What you can do to pro­tect yourself

by Steve Hickey, PhD; Atsuo Yanag­i­sawa, MD, PhD; Andrew W. Saul, PhD; Gert E. Schuitemaker, PhD; Damien Down­ing, MD

(OMNS May 14, 2012) Peo­ple have been mis­in­formed about the tragedy at Fukushima and its con­se­quences. There is a con­tin­u­ing cover-up, the reac­tors have not been sta­bi­lized, and radi­a­tion con­tin­ues to be released. The Japan­ese Col­lege of Intra­venous Ther­apy (JCIT) has recently released a video for peo­ple wish­ing to learn more about how to pro­tect them­selves from con­t­a­m­i­na­tion by tak­ing large doses of vit­a­min C.

Part 1 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbm_MH3nSdM

Part 2 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4cyzts3lMo

Part 3 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYiRo2Oucfo

Part 4 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51Ie8FuuYJw

All four parts of the video are also avail­able here http://firstlaw.wordpress.com/. Read­ers may link to, embed in their web­pages, and make copies of the video for free distribution.


In the fall of 2011, JCIT pre­sented a study that Fukushima work­ers had abnor­mal­ity gene expres­sion, which may be avoided using dietary antiox­i­dants, espe­cially vit­a­min C. The data was pre­sented in Japan, Tai­wan, and Korea. The JCIT sent let­ters to the gov­ern­ment urg­ing the gov­ern­ment to tell the peo­ple how they may pro­tect them­selves from radi­a­tion. To date, the rec­om­men­da­tion has been ignored by Japan­ese gov­ern­ment and TEPCO (Tokyo Elec­tric Power Company).

Linus Paul­ing gained the Nobel Peace Prize in part based on his cal­cu­la­tions of the num­ber of deaths from nuclear weapons fallout.[1] He was sup­ported by physi­cist and father of the Soviet bomb Andrei Sakharov, who also later received the Nobel Prize for peace.[2] These and other sci­en­tists esti­mated that there would be an extra 10,000 deaths world­wide for each mega­ton nuclear test in the atmos­phere. A nuclear reac­tor can con­tain much more radioac­tive mate­r­ial than a nuclear weapon. Fukushima had six reac­tors, plus stored addi­tional radioac­tive mate­r­ial and nuclear waste.


Ion­iz­ing radi­a­tion acts to dam­age liv­ing tis­sue by form­ing free rad­i­cals. Essen­tially, elec­trons are ripped from mol­e­cules. Remov­ing an elec­tron from an atom or mol­e­cule turns it into an ion, hence the term ion­iz­ing radi­a­tion. X-rays, gamma rays, alpha– and beta-radiation are all ionizing.

Most of the dam­age occurs from ion­iz­ing radi­a­tion gen­er­at­ing free rad­i­cals in water, as water mol­e­cules are by far the most abun­dant in the body. While avoid­ing unnec­es­sary expo­sure to ion­iz­ing radi­a­tion is clearly prefer­able, peo­ple affected by Fukushima do not have the lux­ury of avoid­ing contamination.


Free-radical scav­engers, as the name sug­gests, mop up the dam­ag­ing rad­i­cals pro­duced by radi­a­tion. The more com­mon term for free rad­i­cal scav­enger is antiox­i­dant. Antiox­i­dants replace the elec­trons stripped from mol­e­cules by ion­iz­ing radi­a­tion. Antiox­i­dants have long been used in the treat­ment of radi­a­tion poisoning.[3–7] Most of the harm from ion­iz­ing radi­a­tion occurs from free rad­i­cal dam­age which may be quenched by the free elec­trons antiox­i­dants pro­vide. For­tu­nately, safe antiox­i­dants are widely avail­able as nutri­tional sup­ple­ments. Vit­a­min C is the prime example.


Vit­a­min C is of par­tic­u­lar impor­tance and should be included at high intakes for any­one try­ing to min­i­mize radi­a­tion poi­son­ing. High dose vit­a­min C pro­vides con­tin­ual antiox­i­dant flow through the body. It is absorbed from the gut and helps to replen­ish the other antiox­i­dants. When it is used up, it is excreted in the urine. Impor­tantly, it can chelate, or grab onto, radioac­tive heavy metal atoms and help elim­i­nate them from the body. Large dynamic flow doses of vit­a­min C (about 3,000 mg, taken 4 times a day for a total of 12,000 mg) would exem­plify antiox­i­dant treat­ment. Higher doses have been used by Dr. Atsuo Yanag­i­sawa and col­leagues. [8,9]

Shortly after the dis­as­ter, Dr. Damien Down­ing described how sup­ple­ments can help pro­tect against radioac­tive fallout.[10] OMNS issued an update on the response to Fukushima in Japan.[11] Recently, Dr. Gert Schuitemaker has pro­vided a review of vit­a­min C as a radio-protectant for Fukushima contamination.[12]

Per­sons liv­ing in the areas affected by radioac­tive con­t­a­m­i­na­tion can take antiox­i­dant sup­ple­ments, espe­cially high doses of vit­a­min C, to coun­ter­act the neg­a­tive con­se­quences of long-term low dose radi­a­tion expo­sure, as well as to pro­tect the health of com­ing generations.[12,13] Peo­ple who have a pos­si­ble inter­nal or exter­nal radi­a­tion expo­sure should take antiox­i­dant sup­ple­ments to main­tain an opti­mal antiox­i­dant reserve. Because of the enor­mous size and oceanic spread of Fukushima con­t­a­m­i­na­tion, this lit­er­ally applies to everyone.

