It’s true that we are exposed to radiation when we fly in airplanes but there are considerable differences in radiation from different isotopes so it’s not exactly a fair comparison. The other thing left out of most common articles like this one (which does have some good tips so I’m not meaning these articles are useless) is informing people that there is a significant difference between being exposed externally to radiation and breathing in even a single radionuclide of a man made substance like the plutonium or uranium from Fukushima. When exposed internally these radionuclides bind to your DNA and will affect you for life! Very serious stuff even at very low levels so it’s good to be informed about which isotopes are actually floating around in your area.
We’ve also got some good videos here on this site explaining how internal radiation is so much more problematic at low levels than external radiation and why for this reason the standards of what is considered safe really only apply to externally absorbed radiation and MUST be modified considering the reality of internal exposure.
By SavingsIQ DealPro(view all posts by SavingsIQ)
at 9:56AM Tuesday March 22, 2011
In light of the recent nuclear explosions at one of Japan’s power plants, radiation exposure have many Americans worried of possible side effects to their health. I’ve seen numerous posts on Facebook and Twitter warning people on the west coast to be vigilant about potential cancer risks due to possible exposure.
But, how serious are these concerns?
Before you freak out and run out to buy gas masks, read on about some of the radiation we expose ourselves to on a daily basis and ways we can protect ourselves.
President Obama has said “We do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the West Coast, Hawaii, Alaska or U.S. territories in the Pacific.”
I even read on Twitter that it would take 23 years of exposure at the current Tokyo radiation level to equal annual radiation exposed by flight crew between Tokyo and New York. Wow. I never knew the radiation levels for flight attendants were so high! See, radiation is present in our every day life and we may not even be aware of it.
The sun is by far one of the largest radiation culprits in our world. Exposure is more prevalent the higher up in the atmosphere you go. Hence, people who fly often, such as pilots, flight attendants and frequent fliers all expose themselves to harmful radiation every time they board a plane.
Natural radiation from air, soil, water and food are also very common. You may not be aware of it, but by drinking and eating, we are exposing ourselves to radiation from within. Radon gas is a naturally decaying by product of uranium-238 found in rocks and soil. Radon gas is odorless, colorless and tasteless and when it escapes from the Earth, it enters our food and water supply. Pretty scary stuff huh? If you are concerned about the level of exposure to radon gas, you can check out the Environmental Protection Agency website for more information and to see where the levels are for your residential area.
How many of you own a cell phone? Over 200 million Americans talk on a cell phone at least 12 hours a month, some twice that amount. Exposure to continued cell phone radiation is very common and can lead to brain tumors, decrease in sperm count and other ailments. Some protective measures you can take to limit radiation are to text instead of calling, use a headset and keep the phone at least one foot away from your body (especially if you are pregnant) with the antenna away from you. Children should limit cell phone use (I still don’t understand why parents buy 10 year-olds their own phone, but that’s a different issue altogether) and everyone should avoid sleeping with the phone right underneath their heads or pillows.
Smoking is probably the only radiation that you can purposely avoid by not smoking. When you light up you are ingesting radiation because the tobacco leaves used in the cigarettes contain radioactive ingredients. This is really gross since leaves are grown with fertilizer and remember our friend, radon gas? He’s in the soil too, just sitting there emitting harmful rays waiting to be rolled into a cigarette. Why anyone would want to purposely inhale radiation is beyond me. Think about it before you light up. It really could save your life and prevent cancer.
There are some simple ways to protect against radiation. One of them is to limit exposure which I’ve already explained above. Another is to eat more sea vegetables. These include kelp, seaweed and nori which are naturally high in iodine and help remove toxic metals from your body. You should also up your dosage of Vitamin C and E which help your cells repair damage. And lastly, take antioxidant supplements such as gingko biloba and acai berry, which have been shown to slow down aging cells. Superfoods like Spirulina and Chlorella help to detoxify the body of radiation.
What are some measures you take to prevent or limit radiation exposure?
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