Thursday, March 24, 2011

Easy Natural Alternatives for Radiation Poisoning Defense & Recovery

Thanks to Jaylon ”Timid” Carter for helping me compile the data for this article.
  Everyone is so concerned about radiation levels increasing because of the disaster in Japan. Ironically, we absorb radiation everyday. Knowing the exact levels of radiation we are exposed to each year (E.P.A. radiation calculator) can help us stay healthier and be aware of how much, if any, radiation we are exposed to from the Fukushima incident. If you are exposed health organizations around the world recommend potassium iodide tablets however, those tablets may not work for the type of radiation we would experience from a fallout. The CDC has a great article with all the facts on potassium iodide, what exactly it does inside the body and what it can and cannot protect you from. There are also some rumors flying around the web that there are some serious side affects from taking this drug, ironically one of them is cancer – the exact thing it’s supposed to prevent..


  If you're like me, the thought that you could possibly die from something that is supposed to help you is kind of a deal breaker. So, I decided to to see what other option there were (You know, just in case...). In my searching I found that there are some natural alternatives to assisting the body in ridding itself of radiation exposure rather than ingesting potassium-iodide. Foods such as kelp, rosemary, spirulina, miso soup and niacin all assist the body in fighting radiation damage. Making these foods a regular part of your diet, could help lower your chances of radiation damage to the body.


  Several sources suggest that Kelp may be used to treat the affects of radiation on the body. Many “green foods” such as kelp, seaweed, wheat grass or any other source of chlorophyll will have similar properties. Kelp has a normalizing effect on the thyroid gland. you must also be sure to get enough vitamin A in your diet. without sufficient vitamin A, your thyroid gland cannot produce thyroxin, a hormone that helps the thyroid absorb iodine.


 In fact, this headline states Rosemary Found to Offer Best Protection Against Radiation Poisoning. That speaks loudly enough, don’t you think? In addition to eating the herb fresh or dried (and cooked into dishes), you can also find rosemary extract or tincture in just about any natural health food store.


“In Chernobyl, for instance, spirulina was used to help save many children from radiation poisoning. By taking 5 grams of spirulina a day for 45 days, the Institute of Radiation Medicine in Minsk even proved that children on this protocol experienced enhanced immune systems, T-cell counts and reduced radioactivity. Israeli scientists have since treated Chernobyl children with doses of natural beta carotene from Dunaliella algae and proved that it helped normalize their blood chemistry. Chlorella algae, a known immune system builder and heavy metal detoxifier, has also shown radioprotective effects. Because they bind heavy metals, algae should therefore be consumed after exposure to any type of radioactive contamination.” Read more about spirulina

Miso Soup

Shinichiro Akizuki, M.D. helped the patients at St. Francis Hospital avoid radiation poisoning after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945 by feeding his patients and workers brown rice, miso soup, vegetables and seaweed every day. His hospital was only about a mile from the blast site. Further away, University Hospital's 3000 patients suffered greatly from leukemia and disfiguring radiation burns. This hospital served its patients sugar, white rice, and refined white flour products. A follow-up study was done on the health of the Japanese people. Over a 25-year period, the Japanese Cancer Institute tested and tracked 260,000 subjects, dividing them into three groups. Group one ate miso soup daily, group two consumed miso two or three times a week, while group three ate no miso at all. The results were stark: those who had not eaten any miso showed a 50% higher incidence of cancer than those who had eaten miso.” The fact that many did not have as serious health repercussions as expected was attributed to the regular inclusion of miso soup and seaweed in their diet. Read more about miso


Researchers claim that niacin had been a definite point of study as an antidote to radiation exposure and has also proven to be an extraordinary effective catalyst for the discharging of radiation.

Sunflower Seeds

According to a Natural News article, both apples and sunflower seeds contain a pectin that’s adept at cleansing the body from residual radiation. (They also mention that the glucosides in buckwheat add protective measures against radiation if eaten before exposure.)

