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California Families Rushing Out For Potassium Iodide Pills? Why?

When disaster strikes, people tend to freak out. Even people thousands and thousands of miles away from the epicenter of the danger. But sometimes there is a good reason for concern, even though the odds of repercussions of hitting home are low. But when the health and safety of your family is at stake, people would rather be safe than sorry. And that is what is presently happening in California…

where some families are rushing out and stocking up on potassium iodide tablets. Why? There is fear that winds will bring radioactive and toxic air from Japan to the Pacific Coast. Potassium iodide pills are taken to help shield the thyroid against the effects from radiation.

But it sounds like people aren’t popping the pills right now, they seem to be stock piling them as a precaution. The California Department of Public Health stated on their website that,  “Potassium iodide tablets are not recommended at this time, and can present a danger to people with allergies to iodine, shellfish, or who have thyroid problems.”

And another California health official told Fox News that, “The NRC and the EPA have told us there is no radiation threat on the West coast at this time. They don’t anticipate one.”

But that isn’t stopping people from trying. Manufactures of the pills are overwhelmed with requests and are in a rush themselves to produce more. “We’re getting requests from the public, almost everyone,” one drug company said. “We get calls from pediatricians, from parents, from governments, some of which is relief for Japan.”

Do you think families are overreacting or being wise and ready?

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