• Fukushima Children Suffer from Thyroid Cancer 20-50x Normal Rate

    November 28, 2015

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    A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdown site have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere.

    The difference contend undermines the Japanese government’s position that more cases have been discovered in the area only because of stringent monitoring.

    Fukushima Children Suffer Thyroid Cancer 20-50x Normal Rate

    “This is more than expected and emerging faster than expected,” lead author Toshihide Tsuda told The Associated Press. “This is 20 times to 50 times what would be normally expected.” Children are particularly susceptible because their thyroids are growing rapidly.

    Residents of Fukushima prefecture in northeast Japan should be monitored in the same way as survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, say the researchers, who offer one of the most pessimistic assessments so far of the health implications of the world’s second worst nuclear disaster.

    The new information is far from unexpected.

    A screening program in 2012 found 36 percent of children in Fukushima Prefecture had abnormal (though not necessarily cancerous) cysts or nodules in their thyroid glands. As of August 2013, 40 children were found to have actual thyroid and other cancers in Fukushima prefecture.

    The new study was released online this week and is being published in the November issue of Epidemiology, produced by the Herndon, Virginia-based International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. The data comes from tests overseen by Fukushima Medical University. It is significant that the published version of this comes from a journal outside of Japan; the story seems to have received little play in Japanese mainstream media. Flagship NHK News, a quasi-government organization, does not appear to be covering it in any detail. The largest media outlet offering noteable coverage appears to be left-of-center Asahi news.



    But Critics Say Little Reason for Concern

    Critics contend that no causal link has been established between the release of radiation and the cancers, leaving open the possibility of a statistical anomaly or an as yet unknown precipitator. A somewhat disingenuous report by Japan’s Institute of Radiological Sciences found some children living close to the plant were exposed to “lifetime” doses of radiation to their thyroid glands unrelated to the nuclear meltdown. Looking harder with routine check-ups, some say, leads to discovery of more tumors, inflating the tallies in a so-called “screening effect.”

    David J. Brenner, professor of radiation biophysics at Columbia University Medical Center, took a different view. While he agreed individual estimates on radiation doses are needed, he said the higher thyroid cancer rate in Fukushima is “not due to screening. It’s real.”



    Background on the Disaster

    The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was caused by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. The earthquake caused electrical and equipment failures at the plant, cutting off cooling to the nuclear reactors. Emergency backup diesel generators came online, and operated until the tsunami destroyed the generators, due to their location in unhardened low-lying areas. This triggered the release of radioactive materials. Though classified as the largest nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown, almost from the beginning Japanese and American authorities sought to downplay its danger.

    For example, immediately after the 2011 disaster, the lead Japanese doctor brought in to Fukushima repeatedly ruled out the possibility of radiation-induced illnesses. A full five days after the meltdown, the American Embassy in Tokyo stated only that “we are recommending, as a precaution, that American citizens who live within 50 miles of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant evacuate the area or take shelter indoors if safe evacuation is not practical.” The Japanese government continued to hold to its earlier recommendation to evacuate only within 12 miles of the plant.

    The Embassy characterized American citizens’ reaction in Japan simply as “people are calling with concerns, but I would call it just a concern at this point.” The embassy did however quietly authorize the departure of its own dependents six days after the accident.



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    • teri said...

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      There are American and Japanese scientists who say that Fukushima is worse than Chernobyl and is in full meltdown. The recent floods have caused the contaminated water in the holding tanks to breach (they have to constantly run water over the cores to keep the rods cool and while a lot of the resultant radiated water is simply dumped into the ocean, they built holding ponds in an attempt to collect most of it, although it is such a huge volume of water that they have never been sure how they were going to dispose of it all). This radiated water enters the Pacific and, carried by the current, ends up on the shores of western Canada and the US. Where, by the way, there is “coincidently” a massive die-off of fish, sea mammals, and ocean birds currently taking place. 2013 saw the beginnings of the die-offs, 2014 was worse, and now 2015 is even worse yet.

