I read an article today stating that radiation (Iodine-131) has been found in milk produced in Spokane, Washington. Washington State! That is my backyard. "They" say that it is quite safe - nothing at all to worry about, it's not at all out of the ordinary. But it is out of the ordinary and the real problem is that I don't trust "them". The truth of the matter is that I don't trust the very people responsible for the well-being of the public to actually take care of the public. Under the guise of not wanting to start a panic, the public is often placated with half-truths. Somehow, in the hallowed halls of our public servants and our state sponsored media, truth is exchanged for fiction, prettily packaged as the "common good". Who's common good? Certainly not ours. These are the same people responsible for purposefully releasing radiation from Hanford Nuclear Reservation (also in our backyard) for over 40 years! Who do we believe? Your guess is as good as mine.
In light of the fact that a nuclear accident half-way around the world is affecting the continental United States, among many other locales across the globe, and the fact that Hanford Nuclear Reservation is on an active fault line (this has been disputed - there are multiple conflicting reports), I thought it would be prudent to research Radiation Poisoning and add it to "The Prepared Family Guide to Uncommon Diseases". Here is a sneak peak.....
Radiation poisoning, also referred to as radiation sickness, occurs when someone is exposed to large enough levels of radiation to create damage to the body. Radiation poisoning rarely occurs outside of nuclear industrial operations. It could affect the general public during nuclear-weapons testing or in an attack using nuclear weapons.
Radiation poisoning radiation sickness or radiation toxicity is a constellation of health effect which occur within several months of exposure to high amounts of ionizing radiation. The term generally refers to acute problems rather than ones that develop after a prolonged period.
The speed of onset of symptoms is related to radiation exposure, with greater doses resulting in a shorter delay in symptoms onset. Mild radiation poisoning (radiation doses as low as 35 rad) presents in this manner:
· Short periods of skin reddening
Cutaneous radiation syndrome (CRS) is the skin symptoms of radiation exposure. Within a few hours after irradiation:
· Ulceration (open sore)
Gastrointestinal symptoms (typical with exposure doses of 600-1000 rad), usually seen within 1 to 2 hours:
· Loss of appetite
· Abdominal pain
Neurovascular symptoms (typical with exposure doses greater than 1000 rad):
· Decreased level of consciousness
· Absence of vomiting
There is no cure for radiation poisoning, however, prompt treatment can lessen the effects.
One of the first and most basic treatment for radiation poisoning is the thorough removal of any particles on the skin and clothing. To do this, all clothing should be removed and disposed of. This should get rid of about 90 percent of the radiation contamination. Washing with soap and warm water helps removed any other particles that may still be clinging to the skin. It is important to do this immediately after exposure, as active particles on skin and clothing can continue to poison.
Potassium Iodide (K1)
Potassium iodide is a common treatment option for radiation poisoning. Potassium iodine collects in the thyroid. It takes up space that radioactive iodine would occupy. Without room to stay in the thyroid, the radioactive iodine is sent out of the thyroid and excreted with urine. Take Potassium Iodide orally either before or after exposure, although it works best if taken before exposure.
· Adult – (1) 130 mg. tablet once a day for 10 days
· Children – (1) 62 mg. tablet once a day for 10 days
Prussian blue may also be used to treat radiation poisoning. Prussian blue binds with radioactive particles in the body. Prussian blue binds with two other types of radioactive elements called thallium and cesium. When taken directly after exposure, Prussian blue is able to remove many of the radioactive particles before the cells can absorb them. Once attached to the radioactive particles, the Prussian blue exits the body in the feces (poop), taking along the particles.
Prussian blue is safe for most adults, including pregnant women, and children (2 ─12 years). Dosing for infants (ages 0 ─2 years) has not been determined yet. Women who are breast feeding their babies should stop breast feeding if they think they are contaminated with radioactive materials.
CDC Radiation Emergencies
· Adult – (1) 500 mg. tablet 3 times daily for a minimum of 30 days
· Children –
Prussian blue has been included in the SNS (Strategic National Stockpile).
CDC Radiation Emergencies
The best prevention for radiation sickness is to minimize exposure. Radiation poisoning cannot be transmitted via airborne droplets. It can only be spread via direct contact or radioactive fallout. Remove any contaminated clothing or equipment that has come in contact with radiation and put them in a double bag labeled RADIOACTIVE. Bury in three feet of earth.