Homeopathic approach to catastrophe and radiations problems; Fukushima, Japan
The Tohoku earthquake and the subsequent tsunami, which occurred off the Sanriku coast of Japan at 14:46 JST on Friday 11 March 2011, caused enormous devastation, mainly in eastern Japan, earning the name: the Great East Japan Earthquake. I am writing this article, in which I will briefly present the JPHMAs activities, as well as my view on the meaning of this catastrophe, just one month after it happened.
According to the Japan Metropolitan Police Departments statistics, on 30 April 2011, the figures are as follows:
Deathtoll 14,662; Missing 11,019; Injured 4,373 among 12 districts including Fukushima, Gunma, Igaraki, Tochigi, Miyagi, Yamagata, Niigata, Yamanashi, Nagano, Saitama, Tokyo and Chiba. 2.500 shelters have been built in 18 districts, caring for 127,000 evacuees. 48.564 buildings have completely collapsed, spread over 9 districts.
The shock of this catastrophe is as vivid today as if it had just happened yesterday.
On the day of the earthquake, I wanted to go straight to the affected area, but as I had already been booked for lectures in western Japan and as there was no access to the east nor electricity in the zone,
I had to postpone my trip. Initially, I could only offer remote support via text messages to mobile phones. JPHMA members in the affected areas had home kits of 36 homeopathic remedies and contributed outstandingly by distributing homeopathic remedies to their neighbours; many of them are indicated for the kind of physical and mental trauma caused by such a disaster but none of them were appropriate for treating exposure to radiation. The fact that JPHMA had given homoeopathic self-care lectures to the general public on a routine basis became a great advantage.
Another unexpected situation occurred, however, at the Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant. In 1971, General Electric Mark I nuclear reactors were introduced and have been working for nearly 40 years. The earthquake and tsunami disabled the reactor cooling systems, leading to nuclear radiation leaks due to a partial melt of fuel rods.
At the time of the earthquake, there were 54 active nuclear power plants in Japan, which would have totalled 77 if inactive and newly planned ones were included. The fact that such a large number of nuclear power plants should be built in Japan, a country of earthquakes, is equal to pouring gasoline on a fire!
Luckily there was not a complete meltdown, as in the Chernobyl nuclear accident on 26 April 1986. In Chernobyl, the reactor exploded and melted, sending huge amounts of radioactive fallout into the atmosphere. In Fukushima, the leakage is one tenth that of Chernobyl.
Nevertheless, some international media have reported incorrectly that the whole reactor had exploded, releasing an atomic cloud, making Japan an extremely dangerous place to visit. The press used pictures of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb on 6 August 1945, next to pictures of land destroyed by the 11 March tsunami, implying incorrectly that the land was damaged by the nuclear power plant incident rather than by the tsunami. Products from Japan could not be exported and, even Japanese people started to avoid products from Fukushima. When I visited Fukushima, where vegetables and fruits are produced, people there were deeply depressed. A farmer in Fukushima had committed suicide because he could not sell his produce, which was about to be shipped out.
Let us consider the Arndt-Schulz law, one of the major principles of homoeopathy. According to this law, if we are exposed to a large amount of radiation, a small amount of the radiation could cure the ailments due to the exposure. If it is the exposure is minimal, our own healing power should be able to reverse the damage.
I have created a radiation remedy RA to heal the effects of radioactive substances. It is a combination of Cadmium sulphuricum, Sol, Plutonium nitricum, Kalium iodatum, Radium bromide, Uranium nitricum, Caesium hydroxide, Thyreoidinum, and Parathyreoid gland. Caesium 137 was carried to neighbouring European countries after the explosion in Chernobyl, but people who were not exposed to great density of radioactive rain seemed not to be affected.
After all, huge amounts of radioactivity have been spread by more than 2,000 nuclear experiments all over the world. Therefore, we do not have to worry about radiation out of hand. On a daily basis, we should try to avoid any intake of harmful substances and use a treatment like homeopathy to stimulate our own healing powers and push toxins out of our bodies. Radioactivity is not the only dangerous pollutant we encounter: substances in vaccines, drugs, pesticides, and food additives are also harmful. I think this nuclear incident has demonstrated the necessity to replace harmful energy, medicine, and foods with healthy ones, derived from nature.