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal, taken internally, removes toxins and poisons from the body. In fact, it’s kept in nearly all emergency rooms at this point to help mitigate the effects of poisoning. According to WebMD, there is also some scientific evidence that it lowers cholesterol. Here’s more on how to take activated charcoal internally.

Please note, activated charcoal and charcoal briquettes are two vastly different things. Please do not eat your barbecue charcoal!

Other foods that may help in combating radiation sickness are foods that naturally detoxify the body. Foods such as reishi mushrooms, green and black teas, garlic, nettles, dandelions, ginseng, lentils, collards and mustard greens.

You can read "How to Help Support Your Body's Healing After Intense Radioactive or Radiation Exposure" a 121 page E-book available for free that details some of the things mentioned above.

Read about the affects of radiation on the body here.

With the concern over increased radiation here in Japan you should increase your intact of Miso, seaweed/sea vegetables and the things mentioned in this article. Don't overdo it with the salt though. Cut down on sugar, white rice and white flour food items as it lowers your immune system. Get Activated Charcoal Capsules and take a couple every day. They are safe and non-toxic and pull out toxins and impurities. These are safe,easy and natural ways of helping to get past this situation and minimize our risk. Tell your friends and family to do the same.

How are you feeling about everything that’s going on right now in Japan? Are you concerned about nuclear fallout reaching where you live?

Do you have any detox and protective measures to add to this list? Any ideas are welcome!


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New Stories from Japan 03/22/2011

The Tokyo Metropolitan Office now accepting relief donations.


  Announcement from Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health (City of Tokyo) about donations to Earthquake/Tsunami victims:
We have now started accepting products for aid-supply to the victims of the recent disaster in Japan. Unfortunately we can only accept donations from Tokyo city residents. Should you have any question, please call our call center:

Call Center Hours
- Tel: 03-5320-4585
- Hours: 9am – 16pm

Items needed:
1. Baby items
Cooling sheet (for fever) , Diapers (S, M, L), Wet-wipes, Body lotion, Bay oil etc.

2. Nursery Items
Diapers (for Adult), Wet-wipes, etc

3. Others
Contact lens care products (cleanser, case etc), Disposal heating pads, Sanitary pads, Paper cups, Saran Wraps

4. Bottles of water

* New items only
* No food products or clothes will be accepted

Donation counter hours:
9am - 16pm (open for weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.)

How to send:
1. For individuals (who can bring the items to the city hall)
Attn: Tohoku Region Pacific Ocean Earthquake / Aid-Supply
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office / #2 Building, 1st Floor Center area
2-8-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-8001 Japan

2. For individuals, via Courier
- Please use the address above.
- Please make sure to indicate your Name, Address, Phone number, Item name, and Qty on a sheet of paper and enclose in the box. - Please indicate "City of Tokyo Aid Supply" on the box.
- COD not accepted.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

DIY Relief for Tohoku, Japan

Beau Help

  It was brought to my attention, by Tony Knight, that a fellow named Beau Retallick and some friends actually took it upon themselves to help with the situation in Tohoku, Japan.  They got a couple of vans, loaded them with supplies, and drove up to the Tokoku area to distribute to the people in need there.

  Knowing that the only feasible route there would take them in the vicinity of the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, they still took the risk.  They grabbed some potassium iodine pills and a Geiger Counter,  and were on their way.

  This selfless act is truly heroic and I hope it inspires more to do what they can to help out.  Donate to the organization of your choice or Volunteer your time.  The people of Tohoku, Japan need it.

  Here is an excerpt from one of his post followed by some pictures:

“5:20AM on the 14th van loaded with 500Liters of water, Geiger Counter Plastic bags to use as toilets, food,blue plastic sheets, dust masks etc on the road to Fukashima. Mission to supply water to Fukashima residents. Me, Ed, Emi and her brother(Both Emergency Room Nurses) Emi is Ed`s wife. We tried to center the load as much as possible but 500kg had us pretty much bottoming out.”

