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FedGov Orders 14 Million Potassium Iodide Tablets. PI Prevents Cancer Due to Nuclear Radiation.

Written by Gary North on January 6, 2014

The largest order in history is being planned by the federal government.

PI is given in preparation for radiation poisoning. Wikipedia reports:

In 1982, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved potassium iodide to protect thyroid glands from radioactive iodine involving accidents or fission emergencies. In an accidental event or attack on a nuclear power plant, or in nuclear bomb fallout, volatile fission product radionuclides may be released. Of these products, 131I is one of the most common and is particularly dangerous to the thyroid gland because it may lead to thyroid cancer. By saturating the body with a source of stable iodide prior to exposure, inhaled or ingested I tends to be excreted, which prevents radioiodine uptake by the thyroid. The protective effect of KI lasts approximately 24 hours. For optimal prophylaxis, KI must be dosed daily until a risk of significant exposure to radioiodine by either inhalation or ingestion no longer exists.

Emergency 130 milligrams potassium iodide doses provide 100 mg iodide (the other 30 mg is the potassium in the compound), which is roughly 700 times larger than the normal nutritional need (see recommended dietary allowance) for iodine, which is 150 micrograms (0.15 mg) of iodine (as iodide) per day for an adult. The tablet is actually 160 mg.

The dose size of the ordered tablets: 65mg.

Deadline for delivery: February 1.

With the Web filled with recent stories of Fukushima leaks, this is not a good time for the government to do this, right? It might make people wonder what is going on.

There must be a good explanation, right? So, this reporter called to ask. Watch the video, 3 minutes in, for the official answer.

So far, markets have ignored the Fukushima radiation, which is a good sign. But some bureaucrat should have had better sense than the timing of this order.

(To see the order request, click the link.)

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21 thoughts on “FedGov Orders 14 Million Potassium Iodide Tablets. PI Prevents Cancer Due to Nuclear Radiation.

  1. Russ Neal says:

    Radioactive Iodine -131 is a fission product produced in reactors and in nuclear explosions. It has a half life of 8 days. That means any amount release from a reactor or a bomb will be gone in 80 days (ten half-lives) for all practical purposes. So this purchase cannot have any connection to releases from Fukushima. Even though there are ongoing releases of fission products, there is no ongoing production of fission products because there is no ongoing fission. So the only isotopes being released are longer lived isotopes, not I-131, which is the only thing these pills protect against.

  2. Keep in mind Russ that all three reactors at Fukushima have melted down and reactor #3 is still releasing steam into the atmosphere. It is entirely possible that fission is still going on inside the building or under it and releasing Iodine-131 on a regular basis.

    However, I agree that this purchase is likely a precaution should there be another nuclear accident in the future.

  3. It would have been nice if Japan and the USA had taken this as seriously as they do global warming. Investing a few extra hundred billion dollars at the beginning would have allowed them to better isolate the site so as to prevent leaks and cart in metric tons of volcanic ash or zeolite to neutralize the leaking radioactive elements.

  4. No, they haven't all melted down, but keep telling yourself that.

  5. US Veteran says:

    The media has been silent on this subject. Here is a link to news that is updated daily, Read and think about it! !http://enenews.com/category/location/japan

  6. 14 million tablets isnt enuf for all of us nor is it even enuf for the populace on the west coast.
    Maybe the gov knows something is going to go boom in the night (remember al-Queda?)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . ..and it will be enuf for the "elite".

    Nah, thats just irrational conspiracy theory, like obamas religion and place of birth

  7. David in MA says:

    I wonder if those pills would be of benefit to someone who already has cancer?

  8. Shane = Troll
    You don’t like anyone here, especially Gary North, but continually post here.

    Why don’t you go back to Huff Po or whatever hole you came from.

  9. I would be laughing at your silly response, but the situation is very serious. Tepco admitted back in May 2011 that one reactor melted down, and says reactor #3 may be melting down right now, or may have already melted down. They have no way to know, because they can't even get close enough to find out.

