Much like Spirulina, Chlorella is loaded with an astounding array of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that help detoxify the body of heavy metals and other contaminants. The single-cell algae also helps to prevent and repair DNA damage, balance the body's pH levels, fight inflammation, improve digestive health, and boost immune function (http://www.naturalnews.com/027894_c...).
And as far as harmful radiation is concerned, Chlorella is a powerful weapon to both prevent radioactive damage and heal it once it has occurred.
A 1989 study put forth by the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences demonstrated that Chlorella effectively increases production of bone marrow and spleen stem cells. And in tests, Chlorella greatly helped improve survival rates among mice irradiated with a lethal dose of radioactive gamma rays (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/...).
In 1993, researchers from Jawaharlal Nehru University in India also found that Chlorella is effective at protecting against and mitigating the damage caused by both acute and chronic radioactive damage (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/...).
A 1995 study published in the Indian Journal of Experimental Biology found that when administered before or upon exposure to sub-lethal radioactive gamma rays, Chlorella helps to boost levels of colony-forming spleen cells. Such cells exist within the bone marrow and are essential for the production of vital blood elements and immune factors (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/...).
Ultimately, the incredible detoxifying power of Chlorella is not limited to toxins like mercury, aluminum, and fluoride. Just like it does to toxic heavy metals, Chlorella binds to radioactive particles and literally flushes them out of the body. In complete synergy with its many other health-promoting functions, Chlorella is a vital superfood nutrient that numerous scientific studies have proven helps to guard the body against radioactive damage (http://www.naturalnews.com/027361_c...).
Both Spirulina and Chlorella are absolutely essential weapons in any natural radioprotective arsenal. Together, these powerful sea-based nutrients help to rid the body of radiation and the many other toxins that cause both acute and chronic damage to the body.
SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2011
Japan Radiation Update 5: Question and Answer
Since the disaster in Japan began, I have been inundated with questions about supplementing with
iodine. I apologize for not being able to answer all of your questions. I do try to read each and every
question. Feel free to keep them coming (I may regret that statement). However, I will try and answer as
many questions as I can. I will attempt to answer the commonly asked questions. Rest assured, in future
books, newsletters, blogs, etc., I will try to answer all of your questions.
1. Can those with Hashimoto’s or Graves’ disease take iodine?
A: I explain this topic in much more detail in my book, but let me summarize the answer. M research has
shown that both Hashimoto’s and Graves’ disease are caused, in part, from low iodine. In fact, nearly
every new patient with either a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s or Graves’ disease has tested significantly low
for iodine. My experience has shown that the vast majority of patients suffering with these illnesses
improve their condition when iodine deficiency is rectified. However, some people (including those with
and without Hashimoto’s and Graves’ disease) may have problems with iodine supplementation. Of
course, there can be an adverse effect to anything, iodine included.
The best results with iodine supplementation occur in those that have their levels checked and are
followed by a health care provider who is knowledgeable about iodine. Furthermore, iodine
supplementation works better when used as part of a complete holistic treatment regimen.
2. My understanding is that the reactor in Japan did not release any
radioactive gases into the atmosphere so no action is required of us here in
the United States. Is this true?
A: So far, the amount of radiation that has made its way to the North America has been small. However,
if there is a nuclear meltdown, there will be much larger amounts released. This incident should be a
wakeup call for Americans. If we eat better, exercise and maintain optimal whole body iodine sufficiency,
there would be little concern about the amount of radioactive iodine that makes it to the U.S.
One final note. Even small amounts of radioactive iodine can be detrimental to those who are iodine
deficient. It is best to maintain iodine sufficiency.
3. How many days should I take iodine?
A: The best results obtained with iodine are seen in those who use it for the long-term. Over the last 30
years, due to the toxic world we live in, our iodine requirements have markedly increased. This is due to
the increasing amounts of toxic halides bromide, fluoride and chlorine that have permeated our food
supply and our consumer goods. If we maintain iodine sufficiency, we will not have to worry about
radiation clouds from Japan. How much iodine is required to maintain body sufficiency? My experience
has shown that, for most adults, 6-50mg/day will achieve sufficiency. However, there may be some
people that need more and some that need less. Remember, it is best to work with a health care provider
knowledgeable about iodine. He/she can test your levels and make the appropriate recommendations.
