Los Angeles Times (CA) – By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The radiation leaking from crippled nuclear power plants in Japan has unleashed fears on this side of the ocean. Despite assurances from experts that the amount of radiation reaching the U.S. is miniscule and harmless, many people here are worried that the fallout could pose a serious health threat.

And if William McBride’s inbox is any indication, they’re also wondering whether they should protect themselves by taking supplements or changing their diets. “I’ve been getting emails from friends asking me if they should take this or that,” said McBride, professor of radiation oncology at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. “It’s all based on a fear of radiation.”

Radiation no reason to load up on supplements, health experts say