  10. The reactors that failed at Fukushima were built by GE. Three GE design engineers quit in protest during the construction phase because of the cost-cutting and corner-cutting GE was taking. TEPCO lied that there was no meltdown until a year later when they finally admitted that “Yeah, you were right, there was a meltdown.” That was easy to tell by the color of the plumes rising from the reactors in the weeks after the disaster (if you knew what to look for).

    Once again, we have government and giant corporations engaged in lies and coverups to hide their incompetence and corruption.

    And the US government has already announced it is no longer testing Alaskan seafood for toxicity or radiation levels.

  11. HolyShirt says:

    This patriot has never been very fond of government bureaucrats, but if there is life after death, and any justice, there must be a hellish place reserved for 'journalists with cojones the size of basketballs. Few things in life are as scary as rightwing liberals. The DOH guy terminated the call based not on its CONTENT, but because he could not terminate the arrogant, insulting caller. Everyone knows you get more with sugar than with vinegar, Gucciardi pushed him far over the line.. Don't be surprised when you hear Gucciardi was hoisted on his own petard.

  12. 1baronrichsnot1 says:

    What school did you go to Russ! Who told you that? When meltdown happens, like chernoble or Fukushima, all kinds of product waste is released! From Stronium 90, on down to background of rads! A mix of these agents are still falling out of the atmosphere being carried by the worlds jet stream system! Back ground counts in some places are 9 times what they are supposed to be, or formerly was. All releases contains what ever the fissionable rods (enriched uranium) exhaust into the atmosphere, usually carried initially by the steam and winds! Half life of enriched uranium and products, 500,000 years, stronium 90, 250,000 years. stronium 90 is Hot enough to be used for bomb material! Don't say it isn't a problem!

  13. 1baronrichsnot1 says:

    They haven't stopped yet, it is a work in progress! Still pumping out the rads! Can burn itself to the mantle of the earth!

  14. Centurian says:

    Dude, reread his post. He said that since no new I-131 is likely to be created there, these pills, which only protect you from I-131 are likely not connected to Fukushima. Other radionuclides are certainly in circulation. However, potassium iodide does nothing to protect anyone from all of the other products of fission and contamination. And, I was a Chemistry student at an accredited US university, doing radiochemistry in my freshman year. I now work in healthcare and public safety.

    It is more likely that these tablets are in preparation for an anticipated upcoming event or that they represent an overreaching bureaucratic boondoggle. Essentially closing the barn door after the horse has left.

  15. "or that they represent an overreaching bureaucratic boondoggle. Essentially closing the barn door after the horse has left"

    I think that's the explanation. Never underestimate the incompetence of the bureaucracy. If it's a choice between malevolence and incompetence, go for incompetence first.

  16. that's why i keep my own personal supply.

  17. Centurian says:

    Unlikely. All the pills do is flood your thyroid with iodine so that it won't absorb the radioactive I-131. Essentially, its like a wet sponge that won't absorb more water. The best thing for thyroid cancer is surgery. Nothing cures as well as cold hard steel.

  18. des this have a shelf life , because if it does why is it being ordered

  19. 1baronrichsnot1 says:

    Yep! a reread is in order, and I did! Ok, now i get it, I'm just saying that plutonium enriched fuel rods (yellow cake) produces lots of toxic waste that lasts about 1/2 a million years before dissapation into something else. I understand that the steam is likely surface water produced! As the fuel burns its way down. Once something of this sort happens, folks have to stay a respectful distance from the danger zone, that's not being done by the Japanese. I also believe that I-131 isn't required for this incidence, but I-131 may still be produced until capped. Fair enough?

  20. 1baronrichsnot1 says:

    It has the shelf life of Iodine. What ever that is, go by smell. What these guys are saying is the pills won't do any good, as the half life of 131 is only 8 days, before it fissions away into it's next form of life.

  21. New School Posse says:

    There wasn't anything arrogant or insulting about the questions. He was asking questions in a normal tone of voice and the rude bureaucrat hung up on him.