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Chernobyl, TMI and Fukushima Radiation Bird Studies
Fukushima Bird Studies
Study finds Fukushima worse than Chernobyl on bird population — “Dramatically” elevated DNA mutation rates and extinctions — Insect life significantly reduced — Shows immediate consequence of radiation
The nice thing about science is that if you get a certain result from a study, you would be able to duplicate it by replicating the same circumstances that caused the results in the first study. Well, we know have three well known examples of bird populations plummeting after a nuclear accident, with Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and now Fukushima.
In all three cases, the same results are being found. How many more times will these types of studies have to be done (with no funding from the nuclear industry) before we learn
Not only did the numbers of birds reduce, they also were affected in many ways in a negative manner. Negative effects of radiation on birds included; reductions in longevity and in male fertility, more birds with smaller brains, “dramatically” elevated DNA mutation rates, developmental abnormalities, elevate cancer rates, extinctions of bird species, higher rates of deaths of young birds.
Amateur Videos; not studies
Birds not flying away, radiation sickness, Dec 2012
Much greater frequency of mutations and other problems in birds (barn swallows) within contaminated areas - "Directly proportional" to radiation. These birds were not ‘healthy’ or doing well… They had shortened lifespans, higher death rates, fewer young made it from one year to the next, much more disease, tumors, missing digits on feet, deformed feet, deformed beaks, deformity, illness, etc. Genetic diseases were passed on from one bird parent to the next generation and the next.
Professor Timothy Mousseau received his doctoral degree in 1988 from McGillUniversity and completed a NSERC (Canada) postdoctoral fellowship in population biology at the University of California, Davis. He joined the faculty at the University of South Carolina in 1991 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Professor Mousseau's past experience includes having served as Dean of the Graduate School (2010-11), Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Educaiton (2010-11), Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences (2006-10), as a program officer at the National Science Foundation (1997-98), on the editorial boards for several journals, and on NSF, USGS, and a variety of international grant foundation advisory panels. He has published over 120 scholarly articles and has edited two books (Maternal Effects as Adaptations, 1998, with Charles Fox; Adaptive Genetic Variation in the Wild, 2000, with Barry Sinervo and John Endler; both published by Oxford University Press). He is currently co-editor (with Charles Fox) of the annual review series, The Year in Evolutionary Biology, published by the New York Academy of Sciences. He was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAA in 2008, a Fellow National of the Explorers Club in 2009, and a member of the Cosmos Club (DC) in 2011.
There was also a 10 week gap between the time Chernobyl fallout rained down on Northern California and reproductive failure in USA area bird species (via The Institute for Bird Populations).
Dr. Dave DeSante is the founder of the Institute for Bird Population in Point Reyes, California. After the radioactive cloud from Chernobyl passed over the U.S. West Coast in the spring of 1986 his research uncovered a severe die-off of young birds.
Later, researchers Gould and Goldman duplicated his results with human mortality data from both the U..S. and Germany. The young, the old, and those with weak immune systems were the main casualties - an estimated over forty thousand in all.
In mid-March of 2011, as the nuclear disaster in Japan deepens by the day, scientific predictions of fallout again crossing the Pacific are being made.
In this in depth interview EON producers Mary Beth Brangan and Jim Heddle ask Dr. DeSante to explain his findings and their implications for today.
The Condor, published by the Cooper Ornithological Society, is one of the two most prestigious peer-reviewed ornithological journals published in North America, the other being The Auk, published by the American Ornithologists' Union. DeSante & Geupel (1987) was the runner-up to the 1991 H. R. Painton Award for the best paper appearing in The Condor in the previous four years. DeSante and Geupel (1987) showed that the number of young birds produced in 1986 at the Palomarin Field Station near Bolinas, CA, was 62.3% below the previous ten-year mean and fell well outside the relationship between annual rainfall and productivity established during the previous ten years. The timing of the reproductive failure, its geographical extent in California, and the landbird species most affected are all consistent with the following hypothesis: that the greatly elevated levels of radioactive iodine from the massive April 26, 1986, Chernbyl nuclear plant accident that fell-out over portions of northern California coincident with rainfall on May 6, 1986, were responsible for the landbird reproductive failure by adversely affecting the thyroids and, thus, the development of the young birds during their first nine-twelve days after hatching while they were being fed by their parents in their nests.
