Dragon’s Medical Bulletin May 2011
by Michael W. Dixon
Increased levels of radiation are omnipresent in our world, and likely to be so for decades to come.The best form of protec- tion is to boost our immune system by consuming generous servings of protective foods and select nutritional supplements on a regular basis. This article highlights the most effective ways to protect ourselves against radiation.
Vitamin C is widely recognized as a staple of immune system support, as is the essential mineral zinc.Together, vitamin C and zinc are the basic dynamic duo for strengthening the immune system. Supplementation with at least 2,000 mg of vitamin C and 40 mg of zinc mg per day, will significantly boost the immune system and help to provide protection from the effects of airborne radiation, as well as the effects of ingesting food exposed to radiation.
The essential minerals magnesium and calcium provide protection from exposure to strontium 90 radiation, and is also a natural immune system modulator (as is vitamin D). Calcium found in food, rather than supplements, is thought to be best absorbed and utilized by the body. One of the better magnesium and vitamin C supplements is the fully-activated Potentiated Magnesium® (pMg) which also contains the advanced form of natural vitamin C, and Go To The MAX® which contains the same advanced form of vitamin C plus immune system boosting zinc (Maxcelint Laboratories).
Glutathione is known as the body’s “master antioxidant,” because of its ability to renew and accentuate the effects of other antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E. Glutathione production in the body can be naturally stimulated by the glutathione precursor N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), which is readily available in supplement form. Other nutrients known to stimulate glutathione production are full-spectrum protein amino acids, with whey protein generally thought to be the best, as well as a predigested form known as SeaCure® (Proper Nutrition) which is designed for those with a compromised GI tract. Oxicell Cream® (Apex Energetics) delivers glutathione and the antioxidant superoxide dismutase (SOD) via transdermal delivery into the bloodstream. Regular generous servings of plant foods (brightly colored fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, etc., especially if they are organically grown) are also excellent sources of antioxidants.
Kelp is an especially rich source of natural iodine, which helps protect the particularly sensitive thyroid gland by blocking the radioactive iodine isotopes. Protecting the thyroid gland with a radiation shield during routine dental and medical X-rays is also deemed prudent. Note that potassium iodide is only useful for those directly exposed to radiation, and can be toxic if administered improperly.
Other foods, supplements, or modalities thought to help provide some degree of protection, immune support, and/or have a detoxification effect include: seaweed (such as kelp, dulse, brown or purple seaweed, et al.), alginate (a seaweed extract), chlorella (a green algae), spirulina (a blue-green algae), modified citrus pectin, vitamin D3, echinacea (from the echinacea purpurea plant), a mineral known as zeolite, probiotics (such as acidophilus, lactobacillus and bifidus), prebiotics (such as FOS), psyllium fiber, medicinal mushrooms that boost the immune system (such as shiitake and reishi), a fermented dried yeast immune support product known as Epicor® (Complementary Prescriptions), pre-sprouted Activated Barley® (Sunwarrior) source of immune boosting beta glucan, a specialized immune support product known as SeaVive® (Proper Nutrition) which contains immune boosting colostrum and beta glucan, along with predigested full-spectrum protein amino acids and vitamin C and removal of toxic heavy metals by doctor- administered IV chelation. In addition, blood vessel strengthening bioflavonoids (such as that provided by rose hip, rutin and hesperidin) have a synergy with vitamin C and are thought to help protect DNA from radiation damage.
Chlorophyll, the green plant pigment, also affords a degree of protection from harmful radiation. Interestingly, the central atom that holds the chlorophyll molecule together is magnesium, which is an immune modulator that helps balance the immune system.
The herb Ginkgo biloba (leaf extract, not the toxic seeds) protects against and possibly even reverses radioactive damage done to white blood cells exposed to cesium radia- tion. However, because of its blood thinning properties, those on blood thinning medica- tions should only take Ginkgo biloba with their doctor’s guidance.
Though exposure to radiation is an ever growing health concern, there are many ways which we can protect ourselves against its harmful effects, especially through proper nutrition and supplementation.
Michael Dixon Bio:
Michael W. Dixon is the founder and director of both The Research Lab (1991), an independent R&D entity, and Maxcelint Laboratories Inc.(2000), the producer of Potentiated Magnesium (pMg). He is the
author of Cardiovascular Disease,Potentiated Magnesium and The True Fountain of Youth, and The Body Book Trilogy. Dixon is regarded as the world’s leading authority on Potentiated Magnesium.