Japan, Radiation Fallout, and Potassium Iodide – Doctor Meraglia’s Recommendations

Watching the devastation in Japan, I have not felt such deep astonishment and sadness since being in New York at the time of 9/11.  What has happened and continues to evolve there is heart wrenching. It is important in such times to arm ourselves with facts in addition to sending our prayers and aid to those in Japan. Given the current state of Japan’s damaged nuclear reactors, there is a potential risk of radiation fallout. Here’s what you need to know to be prepared:

The Risk of Radiation Fallout

Radiation is commonly associated with cancer — Thyroid Cancer being at the top of the list. As of March 17, Japan’s MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) announced that all areas of Japan now have detectable radiation (additional source here). If there is a melt down of the reactors, the jet streams between Japan and the Western U.S. will bring this radiation to our shores, reaching Washington state in as little as 2-3 days.  Click here to see the updated jet streams as of March 17, 2011 from the radiation leak in Japan.

Potassium Iodide Supplementation

Fortunately there is a supplement that can prevent radiation fallout from damaging us: potassium iodide (not iodine), as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). When we take potassium iodide orally, our bodies absorb the iodide which prevents the radioactive isotopes from binding in our bodies.

Please note: only potassium iodide can be used, not iodine. Iodine would be toxic in the amount required to prevent the health risks associated with radiation.

Protocol for Radiation Exposure

Although it’s a great idea to have a supply of potassium iodide on hand (see source below), we do not recommend that you take your first dose of iodide right now. Potassium iodide must be taken immediately before, or at the time of radiation exposure, since taking it sooner may cause other health problems.

Again, we recommend that you wait until a confirmed exposure is within one to two days away to begin taking potassium iodide. After that, you must continue to take it daily until the danger of exposure has completely resolved, because potassium iodide is cleared out of the body within 24 to 72 hours after ingestion. Recommended dosages:

– Adults and women who are breastfeeding: 130 mg of potassium iodide.
– Children who are adult size: 130 mg of potassium iodide.
– Children between 3 and 18 years of age: 65 mg of potassium iodide.
– Infants and children between 1 month and 3 years of age: 32 mg of potassium iodide.
– Newborns from birth to one month: 16 mg of potassium iodide.

Potassium Iodide Source in Seattle

One local source for potassium iodide in Seattle is from Vitality Medispa and Medical Clinic in the Queen Anne neighborhood, available by calling 206-622-5300.

More Interesting Links Related to Radiation:

Radiation Dose Comparison Chart
Current Seattle Area Radiation Levels

Additional Advice for Radiation Fallout: (source: Natural News)

If you live in the Western United States or Canadian provinces, here are additional steps you can take to be fully prepared:

1) Fuel up your vehicle(s) and be ready to evacuate (or hunker down if you’re out in the country and feel like you would be safer there).

2) If you plan to stay home, go to the hardware store and buy large amounts of plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal up your windows and doors. This will help protect you from radioactive fallout. You will also need to store water, food, and all the usual emergency supplies because outside help probably won’t be available.

3) If you plan to evacuate, have a “Go Bag” ready to go at a moment’s notice. This go bag should include a water filter, emergency radio, flashlight, duct tape, emergency knife, spare cash, whatever medical supplies you might need, extra food and water, spare fuel cans and so on. Have it ready now in case you need it.

5) If you have potassium iodide pills (radiation pills), don’t take them yet. You can get them by calling Vitality.  Keep them ready to take — if, and only if — a meltdown event occurs and a confirmed massive dose of radiation has been released into the atmosphere.

6) Have a plan for you and your family. Where will you meet if you need to evacuate? Don’t count on cell phones working. Have a plan of where to go, how to get there, and how to survive once you get there.

I will keep you updated as I find out more information.
– Dr. Tami Meraglia

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Zerona Body Slimming at Vitality Medispa in Seattle

New FDA-Cleared Zerona Treatment at Vitality
Lose weight, lower cholesterol, start a healthier life!

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently cleared a new device called Zerona Laser that removes fat from the waist, hips and thighs without surgery, downtime, medication or pain. It is the first non-invasive aesthetic device to receive FDA sanction, after an extensive, double-blind, multi-site clinical investigation in which study participants averaged 3.65 inches lost in as little as 2 weeks (entirely absent of diet, exercise and other related efforts).

What is Zerona Laser?
Zerona is a revolutionary, non-invasive, cold laser treatment that targets and literally collapses the fat from cells. After treatment, excess fat is immediately and naturally removed by the body’s natural processes — all without pain, discomfort, or the negative side effects and downtime associated with more invasive procedures such as liposuction. (For more detailed information about Zerona, see the links at the end of this story.)

Lower Cholesterol Too…
In addition to body contouring, Zerona provides a welcome added benefit. Studies by Erchonia, the manufacturer of Zerona, have shown that the release of fat and lipids from the cells of the body likewise clinically lowers cholesterol.

Zerona Laser Treatment in Seattle
Dr. Tami Meraglia of Vitality MediSpa and Medical Clinic in Queen Anne now offers Zerona cold laser treatments for fat reduction and body contouring. However her approach to using this treatment goes one step further: for every patient who undergoes Zerona treatment, Dr. Tami includes a customized vitamin and diet/nutrition program at no additional cost, in order to provide a holistic head start on the path to total body wellness.

Watch Zerona in Action
As the Featured Health and Beauty Expert for KING5 Health Link, Dr. Tami discussed the Zerona procedure on Seattle’s KING Channel 5 television station on Wednesday March 24. The segment followed one of Dr. Tami’s Zerona patients through her treatment course to document her experience and 7.5 inch weight loss. This was followed by Dr. Tami’s description of both the physical as well as the health benefits of the Zerona procedure, and why Vitality has spearheaded its unique approach to maximizing the benefits of this groundbreaking technology.

Watch the news feature by clicking here. Please note, KING5’s report stated that this device was “only cleared, and not approved,” which is misleading. The term “cleared” is the official approval for medical devices that are similar to devices already on the market. “Approved” requests are for devices that are completely new and need to be inspected for safety in case of new hazards. Both aspects require due process and proof before the FDA passes its clearance.

Learn More about Zerona:
– Watch a doctor describing the procedure on the Rachael Ray show
– See all sorts of news, TV features, and information on the Zerona blog
– View another website with additional facts

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