The municipality of Fukushima has created a plan to bring radiation exposure in all inhabited areas of the city to below a microsievert per hour within two years. Wishful thinking is allowed in Japan for it’s about the only thing that will stand up to the radiation that continues to pile up in the northern reaches of that country including Tokyo.
Concern is deepening that fallout from the Fukushima plant may have spread over a much wider area than previously thought. No matter how much the press and governments hide the dangers of radiation, fear is rising as the Geiger counters continue to click, demonstrating the levels of fallout that are striking on people’s skin and the crops in the fields.
As the crisis drags on, worries are growing, particularly among Fukushima Prefecture residents over futile nuclear decontamination operations. The unease is especially strong in areas in and around mountains that must be repeatedly decontaminated, as every rainfall brings a new batch of radioactive substance-contaminated leaves and soil washing down from the hills. Decontamination in this case is futile—actually worse than futile if you think of the eventual necessity to decontaminate the entire northern hemisphere.
Kyodo News reported that a citizens’ group detected levels as high as 5.82 microsieverts per hour in a park in the town of Funabashi, Chiba prefecture, 130 miles from Fukushima. That is five times higher than the highest levels recorded in the city since the March 11 disaster.
The week of October 12, 2011, officials in Yokohama, just south of Tokyo and 250 km from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, said they had found abnormally high levels of strontium-90 in sediment on the roof of a block of flats. The radioactive isotope, which has a half-life of 29 years, can accumulate in the bones and cause bone cancer and leukemia. In September officials in Yokohama said they had detected 40,200 Becquerel’s of radioactive caesium per kilogram of sediment collected from a roadside ditch.
Scientists, environmentalists and citizens’ groups this past week (Oct. 22, 2011) have called for Japanese authorities to evacuate more areas in the wake of March’s nuclear accident after finding wider radiation contamination than officially reported. Researchers have found up to 6.15 million becquerels per square metre of soil in Fukushima city, 60 kilometres northwest of a nuclear power plant that has been leaking radioactive material into the environment since it was damaged in the earthquake and tsunami in the spring. The measurement is four times higher than the levels that made mandatory evacuation necessary in areas around Chernobyl, Ukraine after the 1986 nuclear accident there.
Japan’s Fukushima prefecture began health checkups of 360,000 children amid worries that radiation exposed them to the risk of thyroid abnormalities. The screenings began after a recent unofficial survey reported that 10 out of 130 children evacuated from Fukushima had hormonal and other irregularities in the thyroid glands. Radiation fears are now a daily fact of life, with reported cases of contaminated water, beef, vegetables, tea and seafood due to the Fukushima crisis.
There’s reportedly been a lot of testing by the Japanese government of the rice crop in the weeks leading up to this harvest and there have been a few cases where the rice has been found to be contaminated with levels of radioactive caesium. Now we hear from the Fukushima prefectural government that it believes all the rice being harvested is safe and that it will go on the market. Other people are saying if you see “made in Fukushima” on a bag of rice, steer well clear of it.
These are not normal times in Japan or anywhere else around the world and even the nuclear industry has been shaken to its soul. “The accident had a profound effect in Germany, China and several other countries, serving as a fearful reminder of what can go wrong with nuclear power plants. Phase-outs were the order of the day in Germany (where Chancellor Angela Merkel also demanded immediate shutdowns of eight of the country’s oldest reactors) and Switzerland. China suspended approvals for new reactors pending a safety review, which is now reportedly completed. This has resulted in a downward revision of China’s unofficial pre-Fukushima goal to install 86 gigawatts of nuclear capacity by 2020. It now looks like that will be set around 60 gigawatts (up from around 12 currently) or just a little higher,” reported the Times.
The Finnish nuclear consortium Fennovoima announced on October 5 that it will build a reactor, the first nuclear reactor site to be announced since the March nuclear plant disaster in Fukushima. Perhaps they got excited about the recent news that the amount of radiation being emitted from the complex has diminished by one-half from a month ago. This news is not at all encouraging, for the radiation levels were and still are incredibly high.
For years to come there will be sickness and death associated with this disaster. Nuclear problems just do not go away. For instance the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is struggling to deal with hundreds of thousands of protective suits used by workers during the crisis. It really is too bad that we have not developed technologically enough to build star ships so we could just unload these suits and millions of tons of contaminated soil into space.
It is important to know that governments’ calculations on safe levels of radiation assume only brief exposure. Chronic and persistent exposures need to be calculated in a very different mathematical way and this is just not what they are doing. “The standard does not take into account the effects of accumulative exposure,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said. “We are discussing what standards to use for accumulative radiation.” You can be sure that the numbers they choose will be presented in a non-alarming way for they cannot risk the citizens rising up with pitchforks in their hands.
The real bottom line in this case is one of human action or inaction in terms of formulating appropriate medical treatments for our families. To save face or to maintain cruel human farming techniques or for whatever reason you can think of—what the governments want is for their populations to remain calm and to minimize to the greatest extent possible truthful information that would lead citizens to take evasive actions of any type.
The medical industrial complex cannot have the populations learning of alternative treatments, for they are not in the business of promoting or selling any of these.
The number of people running around still thinking that everything is going to be just fine and that life is going to continue on the same comfortable course as it has these past decades is declining. Many people, for many different reasons, have lost everything and it is truly staggering to think about how much can be taken away from a person or family in the blink of an eye. Radiation does not usually smash us in the blink of an eye but fetuses and very young infants might tell a different story if they could communicate with us.
Governments and the medical establishment have people so confused they do not know what truth is. Their silence on the radiation clouds from Fukushima is deafening. For those who would recover their hearing, I have published two books since March 11th to help people understand what we are facing and to teach what to do about it.
First was the publication of the second edition of my book, Iodine, which stresses the reasons why every single soul in the northern hemisphere should be protecting themselves with iodine supplementation. At this point that recommendation will stand for the rest of everyone’s lives.
Next I published my book, Nuclear Toxicity Syndrome. This is my major work on heavy-metal, chemical and nuclear toxicity and the necessary treatments that deal with these problems, which are increasingly striking against us and our children.
And soon to come is my book, Medical Marijuana/Cannabinoid Medicine, where we are going to learn that we should all start smoking or eating marijuana because it is a prime way to treat and protect against radioactive contamination. Someone should kick the DEA (and everyone in the government who continues to favor the criminalization of marijuana) in the teeth for continuing to deny the public access to the safest and one of the most effective medicines that exists for nuclear contamination.
Fortunately, legal forms of cannabinoids will be brought to market, hopefully soon, because they lack the illegal THC but include other valuable cannabinoid compounds. Perhaps the legal form of hemp seeds already sold on the market includes enough cannabinoids to help humanity deal with the nuclear winds and rain. Most superfoods will assist in this process.
For sure we can count on the United States government to continue its cruel and inhuman ways when it comes to medical marijuana and we have had plenty of proof about this recently. No one is going to cry when the already bankrupt federal government falls into the graveyard of history, though the tears will be endless in terms the pain and suffering it has and will cause.