By Russell Jaffe, MD, Ph.D., CCN, NACB, FASCP, FACN, FACAAI, FAMLI, FRSM
There is reason for prudent protective action
There is uncertainty about average and peak levels of radioactivity to which some people are being exposed. Radioactive materials cause harm only when not enough antioxidants are present to soak up the extra electrons (energetic free radicals; oxidative stressors) induced by radioactive particles. Radiation is like a sub-molecular fire. There is a temperature above which even the best fire resisting protective barrier fails. So it is with radioactivity.
Following are suggestions for people who seek to increase their elective protective mechanisms that protect from the consequences of radioactivity (think rust, accelerated aging or submolecular fire).
Antioxidants are a family of molecules that network to safely transfer energetic electrons and channel them into useful work through ATP (a high energy storage molecule). ATP is made inside the cell battery or mitochondrial power center. Toxic minerals, hormone disrupting chemicals, certain persisting pollutants and radioisotopes function as oxidative stressors.
Oxidative stress uses up antioxidants.
Oxidation induced by radiation or any cause increases an individual’s daily requirement for protective antioxidants. If the increased need is unmet, deficiency ensues. Inflammatory conditions increase swelling and pain due to repair deferred because of increased immune defense response to immune reactive digestive remnants or anything else recognized by the body as foreign to itself.
Autoimmune, chronic and degenerative illnesses have in common varying kinds of increased oxidative stress and antioxidant deficiency. Acquired molecular impairments produce diverse symptoms. These include self-attacking or imbalanced immune, neurohormonal, digestive, and detoxification and sensory systems. The biological or bioidentical forms of nutrients are safer and more effective than synthetic or isolated forms.
Meet increased oxidative stress from any cause with proportionate increase in essential protective antioxidants through diet and protective supplementation. Examples of required antioxidants include vitamins E (the safer all eight forms) and selenomethionine to protect cell membranes. Other examples include ascorbate (vitamin C), B complex, vitamin D, coenzyme Q10, omega 3 fats, glutathione, and polyphenolic plant protective molecules (quercetin dihydrate and soluble OPC ± freeze dried pomegranate juice) to protect cell contents.
A prudent person, acting from an excess of caution would do the following:
Increase sulfur rich, herbs, fermented and sea sourced protective foods in the diet.
The sulfur rich foods include garlic, ginger, onions, brassica sprouts (broccoli sprouts), and eggs (duck, goose or chicken). One or more of these sulfur rich foods should be staples of the diet. They are traditional protective or ‘healing’ foods.
Herbal, green and white teas rich in ECGC are recommended. Fresh or freeze-dried vegetable juices and fiber or pulp rich juices are recommended. Drink enough water to stay well hydrated. Avoid added nutrient poor simple sugar sweeteners.
Fermented foods with healthy prebiotic fiber and probiotic organisms are also protective.
Consume sea vegetables or seaweed salad or watercress or kim chi or raw sauerkraut or mead for further protection.
Supplements that provide comprehensive antioxidant protection are:
1. Coenzyme Q10 & vitamins E in rice bran oil
200 mg CoQ10 & 200 IU mixed natural vitamins E two softgels daily
2. Silybin beta rich silymarin and other liver protective antioxidants
2 caps twice daily
3. Phase 1, 2, & lipotropic detoxifier
2 tabsules twice daily
4. Fully reduced, fully buffered 100% l-ascorbate
Preferably buffered with potassium, magnesium, calcium, and zinc sufficient to keep oxidized LDL/HDL and 8-oxo-guanine from forming
5. Carnitine fumarate and GABA
2 softgel twice daily; sufficient to keep triglycerides in healthy range
6. Methylation factors
1 under the tongue twice daily or sufficient to bring homocysteine levels to lowesg risk, that is < 6
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