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I know this is off topic and I do apologize for that but thought this was interesting anyway...Just saw on channel 4 a news story supposed to air Monday about a pill to protect you from nuclear radiation...Anyone know what the heck that is all about? They didn't give any details or anything. hmmmmm that sure would be nice. Hope it wasn't misleading...

-- shellie (, May 16, 1999


oops sorry make that channel 5. And it is at 10:00 Monday night...

-- shellie (, May 16, 1999.

Shellie, Try . I hope it is allowable for me to post things like this. If not, I'm not aware of any restrictions and plead so from hereon toforth until further notice.

-- Feller (, May 16, 1999.

Probably Potassium Iodide, to protect the Thyroid.

It DOES NOT "Protect from Radiation", but it DOES prevent the thyroid from uptaking specific radioctive isotopes and concentrating them.


PS Poassium Iodide is usually shorthanded as "KI" since "K" is the chem abreviation for potassium.

-- chuck, a Night Driver (, May 16, 1999.

Shellie - Read thread for more info. Iostat is one brand name of KI pill. Not including a shipping charge is is $0.71 per pill. Purchasing reagent grade KI from someplace like ChemLab, Advnce Scientific & Chemical, local chem shop, etc. should cost you about $0.04 per dose. The pills are nice because you can swallow them. The granular KI you first dissolve in water to a saturated solution and then use so many drops, see for details. Also see which is the text version of chapter 13 of Nuclear War Surival Skills.

This isn't off topic if there is a nuclear war or an accident at a domestic, Canadian, or western Europe nuclear power plant. I consider either of those unlikely at the moment. However the nuclear power plants in Russia are something else again. Fortunately they are far enough away from the US not to worry about.

-- Ken Seger (, May 16, 1999.

Shellie - I'm sure they are talking about KI, however there does exist nutrients that actually do protect from radiation exposure. Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw developed a vitamin mineral program that if taken over time would reduce the effects of excessive ionizing rdiation by a factor of three. I believe the specifics were in their first book, Life Extention.

-- Ken Seger (, May 16, 1999.

There's a book called "Diet for a Nuclear Age."

Also supplements, anti-oxidants, immune-systems stimulants (like golden seal, astralagus, isatis (sp?)) to deal with opportunistic infections resulting from exposure.

Doctors who fasted during exposure to radiation at Hiroshima, eating only seaweed broth and mineral salts had dramatically fewer adverse effects. Wakame is especially good. Look in your healthfood store for mineral salts. Read up on safe methods of fasting and try doing one day a week.

All this is no substitute for knowing how to shield yourself from radiation with an expedient fallout shelter, how to build an expedient fallout meter (runs on static electricity), and how to circulate air through your shelter, light it safely, etc..). All this can be learned in this book:

Be energetic and persistent in preparing for this. Don't rely on a pill. Dig your shelter now, build your fallout meter now, build your air pump now, store your food, water and oil for lighting now.

Good luck.


-- Dano (bookem@blacksand.srf), May 16, 1999.

This is MinnesotaSmith, author of the Y2K-preparatory website There are approximately 102 operational nuclear power plants in the U.S., including 3 within 60 miles of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I have KI for my family, and would consider it mandatory for anyone in the U.S. who lives east of the Mississippi River. Aside from the plants mostly being located there, think in terms of prevailing wind directions. Look at the 12-June- 1998 section of "Power Grid" on Gary North's site ( for a map of all U.S. nuclear power plants.

-- MinnesotaSmith (, May 17, 1999.

For more info on KI, go to thread and read my second message. It also refutes some other nuclear myths.

-- Ken Seger (, May 17, 1999.

Comprehensive information on KI can be found at the Potassium Iodide Anti-Radiation Pill FAQ at

-- Shane Connor (, May 28, 2001.

The only FDA Approved Potassium Iodide that is also foil-sealed is the IOSAT brand. Available at

-- Troy Jones (, May 10, 2002.

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