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Finally scientists have confirmed what we saw coming from 6,000 miles away: pacific bluefin tuna are now contaminated with significant amounts of radioactive cesium and who-knows-what other isotopes.  

Testing of bluefin tuna caught off the coast of California revealed that every one tested contained radiocesium in concentrations as much as 10bq/kq.  To put that number in perspective, 100bq/kg would be considered low-level radioactive waste under U.S. environmental law and require special disposal.  So, it’s only 10% as bad as officially radioactive waste.  Yum!  

And to get a little more perspective, here are some of the numbers coming back in fish in Japan, found at Jan Hemmer’s blog: http://tekknorg.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/latest-food-measurements-japan/

No.109, 111: Fukushima Prefecture greenling (Cs: 160,910 Bq / kg)

No.112, 113: stone flounder in Fukushima Prefecture (Cs: 140,210 Bq / kg)

No.116, 175: Ezoainame Fukushima Prefecture (Cs: 240, 110Bq/kg)

No.121, 179: Fukushima Prefecture fox rockfish (Cs: 210,590 Bq / kg)

Rockfish Fukushima Prefecture: No.124 (Cs: 110 Bq / kg)

No.126, 181: Komonkasube Fukushima Prefecture (Cs: 330,110 Bq / kg)

No.129, 130,185,186: Shiromebaru Fukushima Prefecture (Cs: 220 ~ 1000 Bq / kg)

Croaker, Fukushima Prefecture: No.132 (Cs: 130 Bq / kg)

No.133, 134: slime flounder in Fukushima Prefecture (Cs: 270,470 Bq / kg)

Flounder in Fukushima Prefecture: No.138 (Cs: 120 Bq / kg)

Chelidonichthys Fukushima Prefecture: No.139 (Cs: 120 Bq / kg)

Spotted halibut Fukushima Prefecture: No.140 (Cs: 110 Bq / kg)

Marbled sole Fukushima Prefecture: No.145 (Cs: 310 Bq / kg)

No.151, 152: Murasoi Fukushima Prefecture (Cs: 140,310 Bq / kg)

Strongylocentrotus nudus Fukushima Prefecture: No.161 (Cs: 120 Bq / kg)

Usumebaru Fukushima Prefecture: No.174 (Cs: 270 Bq / kg)

The numbers are truly shocking.  Some of the higher ones would qualify as high-level radioactive waste.   

These tuna almost certainly were born off the coast of Japan and recently migrated to the U.S. west coast.  The really bad news is that scientists expect the levels to get worse over the next year as tuna that have spent longer in Japanese waters continue to migrate across the pacific.  

The glowing sushi jokes that have been circulating for over a year weren’t funny when they started and still aren’t – not because they are inappropriate (they are inappropriate), I just haven’t heard a good one yet.  Maybe the radiation has rotted our sense of humor…

At this point, unfortunately it isn’t just the jokes that stink.  

It appears that 200 metric tons of sardines have washed up on the shore in Chiba Prefecture, and the odor can be smelled quite a distance from the port.  Strange fish kills have been on the rise for years due to the havoc humans have been wreaking on the environment, but the proximity to the largest industrial accident in the history of the world is definitely suggestive of a cause.  

Here is a picture of the port, that’s not sand, those are dead fish and that is blood in the water:

Less than a week after that, Mochizuki at Fukushima Diary reports about a similar occurrence – quite a ways away from Chiba in Kanagwa prefecture, along with this photo: 

10 thousand sardines found dead in South Kanagawa

10 thousand sardines found dead in South Kanagawa

While Fukushima has certainly brought the issue of radioactive fish to the forefront, such contaminated fish have been a fact of life for some time.In August, 2011 Reuters reported that Strontium 90 was found in fish caught in the Connecticut River downstream from the aging Vermont Yankee nuclear waste generating station.
Radioactivity continues to be a significant problem in the Baltic Sea nearly 30 years after the Chernobyl accident.  In addition to the Chernobyl legacy, a number of nuclear plants continue to release radioactivity into the Baltic.  
The Irish Sea has it’s own problem with radioactivity.  The Sellafield site has two retired reactors but still functions as a used fuel reprocessing plant and nuclear waste storage site.  Sellafield has been continuously leaking radiation into the Irish Sea since 1952.  The following chart, from NoNuclear.SE shows Cesium in fish almost twice as radioactive as the Bluefin Tuna caught off the coast of San Diego:

News media both in Japan and worldwide have parroted the line that the ocean will dilute the radionuclides to insignificant numbers.  But history clearly shows that radionuclides persist in the marine environment and accumulate in food chains to a significant degree for a very, very long time.  Dilution isn’t a very assuring idea, when there are 439 nuclear reactors around the world, all of them releasing radioactivity in the environment!