From the time of the earthquake to my visit to the affected area
Immediately after the earthquake, on 11 March, I contacted the Institute of Homoeopathy in Japan and started to distribute the remedies I had created: RA, as mentioned above, and AAA (Aconite, Arnica, and Arsenicum), free of charge. I also offered information to the public through our website and by email.
On 18 March, a JPHMA rescue team, in conjunction with Homoeopathy Japan Co, set off for Fukushima and Miyagi with these remedies and relief supplies. As the motorway was closed, it took 12 hours to get there and 9 hours to come back, which is about three times longer than it would usually take.
I had already planned to give a lecture in Sendai city, in Miyagi, on 2 April before the disaster occurred, so I added visits to Fukushima on 1 April and on 3 April, where I provided RA and AAA remedies to about 400 of our members and to the general public. I gave free lectures to explain to people how to use homeopathic remedies in time of disasters.
To read the full details of the reports, please visit the JPHMA website: www.jphma.org/en/index.html
These reports are the result of my own experience in the affected areas and are quite different from the reports that can be seen in newspapers and other media.
The effect of the RA remedies and AAA remedies
We are currently analyzing responses to questionnaires after using these remedies.
The below chart is the result so far, as of 30 April 2011.
1. I sent remedies of encouragement through text messages: We are supporting you. You are not alone.
2. We took action: JPHMA provided homoeopathic remedies free of charge with the cooperation of Homeopathy Japan Co. The College of Holistic Homoeopathy provided free advice by telephone.
3. JPHMA organised a rescue team, which immediately delivered homoeopathic remedies and relief supplies.
4. JPHMA held free seminars on how to deal with disasters and provide emotional care, with cooperation from local JPHMA members.
5. After the seminars, local JPHMA members provided free homoeopathic consultations.
6. JPMHA collected approximately 4,500.000 Japanese yen, which were donated to affected prefectures and areas in need.
We helped and encouraged each other, which created a strong bond between us and a feeling of unity. JPHMA members seemed to be getting over this disaster more quickly than the general public, probably because they had been taking homoeopathic remedies on a daily basis.
The real meaning of the earthquake and of the radiation leak this time
Samuel Hahnemann said:
"Nations like the Germans, who have for centuries been gradually sinking deeper and deeper in soulless apathy and degrading serfdom, must first be trodden still deeper in the dust by the Western Conqueror, Napoleon, until their situation became intolerable; their mean opinion of themselves was thereby over-strained and removed; they again became alive to their dignity as men, and then, for the first time, they raised their heads as Germans." (Quoted from Organon 6)
Japan is reaching a turning point. Japanese people have been deprived of patriotic spirit and pride in their own heritage, from the fear of atomic bombs and a sense of guilt after the war. Ancient Japanese spirituality and wisdom, which live in harmony with nature, have been forgotten. Japanese people now deny natures healing power and dependency on unnatural energy, medicines, vaccines, and agro-chemicals has been encouraged. The lives of humans, animals, plants, and insects are suffering, as are the land, water, and air; Japan is now facing the risk of national ruin.
It could be said that the reality of this catastrophe is that it is a mirror of Japanese peoples mind. We hope that this devastating experience will become an opportunity for change, so that this suffering would not have been in vain. The real recovery for Japanese people would be to overcome their fear of radiation, to regain their natural healing power and their ancient wisdom of living in harmony with nature. Japan, as the site of a previous disaster with the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, can be a beacon of hope for the world by showing that it is possible for a country facing the most extreme circumstances to recover and thrive once again. Homeopathy lies at the heart of this recovery and we, at JPHMA, will all do as much as we can to bring it into reality.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to everyone again: Interhomeopathys editors, Narayana Verlag, the people who visited Interhomeopathys Facebook and many other homeopathic colleagues around the world, who sent warm, encouraging messages and donations to JPHMA and me.
JPHMA Homoeopathy International Charity Conference, 8 10 October 2011.
[Dr Edward Group]
The earthquake and nuclear power plant meltdown brought up many concerns involving radiation levels in Japan, and the entire globe. Here at Global Healing Center, we are committed to educating and helping individuals reduce radiation exposure caused by nuclear fallout, as well as everyday exposure to harmful electromagnetic frequencies.
Harmful Effects of Radiation Exposure
There are multiple harmful effects of radiation, and many of them go unnoticed in the body.
