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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Is There Such a Thing as a Radiation Pill?

What if you could just taking a pill, be protected from the killer alpha, beta, and gamma rays produced by radioactive fallout from a nuclear bomb. Well, it does exist, but as nothing is ever entirely prefect, it only works up to a certain point.

To understand how the pill works you have to first understand why radioactive fallout is so dangerous. The fallout particle produce very faint radiation which by itself is easily shielded by a roof or fallout shelter. The big problem resides in the fact that these particles are minutes (very small) and thus they are in suspension in the air. Breathing these particles is what makes them lethal. They are mainly absorbed by the thyroid glad which wants them because of their ionized state. The thyroid needs iodine and the particles being easily accessible, the thyroid prefers them over natural iodine. The particles concentrated in the small gland can produce lethal amounts of radiation similar to if you were exposed to a classic gamma radiation source.

The pills are composed of Potassium Iodine and the way it works is by getting the thyroid its daily iodine dosage. If the thyroid is full than it ignores the radioactive particles, thus protecting the user. The pills are sold on the internet in a couple of different brands that all have slight content difference. There exists another option for the handyman which reveals itself to be as efficient but much, much cheaper.

Potassium Iodine reveals to be a very very common product worldwide. It is used in agriculture, medicine, vitamins, and research. A 100 grams powder form bottle sells for about 20$US. A 130mg dose taken daily has the same effects as the pricey tablets. Simply place the diluted dose in water and put on some bread.

However, Potassium Iodine does not protect you from the other sources of radiation. Proper shelter is necessary to absorb the gamma rays produced from accumulated fallout dust on roofs and ground. I will discuss shelter in a future post.

Keep reading in the future for other information!

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