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Monday, October 4, 1999


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"One of the lessons of Y2K seems to be that people with an ongoing relationship with adversity, or with past experience with adversity, 'get' it immediately, while people with lives that are relatively insulated find Y2K at least theoretical when they begin to learn of it, and relatively easy to deny. It's almost as if the more figures in your income, the more degrees after your name, the more it takes on the part of the listener and the speaker(s) for the listener to 'get' it."

Mark Frautschi, Shakespeare and Tao Consulting
Y2KWEEKX week 16 and 15 issue 52
September 20, 1999


Hello Everyone,

With the recent nuclear accident in Japan and the increasing concern about the Y2K-readiness of nuclear facilities worldwide, a number of people have begun posting helpful information concerning what to do in the event a nuclear accident affects our part of the world. While I am not able to verify the accuracy of all the information contained in this summary, I wanted to be sure you had the resources you needed to research this topic more fully if you were interested...

David Sunfellow



The following post comes from the Coalition 2000 Civic Preparedness Discussion List <http://www.coalition2000.org/>. Lynn, the woman who posted the message, gave me permission to share it with you and asked that I include the following disclaimer:

"You can point out that I am NOT a scientist. I have assisted refugees coming to the US for about 18 years, some 100 of which were former Soviets. The information I provided was told me by them and by the local college's scientist.

"The information on KI is what I have gleaned from email. I cannot confirm or deny its correctness."


Fallout from the Chernobyl accident reached our small town in South Carolina in sufficient strength for it to be registered at an atmospheric station which was originally set up to measure acid rain and other negative atmospheric conditions.

This fact was made known to us by the scientist monitoring the station. It was also published in local newspapers and CLEMSON UNIVERSITY issued an advisory to the state's dairy farmers (which we were then), saying that the levels of radiation were low enough to not endanger dairy herds grazing or the milk they produced.

A friend from Germany said that children in Germany were given a milk drink with a solution of KI (potassium iodide) daily for 3 years and were not permitted outdoors barefoot to prevent uptake of the radiation.

KI is readily available in both pill and powder form. The powder is supposedly more effective but must be put into a properly measured solution to be drinkable. The KI prevents the uptake of radiation, by the thyroid, from food, water and through the skin. Cancer of the thyroid is one of the long-term results of low level exposure to radiation. When I say "low level", I mean much higher than what is called "background radiation" but lower than the amount sufficient to cause "radiation poisoning". The people who are being discussed as exposed to radiation in Japan and hospitalized had a much higher level and thyroid cancer 10-20 years from now is the least of their worries.

I think the stockpiling issue was not on individuals being able to purchase their own KI, but on whether governmental and health care facilities should be stocking supplies in the event of a nuclear accident.

We sponsored about 16 former Soviet refugees, one family of 6 of them were from BeloRussian and the Ukraine where the worst of the Chernobyl exposure happened. They talked of people dieing of burns, pneumonia, cancers, skin falling off, etc. They talked of children born with hideous deformities, and there was a picture of this (children with only part of a right arm) in an article about Chernobyl in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine a few years back. The Soviets talked about lawn grass growing as tall as cars and lemons the size of watermelons and cows and horses with lesions and tumors on their skin.

The BeloRussian man was living in the Ukraine at the time, in Zaparozhe, and he said a man came around dressed in a "moon suit", with a geiger counter. As "our" refugee, Mikal, watched, the man was sweeping the area and the counter was humming. The man said to Mikal: "No problem. Do not be concerned. Do big deal. Don't have any children. No problem at all."

I've heard nothing yet about the fallout from Japan. Someone claimed it would take 2 weeks for the fallout to reach here but I've been told that substances can make it totally around the world in the jet stream in less than a day.



By Mary Shomon


When the recent nuclear accident -- the worst in Japan's history -- took place on September 29, 1999 in Tokaimura, Japan, residents in the area were told to stay indoors, with windows and vents closed, in order to minimize exposure to various radioactive gases that were released.

As of October 1, 1999, area residents were been told that it's safe to venture outside, and officials claimed that most area residents were not testing positive for radiation exposure. The exposure was reportedly contained primarily to the fifty-five people who were directly exposed to radiation, primarily workers at Tokaimura and emergency workers at the accident scene. Three of the workers are in critical condition and unlikely to survive their high radiation exposure.

Reports indicate, however, that radioactive gases, including iodine-131, were released during the Toakimura accident. Iodine-131 is the radioactive gas that was released in the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986. Radioactive iodine becomes airborne, and post-Chernobyl exposure to this gas in the Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and areas of Eastern Europe has resulted in a 10-fold increase in thyroid cancer in children in the region, and a quadrupling of adult rates of thyroid cancer.

While residents of the area around Chernobyl are still suffering from exposure, some regions of Eastern Europe that were exposed to radiation were prepared, and were able to protect their residents from the thyroid dangers of iodine-131.

The key? Potassium iodine, an inexpensive drug that, when given within around 24 hours of exposure, prevents the thyroid from uptake of the radiation, and ultimately, from the increased dangers of thyroid disease and thyroid cancer due to iodine-131 exposure. Potassium iodine was handed out in Poland after the Chernobyl crisis, and this action was credited with protecting the Polish people from increased thyroid problems now being seen in Russia, the Ukraine and Belarus.

