Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sour Medicine

Just for the record dear reader I wanted to tell someone about these concoctions M (my wife) has been brewing and spraying around the house as well as, I think, lacing some of our victuals with. She claims this lactic acid brew has the power to protect us from possible exposure to radiation spewing from the broken nuclear power plants at Fukushima.

While surfing the web one day, M stumbled upon a blog by someone who claimed that this brown rice mash cured her family of a host of respiratory problems they had been suffering post 3-11 (the day disaster struck northeastern Japan).  Concerned about the health of our family in the face of Japan's continually evolving nuclear disaster, M thought it wouldn't hurt to give it a try.

Now I know what you may be thinking , but there is a method to M's madness - a scientific method. NHK World reports that "a team led by Professor Ken Sasaki of Hiroshima Kokusai Gakuin University has for 10 years been studying ways to remove metals using microbes called phototrophic bacteria." He wants to put his method to the test in Fukushima where he believes it may rid the soil and water of radioactive cesium. 


Similarly the makers of Hatcho Miso, the preferred miso of the emperor, claim that this traditional Japanese food can "prevent radiation sickness."  The Hatcho Miso web site notes that "immediately after the Chernobyl accident in l986, European customers ordered over 40 tons of Hatcho miso believing it to be most powerful against the effect[s] of radiation."   The folks at Hatcho also point out that "in 1972 researchers discovered an alkaloid in miso that discharges heavy metals from the body and recently workers at Japan's Tohoku University isolated substances in miso that cancel out the effects of some carcinogens." M says her brew, like miso, is loaded with lactic acid bacteria and other beneficial enzymes.

Say what you will about M 's response to the nuclear disaster but one thing is for sure, it's a whole lot better than the Japanese government's response to those living directly in the shadow of Fukushima's leaking nuclear reactors:

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