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Chernobyl anniversary brings nuclear attack survival into focus

May 21, 2009 by  

Chernobyl anniversary brings nuclear attack survival into focusAs part of the commemoration of the 23rd anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster, a conference on thyroid cancer was recently held at the U.N.

It addressed issues related to the increasing cost of healthcare and discussed new cost-effective diagnostic and treatment options.

The conference also served as a reminder that a nuclear explosion, whether accidental or terrorist, is still a possibility, and that people should be prepared to protect themselves in the immediate as well as the longer term from its consequences.

Radioactivity is invisible and does not have any odor. Contrary to popular belief, it does not behave like gas and seep into everything. Rather, it is more like sand carried by the winds, and thus it is hard to predict where it will settle, according to the Canadian Department of National Defense.

Those concerned about a nuclear attack should have a plan for their family’s survival, which includes knowing the warning signal, having a battery-powered radio and locating the nearest shelter ahead of time.

The source also recommends having at least 14 days worth of emergency supplies, including water and non-perishable food in tightly sealed containers, and a first aid kit.

Skills such as an ability to prevent and fight fires as well as knowing how to get rid of radioactive dust are also critical.

The latter involves carefully removing outer clothing before you come inside if you suspect it is covered with radioactive fallout. Do not shake the clothes inside the house or shelter.

If water is available, it is good to wash thoroughly, particularly exposed skin and hair, without scrubbing the skin to avoid rubbing in the radioactive particles.

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  • http://Livingston Jeff

    Hello, Also remember to take iodine every 4 hours after a nuke hit. When the radioactive iodine in fallout accumulates in your thyroid you get radiation sickness & die. If you keep your thyroid packed w/ potassium iodide or potassium iodate, you won’t get rad sick. Kelp powder is packed w/ iodine too. Any ex-military will remember having to carry iodine tablets to purify canteen water, but it served a double purpose. Liquid iodine works too when absorbed though skin. Dunk your hand in a bucket of iodine & re-dunk when faded. I heard of people drinking the iodine, but I wouldn’t do that unless really desperate. Zeolite is also an alternative, but difficult to buy unless you want to buy a ton of it straight from the mine. -Jeff

    • Rachel

      Are you referring to Povidone-Iodine you can get at any drugstore for disinfecting purposes? Is this what you are referring to when you speak of liquid iodine?

  • Rachel

    In Alternative Medicine Journal many years ago, there was an article about different baths you could take and it was mentioned that a Clorox Bleach bath was effective in removing heavy metals from the body, such as X-rays, radiation, etc. It recommended Clorox Bleach ONLY because it was the most potent and free of additives. Add 1 cup to a tub of very hot water and soak for twenty minutes. You can do this bath every other day as recommended by the article. As easy as it sounds, I have personally tried it and even though I have no heavy metal toxicity, it has helped me “feel” better overall. I highly recommend it as an additional alternative to ofsetting the effects of heavy metal/radiation poisoning.

  • Rachel

    As a side note, it is worth mentioning that many of the survivors of Nagasaki/Hiroshima were those who ate iodine rich foods such as fish and seaweed.


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