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U.S. Health Authorities Urge Americans Not To Take Potassium Iodide

Baffling response given the fact that Fukushima is still spewing black radioactive smoke as Japanese authorities refuse to confirm radiation levels

Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Despite the fact that Fukushima nuclear reactor is still spewing black radioactive smoke as the crisis shows little sign of abating and Japanese authorities refuse to give accurate radiation readings, U.S. health authorities have gone from ambivalently telling Americans not to worry about the situation, to actively discouraging them from obtaining potassium iodide at all.

After it was confirmed that traces of radioactivity had reached Colorado, Dr. Chris Urbina, chief medical officer and executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said in a statement today, “There is no need for people to seek potassium iodide,” before going on to list numerous side-effects as a way of actively discouraging Americans from taking the drug.

“Using potassium iodide when it is unnecessary could cause intestinal upset (vomiting, nausea and diarrhea), rashes, allergic reactions, soreness of teeth and gums, and inflammation of the salivary glands. Pregnant women and the developing fetus are particularly sensitive to the health risks of taking potassium iodide,” said Urbina.

Urbina’s statement is baffling because it leaves Americans open to developing thyroid cancer should levels of radiation being emitted from Fukushima worsen, which is a distinct possibility given reports yesterday about how deadly radioactive spent fuel rods were “boiling” the water they are contained in having already reached temperatures in excess of 100 degrees celsius.

The statement also completely fails to explain the fact that potassium iodide has innumerable health benefits when taken in smaller doses, such as the weaker liquid form, potassium iodine, or in the form of Kelp vitamin tablets.

A decrease in iodine intake has caused, “an epidemic of iodine deficiency in America,” according to Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD, who notes that incidences of breast cancer in Japan, where diets are rich in iodine, are amongst the lowest in the world, whereas they are the highest in America. Studies show that iodine helps protect against developing numerous types of cancer.

Merely having a small amount of potassium iodide pills on standby in a country that has a number of almost identical nuclear plants to the one at Fukushima makes perfect sense, so why is a government that constantly lectures Americans about preparing for imaginary terror attacks now telling them not to prepare at all when a real threat arises?

A report commissioned by Congress “recommended that everyone under 40 near a nuclear power plant should have the pills on hand,” and yet health authorities are now openly badmouthing something that even the FDA said was “effective in reducing the risk of thyroid cancer in individuals or populations at risk for inhalation or ingestion of radioiodines.”

World Health Organization spokesman Gregory Hartl made similar remarks to Urbina when he warned people that potassium iodide could cause “substantial health damage,” again failing to make the distinction between high grade potassium iodide pills and weaker potassium iodide supplements.

Meanwhile, media talking heads like Ann Coulter have even gone a step further, suggesting that nuclear radiation is in fact healthy and nutritious.

The U.S. government has taken a stance that seems to go beyond containing panic to actively preventing Americans from obtaining potassium iodide.

As we reported last week, anecdotal evidence suggests that doctors are being told by the CDC to withhold potassium iodide from patients who try to get it on prescription as a way to circumvent exhausted supplies caused by panic buying.

The U.S. government has refused to stockpile supplies of the drug despite numerous experts warning that Fukushima could represent a crisis worse than Chernobyl.

“The federal government has never purchased enough to meet that standard,” reports CNN. “There is currently only enough of the medication available for populations living within 10 miles of nuclear reactors in the United States, according to U.S. officials.”

As Mike Adams writes, “If you leave the fate of your own health up to a bunch of state bureaucrats, you’re a fool. Everybody needs to have some potassium iodide on hand to protect themselves from radiation poisoning caused by nuclear accidents or nuclear terrorism.”

Japanese authorities were forced to admit their mistake earlier this week in not distributing potassium iodide pills to the public until days after the Fukushima plant started spewing radiation into the atmosphere.

President Barack Obama encapsulated the official policy to badmouth the drug last week when he all but insulted Americans for preparing themselves for fallout by purchasing potassium iodide pills.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health experts do not recommend people in the U.S. take precautionary measures beyond staying informed,” said Obama, which is precisely what those affected by both Chernobyl and the 3 Mile Island accident were told, trust your government, a mistake that led to nearly a million deaths in the case of Chernobyl and a dramatic rise in cancers in the case of 3 Mile Island.

It was also what ground zero workers heard in the days after 9/11, that the air was “safe to breathe,” a contrived cover-up on behalf of the EPA and the White House that led to thousands of crippling illnesses and deaths of firefighters, police and first responders.

Given the fact that Japanese authorities are brazenly covering-up the scale of the disaster at Fukushima and the true radiation levels being emitted from the still-smoking plant, it would be moronic for Americans not to at least have potassium iodide pills on standby, which makes you wonder why the U.S. government has aggressively encouraged them not to make such preparations.


Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.

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