3/20/2011 — Very low-level radiation has been detected in milk and spinach grown within a 20 mile zone from the disabled nuclear reactor in Fukushima, Japan, including Cesium 137 and Iodine 131.  While nothing can be done about the Cesium, in any case, the levels are not considered high enough to be of significant concern.

A couple of days ago, newspapers in the US reported detection of Iodine 131 in air samples in California, but at exceedingly minute doses (as would be predicted).

At this time, there is no need for any of us to alter our supplement practices.

While continued awareness and monitoring is certainly necessary, barring some dramatic deterioration in the situation in Japan, we in this country are not at  any acute risk.

As the news media has reported, there has been a “run” on commercially available iodine.  This is panic-buying and could be counter-productive for the people of Japan, for example, should there be need to ship large quantities of iodine supplements to protect that country.