The major findings presented by Gould & Goldman in Deadly Deceit revolve around statistical estimates of excess deaths following Chernobyl and other releases of radiation, and indicate that low-level radiation from fallout from nuclear testing and from nuclear reactors may have done far more damage to humans and other living things than previously thought. In particular, they show that the arrival of radiation in the U.S. in early May, 1986, from the Chernobyl disaster "was followed almost immediately by an extraordinary force of mortality, amounting to perhaps 40,000 excess deaths in the summer months, especially in the month of May." Also, please note that Chapter 3 of Deadly Deceit, titled "Silent Summer" and authored by Kate Millpointer, is a lay person's account of the story behind DeSante & Geupel (1987).
“(a) Each licensee shall conduct operations so that – (1) The total effective dose… does not exceed…”
Bafflegab is something that is said that makes no logical or common sense. Bafflegab is saying nothing, while stating something ‘official’.
Bafflegab relies on the power producer, the nuclear marketing agencies (IAIA and NRC) to produce and come up with ‘official’ radiation figures. When those radiation figures are released, months after an 'accident', they do not make any sense whatsoever, especially when applied to the real world we all live in and to those who live close by and downwind of a nuclear power plant such as Chernobyl, TMI or Sellafield, much less to those living downwind of the 2,000+ nuclear bomb tests.
If a company has a nuclear accident and they cover up the amount of radiation released, what would be the penalty for violating any ‘estimated’ or ‘effective’ dose exactly? Who determines this penalty? Who calculates this harmful dose to the public in the first place, and how is it calculated? The Devil is truly in the details, and those details are left to the 'experts' to figure out.
What if the fox gets to make the ‘rules’ if those darn chickens turn up with genetic damage or health effects, or if the chickens actually disappeared after an accidental release? http://youtu.be/dOI-wpMlq28
For example, at Three Mile Island, the 'experts' calculated the ‘effective’ MAXIMUM radiation dose that any person would get by taking all people living within 100 miles of the plant in a big circle, and dividing the amount of radiation that they ‘estimated’ was released among all of them equally. Never mind that 98% of the radiation went downwind in a narrow strip. That is not how dosage absorbed per person was calculated, and they ignored this 'downwinder' effect completely.
Computers and software trumped reality drawing up artificial circles with radiation distributed equally to everyone, based on a made up figure of the amount released, not based on any actual downwind radiation meter readings.
To make the dose even lower, the complete circle of radiation meters around the plant was determined to be useless and unneeded, according to some stories, or that only two meters were working that day, according to other stories.
What they did to get an ‘estimate’ of the total radiation was to throw out all radiation readings from meters that may have been downwind of the plant that went off the maximum scale of what they could read. They called those meters defective and tossed those readings out completely.
Readings from ‘working’ meters were ‘averaged’, in order to come up with an ‘estimate’ of the total radiation released. Based on this ‘average reading’, very little radiation was released.
Combining these two ‘estimation’ techniques resulted in a reduction of the ‘effective’ radiation dose to a meaningless, low, and ‘safe’ level for everyone. This is how the authorities including the utility came up with the ‘official’ radiation amount released.
Since they don’t have to factor in internal radiation, and no low level radiation can cause harm in their view, no harm was done to anyone and no one could have died from this small amount of radiation released.
When they were done massaging these numbers through software, estimates, averaging and more, then this figure was made the ‘official’ figure. Courts can and do rely on these figures if someone sues for damages caused by radiation.
Of course, anyone suing will lose, because the ‘official’ dose that ‘experts’ come up with is so low that no one can prove any harm was done, no matter how much radiation was released. Plus, the courts have to completely rely on the 'experts' and ignore the public and whatever they come up with that may make common sense. So sorry about that…
This now ‘official government sanctioned’ radiation reading was also used by a judge, who threw out any evidence that contradicted this ‘official’ radiation report around TMI. Thus, the utility never had to pay anyone for anything, because no harm was ever caused.