Over time, low level exposure can lead to major digestive imbalance, blood alteration and even the destruction of many cellular structures in the bodys key organ and tissue systems. Common signs of low level radiation exposure include symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, nausea, scalp tenderness, scalp discoloration and dry/itchy skin. In extreme cases, low exposure of radiation may also cause brain damage, memory problems, mood changes and reduced listening capacities, psychomotor abilities and information processing times. All good reasons to consider protecting ourselves from this type of exposure.
Large amounts of radiation exposure can have devastating consequences such as bloody vomit, hair loss, nerve damage, blood vessel destruction, seizures and, with prolonged strong exposure, can even lead to death.
Our circulatory system is also vulnerable to radiation. Even very low levels reduces lymphocytes in the blood. When lymphocytes are lowered, we are more likely to get infections, and what is known as mild radiation sickness. Symptoms are flu-like and may increase the likelihood of developing leukaemia and lymphoma in the future. The reproductive system is also vulnerable to exposure. Long-term radiation exposure can even lead to sterility, birth defects and still-births.
Prophylaxe mit Schüßler-Salzen
Selenium und Zincum sulfuricum
Molybdenum und Cobaltum
Reducing Radiation Exposure with Natural Remedies
1. Nascent Iodine
Radiation has a direct effect on the thyroid gland, prohibiting its ability to create iodine, an imperative player in healthy DNA integrity, immune function, metabolic and endocrine balance, as well as cardiovascular health. Supplementing with nascent iodine helps counteract the effects of radioactive Iodine. It is one of the single most bio-available forms of iodine, and may be effective in aiding individuals exposed to radiation by lowering accumulated and stored radioactive toxins in the thyroid. Detoxadine® is Global Healing Centers brand of standardized nano-colloidal nascent iodine manufactured with a unique transformative bio-elemental matrix using a revolutionary process. This means that it will be gentler on your digestive system than other iodine supplements.
2. Potassium Orotate
In addition to radioactive iodine, the body may also be exposed to a radioactive isotope of caesium known as Cesium-137. This is formed as bi-product of nuclear fission. Potassium orotates can prevent the accumulation of Cesium-137. In fact, getting enough potassium from food such as bananas is a good first step at preventing radioactive cesium 137 retention. That said, potassium in the diet may not be enough. According to the CDC, potassium can play a major role in protecting the body and thyroid gland after an internal contamination, as in the example of the Japanese nuclear reactor explosion. Potassium Orotate is the best form of potassium to use for radiation exposure.
3. Calcium and Magnesium
Each of these essential minerals can decontaminate a form of nuclear waste known as Strontium 90. Dr. Linus Pauling recommends calcium supplementation, as it can lower Strontium absorption by up to 90%. I recommend using calcium and magnesium orotate found in the product IntraCal.
4. Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO)
Dimethylsulfoxide is an antioxidant sulphur compound. Studies show that DMSO actively detoxifies and protects the body from the effects of harmful radiation. One study from Japan found that even small amounts of DMSO offered radio-protective benefits on human DNA and overall cellular structures. It also neutralizes exposure from radio-isotopes. Studies show that the X-irradiation that can damage the bodys Kupffer and serous cells can be prevented with the use of DMSO.. Animal studies also show that rats exposed to x-ray radiation could be protected from the negative effects of the exposure via the intake of DMSO. This chemical could at least partially protect the rats by halting the typical toxicant reactions associated with radiation. Another study from the School of Medicine at the Yokohama City University in Japan found that DMSO offered protective effects for cell destruction, as well as DNA aberrations, in mice exposed to radioactive substances.
Nuclear waste is typically cleaned or stored in the environment by mixing it with Zeolite clay and packing it underground. Zeolites can attach themselves to and remove nuclear waste from the cellular level. In fact, one European study found that Zeolite clay was an effective decontaminate for animals affected by the nuclear waste disaster in Chemobyl. Zeolite clay can also be taken internally for detoxing radiation. Perhaps the best evidence proving that Zeolite helps detoxification of radiation was its widespread usage in the nuclear meltdowns at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and the British Nuclear Fuels (BNF), where it was used to absorb radioactive strontium and cesium 137 from walls and floors. Similarly, the United States nuclear weapons facilities use Zeolite clay to line walls and floors to prevent toxicity.
6. Other clays
There are many types of clays that bond to nuclear waste from the body. Others include Kaolin, Red Clay, Bentonite, Fullers Earth, Montmorillonite. French Green Clay is another absorptive clay shown to possess the ability to rid radiation, toxic metals and chemical residues from the human body. This should come as no surprise, as clay has often been used by engineers, and by the environment itself, to remove toxins from the body or ground. Again, it was also used at Chernobyl in 1986. In fact, the former Soviet government added this type of clay to chocolate bars that were then given to citizens to help them remove radioactive waste from the system.