In the United States, since the Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident two decades ago, there has been an controversial and ongoing debate about making potassium iodine available to residents in the event of nuclear emergency.

Physicians from the National Institutes of Health and the American Thyroid Association support stockpiling. The World Health Organization is in favor of stockpiling in areas with nuclear reactors, and Japan, Canada, France and Russia all have stockpiled potassium iodine. In most European countries -- including Germany, Sweden, Britain -- potassium iodide is handed out to households in areas around nuclear plants, and are available in central locations and emergency facilities for rapid distribution.

Reports indicate that some of the workers and residents at risk in the area around Tokaimura have received the protective pills in the time after the accident.

In the U.S., the nuclear power industry, afraid to increase the public's fear of a nuclear accident, accident, has consistently opposed stockpiling. After resisting the move for years, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) finally agreed several years ago that stockpiling could help protect public health in the event of an emergency, and planned to purchase potassium iodine for any state that wanted to stockpile it. The NRC later changed its position, claiming that it did not have sufficient budget to do so. The NRC asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to cover the costs, but FEMA said it wasn't authorized to pay. The funding for potassium iodine stockpiling is still up in the air, and a number of states with nuclear facilities have no provisions for distribution of potassium iodine in the event of an iodine-131 nuclear release. How YOU Can Get Potassium Iodine

Potassium Iodine is not a prescription medication, and if you want to have some in your house in case of emergency, you can purchase it yourself, and keep it on hand in the event that there's a nuclear accident and there is an advisory to take the pills.

At present, Tennessee, Alabama, Arizona, Maine, California, and Ohio do stockpile some potassium iodide pills in the areas around and downwind from nuclear power plants.

Are You At Risk?


District of Columbia
Iowa Kansas
New Hampshire New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
South Carolina


List of Commercial Nuclear Reactors
from the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

List of U.S. Commercial Nuclear Power Reactors
from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

Department of Energy Labs and Facilities List:

Nuclear Power Plants Searchable World Database
from the International Nuclear Safety Center (INSC):

MAP of the 110 Nuclear Plants in the U.S., With Info on Each Plant
from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

MAP of Department of Energy Labs and Nuclear Facilities:

MAP of the World's Nuclear Power Reactors
from the International Nuclear Safety Center (INSC):

MAP of Nuclear Power Reactors in North America
from the International Nuclear Safety Center (INSC):


Japan in full-scale nuclear accident probe
(CNN coverage):

Net Links About Radiation Exposure, Chernobyl, and the Relationship to
Thyroid Disease: http://thyroid.about.com/msub20.htm

Potassium Iodide for Nuclear Reactor Accidents
(Statement from the American Thyroid Association):

Questions and Answers About Radiation & Thyroid Disease:

Risk Varies for Those Exposed
(New York Times/San Jose Mercury News):

Radiation's effects on human body can range from nausea to death:

Nuclear Emergency: What Would You Do?

Radiation Effects Research Foundation:


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This kit has everything needed to make and use a radiation measuring device. The KFM (Kearny Fallout Meter) is for measuring dose rates from 30 mR/hr (0.03 R/hr) up to 43 R/hr. This simple instrument has undergone rigorous scientific testing in several laboratories, including the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Reliable and available today, a KFM is charged electrostatically--no battery is needed. Size 3" diameter, 3-1/4" height. This a kit, assembly is required, but everything you need is included.



During a nuclear disaster, such as war, terrorism, a nuclear melt down or radioactive spill, great amounts of radioactive iodine are often released into the atmosphere. Taking Potassium Iodide (or Potassium Iodate) pills can protect against radioactive poisoning by "filling" the thyroid with this harmless substance for a period of time; long enough to allow the dangerous radioactive iodine to be "blocked" (not be absorbed), and then naturally dissipate from the area. Up to 99% of all radiation induced thyroid damage can be prevented by taking Potassium Iodide pills.

Potassium Iodate is a superior form of Potassium Iodide (KI) because of its extended shelf life and lack of bitter taste. The extra molecule of oxygen in Potassium Iodate (KIO3), can guarantee the Iodate's continued freshness without adding stabilizers. The Potassium Iodate we offer is a 150mg tablet, 100 tablets to a bottle. It should be kept sealed, dry, and out of reach of children. If unopened, it should be effective for decades.



Several people have mentioned that kelp is an alternative source of iodine.



Jana Shiloh, of LIFE RESOURCES, writes:

There are remedies: we have an all-purpose Radiation, Radium Bromata, we have Xray, Cobalt, and Putonium. They are all very heavy-duty remedies and I would only recommend Radiation once and then only taking it if there is a need. Repeatedly taking any of these will lead to heavy-duty symptoms, so people have to be careful with them and not pop them indiscriminately.

Other helpful things: algin absorbs radiation (from seaweed) and can be purchased as such.

Miso (proved helpful in Hiroshima).

I have Microhydrin which neutralizes free radicals produced by radiation (only sold thru distributors -- an MLM, created by Patrick Flanagan). We use it daily and love the energy we feel with it, too.

I have just discovered a product used as a body soak that pulls toxins and even radiation from the body. I know for sure it works for toxins, so I'm assuming the radiation soak works for that too. See <http://dnrinc.com>. It sounds airy-fairy, BUT I know it works. Call if you want to talk more about it. Yet another MLM.

Jana Shiloh, CCH MA
eMail: life@sedona.net
Web: http://alternative-health-4u.com


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