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By Dr. Mark Sircus
Plants are dying in the middle of central Tokyo and it could be because of the increase in radiation. One irony of the radioactive fallout from Fukushima is that people in Japan are starting to pay more attention to nature. The picture above was taken on the sidewalk of Hakusan Dori in Bunkyo-ku in Tokyo, and was uploaded on July 30.
The air radiation in Bunkyo-ku has been higher than the official Tokyo number (measured in Shinjuku-ku, western central Tokyo), along with several other eastern “ku” (special wards of Tokyo). The person who took the picture says, “About 30% of azaleas on the sidewalk are completely dead. Ginkgo leaves are browning.”
Japan is considering the possibility of creating a back-up capital city in case they need to abandon Tokyo. A new panel from Japan’s Ministry of Land and Infrastructure will consider the possibility of moving some of Tokyo’s capital functions to another big city, like Osaka.
They talk about earthquake threats, which are quite real but mention nothing about the persistent radiation driving parts of the government out of the city.
The story only gets worse and this one could eventually bring down the Japanese government, which withheld important information from residents of Tsushima. Tamotsu Baba, the mayor of Namie, said that the withholding of information was akin to “murder.”
Japan’s system to forecast radiation threats was working from the beginning but they did not warn the people when a radiation plume hit the Karino Elementary School.
The school, just over six miles from the plant, was not cleared out. Instead it was turned into a temporary evacuation center.
For three nights, while hydrogen explosions at four of the reactors spewed radiation into the air many Japanese stayed in Tsushima district where the children played outside and some parents used water from a mountain stream to prepare rice.
The radioactive “winds, in fact, had been blowing directly toward Tsushima but this vital information was left unpublicized by bureaucrats in Tokyo, operating in a culture that sought to avoid responsibility and, above all, criticism,” published the New York Times.
Three men in charge of nuclear power safety and policy have been sacked. Trade and Industry Minister, Banri Kaieda, said the three senior officials would be held responsible for mishandling the plant and its problems.
Japanese officials have withheld information and denied the facts of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster to its own citizens and they are doing that in coordination with other governments around the world who are also withholding and hiding information.
Not a Good Time for Rice and other Crops
Japan started trading rice futures this past Monday but suspended the market after the price of the staple grain soared on fears that radioactive contamination from the Fukushima disaster will restrict supply. Rice, Japan’s staple crop has not been spared exposure from Fukushima’s radiation.
Rice planting has been banned in areas close to Fukushima and tests will be done on the crops before being sold. Questions remain over how much is being revealed to the public, as radiation seeps deeper into the food chain.
Fallout from the stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant has spread to crops—We learned that after it was found that cattle had been fed cesium-tainted rice straw.
The Problem that is Not Going Away
Meanwhile radioactive material is still leaking from the plant nearly five months later, and last week workers at the plant discovered the hottest radioactive spot seen since the disaster began, a company spokesman said on Tuesday, July 28, 2011. The ultra-high levels of radiation were measured on the grounds of the facility, between reactors No. 1 and 2.
The lethal radiation was found at the bottom of a ventilation tower. The power company immediately cordoned off the area and is currently investigating the cause of the high radiation and how it will affect the recovery work at the plant, Tsunoda said.
The radiation levels—10,000 millisieverts per hour—are high enough that a single 60-minute dose would be fatal to humans within weeks.
The crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant might have suffered a second nuclear meltdown, Kyodo news agency reported. According to the study, which was conducted by nuclear safety expert Fumiya Tanabe, fuel inside one of the plant’s nuclear reactors might have breached the bottom of a pressure vessel after melting again.
The current guidelines for workers’ compensation due to radiation exposure only certify leukemia among the various types of cancer that will be covered.
In these cases compensation is granted only when an applicant is exposed to more than 5 millisieverts of radiation a year and develops leukemia more than one year after being exposed to nuclear radiation.
The operator of Japan’s damaged nuclear power plant says the area where potentially lethal levels of radiation were detected has been sealed.
Iodine Truth or Consequences
Health Canada’s radiation webpage offers some striking data from the five stations monitoring specific radioactive substances. This data shows the air at the five stations contained an average of 33.3 millibecquerels of radioactive iodine per cubic metre during 30.4 days of elevated radiation.
That works out to double the 16.7 millibecquerels per cubic metre of iodine-131 that would be permitted over those 30.4 days, according to the maximum limit set by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. (The commission’s ceiling is 200 millibecquerels per cubic metre of exposure in the air on a daily basis for an entire year. That equates to 16.7 millibecquerels per cubic metre over 30.4 days.)
