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Japan Ministry of Health Food & Water Testing Results

New government food and water testing results are out. Some contamination found included wheat in Hokkaido, raw milk in Miyagi and fish off the Fukushima coast. Some river fish in Miyagi were also found to be contaminated. Milk in Gunma, fish and tea in Kanagawa and fish off Iwaki-shi coast. Almost all the fish tested in Minamisoma were contaminated, some considerably. In cattle testing one unexpected result was from Akita with 3 testing over 300 bq/kg. The main page for radioactive contamination testing is here: http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/2011eq/   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website … Read entire article »

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Japan Nuclear Disaster Models From 2002

A Japan Atomic Energy Institute paper from 2002 recently surfaced online. This paper was the technical estimations of what would happen if a nuclear reactor on the Pacific coast of Japan were to have a catastrophic accident. The models included radiation dispersal under a variety of scenarios and also illness and death rates under multiple scenarios. The plant for the experiment is  “1100MWe BWR5 with Mark-II type containment– One of the most common plant type in Japan“. Based on the location on the maps included in the paper the reactor used was either unit 6 at Fukushima Daiichi or one of units 1-4 at Fukushima Daini. The scenario is for one reactor failure, not 3 reactor failures plus spent fuel pools as was experienced at Fukushima Daiichi. Of the included reactor scenarios … Read entire article »

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Low Level Radiation Exposure LNT Model, An Explanation

By Dean Wilkie The linear no-threshold model (LNT) is a method for predicting the long term, biological damage caused by ionizing radiation and is based on the assumption that the risk is directly proportional to the dose at all dose levels. In other words, the sum of several very small exposures have the same effect as one larger exposure. The LNT model therefore predicts higher risks than either the threshold model, which assumes that very small exposures are negligible, or the radiation hormesis model, which predicts the least risk by assuming that radiation at very small doses can be beneficial. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the … Read entire article »

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Doctors Raise Concerns About Radiation Exposures, Radiation Found In Local Residents

Doctors throughout the devistated region are warning of a larger public health problem due to radiation exposure. Doctors in Chiba are seeing persistant nosebleeds and other symptoms they think are connected to radiation exposure. The experts from medical and academic facilities warned that raising radiation limits would only increase the exposures and risks to the public. There has also been an over reliance by the Japanese government on ICRP radiation standards. The ICRP’s standards have been extensively criticized for being out of line with other standards and current research. The ICRP is also heavily funded by agencies tasked with the promotion of nuclear power like the NRC. Contamination has also been found in local residents urine. The people tested live 20 – 30km from the plant. Two month exposure rates were as … Read entire article »

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Japan NSC Rejected Plan To Collect Fukushima Workers Stem Cells

In April, 2011 a group of experts and related professional groups urged all workers to have stem cells collected before they began work at Fukushima Daiichi. These banked stem cells could be life saving if a worker or workers were exposed to large doses of radiation. Back in April the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan rejected the calls for stem cell collection claiming there was “no need”. The Lancet published the original paper in April of 2011 calling for stem cell collection. The Lancet published another paper on August 6th, 2011 where Piero Dalerba urges authorities in Japan to take the advice of the original paper and collect worker stem cells. Dalerba goes on to suggest a preventative treatment of bisphosphonates to act as a preventative measure against stronium 90 absorption. This second paper … Read entire article »

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English Translation of Fukushima Study

(From Fukushima prefecture’s website) Translation from Japanese into English Health Check-up for Fukusima residents (Documents as of July 24) by Fukushima prefecture and Fukushima Medical University (Note, Dr. Yamashita, the ‘Mr. 100mSv’ [no health harm up to 100mSv], is now the vice-president of the univ. He used to be a professor of Nagasaki University, and also the director of Nagasaki Univ International Hibakusha Center. This is a reason Fukushima residents and other JP citizens believed what he said during the early stage of the incident.) Purpose of the project: To reduce fear and worry among residents about effects of radiation. To follow health status of residents for the long time. Target population: All Fukushima residents who live in Fukushima at the March 11. This project includes: 1) Radiation exposure estimation: Based on self-reported activity report between March 11 … Read entire article »

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Events In Iwaki Lead To High Radiation Doses In Children

Right after the meltdowns began at Fukushima Daiichi local officials in Iwaki distributed protective iodine to the residents. It was handed out with the instruction that people wait to take it until they are instructed to, by announcement from the central government. There was also the caveat that it should be taken under doctor’s supervision. Meanwhile in the chaos of the tsunami, earthquake and evacuations doctors were in short supply. The order never came. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please … Read entire article »

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Tokyo University Professor Explains The Real Radiation Reality In Japan

Update: The video has been being deleted off of YouTube. Please download a copy of the video and transcript to share in case more are removed. This video is a must watch. Dr. Kodama is the head of the Radioisotope Center at the University of Tokyo. He explains the reality of the medical, social and ecological nightmare that TEPCO has unleashed on Japan. More after the video. Dr. Kodama Addresses Diet A number of points from the English transcript found here. “When we research the radiation injury/sickness, we look at the total amount of radioactive materials. But there is no definite report from TEPCO or the Japanese government as to exactly how much radioactive materials have been released from Fukushima. So, using our knowledge base at the Radioisotope Center, we calculated. Based on the thermal … Read entire article »

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Plutonium Risks To Health

Googleによる日本語訳は、記事の一番下に翻訳。 Plutonium is a radioactive isotope that is produced inside a nuclear reactor. Plutonium that was released into the environment during the nuclear accidents at Fukushima Daiichi can be extremely dangerous. Plutonium-239 is produced from the decay of Uranium-239 and has at least 15 different isotopes (most common Pu-238, 240, 241, 242) all of which are radioactive and have varying half lifes (Pu-239 is highest at over 24000 years). All of these plutonium isotopes can be dangerous if they enter the body. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than … Read entire article »

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The difference between types of radiation

Radiation from nuclear accidents is frequently expressed by the media as “just like an x-ray” or “equivalent to an x-ray”. This comparison is grossly incorrect. Many times internal exposure will be again, incorrectly compared to an x-ray. These faulty comparisons give the public a false sense of security. The International  Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War have an excellent paper that clearly explains the differences between medical diagnostics and a nuclear accident. Please share this article widely. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may … Read entire article »

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Radiation and Pregnancy: A Fact Sheet for the Public

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has prepared this fact sheet to help you understand the possible health effects to your fetus from exposure to radiation. Read full article This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi and Icarus: The Human Factor in a Meltdown (Sv=1J/kg.w)

We’ve all grappled with the plethora of different radiation measurements, reported in mixed measures and with comparisons that tell you next to nothing, such as comparing Cesium ingestion with a cross-country flight.  Looking around for qualified information, it’s interesting to see how much research has been avoided on this issue.  Much of what we know hinges on the work of Rolf Sievert. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our … Read entire article »

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