Reports have started coming in several days ago from the East coast of the United States that “low levels” of radiation – specifically iodine 131 – have been detected. With levels leaking from Japan now approaching those of the 1986 Chernobyl accident in the Soviet Union – the worst nuclear disaster in history – this is sure to be even worse.

It is only a matter of time before governments begin admitting this disaster will be worse than Chernobyl.

What is worse is that governments are in denial and issuing false reports as to the extent of the damage and the dangers to people around the world. As an example of the massive denial, only a few days ago the Japanese government was advising people within a 20 kilometer radius of the accident to stay indoors, shut their windows and not run their air conditioners.

Can someone put a bit more punch in their koolaid? The US government is advising it’s citizens to move at least 50 miles from the danger zone — still a ridiculously small number. If their own son or daughter were in Japan you can be sure they would tell them to get the hell out of the country.

Everyone in Tokyo should have started evacuating the moment the disaster struck. Soon it will be too late, and most Japanese people within hundreds of miles of the nuclear plants will become sick with radiation poisoning. I wonder if the Japanese government will be held responsible for criminal negligence, allowing millions of people to remain in harms way.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the US both say this “low level” of detectable radiation in the US “poses no threat to public safety.” These criminals should also be prosecuted for criminal negligence and the dissemination of false information.

It’s only a matter of time before these “low levels” begin to escalate in the “official” reports, and tragically, the longer we wait to protect ourselves the worse the damage will be. So by lying to the public, world governments are possibly causing the unnecessary shortening of millions of lives.

Everyone in the world should be taking small but significant amounts of iodine to protect their Thyroid gland from radiation. While there is no hard or definitive number as to the amount of iodine that should be taken, at least a few grams a day – perhaps from a good source of clean seaweed – is a good place to start.

Some researchers have even suggested that optimal levels in such a pollution and stress-filled world may be closer to the 10-50mg range. Others would warn against taking so much because of possible side-effects. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer, and iodine doesn’t even protect us against all forms of radiation now spreading around the world. But we should do what we can.

Here is what the website says.

“How much iodine do we need to be safe?

Radioactive iodine-131 is absorbed along with normal iodine from your diet, to the point of ‘saturation”.  We can protect ourselves by insuring that our iodine levels are adequate.  According to the USDA, the RDA of iodine is 150 micrograms per day (220 micrograms during pregnancy, and 290 micrograms during lactation) and we receive an average of 270 micrograms per day from food, depending on our diet and location.  The USDA Tolerable Upper Intake Level for adults is 1.1 milligrams per day.  An adult thyroid may contain about 15 mg of iodine when saturated.  Excess iodine is removed from the body through the kidneys.”

Because the USDA and RDA of virtually all natural supplements are intended only to prevent diseases due to insufficient amounts, not diseases that can be prevented with optimal amounts, the same can be said for the miniscule 150 micrograms of iodine recommendation. If you want to believe what the US government tells you is adequate to protect yourself, knock yourself out. I’m telling you 150 micrograms is not nearly enough. Not even close.

In fact, I have read estimates that the average intake of iodine in Japan is between 14-80 milligrams per day, and the Japanese have some of the longest lifespans in the world. So higher levels of iodine do not seem to have terribly harmful negative consequences.