By Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

At this point in time, most of us can say “no” to vaccines, genetically modified (GM) food, fluoride, and Big Pharma drugs. But we can’t “just say no” to radiation in the air all around us coming from Japan, and through oceanic contamination resulting from the BP Gulf incident. So, the difficult question is not how do we avoid this contamination, but rather, how we mitigate our exposure.

Let’s face it. We are surrounded by radioactive contaminants in the air, water, soil, and in our food, which is grown outdoors. We cannot control the air, which contaminates the soil, water, and plants. So, if we cannot get away from the problem, then what do we do? We can start by making sure that we have the knowledge to do the right things and collect the right resources to lessen our exposure. The following is a collection of some of the materials and applications that can be used to mitigate radiation exposure. 

Personal detoxifying – people and animals

Unless we live in a bubble, our bodies will be contaminated with radioactive particles, so don’t just wait until someone tells you that you have been exposed, do something about it now. There are certain materials that will help detoxify the body without ill effects whether or not you have been exposed to these harmful materials. Some of these are:

  • Zeolite Clay
  • French Green Clay
  • Bentonite Clay
  • Baking Soda
  • Boron
  • Certain foods


The same products that are good for humans, are good for the animals you care about also. You can mix the above-mentioned clays in food and water for ingestion, as well as in bath water or use body wraps and clay packs to draw radioactive materials out of the body, and aid in preventing the uptake of harmful radioactive materials.

Clay of all kinds ─ in the bath, on the body and taken internally ─ is recognized (albeit quietly) as being the fastest and most effective way to remove all forms of radiation from the body.

Taking a clay that is high in electrolytes internally… sets up an electromagnetic polarity in the body causing heavy metals, radiation, chemicals and other toxins (which are positively charged) to gravitate to the clay as it passes through the body and through the bloodstream.

Before the Response Team at Chernobyl put on their radiation suits, they smeared clay all over their bodies. (What did the Russians know that we are just now beginning to understand?) (Vitality Herbs and Clay)

The research on the use of Zeolite in Chernobyl show that giving 1-2 zeolite cookies per day cleared all radiation after 3 days for adults and children. (Gabriel Cousins)

Growing up in Provence, South of France, the use of green ILLITE clay was a part of our lives. Mom made me drink it, would spray her plants with a clay/water solution, it was given to dogs, cats, horses… Internally and externally..

After moving to the US and becoming fully involved in the horse world, I became aware of how little was known about the benefits of the green illite french clay. It is my hope to bring the clay and its healing properties into public awareness.(Clay for All)

Baking Soda

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate is by far the least expensive addition to our defense against radioactive contamination.

The oral administration of sodium bicarbonate diminishes the severity of the changes produced by uranium in the kidneys. The kidneys are usually the first organs to show chemical damage upon uranium exposure. Old military manuals suggest doses or infusions of sodium bicarbonate to help alkalinize the urine if this happens. This makes the uranyl ion less kidney-toxic and promotes excretion of the nontoxic uranium-carbonate complex. The oral administration of sodium bicarbonate diminishes the severity of the changes produced by uranium in the kidneys. (IMVA)

Baking soda taken internally, or used in baths along with salt is very effective at cleansing the body from radiation.

This bath counteracts the effects of radiation, whether from X-rays, cancer treatment radiation, fallout from the atmosphere, or television radiation: 1 cup of baking soda and 1 to 2 cups of ordinary coarse salt (or epsom salts or sea salt) to a tub of water. You can soak for 20 minutes. (Our Little Place)


The backup system to force-fed potassium iodide in severe, acute radioactive poisoning is boron.

In the entire table of elements, including subatomic particles, there is only one mineral that is capable of accepting and ionizing radiation that never changes the innards or the nucleus of the cell — boron. The protons and the neutrons do not change under any conditions in the boron molecule. Boron can take radiation and release it without upsetting this very delicate balance.

That makes Boron an excellent candidate to have into your system, whether the radiation be from excessive sunlight or spent uranium bullets that’s being ionized and released into the atmosphere. When that mineral is present in your system, your DNA creates a much better buffering system to ward off radiation. Even when chromosome breaks do occur, they are much more easily repaired and maintained by the system. (New Paradigm Digest)

Interestingly enough, Boron can be found in Borax.

