Zeolite and Nuclear Fallout




Three Mile Island (March 28, 1979): The most serious  nuclear accident in U.S. history took place at the Three Mile Island  plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, when a pressure valve failed to  close, allowing contaminated water to drain into adjoining buildings.  The incident eroded the American public's faith in nuclear power.






Chernobyl (April 26, 1986): Built in the late 1970s  about 65 miles north of Kiev in the Ukraine, the Chernobyl plant was one of the largest and oldest nuclear power plants in the world. The  explosion and meltdown that occurred there in April 1986 claimed  thousands of lives and remains the worst nuclear disaster in history.






Fukushima Dai-ichi (March 2011): The earthquake that  shook Japan on March 11, 2011, stirred up a devastating tsunami that has been blamed for thousands of deaths. It also triggered a series of  accidents and failures at the Fukushima nuclear plant, leaving experts  scrambling to avoid meltdowns, and contaminating the ocean and air thousands of miles away with radiation.



Much has been said about potassium iodide to guard against the harmful effects of radioactive materials such as was leaked last year from Japan's nuclear power plants after it was knocked down by the most powerful earthquake ever to hit the country and the giant tsunami waves that earthquake generated.

The use of Clinoptilolite zeolite is one of the solutions that scientists have avilable for decontaminating water and soil exposed to radiation from damaged power plants. This use was first proposed by Zajtsev, Kulakov and Chelishchev in 1984.

How Does Zeolite Work

Clinoptilolite (the most suitable zeolite for human and agricultural detoxification) captures toxic materials like chemicals, heavy metals, toxins, radionuclides and other liquid, solid and gas impurities. Published scholarly articles say that the naturally-occurring and environment-friendly mineral has been used for many years as animal food additive by absorbing toxins. The purest forms of Clinoptilolite are used to detoxify humans.

According to wikipedia, "Zeolites have uses in advanced reprocessing methods, where their micro-porous ability to capture some ions while allowing others to pass freely allow many fission products to be efficiently removed from nuclear waste and permanently trapped. Equally important are the mineral properties of zeolites. Their alumino-silicate construction is extremely durable and resistant to radiation even in porous form. Additionally, once they are loaded with trapped fission products, the zeolite-waste combination can be hot pressed into an extremely durable ceramic form, closing the pores and trapping the waste in a solid stone block. This is a waste form factor that greatly reduces its hazard compared to conventional reprocessing system.”

Zeolite Use at Chernobyl

While detailed information is limited, published data indicates that roughly 500,000 tons of zeolites, mainly Clinoptilolite, were utilized to deal with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. (This is one of the first modern uses of zeolite.)

After the Chernobyl disaster, Clinoptilolite was mixed into the feed supply of dairy cattle to reduce the radiation in the milk produced. Children in the affected areas around Chernobyl were fed chocolate and biscuits that were formulated with Clinoptilolite zeolite and doses of zeolite- based liquids were administered to assist in the removal of radionuclides from their bodies.

Clinoptilolite zeolite was also incorporated in the cement blend that was utilized to “cap” the damaged Chernobyl reactor.

Academic papers show that Clinoptilolite-administered plants, animals and humans were also decontaminated following uptake of the mineral after the Chernobyl accident.

Opinion of Emeritus Prof. Dr Karl Hecht Regarding Zeolite Use For Controlling Damage from Radiation

In Chernobyl, the use of Clinoptilolite Zeolite was actually too late for many people, although it was helpful for a large number of victims to mitigate or eliminate diseases caused by radiation.

I think that the Russian physicians’ experiences should suggest to equip every nuclear plant with large supplies of zeolite-clinoptilolite to be used as rapidly as possible in case of emergency.

I have already drawn my conclusions and have been taking 6-10 gr of zeolite-clinoptilolite every day for more than 10 years, and my wife does the same. Thanks to zeolite-clinoptilolite it is not only possible to evacuate radionuclides and environmental poisons from the human and animal body but also to place at disposal of human being a suitable quantity of minerals with benefits for health. According to Dr Igor Abramovitsch Belitski, who has been working with zeolite-clinoptilolite since 1961, the Chernobyl reactor has been housed into a sarcophagus containing 22,000 tons of zeolite-clinoptilolite. He participated in the operations and has been living for some years in Stuttgart suffering from tumour. Zeolite keeps him still alive.

The use of Clinoptilolite Zeolite at Chernobyl can be regarded providence research. At that time there were no classic studies on this matter, which is understandable because priority was given to assistance and rescue.

