Potassium Iodide, KI, 100mg, 120 caps, the “Big Family Pack”
The Department of Health and Human Services has ordered 14 million doses of potassium iodide, the compound that protects the body from radioactive poisoning in the aftermath of severe nuclear accidents, to be delivered before the beginning of February (Click here).
A search of the FedBizOpps website returns no other results regarding the purchase of potassium iodide from any government agency, suggesting that the DHHS bulk buy of the tablets is unprecedented in recent times. One could argue that you only order 14 million doses of potassium iodide if you have knowledge about a coming nuclear war.
In the news:
Fukushima RADIATION has hit 141 cpm in June on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, while Oahu has turned off their radiation monitors. The radiation has gone up 5x since March 11, 2011.
“In the Fukushima reactor three, which suffered a meltdown, fuel rods containing plutonium perforated the bottom of the containment and embedded themselves in the basement of the building. Just where and how far the plutonium travelled, no one quite knows.”
political commentator Jirou Honzawa
Benefit form our “Big Family Pack” that has 120 vegi caps with 100 mg potassium iodide (KI), each.
One bottle only!
“95% of people are moderate to severely iodine deficient”
– according to Dr. David Brownstein who is a thyroid (and iodine) specialist!
Protects from Radioiodine
Potassium Iodide (KI) is used to protect your thyroid gland against radioactive iodine (131-I) released during a nuclear emergency. It does this by flooding the thyroid with stable, safe iodine, which blocks the absorption of dangerous radioactive iodine.
Following a radiological or nuclear event, radioactive iodine is released into the air and travels as a cloud, and taken up through our lungs when we breathe. It can also contaminate local food supply, including vegetables, milk and even chlorella or other ‘food supplement ingredients’ harvested from an open environment (Japan has many chlorella manufacturing ponds) and water supply and be ingested. Once present in the body, the thyroid gland will begin to rapidly absorb it/take it up. Potassium iodide competes with radioactive iodine at receptor sites. If taken at least a half an hour before radiation exposure, it fills these receptor sites and prevents the thyroid from taking up any of the radioactive iodine. Its action at these receptor sites lasts 24 hours, meaning the thyroid is unable to take up any iodine – stable or radioactive – during that time. Normally, you would take the potassium iodide for 7 to 10 days in an emergency.
A daily one time dose of potassium iodide is usually all that is recommended – for seven to ten days in an emergency. If there is a threat that radioactive iodine will be in the environment for longer, please ask the advice of your local healthcare practitioner or public health agency. There are several health risks associated with high dosage or long-term dosage of potassium iodide, especially in infants and children, or those with a pre-existing thyroid condition. Taking more than is recommended for a longer period of time will not offer any more protection and may be putting these individuals at risk.
Infants and children are at the highest risk of developing thyroid cancer due to an accumulation of radioactive iodine. Infants who are breast feeding still need some sort of supplementation, as the breast milk will not contain enough stable iodine to protect the infant from exposure. It is recommended that adults (18+) take a dose of 100 mg, children ages 3-18 years should take only 50 mg, unless adult sized (at this time the adult dose is recommended). Infants and children between 1mos – 3 years are recommended to take 33 mg. And newborns are told to take 16 mg.
It is important to understand that potassium iodide does not protect the body as a whole from radioactive iodine, nor does it prevent any other body part from taking it up. It’s actions are very specific to the thyroid and all of the cells that take up iodine, such as the muscles, the skin, etc. (even so the thyroid takes up the most iodine). It has no effect on other radioactive elements, like cesium, nor the effects these elements may have on the body.
Why 95% of people are iodine deficient?
There are several reasons why 95% of people are iodine deficient. The thyroid deficiency is exacerbated by the toxicities we’re exposed to. The fluoride and chlorine in our water supply binds to iodine receptors and cause the body to release iodine. Bromide is highly elevated in most people (and in cancer patients while the bromide levels are high, the iodine levels are too low). Bromide is a halogen that combines with iodine receptors and also causes the body to lose iodine.
Chlorine derivatives, which are found in pesticides and insecticides, can bind to iodine sites and cause the body to release iodine. Our exposure to these items have gone up dramatically in the last 20 to 40 years causing this iodine deficiency problem to markedly worsen. It seems that iodine deficiency plays a critical role in one in seven women having breast cancer and one in three men having prostate cancer. This huge chronic ‘iodine deficiency’ illness that we’re seeing is not being addressed by conventional medicine.
Iodine is a mineral needed for all aspect of your health …
Potassium iodide is a salt of stable iodine. For the most part, we can get adequate amounts of stable iodine from the foods that we eat.
Often difficult to get from the diet, iodine is an essential trace mineral necessary for overall health.
Your thyroid gland needs this mineral to manufacture optimum levels of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothryonine (T3). These hormones – based on iodine and the amino acid tyrosine – regulate your body’s overall metabolism and also play a regulating role for other hormones produced by the body.
