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Protection Against Radioactive Fallout
March, 2011
In This Issue
Concern about Japan
Supplements that Prevent Effects of Radiation Fall-Out
About Dr. Patterson
Dr. Melissa Patterson
Naturopathic Doctor and Medical Intuitive

354 1/2 S. Main St.
Sebastopol, CA 95472


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Dear Patients, Friends and Colleagues,


Over the last few days I have heard great concern over the potential of radioactive fallout from the nuclear power plant explosions in Japan.


It is hard to tell definitively what is going to happen, but from the research that I have done it looks like there is a great chance that the Pacific Coast will feel some nuclear fallout from the ongoing nuclear catastrophe that is occurring in Japan.  


Therefore, I have made a list of different supplements, herbs and foods that can help eliminate side effects of radiation.

The information is attached below.  Please feel free to send it far and wide.  Please read it carefully before you decide to take any supplements.  These supplements have been well-researched and can be taken by most people.   


NOTE:  If you have a serious illness, are on medication or are preganant/breastfeeding please contact your healthcare provider to make sure that these supplements/herbs are okay for you.  Also, only the adult dosages are given if you would like to give the supplements/herbs to a child please contact your health-care provider to find the appropriate dose for your child and find out if it is okay for them to take.


For those who want more information on radioactive fallout and the jetstream please read below.

Information on radioactive fallout:

Radioactive fallout is defined as radioactive material that is carried by winds until it settles to earth. Under some circumstances you may see the fallout; under others you may not.


The radioactivity it gives off cannot be seen. You can't feel it. You can't smell it.  But fallout doesn't come out of the sky like a gas and seep into everything. It can best be described as a fine to coarse sand carried by the winds. Because the wind direction varies at different heights above the ground, it is not possible to judge from the ground where the fallout will settle. It can settle in irregular patterns hundreds of milesTwo websites for following jetstream and fallout pattern  


Information on Jetstream:

http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/46940/winds-at-japan-power-plants-sh-1.asp:  This website says that fallout could come to the Pacific Coast as early as 10 days from the date of the explosion in Japan.  Note:  there are so far two explosions and possibly more on the way.



  This website started tracking "hotspots" that landed in Oregon as early as Sunday.

Supplements Shown that Help Prevent Effects of Radiation Fall-Out:


The research was specifically done for Plutonium 239 and Cesium 137 (the two radioactive substances released from the nuclear facilities in Japan.)


Information gathered by Dr. Melissa Patterson, ND

Contact information: 707-829-8137, drmpatterson@gmail.com


PLEASE READ: The following supplements have been shown through research to be effective in decreasing the detrimental effects of radiation on the body. There is a lot of information here. If you only want to do a few supplements I recommend sticking with the supplements of the first half of the document, they have been the best researched.


The dosages given are what is determined safe to an average adult. If you are breastfeeding, pregnant or want to give the supplements to a child please do further research to see if they are safe for you or your child and what the specific dose would be. Also, if you are sensitive please stick to the lower dosage. Lastly, some supplements are recommended to take in higher dosages after exposure. IF you choose to do this, please note that some side effects might occur with some of the supplements. Please do further research on what you are taking before you take the maximum dose.

If you have any serious illness or are on medications please talk to your healthcare provider to get more detailed information if these supplements are safe for you!



The following are supplements that I recommend to start taking now (to help your body prepare preemptively for radiation), they are also relatively inexpensive and locally available:


For those that live in Sebastopol: all of the following in this section (except rutin) can be found at Whole Foods.


Reishi Mushroom:

Offers protection against ionizing radiation

Normal Dose: 400 mg. take 2 caps up to 3 x-day (take up to 3x-dayhigher if have been exposed to radiation


Holy Basil (also known as Tulsi):

Preliminary research shows evidence for Holy Basil in protection against radiation-induced peroxidation, thus helping to protect against the detrimental effects of low-level radiation. It also increases glutathione and superoxide dismutase (important mediators in the liver in helping the body deal with radiation.)