In the chaos of Chernobyl in the years following 1986 no accurate surveys were carried out (in part, because entire villages died). It seems that in Ukraine 125,000 people died because of radiation from 1986 to 1994. It is not known how many people are still exposed to radiation. Caesium 137 has a half-life of 30.1 years, therefore settled caesium still continues emitting radiation.

To sum up, on the bases of current knowledge deriving from several scientific studies on the treatment of “diseases caused by radiation” with natural zeolite-clinoptilolite (cf. Bgatova & Novoselov 2000, Tsherbo & Zeldin 1998; Volkova 1998; Mosjkulev 1991; Pincnk et al. 1991, Kucin & Kolylov 1983, Kiselev 1960), it is possible to state what follows:

Natural zeolite-clinoptilolite turned out to be a valid remedy for prevention against radiation, especially if taken in combination with other natural substances such as spirulina platensis and/or complexes of vitamins A, B, C or A, C, E.

  • With reference to the victims of Chernobyl affected by radiation, zeolite-clinoptilolite showed promise in combination with the A, B, E or A, B, C vitamin compounds.
  • The natural zeolite-clinoptilolite and blue-green algae (spirulina platensis) complex turned out to be effective in the evacuation of radioactive strontium 90 and caesium 137.
  • A very early use of natural zeolite-clinoptilolite together with the relevant combination of remedies turned out to be important for the evacuation of caesium 137 and strontium 90.
  • It would be better to proceed to the evacuation on the first ten days following the effect of radiation;
  • With reference to the effectiveness of the treatment with natural zeolite-clinoptilolite on patients affected by radiation, it is important to take into account the type of radiation.
  • Primary damages caused by radiation (due to direct radiation) turned out to be more easily cured with Clinoptilolite Zeolite;
  • the sooner the (evacuative) therapy started after the exposure to radiation, the more effective it was.
  • There were heavier therapeutic difficulties when caesium 137 entered the human or animal body by nourishment (for example, green leafy vegetables, root vegetables, fruit, milk, eggs, meat = secondary/endogenous radiation).
  • If it was not possible to carry out evacuation within the first 10 days, the therapy to cure endogenous radiation turned out to be more and more difficult (cf. Veretenina et al. 2003; Bgatova & Novoselv 2000; Volkova 1998; Korotaev et al. 1992; Mosjkalev 1991; Pincuk et al. 1991; Baraboy et al. 1991; Popov et al. 1990; Kucin & Kolylov 1983).

II. Direct radiation and its consequences

First of all, direct radiation affects the connective tissue, in particular the substance of the extracellular matrix that basically performs primary functions in the human body (Pschinger 1990; Perger 1990; Heine 1989, 1990, 1991). This category includes the respiratory tract, the digestive tract, the blood vessels and the cells of the nervous system glia.

With reference to the body responsiveness to primary radiation given by radionuclides, Bgatova & Novoselv (2000) identify three stages:

Stage 1: very different psychoneural reactions: neurasthenia, neurovegetative asthenia, neurotic syndrome, digestive disorders, heart pains, concentration problems, headache, etc.

Stage 2: symptoms of autoimmune diseases, muscles and articulations suffering from rheumatic pains.

Stage 3: heavy body changes in terms of sclerotic processes and formation of tumours (Bgatova & Novoselov 2000; Kortaev et al. 1992; Moskalev 1991; Popov et al. 1990; Vladimirov et al. 1989).

In particular, Baraboy et al. (1991) draw the attention to the fact that the application of a therapy must be immediately started facing the sometimes very rapid pathophysiological developments deriving from the primary effects of radiation and where the above mentioned complex of zeolite + vitamins + minerals and amino acids can be the most effective one.

The effect of ionizing direct radiation may depend on several factors.

The effect of caesium 137 depends on:

  • The passage through the molecular filter in the extracellular matrix the caesium speed inside the cell
  • The decay speed of radionuclides
  • The speed at which caesium is expelled by kidneys
  • Also the condition of the basic substance of the extracellular matrix can determine the magnitude of the caesium 137 radiation. In case of intact mineral metabolism (but who does have it today?), it is possible to expect a weakening of it.
  • As a chemical analogous of potassium, caesium 137 displaces it in all metabolic processes. Strontium 90 has the same effect with calcium.

