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Interesting. Potassium is not “a macronutrient” as claimed. Macronutrients are protein, fat and carbohydrate. Potassium is a micronutrient, an essential dietary mineral and electrolyte. The compounds cesium forms are water soluble.
It is among the most problematic of the short-to-medium-lifetime fission products because it easily moves and spreads in nature due to the high water solubility of caesium’s most common chemical compounds, which are salts.
The compounds of cesium are similar to those of potassium. … Growing plants require large amounts of potassium, and concentrate it from the soil. Since cesium mimics potassium, the radioactive cesium is also taken up and reconcentrated. The result is that plants grown on contaminated soil may contain a much higher concentration of radioactive cesium than the soil in which they are grown.
Counter Measures for Radioactive isotope caesium-137
1. Does not accumulate in the body as effectively as many other fission products (such as iodine and strontium) but has a half-life of about 30 years.
2. As with other alkali metals, caesium-137 washes out of the body relatively quickly in sweat and urine.
3. Caesium mixes easily with water and is chemically similar to potassium and can enter through many foods, including milk. It mimics potassium and tends to accumulate in plant tissues, including fruits and vegetables and mimics how potassium gets metabolized in the body being concentrated higher in muscle tissues and lower in bones.
Counter Measures for isotope caesium-137
1. Dietary potassium intake affects the biological half-life of 137Cs in humans that is cesium half-life decreased by potassium intake. The average person needs about 5,000 mg of potassium every day just to maintain normal health. According to studies each person needs 40 mg of potassium per pound of weight every day. Health authorities suggest a minimum of 2,000 to 6,000 mg. in the diet. I personally would use 10,000 mg to flood the body with potassium to prevent or minimize cesium absorption.
2. Radiocesium maybe reduced by the use of cesium binders bentonite clay and Prussian blue (hexacyanoferrates); clay minerals and are effective in preventing high radiocaesium levels in animals.).
3. The orally administered colloidal-soluble iron(III) hexacyanoferrates(II) (NH4Fe[Fe(CN)6] and KFe[Fe(CN)6]) have to be considered as the most valuable countermeasure against radiocaesium absorption for humans and domestic animals but is by prescription. Adult: Usual dose starts at 1 g (2 500 mg capsules) PO tid for up to 3 weeks or longer, as required. For children ages 2-12 years: 1 gram (2 capsules PO tid (capsules may be opened and mixed with food). [note: TID = Three times a day]
4. Bentonite clay binds with metals so that they can be excreted. 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay with each meal mixed with juice or water; member that bentonite swells with moisture. Do Not Take Dry!
5. Sodium alginate detoxes the body from ionizing radiation like strontium 90, cesium 137, along with blocking their absorption and also detoxes heavy metals like mercury from the body. Sodium alginate reduces the amount of strontium-90 absorbed by bone tissue by 50 to 83 percent and is most effective at binding plutonium, and cesium. Alginate is nontoxic and is not reabsorbed for the GI tract and appears to have no adverse affects even at high doses.
Counter Measures for Other Radioactive Isotopes
1. Calcium and Magnesium: both help your body to pass off Strontium 90. is best. Dr. Linus Pauling says heavy calcium supplementation will reduce strontium 90 absorption by 50 percent. Calcium blocks or decreases the absorption of strontium-90, calcium-45 and other radioactive isotopes by the skeletal system and also helps to eliminate radioactive isotopes that are lodged in the bones.
2. Adults should consume 1,400 mg of calcium (preferably calcium citrate) per day. Too much calcium can be harmful (it binds the intestines) so it needs to be take as a calcium—magnesium combination. The optimal amount should contain about ½ as much magnesium as calcium or 700 mg. Magnesium: Like calcium, magnesium prevents the uptake of radioisotopes and helps to eliminate already stored strontium-90.