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Rush for emergency supplies, potassium iodide

Original post made on Mar 18, 2011

Local residents have scooped up emergency-supply kits, water purifiers and potassium iodide in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and radiation leak, storeowners said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 18, 2011, 11:13 AM

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Posted by Doctor Killjoy
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Mar 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I can see that the "Chicken Littles" of this area have been keeping busy.

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Posted by the_punnisher
a resident of Whisman Station
on Mar 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

the_punnisher is a registered user.

" Doctor " Killjoy will be the first one who would become a sociopath when people start getting ill....

The problem with US M$M is that our " facts " really are not....

You really have to think outside the box when it comes to getting accurate data.

The best way to look at this whole situation is to look at what is NOT being covered...Looking at other countries news web sites might paint a different picture.

The better pictures of this SLOW MOTION TRAIN WRECK which is not over were released on other countries news sites; ONES THAT DON'T PRACTICE CENSORSHIP!!!

I had gotten a better picture from the BBC and different Japanese web sites....these same pictures showed up in the US TWO DAYS LATER...

I'm afraid that the data is " slightly skewed " by the time the US M$M decides to " inform " the sheeple...

It is time to face reality; the M$M data is inaccurate at best.

Are you ready to " Bet your Life " on it? You are, you know....

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Posted by Radiation_Activist
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Also, I strongly recommend stocking up on everything Japanese NOW before the radio-active imports start to hit our shores!!!

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Posted by Organic_Nuts
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 18, 2011 at 8:39 pm

[Shoppers in Beijing, Shanghai and other parts of China have stripped supermarket shelves empty of table salt in recent days in the belief that it either wards off radiation injuries or that the nation's supply would be contaminated by radioactive fallout.]

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Posted by k
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm

It's always depressing how incredibly selfish people in the US are. There are limited amounts of potassium iodide in the world, and people who do *NOT* need it are buying it up, potentially making it unavailable to people who actually need it.

Here's a good chart to put things in perspective: Web Link

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Posted by sheesh
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm

The hysteria and misinformation is truly pathetic. If there was ANY positive outcome from Chernobyl, it is a better understanding of the risk, consequences and mitigations radiation exposure from nuclear power incidents. In fact, I find it disturbing that our Surgeon General when asked about west coasters buying KI basically said 'better safe than sorry.' By the same logic, she'll soon be advising people to take antibiotics for a sniffly nose. The fact that I read the WHO report on KI's risks and benefits in regards to radiation poisoning and understood more about it than our Surgeon General days before her remarks is a sad statement. Kudos to the CA EMA spokesperson who, when questioned about the same stated they would distribute KI to those within 50 miles if Diablo Canyon had an incident.

The truly sad part of it all is that the panic, misinformation and sensationalism surrounding the nuclear incident has taken away from the true catastrophe... I find myself waiting for ONE of these media goons, when asked what the worst-case scenario is, to look back, half-shocked and say "My God, over 10,000 people have died and half a million are homeless... the worst-case has ALREADY happened. HELP THEM!"

text REDCROSS to 10999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross for their relief efforts in Japan.

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Posted by Organic_Nuts
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 21, 2011 at 11:14 pm

[After panic buying, Chinese seek refunds on salt: Misguided shoppers cleared stores of the seasoning in the midst of a panic about radiation from Japan, some paying 10 times the normal prices. But few are allowed to return it for refunds.]

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Posted by Stephan
a resident of Jackson Park
on Mar 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Look into dietary iodine sources. (Potassium is not germane.) Nori (like TJ's Sesweed Snacks) has at least 100 ug per gram, and some varieties have up to 20 times that. Since the DV is 150 ug, you'd saturate your thyroid with stable iodine after eating an 11.3-gram pack per day for a week or so, the I'd drop it back to a gram or two per day. The per-capita daily consumption of seaweed in Japan is (or was) 11 g, the world's highest. Going over that (short- or long-term) might be hazardous, especially if you're deficient in selenium. all this is according to credible (but) on-line sources. Look into it, folks, just to be ready. Information confers options.

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Posted by Bill Michel
a resident of Castro City
on Mar 22, 2011 at 7:03 pm

The best thing everyone can do to "prepare", is to write Jerry Brown,
and CA Legislators and have them shut down Diablo Canyon & San Onofre.

People should keep in mind that potassium iodide will not protect
one from radioactive cesium and strontium which target muscle and
bone respectively. In the case of nuclear releases, prevention is
really the operative word.

Check for more info.

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Posted by Old Salt
a resident of Rex Manor
on Mar 23, 2011 at 7:42 am

Are these the same people who duct taped their residences shut after 9/11?
The same clueless dolts who manage to get lost in Foothills Park? On a clear day. At high noon. Without any water.
In a real emergency, we have plans to get as far away from the maddening crowd as is possible and wait it out. Most modern people wouldn't last three days on their own.

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