March 17, 2011

I have received many questions in response to my eAlerton radiation I shared earlierthis week. That eAlert included a copy of my presentation I gave at an American Academy of Environmental Medicine seminar in February 2002. Here I share the most popular questions I have received along with my answers.

Q1. In less than 24 hours all sources of iodine/iodide are depleted. What else can we do?
A. Try to find sea weed as a food source but begin taking only after knowingly being exposed.

Q2. What if you are sensitive to non-steroidal ant-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, etc.?
A. The alternatives would be:
a.Prednisone 5mg 4 times a day (by prescription only)
b.Curcumin 400mg 3 times a day
c.Quercetin 3 times a day
d.Resveratrol 100 mg 3 times a day
e.Green Tea often
Of all of these, Quercetin may be the most potent and certainly very safe

Q3. How long should you take these nutrients after known exposure?
A. Radiation effects progress over weeks but a reasonable plan would be to cover yourself for seven days.

Q4. How do these nutrients work?
A. Much of the damage from radiation comes not from direct effect of radiation to cells but from the inflammatory mediators which are released or activated. By using these anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compounds you block effects of the mediators.
Research also implicates the presence of heavy metals, lead, mercury, cadmium in causing destruction of cells and tissues. Animals are clearly rescued from radiation by chelating agents. Consider garlic and cilantro as safe available chelation agents.

Q5. How do you dose children?
A. All of the above doses are safe for children.

Bottom Line:
1.You can use sea weed in place of iodide pills.
2.You can use Quercetin, a flavonoid, as the best alternative to NSAIDs. Curcumin and Resveratrol are also good.
3.Add anti-oxidants, especially beta-Carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Selenium to the kit. The nutritional supplement ACES has all four in a gelatin capsule.
4.Consider covering with this whole kit for at least 7 days. Therefore, one bottle of the majority of these items discussed will very easily cover an entire family.
5.Remember if you do not vomit you have most probably not been exposed to a life threatening dose.

Our Center carries Quercetin-C 90 capsules for $12.00, Curcumin 60 capsules for $14.00, Resveratrol 60 capsules for $17.00, and ACES 90 softgels for $19.25. You can locate the other items at your local health food stores.

As I stated previously, the purpose of my information is not to frighten my readers but simply an opportunity to educate. The information you see on the news can be complicated but with the basic understanding of this information you do not need to panic.

To Your Health,
Allan Lieberman, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.
Medical Director,
The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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