Clinical Roundtable: Effects of Radiation Exposure

Experts take a critical look at potential health effects of nuclear fallout

By Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO

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I'd like to start this discussion by expressing my sorrow for the terrible tragedy that has occurred in Japan, and to acknowledge that the concerns we have about radioactive exposure here in the United States pale in comparison to the actual catastrophe the Japanese continue to work through. I also want to express my heartfelt admiration for the brave men and women who are on the scene at Fukushima Nuclear Plant, risking their lives to lessen the danger posed to others.

As clinicians we're being asked difficult questions about radioactive exposure by our patients in the wake of the earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear crisis in Japan. As physicians who likely do not have a background in nuclear physics, it can be difficult to wade through the complex and conflicting information to present a balanced view to our patients. Natural Medicine Journal has reached out to two experts to give us a balanced and scientifically based explanation of the risks and how to mitigate them. You can listen to their audio interviews by clicking the links below:

Lyn Patrick, ND, graduated from Bastyr University in 1984 and has practiced in Arizona and most recently, Colorado for the last 27 years. She is a contributing editor for Alternative Medicine Review and lectures on various topics internationally including environmental medicine, chronic hepatitis C, eating disorders, and fatty liver disease. Her current passion is growing Chinese herbs and medicinal food at 7,000 feet.

Listen to our interview with Dr. Patrick by clicking here. Approximate listening time: 25 minutes.

Jean-Yves Dionne, RPh, is a scientific advisor and natural health products consultant for several companies and professional organizations. He teaches at Université de Montréal and Université Laval. He is a collaborator and scientific reviewer for many publications both in French and English and is the author or co-author of several books including Herbs, Everyday Reference for Health Professionals. Mr Dionne also sits on the board of directors of the Natural Health Product Research Society of Canada (www.nhprs.ca). His research focus is the interaction between natural health products (NHPs) and pharmaceuticals as well as between conventional medicine and CAM. He is presently involved in a research project evaluating the risk benefit assessment of NHPs.

Listen to our interview with Mr. Dionne by clicking here. Approximate listening time: 20 minutes.

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About the Author

Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, is editor-in-chief of Natural Medicine Journal and a naturopathic physician, board certified in naturopathic oncology. She received her naturopathic doctorate from National University of Natural Medicine, and completed her residency in naturopathic oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kaczor received undergraduate degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is the past president and treasurer of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and secretary of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. She is the editor of the Textbook of Naturopathic Oncology. She has been published in several peer-reviewed journals. Kaczor is based in Portland, Oregon.