Let’s Calm Down A Little…

So Japan. I’ve been blogging about it quite a bit lately and it’s been all over the news. As a result of this mass hysteria over the Fukushima power plants however, people have been stocking up on iodine tablets or potassium iodide, which is a treatment for radiation sickness.

In China, the hysteria has gotten to such a point that people have been buying iodized salt because iodine tablets are not available in the market. Then people started freaking out because they thought that newly produced salt would be contaminated by radiation, which according to experts is unlikely. The biggest problem is, there isn’t enough iodine in the salt to actually do anything to help with radiation sickness. In fact, there isn’t enough iodine in the salt even if you ingest about 5 kilograms of it and in that case, radiation sickness won’t kill you but the salt will. Literally.

So for all of you who are a bit freaked out about radiation, I will say that radiation is scary but potassium iodide isn’t a miracle drug either. (Read the article above.) If you are freaked out about radiation though, the witty people at xkcd did a chart (they researched it so it’s not one of their usual gags) about radiation. Radiation happens on a natural and everyday basis so the nuclear crisis in Japan is scary but panicking is not going to help anyone at this point. Stay calm and think.

Also, here is the site for the skating benefit, Skaters Care, for Japan. In Worlds news, $peedy has sent a letter to Japan to ask if they can host Worlds in October. If not, they’ll hold the competition in April or May, which makes more sense.

Let’s all hope for the best. I’m going to end with this bit of beauty:

~The Rinkside Cafe

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. S.
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 11:51:34

    First impressions: I agree. Tukta. has something vibrant. As long as she doesn’t become too much of a diva, I’ll love her…

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