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Your Baby, Thyroid…and Fukushima

“Elevated airborne beta levels in Pacific/West Coast US States and trends in hypothyroidism among newborns after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown”

Not to rub in the fact that I told everyone so, but…I only wish that I was wrong when I warned about this.

Open any search engine and type in “West Coast newborns hit with thyroid problems after Fukushima nuclear disaster” and you will get thousands of links to articles. Apparently now that the results are becoming obvious to everyone, the bizarre and unscientific denial phase about the effects of the radiation exposure is about to end. Unfortunately, that official denial phase allowed hundreds of thousands of parents to bask in a false sense of security thinking that nothing was wrong, when they could have taken steps to prevent or at least mitigate the potential harm to their unborn.

I have always recommended kelp and other sea vegetables as dietary supplements to provide critical trace elements during pregnancy, and have really pushed the kelp since Fukushima first melted down. Now I can point to an outside source to show you why I made that common-sense recommendation, and still do.

"nuclear radiation meltdown at Fukushima" A new analysis (click HERE for the report) published March 2013 in the Open Journal of Pediatrics shows that the radiation (up to 211 times normal) has resulted in a 28% increase in the incidence of congenital hypothyroidism in west coast newborns. For this reason, I am now strongly advising parents to get their newborns screened for metabolic disorders, and not decline this test. I can do them for free for Washington newborns, and Oregon parents can ask for the test from their pediatric provider (I may get signed up to do the test in Oregon soon, too).

There is little we can do to stop the radiation, which is still being emitted in ever-increasing quantities, but we can maximize our body’s defenses with nutrition. Click here for more information about trace mineral sources.

April 6, 2013 - LCarr

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