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How Food can Protect our Families from Radiation Exposure

29 Mar


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I have worried about my friends who live in Japan.  Yet at the same time, in the midst of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, I am inspired and awed by the great peace, power of community and strength of the Japanese people.

Today, trace levels of radiation from the explosion at Fukushima are now in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Nevada and other Western states. Despite the low levels found, the risk of radiation exposure hits home. Although we are exposed to significant amounts of radiation already in our daily lives (cell phone towers, microwaves, X-rays, CT scans, yes even cigarette smoking), the low levels of radioactive material leaking out from a nuclear plant on the other side of the earth makes it seem more significant.

What radioactive material should we be looking out for?

The byproducts of the recent nuclear explosion are Iodine-131, strontium-90 and cesium-137. Iodine-131 travels best (therefore the first material to be found in the US), but after 80 days, only less than 0.1% will remain.  Cesium-137 can travel too, but once it falls on the ground, it will stay there for 300 years with only 0.1% remaining.


Why should we be concerned?

Because these radioactive materials can enter our bodies through ingesting, absorption through the skin or inhalation.  Moreover, they have been shown to cause different types of cancer.


What can Mamas do to protect their families?

Before going out to buy Potassium Iodide, Mamas can simply use Raw Food to:

1. protect our family’s bodies by filling up our cells with good minerals  and thereby keeping radioactive materials out, and

2. detoxify in order to get rid of any radioactive materials already present.

How can we use Raw Food to protect our families from radiation exposure?

From Gabriel Cousens’ A Comprehensive Holistic Approach to the Plague of Radiation and What To Do:


1. Serve up foods that protect the body from radiation exposure:


Iodine (found in kelp and strawberries)



thyroid and gonads




Potassium (found in chard, crimini mushrooms and spinach)



muscles, kidneys, liver, and reproductive organs




Calcium (found in spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens and collard greens)






Other excellent foods that protect against radiation are:

– garlic, onion, ginseng

– echinacea, rosemary

green tea – 20 cups gives 97% more protection against radiation

chlorophyll-rich foods: cabbage, leafy greens, spirulina (decreases side effects of radiation by 50%), wheatgrass, sprouts, blue green algae

beets can lessen cesium-137 absorption by 97-100%

bee pollen contains 15% lecithin which protects against all 3 radioactive materials: iodine-131, strontium-90 and cesium-137


2. Serve up foods that bind to radioactive material, turning them into harmless salts and then ridding the body of them:


Kelp family (kelp, arame, wakame, kombu, hijiki) contains sodium alginate





Green algae (chlorella)




Other excellent chelates:

apples, sunflowers seeds, miso, grains, beans, peas


3. Serve up alkalizing foods that are low in the food chain protect the body against radiation:

raw vegan foods because they have lower concentrations of radioactive materials:

avoid animal products because they contain up to 15 x (milk) and 30 x (beef) more radioactive materials

More Resources:

Nuclear Plants Near You (USA)


What is raw vegan food?

What are Raw Vegan ingredients?

What do Raw Vegans avoid?

Cancer Policy for Everyone – Why is it important?

30 Mar

Did you know:

1 in 2 American Males and 1 in 3 American Females
will probably develop invasive cancer in their lifetime.
– American Cancer Society, Surveillance and Health Policy Research, 2009

I couldn’t believe it when I heard it.  1 in 2 men.  1 in 3 women. Get cancer. My disbelief was so much that I had to look up the statistic for myself.  I still cannot believe it.  With facts like this, I would have thought more people would be actively doing something about it.  The doctors tell us we need to exercise 5 days a week and eat more fruits and vegetables.  Are they any more specific than that?  Are people following this advice? And even if you do all you can to prevent it through exercise and diet, is there anything else we could do?

What happens when the thought of cancer hits home?  Full scale ‘war’ on the possibility of the ‘C’ word.

 Our son’s hospital socks turned into puppets

Last year, we were led to the CT scan room and after a quick explanation of the procedures, our son was sedated so quickly in my arms that I wasn’t prepared for it and we were asked to leave him with the unfamiliar doctors in the CT scan room.  The reality of what was happening hit me – or maybe the reality of the possibilities hit me.  And as my husband and I turned our back on the door, behind which our son lay asleep in the hands of strangers, my heart sank completely.  I felt an absolute loss of control and the tears that I held back for the previous 3 hours in a private hospital room just gushed out in a crowded corridor.  I just prayed the results would be normal. 

After a few nerve racking days, the results came back: NORMAL.  But I promised myself from then on that I would fight as hard as I could against any of those negative possibilities that raced through my head that day in the hospital. Knowing full well that there are risks to CT scans, I was going to prepare our son’s body (and at the same time my husband’s and mine) for whatever illness everybody else seems to be getting.  I was going to do it in the same way we approached his homebirth – like a marathon runner preparing for a race.

As life would have it, at around the same time, my yoga teacher was in the process of writing her book, Yoga For Cancer, with a huge part dedicated to the Curative Cancer Diet.  In a gist, the Curative Cancer Diet is a limited raw food diet: salads, sprouts and sweet fruits.  Acidifying foods are not allowed.  Any sweetener, fat and salt are also restricted in type and amount.  Because of this book, I was beginning to understand the power of RAW food and the importance of FRESH vegetables and fruit in our bodies.  As I read more on the subject of raw foods, I also found Gabriel Cousens’ books.  His work combines both the living foods diet and Ayurveda principles to create a very specific raw diet, which intrigued me.  
So, I began to think: if raw food is powerful enough to heal cancer cells, then would it not benefit as a preventative diet?  Yes! I decided on our new menu plan with my husband’s vote of confidence (it wouldn’t work otherwise):

For one, I had become largely raw vegan, which therefore changed most of our usual eating patterns.  There were much more fresh fruit and fresh vegetables at each meal.  And besides our usual unrefined, made-fresh-from-scratch everyday food, I started serving my husband and son raw green smoothies for breakfast, fresh fruits as snacks (raw applesauce is our favourite these days) and a salad a day (that they liked) along with their usual cooked vegetables.  There is no way my boys would turn vegetarian, so I tried to minimize the foods that contribute to the development of cancer in one’s body (The China Study): meat, poultry, dairy and eggs (also Mad Cowboy).  I added a little more fish instead and minimized any refined foods
.  We added more vegetarian foods (Food Revolution and Diet for a New America) and vegetables have become the main attraction of each meal – that is on days when I am an inspired cook. 

Results: Well, our son does love his fruits and artichokes with dip, broccoli with garlic, roasted cauliflower, baked sweet potato, fresh tomato salad, asparagus with dressing, Japanese salad with ginger dressing, raw kale salad…  That he has found a love for fruits and vegetables makes me feel we’ve done something right. 


We decided to get a Cancer Policy for our family (thank you Sherri for that recommendation!).  Children are free until they are married or in their mid-20’s.  Premiums don’t change from the day your policy starts.  And, basically it provides you with cash benefits during any potential cancer treatment.  Your medical insurance pays the hospital bills, but the cancer insurance pays for living expenses when you cannot work.  The most popular individual cancer policy is from Aflac.  I believe they were the first company to introduce this type of policy. 


My yoga teacher also recommends exercise, de-stressing and meditation.  As a family, we exercise a couple of times a week.  We love being one with nature: we go on nature walks, have lunch outdoors, play outdoors together.  We talk to each other every day.  We enjoy each other every day.  But most of all, we love each other every day.

With 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women getting cancer in their lifetime – it is worth having a REAL Cancer Policy. For us this means not only an insurance policy, but a more difficult and proactive policy – that of a preventative regime.