What You Can Do:

This blog is loaded with info on how to protect yourself from radiation.  If you haven’t already, I highly suggest reading my posts on Probiotics, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Pectin, and check out the archives as well.  

In addition, I encourage you to limit your intake of seafood, especially from the Pacific.  Avoid larger predatory fish, such as tuna or shark that tend to bioaccumulate toxic elements.  This list describes which fish to avoid in order to decrease mercury exposure, and similar principles should apply with radionuclides.   

I also encourage you to practice anti-nuclear activism and make personal choices that decrease our dependency on nuclear power.

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Vitamin D has been largely ignored by mainstream medicine except when it comes to the very minimum levels required to prevent severe deficiency, a common cause of rickets in the past.

Vitamin D has been primarily associated with it’s role in helping the body to metabolize calcium, but it’s functions in the body go way beyond that.

Recently, the remarkable properties of Vitamin D are gaining more attention due to a long list of studies proving that it deserves its place as one of our most important medicines.

Some of the evidence on Vitamin D:

Vitamin D has some very specific benefits when it comes to radioprotection.  Vitamin D is an anti-oxidant, and anti-oxidants should be considered front-line defense against damage due to radiation.
Dr. Mercola writes: 

The protective mechanisms are so strong that researchers suggested vitamin D3 should be considered among the prime (if not the primary) non-pharmacological agents to protect against sub-lethal low radiation damage and, particularly, radiation-induced cancer.

It’s unclear how much vitamin D is necessary to protect against radiation-induced cancer, but researchers have found that daily intakes of vitamin D by adults in the range of 4,000-8,000 IU are needed to maintain blood levels of vitamin D metabolites in the range needed to reduce the risk of breast and colon cancers by about half.

 
Secondly, Vitamin D is an outstanding cancer fighting medicine.  Here are some eye-opening facts about Vitamin D and Cancer from the Vitamin D council:  

 http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/health-conditions/cancer/

Top 10 facts about vitamin D and cancer

  1. Many studies have found solar ultraviolet-B (UVB) vitamin D associated with reduced risk of breast, colon, and rectal cancer.
  2. A randomized controlled trial with 1100 IU/day vitamin D3 plus 1450 mg/day calcium found a 77% reduction in all-cancer incidence.
  3. Geographical studies have found reduced risk in mortality rates for 15-20 types of cancer in regions of higher solar UVB doses.
  4. Observational studies found risk of breast, colon, and rectal cancer falls as vitamin D blood levels rise to over 40 ng/mL (100 nmol/L).
  5. Mechanisms have been proposed to explain how vitamin D acts to reduce the risk of cancer from starting, growing, and spreading.
  6. Those who develop nonmelanoma skin cancer may have produced enough vitamin D to reduce their risk of internal cancers.
  7. Those with higher vitamin D blood levels at time of cancer diagnosis had nearly twice the survival rate of those with the lowest levels.
  8. African-Americans have an increased risk of cancer in part due to lower vitamin D blood levels because of darker skin.
  9. Higher UVB exposure early in life has been found associated with reduced risk of breast and prostate cancer.
  10. Those diagnosed with breast, colon and prostate cancer in summer in Norway had higher survival rates than those diagnosed in winter.
How does Vitamin D fight cancer so effectively?  Here are some of the mechanisms involved: 

  • prevents angiogenesis, the process by which cancerous tumors ‘steal’ blood supply from other tissues by building their own networks of blood vessels
  • increases apoptosis, or programmed cell death, in cancerous tissues
  • switches off ‘oncogenes’ that are involved with the growth of tumors
  • switches on tumor suppressing genes
Vitamin D plays a role in many natural approaches to cancer treatment, including Dr. Burzynski’s antineoplaston therapy, due to it’s ability to flip genetic switches that turn on our bodies’ defenses against cancer.

Some more info on VitaminD3 from Dr. Mercola:

It’s unclear how much vitamin D is necessary to protect against radiation-induced cancer, but researchers have found that daily intakes of vitamin D by adults in the range of 4,000-8,000 IU are needed to maintain blood levels of vitamin D metabolites in the range needed to reduce the risk of breast and colon cancers by about half.

