The well fed are less vulnerable to fallout contamination in food than the poorly nourished.
The body needs its daily requirement of calcium and potassium.
If it does not get these requirements, it seeks the substances out and will use the next
available substance if it has to
In simple terms this is true.
The stomach lining can discriminate between calcium and strontium. It can discriminate between potassium and cesium.
At mealtimes, the more calcium and potassium in the stomach, the less strontium and cesium will be absorbed from food.
The discrimination ratios were defined in detail during the bomb test era. Researchers such as Comar and Wasserman (not Harvey), working for the US AEC defined the routes and ways in which nuclear fallout found its way into the tissues of people.
In the acute phase of the Fukushima emergency, some people were lucky enough to have been given potassium iodine tablets.
The iodine in the tablets occupied the thyroid gland and any radio iodine absorbed by the person did not take up residence in the thyroid. This form of protection is called “displacement”. The bad iodine is displaced out of the body by the presence of stable iodine.
The same principle can be used at meal times. Calcium is a safe substance. If you have too much of it, well the worst it seems that can happen, from what I have read, and in my layperson’s opinion, is that you might get kidney stones.
Potassium is another matter. Medical authorities warn against taking potassium tablets. Too much potassium can damage the heart. It is my opinion that the best way of getting extra calcium and potassium is from food.
And here it gets complicated. Because when calcium rich and potassium rich foods are subject to nuclear fallout, their calcium and potassium is contaminated with strontium and potassium.
It is a cruel balance. The foods which best protect are those which contain the most nuclear contamination. So what does one do in this situation?
Calcium is relatively easy. It is my opinion, and based upon the early literature (Comar etc from the 1960s, writing in relation to bomb fallout) that at meal times I would get powered milk, known not to be contaminated by the Fukushima disaster and eat it with my meals. Either make gravy with it or use it in some recipe or just make glasses of milk with it. The stomach would then be full of milk, along with dairy lactose, present in milk. Lactose helps calcium pass through the stomach into the blood stream.
Then, knowing I was absorbing less of the strontium, if any, in the food, I would feel happier.
Potassium is harder. In the bomb test era, around which my reading centered until March 2011, most of the literature deals in detail with strontium, not cesium. Because of the differences in bomb fallout compared to reactor fallout, cesium is the major substance of concern in food today in Japan.
I am not sure myself what the cheapest and easiest way is in Japan to obtain foods which are high in potassium and which are known not to be subject to TEPCO and JGov cesium contamination.
Imported potatoes are probably expensive. I do not know how much bananas are in Japan.
But bananas at mealtime – banana smoothies etc – would seem to be a good way of getting potassium into the stomach when eating the meal which might contain cesium in some of the food.
The more potassium in the stomach, the less cesium would be absorbed. One could be happier eating knowing one had done all they could to make sure potassium got in and cesium, as much as possible, was kept out.
The above is just my opinion, and I say to myself, what the hell would I know? Except that I have read some books and scientific papers.
Some people might not worry at all, saying, well for many years, bombs were dropped on America (by America). In fact it is said that 100 nuclear bombs dropped on Nevada produced, over ten years, as much fallout in Nevada, Utah and Arizona as the Chernobyl disaster. And those places were a main source of America’s meat at the time. There were cattle ranches everywhere. The authorities said everything was perfectly safe. But not for the people there they weren’t. The ranching and rural communities suffered far more than any other Americans in the main USA. (Alaska is bit more complicated) And the ones who suffered most were the Native Americans and the rural people. People who ate the beef in New York were not in the same boat at all as the people close in to the bombs.
America is still coming to terms with the damage it did to people who lived in the Downwinder states.
Anyway, it is my opinion that powered milk known to have been made before March 2011 or imported and the use of a potassium rich food such as bananas – again, known not to be contaminated by Fukushima fallout – can be used at meal times to “displace” strontium and cesium which might be present in the main meal.
In imagining what I would do and in imagining what I would eat if I lived in say, Kobe, instead of Adelaide, I am saying: I would be angry at what the nuclear disaster caused to be put into some foods grown in Japan. I would angrily question the politicians. How afraid would I be to go shopping? What would I choose to buy? I do not have the local knowledge to answer that question. But I have my own little defensive plan, based on American fallout research from long ago. I would nourish myself as I never have before. I would not drink fizzy drink, for these mobilize calcium away from bone. And I would listen to local knowledge – of course, I do not have. There are more things to do relating to fish and relating to cesium as explained by the Chernobyl experience. This is all so complicated. Especially for a country which was never allowed to contemplate nuclear disaster, a nation brain washed into the nuclear safety myth, a nation with no emergency plan for the monitoring of food immediately upon nuclear disaster, a nation ruled by elites who maintained their myths so strongly that any defensive measures were seen as being against the national interests. In fact, the interests of the nuclear elite is not the national interest, in fact, some people might say that the nuclear elite, by their actions and responses to disaster are the most unJapanese of all people. In the old days, they are like the people who bombed Australia and who called those Australians who called upon them to stop “traitors”. In reality it is easy see, in that case, who the traitors really were. Does this Australian past apply to present day Japan? What father who’s son asked for bread would give him a stone? What government would would a fund a doctor to tell the Japanese people “Don’t worry, plutonium is safe to eat”. What kind of a doctor would tell anyone to eat a substance which was not a nutrient, not a food, and in all cases, known to be dangerous? This is not how to explain things to people. People who have to learn in a great hurry the complicated reality of living with nuclear fallout. This living with fallout will go on for a long time. People are allowed to know, have power, make choices, live with threats and use defenses. And people are allowed to happy, sad, brave, afraid, certain and full of doubt all at the same time. This is not “radiophobia”. It is living in a nuclear society where democracy has to be re asserted and snatched back from the nuclear dictators who say “Oh only we know what is best.” Oh yea? Really? I don’t think so.
Sadly bananas have had a bad rap from nuclear advocates. I will try to explain this now: