Apparently some locals are fearing for their safety as nuclear reactors in Japan continue to degrade in the wake of the almost 9.0 magnitude earthquake. Fearing radiation may reach the West Coast, local stores have seen a huge spike in their sales of iodine tablets, often used with radiation exposure. Some stores are even selling out, as Capella Market tweeted this morning “We are getting calls about potassium iodide. We are sold out. Nat. Health dept is checking w/distributors, but not sure when/if available.” they later followed up by tweeting “Just received word that our supplier is unable to overnight-ship potassium iodide to us. We’re hoping for a shipment later in the week.”
Not sure this will put many people’s minds at ease, but hopefully this will. For U.S. residents “there would be no cause for any concern,” Jerrold Bushberg, a medical physicist at UC Davis and a clinical professor of radiology and radiation oncology, told the Los Angeles Times today.
If you are leaning to the better safe than sorry side of the equation, a potential alternative is Kelp:
A type of seaweed, kelp, tends to be high in iodine as well, with from 0.03 – 0.45 dry weight percent. Because of its high concentration of iodine, brown kelp (Laminaria) has been used to treat goiter, an enlargement of the thyroid gland caused by a lack of iodine, since medieval times. — Wikipedia
Kelp can be found in a capsule form, a pill form, or as a powder.
Some homeopathic sites recommend: “Take kelp now, if you don’t already, in case there is any radioactive fallout from Japan. Take at least 1 – 5 capsules of kelp a day. If you are not used to it, start with one and build up.”
– Lindsey Asay for EDN