Do you know how to protect yourself from radioactive iodine? Do you know why you would want to? Preparing for a nuclear emergency has never been high on my to-do list, yet I’m sure, as with any possible crisis situation, it is best to know how to protect yourself while also not becoming completely paranoid. Body Gold produces a product labeled No-Rad which contains potassium iodide (KI), a chemical that can be used within the body to protect the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine. Body Gold highlights incidents in which the body may be exposed to radioactive iodine, including nuclear power plant leaks and other nuclear waste exposure, as well as the somewhat newer threat of “dirty bombs.”
Potassium iodide is readily absorbed by the thyroid gland, protecting the thyroid from radioactive iodine by filling the thyroid to capacity whereby it cannot absorb any further radioactive iodine that the body is exposed to. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention can provide further information about potassium iodide and radioactive iodine. You can also visit the FDA for additional information. These organizations are trained to be prepared for the extraordinary, as well as the everyday. You, on the other hand, are only one person and have everyday worries of bills to be paid and mouths to be fed. I’d worry a little less about radioactive exposure for now. But it can’t hurt to have a box on had…just in case.