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Topic - Any New Info on Potassium Iodide Versus Potassium
Posted: December 14 2008 at 3:00am By Iowa102
So, lets assume you were hit with 200 rads - how effective would potassium be?
 

I think that is an inappropriate application of the potassium. I may be wrong (getting old) but here’s how I think of it. Radiation comes in a wide range of frequencies and has primary and secondary affects. Potassium only protects from the secondary radiation from the particles of fallout that are inhaled into the body. It has no affect on the body for primary radiation. That would be a little like thinking that sunscreen (protection from the primary radiation of sunlight) would protect you from getting burned by objects heated by sunlight (secondary emission) such as walking barefoot on hot sand. Only in your case you seem to want something intended to protect from the secondary emissions from fallout to protect from rads from all sources. It doesn’t work like that.