Don’t you just love Fukushima and everything that has gone on there and will continue to go on there for the rest of our lives, our children’s lives and their children and on and on forever? Didn’t you love to hear the news of yet another nuclear accident in Russia? How about the news that doctors are one of the main causes of cancer when they use cancer causing radiation to treat cancer?
Amid a renewed radiation scare sparked by news Tokyo is seriously considering dumping radioactive water from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster into the Pacific Ocean, KBS has obtained a list of Japanese food imports from which radioactive materials were detected over the past five years. The list includes household food items like coffee and chocolate.
We are supposed to love nuclear energy but who wants to live anywhere near a nuclear plant? They have never solved the problem of nuclear waste but lets have more nuclear plants. And it is nice to know that we can destroy the entire human race just in case we get tired of ourselves.
One just has to love the subtitle to a recent Helen Caldicott essay, “The Morrison Government has opened the door to the notion of nuclear power as peddled by the nuclear sociopaths.” We humans have a hard time learning our lessons. Nuclear radiation is a problem as shown from the earliest moments. Believe it or not, France Is Still Cleaning Up Marie Curie’s Nuclear Waste. Her lab outside Paris, dubbed Chernobyl on the Seine, is still radioactive nearly a century after her death.
Radiation (1) damages the DNA of any biological species and leads to cancer; (2) cause oxidative damage that can cause premature aging; (3) disrupt cell metabolism; and (4) potentially leads to other diseases through the generation of stress proteins.
The Forever Squad
The IAEA International Remediation Expert Mission examines Reactor Unit 3 at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plan (Image by Giovanni Verlini / IAEA)
Now that the “nuclear renaissance” seems dead and buried following the Fukushima catastrophe (one-sixth of the world’s nuclear reactors were closed after the accident), the corporations invested in making nuclear plants and radioactive waste –including Toshiba, Nu-Scale, Babcock and Wilcox, GE Hitachi, General Atomics and the Tennessee Valley Authority – are back and are planning on mass producing small modular reactors (SMR), which can be sold around the world. We should add these companies to our list of favorite corporations.
With all this panic going against the nuclear industry they have to do something to stem the tide that is threatening to mothball the industry and they did.
“Pollution from coal-fired power plants is responsible for more than 100,000 deaths per year, whereas the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant is unlikely to kill a single person.”
How many people do you think are going to buy the ultimate propaganda lie, “In fact, the disaster shows how safe nuclear reactors actually are,” writes the least trustworthy media outlet in the world, The Guardian.
Seems like the nuclear industry paid for a counterattack or a competition against fear of radiation to calm the public. One has to love this one. “The partial meltdown of three reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011 led to mass evacuations that many experts now say resulted in more deaths than the earthquake and tsunami that caused the accident.”
Or how about this? “Experience in Nagasaki, Chernobyl and Fukushima has taught Shunichi Yamashita that anxiety and disruption can hurt people far worse than radiation itself.” The medical industrial complex would have us fear more the sun then the increasing amount of radiation exposure from the nuclear industry that includes all the cancer causing radiation used to diagnose and treat cancer.
I prefer this telling of Fukushima:
“Over the past 8 years, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) has scrambled like a Mad Hatter to construct emergency storage tanks (1,000) to contain upwards of one million tonnes of contaminated radioactive water, you know, the kind of stuff that, over time, destroys human cells, alters DNA, causes cancer, or produces something like the horrific disfigured creature in John Carpenter’s The Thing! That’s the upshot of a triple nuclear meltdown that necessitates constant flow of water to prevent further melting of reactor cores that have been decimated and transfigured into corium or melted blobs. It’s the closest to a full-blown “china syndrome” in all of human history.”
The officially accepted story, no matter what news outlets say, is that exposure to radiation, such as being close to an atomic blast, or exposed to repeated CT, PET or mammograms, and especially to cancer radiation treatments, can cause acute health effects such as skin burns and acute radiation syndrome (“radiation sickness”). It can also result in long-term health effects such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Bottom line to radiation exposure IT CAN KILL YOU. But don’t worry, that probably does not mean you. (CT scans can expose you to as much radiation as 200 chest X-rays.) Lets not even talk about what that can do to pregnant women and the fetus they are carrying.
