For the last month, with tears in our eyes and sadness in our souls we are following the events in Japan. A massive 8.9-magnitude quake followed by devastating 33 ft tsunami hit northeast Japan on March 11th, 2011 causing thousands of deaths, hundreds of fires, swept away homes, lost families, and other terrible consequences. The whole world has been following the situation at Fukushima nuclear plant which had a series of explosions right after earthquake and started leaking serious amounts of radiation (radioactive iodine). Shortly after, radiation from Fukushima was found in the US, and in a few days the fallout reached Europe. Though the amounts of radiation are quite small and do not pose serious health risks, we started living a sort of panic and looking for ways to protect ourselves against radiation.

In particular, the Senate initiated a special committee on health, which studied the effects and consequences of radiation leakage in Fukushima for the United States. Recently, a special hearing was called to express the concern about the situation in Fucushima, and for this meeting the members of the committee required a report from specialists regarding to what suggestions in terms of diet and herbal antioxidantsmedicine can be given to today’s Americans who want to protect themselves against the effects of radiation. As a speaker, Dr. Romeo Quijano, a specialist of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at UP Manila was invited.

Quijano stated that all fruit, veggies and herbs rich in natural antioxidant will do as a great anti-radiation diet. Such fruits and veggies  include guava, berries, red grapes, oranges, pineapples, dry apricots, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, garlic, as well as soy beans, whole grains and others. Herbal remedies rich in antioxidants include rosemary, ginseng, basil, turmeric and others. Undoubtedly, such natural product as green tea which is known for high content of antioxidants can be effectively used for protection against the effects of radiation. Also, Dr. Quijano recommends using natural foods rich in iodine, like seaweeds and so on.


Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

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