Since I was introduced to Spirulina in the eighties’, a great deal of research has been conducted about Spirulina’s effectiveness in mitigating the effects of radiation.
I lived in Austria during the terrible nuclear disaster of Chernobyl in 1986, and witnessed how difficult it was for our minds to comprehend the short and long-term effects the disaster might have on Europe — (i will blog about it later) Therefore, it seems quite clear that the nuclear problems in Fukushima have raised the question to find natural remedies, which would mitigate long-term effects on radiation, which could compromise life in this country, too.
“… Many pre-clinical studies and a few clinical studies suggest several therapeutic effects ranging from reduction of cholesterol and cancer to enhancing the immune system, increasing intestinal lactobacilli, reducing nephrotoxicity by heavy metals and drugs and radiation protection. This paper presents a critical review of some published and unpublished data on therapeutic effects of Spirulina.”
Now, writing and looking back, it seems so tragic to me, that i am not capable to choose pictures for this post. But i would like to encourage you to watch the 6 min video of the Russian filmmaker Vladimir Shevchenko (sources)*.
Back to our subject — Spirulina was actually used to treat children exposed to chronic low-levels of radiation after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster:
When the Chernobyl reactor melted down, an official number of 134 plant workers and firefighters were exposed to high doses of radiation—800 to 16,000 mSv—and developed acute radiation sickness and 31 died within the first 3 months (more workers followed during the unofficial cleanup, numbers climbed up to 6000, though the numbers were disputed).
In total, more than 150,000 cleanup workers became victims of radiation poisoning. Life was compromised due to the radiotoxic environment on a high level for all people, including children (160,000), adults and animals. Many people suffered of leukemia, anemia, cancers, thyroid disease, liver and bone marrow degeneration, and overall severely compromised immune systems.
A British company reportedly sent shipments of Spirulina to clinics in Belarus to treat child victims of radiation sickness. Soviet physicians at the Institute of Radiation Medicine in Minsk administered 5 grams of Spirulina daily to some of the radiation-exposed children for 45 consecutive days. The improvements were outstanding:
- The spirulina-fed children showed bone marrow, spinal fluid, blood cell and liver regeneration. The low white blood cell tripled within 20 days. Urine radioactivity levels decreased by 50 percent.
Health restoration was reported even when radiation sickness was advanced, and despite to the fact that the food and water as well as the environment was highly contaminated. Based on the results, the Belarus Ministry of Health concluded that Spirulina accelerates the evacuation of radionuclides from the human body, without adverse side effects (Radioactive Caesium).
A 1993 report (author L.P. Loseva) confirmed the 1991 findings about the benefits of Spirulina for children with radiation sickness, leading to the awarding of a Russian patent for spirulina in the treatment of radiation sickness.
“Spirulina platensis is an effective natural adsorbent of long-life radionuclides caesium-137, strontium-90, and potassium-40 and can lead to a reduction of radioactive contamination in children ages 10 to 16 years of age.”
Since then worldwide studies conducted came to similar and even more interesting conclusions, calling Spirulina a natural Radiation Shield (continue reading…)
please watch the 6 min video: http://www.dvice.com/archives/2011/03/video_this_is_w.php