The Inter­na­tional Soci­ety for Ortho­mol­e­c­u­lar Med­i­cine is pleased to have par­tic­i­pated in the mak­ing of this impor­tant DVD on the pro­tec­tive effects of intra­venous vit­a­min C on radi­a­tion expo­sure from the Fukushima nuclear plant in March 2011. We are in full sup­port of the valu­able work of Dr. Yanag­i­sawa and his col­leagues, and we very much appre­ci­ate the com­mit­ment of Mr. Daisuke Shi­bata, who has made it pos­si­ble for the free dis­tri­b­u­tion of the video around the world. May this ortho­mol­e­c­u­lar mes­sage raise aware­ness and fos­ter improve­ment in the treat­ment of radi­a­tion exposure.”

Steven Carter

Direc­tor, Inter­na­tional Soci­ety for Ortho­mol­e­c­u­lar Medicine


1. The Nobel Foun­da­tion (1962) The Nobel Peace Prize 1962, Linus Paul­ing Biog­ra­phy, http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1962/pauling-bio.html

2. Sakharov A. (1975) The Nobel Peace Prize 1975, Andrei Sakharov, Auto­bi­og­ra­phy, http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1975/sakharov-autobio.html

3. Brown SL, Kolozs­vary A, Liu J, et al: Antiox­i­dant diet sup­ple­men­ta­tion start­ing 24 hours after expo­sure reduces radi­a­tion lethal­ity. Radiat Res, 2010; 173: 462–468.

4. Zueva NA, Metelitsa LA, Kovalenko AN, et al: Immunomod­u­lat­ing effect of berlithione in clean-up work­ers of the Cher­nobyl nuclear plant acci­dent [Arti­cle in Russ­ian]. Lik Sprava, 2002; (1): 24–26.

5. Yamamoto T, Kinoshita M et al. Pre­treat­ment with ascor­bic acid pre­vents lethal gas­troin­testi­nal syn­drome in mice receiv­ing a mas­sive amount of radi­a­tion. J Radiat Res (Tokyo) 2010; 51(2):145–56

6. Gaby A. Intra­venous Nutri­ent Ther­apy: the “Myers’ Cock­tail”. Alt Med Rev 2002; 7(5):389:403

7. Narra VR, How­ell RW, Sas­try KS, Rao DV. Vit­a­min C as a radio­pro­tec­tor against iodine-131 in vivo. J Nucl Med 1993; 34(4):637–40

8. Yanag­i­sawa A. Ortho­mol­e­c­u­lar approaches against radi­a­tion expo­sure. Pre­sen­ta­tion Ortho­mol­e­c­u­lar Med­i­cine Today Con­fer­ence. Toronto 2011 http://www.doctoryourself.com/Radiation_VitC.pptx.pdf

9. Green MH, Lowe JE et al. Effect of diet and vit­a­min C on DNA strand break­age in freshly-isolated human white blood cells. Mutat Res 1994; 316(2):91–102

10. Down­ing D. (2011) Radioac­tive Fall­out: Can Nutri­tional Sup­ple­ments Help?, A Per­sonal View­point, OMNS, May 10, http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v07n04.shtml

11. OMNS (2012) Vit­a­min C Pre­vents Radi­a­tion Dam­age, Nutri­tional Med­i­cine in Japan, Ortho­mol­e­c­u­lar Med­i­cine News Ser­vice, Feb­ru­ary 1. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v08n06.shtml

12. Schuitemaker GE. Vit­a­min C as pro­tec­tion against radi­a­tion expo­sure. J Ortho­mol­e­c­u­lar Med 2011, 26: 3; 141–145. [Also in Dutch: Schuitemaker G.E. Radioac­tiviteit in Japan: Ortho­mol­e­c­u­lair antwo­ord. Ortho 2011:3, June. http://www.ortho.nl]

13. Yanag­i­sawa A, Uwabu M, Burk­son BE, Weeks BS, Hun­ning­hake R, Hickey S, Levy T, (2011) Envi­ron­men­tal radioac­tiv­ity and health. Offi­cial JCIT State­ment, March 29. http://media.iv-therapy.jp/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Statement.pdf


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