(No cheating allowed…see answers below)
The PATH Foundation, under the direction of Eric R. Braverman, M.D., is making a concerted effort to inform the public about the dangers of radioactivity, particularly to children. The Foundation will be publishing a paper in April (stay tuned for further information) about the necessity of having potassium iodide (KI) on hand—at home, in the office, and in vehicles—which can counteract the serious effects radiation can have on the thyroid gland. At about $5 a bottle, no one should be without a first line of defense in the event of a nuclear accident or terrorist incident.
The Foundation has posted an informative guide for Disaster Preparation here!
The ultimate goal for Dr. Braverman and the Foundation is to make 9/11 National Preparedness Day. The questions below are the second of two parts that inform you about radioactivity and the thyroid gland:
1. On average, how fast do nuclear plumes travel?
a. 1 mph
b. 10 mph
c. 20 mph
d. 50 mph
2. As a percentage from 0-100, how effective for blocking thyroidal uptake of radioactive iodine at the time of exposure is prophylaxis (protective treatment) with potassium iodide (KI)?
3. How many billions of people worldwide are at risk of an iodine deficiency disorder?
4. Which nation was the only one to successfully use KI for the general public in response to a radiological emergency?
5. Upon exposure, where in the human body does radioactive iodine aggregate?
6. Choose the three groups who are most vulnerable to radioactive iodine exposure:
c. Pregnant or lactating women
d. Iodine-sufficient individuals
e. Iodine-deficient individuals
7. Which of the following are potential adverse reactions to Iodine-131 exposure? (Select all that apply)
b. Stomach, bladder, colon, and breast cancer
d. Temporary and prolonged infertility
e. Sore throat, cough, and/or alterations in taste
8. What can iodine deficiency lead to? (Select all that apply)
b. Preventable brain damage
c. Learning disabilities
d. Psychomotor impairment
9. Which storage conditions help maintain iodine content of iodized salt, Kelp, and KI tablets? (Select all that apply)
a. Bright light
b. High humidity
c. Low temperature
2. 98-99.99% (However, if KI is taken 3 hours after radioactive iodine exposure, effectiveness drops to 50%; at 24 hours, it is only 7% effective.)
3. 2 billion
5. Thyroid gland
6. Children, Pregnant or lactating women, and iodine-deficient individuals
7. All apply
8. All apply
9. Low humidity and air-tightness
Eric R. Braverman, M.D.
Dr. Braverman is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. He is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.