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Miso Helps Protect the Body Against Atomic Radiation and Heavy Metal Poisoning
InstanceEndEditable It may have been our fear of fallout from the impending nuclear holocaust or from nuclear power plant meltdowns that first attracted Westerners to miso. During the 60's, students of macrobiotics and Zen began hearing about Dr. Shinichiro Akizuki, director of Saint Francis Hospital in Nagasaki during the second World War. Although Akizuki spent years treating atomic bomb victims just a few miles from ground zero, neither he nor his staff suffered from the usual effects of radiation. Akizuki hypothesized that he and his associates were protected from the deadly radiation because they drank miso soup every day. In 1972, Akizuki's theory was confirmed when researchers discovered that miso contains dipilocolonic acid, an alkaloid that chelates heavy metals, such as radioactive strontium, and discharges them from the body. However, the most convincing evidence demonstrating the protection miso offers to those exposed to radiation was published in Japan in 1989. Professor Akihiro Ito, at Hiroshima University's Atomic Radioactivity Medical Lab, read reports of European countries importing truckloads of miso from Japan after the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Ito reasoned that if people were protected from radiation by miso, then rats that were fed miso and radiated should develop less cancer than radiated rats that were not fed miso. Professor Ito was not surprised to find that the liver cancer rate for rats that were not fed miso was 100 to 200 percent higher than that of rats that were fed miso. Ito also reported that rats that were fed miso had much less inflammation of organs caused by radioactivity.
Seaweed and Iodine: More Ways to Protect Your Family from Japan’s Nuclear Crisis
Seaweed, seaweed, seaweed!
Since I can’t seem to focus on anything other than the nuclear crisis in Japan, as everyday there is more somber news of fires, I decided to share with you more ways you can protect your family from radiation in addition to yesterday’s post. Finding potassium iodide in the United States may be next to impossible, and we’ve been told by local health food stores that any surplus is being shipped to Japan, as it should be. There are other options that may be more appropriate for the amount of radiation that will reach the United States.Here’s a summary of posts I have encountered today that are worthy of sharing.Natural News: Iodine protects thyroid and glandular system from radiation damage: Here’s where to get some
Why you need to boost your iodine levels to protect against radiation
Green Upgrader: Radiation is Rising: High-Iodine Recipes to Relieve Your Thyroid
Nature Moms Blog: Natural Ways to Reduce Radiation Exposure
Stocking up on seaweed right now is a good idea, even if you don’t feel you need it for radiation protection. Pacific seaweed and marine life is sure to absorb radiation, and most seaweed is sourced in Asia. Atlantic seaweed is harder to come by for consumption.In addition, avoid pre-made seaweed salads that are bright green. They usually contain artificial food colorants, as well as high fructose corn syrup. I have seen natural seaweed salad at Whole Foods, which you can distinctly tell by its browner color. Even high end sushi restaurants often serve the dyed seaweed salad.I was accused yesterday by a reader of overreacting. I do not feel that being informed and prepared is overreacting. Three Mile Island had a significant influence on my early life, not because of radiation exposure, but because of timeliness during my childhood at a stage of growing awareness. Focusing on more sea vegetables in our diet is not alarmist, and when we can eventually get KI, we will keep it in our medicine chest.