Tincture (1:5 or 1:2): 40-60 drops, 3 x per day.

Tea: Add 1 tsp. dried leaf to 8 oz. hot water, steep, covered, 5-10 minutes. Take 4 oz., up to three times a day.   

Capsules: Various forms of capsulated products are available. These include extracts in gelcaps, dried or powdered herb in capsules, and standardized extracts (2 percent ursolic acid) in capsules.


Vitamin E:

It can provide internal and external protection against cesium-137 which is a common component of fallout (and a component in the fallout specifically from Japan.) For the form of E d-alpha-tocopherol, an adult weighting about 155 would need about 900 IU per day.  Up to 1600 IU if exposed to radiation. E also helps prevent the destruction of Vitamin A and fatty acids by massive doses of x-rays. If large doses of C, B and E are taken before exposure, the terrible symptoms of radiation sickness can be reduced or eliminated to a large degree.  Caution: E should be used cautiously if you have high blood pressure or rheumatic heart disease.



Rutin is a bioflavanoid and can also be found in lower doses in vitamin c with bioflavanoids.


A glucoside found in buckwheat can help protect the body from the effects of radiation.  It strengthens the capillary walls and reduces hemorrhaging caused by x-rays. In animal studies reduced the death rate caused by excessive x-rays by 800 per cent.

Dose: 100 to 200 mg a day as protective dose. If exposed, 800 mg. or more a day. It is harmless.


Vitamin C with bioflavanoids:

Protects against intercellular damage from radiation. VERY IMPORTANT supplement in decreasing side effects from radiation.

Normal dose: 2-5 grams...but can take up to bowel tolerance (i.e. when you start having diarrhea back off 500 mg.)



Protects DNA from radiation damage and helps prevent damage to the skin surface, too. Get plenty of selenium by eating a daily dose of 2 cups/500 ml of nettle infusion, one-half ounce/15 g kelp, 2 ounces/60 g cooked burdock root, or 1 cup/250 ml organic yogurt daily. Shellfish, green and black teas, and garlic contain significant amounts of selenium, as do many mushrooms. The best sources however are nettles (2200 mcg per 100 grams), kelp (1700 mcg/100 g), burdock (1400 mcg/100 g), catnip (Nepeta cataria), ginseng, eleuthero (aka Siberian ginseng), and astragalus.


Burdock root (Arctium lappa):

Removes radioactive isotopes from the body. A dose is 1-4 ounces/300-120 grams of cooked fresh root, up to a pint of infusion daily, or take tincture 20-60 drops 1-4x-day (but only if made with fresh roots.)



Many B-Vitamins (especially pantothenic acid) help to decrease the effects of radiation. One of its many functions is that they normalize the red and white blood cell count, because the destruction of white blood cells by radiation can last for extended periods of time. The various B vitamins have different effects and should be taken together.

Take recommended dose on bottle.


Vitamin A:

In 1974, researchers from India found that vitamin A, when taken internally by humans, hastened recovery from radiation.  In 1984, Dr. Eli Seifter and a team of researchers fro the Albert Einstein College of Medicine....reported vitamin A and beta-carotene counteracted both partial and total body gamma radiation. It also improved the healing of wounds; reduced weight loss, thymic and splenic atrophy, and adrenal enlargement; and prevented gastro-ulceration and an abnormal decrease in red and white blood cell formation.  (For therapeutic purposes, 25,000 to 35,000 IU are recommended for adults.  During emergencies or crisis situations, intensive exposure may warrant higher amounts, but can be toxic if taken too much over a long period of time can also be toxic to pregnant woman and their babies.)


Eleuthero (aka Siberian Ginseng):

Helps protects against the side effects of radiation exposure.

Recommended dose: 500-3000 mg. in capsule form


Note about herbs: you can take them one of three ways:

-Through teas: I recommend making a tea combination of all of the above herbs.

-Through tincture: You can take them separately or get a combination tincture made at Farmacopia in Santa Rosa. (i.e. combination of Reishi, Holy Basil, Eleuthero Burdock Root.)

