Radioactivity: Protection Against the Effects of Radioactive Emissions - Ravi Roy and Carola Lage-Roy
This guide was originally written after the Chernobyl reactor catastrophe and has been revised a number of times. The unfortunate events in Fukushima have created a situation of great urgency. This booklet gives hope and answers your burning questions: What is the nature of radioactive load? At what point does radioactivity become a health hazard? How can we protect ourselves against radioactivity and decontaminate ourselves? The book also covers the immense importance of homoeopathy along with general measures in the protection against, and treatment of, radioactive poisoning. Different natural methods of decontamination, radioative load in your house and garden, symptom picture of Radium bromatum and provings of X-Ray and Plutonium are also included.
Reprinted with the permission of The Society of Homeopaths. From 'The Homeopath' magazine, Autumn 2012 edition:
Reviewed by Margot Maidment;
Ravi Roy and Carola Lage-Roy are a team consisting of an Indian homeopathic doctor and a naturopath who wrote the first edition of this book in response to the nuclear accident at Chernobyl in 1986. Around this time, I was a young mother of two and I remember receiving from the British government a booklet entitled Protect and Survive which encouraged us, in the event of nuclear war or disaster, to huddle in the cupboard under the stairs, equipped with such vital necessities as a torch and a portable radio. As spending the hours indoors with two very energetic children was not something I relished, I really couldn't imagine surviving one day, never mind longer, in the space under the stairs. Despite my fears, I decided, in interests of sanity, to put such matters out of my mind as far as I could and got on with fulfilling my responsibilities as a parent and teacher. That was before I became a homeopath. Since then, I have discovered more sensible and positive ways with which to approach such hazards of our modern age. This book promises to be a valuable tool for those of us who want a proactive strategy that does not depend on tinned food, parcel tape and blind hope in the face of official inanity.
Despite the stimulus for the initial edition being a nuclear catastrophe and the occasion for the English version being the ongoing situation in Fukushima, the authors stress that the 'true culprit' concerning radioactivity is low level radioactivity emanating from our environment, both natural and man-made. They acknowledge that the subject generally fills us with fear, but they are hoping that their combination of factual information, contextual embedding and practical suggestions will enable us to 'deal with radioactivity in a positive frame of mind'. Drawing on the etymology of the
word 'radioactivity' they emphasise the importance of making contact with the 'inner self as the 'embodiment of love' in the form of the heart centre.
In addition to discussing remedies, some derived from radioactive materials, they offer exercises concerning the soul and consciousness, general measures and nutritional advice and they discuss the implications of irradiated food, the impact of the sun and the relevance of what is happening to the ozone layer. They point out, as others, including Dana Ulman and Jon Gamble, have before them, that the homeopathic principle is evidenced in the way that, while high exposure to radiation will cause malignancy, small doses will destroy malignant cells.
For any one who, like me, feels that Protect and Survive was a poor response to the dangers of the modern age, I would urge you to consult this book and arm yourself, not only with a range of strategies, homeopathic and other, but also with a message of optimism that suggests that, both individually and collectively, both personally and politically, we can seek to combat what the authors call the 'reckless handling of these newly discovered powers'. In so doing, we might hope to ensure the survival of the 'macrocosm' by understanding and respecting the forces of the 'microcosm'.
The only criticism I have is that, as the book has not been completely revised in the interests of urgent publication in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the bibliography and related literature cited at the end of the book do not encompass more recent references, many of which are now available, as can be seen in Ullman's article published online for the Huffington Post in 2011.
Reprinted with the
permission of The Alliance of Registered Homeopaths. From the magazine
'Homeopathy in Practice', Autumn 2013. Review by Patty Hemmingway:
This homeopathic guide was first published in German in
July 1986, just a few months after the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power
plant in Russia. The authors' purpose was to inform the general public about an
issue that they believed 'everyone will have to deal with'. This included those
of us living outside Russia who needed to 'prepare for the inevitable radioactive load' from the radioactive fallout and washout, that would end up contaminating
most of the planet.