7. Activated Charcoal
Another substance heralded for its absorption properties. Studies show that charcoal possesses the unique ability to neutralize radiation, and that 10 grams of charcoal can neutralize up to 7 grams of toxic material.
8. Papain a cysteine hydrolase extracted from papaya fruit known for its ability to reduce toxicants. In one laboratory study on rats, it was found that half of rats supplementing with papain could survive a lethal amount of radiation, whereas control rats did not survive.
9. Bee Pollen
Initial evidence suggests that bee pollen may significantly lower the negative side effects of radiation exposure, in particular that of radium, x-rays and cobalt-60 radiotherapy. Because exposure to radiation lowers many of your bodys natural vital substances like white and red blood cells and antibodies, bee pollen is a natural way of boosting these vital functions.
10. Beets - natural Remedy for Radiation
Upon radiation exposure, the bodys blood haemoglobin can be broken down. Studies show that beets can help aid the body in rebuilding this damaged haemoglobin. In fact, animal lab studies have shown that rats eating a diet heavy in beet pulp were able to more effectively reduce the effects of radioactive cesium-137 than rats who did not eat beets. In fact, the beet-eating rats absorbed and detoxified up to 100% more effectively than the control group animals.
11. Cold-pressed Organic Vegetable Oils
Oils such as sesame oil, extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil also help pull radiation out. Sources recommend drinking 4 ounces of oil if you have been exposed. Not only do the lipids in the oils bind the toxins, they also offer a protective layer on cellular membranes. Studies done on mice exposed to lethal exposure to x-rays have found that the mice can survive if they are given oil. Another study on mice found that olive oil could protect the mice against high amounts of x-rays ranging from 300 to 2,400 roentgens.
12. Organic Brewers Yeast
Sources recommend using organic Brewers use for prevention against radiation exposure. In terms of amount, 5 mg. to 15 mg. should be given to children, and 25 mg. to 50 mg. can be given to adults.
For cases of direct exposure, these amounts can be doubled, or tripled. Brewers yeast may aid the body in both repair after exposure, as well as protection.
13. Organic Germanium-132
An oxygen-rich, free-radical scavenging organic compound. When we are exposed to radiation, the rays from this exposure release harmful electrons the kill blood cells (haemoglobin). Organic geranium has been shown to snatch up these radioactive rays, allowing them to move freely inside the nuclear structure of the Germanium, instead of entering the human cells and bloodstream. This is related to geraniums ability to protect the amino acid cysteine, in the human body. Other studies showed promising results involving the use of germanium-132 and a strong reduction in cell death in those cells exposed to cesium-137 and gamma rays. Currently, the Japanese are recommending 100 mg. per day.
Removal of Radionuclides from the Body
The curative-like use of apple-pectin food additives might be especially helpful for effective decorporation of Cesium-137. From 1996 to 2007 a total of more than 160,000 Belarussian children received pectin food additives during 18 to 25 days of treatment (5 g 2x dailyy). As a result, levels of Cesium-137 in childrens organs decreased after each course of pectin additives by an average of 30 to 40%.
Manufacture and application of various pectin-based food additives and drinks (using apples, currants, grapes, sea seaweed, etc.) is one of the most effective ways for individual radioprotection (through decorporation) under circumstances where consumption of radioactively contaminated food is unavoidable.
L-Carnitine ( a naturally occurring amino acid)
Comparison of protective effects of L-carnitine and amifostine on radiation-induced toxicity to growing bone: histopathology and scintigraphy findings.
L-carnitine is equally as effective as amifostine at protecting growing bone against single dose irradiation damage
Radiation-induced thyroid cancer
Radioactive iodine, especially 131I, may be released into the environment as a result of nuclear reactor accidents. Thyroid accumulation of radioactive iodine increases the risk of developing thyroid cancer, especially in children. The increased iodine trapping activity of the thyroid gland in iodine deficiency results in increased thyroid accumulation of radioactive iodine (131I). Thus, iodine-deficient individuals are at increased risk of developing radiation-induced thyroid cancer because they will accumulate greater amounts of radioactive iodine. Potassium iodide administered in pharmacologic doses (50-100 mg for adults) within 48 hours before or eight hours after radiation exposure from a nuclear reactor accident can significantly reduce thyroid uptake of 131I and decrease the risk of radiation-induced thyroid cancer. The prompt and widespread use of potassium iodide prophylaxis in Poland after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear
reactor accident may explain the lack of a significant increase in childhood thyroid cancer in Poland compared to fallout areas where potassium iodide prophylaxis was not widely used. In the U.S., the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requires that consideration be given to potassium iodide as a protective measure for the general public in the case of a major release of radioactivity
from a nuclear power plant.