4. Do children need iodine?
A: Yes, children need iodine just as adults need it. However, children need lower doses. They need to be
dosed down for their size. A good rule of thumb for children is 0.08mg I/pound. I am not suggesting that
anyone supplement a child without seeking care from their health care provider (that also holds for
I will try to answer more questions in upcoming blogs.
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FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011
Japan Radiation Update 4
This is my fourth post about the Japanese nuclear disaster. First, I have to give credit to the U.S.
government for suggesting that U.S. citizens move further away (50 miles) from the radiation danger. This
action would serve to verify the severity of the crises.
I believe this crisis should highlight the need for each of us to take a more active role in our own health
care decisions. It is important to take the proper steps to achieve your optimal health before a crisis
arises. Many times these steps include eating a healthy diet and taking the correct supplements. My
experience has shown that ensuring an adequate iodine level is one piece of the puzzle to obtaining your
If the Japanese are not able to control the nuclear reaction that is occurring a true nuclear meltdown will
occur. What will that mean to us? A nuclear meltdown could cause a large radiation cloud to leave Japan
and deposit radiation over the U.S. However, that has not occurred yet. If that occurs, it is important to
take precautions including ensuring that you and your family are taking iodine.
Here is how it works. Iodine binds to receptors throughout the body. For example, there are receptors for
iodine in the thyroid gland. When iodine binds to its receptors, thyroid hormone is produced. Individuals
who are iodine deficient suffer the majority of problems when exposed to radioactive iodine. In these
people, radioactive iodine will bind to wherever there are open or empty iodine receptors. After radioactive
iodine binds to these receptors, the surrounding tissue will be destroyed due to the radioactive iodine.
Furthermore, it will damage the DNA of the surrounding cells. Damaged DNA is one cause of cancer.
Which tissues bind iodine? The largest concentration of iodine occurs in the thyroid gland. However, the
largest amount of iodine is found in the fat tissue. Large concentrations of iodine are also found in many
other tissues including the breast, ovary, uterus, and prostate. If radioactive iodine binds to any of these
sites, it will destroy surrounding tissue and potentially damage DNA. This can lead to long-term problems
such as cancer of these tissues.
It is important to keep in mind that every cell needs and utilizes iodine. Therefore, radioactive iodine
exposure can have a dramatic effect on the body.
Exposure to radiation is cumulative. That means any exposure to ionizing radiation builds up in the body
over time. We should all strive to minimize exposure to radiation. Some forms or radiation are unavoidable
such as normal background radiation. However, radioactive iodine emitted from a nuclear disaster in
Japan (or anywhere else) is largely avoidable if your body is iodine sufficient.
If your body has enough iodine binding to its receptors in the thyroid, breasts, ovaries, etc., then the
radioactive iodine has nowhere to bind. That is why it is so important to have your iodine levels checked
before a disaster such as this occurs. If you are iodine deficient, you can rectify this problem by simply
Due to our exposure to so many toxic items that inhibit or block iodine utilization in the body--fluoride,
bromide and chlorine--our body’s need for iodine has dramatically increased over the last 30 years. My
experience has shown that milligram amounts of iodine are necessary for achieving whole-body iodine
sufficiency. In fact, any iodine supplementation program should strive for whole body iodine sufficiency,
not just thyroid sufficiency.
How much iodine is needed to achieve whole-body iodine sufficiency? My clinical experience has clearly
shown that milligram amounts of iodine are needed to achieve whole-body sufficiency. These amounts
can vary between 6-50mg/day for most people. Some may need more, some less.