More pictures from his trip here


Beau and friends We Salute You!


 I contacted Beau with my plans to write this blog and this was his response:

“No worries. That's great. We now have our next mission fully underway. We have 4000liters of liquid storage, 7vans and 2 trucks. 500liters of heating fuel and we look like we might hit 1 million yen of food”

 True Heroes Indeed!

Friday, March 18, 2011


I'm doing my best to keep everyone abreast of the real state of things here in Japan. At the moment things seemed to be calming down despite what the international media is saying. However, I am sending my family to the southern part of Japan as a precautionary measure. I will be staying in Yokohama until the last possible minute though. Please donate to the organization of your choice to help the disaster victims in Japan. Even 1 dollar will help.

My best regards to you all.

L. "Taz" Hicks


Japan is my home and I will support it until the end. Please pray for us. VIVA JAPAN!

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English TEPCO Blackout Schedule for March 18th

Here is a rough English translation of the blackout schedule in Japan.

Japanese version here.

It's not perfect but I hope it helps.

TEPCO Planned Blackout Schedule for March 18th 2011

0920-1300 Group 1

1650-2030 Group 2

1220-1600 Group 3

1520-1900 Group 4

1820-2200 Group 5

0620-1000 Group 1

1350-1730 Group 1

*for now (they might change or be cancelled)

TEPCO's planned outage map (Yahoo Map)

Below is the translated information to help find which group you are in:











Thursday, March 17, 2011

Message from the US Embassy in Tokyo

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo informs U.S. citizens in Japan who wish to
depart that the Department of State is making arrangements to provide
transportation to safehaven locations in Asia.  This assistance will
be provided on a reimbursable basis, as required by U.S. law.  U.S.
citizens who travel on US government-arranged transport will be
expected to make their own onward travel plans from the safehaven
location.  Flights to evacuation points will begin departing Japan on
Thursday, March 17.  There will be a limited number of seats available
on evacuation flights departing from Narita and Haneda airports on
March 17.  Priority will be given to persons with medical emergencies
or severe medical conditions.

Persons interested in departing Japan via USG-chartered transportation
should proceed to Narita and Haneda airports or contact the US
Department of State and Embassy Japan by sending an email to or by calling 1-202-501-4444.  Please
provide the following information:
Name, age, place of birth, U.S. passport number and any special medical needs.
Immediate family members (spouses and children) who are not U.S.
citizens must be documented for entry into the safehaven country
and/or U.S., if that is your final destination.

Frequently Asked Question

I’m ready to go.  What do I do?
Documented U.S. citizens may proceed to Haneda or Narita airport as of
Thursday, March 17 at 6:00 pm.

My child is a U.S. citizen. Can my whole family be evacuated?
A U.S. citizen child may be escorted by one adult, preferably a
parent, who has appropriate travel documents.  If a family has more
than one U.S. citizen child, the one-adult rule still applies.

Do I need a U.S. passport?
All U.S. citizen travelers and their spouses and children, are
required to have valid travel documents.  The U.S. Embassy in Japan
will assist U.S. citizens with travel documents.  U.S. citizens who do
not hold a valid U.S. passport or visa and are interested in departing
Japan via USG-chartered transportation should contact the US
Department of State and Embassy Japan by sending an email to or by calling 1-202-501-4444.

What do I do if my child is a U.S. citizen, but hasn’t yet been documented?
Contact the U.S. Embassy in Japan.  U.S. citizens who do not hold a
valid U.S. passport or visa interested in departing Japan via
USG-chartered transportation should contact the U.S. Department of
State and Embassy Japan by sending an email to or by calling 1-202-501-4444.
My family members aren’t U.S. citizens.  Can they travel with me?
The scheduled evacuation flights will transport U.S. citizens and
their immediate family members.  Immediate family members – defined as
spouses and children – who are not U.S. citizens will be required to
have travel documentation that will permit their entry into the safe
haven destinations.  At this time, flights are expected to travel to
Seoul, Republic of Korea and Taipei, Taiwan.  Safe haven destinations
may change.  U.S. citizens requesting evacuation will not be able to
select their safe haven destinations.