Earlier studies have shown that optimizing your vitamin D levels could help you to prevent at least 16 different types of cancerincluding pancreatic, lung, ovarian, prostate, and skin cancers, so it’s not a stretch to add radiation-induced cancer to that list.

It has been my experience that many are still nervous about taking doses larger than 1,000 to 2,000 units per day. This is unfortunate as most adults without sun or safe tanning bed exposure will need 6,000-8,000 units of vitamin D per day to attain healthy vitamin D levels.

Three Points to Remember About Vitamin D

When using vitamin D therapeutically, it’s important to remember the following:

  1. Your best source for vitamin D is exposure to the sun, without sunblock on your skin, until your skin turns the lightest shade of pink. While this isn’t always possible due to the change of the seasons and your geographic location (and your skin color), this is the ideal to aim for. Vitamin D supplementation or use of a safe tanning bed can fill the gaps during the winter months outside of the tropics, when healthy sun exposure is not an option.
  2. If you supplement with vitamin D, you’ll only want to supplement with natural vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). Do NOT use the synthetic and highly inferior vitamin D2, which is the one most doctors will give you in a prescription unless you ask specifically for D3.
  3. Get your vitamin D blood levels checked! The only way to determine the correct dose is to get your blood tested since there are so many variables that influence your vitamin D status. I recommend using Lab Corp in the United States. Getting the correct test is the first step in this process, as there are TWO vitamin D tests currently being offered: 1,25(OH)D and 25(OH)D.
    The correct test your doctor needs to order is 25(OH)D, also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D, which is the better marker of overall D status. This is the marker that is most strongly associated with overall health.

Some people may be concerned about the risk of Vitamin D toxicity, but most of the studies showing such toxicity involve long-term doses of 40,000 or 50,000 iu.  That is 500 to 1000% higher dosage than what Dr. Mercola recommends.  

I prefer to synthesize vitamin by exposure to sunlight when possible.  I live in Los Angeles where it is sunny all the time.  I try to work in the garden a little bit every day, often shirtless.  But during winter or when I am traveling (especially in Japan), I do sometimes supplement with Vitamin D at 5,000 iu per day.  That’s me, do your own research and decide what is right for you.  

GreenMedInfo.com is one of my favorite sources for information on natural therapies, and an important source for this blog.

In the following video, Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo explains a resource that is the byproduct of two years of information gathering on the topic of reducing Radiation Disaster Associated Toxicity. There are over 100 substances listed which are foods, spices and nutrients which may contribute greatly to reducing suffering associated with this event. The relevant research is located here

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/disease/radiation-disaster-associated-toxicity

This video goes into some detail about why the official radiation risk models are not realistic and the real dangers are much worse than governments lead you to believe.

All the best,

JB

In this video, David Vitalis goes into detail about sauna and clay/zeolite for detoxifying radiation.

I have a couple of nitpicks, but overall I think it’s a very good video.

The two radionuclides of primary concern are iodine, cesium and strontium.  Cesium and strontium are water soluble and stored primarily in muscle and bone respectively, so, yes, you can sweat out these radionuclides, but the point about sweating out fat-soluble toxins does not apply to these two in particular.  However, other lypophillic (fat loving) toxins, such as mercury, must be cleansed as well.  It is the overall toxic load that must be cleansed, not only radionuclides.

Anyway, check out the video, and there is a lot more on that website I haven’t had the chance to take a look at, link below the video.

How to Detoxify Radiation from Your Body — A Two Part Strategy with Daniel Vitalis | Health Beyond Hype.

So far, this is the most comprehensive resource I have found on natural approaches to radionuclide detoxification.  It covers acute radiation sickness as well as lower-level exposure and contamination and a wide range of treatments.  This ebook is just loaded with information.  Still reading it myself.  So far the only thing I don’t agree with is the clorox bath – go with the epsom salt or baking soda versions instead.

http://meditationexpert.com/RadiationDetoxDraft.pdf

 

 

 

Powdered Pectin – cool, right?

Pectin Rocks!

Pectin is undoubtedly one of the most amazing tools in the radioprotective arsenal – but first of all, what is it?  Pectin is a soluble fiber found in fruits and vegetables.  It is best known as a thickening agent for jellies and jams, however, it is a powerful detoxifier for the body.

Pectin is found to some degree in almost all fruits and vegetables, however the amount of pectin is commonly around 1%.  Most of the pectin is often found in the skin of fruits.  For example, an orange peel may contain up to 30% pectin.  Most commercially produced pectin is made from skins leftover from making orange juice and apple juice.

