Hearing all the reports of the radiation worries in Japan lately makes my heart go out to the people there. The country is already devastated from the damage caused by the earthquake on March 11. Now those poor people have to worry about their water and food and even the air…
I’ve been reading the news reports and thinking how bizarre it is that the radiation that is causing all the hubbub is the very same stuff that I had to ingest in quite a large and concentrated quantity just 17 months ago. The very same radioactive isotope used as the treatment for thyroid cancer also causes thyroid cancer.
I have first hand knowledge of what can happen if you ingest this isotope in high doses. I won’t recount all the dirty details of just exactly what did happen in this post but if you are interested you can read about it here, here, or here.
After going through all of that and having every last thyroid cell radioactively burned out of my body, its nice to know that there is at least one thing I won’t have to worry about should a nuclear disaster happen nearby.