If somehow the utility company actually let off more than the ‘effective’ or ‘estimated’ dose for whoever was living around the leaking, melted down, blown up or melted through nuclear power plant, what exactly is the penalty?
I do not seem to recall any nuclear plant ever getting any financial penalty for anything; not ThreeMileIsland, notChernobyl, notFukushima.. No CEO or other authority ever went to jail for 'accidental' radiation releases that I am aware of.
These nuclear plants do seem to get a lot of corporate welfare payments, to build them, to fix them when they break and to clean up the messes when they blow up and melt down. The nuclear industry never seems to be responsible for anything financially speaking.
The public always seems to end up paying and holding the bills and dealing with the problems, but with little or no compensation for the harm caused. Meanwhile, the companies keep the profits and the CEO’s end up with golden parachutes.
Up to today, they always seem to have taxpayers footing the bill for storage of waste, cleanup after accidents, and guaranteeing the loans put in place to build them. No investor in their right mind would invest in something that could kill millions of people and turn thousands of square miles of land into a wasteland for tens of thousands, if not millions of years, (a la Chernobyl exclusion zones). Read more about Chernobyl here: UN and OCHA States There Are 9 Million Victims From Chernobyl
So if they break their ‘contract’ with the public and expose them to harmful radiation or cause millions of cancers in a given pollution, or they are the cause of a huge increase in infant deaths, will they get any kind of punishment or consequences?
Will there be at least a memo of reprimand, or a letter of explanation in their HR file, when it comes time to quit the utility job and go through the revolving door into the NRC or IAEA or to some university as a Dean of a nuclear education program?
In this video he asks; “what is the meaning of the World Health Organization if it does not investigate the health of people in the world, especially when it comes to releases of radioactive substances, DU weapons, and nuclear accidents? No money is being put into research in these areas.
In this video; http://youtu.be/dOI-wpMlq28 Busby follows up his 2007 book "Wolves of Water", in which Chris Busby calls for the development of legal mechanisms to investigate issues of scientific dishonesty like those in Denmark. The nuclear issues discussed in the video, he argues, can be seen in the same category as perjury in criminal court cases for which serious sanctions exist.
The essay has been published in Iraq-Silent Death edited by Chris Scherrer (University Sains Malaysia 2011) and is also to be found, (together with several examples of possible scientific dishonesty) presented on the website of the Low Level Radiation Campaign http://www.llrc.org
The matter is one of democracy and goes to the core of expert evidence on nuclear policy to governments. It is argued that scientists (like those who talk down the Fukushima catastrophe) or those like Prof. Wade Allison who advise people to move into radioactive areas because doses of up to 100mSv a month are harmless, should be investigated in an impartial court of law. If found guilty of knowingly giving bad advice (rather than being stupid or careless) they should suffer penalties or even jail time.”
In all nuclear accidents that I am aware of there has been no warning on the day of the accident that radiation is being released. Certainly, they never seem to say that a melt down is happening, even if they know it is happening…Here is just one example of many nuclear accidents that were kept completely secret. This one was called Windscale and was located in Britian. http://youtu.be/XW6FQj66lc4
Windscale was a military coverup since the beginning of it’s construction. Electricity production was a cover for producing nuclear bomb grade plutonium and tritium for the military nuclear bomb program. When it caught fire and spewed toxic uranium radiation over the surrounding countryside, it was kept completely secret.
The phrase “before you’re required to evacuate them” seems to be interpreted into; “for fear of causing unnecessary panic”. This fear of causing a panic then turns into withholding of information about radiation release amounts, directions, dangers. As a result, it is more or less a standard operating procedure that few or no people are warned that they are being radiated.
Their justification for not telling the public that radiation is coming out, is that the release of inconvenient facts like this would panic the public and cause more harm than the actual invisible radiation that no one knows that they are being exposed to anyways, so why bother telling anyone that radiation is coming out and that a nuclear meltdown or radioactive fire is in progress?
This was the case with 2,400 nuclear bomb tests globally, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and Fukushima, Windscale as well as MANY other nuclear accidents worldwide. These and other ‘accidents’ released dangerous amounts of radiation but no one was ever warned in time, and very few were ever compensated for anything.