When there is not enough iodine present, your thyroid (located in the throat area) is unable to produce enough thyroid hormone causing weight gain, low energy, poor concentration (brain fog), depression, blood sugar fluctuations and other symptoms.
Iodine has become so difficult to get in the diet that staple foods like salt are now enriched with iodine.
Goverment is Unprepared
Emergency government stock piles of potassium iodide are only available in limited supplies in Alabama, Arizona, Maine, and Tennessee. In NY and NJ some tablets have been handed out to residents closest to Nuclear power plants.Analysing the data from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster it is evident that the government does not have the ability to provide protection in the event of a nuclear disaster.Studies have shown that “thyroid damage can be a concern more than 200 miles downwind from a nuclear accident. Emergency planning which focuses on areas close to nuclear power plants is not sufficient.” Evacuation is still the main component of the governments plant to protect the public. We all know that evacuation will not work in most circumstances. Fallout from Chernobyl was first detected over 300 miles from the accident site. If you live within 300 miles of a nuclear power plant, Potassium Iodide can protect your family from the effects of radioactive fallout.
The effectiveness of Potassium Iodide proven at Chernobyl
The American Thyroid Association released a study of potassium iodide on September 28, 2002. In that statement the Association endorsed potassium iodide for radiation emergencies.
To support this conclusion, the Association reviewed the disaster at Chernobyl. “After the 1986 Chornobyl (formerly called Chernobyl) nuclear accident, strong winds blew a radioactive cloud over much of eastern Europe. As many as 3,000 people exposed to that radiation have already developed thyroid cancer. Most were babies or young children living in Ukraine, Belarus, or Russia at the time of the accident. According to a UN report released in February 2002, another 8,000 to 10,000 exposed people may develop thyroid cancer within the next 10 years. Poland, immediately adjacent to Belarus and Ukraine, distributed KI (potassium iodide) to its population and does not appear to have had an increase in thyroid cancer.”
Chernobyl not only proved that potassium iodide was effective in preventing thyroid cancer, it also showed that its distribution should not be limited to 10 or 20 miles. No one can predict how a radioactive cloud may spread. After the disaster at Chernobyl, higher than expected rates of thyroid cancer were found more than 200 miles away from the nuclear plant.
There are 103 nuclear power reactors currently operating in the U.S.
Today there are 103 nuclear reactors in the United States. Although these reactors are heavily guarded, there is always the possibility of a nuclear terrorist attack. Additionally, nuclear emission can result from an accident at a power plant and these accident might be caused by an earthcake in the US or anywhere else. Many people, especially in the northeastern states remember the fear caused by the threat of the Three Mile Island reactor disaster.
Potassium iodide, frequently referred to by its chemical symbol KI, when taken just before or just after ingestion of radioactive fallout, saturates the thyroid gland and prevents the further uptake of radioactive iodine emitted during a nuclear accident.
“When potassium iodide is ingested, it is taken up by the thyroid gland. In the proper dosage and taken at the proper time, it will effectively saturate the thyroid gland in such a way that inhaled or ingested radioactive iodines are not accumulated in the thyroid gland.”
– as expalins The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission the benefits of potassium iodide
These statements have not been evaluated by the US FDA. This product in not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. As with any dietary supplement, consult your doctor before using natural health products or change your lifestyle.
Nutritional Facts and Dosage
How to Use Potassium Iodide
A daily one time dose of potassium iodide is usually all that is recommended – for seven to ten days in an emergency. If there is a threat that radioactive iodine will be in the environment for longer, please ask the advice of your local healthcare practitioner or public health agency.
It is recommended that adults (18+) take a dose of 100 mg, children ages 3-18 years should take only 50 mg, unless adult sized (at this time the adult dose is recommended). Infants and children between 1mos – 3 years are recommended to take 33 mg. And newborns are told to take 16 mg.
Iodine is a building block for the thyroid hormones T3 and T4. It is found mainly in the thyroid gland and is needed to produce thyroids hormones that stimulate the body’s basal metabolic rate. It is important for burning fat and increase energy.
The presence of iodine can make a tremendous difference in one’s personality and eventually their body shape.
- Thyroid support
- Radiation control (potassium iodide prevents cancer of the thyroid caused by radiation following a nuclear and other emergency)
- Backed by clinical research
- Detoxification (a much overlooked upplication!)
- Reduce depression
- Control weight
- Improve concentration
- Boost energy
Frequently Asked Questions
In cases of over active thyroid or those taking medication for thyroid conditions consult a health professional before taking an iodine supplement.
Other Ingredients: rice flour, vegetarian cap, water.
Contains no preservatives, colors, flavors or additives or any other ingredients.
Warning: this product is not intended as a dairy dietary supplement.
pH sensitive hypoallergenic encapsulated formula for enhanced assimilation and rapid metabolism.
Do not use if seal is broken. Store in a cool, dark area. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or nursing, consult your health care professional before using this product.