Borax: Yes, this is the laundry detergent. It is quite safe, it has been for years. The Boron content of Borax is approx 11 %. While Borax is classified as a chemical, but it is usually a mined product – meaning that it is a natural mineral complex. It has some H202 quality and emulsifies fat. Hence its use as laundry powder. (New Paradigm Digest)


Here are 19 of the best foods to naturally combat radiation poisoning:

Brown rice






Bee pollen

Wheat grass


Blue-green algae




Alfalfa sprouts



Olive oil

Leafy greens

Apples and other sources of pectin

Indoor Gardening

If you are concerned that your garden will be subjected to rain containing radioactive material, and you are able, a greenhouse or indoor gardening space will protect your fruits and veggies. Make sure to use uncontaminated soil by treating it with one of the clays discussed earlier, rock dust, and/or baking soda before planting. These soil treatments will be discussed in the next section titled “Treating the soil.”

Here is a nifty video with instructions on how to turn a room in your home into an indoor gardening area.


If inside gardening is not an option, or you prefer to garden outdoors, here are instructions for small hoop houses on the cheap:


If you have a large outdoor area that you want to use for growing fruits and veggies, then you might want to consider treating your fruits and veggies after harvesting. This will be discussed in a later section titled “Treating veggies and fruits.”

Treating the Soil

There are a few products that will bind radioactivity in the soil and keep your plants from assimilating it. The following are a few examples:

Rock dust

Simple rock dust can be used to remineralize the soil and remove radioactive materials. At the Chernobyl disaster it was found that

Remineralization protects not only soil and plants from radioactivity, but humans, too. Supplying abundant minerals especially trace elements to the human body improves radiation tolerance, immune system integrity and radiation exposure recovery.” -David Yarrow, 2006

The intelligence of Nature tends to work to maintain health. Life on earth has evolved systems to selectively incorporate healthy minerals and trace elements into biological structures, and to repair the damage done by low levels of radiation, which is a common phenomenon even in Nature. Plants, for example, will selectively uptake healthy metals over radioactive particles if given the choice. However, under high levels of radioactive stress such as those encountered during a nuclear disaster, those systems become stressed and cannot cope with the damage, resulting in radiation sickness. Replenishing these systems with remineralized foods or a finely ground rock dust supplement is an important part of coping with this unprecedented radioactive stress.” (Remineralize the Earth)


The following information is from John:

I heard about zeolite a few weeks back and thought I could buy enough for a 1 acre garden but saw how expensive it was. So I thought “go to the source” and called a mine I think was in Texas. Turned out that they sold a minimum of 2 tons or so but told me that a horse deodorizer called “Sweet PDZ” is 100% zeolite. Comes out of Spokane, Wa and is sold locally here on the west side of the state.

They assured me not to worry about radiation in our soil but went on to tell me how much I should buy if I were to treat 1 acre, off the top of my head I think the guy calculated I should get 10 or 12 bags…..50 lb bags. (John VanVoorhees)

This equates to roughly 500-600 lbs per acre.

Bentonite Clay

Calcium Bentonite clay will bind radiation in the soil, as well as other toxins. You can mix this clay with water, and sprinkle it on your soil.

When it is safe to go outside, get a clean new garden sprayer and add ½ cup of liquid clay to a gallon of water and spray your lawns and gardens.(New Paradigm Digest)

Baking Soda

So useful and strong is sodium bicarbonate that at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, researcher Don York has used baking soda to clean soil contaminated with uranium. Sodium bicarbonate binds with uranium, separating it from the dirt; so far, York has removed as much as 92 percent of the uranium from contaminated soil samples. I started writing about baking soda after discovering that the United States Army recommends the use of bicarbonate to protect the kidneys from radiation damage. (IMVA)

Here are some instructions for using baking soda in your garden. They are not specific to radiation cleanup, but are a rule of thumb for normal use:

Acidity test for soil: To test the acidity level of your garden soil, add a pinch of baking soda to 1 tablespoon of soil. If it fizzes, the soil’s pH level is probably less than 5.0. Flower species that prefer alkaline soil such as geranium, begonia, and hydrangea should be watered occasionally with a weak baking-soda and water solution.