Food sources of Iodine
Food sources of iodine in mcg : Salt (iodized) 1 gram 77mcg, Egg, boiled 1 large 12mcg, Navy beans, cooked 1/2 cup 32 mcg, Potato with peel, baked 1 medium 60 mcg, Turkey breast, baked 3 ounces 34 mcg, Seaweed 1/4 ounce, dried Variable; may be greater than 4,500 mcg (4.5 mg).
Beta 1,3, Glucan Derived from Bakers yeast
Beta-1,3-glucans radiation protection effects were shown in 1985 when the U.S. Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute announced the results of their recent experiments.
Myra D. Patchen, M.D., and her team at the Institute exposed mice to lethal doses of radiation.
When the mice were given an oral dose of beta-1,3-glucan after the radiation exposure, 70% were completely protected from the damaging effects. Dr. Patchen also suggested that beta-1,3-glucan
should be considered as an effective way of rebuilding the immune system and preventing infection following chemotherapy and radiation in cancer treatment. Dr. Patchen further suggested that beta-1,3-glucan appears to work as a free-radical scavenger (anti-oxidant) and may even protect the macrophages from damage by radiation, toxins, heavy
Ascorbic acid gives different protective effects in human cells exposed to X-rays and heavy ions.
N: Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)
Protective effect of N-acetylcysteine against radiation induced DNA damage and hepatic toxicity in rats.
Results show that pretreatment with N-acetylcysteine offers protection against gamma-radiation induced cellular damage.
Effect of N-acetylcysteine on radiation-induced genotoxicity and cytotoxicity
in rat bone marrow.
Green tea polyphenols
Bioactive components from the tea polyphenols influence endogenous antioxidant defense system and modulate inflammatory cytokines after total-body irradiation in mice.
Phytomedicine. 2011 Apr 15. [Epub ahead of print]
Hu Y, Guo DH, Liu P, Cao JJ, Wang YP, Yin J, Zhu Y, Rahman K.
Source Dept. of Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacy, Centre of Pharmacy, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing 100853, China.
Abstract The present study aimed to evaluate the radioprotective efficacy of green tea polyphenols and the component ingredients against irradiated-induced damage in mice and elucidate the underlying mechanisms. GTP and its bioactive components (catechin, epigallocatechin and epigallocatechin-3-gallate) assisted in decreasing the leukocytopenia seen after whole mice irradiation and significantly reduced the elevated serum inflammatory cytokines (TNF-?, IL-1?, and IL-6). Green tea polyphenols have a potential to be developed as radioprotective agents against irradiated-induced
Protection against ionizing radiation by antioxidant nutrients and phytochemicals
Weiss JF, Landauer MR.
Office of Health Studies, US Department of Energy, EH-6/270 Corporate Square, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20585-0270, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
Results from animal experiments indicate that antioxidant nutrients, such as vitamin E and selenium compounds, are protective against lethality and other radiation effects but to a lesser degree than most synthetic protectors. Some antioxidant nutrients and phytochemicals have the advantage of low toxicity although they are generally protective when administered at pharmacological doses. Naturally occurring antioxidants also may provide an extended window of protection against low-dose, low-dose-rate irradiation, including therapeutic potential when administered after irradiation. A number of phytochemicals, including caffeine, genistein, and melatonin, have multiple physiological effects, as well as antioxidant activity, which result in radioprotection in vivo.
Water soluble Vitamin E (TMG) as a Radioprotector.
Tocopherol monoglucoside (TMG), a water soluble derivative of vitamin E offers protection against deleterious effects of ionizing radiation
Embryonic mortality resulting from exposure of pregnant mice to ionizing radiation (2 Gy) was reduced by 75% by ip administration of TMG (0.6 g/kg, body wt) prior to irradiation. TMG offered protection to mice against whole body gamma-radiation-induced lethality and weight loss. The LD50(30) of mice increased from 6 to 6.72 Gy upon post irradiation administration of a single dose of TMG (0.6 g/kg, body wt) by ip.
