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Aleilius
01-05-2009, 04:46 PM
Source: http://www.rerowland.com/K40.html

Yes, potassium is a radioactive element, identified by the chemical symbol K. Yet, this radioactive element is vital for our good health. It is an element that is essential for the body's growth and maintenance. Potassium is also necessary in order to maintain normal water transport between the cells and body fluids. It also plays an essential role in the response of nerves to stimulation and in the contraction of muscles.

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Under normal circumstances it is by far the most abundant naturally occurring radioactive element within the human body. The average adult male contains about 140 g of K; the level varies with body weight and muscle mass. We ingest about 2.5 g per day of K from our food and excrete about the same amount.

Potassium is also in this category. There are actually three potassium isotopes: K39, a stable isotope, is the most abundant, at 93.26 % of the total; K41 is next in abundance at 6.73 % and is also a stable isotope. The potassium isotope of interest is a radioactive isotope, K40. It is present in all potassium at a very low concentration, 0.0118 %. It has a very long half-life, 1,260,000,000 years. When it decays 89 % of the events give rise to the emission of a beta ray with maximum energy of 1.33 Mev. The other 11 % of the decays produce a gamma ray with an energy of 1.46 Mev.

This brings to mind the use of Potassium salts in alchemy. Let's say you use a pound of potassium carbonate (potash), that means 0.0118% has the potential to be radioactive K40 - roughly 3.43 grams. While it may not be nearly as lively as uranium, it's still a source of radiation, and this radiation changes our products. I would say it's a form of manifestation of the secret fire, but it is not the secret fire.