"Safe" Radiation is a Lethal TMI Lie

Mar 27, 2011

"Safe" Radiation is a Lethal TMI Lie


There is no safe dose of radiation.


We do not x-ray pregnant women. 


Any detectable fallout can kill.


With erratic radiation spikes, major air and water emissions andat least three reactors and waste pools in serious danger at Fukushima, we mustprepare for the worst.  


When you hear the terms "safe" and"insignificant" in reference to radioactive fallout, ask yourself:"Safe for whom?"  "Insignificant to which ofus?"



Despite the corporate media, what has and will continue to comehere from Fukushima is deadly to Americans.  At very least itthreatens countless embryos and fetuses in utero, the infants, the elderly, theunborn who will come to future mothers now being exposed.  (http://nukefree.org/arnie-gundersen-radiation-dangers )


No matter how small the dose, the human egg in waiting, orembryo or fetus in utero, or newborn infant, or weakened elder, has no defenseagainst even the tiniest radioactive assault.


Science has never found such a “safe” threshold, and neverwill. 


In the 1950s Dr. Alice Stewart showed a definitive link betweenmedical x-rays administered to pregnant women and the curse of childhoodleukemia among their offspring.


After a fierce 30-year debate, the medical professionagreed.   Today, administering an x-ray to a pregnant woman isuniversally understood to be a serious health hazard. 


Those who pioneered the health physics profession---toweringgreats like Dr. Karl Z. Morgan and Dr. John Gofman---set a definitive,impenetrable standard.  A safe dose of radiation does not exist.  Alldoses, “insignificant” or otherwise, can harm the human organism. 


That has been repeatedly shown in major studies---done mostnotably by Dr. Ernest Sternglass, Jay Gould, Joe Mangano, Arnie Gundersen, Dr.Steven Wing (http://nukefree.org/tmia-bloomberg-dr-ed-lyman-developments-fukushima )and others---showing that among human populations near commercial reactors,infant death rates plummet once the reactors shut down. 


In 1979, 32 years ago this March 28, the owners of Three MileIsland said there was no meltdown, no serious radiation release and no need forevacuation. 


All were lies.


To this day no one knows how much radiation was released orwhere it went or who it killed. 


TMI’s owners ran ads dismissing the emissions as the equivalentof a single chest x-ray given to everyone within a ten mile radius. 


But that included all the pregnant women.


Soon infant death rates soared in nearby Harrisburg.  Some2400 central Pennsylvania families sued based on the health impacts.


In 1980 I interviewed dozens of these people.  Cancer,leukemia, birth defects, stillbirths, sterility, malformations, open lesions,hair loss, a metallic taste and much more were among the symptoms.

(http://www.loran-history.info/health/Killing_Our_Own.pdf )


The death and mutation rate among farm and wild animals was alsothoroughly documented by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and a teamof investigators from the Baltimore News-American. 



We were again told there were “no health dangers” from radiationthat hit California from Chernobyl ten days after that 1986 explosion. But bird births at the Point Reyes National Seashore quickly dropped 60% fromthe levels that had been carefully monitored and recorded through the previousdecade.


The cloud then crossed the northern tier of the UnitedStates.  Heightened radiation levels were found in milk in NewEngland---as they were throughout Europe from clouds that had blown fromChernobyl in the other direction. 


The doses were neither “insignificant” nor “safe” to those faror near.

In Russia ten years later, I interviewed dozens of downwindvictims, and many of the 800,000 “liquidators” who ran into Chernobyl’sseething corpse to help clean it up.  After TMI, it was déjà vu all overagain. 


The most recently published findings, from a compendium of morethan 5,000 studies, indicate a global Chernobyl death toll in excess of985,000, and still counting.  ( http://www.nukefree.org/node/1828  ).


Today we are assaulted by yet another radioactive death cloudfrom yet another “perfectly safe” nuclear plant. 


Fukushima’s radiation is pouring into the air andwater.  The operators have reported radiation levels a million timesnormal, then retracted the estimate.  Workers are being exposed todoses that are certain to be lethal.  At least three of the reactors,and one or more of the spent fuel pools, hover at the brink of catastrophe. 

Fukushima’s radiation has now been detected in Los Angeles andSacramento, and has blown east across North America.  It has also beendetected in Sweden, which means its blowing across Europe as well. 



Radiation is not being released as a single puff.  Ratherit's a steady stream that could yet turn into a tsunami. 


Fukushima’s worst may be yet to come.  Its collectiveemissions are virtually certain to exceed Chernobyl’s. 


 And yet we continue to hear smug, misinformed “experts,”TV meteorologists and industry talking heads saying these are “safe”doses. 


The response of the Obama Administration has been beyondderelict.  As the accident began, the President went on nationaltelevision to assure us there was nothing to worry about, and that he wouldcontinue to demand $36 billion in loan guarantees to build new nuclear plants.


Since then, even as the Fukushima crisis mounts, President Obamahas remained silent. 


Millions of Americans have heard about potassium iodide (KI),which can be used block the uptake of radioactive iodine and perhaps protectthe thyroid.


But KI can have potential medical side-effects for someindividuals.  And timing can be critical.  To say the least, we needto know when the radioactive fallout is present. 


Yet the administration has not provided us with a nationalsupply of KI, or guidance for using it. 


At very least we need reliable real-time mapping of theradioactive clouds as they cross the nation.  Every American shouldbe issued a mask, and sufficient KI pills with directions on how to use them,if necessary. 



Above all, we need national leadership that puts the health ofour people first and foremost.     

Americans who are of reproductive age---and their unborn, ourbabies, the elderly, those of us who may be specially sensitive---we alldeserve better.

 As we have learned so tragically from Drs. Stewart,Morgan, Gofman and Sternglass, from Gundersen and Mangano and so many otherresearchers, from TMI and Chernobyl, and from the on-going operation of nuclearplants where infant death rates continue to be affected---a “perfectly safe”dose of radiation does not exist. 


No truly informed or responsible scientist, medicaldoctor, health researcher, TV weatherman, bloviating “expert” or on-thescene reporter would ever tell you otherwise. 


Whenever you hear the term “insignificant” fallout, askyourself:  “insignificant to whom?”


“Acceptable” to which expectant mother.  To whosechild?  To how many mourning parents?  For which dyingelder?   


Nuclear reactors make global warming worse and prolong ouraddiction to fossil fuels.  They stand in the way of our transition to atotally green-powered Earth. 


As we continue to learn at such a huge cost, there can never bea “perfectly safe” nuclear reactor, any more than there can be a “perfectlyharmless” dose of radiation.


“Impossible” accidents continue to happen, one after the other,each of them successively worse. 


What we fear most about TMI, then Chernobyl and now Fukushima,is not what has happened---but what is yet to come, there, and at the nextinevitable reactor disaster. 


We are a pro-life movement. 


Please call the White House, the Congress and your state andlocal governments and DEMAND they protect the health and safety of our peoplein the face of this terrible disaster.