I would like to take this time to talk about paranoia. I'm not talking about the donning of tinfoil hats or moving into the nearest cave or even stocking up on cases and cases of ammunition.
I'm talking about something I have been seeing over the past few days that is even more sinister. It's worse because it sneaks up on you and suddenly you realize what's going on and it's too late, you've made a fool of yourself. I'm talking about acting on sensationalist media stories without checking into the facts first.
Not only can it make a fool of you but it can kill you! The one thing I've been seeing is paranoia over radiation contamination via the jet-stream from Japan. I have been hearing a lot about KI pills, which is potassium iodide. I will share with you some information taken from the CDC website, linked here.
First of all, it can ONLY protect the thyroid, nothing else. Also, if your thyroid is already 'contaminated' it cannot be reversed by KI. Secondly, it can only protect you from radioactive iodine and even then it may not work 100%. Taking a higher dose of KI, or taking KI more often than recommended, does not offer more protection and can cause severe illness or death.
According to the FDA, the following doses are appropriate to take after internal contamination with (or likely internal contamination with) radioactive iodine:
•Adults should take 130 mg (one 130 mg tablet OR two 65 mg tablets OR two mL of solution).
•Women who are breastfeeding should take the adult dose of 130 mg.
•Children between 3 and 18 years of age should take 65 mg (one 65 mg tablet OR 1 mL of solution). Children who are adult size (greater than or equal to 150 pounds) should take the full adult dose, regardless of their age.
•Infants and children between 1 month and 3 years of age should take 32 mg (½ of a 65 mg tablet OR ½ mL of solution). This dose is for both nursing and non-nursing infants and children.
•Newborns from birth to 1 month of age should be given 16 mg (¼ of a 65 mg tablet or ¼ mL of solution). This dose is for both nursing and non-nursing newborn infants.
As always, before taking anything, you should do your research. I have passed on to you some information but please, visit the CDC website or the FDA website for complete information.
Now, if you really are worried about radiation contamination, you can visit this page on the CDC's website: Shelter-in-Place in a Radiation Emergency or Evacuation in a Radiation Emergency.
If you are looking for supplies or emergency kits, please visit my website: The Millionth Monkey. Here you will find supplies, kits (both bug out and shelter-in-place) long term food storage. Do not worry about what you neighbors or friends think. When the time comes (that's when not if) you will be the one prepared.
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