The last couple of posts have been about the new EPA rules that have recently been presented. Now there will be a time for public comment and then they’ll be put into action. ( I’m sorry, I don’t believe that public comment can save us from strange and disturbing EPA rules.)
I can understand why the EPA wants to protect us from Mercury. But don’t a lot of us have Mercury in our heads already? And don’t we get it from seafood? And isn’t it already in our lakes and streams?
My point is it’s a great idea to restrict plants from polluting the environment but I’m not so sure that the increase in limits for other metals is necessary. By all means, remove the mercury, but don’t increase the amount of radioactive materials I can ingest at the same time!
Here is something that talks about why Iodine is important and I am willing to recognize that it is very important. I’m willing to agree that iodine is nature’s trick to prevent us from dying of oxidation! But I’m not willing to accept that any of us can handle any more Strontium 90! That is just nuts!
Increasing iodine levels-I suppose even radioactive levels in a chronic way might not be so dangerous. If iodine is what our bodies are looking for and if we accept things like bromine and fluorine in place of iodine then perhaps we could use an atmosphere that had a little more iodine in it-but I’m still having trouble digesting the fact that the EPA thinks we can handle more radioactive iodine. Iodine it turns out, displaces Strontium 90. Read this:
Doctors involved with Chernobyl nuclear plant catastrophe in 1989 used kelp for detoxification and thyroid gland rehabilitation, Modifilan helped thousands of nuclear plant workers and people in the area who were affected by the explosion because the iodine is protective against Strontium 90 and other toxicities.
The most important nutrient provided by kelp is iodine. Seaweed is noted for its ability to bind heavy metals and radioactive pollutants. Dr. Yukio Tanaka of the Gastrointestinal Research Lab at McGill University demonstrated that kelp may inhibit the absorption of lead, cadmium, and radioactive strontium (one of the most hazardous pollutants). 80 to 90 percent of radioisotopes of Strontium 90 could be removed from the intestinal tract in the presence of seaweed. Iodine and the sodium alginates found in seaweed are the specific agents that do the chelation. So much Strontium 90 has been released by nuclear explosions, power plants, and nuclear weapons facilities that it is believed that every person has detectable levels in their bone tissue. Many cancers are attributable to this contamination.
Some doctors see cancer tumors having characteristics very similar to yeasts. “Seaweeds (iodine) have exceptional value in the treatment of candida overgrowth. They contain selenium and (all the) other minerals necessary for rebuilding immunity; furthermore the rich iodine content is used by enzymes in the body to produce iodine-charged free radicals which deactivate yeasts. Before the advent of anti-fungal drugs, iodine was the standard medical treatment for yeasts. When candidiasis is complicated with tumours or cancers, then seaweed is of additional benefit. Salt should normally be restricted during candida overgrowth”.[xxxiii]
But my god, all of this is theoretical! The numbers of people who have serious thyroid problems isn’t equal to the number of people the CDC says should be keeling over because of mercury poisoning!
I have a headache. I’m going to go eat some kelp!