The station in Sidney, B.C. detected 19.4 millibecquerels per cubic metre of iodine-131 in the air during a 22-day-long spike in radiation. That was 61 percent higher than the maximum dose of 12.1 millibecquerels per cubic metre permitted for 22 days.
At the end of April I cautioned all my readers that there is nothing more important in the entire world now than taking our daily iodine supplements. An appropriate public health response to the nuclear disaster in Japan starts with iodine because any lack of the nutritional type of iodine will attract the radioactive type like honey attracts bees.
The last thing anyone wants to be walking around with is a thyroid so starving for iodine that it will readily take on the nasty radioactive isotope of iodine when exposed to it. Dr. David Brownstein has tested 5,000 of his patients and has found out that 95 percent of them are iodine deficient and other iodine researchers he has talked to found similar trends in their patients as well.
If you have any doubt about the importance of iodine please read my book on iodine, which also presents the views of Dr. David Brownstein who has more experience with iodine with patients than just about any other doctor in the world.
The original publication of my iodine book was dedicated to him and a short list of doctors who have championed the recent renaissance of iodine supplementation. Iodine also helps against infections and is an important asset for all cancer sufferers. So take your iodine and take it at appropriate doses to supply your body’s needs.
Please be aware that there are many different kinds of iodine on the market, and some are not appropriate for oral ingestion and others are available at varying strengths.
For radiation protection I recommend all forms of iodine, even the tinctures that can only be applied topically. For children and thyroid-sensitive people I recommend Nascent iodine, which is in the I¹ atomic form, or Lugol’s, which is more affordable for heavy topical treatments and the different tablets that are out there. Even topical iodine tincture may be used but cannot be taken orally.
Fukushima Highly Radiated United States Water, Food Cover-Up By Feds Continues
By Deborah Dupre
The peaches reported on July 12 were bought at "a local market," not Santa Monica Market, according to Environews on Wednesday. An investigation about the source of the peaches is underway.
Right to health denied when United States government hides high levels of Fukushima radiation
In KING 5 TV's report Tuesday on high levels of radiation detected in Northwest rainwater, the United States government is accused of continuing to fail to tell the public about Fukushima dangerous radiation blanketing parts of the United States, a coverup that led grassroots projects and independent reporters to gather and present data for public well-being. University of California Nuclear Engineering Department Forum began asking on Tuesday for people in the Los Angles area to come forward with any dangerous radiation readings that may have been detected after local peaches were highly radioactive.
"Our government said no health levels, no health levels were exceeded, when in fact, the rain water in the Northwest is reaching levels 130 times the drinking water standards," said Gerry Pollet from a non-government organization watchdog, Heart of America Northwest.
A call from the University of California Nuclear Engineering Department Forum for public radiation readings in Los Angeles came after a finding on Friday, July 8th, 2011 was reported that two peaches from the popular Santa Monica local market were confirmed to have sustained radiation levels of 81 CPMs, or greater.
"The market's background radiation was said to be about 39 CPMs. The two peaches, thus, had significantly high radiation contamination equaling over two times site background levels," stated reported EnviroReporter, the independent news source created by Michael Collins and Denise Anne Duffield in May 2006 featuring work of Collins, a multi-award-winning investigative journalist who specializes in environmental issues and served sic years as a Director of the Los Angeles Press Club and five years as its Judging Chair.
The University website notes that a blogger commented about the radiated peaches:
"What makes this discovery especially significant is that the 2X background radioactivity detected in these peaches was likely significantly attenuated by their water content; when eaten the exposure rate may be significantly higher. Even worse, it is likely that the detected radioactivity is from a longer half life radionuclide; which when eaten, would irradiate a person from the inside out for potential years to come." (@Potrblog, July 10th, 2011, at 8:05 pm,
According to the report, "the Greater Los Angeles Basin is continuing to get intermittent low level elevated radiation readings. That is, radiation levels less than 100 CPMs, but elevated relative to normal background levels for the geiger counter testing station."
Pollet reviewed Iodine 131 numbers released by the Environmental Protection Agency last spring and reported to KING5 TV, "The level that was detected on March 24 was 41 times the drinking water standard."
The watchdog group says watering plants with water exposed only briefly to the high levels is "unlikely to cause health problems," reported KING 5. "But they say it's information the public deserves to know about."
EPA says this was a brief period of elevated radiation in rainwater, and safe drinking water standards are based on chronic exposure to radiation over a lifetime, contrary to what independent radiation experts say, including persons such as Dr. Helen Caldicott, the international leading preventionist of nuclear injury, Joseph Mangano, Cindy Folkers, a radiation and health specialist at Beyond Nuclear, Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth, and Dr. Alexey Yablokov.
