By Gavin Bragg  Guest Writer for Wake Up World

By now most of us have heard about the hundreds of benefits of coconut oil, and you may have also heard of the incredible detoxing power of pure liquid Zeolite. You must have also heard about the destruction that the Fukushima nuclear disaster is causing world wide, with Hypothyroidism in infants increasing by 26% in California in the 9 months following Fukushima compared with the previous year[1].

Although officials continue to downplay the extent of the disaster, many are (re)turning to the proven medicinal properties of natural substances like coconut and zeolite to help them maintain good thyroid health (among other things) amid rising levels of environmental radiation in the wake of Fukushima.

Here are some simple and natural things you can do to keep your thyroid in optimum condition.

Radiation and Thyroid Health
So what exactly does the Thyroid do? Why is it important that you have a healthy one? And what does radiation do to thyroid function?

The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located in the throat, and it controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins and also controls the bodies sensitivity to other hormones. The thyroid produces the essential T3 and T4 hormones, which regulate the growth and rate of function of many of the bodies systems. These body-regulating hormones are made with iodine, and this is where radiation comes in. When radioactive iodine-131 like that released from the Fukushima disaster enters the body, it is absorbed into the blood and is mistaken by the body as healthy iodine. It is then absorbed by the thyroid gland, killing cells and causing mutations like cancer in the surrounding tissues.

A November 2013 study of 200,000 children from the Fukushima prefecture, conducted by the Fukushima Medical University, found that 59 children already have thyroid cancer! In a population that size, 1 or 2 children having thyroid cancer would be considered a normal. The researchers also tested for pre-cancerous cysts or nodules, and an astounding 56% of the children tested had a pre-cancerous lumps on their thyroid glands. That’s over 110,000 children in the immediate Fukushima area alone! [2]

The main cause for Thyroid disease is radiation exposure, and in particular radioactive Iodine-131.
Radioactive iodine only has a half-life of 8 days (meaning its radioactivity halves every 8 days). Some still argue that by the time it reaches the West Coast of the USA, it poses no danger to humans but the results suggest otherwise. Adults may not be as affected but it is clearly having an effect on infants, especially the extremely sensitive cells of developing fetuses in utero, even at relatively low radiation doses. Supplementing Iodine will be a major help to blocking Radioactive Iodine-131 absorption. If your body has lots of available healthy Iodine like Nascent Iodine (an extremely bio-available form of colloidal iodine) it will have less need to absorb and (attempt to) use radioactive iodine-131 if it enters the body.

It has become increasingly clear that government-funded science programs do not yet understand – or will not admit – the extent to which radiation exposure affects the human body. Thyroid disorders are becoming increasingly common, and not just from exposures to Fukushima and military radiation but to medical radiotherapy treatments as well. A report in the US National Library of Medicine titled 
“Radiotherapy-induced Thyroid Disorders” states:

“Primary hypothyroidism, the most common radiation-induced thyroid dysfunction, affects 20-30% of patients administered following curative radiotherapy to the neck region, with approximately half of the events occurring within the first 5 years after therapy. The relative risk of radiation-induced cancer (mainly well-differentiated tumours) is 15-53-fold higher than in non-irradiated population.”[3]


Another shocking study on radiotherapy treatment, published in the peer reviewed journal “Stem Cells”, and written by researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centre Department of Oncology found that:

“Despite killing half of all tumour cells per treatment, radiation treatments on breast cancer transforms other cancer cells into cancer stem cells which are vastly more treatment-resistant than normal cancer cells. The team of researchers found that the radiation-induced stem cells had a more 
than 30-fold increased ability to form tumours compared with non-irradiated breast cancer cells.”[4]
Clearly exposure to radiation, even at levels considered ‘safe’ by mainstream medicine, can have a disastrous effect on our physical health.

Thankfully there are things you can do to eliminate radioactive toxins from your body.

Zeolite: the Champion of Radioactive Particle Removal
Zeolites have long been proven to absorb radioactive particles including caesium-137, strontium-90 and Iodine-131. In Chernobyl 500,000 tons of zeolite was poured into the reactors to stop the spread of radioactive particles, Zeolite was baked into cookies for children to block radiation absorption and Zeolite was also fed to livestock and spread over crops to stop it getting into the food supply.[5]
Zeolite can also absorb and remove heavy metals like mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic from the body, balances pH and restores the body to a balanced state of healing.

