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Iodine pills

Dear Reader while “iodine pills” (potassium iodide) can help under some conditions to prevent human diseases (thyroid cancer) it is important to not go mad and start swallowing KI without good reason.

Even if at some point the use of KI pills might be justfied in some parts of the world, it does not mean that the whole world should start taking these pills.

I would like to warn the reader that potassium iodide is not a perfect antidote for all radiation related ills. Sadly no such antidote exists.

Please see the following link for an article about panic buying of potassium iodide. It is unlikely that a large amount of radioactive iodine will be able to t cross the pacific to the USA.

http://www.rsc.org/AboutUs/News/PressReleases/2011/JapanIodine.asp

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One Response

  1. There’s not just panic buying of iodine pills – in the last day or so a rumour has provoked people to buy as much table salt as possible, on the basis that it’s got iodine in it: http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2011/03/17/fearing-radiation-chinese-rush-to-buy-table-salt/
    Although as I understand it, you’d be dying of kidney failure if you tried to dose yourself with iodine via table salt. Unfortunately, because of previous health scares, nobody in Hong Kong or China appears to trust the government when they pronounce that purchasing salt is not a sensible precaution.

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