These nuclear plant operators seem to NEVER notify anyone until precious time passes after something really bad happened, even if they KNEW for sure it was happening. Then when a warning is issued many hours, days, weeks or months later, it is usually insufficient and inadequate.
According to theUS, people should have been evacuated 50 Km away fromFukushima.. What did the Japanese authorities do? At first they evacuated only 10 km, which they then raised to 20 Km, and finally they advised people within 30 KM to ‘remain indoors’. How do an estimated 100-700,000 people shelter inside for nearly a year after the accident without going out to get food, water, or work?
Even if they KNOW that dangerous radiation was released, the authorities seem to just slowly dribble the information out in a small, incremental, and slowly increasing radiation ‘estimated’ amounts, until they can no longer avoid evacuating people.
But by then, the downwind population has been exposed to high levels of radiation. This seems to have been the case withChernobyl,Three Mile IslandandFukushima, as well as all other accidents. Since they NEVER seem to release actual radiation figures on downwind meters in ANY accident, no one can ever figure out what they were exposed to.
Do not count on the NRC, IAEA, EPA or the utility company that owns the nuclear power plant to protect you or your family from the radiation caused by a meltdown or worse.. Buy a digital Geiger Counter, plug it into the wall, and mount it on the wall. Turn it on and leave it on, just like a smoke detector.
No radiation meter readings have ever been or will ever be released from downwind radiation meters after an ‘accident’ whether minor or major, as a standard rule of thumb. You will never be told if it is a minor radiation release or a major one until it is too late.
These nuclear companies know that they only way that they can avoid all liability is to deny everything, never give specific information and to categorically use bafflegab every time they say ANYTHING. In other words, the press releases or statements that they make are all designed to confuse, mislead or minimize anything that is happening, on purpose.
The ONLY way that YOU or your community knows exactly what is coming out of any nuclear power plant is to get your very own Geiger Counter and have it operating 24 hours a day, much like a smoke alarm.
Otherwise, you will find that you are baffled, guessing, frustrated, and waiting for non existent information to come out, while you hear lots of ‘experts’ gabbing about stuff that has no relationship to what is really going on. In other words, you will more than likely experience a state of bafflegab.
So what would be some logical, common sense solutions for these problems? First, like the airline industry, all nuclear power plants could be required to install black boxes that would keep operating and recording all radiation meter readings even in cases of power loss, for up to a week or longer.
Further, all radiation meters could be required to be in a complete circle and to be kept in good repair at all times, or subject the utility to high Dollar amount fines and sanctions, such as loss of license and operating permit, by a local city or county government, NOT a nuclear regulatory agency. These meters should be available for viewing online by anyone connected to the Internet.
Further, any releases of radiation should be disclosed immediately, online and available to the public in real time in a simple, easy to understand method. What happens now is that releases are categorized in hard to understand, bafflegab language that convey ZERO information for the average person.
If the airline industry can put black boxes in all of their thousands of aircraft, then surely 400 nuclear power plants can put black boxes somewhere on the property, accessible to local government officials whenever they want to check it out.
For more information about bafflegab, jargons, abbreviations and acronyms, see link below;
We have four independent and well respected bodies; The New York Academy Of Sciences, the ECRR, the UN and OCHA to choose from when it comes to helping us figure out from an unbiased and neutral point of view, how many people died or were negatively affected due to the Chernobyl radioactive catastrophe. These organizations represent a global network of doctors, biologists, and nuclear experts who are NOT associated with the nuclear industry. They are all more or less in agreement.
They state that based on extensive research from the time Chernobyl melted through and exploded to now, that there are between 1 MILLION DEATHS (http://youtu.be/f4uVgMp4Ycs) and/or 9 MILLION VICTIMS up to around 2001/2004….(See links below) ‘Victims’ includes those who have cancer, deformities, one of 2,400 genetic diseases, etc…
Now we can go over to the nuclear industry and their marketing arms such as the IAEA or the nuclear industry revolving door NRC. This is where people routinely go from the IAEA/NRC to the nuclear industry or the other way around. The mission statement of the IAEA is that they are marketing and promoting nuclear power. Would you trust a salesperson to tell you anything about something as dangerous as nuclear radiation? These 'experts' say that only a couple people died and almost no one got sick or injured, from the Chernobyl accident to present day.
