The fear of radioactive contamination is rising in Japan and eventually people in Canada, the United States and Europe will tremble for there is no end in sight to the nuclear catastrophe. Greenpeace has been sniffing around northern Japan with its Geiger counters and have found that radiation levels in Fukushima City, which is outside the exclusion area, is already 30 to 50 times higher. In some hot spots it was 500 to 700 times higher yet life tragically goes on as before. No one wants to evacuate the city.
On the 29th of June the Japanese government recommended 113 households should evacuate from four districts considered radiation “hot spots” near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. It should be or soon will be millions of people who will need to be evacuated and Tokyo will eventually fall to the gathering radiation. Radiation is relentlessly being emitted from the Fukushima power plant and there is nothing indicating that anyone will be able to ever get this nightmare under control.
The public around the entire northern hemisphere needs to be prepared with defensive medical procedures and health practices that ensure that resistance to radioactive contamination is at maximum for the contamination has spread far and wide. Pregnant women everywhere especially have to take extreme precautions.
Low levels of radiation from Japan have already been detected in foods in the United States. Milk, fruits and vegetables show trace amounts of radioactive isotopes from the Fukushima Daichi power plants. The U.S. nuclear power industry continues as usual, with aging and crumbling power plants receiving extended operating licenses from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as if it can’t happen in the States, but it is already happening on Americans’ dinner plates.
In Nuclear Toxicity Syndrome are chapters talking about how the very young, those under one year old including the unborn and newborn babies who seem to be dying at faster rates on both the east and west coasts of America—starting immediately after a radiation plume came across the Pacific soon after the nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima occurred.
In the following video you will see information about what happened to bird populations on the west coast of the United States when the plume for the 1985 disaster at Chernobyl drifted across the North American continent. Scientists did not believe it at first but there was a mass die-off of infant birds. Birds on the west side of the Sierra Mountains, the side that would have substantially higher radioactive exposure from the plume, had this die-off but birds when the birds on the east side did not.
The nuclear wind is blowing and the first to feel it are the young birds and human fetuses and newborn babies who are affected by the nuclear breezes. We don’t need a thermonuclear blast or a hurricane of radioactivity to mow down the young and vulnerable. We also don’t need government officials who just don’t understand the danger and thus do nothing to protect pregnant women and young infants by getting them as far out of harm’s way as possible.
All radiation is dangerous and life-threatening as Dr. Boyd Haley tried to warn us:
It is the inability to see the effects of chronic, low-level toxicities on human health that has been and remains our greatest failing as intelligent beings. – Dr. Boyd Haley
He was not kidding. The price of not waking up to what Haley is saying has now gone up dramatically. We have what might be called toxicity inflation. Just like modern civilization has built up a mountain of debt we have vastly increased the chemical, heavy-metal and radioactive pollution of our biosphere. In medical terms exposures mix, complicate, amplify and reinforce each other. Many babies today are born with many chemical and heavy-metal poisons in their bloodstreams and that is already too much for many of them. It is not men from mars with ray guns that are mowing down the young with chronic adult diseases and cancer at very early ages; it is the corporations and the governments who are hurting the young by allowing the children to be poisoned.
In July of 2005 the National Academy of Sciences came to the conclusion that the preponderance of scientific evidence shows that even very low doses of radiation pose a risk of cancer or other health problems and there is no threshold below which exposure can be viewed as harmless. Many scientists foolishly assumed that low levels of radiation are harmless, since they produced no immediately observable effects. But we can see these effects from chemicals, heavy metals and radiation if we look in the right places.
Governments really do not want people to be aware how dangerous these toxins are. For example, Beijing persuaded the World Bank to cut from a report findings that pollution is causing about 750,000 premature deaths in China each year. The Financial Times reported saying that “The World Bank was told that it could not publish this information. It was too sensitive and could cause social unrest,” one unnamed adviser told the Financial Times.
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Researchers from the Northeastern Ecosystem Research Cooperativedocumented elevated mercury levels in non-aquatic and non-fish-eating animals, including songbirds that live in mountaintop forests of the northeastern part of the United States. “Mercury’s reach in our environment is much greater than we ever imagined,” said Felice Stadler of the National Wildlife Federation.
The most troubling discovery to researchers was the mercury found in the blood of songbirds. The songbird exhibited the following problems from non-aquatic environmental exposure to mercury:
Decreased egg production, lower reproductive success, offspring less responsive to maternal calls, reduced chick survival, and compromised embryonic development, are less likely to hunt and spend less time flying, walking or pecking. Exaggerated response to fright stimulus, brain lesions, spinal cord degeneration, central nervous system dysfunction, tremors, difficulty flying, walking and standing, inability to coordinate muscle movement, reduced feeding, weight loss and progressive weakness in wings and legs has also been observed.