It has also been noted that zeolite appears to activate the p21 (Self destruct) gene in cancer cells, causing dancer and tumour cells to die.[7]

Amazingly zeolites can do all this without removing any needed nutrients or creating any adverse side effects. For this reason, pure liquid zeolite has been given a GRAS status (generally recognised as safe) by the U.S. FDA. For an in-depth look at zeolites, including peer reviewed studies on the NCD2 brand, research reports and more, check out pureliquidzeolite.com

Coconut Oil: A Modern Day Health Hero
We live in a world where metabolism-destroying polyunsaturated oils, like soy bean oil or vegetable oil, are an everyday staple. You can find them in almost anything.

Ray Peat Ph.D. is a physiologist who since 1968 has been working with progesterone and related hormones. He states that there was a sudden surge of polyunsaturated oils into the food chain post World War II that has caused many changes in hormones.

“Their [polyunsaturated oils] best understood effect is their interference with the function of the thyroid gland. Unsaturated oils block thyroid hormone secretion, its movement in the circulatory system, and the response of tissues to the hormone. When the thyroid hormone is deficient, the body is generally exposed to increased levels of oestrogen. The thyroid hormone is essential for making the ‘protective hormones’ progesterone and pregnenolone, so these hormones are lowered when anything interferes with the function of the thyroid. The thyroid hormone is required for using and eliminating cholesterol, so cholesterol is likely to be raised by anything that blocks the thyroid function.”

The reason polyunsaturated oils are so damaging is that they contain long chain fatty acids, or long chain triglycerides (LCTs). These long chain fatty acids promote weight gain and are used in livestock feeds to fatten up animals for sale. Long chain fatty acids impair thyroid function as they oxidise quickly and become rancid. When these rancid oxidised oils are present, it greatly impairs the conversion of hormones T4 into T3 in the liver. If this conversion does not occur the body cannot make the enzymes that it needs to turn fats into energy, and this is symptomatic of hypothyroidism.
Coconut oil is a saturated fat. It contains medium chain fatty acids or medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) and, promotes weight loss and increased metabolism.

Dr. Ray Peat says:
“When the oils are stored in our tissues, they are much warmer, and more directly exposed to oxygen than they would be in the seeds, and so their tendency to oxidise is very great. These oxidative processes can damage enzymes and other parts of cells, and especially their ability to produce energy. The enzymes which break down proteins are inhibited by unsaturated fats; these enzymes are needed not only for digestion, but also for production of thyroid hormones, clot removal, immunity, and the general adaptability of cells.

The risks of abnormal blood clotting, inflammation, immune deficiency, shock, ageing, obesity, and cancer are increased. Thyroid [hormones] and progesterone are decreased.
Since the unsaturated oils block protein digestion in the stomach, we can be malnourished even while ‘eating well.’ There are many changes in hormones caused by unsaturated fats. Their best understood effect is their interference with the function of the thyroid gland. Unsaturated oils block thyroid hormone secretion, its movement in the circulatory system, and the response of tissues to the hormone.

Coconut oil is unique in its ability to prevent weight-gain or cure obesity, by stimulating metabolism. It is quickly metabolised, and functions in some ways as an antioxidant.”
Coconut oil is incredibly stable and therefore does not burden the body with oxidative stress like vegetable oils do, coconut oil also does not need to be broken down by enzymes like the long chain triglycerides in vegetable oil do.

Cherie Calbom M.S., a clinical nutritionist and author from Washington, states;
“Since the liver is the main place where damage occurs from oxidised and rancid oils that cause cell membrane damage, and since the liver is where much of the conversion of T4 to T3 takes place, eliminating long-chain fatty acids from the diet and replacing them with medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil can, in time, help in rebuilding cell membranes and increasing enzyme production that will assist in promoting the conversion of T4 to T3 hormones.” [6]

Juicing For Healing
Green vegetable juicing is one of the greatest things you can do for your body, providing amazing nutrition as well as amazing detoxing. Cold press juicing has many benefits. It provides an abundance of vitamins and minerals, as well as a huge boost of enzymes for digestion. In this way, the body doesn’t have to work to digest and extract all these nutrients, it just needs to absorb.

Adding Zeolite to your juicing is like swapping lead boots for running shoes – the difference is incredible. In a pilot study of 55 people conducted by Dr. Gabriel Cousens at The Tree of Life Institute, he found that a green vegetable juice fast with maximum dose Natural Cellular Defense Pure Liquid Zeolite, removed 88% of 800 toxins measured in 1 week. This included mercury, lead, pesticides, depleted uranium, teflon and many more. Those who continued for 2 weeks had 100% removal of all toxins in the body. To read more about this study you can check it out at Pure Liquid Zeolite.

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