The nuclear industry further makes the bold, outrageous claim that low level radiation affects NO ONE, EVER. Further, they also claim internal radiation ingested via water, food or dust from nuclear accidents has NO EFFECT. All of the scientific and medical studies pointed to by the New York Academy of Sciences, the ECRR, the UN and OCHA about low level radiation make this claim look astoundingly laughable. The nuclear industry also claims that ‘hot particles’ have ZERO effect or do not exist at all. (http://youtu.be/HIOfjuYWxl4) . When it comes to explaining the 80-85% rate of unhealthy infants as well as elevated death rate around Chernobyl, they have no explanation, other than all of these unhealthy women, infants are othersare ONLY due to ‘stress’, worry, and/or not smiling enough.
Who do you tend to believe more? The salesperson/marketing organization in charge of selling the item that may be dangerous or deadly, or someone outside the industry that does not have any profit motive? Which one would have more or less bias, or built in conflict of interest?
The other thing about the number of total deaths around Chernoby issue is that this total deaths and victims number is GROWING year by year, not shrinking. When one watches the present day interviews with health professionals in the area and reviews the scientific and medical studies, the number of victims (those negatively affected or dying) is actually growing and getting worse year to year, not the opposite. So these are ‘old’ numbers. They are obsolete.. No one has updated them since they came out. For example, the ECRR estimates that Chernobyl will have killed 1.4 million people by 2030.
UN Secretary General Dr Kofi Anan said that the “consequences of Chernobyl do not fade away, but actually grow over time and in many ways, become more intense.” Dr Anan and D. Zupka, UN representative of UN humanitarian affairs UN – OCHA agree and say that there are 9 million victims from Chernobyl as of 2001, and the tragedy is only beginning. This calamity will be with us for generations to come. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8746168177815160826&hl=en
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Summary of Negative Health Effects Of Low Dose Radiation On Children Around Chernobyl.
Many children are dying and suffering from terrible diseases caused by low dose radiation around the world. Low dose radiation effects on children have been extensively studied by many independent scientists globally, but especially aroundChernobyl. Children are negatively affected by low dose radiation in many ways. The following is a brief summary according to scientists who have studied this extensively after Chernobyl:
Increase in spontaneous abortions and stillbirths
Increase in mortality
Increase in number of ill and feeble newborns
Increase in number of genetic defects and diseases, total of over 2,000 possible
Increase in number of congenital malformations
Increase in incidence of cancers of all kinds
Increase in impaired mental development of babies and children
Increase in psychiatric diseases among the children
Increase in alterations of immune system, weakening of constitutions
Increase in abnormal hormone balances
Increase in diseases of the cardiovascular system
Increase in abnormal slow growth of children
Increase in abnormal exhaustion of children
Increase in delayed recovery from diseases
Increase in premature aging effects
The results above were presented by Mr Yablokov at an international conference of nuclear experts regarding Chenobyl, including officials from the UN, IAEA, WHO, etc. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8746168177815160826&hl=en
Children’s Radionuclides Syndrome Explained
Yuri Bandazhevsky, a scientist and medical researcher, discovered and proved that a new radiation disease exists, which he calls; Long Term Incorporated Radionuclides Syndrome.
This is a totally new disease that did not exist before manmade radiation came onto the scene, due to ‘accidental’ releases from nuclear power plants and atomic weapons testing.
Radionuclides Syndrome is a disease of the heart, due to a toxic loading of Cesium in the heart muscle. As the Cesium collects and concentrates in the heart muscle, it causes problems there. (It is well known that radioactive cesium is absorbed by muscles, including the heart muscle, because the body thinks that radioactive Cesium is potassium)
The normal level of cesium in children is ZERO Bq per kilogram of cesium. This ‘safe’ level of cesium was established by Nature over millions of years of evolution.
An internal radiation load of 50 bq per kilogram means that for ever 1 kilogram of the child's weight, 500 atoms disintegrate every second, above the normal background rate. The disintegration effect from cesium, (inside the heart muscle) has a negative effect on children’s health..
