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May 1, 2013

Acute Radiation Syndrome, Radiation Sickness

In just about any nuclear accident or radiation exposure, the people who are exposed are the LAST priority and focus of both the nuclear industry and the government. It took ten days after Chernobyl blew up for the government to act in order to save ordinary civilians, but only after international exposure and pressure was applied. 

In Japan, after 3 different Fukushima reactors blew up and melted down, it also took time after the actual accident for the government to even acknowledge that radiation had been released, and then it took more time for people to be moved out of the danger zone. 

In the same way, radiation exposure of whole populations has been a very low priority of both the nuclear industry, the military industrial complex and any government. Their first priority always seems to be to save the company first, then make the government look good by managing the press releases so that it looks like nothing bad ever happened so no one really was harmed, despite radiation exposure to millions of people. 

The problems with radiation exposure of a civilian or military population seems to be multifaceted. First, the nuclear company, the industry and regulators downplay or outright completely deny the dangers and hazards of low level radiation in a wide variety of ways.

Second; the government is often controlled and manipulated by the industry via revolving doors, a variety of bribery type influences and political pressure or promises of financial support for their district either with jobs, research grants, education grants, etc. Thus the government and regulators are often complicit in a denial of any harm from radiation and refuse to even seriously investigate the effects of low level radiation after any nuclear accident. 

Third, the medical industry is also heavily influenced by the nuclear industry, by direct compensation to medical universities, where medical professionals are NOT trained to recognize or deal with low level radiation health effects. On the contrary, doctors and nurses are trained only in the beneficial effects of treating diseases with radiation, thus the assumption is made by many of them that no harm can come to any person from a low level exposure to radiation. 

In Japan however, the nuclear industry has grown financial and political tentacles into the medical profession. Through a variety of means, the nuclear industry has ordered hospitals and radiation testing labs to not provide internal radiation testing for any person or food item and to refuse to investigate high or low level radiation related health complaints by residents. 

Radiation poisoning is known by many names, such Acute Radiation Syndrome, or Radiation Sickness

According to WikiHow; "Exposure to radiation can result in acute (immediate) and chronic (delayed) sickness symptoms.[9] Doctors can predict the level of radiation exposure from the timing and the nature of the symptoms, with the level and extent of symptoms varying dependent on the dosage received, with symptoms consistent for every person according to the dose)[10] The following symptoms are fairly standard in a person suffering from acute radiation sickness: 

Nauseavomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea may occur within minutes to days of exposure to radiation; these are known as "prodrome". These symptoms tend to arise 2 to 12 hours after exposure to 2 Gy or more of radiation (hematopoietic syndrome).[11]

In about 24 to 36 hours, the symptoms may come and go and a symptom-free period can occur for as long as a week, known as the "latent stage".[12] The person usually looks and feels healthy for a short time, after which he or she will become sick again with loss of appetite, fatigue, difficulty in breathing, general weakness, paleness, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and possibly even seizures and coma.[5] During the week of "feeling well", the patient's blood cells in the bone marrow, spleen and lymph nodes are wasting away without being replaced, resulting in severe damage to the numbers of white blood cells, platelets and red blood cells in that order.[13]

Skin damage may also occur. It presents as swelling, itching, and redness of the skin (like a bad sunburn). Skin reddening usually occurs with about a 2 Gy dosage.[14]There can be hair loss. Like the gastrointestinal symptoms mentioned above, the skin conditions come and go, the skin may seem to heal for a short time, and then the complications appear again.[5]

High doses of radiation cause Acute Radiation Syndrome. For more information about ARS, click on the following links;

Mar 18, 2005 – Acute Radiation Syndrome (AR (sometimes known as radiation toxicity or radiation sickness) is an acute illness caused by irradiation 

According to Wikipedia; acute radiation sickness was found historically by Wilhem Rontgen; "acute effects of ionizing radiation were first observed when Wilhelm Röntgen intentionally subjected his fingers to X-rays in 1895. He published his observations concerning the burns that developed, though he misattributed them to ozone, a free radical produced in air by X-rays. Other free radicals produced within the body are now understood to be more important. His injuries healed later.

Ingestion of radioactive materials caused many radiation-induced cancers in the 1930s, but no one was exposed to high enough doses at high enough rates to bring on acute radiation syndrome. Marie Curie died of aplastic anemia caused by radiation, a possible early incident of acute radiation syndrome.

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki resulted in high acute doses of radiation to a large number of Japanese, allowing for greater insight into its symptoms and dangers. Red Cross Hospital Surgeon, Dr. Terufumi Sasaki led intensive research into the syndrome in the weeks and months following the Hiroshima bombings. Dr Sasaki and his team were able to monitor the effects of radiation in patients of varying proximities to the blast itself, leading to the establishment of three recorded stages of the syndrome.

Within 25–30 days of the explosion, the Red Cross surgeon noticed a sharp drop in white blood cell count and established this drop, along with symptoms of fever, as prognostic standards for Acute Radiation Syndrome.[20] Actress Midori Naka, who was present during the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, was the first incident of radiation poisoning to be extensively studied. Her death on August 24, 1945 was the first death ever to be officially certified as a result of acute radiation syndrome (or "Atomic bomb disease)"

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