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Old 09-10-2014, 03:22 AM   #1
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Sounds like a good thing to stock up on...in case of dirty bomb, etc. FDA recommends 130mg for adults every 24hrs until threat has subsided Chart in link below has much more info, and dosage by weight for children. Blocks radiation from collecting in the thyroid.

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/EmergencyPreparedness/BioterrorismandDrugPreparedness/ucm072265.htm#Can KI be used

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Old 09-10-2014, 04:00 AM   #2
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Do you really want to survive radioactive contamination?

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Do you really want to survive radioactive contamination?
It's not all that bad in the long run from a low yield release. If a small dirty bomb were used total radio iodine release would be fairly small and range wouldn't be that far. If you survive, you can move elsewhere.
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For those that dont care to read the report...It's important to know that this is something you need to have in advance. It is not effective after 4hrs of exposure. You most likely wont have time to go out and look for it post event..

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About a year ago, at the recommendation of someone on the "inside", I was advised to stock up with a few bottles of Potassium Iodide. It was behind the counter making it necessary to ask for this by name. The young helper grabbed it from the back and as she handed the bottles to me, the pharmacist grabbed them from her hands and asked me to follow her to the private consultation area. I followed her and once we were secluded, she looked me straight in the face and asked me, "what do you know that I should know?!" I just smiled and said it was better to be safe than sorry.

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About a year ago, at the recommendation of someone on the "inside", I was advised to stock up with a few bottles of Potassium Iodide. It was behind the counter making it necessary to ask for this by name. The young helper grabbed it from the back and as she handed the bottles to me, the pharmacist grabbed them from her hands and asked me to follow her to the private consultation area. I followed her and once we were secluded, she looked me straight in the face and asked me, "what do you know that I should know?!" I just smiled and said it was better to be safe than sorry.

So you are saying we should stock up right.
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Honestly, I believe the guy on the inside had it wrong. On the other hand, as they say, "it's better to have it and not need it than to not have it and need it!"

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About a year ago, at the recommendation of someone on the "inside", I was advised to stock up with a few bottles of Potassium Iodide. It was behind the counter making it necessary to ask for this by name. The young helper grabbed it from the back and as she handed the bottles to me, the pharmacist grabbed them from her hands and asked me to follow her to the private consultation area. I followed her and once we were secluded, she looked me straight in the face and asked me, "what do you know that I should know?!" I just smiled and said it was better to be safe than sorry.
That would be unnerving to me to have to explain why I was making a purchase that I don't need a script for. Wonder how many bottles she took home that night?
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I'm wondering how many cases she ordered from the supplier?

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Do you really want to survive radioactive contamination?
I would like for that to remain my option.


FWIW, do NOT take supplemental KI (potassium iodide) if you have NOT been exposed to radio-iodine. You do not build up an immunity to radiation. It is just that you have so much incoming iodine that your thyroid (which is where almost all of it goes) is full up, and cannot take in any more, including radioactive iodine.

There is a recommended dose when used as a radiation shield. Does depends on size. NOT recommended for people over 40 unless you KNOW you are going to have a high exposure.

In a pinch, iodine based water purification tablets will also work.

After the reactor meltdown in Chernobyl, millions of folks in Poland were treated with KI to protect from radio-iodine released by reactor. It worked.
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