Monday, June 13, 2011

Radiation on your Vegetables?

There is some voiced concern all over the Internet that we aren't being told all the facts about radiation contamination coming from Japan. I have no clue if it's true or not, but I offer an ounce of prevention... just in case.

Vegetables can be washed in a mixture of 1 part calcium bentonite clay to 8 parts of water in a small non-metallic container. Add the vegetables, toss to be sure all the vegetables are well-coated, and allow them to sit under the water mixture for 10 minutes. Rinse, and prepare or store.

Bentonite clay has a strong negative ion charge which causes pesticides, radiation and other toxins to bind with it. When you rinse off the clay, you also rinse off the contaminant. (Source) 

Bentonite clay can be added to catchment tanks, drinking water or raw milk to isolate radioactivity, which will not be released once captured by clay. Also, the body cannot digest clay, but will rather release clay through excrement. The clay can be added to milk or drinking water at a dosage of 1 oz liquid calcium bentonite to 1 gallon raw milk or drinking water. (Source)

Bentonite clay is inexpensive, and non-toxic. I found some on Amazon for $1 plus shipping. In fact some people ingest a tablespoon or two of bentonite in water daily to rid the body of heavy metals, like mercury in old dental fillings and whatever else we ingest from industrial foods and our contaminated atmosphere. I suppose they might use the liquid calcium bentonite like suggested above for water and raw milk but I really don't know.

You can treat your garden vegetables with a spray of Bentonite clay, French green clay, or Zeolite clay mixed in water. They all absorb contamination, from heavy metals and pesticides to radioactivity. If you are concerned that rainfall might bring more radiation down on your plants, just re-apply the clay spray after a rain.

An excellent means of treating the soil is using rock dust to remineralize the soil and remove radioactive materials. Remineralization is essential for growing strong and healthier vegetables and fruits. At the Chernoble disaster it was found that:

“Remineralization protects not only soil and plants from radioactivity, but humans, too. Supplying abundant minerals especially trace elements to the human body improves radiation tolerance, immune system integrity and radiation exposure recovery.” -David Yarrow, 2006 (Source)

A very important part of remineralization and fertilization is the inclusion of magnesium. Magnesium is a crucial factor in the natural self-cleansing and detoxification responses of the body, and Magnesium is the central core of the chlorophyll molecule in plant tissue and nutrient uptake. The loss of a healthy green color in plants can be the first indication of a Mg deficiency. (Color loss reflects the shortage of chlorophyll in the plant.) As the deficiency becomes more severe, the area between the veins of the leaves becomes yellow while the veins stay green.

While this is an essential element for all plants, these crops have been found to be especially responsive: alfalfa, blueberry, beet, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, clover, conifers, corn, cotton, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, onion, pepper, potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, squash, tobacco, tomato, and watermelon.

Grass Tetany is a magnesium deficiency in ruminants. It occurs when livestock are fed a diet of forages low in Mg.

"Magnesium is a vital mineral whose lack leaves us open to not only radioactive damages but also those from heavy metals and thousands of chemicals, which we are commonly exposed to.

Mercury, and now a long list of radioactive particles, are floating in the environment like invisible clouds that have spread out everywhere. They are raining down on us, damaging and damning our future. We can no longer be passive about building our defenses against the toxic onslaught.

Without sufficient magnesium, the body
accumulates toxins and acid residues,
degenerates rapidly, and ages prematurely.
" (Source)

If plants do not get enough Mg. from the soil, neither do the foods they produce... and neither do we when we eat those foods!

For the garden, you can apply Boron to your garden soil at a rate of 1 pound boron per acre, or 10 pounds of Borax (which is 11% boron) per acre. Boron is recognized as extremely safe and can be used to absorb radioactivity on our soils, gardens, orchards, etc. It can also be safely ingested by humans and animals, where it binds the radiation and is excreted in the stools. For humans 4-10 mg per day of boron OR 1/8 tsp. Borax in a liter of water daily for women, and 1/4 tsp. for men. Red wine and coffee, and non-citrus fruits are good sources of boron. (Source)

Some foods we can eat also combat radiation poisoning, which I wrote about here.

Baking soda, used in baths (with salt) is very effective for counteracting radiation effects on the body, even from x-ray radiation, and cathode ray tubes [CRT's] like my ancient television set and defunct computer. Use 1 cup of baking soda and 1 to 2 cups of ordinary coarse salt, epsom salts or sea salt to a tub of water. You can soak for 20 minutes. (Source)

Lastly, something to watch
Russian scientists in the Khibinsky Mountains in the Arctic Circle have made an important scientific discovery. They’ve found a new mineral which absorbs radiation!

It does not yet have an official name and is known only as number 27-4. It can absorb radioactivity from liquid nuclear waste.

It can extract radioactive substances from any water-based solution and so has a very important practical significance,” said Yakov Pakhomovsky, the head of the Kolsky Research Institute.

After coming into contact with the mineral, radioactive water becomes completely safe. Had this mineral been available to physicists after the Chernobyl or Three Mile Island disasters, the consequences might have been very different, as both accidents resulted in contamination from radioactive water. (Source)


  1. Very helpful information. Thanks for getting it all together!

    Sue aka ~Leah's Mom~

  2. I'm finding the information helpful too. I'm thinking bentonite would be good to use in washing all fruits and vegetables in general, even without considering environmental radiation.

  3. Thank you! I've been wanting some answers and appreciate your work here. I will be fwding this on to others.


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