III Secondary radiation (endogenous)

As shown by relevant studies (overview in Bgatova & Novoselov 2000), totally different pathogenic processes develop as a consequence of direct radiation caused by caesium 137 compared to the intake of it through nourishment. First of all, here are some short references to the pathogenetic mechanisms and processes that occur following direct radiation, mainly referred to caesium 137 because of its primary role in the Chernobyl catastrophe.

a) Effect of food and drinking water contaminated by radionuclides.

The radiation that forms as a consequence of the decay of atoms of radioactive isotopes causes ionization of the water molecule. In these cases, the molecular oxygen present in biological liquids (the basic substance of the extracellular matrix, blood and lymph) reacts with the products deriving from the primary radiolysis of the water molecule. The result is the formation of long lasting radioactive compounds such as: H2®H+ + OH + c + H2 + H2O2 + H3O+.

This causes the formation of oxidizing free radicals (peroxidization), which are particularly aggressive against proteins, biopolymers, cell membranes and subcellular structures (e.g. chromosomes, cells of organs and mitochondrions) (Bgatova & Novoselov 2000; Baraboy et al. 1991; Kuzin & Kolylov 1983). This permanent radiation process causes the formation of biologically active radiotoxins that are much more stable than the water primary radicals and can provoke a secondary attack to the genome and biological membranes.

Radiotoxins are able to initiate oxidative chain reactions, which can continue a long time after the endogenous exposure to radiation (Bgatova & Novoselov 2000; Tscherbo & Zelden 1998; Korataev et al. 1992; Vladimirov et al. 1989; Kisilev 1960).

The radiation caused by the intake of radionuclides by mouth through nourishment causes:

  • Endotoxicosis caused by radiation
  • Aggressive formation of free radicals
  • Accumulation of primary and secondary radiotoxins
  • Inhibition of non-specific immune responses in the extracellular matrix (Bgatova & Novoselov 2000)
  • Formation of collagenosis.

The consequences are:

  • Formation of systemic scleroderma and other types of collagenosis (Schlitter 1995, 1994a and b; Heine 1991, 1990; Perger 1990; Heine 1989; Pischinger 1990; Schrober 1953) affecting in particular the digestive system, with a subsequent almost null absorption of nutritive substances and medicines in the intestine (Bgatova & Novoselov 2000);
  • Disruption of the vegetative nervous system until reaching a condition of regulation stasis and a precancerous stage (Schlitter 1995; Perger 1990a and b; Kellner 1979, 1977);
  • Autoimmune diseases;
  • Diseases of the digestive system, the respiratory tract, the nervous system and the cardiovascular system caused by the reduced defence strengths (Bgatova & Novoselov 2000; Karotaev et al. 1992).

To sum up, it is possible to state that the intake of radionuclides through food or water causes particularly serious damages to health and that the therapeutic help is possible only if the treatment starts immediately after contamination.

If the evacuation of radionuclides does not start within 8-10 days, it will be difficult to control the progressive pathological process of the disease caused by radiation.

Nonetheless, no stones should be left unturned and a therapy with natural zeolite-clinoptilolite (and in case montmorillonite) should be applied, in combination with minerals, vitamins, amino acids or peptides. This principle has been always maintained and applied by Russian physicians.

IV Therapy with zeolite-clinoptilolite in case of diseases caused by radiation

A treatment of radiation-caused diseases, especially in patients suffering from endogenous forms, should last at least 36 days. These patients should be administered a daily dose of 3-8 gr of natural zeolite-clinoptilolite (in powder form) or a daily dose of natural zeolite-clinoptilolite equal to 2-4 gr + 2-4 gr of montmorillonite (in powder form), to be drunk after being stirred in a glass of lukewarm water [Blagitko & Yashina 2000]. Minerals, vitamins and amino acids must be taken during the day (at different hours).

For the evacuation of iodine 131 from the thyroid, the authors recommend the following therapeutic schedule both for adults and children:

3 gr of natural zeolite-clinoptilolite (in powder form) to be drunk after being dissolved in a glass of water to be taken every day at 9.00 pm. The treatment must be protracted for 14 days [Blagitko & Yashina 2000].

Preventive protection of health through the intake of natural zeolite-clinoptilolite.

The majority of Russian scientists believe that the best protection against diseases caused by radiation is the constant intake of natural zeolite-clinoptilolite in combination with vitamins and other natural active principles, due to the fact that we do not know how many accidents may occur in nuclear reactors and how much fruits, vegetables and animal products can be contaminated by radionuclides.

My advice is: 3-5 gr of zeolite in powder form in the morning

3-5 gr of zeolite in powder form in the evening


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