10,000 radiations are thrown out every second for children with 10,000 Bq per kg of internal radiation. Children around Chernobyl exposed to low dose radiation have been measured with 10,000 Bq of cesium internal radiation.
After about 50 Bq/kg, a child’s heart will have lesions developing. At a rate higher than that, he found that the child can die suddenly for no obvious reason, or have heart attacks, strokes, or other health problems around the heart.
Yuri has presented over 400 scientific papers, and has been honored with five awards. After he formally announced to the world his research results above, he was charged by the Russian government with corruption. No proof was presented at the military trial, ruled over by three military judges. Yuri was found guilty by this military tribunal and sentenced to eight years in jail and hard labor. This was later reduced to house arrest, after pressure was applied from human justice organizations outside Russia.
High Percentage of Children In Belarus Have Health Issues
Belarus is located near Chernobyl and was contaminated by radiation from the Chernobyl accident, much like Fukushima Province in Japan. The future in Japan may be predicted by what is happening in Belarus today.
Only 15 to 20 out of 100 children in Belarus are declared healthy at birth today, and the statistics are getting WORSE, not better. According to a hospital nurse, the problems are getting WORSE and more numerous. Before Chernobyl, 80 out of 100 children were declared healthy at birth. What is the explanation for this catastrophically high rate of deformities, health problems and infections present at birth? And why are the numbers of problems increasing, not decreasing? The studies and articles below will help to explain this.
ECRR: Chernobyl 20 Years on. The Health Effects of the Chernobyl Accident
“………. Disorders of intellectual development in children irradiated in utero in the polluted territories are described as the most tragic consequences of the Chernobyl catastrophe’s impact on health. Pathologies include neurotic disorders, asthenic syndrome, vegetative dystonia, CNS organic pathology, delayed mental development, EEG pathology, delayed development of speech, lowered psycho-emotional development, low IQ indices, deviations in mental development, memory impairment, immaturity for school, organic pathology of the brain, decreased and delayed psychomotor development, epilepsy and epilepsy-related conditions, and schizophrenia.” http://www.llrc.org/health/subtopic/ecrrchapteronesynopsis.htm
“Psychological diseases correlate with levels of radioactive pollution. There is a steep and continuing increase in diseases of the nervous system, e.g. congenital convulsive syndrome, brain circulation pathology, general neurological diseases, short-term memory loss, deterioration of attention function in school-children.” http://www.llrc.org/health/subtopic/ecrrchapteronesynopsis.htm
“In adults there is growing evidence of a syndrome marked by deteriorating memory and motor skills, occurrence of convulsions, and pulsing headaches. This is caused by the destruction of brain cells and in the region has been dubbed Chernobyl dementia.” http://www.llrc.org/health/subtopic/ecrrchapteronesynopsis.htm
How ‘Authorities’ Mislead The Public And Downplay The Dangers
The IAEA, UN, WHO, NRC and other pro-nuclear agencies, scientific experts and pro nuclear politicians representing the nuclear industry have NO EXPLANATION for this public health crisis, other than blaming the victims of this low dose radiation for causing their own illnesses with phobias, worries and 'stress'.
The pro nuclear monopoly believes that internal radiation causes absolutely no harm whatsoever, despite all of the scientific and medical evidence to the contrary. In most cases, they refuse to even talk about, much less present this information at their industry symposiums, association meetings, safety meetings and/or community meetings.
Ask a pro-nuclear industry ‘expert’ about internal radiation and it’s effects on health. The odds are very high indeed that they will either refuse to talk with you about this issue, dismiss all studies about it, or call anyone studying this issue a quack, charlatan or a fraud, no matter what their expertise, experience or industry reputation as a doctor, biologist, etc. http://video.google.com/videoplaydocid=8746168177815160826&?hl=en
NHK reported the risk of internal exposure in June 2009
Yuri reported that statistics about children getting sick from radiation around Chernobyl have not been and still are not being shared with ANYONE in the nuclear community; not the UN, not the WHO, not anyone else in the nuclear community, not with the education community and not with the public, via the mass media, much of which in the US is owned by GE, a nuclear power plant builder. Could there be some bias or built in conflict of interest here?