-Through individual encapsulated herbs.



The following are supplements that are highly recommended but are either a little more expensive or are harder to locate:


Laminaria Japonica:

Probably the most important seaweed in helping decrease radiation our of the body. The secret weapon of Russian doctors that saved thousands of innocent people from disease after nuclear fallout. Hard to find locally:

Here is a link to a very reputable source: company:https://shop.bodyecology.com/prodinfo.asp?number=BE018

Dose: 1500 mg/day

NOTE: if you do not take Laminaria, please do yourself a favor and take seaweed. There is more information on this at the end of the article.



Beta-1,3 Glucan:

In a controlled study done at the US Armed Forces Radiobiology Institute, 70% of rats given a lethal dose of radiation were completely protected from radiation effects when given a dose of yeast beta glucan by mouth after the radiation exposure. Beta glucan is a free radical scavenger. It is able to protect blood macrophages from free radical attack during and after the radiation allowing these cells to continue to function in the irradiated body and release factors important to the restoration of normal bone marrow production.

Normal dosage: 500 mg cap/1x-day

Note: this is very expensive, but worth it...also reishi mushroom is high in Beta 1,3 Glucan and may be taken instead of Beta-1,3 Glucan.



What to do if you know (or think) that you have been exposed:

Don't panic!


Take Potassium Iodide as soon as you can:

This is a VERY IMPORTANT supplement that helps decrease the chance of plutonium or cesium being metabolized in your body as potassium and severely effecting the health of your thyroid. Because it is such an important supplement I recommend: IOSAT only FDA approved potassium iodide that is in sealed containers. Can find online

Adults take 130 mg. per immediately after exposure (or as soon as you possibly can.) If not an adult see CDC recommendations. Do not take if not exposed and take as little as possible, i.e. only when you know that you have been exposed.


Continue taking the supplements in the section above!


Cilantro Herb:

Natural heavy metal chelator (i.e. plutonium and cesium are heavy metals.) Therefore, helps to eliminate them out of the body

Dose: Take 1-3 dropperfuls daily of tincture

Available at Farmacopia OR eat large amounts of cilantro





� cup of any cold pressed oil (extra virgin olive oil is preferred) if you are exposed will help protect the cell membranes.


Bentonite Clay:

Helps to eradicate toxins radiation/toxins. It is generally advisable to start with 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay daily, mixed with a small amount of juice. Pay attention to the results for a week, then gradually increase the dosage to no more than 4 tablespoons daily, in divided doses. Make sure you drink plenty of chlorine-free water throughout the day. You can also use other forms of edible clay such as French green clay.


Sea Salt and Baking Soda Baths: 

Add 1 pound of sea salt and 1 pound of baking soda and soak in chlorine-free water for 20 minutes. Then rinse with cool water. You can also 1 pound of betonite, or other clay, to the sea salt and baking soda when soaking which increases the removal of radiation. Some specialists who work with radioactive isotopes use this method to remove radiation from their body. If you have been exposed to an abnormal high level of radiation you can use this method three times a week for one month.



Other supplements that are helpful (and important to take if you know...or think...that you have been exposed.)



good for preventing cell nicking from ionizing radiation

Normal dose: 5-10 ml per day



Milk Thistle Herb:

Helps the liver deal with the effects of toxicity of radiation poisoning.

Take: 1-3 dropperfuls of tincture per day.



Calcium (1000 mg.) and Magnesium 500 mg

Helps to eliminate radioactive isotopes that get lodged in the bones





Helps protect the brain against radiation

Normal dose: 1-2 mg. NOTE: only take at night!



Helps protect the cell membrane

Normal dose: 2-3 tbsp. a day




A number of studies found that chlorophyll-rich foods can decrease radiation toxicity. Spirulina and chlorella are two micro-algae that are rich in this substance, as are leafy greens, celery, parsley, the sprouts of any grain or bean, the young shoots of any edible grass, such as wheat and barley, and sunflower greens. Chlorophyll is similar in structure to hemoglobin. Guinea pigs on a diet rich in chlorophyll showed increased resistance to lethal X-rays.

