Dr. Romeo Quijano: Fukushima Effects May Be Worse Than Chernobyl

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MANILA–Fruits and herbs can help combat the effects of radiation, a doctor said Wednesday.

Dr. Romeo Quijano of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at UP Manila told the Senate committee on health that eating uncontaminated fruits and vegetables high in anti-oxidants can help people who have been exposed to radiation. These include berries, guavas, guyabanos, and soy beans.

Quijano added “anti-radiation” herbs like turmeric, basil, rosemary, ginseng, and green tea can also help reduce the effects of radiation exposure.

Garlic and onions, which contain sulfur, and iodine-rich foods, especially seaweeds, can also help.

The senate committee hearing was called to address concern that radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

“Fukushima is really a big problem,” Quijano said, adding that the effects may be worse than those suffered in the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear emergency.

He said the International Atomic Energy Agency puts radiation released by the Chernobyl accident at around 50 million curies. Figures from the Union of Concerned Scientists put the figure at up to 9 billion curies. Fallout from that incident spread throughout the world.

(Jonathan de Santos/Sunnex)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Source: Sun Star

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