However, radiation safety standards are set based on the assumption that everyone exposed is a healthy man in his 20s.
Now, a physician (Janette D. Sherman, M. D.) and epidemiologist (Joseph Mangano) have penned a short but horrifying essay asking whether a spike in infant deaths in the Northwest are due to Fukushima:
recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicates that eight
cities in the northwest U.S. (Boise ID, Seattle WA, Portland OR, plus
the northern California cities of Santa Cruz, Sacramento, San
Francisco, San Jose, and Berkeley) reported the following data on
deaths among those younger than one year of age:
4 weeks ending March 19, 2011 - 37 deaths (avg. 9.25 per week)
10 weeks ending May 28, 2011 - 125 deaths (avg.12.50 per week)
This amounts to an increase of 35% (the total for the entire U.S. rose about 2.3%), and is statistically significant. Of further significance
is that those dates include the four weeks before and the ten weeks
after the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster. In 2001 the infant
mortality was 6.834 per 1000 live births, increasing to 6.845 in 2007.
All years from 2002 to 2007 were higher than the 2001 rate.
from Chernobyl, which exploded 25 years ago, clearly shows increased
numbers of sick and weak newborns and increased numbers of deaths in
the unborn and newborns, especially soon after the meltdown. These
occurred in Europe as well as the former Soviet Union. Similar findings
are also seen in wildlife living in areas with increased radioactive
(Chernobyl – Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment,
Alexeiy V. Yablokov, Vasily B. Nesterenko, and Alexey V.
Nesterenko. Consulting Editor: Janette D. Sherman-Nevinger. New York
Academy of Sciences, 2009.)
radioisotopes were measured in children who had died in the Minsk area
that had received Chernobyl fallout. The cardiac findings were the
same as those seen in test animals that had been administered Cs-137.
Bandashevsky, Y. I, Pathology of Incorporated Ionizing Radiation,
Belarus Technical University, Minsk. 136 pp., 1999. For his pioneering
work, Prof. Bandashevsky was arrested in 2001 and imprisoned for five
years of an eight year sentence.
Why should we care if
there may be is a link between Fukushima and the death of children?
Because we need to measure the actual levels of isotopes in the
environment and in the bodies of people exposed to determine if the
fallout is killing our most vulnerable. The research is not
technically difficult – the political and economic barriers may be
greater. Bandshevsky and others did it and confirmed the connection.
The information is available in the Chernobyl book. (Previously
The biological findings of Chernobyl cannot
be ignored: isotope incorporation will determine the future of all
life on earth – animal, fish, bird, plant and human. It is crucial to
know this information if we are to avoid further catastrophic damage.