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Hippies Fearing Radiation Buy Out Whole Foods' Sea Kelp

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Should the radiation cloud over Los Angeles actually come to pass, some hippies will be well-prepared, after having bought all the sea kelp off the shelves at Whole Foods. West Hollywood Patch reports that the product, which comes in the form of tablets, contains iodine, a chemical that helps stave off the effects of radiation, and has flown off the shelves at local health food markets:

At Whole Foods on Santa Monica Boulevard at Fairfax Avenue, an employee said sea kelp tablets and dried sea kelp (used in soups) have been sold out since March 12, less than 24 hours after concerns about the Fukushima nuclear reactors were first announced. Earthbar at 8365 Santa Monica Blvd (at Flores Street; diagonally across from Gelson’s) has been sold out of sea kelp since Monday, March 14, and the same is true for Capitol Drugs at 8578 Santa Monica Boulevard (near 24 Hour Fitness).

The sea kelp tablets contain a tiny amount of iodine, though, compared to actual potassium iodine tablets: about 150 micrograms vs. 30 milligrams or more. 150 micrograms, reports Patch, is about the same amount as is found in daily multivitamins.