It takes no stretch of the imagination to understand that what is happening to these songbirds is happening to our children. Mercury is getting into everything and now so are radioactive particles from Fukushima. Mercury is so toxic that just the amount put out from coal-fired electrical plants in the United States, China and India is enough to harm the birds, bees and our human young in ways too painful to look at.
The same study found similar problems in mink and otters, showing us what is on the way for human beings and their offspring. Populations living in cities are more vulnerable to heavy metals like mercury or radioactive particles in the air because they are already suffering from other types of more visible pollution.
A new study suggests that the air we breathe increases insulin resistance and inflammation. Cardiovascular and lung researchers at the Ohio State University Medical Center are the first to report a direct link between air pollution and diabetes. Dr. Palmer from the University of Texas and a Harvard Research team found that mercury in the air directly affects our children, thus playing a part in the devastating epidemic of neurological disorders including autism. They found that autism rates were higher in school districts downwind from coal-fired power plants than elsewhere in Texas.
The situation in Japan is unprecedented, unappreciated, and unmanageable and it remains out-of-control; it is the worst industrial accident that humanity has ever faced. – Keith Harmon Snow
Adults do not die so fast from chemical or radioactive exposure. We can expect to see further explosions though in diabetes in Japan and North America but before that we will see radiation levels going up in people’s urine.
We already have radiation coming out in people’s urine in Japan. More than 3 millisieverts of radiation has been measured in the urine of 15 Fukushima residents of the village of Iitate and the town of Kawamata. The nuclear establishment though is still seeking to make it look like the Fukushima catastrophe has not happened—going so far as to claim that there will be “no health effects” from the accident. Both towns are about 30 to 40 km from the Fukushima power plant. Watari Hospital in the city of Fukushima conducted two rounds of tests on each resident in early and late May, taking urine samples from 15 people between the ages of 4 and 77.
What medical officials, then doctors have to understand is that every toxic exposure will increase people’s vulnerability to succumb to radiation sickness. Toxic accumulation, whether from heavy metals, chemicals, pesticides, food additives and preservatives, etc. will each take their toll, weakening our resistance or ability to clear radioactive particles from our bodies. Of course so will nutritional deficiencies and in my book on Iodine I use the example of radioactive iodine’s increased toxicity because of nutritional iodine deficiency.
Getting the Message Through
Perhaps if the native Indians sent up smoke signals to the government or sent some telegraph transmissions or a letter via Pony Express, government officials might get the message that the public is threatened by clouds of invisible contaminants of heavy metals and radioactive particles. On June 22nd, a monitoring station on the island of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands reported a 3-minute surge of 209, 456, and 186 CPM (counts per minute) respectively, accompanied by a generally elevated level leading up to that. The Kauai station indicated it was raining at the time so they believe the precipitation was bringing down Fukushima fallout from the atmosphere.
The government has lowered radiation exposure standards in the Fukushima region to 20 millisieverts a year. That’s about the same amount as 50 mammograms. Fukushima City is 40 miles from the nuclear plant, the source of the radiation, but Japan is telling its residents that there’s no additional risk. In this they are lying and many will be shamed. Japanese culture will eventually rise up and demand retribution. The Russians after Chernobyl evacuated their people removing them from harm’s way as soon as possible whereas the Japanese are leaving their people in places where radiation levels are much higher than they were in Russia.
The suicide rate in Japan has already jumped and we might suspect that the death rate for infants has also increased. Both will probably continue to go up and still the Japanese people are not being informed about what treatments are best for them to employ. It’s a cruel thing to leave men, women and children so exposed.
 The linear no threshold model or LNTM is a model of damage done by radiation. This model assumes that the response to radiation exposure is linear and that this linear relationship continues to very small doses, that is to say that there is no threshold of exposure below which the response ceases to be linear. When it comes to radiation if a particular dose of radiation is found to produce one extra case of a type of cancer in every thousand people exposed, the LNTM predicts that one thousandth of this dose will produce one extra case in every million people so exposed, and that one millionth of this dose will produce one extra case in every billion people.
 Mercury Connections is a summary of the major findings reported in a series of 21 papers. These papers are published in: Biogeographical patterns of environmental mercury in northeastern North America. 2005. Ecotoxicology. Volume 14, numbers 1 and 2. This project was undertaken as part of The Northeastern Ecosystem Research Cooperative (NERC). NERC is an initiative to promote collaboration among ecosystem research scientists in the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada.