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Radiation Sickness

Radiation Sickness


Apart from nuclear bombs and accidents at nuclear reactors, radiation sickness is usually confined to hospitals, in which case it is usually linked to high risk treatments for terminal diseases, notably cancer.

The degree of radiation sickness is linked directly to the dose received and the duration of the exposure.

Sickness usually accompanies any exposure which exceeds 1 Gy and few people survive doses of more than 6 Gy (Gray, is the new SI standard, equivalent in terms of x-rays to 600 rads - radiation absorbed dose).


Exposure to x-rays, or radioactive isotopes are the most likely sources of ionizing radiation in hospitals.

Radioactive leaks from nuclear reactors and bombs have occurred on rare occasions during the past half century.

Some of the hazards of radiation are only now emerging, from these exposures, as cancer may take 40 years to develop, following exposure. Lekemia seems to develop in less time, say 5 - 15 years.

Signs & Symptoms

At low doses transient nausea and occasional vomiting may occur followed by several weeks of relative well-being.

At this time, if the immune system has been compromised, there may be repeated infections, There is also a characteristic bleeding disorder, producing tiny specks of blood just beneath the skin (petechiae).

Bone marrow transplantation may be necessary to restore the immune system.

The skin may have been burned and the lining of the respiratory tract may become tender.

If the gastrointestinal tract is damaged, there may be bloody diarrhea.

Death can follow in 4 - 14 days.

Nutritional Supplements

Structure & Function:
        Detoxification &
        Amino Acids

General Supplements

Calcium1,500 mg
CoQ10100 mg
Glutathione500 mg
L-Cysteine500 mg
L-Methionine500 mg
Magnesium750 mg
Selenium200 mcg
Vitamin B Complex100 mg
Vitamin C5,000 - 20,000 mg
Vitamin E800 IU
Zinc50 mg

*Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.

Note: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

Purified water is essential.

The principles of a macro-biotic diet may be beneficial, especially in the early stages.

Appetite may be suppressed while feeding and digestion are also impaired.

Liquid foods, including green drinks, may be well tolerated.

Homeopathic Remedy

Burns traumaArnica montana tinct.
Loss of appetiteLycopodium Clavatum

Treatment Schedule

Over-the-counter homeopathic remedies may be single strength (of fairly weak potency e.g. 6X ) or a blend of several weaker strengths (6X, 8X, 10X).

This may comprise a single remedy, or several remedies.

Doses are administered on a 3 times daily (tid), between meals,schedule and continued for 3 days.

Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose.

Solid preparations are usually 2 or 3 pellets per dose.

Children use 1/2 dose i.e. 1 pellet.

If there is aggravation of the symptoms, stop taking the remedy and consult a homeopath.


Murphy, R. : Homeopathic Medical Repertory. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1993.

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Herbal Approaches


Aloe Vera
Ginkgo Biloba
Reishi Mushrooms

Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.

The German Commission E has noted an interaction between radiation isotopes and Bugleweed.


Blumenthal, M (Ed.): The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. American Botanical Council. Austin, TX. 1998.

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

Especially recommended in order to prevent radiation burns:

Chamomile Essence,Lavender Essence,
Tea Tree EssenceYarrow Essence.

During treatment these are the only oils recommended. Even then the concentration should be diluted (half the maximum).

Related Health Conditions

Alopecia Areata
Cervical Dysplasia
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Ulcerative Colitis



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