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Protecting Yourself From Nuclear Fallout

While it’s unfortunate to have to write such an article, our current times require the issue of nuclear weapons to be brought up once again. Many of you recall the nuclear drills, when you were instructed to huddle underneath your desks, heads tucked between your knees. As terrifying as the peak of the cold war was – when nuclear missiles were a mere 90 miles from our coast – we currently live in a world which is just as volatile.

Iran has moved one step closer to obtaining nuclear weapons, and the even more proximate North Korea already has such weapons that can reach two-thirds of the way to America. Like with all crisis situations, preparation is key.

Though catastrophic in close proximity, there are ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from the nuclear fall-out.

According to the World Health Organization, the thyroid gland is at particular risk from irradiation from radioactive iodine. The thyroid’s job is to make thyroid hormones, which are secreted into the blood and then carried to every tissue in the body. Due to this role, cancer of the thyroid has a high potential of delivering cancer cells to every part of your body.

Potassium iodide (KI) is the same form of iodine used to iodize table salt, so it will be completely safe for human injection. KI will saturate the thyroid gland with stable (non-radioactive) iodine, protecting you from the harmful radiation. A single tablet will protect the thyroid for up to 24 hours, so you will need a fresh dose every single day. Given how long radiation can linger, upwards of 30 years, stockpiling KI tablets would be a smart move.

Iodine poison is not the only concern. Cesium-137, another highly radioactive isotope, is light and can easily be absorbed into the local water supply. Fortunately, calcium, and to a lesser extent phosphorus, can saturate our bodies so as to minimize the uptake of this harmful isotope. In the same way plutonium poisoning can be minimized by large dosages of Iron. Within animal trials, vitamins A,C and D have all been shown to be effectively mitigate some of the threats posed  by radioactive exposure.

Most importantly, you should stay indoors, preferably in a sealed bunker for as long as your supplies permit. Traveling within the first 14 days after an attack would mean  almost certain death. If you must travel past this time, covering as much exposed skin as possible will provide some level of protection.

In conclusion, while many preppers know about the basics of survival shelters and stockpiling food, having ample amounts of these vitamins and chemical elements listed above might be the difference between life and a long, painful death.