Radioactive Fallout?

We have been receiving some emails concerning the radiation leak in Japan.  Thought we’d share them here:

This info came from a trusted source … and it reasonates with us.  Be safe, be well!
Please share info if you are inclined to do so.   We are in LA this weekend and will miss seeing you at March’s meeting on Sunday.

****Hugs to all from Cynthia and Daniel. 

DanCin Nichols Expanding Horizons LLC Natural Skin Care and Healthy Products
Date: Sunday, March 13, 2011, 7:17 AM
Kay,  just to let you know what my group plans to do about the fallout from the nuclear plants in Japan:  use foods with more iodine in them starting today.  It will help the thyroid fill up on iodine and will keep it from absorbing the fallout that has iodine in it.   We plan to start using iodized salt and fixing a miso soup with seaweed in it.  Nef says not to boil the miso (get it a the health food store) but instead boil the water for the soup, add green onions and kelp.  When these are done then remove the pan from the heat and stir in the miso.  We are planning to eat a cup a day at the minimum.  Reg says that the iodine tablets are dangerous and wouldn’t recommend taking them.  We figure it will take maybe 5 days for the winds to arrive from Japan with the fallout in them.  So start now to build up the iodine in your body.  Now the winds will travel around the planet several times:  some say 7 times.  So you want to sustain this diet for awhile. 
Be sure to get your miso and kelp today in case there is a “run” on them by others who plan to protect themselves.  

Second I don’t plan to spend time outdoors this week no matter how great the weather.  The structure of our homes will also protect us.  

And third, don’t expect the gov’t to make any announcements about this.   Japan’s gov’t is already giving out the iodine tablets to the people there…………….. 

Clearing up nuclear questionsNBC’s Robert Bazell on the nuclear crisis.
By Alan Boyle
Three days after a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, the situation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex has turned into the biggest uncertainty of the crisis. Recovering from the seismic event will take tens of billions of dollars and years of work — but if the nuclear situation goes the wrong way, that would add dramatically to the disaster’s cost.
How did all this happen, and how could it end? Different folks have different answers, depending on how they feel about nuclear power. Here’s a roundup of the best answers I’ve been able to put together — accompanied by an invitation to add your own sources and perspectives as comments below:
Has there been a nuclear meltdown?
Authorities say partial meltdowns have probably occurred at three of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plants. But that doesn’t mean we’re in a “China Syndrome” situation.
To understand what a “partial meltdown” means, we need to discuss how the reactors are constructed. Under normal conditions, the plants produce power by sustaining a controlled nuclear reaction inside a pressure vessel. Chain reactions in the nuclear core’s uranium-filled fuel rods heat up water, generating steam that turns turbines to generate electricity. That steam is circulated through a cooling system and returned to the pressure vessel as water to keep the cycle going. The uranium oxide fuel is contained inside sheaths of zirconium metal that can withstand temperatures of 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit (1,200 degrees Celsius).
Control rods can be inserted between the fuel rods to shut down the main chain reaction in the uranium. But the water-circulating cooling system is needed as well to bring the temperature down while the radioactive decay subsides. / Reuters / Source: Deutsches Atomforum
The problem is that the power for the cooling system was cut off when the earthquake hit. Then the backup diesel generators were knocked out of commission by the tsunami. Backup batteries could keep the cooling system going for only about eight hours more. The plant’s operator tried to bring in mobile generators to restore power, but the connections reportedly didn’t match up.
Meanwhile, residual heat from radioactive decay continued to build up, and water continued to turn to steam. Eventually, the fuel rods became exposed. The temperatures apparently reached the melting point for the fuel rods’ zirconium sheaths. That can result in uranium oxide fuel falling to the bottom of the pressure vessel — which is what some experts mean when they talk about a partial meltdown. Other experts, however, would reserve that term for a situation in which the nuclear fuel makes its way out of the pressure vessel but stays within a steel-and-concrete containment shell that surrounds the reactor.


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