Nuclear Radiation – Health Issues in Japan, and Elsewhere


This post from ‘Natural News’: “Deadly levels of radiation found in food 225 miles from Fukushima: Media blackout on nuclear fallout continues”, again shows the pathetic media coverage of global issues that threaten the public’s health.

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The article,  by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer, shows us the serious extent of radiation fall-out from Fukushima and the lack of honesty in reporting the issue and the poor government response in responding and protecting its citizens. A look at the ‘Related Articles’ will also reveal the doctors’ shutting their eyes to the situation, perhaps realizing that the damage is done and is irreversible and hopeless.

(NaturalNews) New data released by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) shows once again that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is far from over. Despite a complete media blackout on the current situation, levels of Cesium-137 (Cs-137) and Cesium-134 (Cs-134) found in produce and rice crackers located roughly 225 miles away from
Fukushima are high enough to cause residents to exceed the annual radiation exposure limit in just a few months, or even weeks.

According to Fukushima-Diary.com, which posts up-to-date information about the Fukushima disaster, rice crackers and tangerines produced in the Shizuoka prefecture are testing
high for both Cs-137 and Cs-134. Rice crackers, according to the data sheet, tested at 3.7 Becquerels per kilogram (Bq/Kg) of Cs-137, while tangerines tested at 1.46 Bq/Kg of Cs-134 and 3.14 Bq/Kg of Cs-137.

The Shizuoka prefecture is located about 80 miles southwest of Tokyo, which is highly concerning as it is actually farther away from Fukushima than Tokyo. This suggest that potentially deadly levels of radiation are still affecting large population centers across Japan, including those that are not even in close proximity to the Fukushima plant.

It is generally regarded that adult radiation workers should be exposed to no more than 50 millisieverts (mSv) of radiation per year in order to avoid serious health consequences. For children, this number is far lower, probably somewhere around 10 mSv, with this being on the high end. But the average adult and child eating these tainted foods at their current radiation levels will not only reach but exceed the safe maximum in just a few weeks.

Radiation levels continue to increase in lakes, rivers north of Tokyo

But food, of course, is not the only major source of radiation exposure in Japan. Other data also released by Fukushima-Diary.com shows that radiation levels in rivers, lakes and shorelines around Kashiwa City in Chiba, located about 20 miles northeast of Tokyo, are dangerously high and getting even  higher.

Since radiation levels were last tested in the Otsu River back in September, detected levels have nearly tripled, jumping from 5,700 Bq/Kg to 14,200 Bq/Kg of radiation. Similar jumps were observed in lakes and shore soils, the former increasing from 7,600 Bq/Kg to 8,200 Bq/Kg of radiation, and the latter increasing from 440 Bq/Kg to 780 Bq/Kg of radiation.

Any increase in disease or death resulting from these continued radiation spikes, however, will more than likely be blamed on other causes besides radiation, so as to cover up the severity of the situation. The radiation component of radiation-induced heart disease, organ failure, and cancer, for instance, will simply be ignored, and any uptick in deaths, particularly among the elderly, declared normal.

Meanwhile, a recent Rasmussen Report found that more than one-third of all Americans believe radiation from Fukushima
caused “significant harm” in the U.S. This is likely due to the fact
that high levels of radiation were observed in soil, water, and even food all across America in the wake of the disaster.

Source article linked here.

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About Ken McMurtrie

Retired Electronics Engineer, most recently installing and maintaining medical X-Ray equipment. A mature age "student" of Life and Nature, an advocate of Truth, Justice and Humanity, promoting awareness of the injustices in the world.
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12 Responses to Nuclear Radiation – Health Issues in Japan, and Elsewhere

  1. omanuel says:

    Thanks for posting this information.

    Our one-world government was formed to keep the public unaware of nuclear energy. It is indeed powerful, invisible, but it is also the source of energy at the core of the Sun that

    1. Created our elements
    2. Generates visible sunlight
    3. Birthed the world five billion years (5 Gyr) ago
    4. Sustained the origin and evolution of life on Earth after ~3.5 Gtr ago
    5. Endowed the highest life forms with special talents and unalienable rights
    6. Was being released on Earth in natural self-sustaining nuclear fission reactors until ~2 Gyr ago

    Nuclear energy at the core of the Sun is the Creator, Destroyer and Sustainer of all atoms, lives and worlds in the solar system today – a volume of space greater that ten billion, billion Earths: >10,000,000,000,000,000,000 Earths.

    The UN was formed on 24 Oct 1945 in a futile effort by frightened world leaders to hide that source of energy from the public: The energy of creation, preservation, and destruction.