Radioprotective potential of ginseng (genus Panax)
This review addresses the issue of the radioprotective effects of ginseng on mammalian cells both in vitro and in vivo. Results indicate that the water-soluble extract of whole ginseng appears to give a better protection against radiation-induced DNA damage than does the isolated ginsenoside fractions.
Protective effect of Ginkgo biloba against radiation-induced cellular damage in human peripheral lymphocytes and murine spleen cells
International Journal of Low Radiation, 2009, 6, 209-218.
The data demonstrated that EGb, through its free-radical scavenging and antioxidant properties, attenuates IR-induced apoptosis in radiosensitive cells, suggesting that EGb may have a potential benefit in enhancing radioprotective effects.
A 1989 study put forth by researchers from Zhongkai Agriculture and Technology College in China found in tests that Spirulina significantly reduces the gamma radiation-induced micronucleus frequencies in the bone marrow of affected mice. Bone marrow, of course, is responsible for producing new blood cells and maintaining the lymphatic system (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ ).
PEONY Chinese Herb
Protective effect of paeoniflorin on irradiation-induced cell damage involved in modulation of reactive oxygen species and the mitogen-activated protein kinases.
The objective of this study was to investigate the radioprotective effect of paeoniflorin (PF, a main
bioactive component in the traditional Chinese herb peony
In vivo radioprotection with garlic extract
Garlic extract was evaluated in the mouse bone marrow micronucleus test for its possible protective effects against gamma-radiation-induced chromosomal damage.. The irradiated garlic-extract pre-treated animals showed a significant reduction in sulfhydryl content and glutathione S-transferase activities
Mutat Res. 1995 Dec;345(3-4):147-53. Singh SP, Abraham SK, Kesavan PC.
Source School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
Radioprotective effects of citrus extract against gamma-irradiation in mouse bone marrow cells.
The radioprotective effects of citrus extract were investigated by using the micronucleus test for anticlastogenic and cell proliferation activity. The flavonoids contained in citrus extract reduced the clastogenic effect of radiation on mice bone marrow. Therefore fruits and vegetables containing flavonoids may be useful under such stress conditions as irradiation.
J Radiat Res (Tokyo). 2003 Sep;44(3):237-41. Hosseinimehr SJ, Tavakoli H, Pourheidari G, Sobhani A, Shafiee A.
Source Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. email@example.com
Radioprotective effects of miso (fermented soy bean paste) against radiation in B6C3F1 mice: increased small intestinal crypt survival, crypt lengths and prolongation of average time to death.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11833659 Hiroshima J Med Sci. 2001 Dec;50(4):836.
Ohara M, Lu H, Shiraki K, Ishimura Y, Uesaka T, Katoh O, Watanabe H.
Source Department of Environment and Mutation, Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine, Hiroshima University, Japan.
Abstract The radioprotective effect of miso, a fermentation product from soy bean, was investigated with reference to the survival time, crypt survival and jejunum crypt length in male B6C3F1 mice. Miso at three different fermentation stages (early-, medium: and long-term fermented miso) was mixed in MF diet into biscuits at 10% and was administered from 1 week
before irradiation. Animal survival in the long-term fermented miso group was significantly prolonged as compared with the short-term fermented miso and MF cases after 8 Gy of 60Co-gamma-ray irradiation at a dose rate of 2Gy min(-1). Delay in mortality was evident in all three miso groups, with significantly increased survival. At doses of 10 and 12 Gy X-irradiation at a dose rate of 4 Gy min(-1), the treatment with long-term fermented miso significantly increased crypt survival. Also the protective influence against irradiation in terms of crypt lengths in the long-term fermented miso group was significantly greater than in the short-term or medium-term fermented miso and MF diet groups. Thus, prolonged fermentation appears to be very important for protection against radiation effects.
Radioprotective potential of mint: a brief review.
Mentha piperita and M. arvensis protected mice against the ?-radiation-induced sickness and mortality.
Ocimum tenuiflorum (also tulsi, tulas?, or Holy Basil)
Tulsi is cultivated for religious and medicinal purposes, and for its essential oil. It is widely known across South Asia as a medicinal plant and an herbal tea. It also shows some promise for protection from radiation poisoning.
