Life in Tokyo After 3/11

After the devastating events of March 11, 2011 I was faced with decisions that were difficult and of course unexpected.

After returning from my business trip in europe I found my self very apprehensive and unsure about going outdoors and the general state of well-being in Tokyo and Japan. The Fukushima nuclear plant was melting down and tons of radiation and other toxic chemicals were affecting the air, water and land. Shortly after my return it was discovered that the water in Tokyo was contaminated with radiation. I had to order or have friends ship me bottled water because there was absolutely no bottled water to be found in the stores. The bottled water supply had been diverted to Northern Japan for the survivors. Except for bathing and washing dishes, everything I needed water for was from bottled water. Making coffee, tea, miso soup, rice etc... Everything required water. It really showed just how much we rely on water and/or take for granted.

Additionally grocery shopping became a more arduous task because it took far more time to sort through vegetables, fruits, dairy products etc... to determine what was safe. Many products were from the local region which was too close from the nuclear plant so I tried to purchase those from places farther West. But how far was enough? That was always the question. Because the food situation was so dramatically affected by the radiation I started to make my own lunches before work in the morning. I chose to do this because otherwise I would have no way of knowing or being sure what was in the food at restaurants and where it was coming from.

As a woman I felt more responsible to really be safe. Though I have no plans for the near future I would eventually like to have children so the radiation would affect my fertility. Such responsibility requires more research and knowledge about our bodies and how they excrete toxins. I chose to eat a more Japanese diet of brown rice, miso soup, kelp, seaweed, pickled vegetables and such. Fish and seafood was difficult because of the sea water contaminated by the radioactive waste, but when I could I would buy mackerel and other cold water fish from farther areas of Japan. In my research I had found that these enzyme and mineral rich foods were naturally detoxifying. While water was limited I tried to drink as much as I could. Furthermore I looked into other, heavier types of detoxing and came across zeolite. Zeolite is a unique, negatively-charged rock mineral that has a porous cage-like structure which easily absorbs positively-charged heavy metals and toxins.

After trying several zeolite products and doing intensive research, I found out that Japanese manufactured zeolite products are not sold as zeolite supplement. Instead they can only be sold as a drink containing small amounts of zeolite (as a food additive) in which the amount of zeolite is regulated. I later found high potency zeolite products manufactured abroad that can be ordered in Japan online at

I liked the liquid zeolite product because it was easily portable and simple to add to water and drink. And I liked the zeolite tablets containing iodine which is said to be necessary for preventing radiation poisoning. I used the powered zeolite for soaking and washing vegetables and baking.

These seemingly small, everyday decisions had a big impact and eventually I decided to leave Tokyo for good. Yes, Western japan was safer but I needed mental and emotional clarity so I decided to come back home to Hawaii. I still try to adhere to the detoxifyng principles that I learned through my experience. Though I'm not as intense about them nowadays as I was. Hawaii is clean and beautiful but not even this island in the Pacific can escape the constant damages to our environment. The car exhaust, pesticides, chem trails and many other toxins exist and destroy our air, water and soil. we must be careful to take care of our bodies so we can reach our best potential physically, mentally and emotionally.