Not to be taken as complete treatise but thought there was enough to draw some conclusions.
Nicola Grace says: "In 1945, at the time of the atomic bombing of Japan, Tatsuichiro Akizuki, M.D. was Director of the Department of Internal Medicine at St. Francis's Hospital in Nagasaki. Most patients in the hospital, located one mile from the center of the blast, survived the initial effects of the bomb, but soon after came down with symptoms of radiation sickness from the fallout that has been released. Dr. Akizuki fed his staff and patients a strict diet of brown rice, miso and tamari soy soup, wakame, kombu and other seaweed, Hokkaido pumpkin, and sea salt and prohibited the consumption of sugar and sweets. As a result, he saved everyone in his hospital, while many other survivors perished from radiation sickness. Source: Tatsuichiro Akuziki, M.D. Nagasaki 1945, London Quarter books, 1981. (Brown rice, miso, Sea vegetables, Salt)"
Absalom says: "I know sugar causes increased insulin response, which leads to increased arachidonic acid in the body, which leads to inflammation of the body, which opens the pathways of whatever genetic diseases you happen to be predisposed to. So I can definitely see cutting all sugars with a high glycemic-index for sure."
(then I posted this somewhere else and the reply I got was..)
"Glucose or sugars are taken up in large quantities by the brain and heart. This is the science of the PET scanner (Positron Emission Tomography) they inject you with a gama-source glucose mixture, then you wait 45 minutes in repose for the body to distribute the injection, then you sit in the machine for a 40 minute scan. It will show concentrations of glucose uptake, anything outside of the brain and heart will be fast growing tumor. cancer cells take up glucose at an accelerated rate compared to healthy tissue. Dr. Akuziki is right on."
Some hints and tips on avoiding radiation in the event of a disaster.
Be aware this information was wrote from the point of view of a nuclear weapon detonation and the resulting single distubtion of fallout. if there is continued release of fallout then the information in regards to time only applies when the fallout stops
Radioactive fallour loses its strength with the passage of time, rapidly at first then slowly, according to the rule of seven. It is important to remember that although the dose maybe fairly high in the first few hours, within 7 hours it will have fallen to one-tenth of that and in two days to about one-hundreth. This can be very important when it comes to making a decision about whether to evacuate or not. If you have sat out the fallout for a couple of days, the level of radiation may have dropped far enough for you to take a chance out in the open for a short while - if you know you can get to a safe area quickly.
One-third of the total radiation from fallout is effective within 4m, so if you can place that distance between you and the fallout you will have achieved considerable protection. Half of the total radiation is effective within 8m. The father you are from the source of the radiation the safer you will be.The source of the radiation is the dust containing radioactive particles. The farther this can be kept away from you the safer you will be. In a very large room, such as a gynasium or a theatre auditorium, for example, the safest place would be in the very centre - the furthest point from the roof and walls.
Gamma radiation can penetrate anything, but its intensity as it passes through any material is progressively reduced. The protection afforded increases with the thickness and density of the material between the source of contamination and the person to be protected. Even the air reduces its potency, making it important to be as far away as possible from the actual fallout particles. the heavier the material the more effective it is in stopping the radiation. Lead is a very effective shield but not a practical building material. Concrete, brickwork and earth are good shields, and around 200 mm of concrete will reduce the amount of radiation passing through by 90 percent. Double that thickness will reduce it by 99 percent, and 600mm will keep out all but 0.01 per cent of the radiation. Bricks and earth are less effective. It takes 300mm of earth to reduce the radiation by 90 per cent, 600 mm to reduce it by 99 percent and 900 mm to reduce it to 0.01 per cent.
Strachan, L. 1984, Australian nuclear survival handbook, Magazine Promotions Pty Ltd, NSW, Australia
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