Did you know that nutritional deficiency creates a situation whereby the body absorbs more toxins, including heavy metals and radioactive isotopes?
The threat of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear fallout culminating in a bigger global disaster is looming large. Correct information and planning is the only way we can protect ourselves from radiation damage. Understanding how radiations and radioactive isotopes wreak havoc in your body and how this damage is aggravated if you are deficient in certain minerals will help you mitigate the risk associated with radiations and heavy metal exposure.
Radioactive elements like Cesium-137, Iodine 131 and strontium 90, the most hazardous and the most common isotopes that are released in nuclear fall-outs, act very sly in the body. They mimic nutrients to get ready access into our systems and are accumulated in all kinds of tissues and organs including the bones, brain, heart, pancreas, liver, skeletal muscles, thyroid glands and endocrine tissues. This is called the law of selective uptake.
Radiation is cumulative in nature, meaning it builds up in the body. Radioactive isotopes keep giving off radiations for a very long time, thus irradiating nearby cells and tissues and destroying cellular DNA and other structures. This kind of damage not only causes cancer but increases the risk of a slew of other disorders including heart disease, damage to thyroid glands, birth defects, neurological disorders, hormonal disturbances, poor immunity and hereditary disease.
Cs-137 mimics potassium
Cesium-137 remains radioactive for up to 300 years and progressively concentrates as it moves up the food chain. Cs-137 is especially detrimental to the heart as it mimics potassium, a mineral important for muscle contractions, regular heart beat and a well-functioning nervous system. When your body is low in potassium, it readily accepts Cs-137 through the sodium/potassium pump – a process responsible for transporting potassium ions inside of the cells while removing and keeping the excess of sodium ions outside the cell.
Most of the Cs-137 becomes accumulated in muscle tissue, including the heart. When this radionuclide penetrates heart muscle, it damages heart muscle cells through many mechanisms. Exposure to Cs-137 impairs heart functions and causes cardiac arrhythmias, heart attacks and high blood pressure (radioactive cesium also affects the muscle structure of the blood vessels). 
Strontium-90 mimics calcium
Being water soluble and with a half-life of 29 years, Sr-90 persists in the environment for a long time. Ingestion through food and water is the main source of Sr-90 exposure but it is also possible to inhale trace amounts present in dust.
Like all other radionuclides, Strontium-90 damages the cellular DNA and increases the risk of cancer and inherited mutations. In addition, Sr-90 also masquerades as calcium and has a tendency to accumulate in the bones and teeth, where it irradiates bones, bone marrow and surrounding soft tissues with energetic beta particles.
Chronic exposure to Strontium 90 damages bone marrow, the connective tissue in the bone cavity that make red blood cells.  Damage to bone marrow can result in low production of red blood cells, causing anemia, low immune functions and blood clotting problems. According to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), exposure to Sr-90 can cause “cancers of the bone, bone marrow, and soft tissues around the bone.”
Iodine 131 mimics iodine
The thyroid gland uses iodine to produce thyroid hormones which regulates many important functions in the body including metabolism, weight maintenance, reproduction, energy and heat production, heart rate and brain function. But the thyroid gland is not able to differentiate between normal iodine and radioactive iodine (Iodine 131).
So, if your iodine status is on the lower side and you are exposed to I-131, your thyroid gland will gladly use this iodine, where it would specially concentrate in and damage thyroid glands. Exposure to radioactive iodine increases the risk of thyroid cancer and other thyroid disorders. It impacts physical and mental development in adolescents. Pregnant women, developing babies in the womb, new-borns and children up to 10 years are particularly vulnerable to the health risks inflicted by exposure to Iodine 131.
This study revealed that exposure to radioactive iodine released during Chernobyl, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukushima nuclear disasters, increased the rate of thyroid cancers, especially in children .
Plutonium-239 mimics iron
Massive amounts of plutonium isotopes were released during the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Plutonium 239 has a half-life of 24,100 years, which means if released, it remains in the environment for thousands of years.
When inhaled, plutonium particles are strongly retained and emit high energy alpha radiations that could result in all kinds of cancers. Plutonium mainly gets accumulated in the liver and skeleton in humans, where it remains for decades causing cancers of bones, liver, brain and lungs. Plutonium exposure also causes reproductive failure. In addition, plutonium 239 mimics iron and can cause anemia.
This shows how nutrition plays such an important role in protecting the body from radiation exposure. If your body is stocked with ionic minerals, radioactive isotopes will not get the chance to move in and fool the body into giving them a free access card. If there is an imminent danger of radioactive exposure, saturating tissues with minerals prior to the exposure will allow the body to absorb the natural minerals first while blocking the uptake of radioactive isotopes.
- Yury Bandazhevsky. Radioactive Cesium and Heart Chapter 4: Pathophysiological Characteristics of Effects of Radioactive Cesium on Heart. 2013.
- S. Musilli et al. DNA damage induced by Strontium-90 exposure at low concentrations in mesenchymal stromal cells: the functional consequences. Nature. 2016
- Dilas LT, Bajkin I, Icin T, Paro JN, Zavisi BK. Iodine and thyroid gland with or without nuclear catastrophe. Med Pregl. 2012 Nov-Dec;65(11-12):489-95.