Potassium Iodide Still Flying Off Shelves as Radioactive Plume Nears Arizona; Officials Warn Against Using the Substance

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Hi-Health is among the stores experiencing a run on potassium iodide. They're getting more -- but experts advise the public that it won't do any good in this case, but might cause harm.
​The Hi-Health clerk shakes his head at our request for potassium iodide.

"We're all out," he says, confirming what we'd already learned from news reports of the last couple of days.

"But the plume's coming!" we plead.

He laughs at our smarminess, then mentions that stores will be resupplied by March 25.

Hi-Health's Web site, as well as sites from other dietary supplement stores, advertise the coming shipments prominently.

But health officials, as we reported yesterday, are urging Arizonans not to take potassium iodide out of fear of radiation released in Japan.

The levels of radiation are far too low for anyone to need the supplement, and it could cause harmful side-effects, they say.

Potassium iodide was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1982 for use after radiation releases, according to Wikipedia. The chemical works to prevent radioactive bits from being uploaded to the thyroid gland, where they might cause cancer.

If you bought potassium iodide out of sheer panic and have now decided not to take it, you may not have totally wasted your money. The stuff reportedly never expires and who knows, you might need it if Palo Verde melts down.

The guy at the health store tells us he's not worried about Japan's radioactive plume, which is now hitting the California coast and is expected to pass over Arizona.

In fact, he says with a grin, he's hoping some of the radiation drips on a spider -- which then would bite him.

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MERRY PRANKSTER
MERRY PRANKSTER

we all die of something sooner or later so you pussies might as well get used to the idea and fact that death is after us all and nothing can save you from it. i for one am looking forward to leaving earth and being in heaven with Jesus for eternity. call on God and get your salvation while your still alive here on earth before its to late to do so. whats so great about humans and life on earth anyway? have you looked around at humans and life on earth lately? its nothing to be proud of.

malasangre
malasangre

"Rejoice in the day the Lord has made" sound familiar? gee if it is that bad maybe you should just go ahead and check out. lets see whats so great about life? my first thought of course is my children. next thoughts? sunrise, sunset, music, good food, wine, chidren laughing at whatever, horse riding, motorcycles, boating, fishing, euchre, movies, coffee, kissing my wife, gardening, my first morning stretch, Christmas morning, going to church, etc. I do not think your screen name is very accurate. Signed; Happy Earthling P.S. I cannot be sure but I do not believe God wants you to call other people pussies.

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