With the pending Tokyo Olympics being termed the “Radioactive Games,” there are stark warnings for the health of everyone in Tokyo and the surrounding area of Fukushima after the nuclear disaster there 8 years ago. With a rising epidemic of thyroid cancer, whilst, thanks to “biomagnification” the radiation is spreading across the Pacific Ocean, as well as in the expanding food chain.
With dia warnings for anyone eating Japanese food, or fish.
NUCLEUR HEALTH PROBLEMS
The eight-year anniversary of the triple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility passed mostly without comment in mainstream media circles. With cases of thyroid cancer now on the rise and cases of leaukemia set to increase in the future.
Following a major earthquake, a 15-metre tsunami disabled the power supply and cooling of three Fukushima Daiichi reactors, causing a nuclear accident on 11 March 2011
Please read these following inserts from a very informative article from Global Research:
In spite of ongoing radiological contamination that will continue to spread and threaten human health for lifetimes to come, other stories dominate the international news cycle. The climate change conundrum, serious though it may be, seemingly crowds out all other clear and present environmental hazards.
As part of efforts to normalize this historic event and cover up it’s magnitude, the Japanese government has invested considerable financial, public relations and other resources into what they are billing the ‘Recovery Olympics‘ set to take place in a year’s time in Tokyo.
Dr Helen Caldicott, nuclear disasters expert
Helen Caldicott and expert on the dangers of Nuclear contamination warns that the dangers associated with
Fukushima have not gone away and if anything we are seeing this that is just the beginning.
On the week marking the eighth anniversary of the Fukushima meltdowns, the Global Research News Hour radio program, hosted by Michael Welch, reached out to Dr. Caldicott to get her expert opinion on the health dangers posed by the most serious nuclear disaster since, at least, the 1986 Chernobyl event.
Helen Caldicott: Well it’s difficult because the Japanese government has authorized really only the examination of thyroid cancer. Now thyroid cancer is caused by radioactive iodine and there were many, many cases of thyroid cancer after Chernobyl.
It was researchers that found that exposure to radioactive iodine is associated with more aggressive forms of thyroid cancer, according to a careful study of nearly 12,000 people in Belarus who were exposed when they were children or adolescents to fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.
Cancer develops many years after exposure
According to Dr Caldicott: “They’ve looked at children under the age of 18 in the Fukushima prefecture at the time of the accident, and by June 18, 201 had developed thyroid cancer. Some cancers had metastasized. The incidence of thyroid cancer in that population normally is 1 per million. So obviously it’s an epidemic of thyroid cancer and it’s just starting now.
What people need to understand is the latent period of carcinogenesis, ie the time after exposure to radiation when cancers develop is any time from 3 years to 80 years. And so it’s a very, very long period. Thyroid cancers appear early. Leukemia appears about 5 to 10 years later. They’re not looking for leukemia. Solid cancers of every organ or any organ as such appear about 15 years later and continue and in fact the
‘Hibakusha’ from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki who are still alive are still developing cancers in higher than normal numbers.
The Japanese government has told doctors that they are not to talk to their patients about radiation and illnesses derived thereof, and in fact, if the doctors do, they might lose their funding from the government. The IAEA, the International Atomic Energy Agency interestingly set up a hospital – a cancer hospital – in Fukushima along with the Fukushima University for people with cancer, which tells you everything.
So there’s a huge cover-up going on. I have been to Japan twice and particularly to Fukushima and spoken to people there and the parents are desperate to hear the truth even if it’s not good truth. And they thanked me for telling them the truth. So it’s an absolute medical catastrophe I would say, and a total cover-up to protect the nuclear industry and all its ramifications.”
“There are ongoing emissions into the air consistently, number one. Number two, a huge amount of water is being stored –over a million gallons in tanks at the site. That water is being siphoned off from the reactor cores, the damaged melted cores. Water is pumped consistently every day, every hour, to keep the cores cool in case they have another melt. And that water, of course, is extremely contaminated.
Now they say they’ve filtered out the contaminants except for the tritium which is part of the water molecule, but they haven’t. There’s strontium, cesium, and many other elements in that water – it’s highly radioactive – and because there isn’t enough room to build more tanks, they’re talking about emptying all that water into the Pacific Ocean and the fishermen are very, very upset. The fish already being caught off Fukushima, some are obviously contaminated. But this will be a disaster.
Water comes down from the mountains behind the reactors, flows underneath the reactors into the sea and always has. And when the reactors were in good shape, the water was fine, didn’t get contaminated. But now the three molten cores in contact with that water flowing under the reactors and so the water flowing into the Pacific is very radioactive and that’s a separate thing from the million gallons or more in those tanks.
