Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
We now know that the first plant has melted down, and 6 more nuclear power plants in Japan are in danger. If they fail, this situation could get even worse. Japanese authorities are distributing potassium iodide to its population for thyroid protection.
For U.S. populations, we can hope that most of the radiation will disperse into the ocean and never reach us, however, with the U.S. West Coast in the direct path of the jet stream from Japan, it is a good precaution to stock up on potassium iodide or natural iodine from kelp, which can prevent the absorption of radioactive iodine, the most common complication from radiation poisoning.
Consult with your doctor or medical professional before taking these or any supplements (I’m not giving you medical advice). Unfortunately, we cannot count on our government to be honest and upfront with us about the dangers of nuclear fallout. You should consider your own potential risks. Take action now to protect yourself and your family. Don’t wait until it’s too late.