There is no doubt that the radiation cloud from Japan will pass over the U.S. This radiation exposure is a
potential health risk. How much iodine should you take to ensure that your body will not absorb
radioactive iodine? Without proper testing, it is impossible to say what dose is perfect for everybody.
However, I have recommended that adults take 12-14mg/day of a combination of iodine and iodide. That
amount will prevent nearly 95% of radioactive iodine from binding to the thyroid gland and still leave other
amounts of iodine available for the rest of the body’s need. Children will need smaller amounts. You can
dose a child down for his/her size. A general rule of thumb for children is 0.08mg I/pound of body weight.
If a newborn is breast feeding, they do not need iodine supplementation if the mother is iodine sufficient.
Iodine can be excreted in the breast milk.
I generally recommend either Lugol’s iodine, Iodoral (from Optimox) or Iodozyme Hp (from Biotics).
Lugol’s iodine dosage is 2 drops per day (12.5mg) or 1 tablet of each of either Iodoral or Optizyme HP
(both products are 12.5mg/ tablets). When should people begin iodine supplementation? At this point,
with the disaster still progressing, I would say it is time to begin supplementation with iodine.
As with any substance, there can be problems with iodine supplementation. Before beginning
supplementation, it is best to discuss this option with your health care provider. More information about
iodine can be found in my books, Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It and
Overcoming Thyroid Disorders.
In the next few days, I will begin to answer some of the many questions sent to me.
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TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2011
Japanese Radiation Update 3
As the news in Japan worsens, I am getting more and more questions about what to do. Let me try and
address as many questions as possible. I will keep blogging about this until most of the questions are
First, I believe the Japanese government is not being truthful about the magnitude of the disaster. I believe
they do not want to create a panic. This disaster is far from over. In Japan, I feel the situation will get
much worse before it gets better. However, for those of us in North America, we will get a much smaller
dose of radioactive iodine as compared to the Japanese.
Therefore, the most important thing to keep in mind is do not panic. I do not believe that people will by
dying in the U.S. due to the radioactive spread from Japan. However, depending on the amount of
radiation released and weather patterns, it is not clear what our exposure will be. I may be wrong on my
assessment. Time will tell.
The good news is that there is a safe and effective treatment widely available that prevents harm from
exposure to radioactive iodine. It is the use of nonradioactive, inorganic iodine. That is the form of iodine I
have been researching and using in my practice for nearly 10 years.
What dose of iodine will prevent damage from exposure to radioactive iodine? My mentor, Dr. Guy
Abraham’s research answered this question. His research indicated that milligram doses (note: this is
1,000 times a microgram dose) are necessary to prevent radioactive iodine from damaging the thyroid
gland. How much? Around 13mg/day prevents approximately 96% of radioactive iodine from binding to the
thyroid gland. That is the approximate dosage of iodine ingested daily by the Japanese. This is over 100x
the average daily dose ingested by Americans.
Please keep in mind it is not just the thyroid gland that is at risk with exposure to radioactive iodine. The
breasts, ovaries, uterus, prostate, skin, and other organs all bind and require iodine for optimal
functioning. In fact, every cell in our body requires iodine for optimal functioning. Therefore, if we are iodine
deficient, exposure to radioactive iodine can potentially result in damage to all the cells of the body. My
experience has shown over 95% of patients are deficient in iodine.
I believe iodine deficiency is one of the underlying causes of the epidemic of cancer of the breast, thyroid,
ovaries, uterus and prostate. Furthermore, iodine deficiency is the underlying cause of thyroid disorders
including Hashimoto’s disease, Grave’s disease, goiter, and hypothyroidism. Our iodine levels have fallen
50% over the last 30 years. During that time, all of the above conditions have been rising at near epidemic
I have written extensively about these ideas in my book, Iodine Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live
Who should supplement with iodine? If you don’t have a contraindication to iodine supplementation, I
believe it should be a part of most people’s daily regimen. As with any substance, some people may not
tolerate iodine. My experience has shown that most people can tolerate the doses I have written about.