OK – now for the cool part…

Apple Pectin Reduces Cesium 137 load by over 62% in one month:

Following the Chernobyl accident, a great deal of research went into how to efficiently remove radionuclides from the body.  Since then, decades of research from around the world has shown that pectin is extremely effective at removing radioactive cesium from the body.   

A randomised, double blind placebo-controlled trial was conducted with 64 children originating from the same group of contaminated villages in the Ukraine.  The average reduction of the 137Cs levels in children receiving oral pectin powder was 62.6%, the reduction with the placebo was 13.9%.  No child in the placebo group reached values below 20 Bq/kg BW (which is potentially associated with specific pathological tissue damage), with an average value of 25.8 +/- 0.8 Bq/kg. The highest value in the apple-pectin group was 15.4 Bq/kg, the average value being 11.3 +/- 0.6 Bq/kg BW.

In another study following the Chernobyl accident, two groups of children, one with very high and another with less high levels of cesium 137 were given supplementary apple pectin. Apple pectin significantly decreased 137Cs loads in these groups (39% and 28%, respectively). http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/…osed-radioisot

A study published in 2007 indicates that children in contaminated areas of Belarus continue to have high cesium levels decades after the explosion, and that treatment with pectin continues to be a useful treatment to reduce the radioactive load.

Pectin Chelates other Heavy Metals, too:

Pectin has also been used as a chelator for other heavy metals, including mercury, arsenic, lead and cadmium.  It is important to consider that toxins in the body have a negative synergy.  A non-life threatening dose of mercury along with a non-life threatening dose of lead becomes life threatening.  Thus, it is vital to cleanse the system of heavy metals along with radionuclides.

A study conducted by Dr. Eliaz in Sebastapol, CA, administered modified citrus pectin at a dose of 15-20 grams per day to subjects with normal body loads of heavy metals. In the first 24 h of MCP administration the urinary excretion of arsenic increased significantly (130%), On day 6, urinary excretion was increased significantly for cadmium (150%). Lead showed a dramatic increase in excretion (560%).

Pectin and citrus peels have even been studied as cheap methods of removing heavy metals such as Cadmium from wastewater.  Interestingly, one study concluded that even citrus peels with the pectin removed acted as heavy metal chelators, indicating that pectin isn’t the only active chelator in citrus peels, though it is definitely the most effective.

Pectin has Anti-Cancer Properties:

Pectin is a Prebiotic: 

As mentioned in the post on that topic, probiotics are essential to a radioprotective diet. In turn, prebiotics are essential to probiotics, they are food for the beneficial bacteria.  In order to take advantage of this prebiotic function, probiotic supplements often include some kind of prebiotic fiber, commonly pectin or inulin.

In addition to feeding the beneficial bacteria, pectin, like other forms of dietary fiber, will help keep your colon moving, and therefore eliminating toxins.  Pectin is an effective treatment for both constipation and diarrhea, which is a rather remarkable balancing act. The fact that diarrhea is one of the common symptoms of low-level radiation sickness, this makes pectin even more relevant as a radioprotective nutrient.

Pectin improves HDL/LDL ratio:

General Mills and other cereal makers have drilled the mantra that oat fiber helps improve heart health, specifically cholesterol levels.  Oat fiber is a soluble fiber, the same as pectin. As expected, research has clearly shown that pectin will improve HDL/LDL levels, therefore improving cardiovascular health.

A beautiful orange with the outer peel removed…the whole thing goes in the blender

Whole Food Sources of Pectin:

The obvious thing is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and whenever the skin is edible, make sure you eat it.  The skin of fruits and vegetables are high, not only in pectin, but also in a wide range of antioxidants and other life-affirming phytonutrients.  Isn’t it a miracle that simple food is medicine?

However, if you want a for a deeper cleansing of the system, you are going to have to ingest more pectin.  If you have been exposed to radioactive cesium (Hint: Everybody has been, to some degree), you may wish to focus on the easiest whole food source of pectin: the white part of the citrus peel, referred to as the pith.

Since I was a kid, my dad always told me to eat the white part, because that’s where the nutrition was.  It’s humbling to know that decades later I’m still finding out just how right my parents were.  😉

The pith of the citrus contains about 30% pectin.  It also contains high concentrations of a wide range of beneficial phytonutrients including over 60 flavones.  A video towards the bottom of this post goes into some detail about the many nutrients in an orange.  Here are a few highlights:

For close to 2 years, we have been making fruit/vegetable smoothies in a 3hp blender. If we do citrus (lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit, we cut away the outer colored peel with a knife, leaving most of the white inner peel, and toss the whole thing in the blender.  A small juicing orange might have 10 grams of white pith, while a large navel orange might have over 30 grams of pith.  Grapefruits are even higher.  The king is the giant pomelo fruit.  Regardless, back to oranges, if the pith is 30% pectin we are talking about 3-10 grams of pectin from a single orange.  5 grams of pectin is considered a therapeutic dose according to studies done at Chernobyl, though much higher doses are safe.

