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Japan nuclear disaster: What is really happening
Tsunami hitting the nuclear power plants
I find it somewhat disturbing that the disaster in Japan, which resulted in numerous nuclear meltdowns, has kind of disappeared from the minds of many people. So many other things have diverted our attention away from it. It’s due to the lack of media courage and the fact that the impact of it is very insidious because we cannot see it. However, it should be on the forefront of everyone’s mind because it will impact everyone on the globe eventually and has already caused deaths in the United States. This blog deals primarily of the devastating effects of radiation.
WHAT DOES RADIATION DO TO THE BODY?
Radioactive particles lodge in the bones, glands and other organs and damages DNA and cell over a long period of time. This increases the cumulative risk of cancer. This is due to the fact that the body makes mistakes in the natural repair process in that it cannot control the growth of cells. Radiation changes the DNA which results in mutations. The body often cannot repair these mutations or creates its own mutations in an attempt to repair the body. There are two mutations: teratogenic or genetic. The former are caused by exposure of the fetus in the uterus and only affect the individual. Generic mutations are passed onto the offspring. These are stochastic health effects caused by low level and long term exposure to radiation.
Non-stochastic effects occur when the exposure to radiation is high. Acute radiation poisoning occurs and the onset is quick. They include burns and radiation sickness, nausea, weakness, hair loss and organ failure. Death can sometimes come as soon as two months.
REPORTS OF DEATH AND RADIATION POISONING
Keiko Ichikawa is the author of “A Letter From Fukushima” and she asked various medical workers why very few deformed children are even seen in Japan and if this shall continue to be the case due to the nuclear fallout. She was told, “That is, Ms. Ichikawa, because we are made not to know”. Deformed babies were either declared still born or aborted and were omitted from the statistics.
It was confirmed by a public security guard that many policeman dispatched toFukushima had died from radiation poisoning.
A Fukushima author related during an interview that she lost 8 teeth and her nails fell out. Other effects were diarrhoea for two months, numbness of fingers, arm and neck, which passed after one and a half months. She also started losing hair from November and her husband suffered from nose bleeds.
According to the peer-reviewed International Journal of Health Services, 14 000 Americans have already died in theUnited States due to the radiation fromFukushima.
The author of the study says:
“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.”
It was calculated by comparing the excess of 14 000 deaths in the 14 weeks after the Fukushimameltdowns and the 16 500 excess deaths observed after theChernobylmeltdown in 1986. The most numerous deaths were that of American one year olds fromFukushima. The infant deaths for 2010-2011 in the spring increased to 1.8 percent compared to a decrease of 8.37% in the 14 weeks leading up to the Fukushima meltdowns.
However, a Scientific American blog post and Med Page Today dismissed the study as “voodoo science”. The former does concede however that radiation fromFukushima is very dangerous and could lead to negative health effects even across the Pacific.
Nuclear engineer Gunderson says that there will be 1 million deaths inJapanand there were be an increase of cancer on the West Coat of America andCanada. The most radioactive places are considered to bePortlandand the Cascades.
RADIATION IN THE FOOD CHAIN:
It is particularly dangerous when radiation enters the food chain and it already has in the United States. The reason is because of bioaccumulation. The concentration of radiation, which comprises of iodine, cesium and strontium, increases as one moves higher up in the food chain. For example, beef is much higher in dioxins than cattle feed and tuna fish have much higher mercury than in their marine environment.
Despite these facts, the USinsists that there is no danger to public health as the radiation detected in water, air and soil are in minute quantities. This is simply not true if the deaths are anything to go by and that some testing in independent labs has shown that iodine and cesium have been detected in milk and vegetables produced inCalifornia. Arizona,Arkansas,Hawaii,Vermont andWashington have sold milk contaminated by radiation. Milk has a high concentration of radiation as cows eat grass and grass is among the first crops to be contaminated after a nuclear fallout because of the soil being contaminated.
Unfortunately many Japanese women, including Tokyo, now have radiation in their breast milk.
Europe, too, is feeling the effects of radiation. In France, CRIIRAD, a respectable radiological research institute, cautioned pregnant and breastfeeding women to avoid eating foods such as milk, cheese and leafy vegetables among others.
The picture below shocked me. This is a horribly mutated tomato, visual proof of the nuclear fall-out.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has come under fire for lying about the gravity of the disaster and cover-ups. A specialist called Nishio Masamichi, director of the Hakkaido Cancer Center, said the company gave broken dosimeters to temporary plant workers and only gave them monitors during the time they worked. He also accused TEPCO of accommodating the workers in a gymnasium-type structure to avoid them fleeing.
He also says that workers are only giving iodine to counteract the radiation, which blocks the absorption of radiation into the thyroid, when they should be getting treatment like Radiogardase.
NEW YEARS DAY QUAKE:
It was briefly mentioned in the news, after much down-playing, that an earthquake had hit Tokyo, giving us the impression that it had no effect on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plants. However, the Japanese media has conceded that there is a problem with unit 4’s fuel pool. It is leaking and there are fears that reactor 4 will collapse.
TEPCO has been misleading in that it claims that they have achieved a “cold shutdown” of the reactors and that the water inside is below boiling point. The truth of the matter is that no one actually knows what is going on inside, according to the representative of the United States Regulatory Commission.
The “cold shutdown” may very well be due to molten fuel falling from the pressure vessel to the bottom of the containment vessel where there is no thermometer.
As Mainichi Dailyreports:
We can only deduce that the “conclusion” of the crisis,rather than being based on scientific evidence, comes from placing priority on a political decision to create the impression that the crisis has been brought under control quickly.
A former nuclear engineer, who worked at all three nuclear power complexes operated by TEPCO, says:
“If the fuel is still inside the reactor core, that’s one thing,” he said. Butif the fuel has been dispersed more widely, then we are far from any stableshutdown.”
It is now abundantly clear that this disaster is far from being contained. The big question is, will it ever be? Will we ever know how many people around the world will die from this radiation as the media is often involved in cover-ups? Perhaps it doesn’t really matter. Maybe it will be eclipsed by a major nuclear fallout because of a nuclear war involving Iran and Israel.
In this interview, Down the Rabbit Hole talk show broadcasts an interview Christian Consolo discussing the radiation, the solutions andFukushima facts.
A FINAL NOTE
I've previously written a blog explaining how HAARP may have been responsible for the Japan quake and I still believe to be the case. However, there is another conspiracy theory claiming that the Fukushima reactors were nuked.
According to former NSA analyst, Jim Stone, mini nukes were hidden in giant cameras installed by an Israeli security firm, Magna BSP. It is alleged that they planted the STUXNET virus that attacked the power plant control system. Magna BSP illegally established Internet data links in the reactor cores.
Why target Japan? Japan offered to enrich Iran's uranium.