A text message circulated every inbox last March 14 has caused anxiety and panic among Filipinos. Accordingly, Japanese government confirms radiation leak at Fukushima nuclear plants. Asian countries should take necessary precautions and should remain indoors for 24 hours shutting down doors and windows. It was also stressed on the text message that people should swab betadine on the thyroid area of the neck. Accordingly, radiation hits thyroid first. The text message was also specific in giving the exact time of the radiation emphasizing that it will hit Philippines by 4pm that day.

Later that day, major news channels and broadsheets are refuting the controversial text message. It was definitely a hoax! As of this writing, government official are still clueless as to how this fallacious statement reach the whole of the country.

Was there a pinch of truth about the text message? Or is it merely distributed to create chaos?

Let us try to answer these questions and see where it leads us!

The world has recorded two cases of nuclear radiation with gigantic effect to humans. First was the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 followed by Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Few years after the explosion, scientist noticed that people exposed to radiation had thyroid cancer.

Thyroid gland is located near the neck below Adam's apple or thyroid cartilage. It controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins, and controls how sensitive the body should be to other hormones.It is also responsible in controlling body temperature. 

Betadine is a brand name. Major component is povidone-iodine which functions as a topical antiseptic.

Iodine is needed for healthy thyroid function which regulates metabolism.  Both too much, and too little iodine can result in abnormal thyroid metabolism. In layman's term, goiter. Iodine is very essential for proper thyroid function. In the Philippines or around the world, we generate iodine from the food we eat. Seafood, iodized salt are some of the frequently known material that contain high amount of iodine.

Let us connect the dots!

The text scare tried to explain something but was not explained well! That is fact! 

Thyroid cancer that killed most of those exposed to nuclear radiation in Chernobyl and after World War 2 does not happen in a flash. It does not affect their thyroid in an instant! It was caused by the food they're eating. Radioactive iodine was passed through meat, vegetables and other consumptions. In turn, people ate meat/vegetables and drink milk from cows or plants exposed to radioactive particles. As its basic function, all the iodine content in the food we're eating are used by the thyroid gland. And anything in excess is bad for our health. With too much iodine in the body, thus, thyroid cancer!

And that's a fact!

Swabbing your neck with betadine is definitely hilarious! The iodine content of betadine will not be absorbed by your thyroid even if you will swab it on your neck every seconds! Iodine is absorbed by the thyroid gland through the food that you've been eating!

Unless of course you will drink a bottle of Betadine! LOL

But thats a hoax!

Lason yan pag iinumin mo! So, malamang mauna ka pang mamatay keysa dun sa na exposed sa nuclear radiation!

Let this incident remind us to be more careful in everything we read, hear and see!

Rule of thumb?

When in doubt, ask! Don't panic! And don't spread malicious text message!
Unless isa kang mangmang!


  1. thanks for dropping by doc! :)

  2. bwahahah, spoken /written with the signature kamalditahan of a geisha. love it!

  3. @cliogoddess

    mare.. miss na kita... naka emboss na naman yang kamalditahan ko kaw talaga!


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