The official final draft coming out of the nuclear conference never mentions that new research is being done on low dose radiation and does not recommend that any research be done in this area. The conference of nuclear experts never voted to accept any new research for low dose radiation, despite much evidence and urging from civilian doctors and scientists gathered there from around the world. Is this evidence of a coverup? Or could it be evidence of a very deep state of denial? Judge for yourself, and watch the video…
Following the publication of an article in the newspaper Mainichi Daily News, here is the reaction of Michel Fernex, professor emeritus at the Medical Faculty of Basel, former member of the steering committees of TDR (Tropical Diseases Research) in the WHO and President of the Association of Children of Chernobyl Belarus from 2006 to 2010.
“The central dogma of radiation biology, that biological effects of ionizing radiation are a direct consequence of DNA damage occurring in irradiated cells, has been challenged by observations that genetic/epigenetic changes occur in unexposed “bystander cells” neighboring directly-hit cells, due to cell-to-cell communication or soluble factors released by irradiated cells.” Italian research paper in Chinese translation about low level radiation will results in brain cancer. http://news.sciencenet.cn/htmlpaper/20088281026397413292.html
"From 1957 to 1978, scientists secretly removed bone samples from over 21,000 dead Australians as they searched for evidence of the deadly poison, Strontium 90 – a by-product of nuclear testing. The movie ‘Silent Storm’ reveals the story behind this astonishing case of officially sanctioned ‘body-snatching’. Set against a backdrop of the Cold War, the saga follows celebrated scientist, Hedley Marston, as he attempts to blow the whistle on radioactive contamination and challenge official claims that British atomic tests posed no threat to the Australian people. Marston’s findings are not only disputed, he is targeted as ‘a scientist of counter-espionage interest’. In 2001, tons of human bones were found in Melbourne, contaminated by Strontium 90, a toxic residue of nuclear weapon tests in Australia.
Study Finds that Childhood Leukemia Rates Double Near Nuclear Power Stations
“…The study by the Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (French Institute of Health and Medical Research, or INSERM) found a leukemia rate twice as high among children under the age of 15 living within a 3.1-mile radius of France’s 19 nuclear power plants….”
Seven years after the invasion of Baghdad, the Iraqi people are experiencing a devastating legacy. Babies are being born with severe deformities and cancer at a rate, which makes the effects of Hiroshima look tame.
The official figures are too low to account for the acute health effects reported by some local residents and documented in two books; such health effects require exposure to at least 100,000 millirems (100 rems) to the whole body - 1000 times more than the official estimates. The reported health effects are consistent with high doses of radiation, and comparable to the experiences of cancer patients undergoing radio-therapy,. but have many other potential causes. The effects included "metallic taste, erythema, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss, deaths of pets and farm and wild animals, and damage to plants." Some local statistics showed dramatic one-year changes among the most vulnerable: "In Dauphin County, where the Three Mile Island plant is located, the 1979 death rate among infants under one year represented a 28 percent increase over that of 1978, and among infants under one month, the death rate increased by 54 percent." Physicist Ernest Sternglass, a specialist in low-level radiation, noted these statistics in the 1981 edition of his book Secret Fallout: low-level radiation from Hiroshima to Three-Mile Island.
Scientific work continued in the 1980s, but focused heavily on the mental health effects due to stress, as the Kemeny Commission had concluded that this was the sole public health effect. A 1984 survey by a local psychologist of 450 local residents, documenting acute radiation health effects (as well as 19 cancers 1980-84 amongst the residents against an expected 2.6), ultimately led the TMI Public Health Fund reviewing the data and supporting a comprehensive epidemiological study by a team at Columbia University. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Mile_Island_accident_health_effects
US Low Dose Radiation Deaths
An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services. This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima. Authors Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman note that their estimate of 14,000 excess U.S. deaths in the 14 weeks after the Fukushima meltdowns is comparable to the 16,500 excess deaths in the 17 weeks after the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986. The rise in reported deaths after Fukushima was largest among U.S. infants under age one. The 2010-2011 increase for infant deaths in the spring was 1.8 percent, compared to a decrease of 8.37 percent in the preceding 14 weeks.