Organic Alfalfa is a good source of natural chlorophyl.



(Note: if you are just going to do one seaweed I would recommend laminaria japonica see above.)

Also called sea vegetables, are not only a great natural source of nutrients they are very effective at removing radiation from the body as they contain sodium alginate.

There are literally thousands of different types of seaweeds but some of the most popular are arame, wakame, kombu, hijiki, bladderwrack, rockweed, sea lettuce, and dulse. You can find them in your local health food store and various oriental grocery stores in your neighborhood in their natural form, or in flakes, flat sheets, and powders. They can be mixed in soups and salads, or eaten by themselves. If you don't like the taste of seaweeds, or you want something more convenient you can find various seaweed supplements in capsules or tablets. One high quality seaweed supplement made with four organic seaweeds in a capsule is Sea Treasure™ by RegalLife™. It also contains organic alfalfa which is also found to be beneficial at removing radiation becomes of its rich chlorophyll content.

The Atomic Energy Commission recommends for maximum protection against radioactive poisoning for humans, taking a minimum of 2 to 3 ounces of sea vegetables a week or 10 grams (two tablespoons) a day of sodium alginate supplements. During or after exposure to radiation, the dosage should be increased to two full tablespoons of alginate four times daily to insure that there is a continual supply in the GI or gastrointestinal tract. There may be a rare problem of constipation but this can be avoided if the sodium alginate is made into a fruit gelatin. Agar, derived from sodium alginate in kelp, is a safe, nontoxic substance that can be used as a thickening agent or gelatin.

Sea vegetables are also high in natural iodine. However, I recommend sticking to the potassium iodide listed at the beginning of the article.


Miso: has been used to treat radiation sickness.  It is a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting rice, barley and/or soybeans, with salt and the fungus kojikin, the most typical miso being made with soy. The result is a thick paste used for sauces and spreads, pickling vegetables or meats, and mixing with dashi soup stock to serve as miso soup called Misoshiru, a Japanese culinary staple. High in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals, miso played an important nutritional role in feudal Japan. Miso is still very widely used in Japan, both in traditional and modern cooking, and has been gaining world-wide interest. Miso is typically salty, but its flavor and aroma depend on various factors in the ingredients and fermentation process. Different varieties of miso have been described as salty, sweet, earthy, fruity, and savory, and there is an extremely wide variety of miso available.


Other Foods that help the body decrease the effects of radiation: garlic, onions, beets, kale, brewer's yeast/nutritional yeast, green tea/black tea, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, watercress, apples, guavas, quince, plums, gooseberries, oranges and other citrus fruits pineapple, seaweed (see above)


-Note many sources were used to gather this information. Because of the timeliness of the issue and wanting to get it out to the community ASAP I have not listed an extensive bibliography here. However, the following sources helped the most:



"Fighting Radiation and Chemical Pollutants with Foods, Herbs and Vitamins" by Steven R. Schechter, N.D


I pray that this information helps to serve your body in the highest way possible. May those who are suffering from this catastrophe find peace!


Dr. Patterson's credentials include but are not limited to: Completing the four-year Naturopathic Doctorate Program at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona; the Master of Intuition Medicine� program, through the Academy of Intuition Medicine�; is a certified hypnotherapist, as well as a certified Reiki master, yoga instructor, and massage therapist; studied holistic medicine - including mind-body, energetic and intuitive healing - for nearly two decades; has studied with a myriad of medicine people from diverse tribal backgrounds, including Lakota, Cherokee, Crow, and Dagara (African); and has been a holistic healing instructor for fifteen years.

Blessings of Safety and Peace. 



In deep thanks and gratitude,



Dr. Melissa Patterson 




Dr. Melissa Patterson
Naturopathic Doctor and Medical Intuitive
(707) 829-8137

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