Will you fly me to the United States?
Our goal is to get people to a safe place, where they can make their
own onward travel arrangements.  Travelers will be responsible for
their own onward travel arrangements and accommodations in the safe
haven city.  Consular officers will provide travelers with information
on airlines and hotels

What should I bring?
Travelers should bring valid travel documents and any necessary medications.
Each traveler may bring one suitcase and a small personal carry-on item.
U.S. citizens seeking evacuation should be prepared for a substantial
wait at the airport.  Travelers are advised to bring food, water,
diapers and other necessary toiletries with them to the airport.

What about my pets?
Evacuation flights will not be able to accommodate pets.

Do I have to pay for the flight?
U.S. citizens requesting evacuation will be asked to sign paperwork
promising to reimburse the U.S. Government for flight costs at a later
date.  Exact flight costs are not yet available, but should be
comparable to a one-way commercial flight from Japan to the safehaven

How do I get to the airport?
Public transport to include taxis is still operating in Japan.

Japan Real Time Radiation Data Links

Disaster Prevention and Nuclear Safety Network for Nuclear Environment Real time radiation data

PC version (eng)

PC Version (jpn)

Mobile version(eng)
Mobile version (jpn)

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

English TEPCO Blackout Schedule for March 17th

Here is a rough English translation of the blackout schedule in Japan.

Japanese version here.

It's not perfect but I hope it helps.

TEPCO Planned Blackout Schedule for March 17th 2011

0920-1300 Group 1

1650-2030 Group 1

1220-1600 Group 2

1520-1900 Group 3

1820-2200 Group 4

0620-1000 Group 5

1350-1730 Group 5

*for now (they might change or be cancelled)

TEPCO's planned outage map (Yahoo Map)

Below is the translated information to help find which group you are in:










Japan Appreciates the Help & Prayers


This poster was made by my friend, Yuko Takayama, earlier today(That's her in the picture).  

We want to say to the world, Thank You.  For your prayers, support, and everything

My friends over at RAN Magazine have created a donation fund.  They plan on using these funds to travel from Nagoya and Tokyo to the Tohoku region and volunteer their time, skills, and whatever else they need up there  as soon as they are given the green light by the authorities. 
Visit to donate.

"We are still standing. If there are no other accidents, we MIGHT be soon on the way to recovery. We cannot be driven by overconfidence NOR fear but a balance between healthy fear and courage to learn all we can in this crisis." - Rod Ross

Thanks for your support, and I am safe in Yokohama--don't worry!

L. "Taz" Hicks

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Yokohama International School collecting relief items for the earthquake victims in the Tohoku region

Yokohama International School.jpg

Yokohama International School in Yamate will be a collection point for relief items for the earthquake victims in the Tohoku region. Please see below for more details, quoted from an e-mail sent to YIS families. Here is a link to the access page on the school website--

‎". . . in cooperation with the US Armed Forces, we are organizing the collection of the following: warm clothing (including winter coats), blankets, shoes (not sandals), clean socks, underwear (new), sleeping bags, personal products (shampoo, toothpaste, soap etc), disposable diapers, backpacks & bags, and sealable lunch bags. These items will be airlifted by military helicopters to the stricken areas where temperatures are still very cold. The lobby of the main building at school will be open 8:30am to 11:30am from Wednesday through Friday this week should you wish to help. We cannot go beyond 11:30am this Friday for this particular appeal. Please be mindful of the times of the power outages in your areas and the situation in Fukushima."

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English Blackout Schedule for March 16th

  For those who can't read Japanese, Here is a rough English translation of the blackout schedule in Japan,    Done with google translator, so it's not perfect but I hope it helps you.