Science Explores How And Why Low Dose Radiation Harms Children
It is important to understand how the body responds to ionizing radiation, natural or manmade. When a DNA strand is broken due to radiation damage, how does the body respond? From New Take On Impacts Of Low Dose Radiation;
“…”Humans evolved in an environment with very low levels of ionizing radiation, which makes it unlikely that a cell would suffer more than one double strand break at any given time. A DNA repair center would seem to be an optimal way to deal with such sparse damage. It is like taking a broken car to a garage where all the equipment for repairs is available rather than to a random location with limited resources.
Time-lapse imaging of DNA damage response to radiation shows that 1.5 minutes after irradiation, the sizes and intensities of radiation induced foci are comparable throughout the nucleus, but 30 minutes later RIF have clustered into larger and brighter regions called DNA repair centers. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), through a combination of time-lapse live imaging and mathematical modeling of a special line of human breast cells, have found evidence to suggest that for low dose levels of ionizing radiation, cancer risks may not be directly proportional to dose. This contradicts the standard model for predicting biological damage from ionizing radiation – the linear-no-threshold hypothesis or LNT – which holds that risk is directly proportional to dose at all levels of irradiation. ”
The human body is adapted and has evolved over tens of thousands of years of being exposed to normal background radiation, just like all life on the planet, which is designed the same way. Humans and animals can handle the damage caused by this radiation exposure. But when a child’s body is exposed to chronic higher levels of low dose radiation for long periods of time, this repair mechanism no longer functions as well and can get overwhelmed. When the body is exposed to ionizing radiation from manmade sources that break multiple strands of DNA at the same time, the repair mechanism of the body gets overwhelmed. This results in DNA strands that end up being repaired incorrectly, or not at all.
“It is the same as when dozens of broken cars are brought to the same garage at once, the quality of repair is likely to suffer,” Costes says.” Source: New Take on Impacts of Low Dose Radiation”
The world health Organization director says that radiation in any amount is always dangerous. There is risk to any increased amount of radiation. Radiation Is Always Dangerous, Says World Health Organization Director-General
Watch the video below about how and why radiation harms children and women more than anyone else, but the nuclear industry ignores this and does not inform the public. In Japan the evidence based on science is ignored and actually attacked as being false, quackery or does not exist at all. In Japan, the ‘safe’ dose of radiation has been established for EVERYONE at 100 mSv per year. Watch the video to find out what the effects of this amount of radiation are on children and women. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ywKv0dj3UuY
In this online audio interview and talk, Dr. Helen Caldicott MD (a pediatrician with deep knowledge of radiation dangers) continues to explain in an online audio interview with Arnie Gunderson that In Fukushima, 3000 kids were tested, and 1000 had thyroid 'lumps'. (Jan. 2012) To find lumps in children is extremely rare normally. The latent period for cancer is very short, 1 year. Children are very sensitive to radiation. To know if this is cancer, you need to take the lumps out. A cyst can have cancer cells in it.
A tumor is just a collection of cells. Probably quite a few of these are cancers. They are about 5 mm in size. Japanese doctors are just monitoring them, waiting for the cancer to spread through the whole body. They could do a needle biopsy to find out what they are. This is medically irresponsible. At least they are starting to monitor them. This is only ten months in.. This predicts a real problem in the future.
They should have evacuated 250,000 to 500,000 people, and only 100,000 people were actually evacuated. The rest were left in radiation contaminated areas. 80% of radiation went offshore. Only 20% of total went onshore to land. They were lucky. More than 1/2 of Japan where people live is contaminated.
Small girls are five times more sensitive to radiation than small boys. These girls are at great risk of getting cancer due to radiation doses of 20 mSv per year. A recent Frontline show about Fukushima claims this dose is 'safe' for kids and adults. They believed the nuclear apologists and did not investigate any further. One out of 500 people will get cancer at this dose. This risk is doubled every year, at this dose.
In five years, one out of 20 girls will end up with cancer during their lifetime. This process of increasing radiation risk and odds of getting cancer keeps going up, for each year that they are exposed to this level of radiation…. This cancer risk is ON TOP Of the normal odds of getting cancer in a lifetime; 1 in 3 in US. http://ifyoulovethisplanet.org/audio/IYLTP%20-%20Ep%20170.mp3
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