Even if you don’t do smoothies, you can always just peel an orange and scrape the inner peel off with your teeth and eat it!  You’ll be getting pectin and a whole lot more.

Pectin as a Supplement:

It isn’t always practical to take your blender everywhere and you can’t always find the citrus you might like. Fortunately, pectin can be found in a concentrated powdered form.  A teaspoon of pectin can be mixed into a glass of water every morning.  I sometimes mix a teaspoon of pectin with a teaspoon of chlorella and some water first thing in the morning.  BELRAD institute recommends taking pectin supplements for no more than a month in a row.

Below is an excerpt from a post on NaturalNews.com on using powdered pectin as a chelator.  They recommend using the grocery store version of pectin for canning.  That’s fine, though be careful to read the label as some of those contain unhealthy preservatives. You can probably find a higher quality product at a health food store, possibly even at a cheaper price.  Regardless, the post is worth reading:

What is Fruit Pectin and Where is it Found?

Pectin is a substance found naturally in many fruits whose properties make it excellent for use for making jellies. Pectin also has the ability to pull heavy metals and other contaminants from the blood stream through a process called chelation. These contaminants are excreted through normal urination.

Pectin is found in the rinds of many fruits and vegetables. Excellent sources of pectin are bananas, apples, cabbage, okra, beets, grapes, carrots and all citrus fruit in the white part called the pith.

Gently Detox from Contaminants and Heavy Metals

Eat several servings of high-pectin fruit daily for a natural, gentle detox. One of the best sources of pectin is green apples. Organic apple juice and unsweetened applesauce are also good sources of natural fruit pectin.

Using Pectin to Chelate Heavy Metals and for Deep Drug Detox
For a deeper and more controlled detox, find pectin at the grocery store in the canning section. Pectin made especially for chelating heavy metals and drugs is available at health food stores in powdered form. Check labels to make sure the pectin is free of MSG.

To use pectin, mix 2-4 teaspoons of dry pectin to an 8 oz. glass of grape juice once a day. Start with a lower dose of pectin until the body gets used to it and increase the amount slowly.

Continue taking pectin for a period from 2 weeks to 6 months to complete a drug detox or when chelating heavy metals. Indicators for completing the detox period are a reduction in symptoms. Although there is no such thing as a symptom-free detoxification during chelation therapy, if pectin is taken in small quantities over a period of time, overall health will return as energy increases and disease symptoms disappear.

Supervision for Heavy Metals Chelation and Drug Detox

People addicted to narcotics of any form should use pectin only under supervision during drug detox.

Pectin can cause problems in people who are sensitive. Some people may experience a flare up of their symptoms during the detox period including dizziness, nausea, joint or muscle pain, weakness and fatigue. Reducing the amount of the dose is usually enough to lessen symptoms making the detox experience more comfortable. Seek medical supervision to help with dosing.

Learn more: http://www.NaturalNews.com/029148_pe…#ixzz1PVzYDjey

More Resources Related to this Post:

BELRAD Institute is one of the associations heavily involved in the use of Pectin in the former Soviet Union.  This page describes their pectin products, which not surprisingly contain pectin, antioxidants and synergistic minerals, such as potassium: http://www.belrad-institute.org/UK/doku.php?id=pectine_preparation

Here is a podcast of an interview done by Mike Adams with Dr. Issac Eliaz on the subject of detoxification with Citrus Pectin (38 minutes):

http://www.naturalnews.com/podcasts/DrIssacEliazCitrusPectinPodcast2008.mp3

And a short youtube from Dr. Eliaz:

A brief video explaining a little about the hundreds of phytochemicals found in oranges:

Probiotics

Fermenting Barrels with Hatcho Miso

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:

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.

Studies on mice suggest that probiotics do have a radioprotective effect on the intestines.

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.

Miso

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.

Genistein 

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 

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.

Kimchi

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,

Jonathan

UPDATE 5/12/2012:

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:

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 trillioncolony-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.miso

This is vital information for understanding the nature of antioxidants & toxins, degenerative diseases, detoxification and so much more.  Absolutely required viewing:

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