from genistein, a soy isoflavone that is found in very high concentrations in fermented soybean products, including miso and shoyu (soy sauce). Genistein has radioprotective effects against full-body gamma radiation. Further, genistein has a wide range of anti-tumor benefits. It blocks angiogenesis and is also known to reactivate a number of anti-cancer genes that have been deactivated as a result of toxic conditions.
Sauerkraut is familiar to many westerners, however most of us are familiar with pasteurized, non-living forms of sauerkraut, which are little more than cabbage soaked in vinegar. These are not pro-biotics at all. You probably have to go to a health food store to find real sauerkraut. In the United States, there is a brand called Bubbies that is pretty good. Even in a health food store, you will find sauerkraut that has been pasteurized, and is, therefore dead. Unless it says something about live bacterial cultures on the label, it is almost surely not a live food.
In addition to vitamins A and D and sulphur compounds found in any cabbage, sauerkraut contains chemicals called isothiocyanates, which have cancer-preventing properties. Sauerkraut juice is an effective preventative and treatment for food poisoning. Mike Adams writes more about sauerkraut here.
I must admit I am a bit of a kimchi addict. I get excited whenever I go to Los Angeles to visit my family, because there are so many korean restaurants. I can eat kimchi everyday! Apparently there have been other kimchi fanatics like me through the ages as the first written records of kimchi are over 3,000 years old and people are still raving about it. Health magazine listed kimchi as one of the world’s healthiest foods.
People with seafood allergies need to be careful about kimchee, as some versions contain fermented anchovies or other seafood ingredients. There are vegan versions of kimchee available, and this is what we eat at home due to my wife’s allergy.
Non-Dairy Yogurt and Kefir
Until recently, I would be recommending whole-milk live yogurts and kefir. Unfortunately, at least for the time being, the risk of contaminated milk is too high, even in the United States. I fear that milk produced in the Kanto and Tohoku areas of Japan will not be safe for many decades.
Fortunately, there are wonderfully healthy and delicious non-dair alternatives to yogurt made from coconuts or other raw nuts. There are plenty of youtube videos demonstrating how to make these. Many non-dairy probiotics are now available in health food stores as well.
There are lots of other fermented, live foods. This is just a quick post I hope to update and expand later.
All the best,
I wanted to add this quote from Dr. Mercola that confirms my general bias against high-priced supplements bought in supermarkets. It’s not that I won’t pay for high-quality supplements, but in many cases there is a much cheaper (and more effective) alternative available fresh from the garden or farmers’ market.
Fermented foods not only give you a wider variety of beneficial bacteria, they also give you far more of them, so it’s a much more cost effective alternative. Here’s a case in point: It’s unusual to find a probiotic supplement containing more than 10 billion colony-forming units. But when my team actually tested fermented vegetables produced by probiotic starter cultures, they had 10 trillion colony-forming units of bacteria. Literally, one serving of vegetables was equal to an entire bottle of a high potency probiotic! So clearly, you’re far better off using fermented foods.
That quote comes from an informative article on auto-immunity and probiotics.
Along with this video which explains the basics of fermenting organic vegetables:
There has been an awakening stirring in the Japanese musical scene since the Fukushima disaster. Below are music videos of nuclear protest , some old, some new.
Here is an article with some background on the songs and the history of repression of such expression by the record labels: Japan’s New Wave of Protest Songs – NYTimes.com.
The first one from Rankin Taxi & Dub Ainu Band. I dig it:
Kazuyoshi Saito rewrote his billboard topping love song “I Always Loved You” with new lyrics reflecting the nuclear disaster, retitled “It Was Always A Lie”. Here with English subs:
Here is the original love song, followed by the new version:
Kiyoshiro Imawano has been a favorite of mine since I discovered his music a few years ago. He was an amazing human being who shared profound love with the world. The following two songs are from the ’80’s. They seem almost prophetic in retrospect.
Here is a brief video of a protest in Tokyo with some great drumming and spirit! I know at least one of these drummers:
The main refrain of the chanting, “Genpatsu Yamero!” means “Stop the Reactors!”
Hope you enjoy the music!
As we know, the threat from radiation is a long-term one. Chernobyl continues to have a large exclusion zone almost 30 years after the nuclear accident. 60 years after the nuclear testing that took place there, Bikini Atoll is still uninhabitable. The ambient exposure levels are acceptable, however the soil is still so contaminated that if people lived there and grew food, it would be unsafe to consume. The effects of contamination from Chernobyl are spread far and wide. Even today nuclear contamination from Chernobyl afflicts Turkish agriculture. Dr. Helen Caldicott has stated that the products of Turkish agriculture are still contaminated and should not be consumed.
