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Fukushima Fallout

Submitted by on November 27, 2013 – 5:48 AM7 Comments | 2,186 views

I have brought two previous articles about the nuclear contamination of the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima.

This is about atmospheric fall out that reached California soon after the disaster and the health effects it has measurably had on newborn babies in the US from that time.

From Global Research

Fukushima Nuclear Fallout Has Damaged the Thyroids of California Babies

Global Research, November 23, 2013

A new study of the effects of tiny quantities of radioactive fallout from Fukushima on the health of babies born in California shows a significant excess of hypothyroidism caused by the radioactive contamination traveling 5,000 miles across the Pacific. The article will be published next week in the peer-reviewed journal Open Journal of Pediatrics.
Congenital hypothyroidism is a rare but serious condition normally affecting about one child in 2,000, and one that demands clinical intervention – the growth of children suffering from the condition is affected if they are left untreated. All babies born in California are monitored at birth for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels in blood, since high levels indicate hypothyroidism.

Joe Mangano and Janette Sherman of the Radiation and Public Health Project in New York, and Christopher Busby, guest researcher at Jacobs University, Bremen, examined congenital hypothyroidism (CH) rates in newborns using data obtained from the State of California over the period of the Fukushima explosions.

Their results are published in their paper Changes in confirmed plus borderline cases of congenital hypothyroidism in California as a function of environmental fallout from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. The researchers compared data for babies exposed to radioactive Iodine-131 and born between March 17th and Dec 31st 2011 with unexposed babies born in 2011 before the exposures plus those born in 2012.

Contrary to many reports, the explosion of the reactors and spent fuel pools at Fukushima produced levels of radioactive contamination which were comparable with the Chernobyl releases in 1986. Using estimates made by the Norwegian Air Laboratory it is possible to estimate that more than 250PBq (200 x 1015) Bq of Iodine-131 (half life 8 days) were released at Fukushima.

This is also predicted by comparing the Caesium-137 estimates with I-131 releases from Chernobyl, quantities which caused the thyroid cancer epidemic in Byelarus, the Ukraine and parts of the Russian Republic.

The authorities downplayed any risk on the basis that the “doses” were very low; far lower than the natural background radiation. The University of Berkeley measured I-131 in rainwater from 18th to 28th March 2011 after which levels fell. If we assume that mothers drank 1 litre of rainwater a day for this period (of course they didn’t) the current radiation risk model of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) calculates an absorbed dose to the adult thyroid of 23 microSieverts, less than 1/100th the annual background “dose”. The foetus is more sensitive (by a factor of about 10 according to ICRP) but is exposed to less as it is perhaps 100 times smaller.

So this finding is one more instance of the fact that the current radiation risk model, employed by the governments of every nation, is massively insecure for predicting harm from internal radionuclide exposures or explaining the clear observations.

For what is done by these people is to dismiss any evidence of increased rates of cancer or any other disease by shouting at it: “the doses were too low”. In this way, reality is airbrushed away. What is this quantity “dose”? It is a simple physics-based quantity which represents the absorption of energy from radiation. One Sievert of gamma radiation is one Joule per kilogram of living tissue.

This might work for external radiation. But it doesn’t work for internal exposures to radioactive elements which can produce huge effects on cellular DNA at low average “doses”. It is like comparing warming yourself in front of the fire with eating a hot coal. Or comparing a punch to stabbing. Same dose, same energy. Very different effects.

This “dose” scam has been used to dismiss real effects since it was invented in 1952 to deal with the exposures from nuclear weapons development and testing. For those who want to dig deeper into the science there is a recent book chapter I wrote in the book New Research Directions in DNS Repair.

 

Chris Busby is the Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk. For details and current CV see www.chrisbusbyexposed.org.

The same hyperthyroidism has been found in the immediate vicinity of FUkushima, and was found after Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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I would like nothing more than the proof of various cryptids, alien civilizations, even alien visitors to be found. But that proof will come only through rigorous science and objective analysis, and by holding evidence to the highest standards of scrutiny. Born in south eastern Pennsylvania, i have found myself at one time or another living in Chicago, Cleveland, Raleigh-Durham, on the island of Kaua'i and finally landed on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. I have turned my hand to various professions from early work in 3d graphics to historic building restoration, carpentry and log home building to working in a bronze art foundry on the WWII Veterans Memorial. Currently I am a writer, script writer and working for a non profit organization called Empowerment Through Connection which is involved in equine assisted therapy for veterans, at risk teens and women.

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  • Suzuki Hiroshi

    Radiation in American air and rain continues to rise.
    Bobby1′s Blog – optimalprediction.com

    A new record of all-beta radiation was measured on Nov. 25 at Fukushima:

    The 26th, Tokyo Electric announced from observation wells located on the sea side of the 1-4 Unit Fukushima, radioactive materials that emit beta radiation, such as strontium-90 has been 910,000 becquerels detected per liter. Was taken in the 25th, I went up from 750,000 becquerels of collecting the 21st. In the well of the primary sea side, it was a record high.

    In The US, very high readings from rain were measured in Arkansas on Nov. 22. This is near the record high for this observer. This looks to be at least 18 times background. (Radiation in rain typically never exceeds 2-3 times background in high radon areas.)

  • The Oshmar

    Just for the record the fallout map and the water radiation map images are fake.

    http://www.snopes.com/photos/technology/fallout.asp
    http://www.snopes.com/photos/technology/fukushima.asp

  • radioredrafts

    This is why nuclear power is not safe. Though accidents are rare, they have the potential to be worldwide catastrophes. How can anything with such potential ever be SAFE?

  • Necromig

    Some sources are doubtful at best. I know it’s tempting to believe in freelance journalism and science but a lot of these websites are biased. The claims need more substance. And keep in mind that it is one study. It is cause for concern, but I would not panic yet. And the map is doubtful : Australian radiation services does not seem to offer this kind of analysis : http://www.radiation.net.au/page12

    Mind you, I think nuclear power is dangerous and irresponsible and all plants should be shut down. But these sources don’t cut it.

    Anywhoo, Flame on :)

  • radioredrafts

    Nuclear power has always been a bomb, waiting to go off. We’re getting energy from a live bomb.

  • OpentheThinker

    Don’t forget that ENENEWS.com has been doing an excellent job of covering Japan’s crisis DAILY.

    Latest Enenews headlines:

    >> “Hidden gov’t forecast shows Fukushima contamination spread throughout Northern Pacific Ocean in 5 years”

    >> ” Leading edge of Fukushima plume is now showing up on West Coast”

    >> ” Coastline beneath Fukushima nuclear plant could crack open during quake — Japan sits with possibility of having it ripped open”

  • mustangmorris

    Godzilla very upset over this.