With the nuclear crisis in Japan still unfolding as the Japanese people frantically try to contain and repair the damaged nuclear reactors, fears are spreading that the radiation which has already permeated the food supply there is spreading to other countries too. In the areas around the Fukushima plant, radiation was found in spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and other vegetables as well as in the drinking water. The U.S., along with many other countries, is imposing stringent controls on Japanese food imports.
In California, pharmacies are selling out of Geiger counters (to check for traces of radiation) and potassium iodide pills which are supposed to provide protection against radiation poisoning. Most people are unaware that taking these pills is not without risks. Already, a number of people have had severe reactions such as vomiting, rapid heartbeat and dizziness. Potassium iodide pills are meant to be used in emergency situations to help block the thyroid from absorbing radioactive iodine in order to reduce the risk of thyroid cancer but consuming them for more than two weeks can cause extreme damage to the thyroid function. So, as can be seen, these pills are far from harmless. Once again, I think we need to turn to nature for help.
A few years ago, when I was doing some research on the cosmetic benefits of French Green Clay (also known as Illite clay), I came across an interesting article which is of particular relevance today. It claimed that after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the Russians gave away chocolate bars that contained French Green Clay to the populace in order to help remove the radiation and toxins from their bodies.
I thought this was fascinating and although I had no radiation concerns at the time and as I am willing to test any natural treatment (as long as it is not of animal origin), I decided to try this myself. Needless to say, everyone I mentioned this to, thought I was crazy! Not to be deterred, I purchased the clay (it comes in a powder form), and at night I put 1 tsp. of the powder in a glass of water and let it stay overnight. In the morning I drank the water and left the sediment on the bottom. I did this for about a week and while it is impossible to see what it actually did to my body, I felt like I was doing something good for my health. The taste was not unpleasant and considering all the potential benefits, I would definitely recommend everyone do their own research and consider this option before going out and buying the potassium iodide.
French Green Clay mostly comes from France but it has been found in many European countries as well as India. It is mined from bedrock quarries and contains numerous minerals such as, magnesium, calcium potassium, manganese, kelp, selenium (to name a few) as well as phyto-nutrients. The clay is not toxic and has no side effects though it is recommended that you drink a lot of water while undergoing this therapy. Considering how much contamination we are exposed to in every day life, I think we all should try to detoxify our bodies and this just makes sense to me.
Used externally, the clay is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and is excellent in cosmetic uses as well (makes a great skin mask). Ideally, it should be mixed with distilled water and never put in a metal container (use glass or wood instead).
Take care everyone!