Radiation exposure, such as the recent implosion of the Japanese Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, is a global concern for all of us.
Thyroid cancer is at the top of the list of cancers that can be caused by exposure to radiation; followed by leukemia, lung cancer, bone cancer, breast cancer, testicular cancer, and many others. The higher the level of exposure, the greater the danger.
Unfortunately it is not just cancer we have to be concerned with, as radiation exposure can also lead to lung disease, infertility, inflammation of the heart and other ailments.
There are many different types of radiation. External radiation comes from the sun and from electric devices such as microwaves, and x-ray machines. Internal radiation is ingested, breathed in or absorbed through the skin.
External radiation often times remains on the surface of the body, where internal radiation actually binds to the cells inside the organs of the body and continue to do damage the cells of your body until they eventually kill the cell or damage the DNA.
If your body doesn’t repair the DNA, it may turn that cell into a cancer. So while direct high dose radiation from an X-ray machine is toxic, sustained low-level doses of radiation are far more toxic, because the number of areas of damage to the DNA is much more and continue to remain for much longer period of time, thereby increasing the odds of cancer developing.
Radiation can be found throughout our environment including:
- The Rain – radiation collects on water particles and falls to the earth with the drop of rain or on the surface of a snowflake. Be sure to stay out of the rain when possible and to thoroughly wash clothes and shoes if you do get caught in a shower.
- Drinking Water – the EPA website recently reported an elevated radiation in our drinking water from 0.28 to 0.48 picocuries per liter across the country. As this may continue to grow, it is a good idea to limit your drinking water to more pure sources.
- Food – as we are at the top of the food chain, when we eat a piece of meat we are taking in the products that animal ate as well. The same goes for plant products. The FDA has strengthened the global food safety net regarding imports from Japan, but it is still important to wash your food (especially fruits and vegetables).
- The Ocean – the Tokyo Electric Power Co is already dumping low-level radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean as an emergency step to secure room for the storage of more highly contaminated water. Although the FDA has reported no reason for concern, many physicians advise against eating fish from the Pacific Ocean as they may have been impacted by the recent radiation.
To help avoid any adverse reactions to the increasing radiation in our world, a detoxification diet revolving around consuming lots of raw, organic foods (especially those rich in fiber and antioxidants) and drinking lots of fluids is the best method. Taking supplements such as vitamin D and vitamin K has also been shown to help support DNA repair.
If you or someone you know is suffering from thyroid cancer, Dr. Babak Larian in Beverly Hills at the Center for Advanced Head and Neck Surgery is one of the top experts in the world using advanced techniques to get the highest cure rate possible today.
To learn more, call our office at 310.461.0300 today!