Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Protect against Radiation from Japanese Nuclear Reactor Meltdown with Miso and Seaweed

The nuclear reactor meltdown in Japan continues to produce health consequences around the world. That the Japanese nuclear reactors are spilling dangerous radiation into the atmosphere is certain. However, no one is certain (or admitting) how much nuclear radiation is being emitted. Natural foods, such as miso paste and seaweeds, can provide radiation protection and boost the body’s ability to detox.

Thyroid Damage from Radiation Can Be Treated with Iodine
One organ at specific risk from radiation poisoning is the thyroid gland. The thyroid relies on iodine for proper functioning. Some research suggests that one in seven Americans has thyroid deficiency and the added radiation in the environment contributes to further thyroid disturbance. Thyroid diseases affect the heart, metabolism, cholesterol levels, mood, inflammation and fatty acid absorption. Many have suggested adding additional iodine to the diet. Natural sources of iodine include seaweeds, such as kelp, wakame and dulse. Vegetables such as lima beans and asparagus also contain iodine.

Intestinal Cells Damaged by Radiation can be Healed with Miso
Cells in the small intestines are also sensitive to radiation poisoning. These cells are responsible for absorbing nutrients from the gut. These intestinal cells are destroyed by radiation.  Dr. Hiromitsu Watanabe from the Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine at Hiroshima University has shown that miso, a fermented soy paste, can help the body to eliminate radioactive toxins. Miso stimulated the circulatory and metabolic systems.

Miso Healed Radiation Poisoning in Nagasaki
After the atomic bomb attack on Nagasaki, Japan, in World War II, workers at a hospital located only 1.4 km from the hypocenter displayed unexpected heath. Dr. Akizuki and his staff of 20 at the Uragami Daiichi Hospital (St Francis Hospital) ate miso soup with added wakame seaweed daily. None of them died or suffered radiation damage. Many residents of Nagasaki experienced severe diarrhea after the bomb attack because the cells in the intestinal walls were destroyed. It is thought that the staff’s consumption of miso prevented this effect of the radiation poisoning.

Nutrients in Miso
Miso contains healthy bacteria that are good for the gut. Because of miso's probiotic action, it has been used to boost immunity as well. Miso is alkalizing to the blood. Part of the traditional Japanese diet, miso contains vitamins, minerals, vegetable protein, carbohydrates, lecithin as well as the beneficial microorganisms.

Miso Soup Recipe
Many flavors of miso are available. Try several to find the one you prefer. Add one teaspoon of miso to a cup of boiling water. Stir well. Add a quarter sheet of nori, kelp, or wakame. Chopped parsley or scallions can be added to taste.