Sprinkle baking soda lightly around your tomato plants. This will sweeten the tomatoes by lowering their acidity.

Raise alkalinity in potted plant soil: Carnations, mums, and petunias prefer neutral soil. To raise potting soil alkalinity, apply some baking soda but use it sparingly.

Flowers and planting pots: Coat clay pots with a thin layer of baking soda when transplanting plants but before adding the soil. This helps keep the dirt fresh. If you have cut flowers, dip them in a solution of baking soda and water to lengthen their life. (How Stuff Works)

Treating Veggies and Fruits


According to the CRIRAD “Spinach, salads, cabbage and other vegetables with large surface areas are among those food products that are particularly sensitive to iodine-131 contamination, if they are cultivated outside and exposed to rainwater. Washing vegetables does not help, as iodine-131 is quickly metabolized by the plants.”

Calcium Bentonite clay has been proven to remove radiation. Not only can the clay remove radiation but it can also remove pesticides and toxins.

Because Calcium Bentonite Clay has a strong, negative ionic charge, it will act like a magnet when activated with water, adsorbing* and absorbing radiation, pesticides and toxins. The clay grabs these substances which get removed when the clay is washed off.

How to Wash Your Vegetables:

Mix 1 part Calcium Bentonite Clay to 8 parts of water. In a large bowl (non-metallic), mix ¼ cup of liquid clay with 1 quart of water. Toss your produce in this clay water, ensuring complete coverage, and let sit for about 10 minutes. (for a large batch of produce, use more clay/water). Rinse, dry and store. (Vites)

Treating the Water

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse osmosis is highly effective in removing several impurities from water such as total dissolved solids, turbidity, asbestos, lead and other toxic heavy metals, radium, and many dissolved organic. The process will also remove chlorine, and also can remove nuclear radiation such as radioactive plutonium or strontium in the drinking water. Therefore, reverse osmosis combined with activated carbon seems to be the most advanced water purification method developed so far. (Free Drinking Water)


Zeolites have the ability to capture cesium 134, 137 and strontium 90 isotopes and are ideally suited for the treatment of liquid radioactive waste effluents…(Steelhead)

Using Zeolite as a filtering material for water is being done in Japan after the nuclear reactor incident:

The Tokyo Electric Power Co. will build a special facility to process radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant.

The new facility, to go on-stream already in June, will push the contaminated water through an oil filter using zeolite, a mineral that absorbs radioactive materials.. (The Voice of Russia)

Shower heads for the home are available with Zeolite filters. Just type “Zeolite shower filter” into your Internet search engine and you will find information about this product.

The University of Texas has a patent on a Zeolite water filter application that can be used for the production of potable water from wells, bodies of water such as ponds, and/or point of use filters and water bottle filters:

Our Surfactant Modified Zeolite (SMZ) filter is a filter that is designed to remove biological pathogens from water. Removed pathogens include bacteria, viruses, and parasitic protozoa. The material can be included in a filtration device, which can be used as a potable water filter, a point of use water filter, a water bottle filter, or a filter packet that can be placed into a body of water such as a well or a pond. The SMZ filter is especially suited and was intensively tested as a filter pack of wells. SMZ can be produced cheaply (about 50 cents per pound or less than $500 per cubic meter), and used for any types of water ranging from drinking water to waste water. The SMZ can be manufactures in various grain sizes to allow water to flow at reasonably fast discharge rates through the filter. The SMZ was tested in the laboratory and in field experiments and was shown to be extremely efficient in removing bacteria and viruses from water. For example, in field experiments 100 % of E. coli and more than 99.9 % of the bacteriophages tested were removed from sewage water. After 6 months the removal efficiency for E. coli was still 100%. (University of Texas)

New Discovery

We also might want to keep our eyes on this new discovery by Russian scientists:

Russian scientists in the Khibinsky Mountains in the Arctic Circle have made an important scientific discovery. They’ve found a new mineral which absorbs radiation.

It does not yet have an official name and is known only as number 27-4. It can absorb radioactivity from liquid nuclear waste.

