- Oct 3, 2008
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From what I gather, most likely not even all of the people in Japan will need any Iodine pills - let alone people here in the US.
No, I should have been more specific, and also to note that taking iodine DOES have side-effects and so don't take it unless radiation gets higher...
Unless all the information sources are lying, I, living in Pennsylvania, am probably getting more radiation here at work sitting in front of an LCD screen with a couple hundred server towers and such across the room, than I would be getting standing on a beach on the west coast of the USA.
Here's the difference : Those are two different types of radiation, and also there's a difference between external radiation and ingesting or inhaling radioactive stuff... I mean, radiation that might be equivalent to a minor x-ray can turn into several deep chest x-rays worth of radiation by the time your body has processed it.
Though, I'm not the expert and can't tell you what to take and when, I'm mostly just saying that it's usually prudent to be prepared. The way our system operates is that if everyone demands something it runs out before the demand ends.
So far though, it SEEMS as though the radiation is still low... but I'm not convinced that the readings reported were of anything more then the first explosion which only had a small radioactive leak... NOT the several other BIGGER explosions that came afterward in the following days.
However, now that I'm aware iodine can help, I may research it a bit and buy some, since I DO live only 40ish miles from TMI, and I DO work in Harrisburg 5 days a week, so I might as well be ready...but I'll probably just forget I ever typed this inside 30 mins from now.
iodine can ONLY protect you from the radioactive iodine released... NOT the laundry list of other toxic materials. Mind you most of that stuff will probably just land in the oceans, which is bad enough, but at least the human cost will be kept to a minimum.