      Abe pretty much forbids reporting of this in Japan. The US simply doesn’t care to report it. A relative’s girlfriend returned to Fukushima after the tsunami (she had been visiting the US when it happened) to help her family move away from the area. She decided to stay and not return to the US so that when/if her family became ill she could help care for them. This is a commitment that will last years, as it sometimes takes many years for the radiation to do its nasty work. She assumes the government will not care for affected people in the future, as it is so determined to deny the dangers. She reported to my relative that in most areas of Japan, you could choose from two price-tiers of groceries: regularly priced foodstuffs or much more expensive food carrying the label “guaranteed radiation-free”. (I don’t know if this is still true today, or indeed if they are even still testing the food. Abe may have stopped the testing of groceries at some point.)

      The cold bitch, then Sec State, Hillary Clinton, immediately after Fukushima signed a secret agreement with the Japanese that Japanese food imports to the US would not be tested for radiation; this was one of the email sets revealed by wikileaks a year or two back. The US gov does not test our air for fallout, although prevailing winds bring the radiation here, and likewise does not test the water of the Pacific – or at least, they no longer report their findings to the public. Private scientists and concerned citizens are the ones who are doing tests of water, air and sea-animal carcasses.

      There was never “background radiation” until the US started the nuclear tests back in the 40’s and 50’s, by the way. I think the bullshit argument that some level of radiation exposure is safe is just that – bullshit. Hanford is still leaking, as are other nuclear sites around the country, and the nearby communities report higher than normal occurrences of cancers, which are quickly dismissed as “anomalies”. A man in the US has a 50/50 chance of developing some form of cancer and 1 out of 3 American women likewise. If the nuclear leaks don’t get you, the fracking wastewater or GMOs will.

      On the other hand, my boss assures me that The Rapture will occur very soon, so no worries, mate.

      11/28/15 9:02 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      If the Rapture doesn’t come, this will solve the Social Security shortfall.

      11/28/15 11:24 AM | Comment Link

    • jhoover said...

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      Fukushima Children Suffer from Thyroid Cancer 20-50 x Normal Rate

      Although it was a disaster for Japan due to technical\accidental fault which cause that, comparing this with Iraq war in 1991 & 2003 where hundreds of tones of depleted uranium weaponry on all Iraqis civilian areas without regard to danger resulted in sharp increase of health desises and infication withch related to Depleted Uranium Use which can be called “Genocide”

      11/28/15 4:05 PM | Comment Link

    • jhoover said...

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      Ten Years Later, U.S. Has Left Iraq with Mass Displacement

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    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      teri said:

      quote”This radiated water enters the Pacific and, carried by the current, ends up on the shores of western Canada and the US. Where, by the way, there is “coincidently” a massive die-off of fish, sea mammals, and ocean birds currently taking place. “unquote

      Shades of Godzilla and other assorted nuclear caused menaces of Sci-fi. Next thing you know, because of the drought, the west coast will start getting radiation tainted water from the ocean.. er..wait…

      http://inhabitat.com/san-diego-county-is-building-a-massive-1-billion-desalination-plant-to-address-drought/

      I’m beginning to believe Japan has figured out a way to retaliate for Nagasaki and Hiroshima. One glass of water at a time.

      11/29/15 8:49 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ps.. for all intents and purposes, in light of the current celebration of 100 years since Einstein delivered his theory of relativity, in a way, it’s too bad Einstein was born. Mankind’s future may have turned out different. I’m sure he never thought that the Lords of War would use his other discovery to threaten the planet with it’s destruction, although I’m also sure had he thought about it, he might have kept his mouth shut. Unfortunately, here we are. Who needs nuclear war when the human race raises it’s middle finger to Murphy’s law.
      Next thing you know, it will begin to think it has the power to control the forces equal to the center of the sun….ie…FUSION. Unfortunately, given the history of Great Moments in human stupidity, one slip-up in under estimating human infallibility at this magnitude.. poof. gone. Shades of smoldering earth. But naw… we’re not gonna let that happen.

      right?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-fbBRAxJNk

      And the last words heard were:

      “ut oh.”

      11/29/15 9:23 AM | Comment Link

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