Radiation is one of the types of contaminants that can be in water, so it’s important that you understand how to reduce your family’s exposure to radiation. Here are some key points about radiation.
What is radiation? Simply speaking radiation is the transmission of energy in the form of waves or particles through space or through a material (Wikipedia). The term radiation means “radiating out from a source”.
Radiation is not readily recognizable, as it is invisible, tasteless and odorless and some forms of radiation can penetrate materials, metal shields and the human body. Radiation can however, be measured by radiation detectors.
Radiation, in low levels, is all around us all the time, and can come from natural and man-made sources. It’s in the atmosphere, in many soils and rocks, and even comes from light bulbs and x-rays. Some places have naturally occurring radiation in their water in levels that are quite concerning (see this news report about radiation in Houston’s water). The Japanese earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster in March of 2011 was one of the most significant environmental disasters ever, with both air and water becoming radioactivity polluted. From that event, radioactive materials traveled around the world and even affected radiation levels in Europe.
Is there a risk of something similar happening in the USA? No one knows what the future holds of course. Some events have raised concern in recent years though. Just a few months after the Fukushima disaster, the Missouri River flooded and created a lot of concern about two nuclear plants in Nebraska (see the article here). I remember this clearly because I live less than 50 miles away from one of these plants. Another issue that received attention lately is the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in California, after inspectors urged U.S. regulators to shut down the plant until tests showed its reactors could withstand shocks from nearby earthquake faults (see article).
Do I live near a nuclear reactor? You can find out if you are in an evacuation zone here.
There is no safe level of radiation. According to an article by Dr. Ira Helfland, “…the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science has concluded that any exposure to radiation makes it more likely that an individual will get cancer.”
Your body can and does handle some radiation, and in fact has a very efficient DNA repair system. To learn more about radiation, please look at this presentation.
Internal and External Radiation. The main thing to protect your family against is internal radiation, which means radiation that goes inside your body through air, water and food. Dr. Helfland goes on to explain that, “If you’re standing in a spot where you’re exposed to external radiation that exposure ends as soon as you move away. But if you ingest or inhale a radioactive particle, it continues to irradiate your body as long as it remains radioactive and stays in your body. Further, if you ingest radioactive particles, the dose isn’t spread evenly over your entire body. It concentrates where the particles lodge. The average total body dose may be relatively low, but the dose at the site may be large enough to damage that tissue and cause cancer.”
There is no way to completely protect yourself from radiation, nor is there a perfect method for removing radiation from water. Radiation is a complicated issue.
It’s not just about radiation. It’s not enough to look at protecting your family against a single type of contaminant of risk factor such as radiation, because the world doesn’t work like that. The environment is contaminated with different types of contaminants, so you need to deal with all of them.
Removing radiation is primarily about removing the “flashlight”. When you are dealing with radiation, look at it this way. Compare uranium giving off radiation in your water (Alpha, Beta and Gamma) to a flashlight giving off light. If you can remove the flashlight (in this case, uranium) you get rid of the light (in this case, nuclear radiation). In almost all cases, distillation is your best bet for producing high-purity drinking water free of contaminants, including uranium.
Consumable Water. It’s important that you take steps to protect yourself from radiation in water, because your body is mostly water. Water is the primary delivery vehicle of nutrients to your cells, thus it is also an excellent delivery vehicle for contaminants to every nook and cranny in your body, and as stated before, these radioactive contaminates can become concentrated in certain parts of the body.
The water that you drink should always be as clean as possible.
Cooking your Food. It’s also important to talk about toxins that get into your food during the cooking process. To understand this, let’s start with a simple look at cooking a pot of spaghetti. If you fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil, the steam, which is pure water, leaves the pot. So if the pure water is leaving the pot, what is happening to the water that is left? The contaminants get more and more concentrated. So when you cook a pot of spaghetti, and you boil half of the water away, the water in the pot has become twice as contaminated. That water with concentrated contaminants then can go into the spaghetti, or soup, chili or whatever you are cooking. In other words, environmental toxins tend to get more concentrated in food during the cooking process.
A Water Distiller. A properly designed water distiller is the best way to protect yourself from waterborne radioactive materials, while also providing broad spectrum removal of other contaminants.
We have performed multiple third-party tests on different water distillers for the removal of uranium and cesium. Here are two tests that we have performed…
- The University of Nebraska Water Sciences Laboratory tested the Survival Still for uranium removal. The result is a 99%+ removal of uranium.
- The University of Nebraska Water Sciences Laboratory tested an AquaNui distiller for removal of cesium. The result is a 99%+ removal rate.
Please note that distillation does not destroy radioactive contaminants (nor does any process), it simply separates and leaves them behind in the boiling tank, where they are drained away. When using the Survival Still, make sure to dump the water that remains in the boiling tank after each batch.
To Summarize. I will end this article by talking about the things that I do to protect my family from environmental toxins, including radiation.
- Constant Research. I am always learning and studying the latest news articles. I will provide you with a link of suggested sites for you at the end of this article.
- Airborne Contaminants. It’s very difficult to protect against airborne contaminants, because we breathe in air from everywhere we go. I simply try to get as much fresh air as possible and I have an air filter in the house.
- Clean Drinking Water. The most important thing that I do is to drink the cleanest water possible every day. The good news is that it’s much easier to ensure the purity of the water you drink (as opposed to the air you breathe) because you typically consume water only from sources that you choose. Everything that you put in your body should be made with pure water, including tea, coffee, water, protein shakes, baby formula, etc. I have an AquaNui distiller installed in my house which makes safe, pure water for my family every day. In addition to using it when I am home, I make my own bottled water and carry it with me everywhere I go. (Full disclosure, the AquaNui brand of distiller is made by my father’s company, but it is the best distiller for your money on the market.)
- Clean Cooking Water. In addition, you should only cook with pure water. I discussed the method by which the contaminants that are in water get concentrated in our food via the cooking process.
- Cook From Scratch. Related to point #4, we make most of our food from scratch and we try to avoid processed foods as much as possible. Why is this? Besides the obvious benefits, processed food is cooked in commercial kitchens, where the contaminants in the water are concentrated in the cooking process. Thankfully, my wife is a great cook.
- An Emergency Still. Of course, I have a Survival Still so I can protect my family in an emergency situation, even if there is no electricity. If you don’t own a Survival Still, you should, because if a disaster happens, your family’s safety will depend upon your ability to produce safe, pure water.
- Improve your Nutrition. As stated, your body has an amazing built-in repair system, but it is under greater stress because of increased toxins. It’s vital to consume adequate nutrients so your body can fight the effects of radiation.
- Essential Oils. I do believe that using essential oils for your body and for cleaning are a very good way to maintain your health and to reduce the amounts of toxic stress that your body is exposed to.
- Reduce Stress. I mostly talk about toxins that could be in your water, but stress from worry is one of the worst toxins impacting your body. Take whatever steps you can to protect your family against toxins, radioactive or otherwise, and then simply live the best life you can. Don’t worry about problems that you can’t do anything about.
I hope that this article on radiation has been of value to you. If you have any questions, please post them below. I will sign off with a list of important links that you can research for more information.
Be educated. Be prepared. Enjoy life.
AquaNui Water Distillers. If you have questions about the AquaNui distiller, call Courtney at 402-467-9300, extension 327.
The Survival Still, emergency water distiller.