Before supplementing with iodine, I suggest discussing this with your health care provider.
I will do my best to keep you updated on this situation. Let’s send our thoughts, prayers, and support to
posted by Dr. David Brownstein @ 6:42 PM 0 comments
MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011
Japan Radiation Update
I have received many questions from my post yesterday about the nuclear disaster in Japan.
Unfortunately, there has been little information about the amount of radiation released from either Japan or
the U.S. I find it hard to believe no one in the U.S. government has any idea on the amount of radiation
that has been released and the amount of radiation that is predicted to fall over the U.S. in the next 3-7
What should we do? I still say that we have time to sit tight as there is still time to take enough iodine in
order to prevent problems from radioactive iodine. How much iodine? As stated yesterday, the U.S.
government recommends 130mg of potassium iodide in the event of a nuclear disaster. However, that
amount is only necessary for those who are near a nuclear explosion.
Thankfully, we are not near the explosion. As the cloud drifts over the ocean, the amount of radioactivity
will dissipate. Although there is no sure amount that we know will prevent damage from this catastrophe,
ensuring adequate iodine intake will minimize any exposure to radioactive iodine. How much iodine is
that? Until we know what the exposure is going to be, no one can know what dose of iodine to take.
Now it is time to get off the fence. The average Japanese ingests around 13mg of iodine per day. This is
100x more than the average U.S. citizen. I have discussed this in my book, Iodine Why You Need It,
Why You Can’t Live Without It. Since I have been recommending most people take 6-50mg of iodine per
day, I would suggest taking the average Japanese dose of 13mg/day. This is one Iodoral pill or one
Iodozyme HP pill or two drops of Lugol’s iodine. I do not believe microgram doses will do the trick.
There is risk with taking iodine, just as there is risk with any substance, but my experience has shown
this dose to be safe for the vast majority of people. Please discuss this dosage with your health care
provider before beginning supplementation.
In the next day or two, I will try to answer the questions that I have received about this crises. Also, I will
keep you informed if any new information becomes available.
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SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2011
Japan, Radiation Fallout and Iodine Recommendations
With the terrible earthquake in Japan, let’s send thoughts, prayers as well as assistance to the
I have had inquiries about the use of iodine to prevent problems secondary to the nuclear fallout that will
occur. As the Japanese nuclear reactors release radiation into the air, the jet streams will push this
radiation to the Western U.S. and Canada. There are estimates that the radiation fallout will reach the
Western side of N. American in six to ten days.
Folks, potentially this is a lot of radiation. Fortunately, we have an item that can prevent this fallout from
damaging us: iodine. If there is enough inorganic, non-radioactive iodine in our bodies, the radioactive
fallout has nowhere to bind in our bodies. It will pass through us, leaving our bodies unharmed.
It is important to ensure that we have adequate iodine levels BEFORE this fallout hits. How much iodine
The CDC recommends using iodine to prevent injury from radioactive iodine fallout. Adults and women
who are breastfeeding should take 130mg of potassium iodide. Children who are between 3 and 18 years
of age should take 65mg of potassium iodide. Children who are adult size should take the adult dose.
Infants and children between 1 month and 3 years of age should take 32mg of potassium iodide.
Newborns from birth to one month of age should be given 16mg of potassium iodide.
When should you take iodine? For an acute exposure, you want to take iodine just before the exposure
hits. Iodine is cleared out of the body within 24 to 72 hours after taking it. However, if you have been using
ortho-iodosupplementation as I describe in my books and lectures (taking from 6-50mg/day of iodine and
iodide), you should be covered. Remember, the goal is to not let the radioactive iodine bind in the body.
Potassium iodide can be found in many health food stores. Combinations of iodide/iodine can be obtained
from holistic physicians. Iodoral, Iodozyme HP, and Lugol’s solution are examples of this form of iodine.
