Are Your Radiation Fears Unfounded?

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by Patrice on April 7, 2011 · 3 comments

in Physical Health

When it comes to the health of our kids, single moms need to be armed with as much factual information as possible. H1N1, avian flu, meningitis, measles outbreaks, and now radiation exposure can cause momentary fears as the media hypes danger to increase their readership. With a little common sense and proactive research to get the facts, parents can make responsible decisions about the health risks the family is exposed to and not waste money on fraudulent protection claims.

The recent natural disasters in Japan caused problems at nuclear reactor sites, and conflicting reports of radiation exposure dangers made parents world wide wonder what future impact the releases of radiation would have on their families. Iodine pills and even iodized salt vanished from the shelves as people panicked and bought up supplies, mistakenly thinking these supplements would protect their families from the dangers of radiation. Arm yourself with the facts of the dangers by checking the CDC  updates on radiation emergencies as the situation warrants.

There is no global consensus on safe measures of radiation exposure. Guidelines for the US are made to err on the side of caution, so you can see that warnings would be issued for US citizens in Japan while other countries are insisting that there are no dangers.

The best thing the single mom can do to protect her family is not to buy in to all the hype from people who look to benefit from your fears.

The Food and Drug Administration,, has timely information on food products coming into the US from other countries. If in doubt, check their website for up to date information.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (  has regularly updated information not only on disease, but on other topics that the single mom needs to stay up to date with to keep her family healthy.

The World Health Organization (, or WHO, also keeps it’s website up to date on emerging health problems world wide.

All agree that giving iodine supplements can protect the thyroid from absorbing radiated iodine and protects from thyroid cancers down the road, but it is by no means a miracle protective measure for your children. In fact, a dose only lasts for 24 hours. In the event of an emergency, the emergency management or local public health officials will give information and advise you what to do to protect your family.

There are many other health information resource sites on the web, and it’s important for the single mom to bookmark the sites she trusts for guidance. With the safeguards in place, you can get on with taking care of your family needs without the need to chase down baseless rumors.

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.

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Elena April 10, 2011 at 11:27 pm

I think that we are breathing so much bad things already there really isn’t we you can really do to protect ourselves from this radiation. It is too bad that the earth keeps getting destroyed slowly.


Savannah April 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm

You can do what you can though to stay away from the obvious sources – no purposeful tanning, sunblock, etc.


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