Surgeon General advises folks on west coast to buy iodine

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Surgeon General advises folks on west coast to buy iodine
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Wed, 03-16-2011 - 12:14am

Looks like things are getting worse in Japan. Tonight I was surprised to read our Surgeon General has advised people of the west coast to purchase iodine.

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Surgeon-General-Buying-Iodine-Appropriate-118031559.html


Surgeon General: Buying Iodide a "Precaution"


Conflicting messages appear in the effort to buy iodide tablets


The fear that a nuclear cloud could float from the shores of Japan to the shores of California has some people making a run on iodine tablets. Pharmacists across California report being flooded with requests.

State and county officials spent much of Tuesday trying to keep people calm by saying that getting the pills wasn't necessary, but then the United States surgeon general supported the idea as a worthy "precaution."

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin was in the Bay Area touring a peninsula hospital. NBC Bay Area reporter Damian Trujillo asked her about the run on tablets and Dr. Benjamin said although she wasn't aware of people stocking up, she did not think that would be an overreaction. She said it was right to be prepared.

On the other side of the issue is Kelly Huston of the California Emergency Management Agency. Huston said state officials, along with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the California Energy Commission, were monitoring the situation and said people don't need to buy the pills.


"Even if we had a radiation release from Diablo Canyon (in San Luis Obispo County), iodide would only be issued to people living within a 10-mile radius of the plant," Huston added.

Santa Clara County's public health officer Dr. Martin Fenstersheib told the Mercury News he also does not recommend getting the tablets, adding some people can be severely allergic to the iodine.

"There is no reason for doing it," Fenstersheib told the paper.

Either way, the pills are hard to get. eBay prices have skyrocketed.

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Registered: 10-11-2005

That's just plain STUPID! Not everyone can take them {those of us with thyroid disorders can't} at this point there isn't any reason to do that. I'm on WA state coast, and won't be doing that.

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
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Registered: 03-18-2000

I'm not sure she is actually referring to fall-out from Japan's disaster or just stating we should be prepared in the event of a disaster.

I find it strange so many are panicking.

Video of the surgeon general's interview & an article......

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Surgeon-General-Buying-Iodine-Appropriate-118031559.html

 


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Registered: 04-07-2002

Actually, that was cleared up already.

 nwtreehugger  

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Registered: 02-05-2011
After the Japan disaster, our government should be performing an impartial review of all nuclear facilities in the U.S. We also need a way to safely dispose of radioactive waste or to recycle most of it (as the French do).
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Registered: 03-18-2000

"to suggest that those who live in the vicinity of nuclear plants have iodine on hand"

That's what I read into her statement.

Earlier I did a search on the SG & iodine & only received two hits.... One the article in the original post in this thread & Fox. :smileyvery-happy:

 


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Registered: 04-07-2002
Actually, we should be developing non-lethal forms of power production.

Of course we should be reviewing all nuclear facilities...I never said we shouldn't! And I don't believe there is any way to safely 'dispose of' nuclear material. Yes, it can be recycled to a certain extent (& I do support that!), but there will always be radioactive waste...and I don't believe that there is any 'safe' way to completely dispose of it.

 nwtreehugger  

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Our local Faux News has been playing up every little rumor & overplaying any drama. Their 'teasers' are just horrible.

 nwtreehugger  

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Registered: 03-30-2007

Keep the people scared.

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Very true.

 nwtreehugger  

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Registered: 02-05-2011
I think large power stations are lethal by definition. It isn't possible to have very high voltage at tremendous wattage without it being lethal. The radioactive uranium which is the seed for all modern nuclear reactors initially came from mines. It should be possible to return non-recyclable material at a similar radiation intensity to uranium ore back to those mines.

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