The tragic events of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan is on everyones mind. The recent concern has been the instability of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant and how a radiation leak would effect the U.S.
The media has done what it does best, and instilled fear in the public before real evidence is found. I’ve received many calls about the use of potassium iodine preventatively due to rumors that air currents are carrying radiation from Japan to the U.S.
That is just not true!
Chernobyl, and even the Nagasaki and Hiroshima blasts didn’t carry radiation to the U.S.
The message is:
“The state agencies urged residents not to take potassium iodide as a precaution against radiation exposure. They said the substance is only useful in the event of a nearby radiation event, and taking it could sicken people with shellfish or iodine allergies or thyroid problems.”
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and state officials will continue to monitor radiation levels in California, Washington and Alaska.
No reason to panic.