It can extract radioactive substances from any water-based solution and so has a very important practical significance,” said Yakov Pakhomovsky, the head of the Kolsky Research Institute.

After coming into contact with the mineral, radioactive water becomes completely safe. Had this mineral been available to physicists after the Chernobyl or Three Mile Island disasters, the consequences might have been very different, as both accidents resulted in contamination from radioactive water. (RT)

Prepare for the worst and hope for the best

Face it. None of us will make it out of this world alive, but we might just be able to make things better along the way. Since we are constantly being bombarded by radiation, which is a clear and present danger due to the Japanese Fukushima reactor melt down, we find ourselves facing the very real prospect of imminent demise. So, what matters most is how we react to the situation. We can succumb to fear and go out cowering, ignore the situation and pretend it isn’t happening, or face it and embrace our circumstances, doing all that we can to make things better for ourselves and the people around us. I choose the latter, and hope you do too.

© 2011 Barbara H. Peterson

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30 Responses to “Feel like a radiated sitting duck? Things you can do to mitigate the problem.”

  1. Sandy says:

    My cats are hyperthyroid and I’d like to start them on the clay…does anyone know if the clay will inactivate their thyroid meds?

  2. John Q. Galt says:

    Bicarbonate is also a fungicide, useful for opportunistic infections. Bicarbonate can be made locally from CO2 via a fermenter or biodigester and wood lye. It’s also useful as a sterilant, liming agent, CO2 releaser, fertilizer (potassium content) and a host of other specific uses.

  3. Robert says:

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but boron doesn’t block all forms of radiation it really only blocks some neutrons which are a very minor component of the fallout. But you may want to look into Phytoremediation if you haven’t already certain plants can remove the contamination.

    As for zeolite not all forms are optimized for radiation adsorption some forms work better than others. Soil uptake and bio-availability is directly related to the composition of the soil. Wet high organic soils like peat, humus and sandy loam increase transport the more clay content the better the retention.

    Potassium can be used to block Cs-137 uptake:

    “During the first 3 years of the experiment the absorption of Cs137 by ryegrass decreased by factors ranging from 5 to 40, the decrease being greatest from the soil with the highest clay content and least from the most sandy soil. It was thought to be caused by the progressive fixation of Cs137 on clay minerals. This fixation appeared to be largely complete 3 years after contamination since the Cs137 content of grass decreased thereafter by only about 30 per cent.

    The absorption of Cs137 was also influenced by the concentration of exchangeable potassium in the soils. The Cs137 content of grass grown on the soil with the lowest exchangeable potassium and the lowest clay content was some 10 times greater than that from the soil with the highest potassium content. ”

    Things could be worse you could live next to David Hahn the “Radioactive Boyscout” This is a very true and very disturbing story.

    Full story:

  4. Kelly says:

    Be prepared and have on hand the things you need to care for yourself and your family.

  5. Ferd says:

    Ms Peterson,
    I’ve read that Bentonite clay if ingested may cause or exacerbate High Blood Pressure, is that true? Because it would seem to be something that might help rid the body of these HORRORS. Is Prussian Blue only by prescription that supposedly rids the body of these HORRORS also.
    Is there anything that blocks or absorbs uranium and plutonium?
    Rent the film from 1959 ON THE BEACH with Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner

  6. Hi Luke,

    I support my tomato plants with cages and clip them at the top to bush them out, or do upside down planters for them when inside. You can also make your hoop house taller if necessary.

  7. Luke says:

    I noticed that the tomato plants didn’t have any support stands around them. I always use those round wire ones that I stick into the ground with the small tomato plant at the bottom, in the center. So, as the tomato grows it grows up through the stand and when it bears tomatoes, it has something to help support the weight and prevent the plant from toppling over.

    My tomato plants usually get fairly tall, perhaps taller than the clearance appears to be between the ground and the top of the plastic in the hoop greenhouse. Is that an issue to be concerned about?

  8. Stephanie says:

    Fascinating and useful article – thank you. Do you have a source you’d reccomend for quality calcium bentonite clay? If so, I’d love it if you’d share. Thanks!

  9. Fascinating and informative article. I have long been worried about the air, water and soil but if everything is contaminated, how do you de-contaminate? Now I know. Thanks!