In a year, the average person gets about 3 millisieverts (mSv), the units that scientists use to measure radiation. Each CT scan delivers 1 to 10 mSv, depending on the dose of radiation and the part of your body that’s getting the test.
Scientists have long known that radiation can cause cancer in humans but radiologists do not like to brag about that. Radioactive energy waves and particles are so small that they can pass through the body and harm a person’s genetic make up in their DNA. This is why you see strange mutations in animals and humans exposed to large amounts of radiation or smaller amounts with exposure over long periods of time.
But hey listen, to the nuclear people, its all safe, nothing to worry about unless you are one of the unfortunate ones whose low dose happens to hit your DNA causing a cancer causing mutation. Then that’s just bad luck Jack, and don’t you come back no more.
American sailors on the USS Ronald Reagan were exposed to radiation from Fukushima. Many are sick. Some have died. Why can’t they get justice?
Nuclear waste is piling up and nobody in the nuclear industry wants to talk about the fact that there is no real answer except to increasing pollute our planet with nuclear materials.
Killing the Children in Japan
Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of a town near the disabled Fukushima nuclear plant, told RT News that in his country radiation contamination is affecting Japan’s greatest treasure – its children. Compared with Chernobyl, radiation levels around Fukushima “are four times higher.”
According to Idogawa, there are about two million people residing in the prefecture who are reporting “all sorts of medical issues,” but the government insists these conditions are unrelated to the Fukushima accident. Idogawa wants their denial in writing.
“They believe what the government says, while in reality radiation is still there. This is killing children. They die of heart conditions, asthma, leukemia, thyroiditis… Lots of kids are extremely exhausted after school; others are simply unable to attend PE classes. But the authorities still hide the truth from us, and I don’t know why. Don’t they have children of their own? It hurts so much to know they can’t protect our children.”
“They say Fukushima Prefecture is safe, and that’s why nobody’s working to evacuate children, move them elsewhere. We’re not even allowed to discuss this.” It is the same everywhere from the official medical world. Radiation travels quickly and easily in the winds and comes down on the rains. The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) clearly are not buying the optimistic assurances of the United Nations that there is nothing to worry about with nuclear radiation and exposure to it.
Too Much Radiation
Astronauts, airline crews and frequent travelers are having to deal with increasing cosmic ray exposures because of the grand solar minimum. Exposure to the heavy ion component of cosmic rays triggers a multitude of cellular changes, depending on the rate of exposure, the type of damage incurred and individual susceptibility.
Medical imaging has become a central component of patient care to ensure early and accurate diagnosis. Unfortunately, many imaging modalities use ionizing radiation to generate images. Ionizing radiation even in low doses can cause direct DNA damage and generate reactive oxygen species and free radicals, leading to DNA, protein, and lipid membrane damage. This cell damage can lead to apoptosis, necrosis, teratogenesis, or carcinogenesis. As many as 2% of cancers (and an associated 15,000 deaths annually) can be linked to computed tomography exposure alone.
Radiation therapy has become one of the main forms of treatment for various types of cancers. Cancer patients previously treated with high doses of radiation are at a greater risk to develop cardiovascular complications later in life. The heart can receive varying doses of radiation depending on the type of therapy and can even reach doses in the range of 17 Gy. We are talking about near lethal dosages. Multiple studies have highlighted the role of oxidative stress and inflammation in radiation-induced cardiovascular damage.
Higher levels of radiation shortens people’s lives and sickens children. It might all be silent and invisible but that makes it more deadly not less. Because the government knows exactly what is going on and does not warn the public, and does not endorse appropriate detox and chelation therapy, we have a gathering health crisis.
Dr. David Brownstein made a universal call for heavy iodine supplementation because the nutritive type of iodine protects the thyroid from the radioactive type of iodine. One has to be a fool not to be taking iodine because approximately 95% of us are deficient in iodine, thus making our thyroids sitting ducks (sponges) for the radioactive type of iodine. Talking about mineral holes, a thyroid deficient in iodine becomes like an intense vacuum cleaner hungry for anything even looking like a halogen (fluoride, bromide, chlorine, or rocket fuel). Because so much blood goes through the thyroid it has a fantastic capacity to concentrate radioactive iodine and these halogens no matter how low the concentration of them is in the blood.