Seaweed May Fight Radiation
A Possible Natural Alternative to Government-Issue Potassium Iodide Pills
DALY CITY, CA. - Nuclear radiation is in the news again. Dirty bombs with degraded radioactive materials. Foreign and domestic terrorists possessing nuclear capabilities. Pakistan, India and North Korea are rattling their nuclear weapons. What can ordinary citizens do to protect themselves?
The Nuclear Regulatory Agency has purchased nine million tablets of potassium iodine for limited distribution to residents around the 103 nuclear plants nationwide.
But the ordinary citizen has another alternative. The first line of defense is maintaining a healthy immune system based on proper nutrition. Building on a balanced diet and exercises, the daily intake of a wide spectrum of vitamins, minerals and trace minerals supports a strong immune system. Wachters' products are design to fill this goal.
Secondly, Wachters' Organic Sea Products, based in California, proposes that sea vegetation should be taken as a possible natural alternative to government-issue potassium iodide pills. Sea vegetation has been a principal nutritional product of Wachters' since 1932 when the company was founded by Dr. Joseph V. Wachter. Currently, Wachters' manufactures and distributes over 100 nutritional supplements, each including sea vegetation.
How Wachter discovered the nutritional value of sea vegetation is an interesting story. His life was saved from tuberculosis in the 1920s by the Tlingit Eskimos in Nome, Alaska. Introduced to the Tlingits by noted American novelist Jack London, Wachter was treated with seaweed poultices, infusions and aromatic inhalations for six months before he was well enough to walk 10,000 miles back to New York City.
During his recovery period, the Tlingits tutored Wachter in the mysteries of sea vegetation and Eskimo medicine.
The result of Dr. Wachters' years of research and clinical trials is Wachters' Exclusive Blend of Sea Vegetation?, composed of 12-15 red, green and brown species of sea vegetation collected from world-wide sources. The Wachters' Blend contains 61 naturally chelated minerals and trace minerals and more than 25 vitamins (including B12 and D), enzymes, proteins and microfood factors. Each Wachters' Sea Vegetation tablet taken daily contains 225 mcg of natural iodine, 150% of the R.D.V.
"There is no family of food more protective against radiation and environmental pollutants than sea vegetables," according Dr. Steven R. Schechter, ND, writing in East West Journal, November, 1987. "All sea vegetables contain radio-protective properties," he notes.
Two unique properties of the Wachters' Exclusive Blend of Sea Vegetation? are sodium alginate and natural iodine. Sodium alginate is nontoxic and is not reabsorbed into the rest of the body from the gastro-intestinal tract.
According to studies by Yukio Tanaka and other scientists at the Gastro-Intestinal Research Laboratory at McGill University in Montreal, sodium alginate reduces the amount of Strontium-90 absorbed by bone tissue 50-83 percent.
Research published in Nature (1985) on the effect of sodium alginate in inhibiting uptake of radiostrontium by the human body and by Dr. A. R. DerMarderosian of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (n.d.) also indicates that sodium alginate helps protect humans from the damaging effects of other common radio-active and environmental contaminants.
Radioactive iodine is a byproduct of fission reactions, released during nuclear power plan emissions. It is one of the most pervasive radioactive isotopes in our environment, used with x-rays and radiotherapy. Iodine-131 concentrates primarily in the thyroid gland and secondarily in the reproductive organs.
By contrast, natural iodine is one of the abundant minerals present in sea vegetables and prevents the assimilation of radioactive Iodine-131, according to Schechter.
"If sufficient amounts of natural iodine are available, radioactive iodine will not be absorbed," Schechter reports. "If the supply of natural iodine is deficient, however, the thyroid will accept radioactive iodine as a substitute. Once in the body, the Iodine-131 quickly lodges in either the thyroid or reproductive glands. It will have a devastating effect on this organ that supervises metabolism."
Minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron,. Vitamin B12, sulfur and zinc each have their equivalent radioactive isotopes. Strontium-90 is similar in structure to calcium. Potassium's radioactive sister is Cesium-137. Radioactive plutonium, a common byproduct of nuclear fallout and power plant emissions, is similar to iron. Cobalt-60 shares some structural similarities to Vitamin B12. Both sulfur and zinc also have their radioactive isotopes.
Biologically, the body operates on the law of selective uptake, according to Schechter. It will attempt to choose quality, but in order to survive it will settle for quantity. If the body is deficient in calcium, for example, it will attempt to utilize Strontium-90. It would send the radioactive isotope to the bones and teeth, where it will collect and, over many years, release radioactive particles. Similar radioactive uptake patterns occur with potassium, Vitamin B12, sulfur and zinc. Each radioactive mineral collects in the organ where it is utilized.
The sodium alginate found in sea vegetation has a powerful binding effect on radionuclides and chemical pollutants. Sodium alginate serves to neutralize the effects of radiation by leaching it from bones and other tissues, causing it to be eliminated from the body as waste.
In addition, Dr. William Wheeler, Wachters' Director of Nutritional Sciences, suggests that the catalytic properties of sea vegetation transforms it into nature's "sparkplug" allowing Wachters' pharmaceutical grade ingredients to be fully absorbed, thereby increasing their bioavailability to the body.
The information above is accurate according to the research, but has not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration. This information in not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your health professional.