Fighting in Ukraine increases fear of radiation exposure causing surge in demand of radiation therapy solutions

Robert J Hansen
A Ukrainian soldier near a nuclear power plant. The Ukraine war has rekindled the dangers of nuclear plants coming under attack.(University of California Press)

Sacramento, Calif. — By Robert J Hansen

The war in Ukraine now has a nuclear power plant caught between Russian and Ukrainian forces which has increased fears of radiation poisoning causing a surge in demand for potassium iodide tablets and other similar protective solutions from radiation exposure.

Intense fighting in southern Ukraine on Sunday near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant included artillery barrages that struck nearby towns and a Russian military base, Ukrainian officials said.

The nuclear plant has taken some damage of its own during the recent fighting.

The New York Times reported Sunday that Russian forces fired rocket artillery and howitzers at the Ukraine-controlled town of Nikopol, across from the plant on the opposite side of the Dnipro River, which separates the two armies.

The nuclear plant is controlled by the Russian military but operated by Ukrainian engineers.

The Ukrainian government has begun distributing potassium iodide, which can protect against some radiation poisoning, to protect civilians living near the facility, the Times also reported.

A thyroid gland in need of iodine will sweep radioactive iodine up, and that can cause thyroid cancer and other thyroid damage.

Potassium iodide or potassium iodate, so-called “thyroid blockers,” saturate the thyroid with nonradioactive iodine and prevent radioactive iodine uptake.

Amid the increasing concerns about the risk of nuclear fallout and exposure to radiation, interest in potassium iodine tablets has increased in the U.S., causing shortages and price increases.

Bloomberg reported last March that costs and prices for the tablets had doubled in some cases.

One bottle of 180 potassium iodine pills now costs almost $70 from third-party sellers on Amazon, compared with just $30 at the beginning of the year, according to Bloomberg.

The same month, the company Anbex which distributes one of the few potassium iodide products approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the company’s website told visitors that tablets were “currently out-of-stock” of the tablets and anticipated to be restocked later that month.

The maker of ThyroSafe, another FDA-approved potassium iodide tablet, is not taking additional orders on its website and informs customers who’ve already ordered the pills that their delivery may be delayed, according to NBC Today.
Nikka Blunt, founder of the consumer products company Dirt Food.(Courtesy of Nikka Blunt)

As an alternative to potassium iodine, the company Dirt Food, and its signature product, Dirt Spice was created by the company’s founder Nikka Blunt who in 2012 was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

DirtFood is a consumer products company focused on delicious healing based in San Diego, California.

Blunt said that Dirt Food was born during the onset of her cancer, and through experimenting with healing foods and ingredients, discovered the potent benefits of “superfoods.”

“I created a version of the original Dirt Spice to alkalize my coffee and give us all a boost of anti-inflammatory and antioxidants,” Blunt said. “Ninety days later, a blood panel confirmed my white cell count had dropped about 900 points and I was effectively back in the healthy range,” Blunt said.

Dirt Spice does not contain fillers or artificial sugars and half a teaspoon in a cup of coffee or tea turns it from acidic to alkaline, according to Blunt.

Irma Chouehne, a registered nurse, couldn’t comment on the efficacy Dirt Spice has on thyroid cancer and strongly believes Dirt Spice helps with maintaining an anti-inflammatory environment in her body.

“I can tell you that I strongly believe food is medicine and that we are what we eat and believe food can change us,” Chouehne said. “A recent health journey I went on helped me get rid of several health issues that I had related to inflammation in my body.”

Chouehne said she learned to eat differently and that her food intake now primarily includes an anti-inflammatory diet.

“Dirt Spice helps me transform an acidic beverage, such as coffee into an alkaline beverage. I truly believe that most of our diseases, especially autoimmune disorders, thrive in an acid state,” Chouehne said.

She said eating and drinking too many acidic or inflammatory foods contributes to a more inflammatory response in our bodies which leads to pain and inflammation.

“I strongly believe Dirt Spice helps create an anti-inflammatory environment,” Chouehne said.

Blunt believes that Dirt Spice sets itself apart from its competitors in the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and pH balancing properties landscape.

“Our products are not just for the healthy individual wanting to stay healthy; they’re also proving to be extremely beneficial for those battling diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Graves, fatigue, obesity, gut issues, and arthritis,” Blunt said.

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Robert J Hansen is an investigative journalist and economist. Focused on holding elected officials, police and the courts accountable to the people throughout the greater Sacramento area.

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