TEPCO Planned Blackout Schedule for March 16th 2011

0620 to 1000 Group 4

0920 to 1300 Group 5

1220 to 1600 Group 1

1350 to 1730 Group 4

1520 to 1900 Group 2

1650 to2030 Group 5

1820 to 2200 Group 3

*for now (they might change)

TEPCO's planned outage map (Yahoo Map)

Below is the translated information to help find which group you are in:










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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Yokohama Japan 3days after the M9.0 quake

Video of the state of things in Yokohama Japan 3 days after the start of the Crisis in Fukushima Japan.

Follow us on twitter to stay up to date with info on the situation in Japan.

While we are waiting for these events to unfold in the coming days, one thing is for sure-- Those people up in Tohoku Japan need our help. So we are going start a RAN donation drive.

All proceeds will be distributed to various relief organizations that we've partnered with in the past for our previous charity events like RAN Rock Haiti, RAN for Chile and recently, RAN for Christchurch.

RAN Magazine is putting together a team of people to offer support / go to Sendai and help. Watch our twitter feeds and/or check the donation site for more details about when we can enter the affected areas as a group. Thank you so much!

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Links to radiation level information in Japan

Here are some links to check for current radiation levels in Japan (In Japanese, but you can use google translator to get a quick rough translation if need be):

Koto Ward, Tokyo; Ustream- (real-time)

Miyagi - / - primary real Onagawa (real-time)

Aomori - / - (real-time) Nuclear Safety Administration, Aomori

Hokkaido / Nuclear Environmental Center (real-time)

Niigata Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant (real-time)

Ibaraki / Internet view telemetry station radiation - (real-time)

Niigata / Niigata Prefecture Environmental Radiation Monitoring System - (real-time)

National / Environment open systems and environmental radiation monitoring data- (1 day delay)

Kanagawa / real-time safety and accident prevention bureau, Kanagawa Prefecture (real-time)

The number of units [nGr / h] and in this "gray per hour nano" and reads.

n (nano) size of the numbers →. m (mm) μ → (μ) → n (nano), and then will become the 1000 / 1. A micro-nano-1000, Micro 1000 is one millimeter.

Gr (Gray) is a unit of intensity of radiation →. In the report "Sv (sievert)" We have units that are commonly used, in this case largely "1Gr = 1Sv"

/ H (per hour) per hour 1 →, which means. Value that is displayed there is to say that the total value per hour. Get away in 10 minutes if the intensity of the radiation exposure is <6 / 1.

If A Value of 30 [nGr / h] is displayed , to stay there for one hour, will result in exposer to a radiation level of 30 NanoSv roughly.

Information via

English Tokyo Area Blackout Schedule

For those who can't read Japanese.
Here is a rough English translation of the blackout schedule in Japan,    Done with google translator, so it's not perfect but I hope it helps you.

Blackout Schedule on March 15th 2011

6:20am to 10am;Group3

9:20am to 1pm;Group4

12:20pm to 4pm;Group5 

3:20pm to 7pm;Group1

6:20pm to 10pm Group2

*for now(they might change)

Below is the translated information to help find which group you are in:











Tokyo Metro; Available
Seibu Ikebukuro line: Available between Ikebukuro and Nerima Takanodai
Seibu Toshima line; Available between Nerima and Toshimaen
Seibu Shinjuku line; Available between Seibu Shinjuku and Saginomiya
Keio line;5:30pm to 10pm NO TRAINS between Chofu and Keio-Hachioji,Takaosanguchi, 
5:30pm to 10pm NO TRAINS between Chofu and Hashimoto

The other subways; Available

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Yokohama, Japan. 2 days after the quake...

This is what's going on on the streets of Yokohama Japan, as reported by StarrWulfe/J.L.Gatewood

Kind of surreal-realism...  Check it out and comment please...


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