New book provides guidelines to deal with bioattack

A new book entitled Bio-Shield by Dr. Kedar Prasad provides a series of guidelines on how to protect against the adverse effects harmful bacteria and viruses, certain toxic chemicals, and the radiation caused by dirty bombs and diagnostic imaging machines.

The probability of attack by terrorists using chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons has created fear among the public as well as in experts on the subject. Such an attack has the potential to cause mass casualties and create long term adverse health effects.

There are currently few adequate countermeasures to help protect the public should such a disaster occur. Bio-Shield seeks to fill that gap by providing a means by which the public can help itself by describing the risks and recommending several simple strategies.

Bio-Shield elucidates the nature of these weapons and describes their adverse effects. The strategies in the book can also help the public understand the risks one faces when trying to protect a family from the terrorist threat.

Dr. Prasad obtained his master’s degree in zoology from the University of Bihar in Ranchi, India, and his Ph.D. in radiation biology from the University of Iowa. He has published over 200 articles in peer reviewed journals and has authored and edited more than 15 books in the areas of radiation biology, nutrition and cancer, and nutrition and neurological diseases.