    With deep regrets,
    Oliver K. Manuel
    Former Student of
    Paul Kazuo Kuroda

    • So the Egyptians were right in worshiping Ra, the Sun?
      Why Oliver, the “with deep regrets”?
      (Just a brief interjection).

      • omanuel says:

        Yes, the Egyptians and many other religions were right.

        Neutron repulsion in cores of heavy atoms, some planets, ordinary stars and galaxies is the source of energy of the Creator, Destroyer and Sustainer of atoms, lives and worlds as the universe expands, regardless of the Creator’s name.

        When gravitationally compressed neutrons are gone, attractive forces of gravity will probably again cause the universe to collapse and start the next cosmic heartbeat.

        Regretful that I could not decipher earlier that post-1945 science was being destroyed by Fear and loathing of human knowledge of nuclear energy !

        http://orach24463.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/fear-and-loathing-of-humans-the-pathology-behind-the-climate-change-movement/

        The author of peopleneedpower has great insight. Who is he/she?

  2. Lars Silen: Reflex och spegling says:

    In the article it is said:
    “Fukushima are high enough to cause residents to exceed the annual radiation exposure limit in just a few months, or even weeks.

    According to Fukushima-Diary.com, which posts up-to-date information about the Fukushima disaster, rice crackers and tangerines produced in the Shizuoka prefecture are testing
    high for both Cs-137 and Cs-134. Rice crackers, according to the data sheet, tested at 3.7 Becquerels per kilogram (Bq/Kg) of Cs-137, while tangerines tested at 1.46 Bq/Kg of Cs-134 and 3.14 Bq/Kg of Cs-137.”

    Compare the results to:
    The activity of a typical human body is 100 Bq/kg.
    One kg of coffee 1000 Bq.
    The air in many homes in Europe due to Radon 30000 Bq
    In Europe the Cs limit in imported food stuff is 600 Bq/kg

    My understanding is that, if the values are correct, the activities quoted above are very low. What was the point of the article? There should be no danger at all.

    • Thanks for your comment. It deserves a qualified reply which will follow after some research.
      My initial response is that we need to make sure we are talking about the same radiation components.
      Perhaps a reader would like to say something??

      • omanuel says:

        Radioactive isotopes of elements that accumulate in certain parts of humans can be deadly, regardless of the overall radiation level.

        1. Iodine-131 concentrates in thyroid glands

        2. Strontium-89 and strontium-90 concentrate in bones and teeth

        Etc.

    • To Omanuel;
      Thanks for your comment and clarifications.
      I agree that the ‘peopleneedpower’ author is impressive. ID close to his/her chest, it seems.
      (Re Lars questioning of safe levels of radiation) – your brief info is relevant but I am wondering if you would be able to expand on that, maybe by pointing out existing links or adding your own knowledge? Is he right, to any degree, in his criticism?
      I do have a lot of relevant info on this blog but need time and enthusiasm to go over it all and create a response. If you can help, it will suit my lazy attitude.
      Thanks again Oliver, for your support. Ken

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  4. Lars Silen: Reflex och spegling says:

    The activity of the rice crackers is very low. In Finland the activity of food for raindeer before Tchernobyl was roughly 600 bq/kg due to the atmosperic bomb tests in the 1950-ies. Mushrooms picked in some places in the southern finland can reach the same level today due to the Tchernobyl accident.

    The rice crackers mentioned have an extremely low activity seen from a Finnish perspective.

    The special thing about radioactivity is that very small levels of activity can be measured very easily. The fact that som activity can be detected doesn’t automatically mean that there is a dangerous situation. A large part of our internal radiation exposure comes from K40 which is why some people playfully use the “banana dose” as a measure of the internal dose.

    Some ten years ago I looked up cancer mortality in a number of countries. It was interesting to notice that there wasn’t a correlation between cancer and the natural background radiation, Som hot spots are Finland, Kerala in India and some places in Canada. Low radiation levels are found in for example Great Britain if I remember correctly.

    • omanuel says:

      Hi Lars,

      If you visit or google Hiroshima and Nagasaki today you see how they have recovered from being blasted by atomic bombs on 6 and 9 Aug 1945.

      Here’s the rest of the story:

      https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/Resolution_Advancement.pdf

      – Oliver K. Manuel

    • Thanks Lars, for your contribution. This topic is surely one which generates opposing viewpoints.
      Whether particular radiation levels are dangerous or not does not seem to be meaningfully ascertainable, because of these opposing views.
      Besides that, the whole situation is extremely complex. I guess the more information that is published, the more opportunity for assessment.
      A major issue is the time factor, long term effects can be very long term.
      In cases where it seems clear to some that there are radiation-health links, there is always someone who will dispute them.
      We, the observers, need to be careful how we assess this situation.
      Regards, Ken.

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