Following the even more serious nuclear disaster at Fukushima in Japan
in 2011, this revised edition, which includes information about remedies which
proved themselves in the earlier crisis, was translated into English. The three-part
subtitle 'The Remedies for Radioactivity', 'General Measures and Nutrition' and
'Protection against Ozone and Sun' tells us what else it offers.
It contains case studies that show the power of
homeopathic remedies when correctly prescribed, even in situations that look
hopeless. There are also inspiring stories of how folklore saved the day for
some, as in the two women who returned home on the night Chernobyl went into
meltdown and proceeded to get drunk, because alcohol was known to have the power
to protect against radiation. We will never know if this is a medical fact but,
while the two women survived, the sober husband of one of them, who was exposed
to the radiation for a much shorter time, died within months.The power of a commitment to healing and looking after
yourself is a theme in this book, which includes examples of relaxation and
breathing techniques as well as suggestions for prayers to change limiting
beliefs, and release blocks to healing.
Realising that in a nuclear disaster, not everyone has access to food or
water which is uncontaminated, the book lays down some general principles of
survival. Plants which grow above ground are usually to be avoided as the
contamination will be too great, unless they can be washed thoroughly, while
root vegetables are largely unaffected, as long as you don't dig your garden
and allow the contaminated top soil to reach the roots. Equally, you can take
short baths in contaminated water if you add salt, or risk a dip in sea water.
The salts will naturally draw the radiation out of the body. But it is better
to avoid eating fish as the radiation will be concentrated in
the fish's body.
Reading about the science of
radiation, how it is measured, how it affects the physical body and how safety
guidelines for exposure are calculated, then recalculated to offer false
reassurance, I was reminded of the continuing risks from Fukushima. Two years
on, this damaged nuclear plant continues to leak radiation into the atmosphere
and seas, and we are left to protect ourselves as best we can. If you feel you
are dealing with this issue in your practice, then I can recommend this book.
It tells us what to look out for and why some people may be more susceptible to
the radiation that never went away after Chernobyl, and is being increased by
new fallout from more recent accidents.
The book also explains why the most vulnerable include
foetuses and those with a chronic illness; why radioactive strontium is readily
absorbed by bones and displaces calcium and what you can do about this; the
problem with giving supplemental iodine to people after exposure and other ways
of protecting the thyroid.
The explanation of how
different types of radiation will affect varying groups in the population, and
how symptoms manifest, is clear and helpful. It would be terrifying as well, if
it were not followed by equally clear instructions on how to treat radiation
sickness and even protect yourself when you know contamination is inevitable.
The protocol for homeopathic protection includes two main remedies, Radium bromatum and Plutonium, which can be repeated year on
year, as necessary.So which remedies are needed if someone is already
experiencing symptoms as a result of exposure to radiation, or in an emergency?
Drawing on the experience of Chernobyl the authors tell us that 'the
radioactivity remedies Caesium, Strontia (sic), Radium, Kali iodatum and Rhus venenata have been increasingly needed
to treat all patients'. The book gives excellent remedy pictures for these
remedies and clear indications of when and how to prescribe them. It also
includes information about further remedies 'against radiation', including Phosphorous, Caesium, X-ray and Strontia carbonica, and the chakra flower essences,
which were new to me.
There are short chapters with
information on nutrition; the health implications of irradiated food;
homeopathic protection from the sun; and homeopathic treatment with ozone;
warnings about nuclear power and the risks associated with it; and concise and
useful information for the patient on what homeopathy is and how remedies
This pocket guide is an
excellent resource for anyone who wants to understand the risks associated with
nuclear radiation, and then wants to take action to protect themselves. As the
authors say, you don't even have to believe homeopathy will work for it to be effective. It is not a placebo and its success in treating radiation sickness is proof of this.