They put up a refrigerated wall of frozen dirt around the reactors to prevent that water from the mountains flowing underneath the reactors, which has cut down the amount of water flowing per day from 500 tons to about a hundred and fifty. But of course, if they lose electricity, that refrigeration system is going to fail, and it’s a transient thing anyway so it’s ridiculous. Interms… So over time the Pacific is going to become more and more radioactive.
They talk about decommissioning and removing those molten cores. When robots go in and try and have a look at them, their wiring just melts and disappears. They’re extraordinarily radioactive. No human can go near them because they would die within 48 hours from the radiation exposure. They will never, and I quote never, decommission those reactors. They will never be able to stop the water coming down from the mountains. And so, the truth be known, it’s an ongoing global radiological catastrophe which no one really is addressing infull.”
World Health Organization may not be that reliable in light of the fact that they are partnered with the IAEA.
“They signed a document, I think in ‘59, with the IAEA that they would not report any medical effects of radiological disasters and they’ve stuck to that. So they are in effect in this area part of the International Atomic Energy Agency whose mission is to promote nuclear power. So don even think about the WHO. it’s really obscene.”
Biomagnification in the oceans
There’s also the issue of biomagnification in the oceans, where you have radioactive debris and hundreds of tons of radioactive water getting into the oceans and biomagnifying up through the food chain, so these radioactive particles can get inside our bodies.
Dr Caldicott continues: “Fukushima is a very agricultural prefecture. Beautiful, beautiful beaches, beautiful food, and lots of rice. And the radiation spread far and wide through the Fukushima prefecture, and indeed they have been ploughing up millions and millions of tons of radioactive dirt and storing it in plastic bags all over the prefecture.
The mountains are highly radioactive and every time it rains, down comes radiation with the water. So the radiation – the elements. And there are over 200 radioactive elements made in a nuclear reactor. Some have lives of seconds and some have lives of millions of years or lasts for millions of years will I say. So there are many many isotopes, long-lasting isotopes – cesium,strontium, tritium is another one – but many, many on the soil in Fukushima.
And what happens when the plants take up the water from the soil [is that] they take up the cesium which is a potassium analog – it resembles potassium. Strontium 90 resembles calcium and the like. And these elements get magnified by orders of magnitude in the rice and in the plants. And so when you eat food that is grown in Fukushima, the chances are it’s going to be relatively radioactive.
They’ve been diluting radioactive rice with non-radioactive rice to make it seem a bit better. Now, into the ocean go these isotopes as well, and the algae bio-magnify them by ten to a hundred times or more. And then the crustaceans eat the algae, bio-magnify it more. The little fish eat the crustaceans, the big fish eat the little fish and the like. And tuna found in – off the coast of California some years ago contained isotopes from Fukushima. Also, fish, being caught on the west coast of California contained some of these isotopes. So, it’s an ongoing bio-magnification catastrophe.
Radiation is invisible and tasteless
And the thing is that you can’t even taste, smell or see radioactive elements in your food. They’re invisible. And it takes a long time for cancers to occur. And you can’t identify a particular cancer caused by a particular substance or isotope. You can only identify that problem by doing epidemiological studies comparing irradiated people with non-irradiated people to see what the cancer levels are and that data comes from Hiroshima and Nagasaki and many, many, many other studies.
Dr Caldicott says of Chernobyl: “By now over a million people have already died from the Chernobyl disaster. And many diseases have been caused by that, including premature aging in children, microcephaly in babies, very small heads, diabetes, leukemia, I mean, I could go on and on.”
Please also see this article: Radiation exposure linked to aggressive thyroid cancers
The Radioactive Games
“ May I say that parts of Tokyo are extremely radioactive. People have been measuring the dirt from the roofs of apartments, from the roadway, from vacuum cleaner dust. And some of these samples, they’re so radioactive that they would classify to be buried in radioactive waste facilities in America.”
To have the Olympics in Fukushima just defies imagination. And, some of the areas where the athletes are going to be running, the dust and dirt there has been measured, and it’s highly radioactive. So, this is Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, who set this up as a way to obscure what Fukushima really means. And those young athletes and people are much more sensitive to radiation, developing cancers later than older people – it’s just a catastrophe waiting to happen.”
She finishes the interview by saying:
- Do not eat any Japanese food because you don’t know where it’s sourced.
- Do not eat fish from Japan, miso, rice etc
Do not eat Japanese fish caught off the west coast of Canada and America, they’re nottesting the fish… Most of it’s probably not radioactive but you don’t know because you can’t taste it.
Beware any natural disasters
Dr Caldicott final warning is also concerning the natural spread of radiation:
“They’ve closed down the airborne radioactive measuring instruments off the west coast of America… because there still could be another huge accident at those reactors.
For instance, if there’s another large earthquake, number one, all those tanks would be destroyed and the water would pour into the Pacific. Number two, there could be another meltdown, a release – huge release of radiation, from the damaged reactors. So, things are very tenuous, but they’re not just tenuous now. They’re going to be tenuous forever.”
Source: Global Research