For long-term treatment, combinations are much more effective. More information about this can be found
in my book, Iodine Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, 4th Edition (available at
I do not recommend starting the first dose of iodine right now. It is important to follow the news reports
and supplement accordingly. I would suggest starting iodine supplements within one to two days of the
expected fallout. If the fallout is expected to continue, you may need to take more than one dose of
iodine. I will keep you updated as I find out more information.
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SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2011
Problems with Antidepressant Medications
An article in Family Practice News (7.1.07) stated that antidepressant usage is correlated with the
development of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is presently affecting over 50% of the U.S.
population. What is metabolic syndrome? It is a constellation of findings that can include at least three of
1. Central obesity (i.e., large waist) as measured by waist circumference in men of >40 inches and
women> 35 inches.
2. Fasting blood triglycerides (the fat in the blood) >150mg/dl.
3. HDL cholesterol level less than 40mg/dl in men and 50mg/dl in women
4. Blood pressure >130/85mmHg
5. Fasting glucose > 110mg/dl
This study found that taking an antidepressant medication increased the risk of developing abnormal lipid
1. 80% in those patients that had schizophrenia
2. 60% in those patients that had schizoaffective disorder
3. 120% in those patients that had major depression
It is well known that there is a relationship between having metabolic syndrome and developing
As I discuss in Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do, there are many adverse effects
from many commonly used prescription medications. People who have depression do not have an
antidepressant-medication deficit. Often times they have multiple nutritional and hormonal imbalances
that need to be corrected. When these items are rectified, many times their symptoms of depression will
resolve. If you have depression, I encourage you to have your vitamin, mineral and hormone levels
checked before you start on a medication. If you are on an antidepressant medication, do not suddenly
stop taking it. Find a holistic doctor who can work with you and help you correct any imbalances and
help you detoxify your body. This will allow you the ability to taper off the medication or lower the dose.
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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2011
Cats, Hyperthyroidism and Bromine Toxicity
The U.S. EPA reported (Reuters, 8.15.07) a study that showed common chemicals (polybrominated
diphenyl ethers-- PBDE's) found in nearly all our homes are contributing to a rash of thyroid problems in
pets. This class of chemicals is used as a fire retardant. PBDE’s are also found in a variety of household
items including computers, televisions, carpeting, furniture and mattresses. PBDE's are made from
Bromine, is from the family of halides. This chemical family contains iodine, fluoride and chlorine as well.
The reason we are seeing such a high prevalence of iodine deficiency and thyroid disorders in humans is
due, in large part, to the excess exposure of bromine from our modern conveniences. Bromine exposure
causes our bodies to excrete iodine. If we don't supplement with extra iodine, bromine will bind to
receptors in the body that are supposed to be binding iodine. In effect, bromine will replace iodine
throughout the body.
What are the consequences of excess bromine levels? The consequences are severe; increased rate of
cancer of the breast, thyroid, ovaries, uterus and prostate are due, in part, to bromine toxicity. Also, we
are seeing dramatically increased rates of autoimmune illnesses including autoimmune thyroid disorders.
My experience has clearly shown, as compared to those without a serious illness, those with a serious
illness have markedly elevated bromine levels.
In the study of pets, household cats were found to have high bromine levels. What is the consequence to
cats? Unfortunately, cats are now suffering from an epidemic of hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism in cats
used to be a rare condition. The researchers found PBDE's in 100% of the cats studied (23 cats). In the
cats with hyperthyroidism, their PBDE levels were much higher.
So, what can you do? The main treatment for excess bromine is to avoid bromine exposure. Eat food that
does not contain bromine such as organic fruits and vegetables. Avoid bread, pasta and cereal that
contain brominated flour. Next, supplement with enough iodine to allow your body to detox from bromine.
Finally, supplement with items that help your detoxification system function optimally. Vitamins C and E
as well as unrefined salt and selenium can help.
Bromine toxicity is occurring in a large number of patients. Educate yourself about bromine. Then take
the proper steps to help your body detoxify from it. Much more information about this process can be
found in my book, Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, 4th Edition.
posted by Dr. David Brownstein @ 5:29 PM