Note: Contraindications: Holy Basil should not be taken while pregnant or nursing or for an extended period of time. Use caution if you have high blood pressure or rheumatic heart disease.
Devi, P. Uma; Ganasoundari, A.. Modulation of glutathione and antioxidant enzymes by Ocimum sanctum and its role in protection against radiation injury. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology, v.37, n.3, 1999. March,:262-268.
Echinacea (E.) purpurea
This herb is commonly known as the purple coneflower.
Phytotherapeutic effects of Echinacea purpurea in gamma-irradiated mice.
Milk Thistle Extract
Radioprotection of plasmid and cellular DNA and Swiss mice by silibinin
Tiwari P, Kumar A, Ali M, Mishra KP.
Source -Radiological Physics and Advisory Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085, India. Mutat Res. 2010 Jan;695(1-2):55-60. Epub 2009 Nov 27.
Abstract -The radioprotective effect of a non-toxic bioactive component in plant milk thistle, silibinin against genotoxicity induced by gamma-irradiation was investigated in vivo/in vitro. Our extended animal studies suggest that oral administration of silibinin (70mg/kg for 3 days)
to mice prior to whole-body gamma-exposure (7.5Gy) resulted in significant protection to radiation-induced mortality and DNA damage in blood leukocytes. However, silibinin treatment after irradiation was not as effective as pre-administration.
Evaluating the radioprotective effect of hesperidin in the liver of Swiss albino mice.
Concentration-Dependent Protection by Ethanol Extract of Propolis against ?-Ray-Induced Chromosome Damage in Human Blood Lymphocytes.
A significant and concentration-dependent decrease is observed in the frequency of chromosome aberrations in samples treated with EEP (ethanol extract of propolis)..
Naringin, a citrus flavonone, protects against radiation-induced chromosome damage in mouse bone marrow
Ganesh Chandra Jagetia1, V.A. Venkatesha and Tiyyagura Koti Reddy
Department of Radiobiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal 576 119, India
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the radioprotective action of 2 mg/kg naringin in the bone marrow of mice exposed to different doses of 60Co ??radiation. Treatment of mice with 2 mg/kg body wt naringin before exposure to various doses of ??radiation resulted in a significant reduction in the frequencies of aberrant cells and chromosomal aberrations like acentric fragments, chromatid and chromosome breaks, centric rings, dicentrics and exchanges. Our study demonstrates that naringin can protect mouse bone marrow cells against radiation-induced chromosomal damage.
The radioprotective effects of aqueous extract from chlorococcal freshwater algae (Chlorella kessleri) in mice and rats.
Alginic acid and Alginate (found in seaweed)
Biomaterials for the decorporation (removal) of (85)Strontium in the rat.
Health Phys. 2010 Sep;99(3):394-400.
Levitskaia TG, Creim JA, Curry TL, Luders T, Morris JE, Peterson JM, Thrall KD.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PO Box 999, MSIN P7-22, Richland, WA 99352, USA. Tatiana.firstname.lastname@example.org
Strontium is chemically and biologically similar to calcium, and is incorporated primarily into bone following internal deposition. Alginic acid (alginate) obtained from seaweed (kelp) extract selectively binds ingested strontium in the gastrointestinal tract blocking its systemic uptake and reducing distribution to bone in rats. Alginate exhibits the unique ability to discriminate between strontium and calcium and has been previously shown to reduce intestinal absorption and skeletal retention of strontium without changing calcium metabolism.
[Dr. Rajneesh K. Sharma]
Homeopathic Remedies for Radiation Effects
These homeopathic remedies are not suggested as prophylaxis and as always, must be chosen on the symptom complex. This is only a sample of the possible remedies.
Rad-br.: Aching PAIN and restLESS. Anxious, fear of being alone in the dark and desires company. Dreams of fire. Violent cramping in abdomen. Severe pain in all limbs. Itching all over body. Necrosis and ulceration. Internal chill with heat of skin.
Cadm-s.: Terrible nausea, black vomit, freezing cold and cant get warm. Also vomits green mucus, blood, or coffee grounds. Bloody-black offensive stools. Extreme exhaustion.
Ip.: Constant nausea not relieved by vomiting. Bloody slimy stools. Bleeding from lungs with nausea. Tongue clear. Profuse salivation and thirstless. < slightest motion/warmth.