  10. Uncle B says:

    Good article! Astounding American innocence on display here, however! Fuckoshima much worse than American media reveal. Germany’s reaction: Stop all current nuclear developement and close down all Uranium fed,plutonium creatong, humanocidal wate product producing reactors as fast as is practically possible – by 2022 – by law! Why? What do they know that Americans do not know? What is really going on here? Can America really survive, even wih vastly modified life-styles, without Uranium fed reactors? on Solar, Wave, Wind, Hydro, Tidal, Geothermal, Biomass energy sources? Why should they? Did Germany panic? Shoot first, ask questions later? or: Are Americans being led to the new age killing fields? Will China’s new, Thorium fueled, plutonium free, benign waste product , fail-safe, designed decommissionable, reactors replace American designs, te world over? Google, Tsinghua University, China, pebble bed gas reactors. See for yourself just how far they have come already!
    Are Americans in any danger? Ask a German!

  11. Mary Ellen Marucci says:

    Thank you for all this food for thought. Will check it out and include it in my experiments on filtering rainwater for use in my raised covered beds.

    As to moving south of the equator, currently the jet streams do not mix, but the Ocean streams do! Also there are nuclear power plants south of the equator, maybe not as many as the US DOE would like, with their stated intentions of nuclearizing the whole eastern coast of Africa! OK, that was old politics of the 90’s, but given how much money they had to push it wonder how far they got.

  12. Hendrik says:

    Very useful material, let us see how far it gets us. Also view Dr Russell Blaylock, who has similar info. Alpha Lipoic Acid, strong anti-oxidant, also ginger, garlic, macro-biotic diet.
    Possible counter measures along line of orgone generators, crystals. We may see a lot of experimentation, in this the most critical time.
    The air flows do seem to mix, over time, between hemispheres.

  13. Info at the site:

    Borates play an important role in industries as diverse as medicine and agriculture, nuclear waste storage and space exploration.

    Borates are an integral part of the natural world. Plants need borates to grow, and it seems people need them too. Not only as a nutritionally important part of their diet, but also as an essential ingredient in a dazzling array of the products we use every day.

  14. More info on Borax vs Boric Acid:

    What are the ingredients in 20 Mule Team® Borax?

    20 Mule Team is composed of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water. (The scientific name for borax is sodium tetraborate decahydrate.)

    Is 20 Mule Team® Borax Laundry Booster the same as boric acid?

    No, Boric Acid is an acid formed from the reaction of borax with sulfuric acid or another mineral.

  15. Dianna,

    Boric acid solutions SHOULD NOT be consumed. Boric acid is a form of Boron, and not the ingestible form! Here is more info:

  16. Dianna Lewis-Bannister says:

    Fantastis article! Boric acid can be used causiously to control roach, ants and the like. I say causiously because I has alys been told that it is very poisonous and not to be used around pets or children. I was very surprized to read that it can and should be ingested. That might requird a little more research.

  17. As far as I know from researching, the radiation is bound in the soil and becomes inactivated so that the plants cannot uptake it. If anyone else knows more, please respond.

  18. Joseph E Fasciani says:

    I’ve been very involved in horticulture for more than fifty years. At one time I created and operated the largest nursery in South-Eastern BC, where part of our business was the sale of young fruit trees, and consultation to new farmers/orchardists. Some plants require more boron in their “diets” than others, or grave problems can result. Pears in particular need enough to prevent premature blossom rot and/or premature fruit drop. However, the adequate amount is measured in parts per million, so while it’s crucial to get the dosage level correct for pears, it’s even more so for humans!

  19. Ann says:

    Where does the radiation go after being removed from soil or veggies?

  20. Great article…

    Ionizing radiation can break molecules, at a cellular level, causing unpredictable chemical reactions.

    Think of vibrations breaking glass, that is what happens at a cellular level, in your body, from ionizing radiation.

    Ionizing radiation is insidious, these large subatomic particles travel until they are stopped.

    Your skin can easily stop them.

    Once they are ingested, inhaled, or enter your body through a cut, their grotesque potent force cuts through your body like knife through butter, into the cells, blood or other organs, impacting other organs and leaving behind hideous, shocking damage.

