Important Information for Patients Regarding Iodine for Radioactive Protection
According to the CDC, potassium iodine is great for protecting people against radioactive iodine, which is one of the things released in the Japan nuclear reactor explosion. However, it only protects the thyroid gland. It does not protect the rest of the body.
Here’s how it works: after a radiological event, radioactive iodine may be released into the atmosphere. It can then enter a human body by being breathed into the lungs, or being ingested through contaminated food or water. The CDC calls that “internal contamination.” The thyroid gland could be easily damaged by the chemical, as it readily absorbs iodine, but the potassium iodine blocks the radioactive iodine from being taken into the gland.
Potassium iodine cannot protect against radioactive agents, such as cesium, which was also released in the Japanese reactor explosion. It cannot prevent an agent from entering the body and damaging other portions, such as the lungs if ingested via breathing. It cannot reverse the damage caused by radioactive iodine once it has been done to the thyroid.
In effect, what Japan is doing with their implementation of a distribution of potassium iodine is protection against radioactive iodine, but that is it. It will be good against thyroid damage, but as an extreme example, you couldn’t have save someone from the effects of the radiation from fallout from the Nagasaki or Hiroshima atomic bombs through the use of iodine.
Because we use a physician-grade iodine supplement, it is available by prescription only to ensure there are not any complications to your health. If you get any heart palpitations while on iodine, discontinue immediately.