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10 Things You Can Do to Prevent A Thyroid Condition

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Updated June 23, 2014

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Keep Potassium Iodide On Hand for A Nuclear Emergency
10 Things You Can Do to Prevent A Thyroid Condition
Potassium iodide is an over-the-counter supplement that, when taken within hours after a nuclear accident -- or attack on nuclear facilities -- may help protect the thyroid from risk of thyroid disease and thyroid cancer.

After the Chernobyl accident, residents of Poland received mass distribution of this supplement in the time when the radioactive cloud was passing over them, while residents of the Ukraine and Russia did not. Subsequently, thyroid cancer and thyroid disease rates have skyrocketed in the unprotected areas, while Poland has had no similar increase in thyroid problems.

If you live within 50-100 miles of a nuclear plant, it's wise to have your own stockpile of potassium iodide on hand for each member of your family, and keep some at work, and in the car. Only take it if warnings are issued and the government instructs you via the Emergency Broadcast System to take potassium iodide, and the specific levels recommended.

For more information, see: Potassium Iodide and Thyroid Disease

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