It’s concerning to hear that people are buying Potassium Iodine (KI) off the shelf based on fear and really have no idea what it does to the body. Potassium Iodine is not recommended for “possible” distant exposure. It is not beneficial for you unless under a direct exposure emergency situation. “There are health risks associated with taking KI.”  However, it is important to distinguish, naturally occurring Iodine food sources, such as kelp and yogurt, are good to incorporate in our dietary intake.
A medical blog just released this, “It’s important to note that potassium iodide pills protect only the thyroid. They don’t prevent your body from taking in the radiation and don’t help prevent radiation damage to other parts of the body…but taking iodine pills is not something you want to do unless instructed by your doctor or emergency management officials. No experts are suggesting anyone in the U.S. take potassium iodide, and of course there is no current risk of radiation exposure from a nuclear meltdown in the U.S.”
Diet is vital in altering our health, especially when it comes to radiation poisoning. It’s really about incorporating long-term practices into our standard diet—having a good intake of spirulina, chlorella, seaweed, and antioxidant foods and immune supportive supplements. In truth, we are probably much more at risk for direct daily exposure to long-term lower levels of radiation from our mobile phones, computers, microwaves, air travel, x-ray exams, TV, outside power plants, and other harmful environmental atmosphere contaminants.
My blog article “Counteracting the Negative Effects of Full Body Scanners & Airplane Radiation” has some excellent suggestions for longer-term good dietary solutions for combating daily radiation we are exposed to and building our immune system. Click here for my article.
Two case studies found to positively alter the negative effects of direct exposure to atomic radiation are shown below. First study: Nagaski doctor saving lives by his patients and colleagues, one mile away from 1945 atomic Nagaski and Hiroshima bombing, with a strict sea vegetables diet (or what many would call a “macrobiotic diet”). The other one is the use of regular use of spirulina in saving the lives of children exposed to the 1986 Chernobyl radiation poisoning.
1) 1945 Japanese case study–diet saving lives after atomic bombing:
“At the time of the atomic bombing of Japan, Tatsuichiro Akizuki, M.D. was Director of the Department of Internal Medicine at St. Francis’s Hospital in Nagasaki and fed his staff and patients a strict diet of brown rice, miso and tamari soy soup, wakame, kombu and other seaweed, Hokkaido pumpkin, and sea salt and prohibited the consumption of sugar and sweets. Sugars and sweets were forbidden because they suppress the immune system! Because of this diet — which was rich in sea vegetables — he saved everyone in his hospital while many other survivors perished from the radiation sickness. (Tatsuichiro Akuziki, M.D. Nagasaki 1945, London Quarter books, 1981).”
2) Spirulina found to save children exposed to 1986 Chernobyl radiation poisoning:
Regular intake of spirulina was given to children in Belarus clinics suffering from radiation sickness after Chernobyl. This is what they found: “By taking 5 grams of spirulina a day for 45 days…. children showed enhanced immune systems and T-cell counts and reduced radioactivity…. regeneration of bone marrow, spinal fluids, blood and the liver. Dangerously low white blood cell counts of about 1000, typical of leukemia, rose to an average of 3000 in 20 days, and the spirulina produced rapid improvements in the health of treated children compared to others who did not receive the algae. In particular, spirulina reduced urine radioactivity levels by 50% in only 20 days time.” Based on the Institute of Radiation Medicine in Minsk results, the Belarus Ministry of Health concluded that spirulina accelerates the evacuation of radionuclides from the human body.” 
Melinda’s Anti-Radiation Kelp Noodle-Sea Veggie Salad:
• Fresh Kelp Noodles (by Sea Tangle Noodle Company)—12 oz.
• Fresh Mixed Sea Vegetables or Dried Sea Vegetables—3-6 oz.
• Dulse (or other seaweed flakes) —A few dashes.
• Fresh Chopped Parsley—1-2 chopped cup(s)
• Fresh Chopped Coriander (Cilantro) —1 chopped cup.
• Fresh Mint—1/2 chopped cup.
• Cucumber —1 large chopped.
• Spirulina Powder or “Salad Booster”(by Living Intentions)—A few dashes.
• Limes or Lemon—1-2 Squeezed (or to taste).
• Olive Oil — to taste or approx. 2T.
• Tamari Soy Sauce — to taste or approx. a few dashes of it.
• Pepper and salt to taste (beware sea veggies very salty so wash well!).
• Optional adds (sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, dulse, garlic, chia seeds, chives).
Make to sure to buy all organic fresh produce. Raise well the kelp and sea vegetables and then chop fine. Add to large bowl then add finely chopped parsley, coriander and mint. If you don’t like one of the greens add more of the other be creative. Put in olive oil, tamari, and lemon into mix and stir well. I rarely make exact recipes so explore various options. It makes a great raw salad that even unadventurous types would like. Also, there are kelp supplements and spirulina power/tablets for those that just will not take to time to prepare dishes like this.
It is important we do not go into alarmist mode but rather consider long-term dietary practices that strengthen our immune system to extract out toxins entering our body.