Not much news on Fukushima crosses the ocean to our side of the globe anymore, but for thousands of Japanese children and evacuees, the suffering is hardly winding down. About 41 percent of 57,000 children have tested positive for early signs of possible thyroid cancer, and four out of five evacuees are experiencing thyroid abnormalities. Even doctors in Tokyo are noticing a sharply increased rate of strange symptoms among residents. Government officials, however, are doing their best to keep it quiet.
In fact, they’re blaming it on excessive seafood intake.
While it’s true that fish captured near the now inoperative nuclear plant do show 258 times what the government deems the “safe” level of radiation, radiation levels exceeded evacuations zones beyond Tokyo late last year. If aquatic life throughout the Pacific has suffered and radioactive isotopes have been found in California topsoil, it’s a safe bet that the people complaining of incurable diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, and more in Tokyo aren’t just eating too much seafood. In fact, cesium-37 isotopes have longer half-lives than iodide isotopes, both of which affect thyroid glands. (You can read here for more about radioactive half-life.)
Government Officials Not Helping
This barrage of evidence is obviously making the government squeamish, since, despite the thousands of children needing treatment, an official decree is to stop testing before it’s implemented in other areas by concerned citizens. One Japanese pediatrician has asked on YouTube for outside help since the government has apparently prioritized outward appearances over their own citizens’ health, and many parents are calling for the truth.
The Dangers of Nuclear Power
Anyone who’s read any of our updates on mining-induced sinkholes or government-backed Big Pharma knows that certain Japanese government officials are hardly alone in worshiping the almighty market. Many regions have moved away from oil and gone on to more “sustainable” energy sources like nuclear energy, but the latter is hardly the clean solution it’s touted as being.
Onkalo, Finland’s underground radioactive waste bunker, will not be the last to entomb power plants’ used fuel rods, which remain radioactive for centuries. The American military even uses such depleted uranium (DU) in ammunition to penetrate armor, but these projectiles leave a radioactive mist wherever they are fired. In a manner of speaking, the American government has been waging nuclear war in the Middle East for quite some time, and will leave the region’s soil and water contaminated for millennia.
This post originally appeared at Natural Society