Phos.: Bleeding bright red blood from any orifice. Craves ice cold drinks but vomits them soon after. Heightened sensitivity to noise, odors, lights and startles easily. Fear of being alone. Exhausting diarrhea.
Ars.: Anxious, chilly, restless, exhausted, thirsty for small sips. Burning pain > heat, fear of being alone, < after midnight.
X-ray.: Stiff neck, sticking pains in head and face. Nausea, rheumatic pain, tired, sick feeling. Tongue dry, rough , sore. Dry skin and painful cracks. Chronic itching eruptions.
White mice were exposed to X radiation with a power of 100 to 200 rad (non lethal dosage) and were then evaluated after 24, 48 and 72 hours. Ginseng 6X, 30CH and 200CH and Ruta graveolans 30CH and 200CH were given before and after the radiation. In comparison to mice who received placebo, those who were administered with homeopathic medicines presented significantly less damage in cells and chromosomes.
(A.R. Khuda-Bukhsh, S. Banik, Assessment of Cytogenetic Damage in X-irradiated Mice and its Alteration by Oral Administration of Potentized Homeopathic Drug, Ginseng D200, Berlin Journal of Research in Homeopathy, 1991, 1,4/5:254. Also Khuda-Bukhsh, A.R. Maity, S., Alteration of Cytogenetic Effects by Oral Administration of Potentized Homeopathic Drug, Ruta graveolens in Mice Exposed to Sub-lethal X-radiation, , 1991, 1, 4/5:264).
Repertory of Radiation effects:
Toxicity: ailments from X-RAYS poisoning: Cadm-s. cob. m-aust. phos. rad-br. sol sulph. uran-n. x-ray
Toxicity: ailments from RADIATION: sickness, poisoning: burns: alf. Ars. Cadm-i. Cadm-s. calc-f. Calen. canth. caust. Chin. Com-met. fl-ac. Hydr. Ip. Nux-v. phos. rad-br. Sil. Sol. Stront-c. Uran-n. x-ray.
Stomach: NAUSEA, general: radiation, treatment from: ars. Cadm-s. ip. nux-v. sol
STOMACH: ULCERS: radiation treatment for acne, after: phos.
STOMACH: ULCERS after radiation treatment for acne: phos.
CHEST: CANCER: ulcerating, mammae: surgery, radiation, after: hippoz.
CHEST: CANCER in Mammae + pain after radiation: hippoz. streptom.
Skin: INFLAMMATION: radiation, dermatitis: cadm-s. rad-br. x-ray
SKIN: ULCERS: necrosis: radiation therapy; from: cadm-i.
BURNS, fire, chemicals, ailments from radiation: calc-f. calen. fl-ac. phos. rad-br. Sol x-ray
Cancer: WEAKNESS, with cancer after radiation therapy: alf. Cadm-s. sol
Cancer: RADIATION, sickness, for side effects: alf. ars. BISM. Cadm-i. CADM-S. calc-f. calen. Canth. Caust. chin. cob. Fl-ac. hydr. Ip. nux-v. Phos. rad-br. sil. SOL Stront-c. uran-n. x-ray
Cancer: CACHEXIA, emaciation with cancer: radiation, therapy, from: alf. ars. CADM-S. calc-f. chin. fl-ac. hydr. Ip. nux-v. phos. rad-br. sil. SOL x-ray
EXTREMITIES: PAIN: rheumatic: radiation therapy; after: rad-br.
Bones: SOFTENING, bones: radiation, x-rays, from: cadm-met. cadm-s. cortico. cortiso. rad-br.
GENERALITIES: RADIATION, sensation of background: tax.
GENERALS: WEAKNESS: radiation therapy; from: rad-br.
GENERALS: ULCERS: radiation therapy; from: rad-br.
GENERALS: RADIATION THERAPY; from: abrot. Alf. ars-br. ars. Bism-met. cadm-i. cadm-met. cadm-s. calc-f. calc-sil. calen. Canth. Caust. chin. Cob-met. cob-n. ferr-sil. fl-ac. germ-met. Hippoz. ip. irid-met. kali-bi.
kali-p. kali-sil. lith-f. lith-m. lith-met. lith-p. lith-s. mag-sil. mang-sil. M-aust. nat-sil. nux-v. phos. plut-n. rad-br. sil-met. sil. sol Streptom. stront-c. Sulph. Tax. Uran-n. x-ray
GENERALS: ailments during CONVALESCENCE after radiation therapy: cadm-s.