The 1973 NATO Handbook on the Medical Aspects of
Defensive Operations states that "Chelating agents, e.g.,
administered soon after exposure, are effective in enhancing the elimination of
certain radioisotopes. These materials are not effective for radioisotopes which
have been incorporated and fixed in organs and tissues, e.g., bone." (1,2) Thus,
oral EDTA (and, perhaps, DMSA) should probably be taken
immediately upon learning of potential radiation exposure.
Another substance one might keep around our house in case of accidental or deliberate
nuclear exposure is Potassium Iodate. was used
following public exposure from the radiation released from the Chernobyl nuclear
plant disaster to block uptake by the body of radioactive iodine (I-131). (3)
Potassium Iodate is cheap, it stores well (in excess of ten years), and may
not be available if/when it is needed. Potassium iodate should be taken
at the time of a nuclear emergency. Depending on the threat it may need to be
taken for only 1 to 2 days, or up to several weeks or more in the case of a more
severe exposure. For more comprehensive details follow the directions on the
bottle or from your physician.
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EDTA Early clinical studies with EDTA reported loss of fat in rats,
reduction of cholesterol in rabbits, and reduced blood pressure in
Cconsidering the recent speculation that "suitcase nukes" or radiation-contaminated explosives may be loose in this country.
We are now offering this somewhat hard-to-find supplement. We recommend putting it on the shelf until needed.
Just as many people keep band-aids and snake bite kits on hand for the
possibility that they may need them, I think a family supply of
Potassium iodate (and
Oral ChelatoRx) is a good idea for a family first aid kit or medicine
1. NATO Handbook on the Medical Aspects of NBC Defensive
Operations, Department of the Army Field Manual (FM) 8-9, Washington, D.C.,
2. WHO Guidelines for Iodine Prophylaxis Following Nuclear Accidents—Update
3. Saxena, A., Qian, N., Kovach, I.M., Kozikowski, A.P., Pang, Y.P, et al.
Identification of amino acid residues involved in the binding of Huperzine A to
cholinesterase. Protein Sci 1994, 3: 10, 1770-1778.
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