The recent events in Japan remind us that radiation exposure is a risk of modern life. There has been talk that even the west coast of the U.S. may be at risk of some radiation exposure. Along with this comes an air of fear and mystery. There are images from the past, of Hiroshima, Chernobyl, which brought death, genetic damage, and deformity. Or we may have visions of science fiction movies, with their nuclear-powered space ships and gamma ray guns.
“Radiation” comes from the Latin verb radiare, which means “to shine” or ‘beam.” A “radius” originally meant a “beam of light.” Radiation refers back to our original source of all light, the sun. In the combustion of gases that give rise to its blinding intensity, the sun emits all types of radiation in the form of highly energized particles. Radiation, like the heat radiator in your living room, is akin to “fire.”
Radiation, of all types, is a fire toxicity, i.e. it burns. How toxic it is directly relates to how “hot,” i.e. how highly energized, it is. Radiation we know causes genetic damage, but then again, if you put your hand in a burning fire, that would cause genetic damage to the tissue it burned as well.
It goes even a step further than this. With the Digimeridian machine I use in my practice, if a measurement shows a toxic imbalance in an energy meridian, it is highlighted in red. This red imbalance points to an area of inflammation in the body. Dr. Ni, who developed the Digimeridian, explained to me, “When you have a yin-yang imbalance, the genetic material starts to mutate.” Inflammation is a toxic heat, and prolonged exposure causes the DNA of cells to change.
Exposure to high-energy radiation damages cells because of the heat transferred to your cells as radioactive particles hit them. Depending how highly energized the radiation is, it can literally melt them down. This is no less true of x-rays and cell phone radiation than nuclear radiation. All such radiation is capable of injuring tissue. It is simply a matter of degree. We live in a high-energy world. Those of us in cities exist in radiation akin to an electric smog. We zip around in radiation-producing jet airplanes. We cook things fast, (i.e. with microwave radiation, which, by the way, you should avoid. It does not so much cook your food as melt it.) All of this affects us.
Counteracting radiation requires a corresponding increase of the element that cools down the hot, melting fire: water. The element of water is associated with the kidneys in Chinese medi cine, and protecting the kidneys becomes a critical goal when one is exposed to radiation. Many foods and herbs that bolster the kidney energy and build vital fluids apply. Below are my suggestions and comments:
1) Avoiding harm from radioactive energy should not be something you adopt when you first hear you may have some exposure. You are likely always being exposed to some degree, unless you live in the wilderness. Because of the excesses everywhere in modern life, “staying cool” and bolstering your vital fluids should simply be a way of life. Call it an “anti-inflammatory” way of being.
It is common for patients I see to be a bit “toasted” these days. That is to say, they live a fast-paced lifestyle, travel a lot, and take many foods and beverages that deplete the body of vital fluids: too much alcohol, too much coffee, too much processed food, too much meat. Then w e take in too little of foods that replenish the lost essence.
2) Those who are out of balance with too much toxic heat in the body may have a much more difficult time healing from harmful radiation than those who are balanced.
3) The substances that bolster water energy (i.e. tonify the kidneys) are highly cleansing (cooling) by nature. Some of my favorites include all sea vegetables (kelp, nori, wakame, nori, kombu, etc), algae (e.g. chlorella and wild blue green algae), aloe vera juice (inner filet is best), wheat grass, sprouts of most varieties, stinging nettles, and salt (use only Himalayan or a good sea salt). Certain legumes also apply, especially mung beans, lentils, and black beans. Most important here are mung beans, which, in addition to being cooling, are a potent kidney tonic and detoxifier. You can cook a kidney tonic by preparing any of these beans with sea vegetables. (After soaking in salt for 8-12 hours, rinse and cook the beans in sea vegetables WITHOUT salt until soft. Then add sea or Himalayan salt and herbs. Adding a bit of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar helps make the beans even more digestible.)
4) It makes good sense to include a bit of kidney tonifying energy in your daily diet. Whole Foods guru Paul Pitchford recommends we take a small amount of sea vegetables every day. Because it takes our body time to adjust and digest sea vegetables, starting with a small bit and then increasing over time is a good idea.
5) If you have radiation exposure, whether through xrays, CT scans or MRI, or possible nuclear exposure, it makes sense to increase your intake of kidney tonifiers. However, because over-tonifying the kidneys can throw one out of balance, it is important to increase them without taking an excess. Eating these foods to excess can make you sick in itself. ; Stay tuned in to your body!
6) A word on salt: Because it holds in fluids and supports the kidneys, it is another type of kidney tonic. Salt is grounding and centering, exactly the opposite of the scattering quality of radiation. When eaten unrefined and in mild to moderate amounts, salt plays an important detoxifying role for radiation. Nuclear waste can actually be stored in salt, testifying to its detoxifying nature. It makes sense, particularly for those in cities, to have about 3 grams of unrefined salt daily.
7) Sea vegetables, because of their high iodine content, play an important role in helping the body get adequate amount of iodine, inhibiting uptake of radioactive iodine. I prefer a healthy intake of sea vegetables to oral iodine tablets, which can cause toxicity.
For the case of known or high-probability intense exposure to nuclear fallout, I recommend one additional step. Homeopathic Radium bromatum of either 6c or 12c potency (30c or 30x would also be ok) can be dissolved (i.e 2 -3 pellets) in distilled or filtered water and taken in sips up to a few times daily, depending on the degree of exposure.