In light of the ongoing failure of government to provide critically important Fukushima radiation news, each above named experts have recommended that to survive Fukushima, the public needs to seek information being provided by activists and by websites such as Beyond Nuclear and EnvrioReporter.
Dangerous Levels Of Background Radiation Recorded In Rain In Oklahoma City
A local citizen in Oklahoma City has recorded what the Geiger counter called dangerous levels of background radiation.
This comes a week after the announcement that levels of radiation spewing from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant are higher then ever.
NRC corruption and nuclear power plant safety in general has also been heavily scrutinized in the last few months.
While more tests are obviously needed to identify a 100% conclusive radiation level, the fact that it even went to a high enough level to be labeled dangerous in one test is startling enough in itself.
EPA In Ohio Admits Radiation In Drinking Water Harmful At 3 Picocuries Per Liter
By Alexander Higgins
Across the nation radioactive iodine has been detected at hundreds of times higher than the 3 picocuries per liter level and the EPA continues to claim the levels detected are safe.
In a report published today by a local Ohio newspaper, the local EPA official admitted to the paper that Iodine radiation is harmful at 3 Picocuries per liter.
Apparently the EPA official who spoke to this reporter didn’t get the memo that the EPA is covering up the harmful levels of radiation being found in the rain, milk and drinking water across the US.
The Review Online in East Liverpool, Ohio reports on the record levels of radiation being detected in the local drinking water.
Radiation levels in city tap water detected but still within safe limits
EAST LIVERPOOL – Recorded levels of radioactivity in East Liverpool drinking water is no cause for concern, according to city officials.
The levels have been attributed to the Japanese nuclear power plant disaster and the aftermath and not connected with the nearby Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station owned by FirstEnergy.
A special isotope variety of radioiodine-131 was found in the city’s drinking water, according to a RadNet sample taken March 30. The level was recorded at 0.42 picocuries per liter of water.
According to the federal agency, the situation is not harmful until testing shows a radioiodine-131 concentration level of 3 picocuries per liter or higher.
The operator of the Public Utilities Director of the local drinking water plant, Bob Disch, goes on to say “There’s basically nothing you can do about it anyway”
According to Disch, FirstEnergy tests water before it heads into the water treatment plant and there is another test of tap water.
Disch added that he’s not been told of any danger and that the state and federal EPA have not contacted his department.
The Local Health Commission agreed with Disch’s statement
On Thursday afternoon, East Liverpool Health Commissioner Jelayne Dray said she was also aware of the findings and agreed with Disch’s assessment.
Notice that the EPA statement to this local reporter clearly states iodine is harmful at 3 picocuries per liter or higher.
If you weren’t aware, in the wake of Japan nuclear radiation being detected at dozens and hundreds of times above the 3 picocuries per liter level in tests across the country, the EPA has switched over to using the FDA standard which allows for cancer fatalities in 1 in 4,400 people while insisting the levels being detected in the milk, rain and drinking water are harmless.
EPA: Boise Rainwater Has Highest Levels of Radioactive Material in US, 80 Times Amount of I-131 Allowed in Drinking Water
EPA RadNet Precipitation Results, EPA, April 2, 2011:
Elevated levels of radioactive material in rainwater have been expected as a result of the nuclear incident after the events in Japan since radiation is known to travel in the atmosphere – precipitation data collected by EPA in the states of California, Idaho and Minnesota have seen elevated levels of radiation in recent precipitation events.
In all cases these are levels above the normal background levels historically reported in these areas. While short-term elevations such as these do not raise public health concerns – and the levels seen in rainwater are expected to be relatively short in duration – the U.S. EPA has taken steps to increase the level of monitoring of precipitation, drinking water, and other potential exposure routes to continue to verify that. …
Boise, Idaho rainwater 3/22/2011:
11.2 pCi/L of Cs-134
11.6 pCi/L of Cs-137
242 pCi/L of I-131
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry for Iodine, CDC, April 2004:
EPA has set an average annual drinking water limit of 3 pCi/L for Iodine-131 so the public radiation dose will not exceed 4 millirem
EPA releases new radiation numbers for Boise, say levels pose no health threat, Idaho Statesman, April 2, 2011:
… Boise’s levels were higher than any other U.S. city in the report; most U.S. cities in the study had levels of cesium and iodine 131 that were not detectable. Officials had no explanation Saturday for why Idaho would have higher levels, but said the levels that were detected were far below levels that would warrant public-health concern.
Radiation in precipitation is measured because it affects not only the air, but vegetation, including grass eaten by cows that produce milk for human consumption.
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