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Radiation Detoxification – Part 3

Friday, March 18th, 2011

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In my first post on natural radiation detoxification, I listed several protocols that are recommended and wrote in detail about the first: a diet consisting mainly of brown rice, miso and seaweed. Part 2 focused on other additions to the diet. In this post, I will explain the details of the third protocol:

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Sea salt, Baking Soda and Clay Baths

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Naturopath and Chiropractor, Dr. Hazel Parcells (Live Better Longer) popularized therapeutic baths for radiation detoxification. Her suggested protocol was:

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Dissolve 1 pound of sea salt or rock salt and 1 pound of baking
soda in a hot bath — as hot as can be tolerated — and soak into the
water until the bath becomes cool. This usually takes about 20-25
minutes. Afterwards, do not shower or rinse the salt off your body
for 4-8 hours.

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One of the keys to this protocol is making sure the water is hot to start out with, and that you stay in it until it cools down. It is the temperature change that helps to draw the toxins out of the body. Dr. Parcells stated that the best time for this type of bathing is at night when the body is naturally geared to detoxification. One bath per day was her recommendation for acute symptoms of radiation poisoning.
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The idea behind clay baths is similar. Clay has incredible drawing, absorbing and adsorbing power. (Adsorption characterizes the process by which substances stick to the outside surface of the adsorbent medium. Absorption is a much more slow and involved process than adsorption. Here, the clay acts more like a sponge, drawing substances into its internal structure.)
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Raymond Dextreit, the French naturopath who popularized the clay cure in his own country, says that clay “transcends its purely physical properties. Most of the poisons in the body,” Dextreit notes, “are positively charged, whereas clay has a negative electrical attraction. These toxins cannot resist being drawn toward the clay.”
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“Russian scientists use bentonite to protect their bodies from radiation when working with nuclear material, by coating their hands and bodies with a hydrated bentonite “magma” before donning radiation suits.  Bentonite adsorbs radiation so well, in fact, that it was the choice material used to dump into Cherynobyl after the nuclear meltdown in the former Soviet Union.”
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There are many types of clay that can be used in therapeutic baths for detoxification purposes. Bentonite, Calcium Montmorillonite, Jordan clay or French green clay are only a few of them.
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Dr. Jensen, N.D., D.C., Ph.D., suggests using bentonite to absorb radiation from the bones.
Bentonite is probably the most commonly used of the therapeutic clays, but there are around 200 different kinds of bentonite and many of them have a high aluminum content. I have found Pascalite (calcium bentonite) to be the most highly recommended of the bentonites, partly because of it’s low aluminum content. It is suggested to take clay baths no more often than one time per week.

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In the next post, I will discuss homeopathic remedies to consider at this time.

Radiation Detoxification – Part 2

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

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Yesterday, I listed various protocols for natural radiation detoxification and wrote about the first protocol, explaining why eating a diet rich in seaweeds, miso and brown rice is so important. Today, I will address the second protocol:

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Other Additions to the diet

· Spirulina, chlorella and the algaes (kelp, etc.)

· Brassica vegetables and high beta carotene vegetables

· Beans and lentils and other foods high in nucleotide content

· Potassium, magnesium, calcium and mineral rich foods

· Fatty acids, such as cod liver oil and olive oil

· Avoid sugars and sweets and wheat

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Spirulina – After the Chernobyl incident in 1986, the Institute of Radiation Medicine in Minsk proved that children experienced enhanced immune systems, T-cell counts and reduced radioactivity on this protocol: 5 grams of spirulina a day for 45 days. Spirulina can be found in most health food stores.
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Chlorella –  It is one of the most widely studied of the algaes and has been described as having the highest chlorophyll content. Animal studies indicate a chlorophyll rich diet increases the survival of experimental animals after lethal doses of radiation. Studies dating back to the 1950’s, including a US Army study,  confirm these findings. According Roy Upton, director of the American Herbal Pharmacopeia, the use of chlorella was first developed by the Japanese as an antidote and treatment against atomic radiation. Chlorella and liquid chlorophyll can also be found in most health food stores.
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Brassica vegetables and high beta carotene vegetables – Cancer researchers have found that all the brassica family plants protect your cells from the damaging effects of radiation. Beta-carotene has also been researched and found to have radio-protective effects. A study conducted on over 700 children exposed to the Chernobyl radiation found that diets high in carotenes significantly reduced DNA damage in humans exposed to radiation. Natural beta- carotene protects against the lipid oxidation and acts as a fatty acid antioxidant radio-protector.  Brassica  vegetables include broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, swedes, turnips, broccoli raab, collards, cress, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, and bok choi. Beta-carotene can be found in concentrated amounts in foods such as sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, turnip greens, winter squash, collard greens, cilantro, fresh thyme, cantaloupe, romaine lettuce and broccoli.
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Beans and lentils – These foods have high nucleotide concentrations. Nucleotides are the building blocks that make up RNA and DNA. Nucleotides also carry out several critical functions needed for cell replication, as well as neutralizing toxins, increasing cellular metabolism, improving the response and efficiency of the immune system, enhancing the effects of antioxidants and increase the body’s ability to heal and repair. Other foods high in nucleotides include spirulina, chlorella, algae, yeast, sardines, liver, anchovies and mackerel.
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Potassium, magnesium, calcium and mineral rich foods – Cesium (one of the radioactive elements released from the nuclear reactor) will be treated by the body as if it were potassium, so a potassium deficiency would tend to make one more receptive to radioactive hazards posed by cesium, says Ingrid
Naiman. Potassium regulation is affected by magnesium and magnesium and calcium need to be in proper balance. Calcium significantly decreases the amount of Strontium 90 absorbed by bone.   Foods high in potassium include apricots, avocado, bananas, cantaloupe, honeydew, kiwi, lima beans, milk, oranges, potatoes, prunes, spinach, tomatoes and winter squash. Greens like spinach and swiss chard, nuts and seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower and sesame, and beans like black and navy, are good sources of dietary magnesium. Most of the foods above also contain calcium, especially the dark green leafy vegetables, along with cheese, fish and yogurt.
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Fatty acids, such as cod liver oil and olive oil – Two studies from Spain (Ilbanez and Castellanos) showed that olive oil fully protected rats against increasing doses of damaging X-ray irradiation. Other research has shown that in terms of radiation, mice exposed to large doses of radiation survived 50-100% longer than normal if fed cod liver oil.
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Avoid sugars, sweets and wheat – This one probably does not need much explanation, but I will summarize by saying that after radiation exposure, the last thing you want to do is eat foods that have been proven to lower your immune function.
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In the next post, I will discuss the next point: Clay, Sea salt and Baking Soda Baths.