The primary contaminants of concern are cesium and strontium, both of which are easily absorbed by plants from the environment. Considering these radionuclides will be present in significant quantities for the next 200 years, it would make sense to take an active approach to prevent a situation like what ha Japan’s has a frightening lack of food security. Even before the crisis, Japan only produced 40% of it’s own food domestically. The Japanese farming population is mostly elderly, and any nascent interest in agriculture that might have existed in the younger generation has likely been dimmed significantly by the current disaster. The despair felt by farmers was expressed succinctly and tragically by an organic grower from Fukushima who hanged himself shortly after the nuclear accident.
Contaminated areas in Fukushima, Ibaraki and Chiba prefectures have historically produced a large percentage of the rice and vegetables to feed the metropolis of Tokyo. This entire area has been covered in radionuclides. Only small areas have been banned from production, however, a former nuclear adviser to the Prime Minister has warned of chaos that he believes will ensue once this year’s rice harvest gets underway and the levels of contamination are better understood.
Considering Japan’s precarious food security and the amount of radiation exposure that people have already had, it is imperative that the soils of the Kanto and Tohoku regions undergo a thorough process of decontamination.
The only way to orchestrate a nuclear cleanup on this scale is bioremediation, the use of living organisms to remedy environmental contamination. To date, proposals I have encountered include two major approaches to bioremediation: Mycoremediation and Phytoremediation. Mycoremediation means using various strains of fungi to clean up radionuclides. The primary proponent of this is mycologist and researcher Paul Stamets, author of “Mushrooms Can Save the World”. Phytoremediation uses plants, including sunflowers(helianthus), indian mustard (brassica), and pigweed (amaranthus).
Below are the steps in Paul Stamets’ proposal:
1) Evacuate the region around the reactors.
2) Establish a high-level, diversified remediation team including foresters, mycologists, nuclear and radiation experts, government officials, and citizens.
3) Establish a fenced off Nuclear Forest Recovery Zone.
4) Chip the wood debris from the destroyed buildings and trees and spread throughout areas suffering from high levels of radioactive contamination.
5) Mulch the landscape with the chipped wood debris to a minimum depth of 12-24 inches.
6) Plant native deciduous and conifer trees, along with hyper-accumulating mycorrhizal mushrooms, particularly Gomphidius glutinosus, Craterellus tubaeformis, and Laccaria amethystina (all native to pines). G. glutinosus has been reported to absorb – via the mycelium – and concentrate radioactive Cesium 137 more than 10,000-fold over ambient background levels. Many other mycorrhizal mushroom species also hyper-accumulate.
7) Wait until mushrooms form and then harvest them under Radioactive HAZMAT protocols.
8) Continuously remove the mushrooms, which have now concentrated the radioactivity, particularly Cesium 137, to an incinerator. Burning the mushroom willresult in radioactive ash. This ash can be further refined and the resulting concentrates vitrified (placed into glass) or stored using other state-of-the-art storage technologies.
Stamets’ full proposal can be found here: The Nuclear Forest Recovery Zone Mycoremediation of the Japanese Landscape After Radioactive Fallout by Paul Stamets
Following is an excerpt from an article about phytoremediation. The rest of the article is linked at the bottom of the quote:
Botanical cleanup crews: using plants to tackle polluted water and soil – phytoremediation
by Tina Adler
Rafts with sunflowers growing on them float on a small pond at the Chernobyl nuclear accident site in the Ukraine. No, it’s not some touching monument to the 1986 disaster. The plants are helping to clean the pond; their roots dangle in the water to suck up the radionuclides cesium 137 and strontium 90.
This sunflower project is one of many international efforts at phytoremediation-the use of plants to absorb pollutants from air, water, and soil. In the United States, both government agencies and private companies, including Exxon Corp. and DuPont are testing a variety of plants to see if they can do some of the dirty work of cleaning up such pollutants as radioactive material, lead, selenium, and oil. Many plants, it turns out, have a taste for these stubborn contaminants.
“To survive, plants have evolved sophisticated metabolic and sequestration mechanisms to detoxify a wide variety of chemical substrates,” explains Scott Cunningham of DuPont Central Research and Development in Newark, Del. The plants are also loaded with microbes and fungi that help break down the chemicals. Cunningham spoke in May at a conference on phytoremediation held in Arlington, Va.
The Chernobyl sunflower project began in 1994. That summer, researchers from Phytotech, a phytoremediation company in Monmouth Junction, N.J., and their government and university colleagues installed the rafts. Together, they held 24 sunflowers and dotted a 75-square-meter pond located 1 kilometer from the Chernobyl reactor, says Burt Ensley, Phytotech’s president.
The plants preferentially absorb cesium and strontium from a mixture of metals, he notes. The plants don’t metabolize the radionuclides, but the cesium stays in the roots and most of the strontium moves to the shoots. The company disposes of the plants as radioactive waste after about 3 weeks on the pond.
The investigators started with too few flowers to clean the pond completely, Ensley acknowledges. This summer, they installed 50 to 60 sunflowers, which should clean the pond in a couple of weeks, he asserts. Ensley estimates that removing radioactive metals with sunflowers costs $2 to $6 per thousand gallons of water, much less than existing technologies. However, to avoid recontaminating the pond, the ground nearby must be decontaminated at the same time. For 2 years, Phytotech scientists have been removing cesium and strontium from soil on one-quarter acre of the Chernobyl site by growing Indian mustard (Brassica juncea). In the United States, almost all radioactive sites belong to the Department of Energy. Prior to the Chernobyl sunflower project, Phytotech researchers experimented with pumping contaminated groundwater into containers of sunflowers at a DOE uranium-processing plant in Ashtabula, Ohio. Within 24 hours, the plants reduced the concentration of uranium in the water from 350 parts per billion (ppb) to less than 5 ppb, which meets the legal limits for groundwater, Ensley says.
I have heard that grassroots efforts are already underway in Japan to plant sunflowers with this purpose in mind. The current state of paralysis and overwhelm experienced by the Japanese government makes it obvious that any bioremediation efforts are going to need to be spearheaded by private citizens, NGO’s and university research departments. Prefectural governments or TEPCO itself are only likely to get involved in something so proactive once people start leaving piles of radioactive sunflowers at the front door to the offices. I am open to being pleasantly surprised about positive movement from the public sector, however, I don’t suggest that people hold their breath waiting for the government or TEPCO to clean up the mess. It is time for the people to take matters in their own hands and start planting sunflowers and propagating mycorrhizal fungi and decontaminating their own land. The alternatives are for the Japanese people to give up farming in the Kanto and Tohoku regions or eat radiation for the next 100 years.
Amazing animation produced at Harvard showing the “Inner Life of the Cell”. The first video is just the animation with background music:
The same video, with narration of exactly what is happening:
Bruce Lipton has been a pioneering researcher in the field of cellular biology for decades. His discoveries caused him to risk ridicule to go beyond the dominant narrow thinking in his field and begin to explore the relationship between consciousness and cellular biology. He offers us a window into the astounding world inside our cells and the power of our consciousness to affect our biology. 51 minutes, enjoy!
Catalyzed by the extreme tragedy Japan, I set about finding out how to protect myself and my family from radiation. As the nuclear crisis has been unfolding, it became increasingly obvious that this information was vital to millions of residents of Japan – and to the rest of the world as well. Though some of the information in this blog may be disturbing, my purpose is not to scare anyone, but to empower individuals, families and communities to take responsibility for their own well being. I hope you will find this information useful.
The Japanese government continues to repeat the dishonest mantra that radiation exposures and contamination of food and water are below safe limits. However, the closer we look at the facts of the Fukushima nuclear accident, a very disturbing picture emerges. Individuals with geiger counters have discovered readings way above official numbers in places, such as this playground not far from Tokyo which had a reading well over 6 microseiverts per hour.
We have been hearing reports from a friend in Ibaraki Prefecture of schoolchildren showing symptoms of radiation sickness, including diarrhea, vomiting and swollen lymph nodes. This is now being confirmed by the internet media in reports of children having symptoms such as nosebleeds, diarrhea, and fatigue. I have heard anecdotal reports of nosebleeds from Tokyo all the way to Hokkaido.
- Fruit Pectin!
- Microalgae: Spirulina, Chlorella, Blue-Green Algae
Antioxidants & Supplements:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D3
- Sodium Alginate
- Holy Basil
- Non-Dairy Yogurts
- Broccoli Sprouts
- Cauliflower, Cabbage, Mustard Greens,
- Daikon Radish
- Baking Soda
- Zeolite Minerals & Clays