    A single alpha particle from Plutonium, Uranium, Americium or Radon can deliver a huge blast of radiation inside your body. This radiation energy can destroy your genetic material at a cellular level.

    Some people are more susceptible than others:

    * Those who are already sick
    * Those who have weak immune systems
    * The elderly
    * Children, babies & the unborn

    If and when Fukushima ever stops it’s catastrophic spewing into the Northern Hemisphere, we can then begin to look forward to backing off on thyroid protection. Until that happens the following foods that one would normally consider healthy might be reconsidered because they are goitrogens.

    When these goitrogenic foods are eaten raw, they prevent iodine uptake by the thyroid gland, cooking may diminish this problem. It’s important to consider adding Iodine rich foods If you eat a lot of the following:

    * Broccoli, Chinese broccoli, Bok Choy, Bamboo shoots
    * Cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage,
    * Kale, Collar greens, Mustard greens, Spinach
    * Pears, Peaches
    * Peanuts, Pine nuts
    * Sweet Potatoes, Turnips
    * Radishes, Rutabagas
    * Soy anything

    We’ve been detoxing in Washington state since March 14 for ourselves and all of our animals since March 18. They happily enjoy the Bentonite clay in their water. Not only does it provide them with 60+ minerals, it also removes any parasites along with binding radioactive elements. If you haven’t used natural clays, it’s a wonderful, simple, inexpensive therapy.

    Sadly, all of the other precautions such as detoxing, soil decontamination and high anti oxidant foods should be continued f o r e v e r. The damage has been done and the half life of these elements, except Iodine, may well outlast the earth.

    Stay healthy, I intend to.


  21. Ron says:

    Interesting article, some new information that I hadn’t seen. Dr. Bob Marshall says that green tea is also helpful to reduce the effects of radiation. It helped the Japanese survivors in Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

  22. waynepacific says:

    Yes thank you!

    Say doesn’t Obama cut a fine Presidential figure, which is very important you know. I can see Nixonian influences.

    How bout them NBA playoffs.

    What ya think abut them hot Kardashian gals.

  23. Thank you for the urgently important post on what we can do to stay healthy in the Nuclear Age! I am recommending your article.*5-Star Review* Pacifica News Service,Hawaii.More! Pleasecvonsider joining Global Citizen Action Forum, Hawaii at http://www/

  24. Lark2011 says:

    Thank you for the information! We’ve already started our indoor gardening, but didn’t know about the baking soda. Very good tips you had there.

    Was curious if you’ve thought about moving to the Southern hemisphere, since I read that the jet streams for the northern and southern hemispheres don’t mix.

  25. Amelia says:

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge to help others. I only hope they will take heed and believe that we are not being told everything (or anything!)

  26. stienster says:


  27. T.W. says:

    I agree with Joseph. Borax is used for laundry detergent, and it certainly is a source for boron. Boron must be given to horses as a supplement because they aren’t getting enough from their worthless processed food or the worthless grass hay they are fed due to the artificial fertilizers, which put the brakes on minerals in the soil and render them void, that are so prevalently used in the “civilised” countries (US, England, Australia). What a mess. When I read a book written by an author who suggested supplementing your horses with three grams of boron a week and that that mineral was actually safe to administer using borax, I paused-until I read the above article. Now I am not worried about using the borax. I have been using borax for years for laundry because it is the safest “detergent” on the planet. I have also noticed the price per box (20 Mule Team Borax) has skyrocketed within the past 18 months. I am off to buy up all the borax on the grocery shelf. Thanks for the great article, a chock full of lifesaving info. that is so rare to find in the media trough these days that is usually refilled daily with the same partline slop concerning Japan.
    Thank you Barabara!

  28. Joseph E Fasciani says:

    “Thank you!” for THE BEST single article I have ever read on this increasingly crucial subject, especially since both my government in Kanada and yours in the USSA [not a typo] refuse to address it realistically. As usual, you’re left to your own resources, so this info is an enormous help.

    Joseph, 68
    Victoria, BC

  29. lah says:

    Thank you. Very practical and useful information.

  30. BEtty Haas says:

    Thank you for the informative video. Gardening small is just great!!!!!!!!