Remember Fukushima?

A ringed seal afflicted with possible radiation-related sickness washed ashore in Alaska. / Photo courtesy of Josh Strange.

Disaster Still Brewing

By Dr. Josh Strange, Two Rivers Tribune Contributing Writer

Remember Fukushima? The nuclear power industry would prefer that you forget, as would the Japanese government. Unfortunately, the four melted reactor cores at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continue to smolder and release radiation after being severely damaged during the infamous earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

However, a casual glance at the few news headlines regarding Fukushima would lead one to the impression that everything is now under control and the danger has passed. Nice, if that were true.

Just this month the Japanese government and the power plant owner, TEPCO, announced that a “cold shutdown” had been achieved, meaning that the cores are cool and without pressure, giving the impression that the situation is now under control. Yet as pointed out by nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen, there is still steam rising from the reactors indicating there remains enough heat to vaporize water and the pressure is low because the containment structures have holes in them. Furthermore, water must be continually pumped through improvised cooling systems and massive amounts of highly contaminated water continues to seep underground.

What happened at Fukushima is correctly termed a “melt-through” because the cores melted through the steel pressure containment structures and onto the foundation concrete below, which is much worse than a nuclear “melt-down.”  Reactor one is estimated to have eaten through 65 inches of concrete with only 15 inches left.  The reactors are slowing cooling so hopefully the melted core of reactor one will cool fast enough to prevent it from eating through the last of the concrete. That would be termed a “melt-out” and is one of the worst case scenarios in a nuclear disaster.  Only time will tell.

The nuclear industry has been on a public relations blitz to downplay health risks from nuclear power and shrug off the fallout from Fukushima.  Recently, the nuclear industry has been putting political pressure on Obama and congress to remove the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory Jacko, because of displeasure with his post-Fukushima reforms efforts in the US.

Despite such political power moves, numerous reports and industry experts are predicting an end to the supposed “nuclear renaissance” and the beginning of the end of nuclear power. In response to the Fukushima crisis, Germany has shut down all of its nuclear power plants and other countries like Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Brazil, Mexico, Taiwan, and Japan are canceling or scaling back their nuclear power programs. Even the French nuclear giant AREVA is struggling with huge profit losses, cancelled construction orders, and massive layoffs. Nuclear activists in the USA have also been re-energized in their efforts to protect the public from the hazards of the nuclear industry, even as the Obama administration remains strong in its public support of nuclear power.

According to Stefan Schurig, the climate energy director of the World Future Council, many are convinced that, “Fukushima was one of the last nails in the coffin for nuclear energy.”

“The Japanese catastrophe confirmed existing doubts about the safety of nuclear energy. It is only a matter of time before all countries phase out nuclear power,” Schurig said. “…Fukushima put an end to the myth that highly industrialized countries like Japan could guarantee absolute safety and control over the production of nuclear energy. The whole region will be uninhabitable for years,” Schurig said.

Meanwhile the Japanese government, which saw its prime minister resign over the fall out from Fukushima, has been working hard to avoid nuclear scandals, even going so far as to put high-profile Japanese nuclear experts and activists under surveillance. Recently however, a leaked document showed that Japanese government officials had evacuated within 60 km of Fukushima while telling the public that evacuations were only needed within 20 km of the deadly power plant.  This and other damming revelations have led high profile European radiation expert Dr. Christpoher Busby to call the handling of the crisis a “criminal event” that needs a full investigation and justice served.

Serious health problems are already on the rise in Japan with numerous sewage plants in Tokyo testing positive for radioactive iodine-131 showing that people are consuming contaminated food and water.  In the Fukushima area, a wave of serious health problems continue that began approximately three weeks from start of the nuclear disaster.  Closer to home, debris from the tsunami have recently been washing up in large clumps in British Columbia months earlier than anticipated.  In northern Alaska, Canada, and Siberia, scores of ring seals and walruses have been coming ashore since July with hair loss, bleeding lesions, liver spots, and failing immune systems. Biologists have ruled out viruses and are now having samples tested for nuclear radiation from Fukushima, which is consistent with the symptoms being observed.

What does this mean for us here on the West Coast?  An ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure and now is the time to take action to protect yourself and your family from any wayward radiation. Chronic, low-level exposure to radiation is notorious for weakening the immune system and increasing fatigue long before any other symptoms, such as cancer, manifest. Fortunately, the body has many pathways to repair itself that can be greatly assisted by proper nutrition and detoxification. And, free-radicals generated by radiation can be neutralized by powerful anti-oxidants contained in a wide variety of plants.

Long-Term Lifestyle Changes Necessary to Protect From Radioactive Isotopes

Given the longevity of toxicity from the radioactive isotopes released by Fukushima (ex. 300 years for Cesium-137), methods to protect one’s health will likely be ineffective in the long-term if only used in the short-term. This means protection will be best if a permanent change in lifestyle is implemented, which is a large undertaking.

While avoiding risky food sources that can bioaccumulate radioactive isotopes, like dairy products, will lower potential radiation exposure, it can be hard to make such dietary changes. Personally, I have found that adding supplements that help nourish and protect your body is easier than trying to follow a strict diet. In those terms anti-oxidants are one of the best helpers our bodies can have to combat any radiation as well as improve our general health. The following list revisits information previously presented in the Two Rivers Tribune and was compiled from publications by the internationally-known doctors:  Dr. Russell Blaylock, a neurologist and author of “Nuclear Sunrise”, and Dr. David Brownstein, a leading holistic family health practitioner.

When your grandma said, ‘eat your vegetables” she was right!  Potatoes, carrots, and oatmeal all have high amounts of bio-available protein and calcium as do beans.  Many vegetables and fruits are high in antioxidants, especially the cabbage family.  Washing produce is always a good idea. Garlic has powerful immune support and radioprotectant effects.

Consume adequate amounts of water to help the body flush toxins (divide you weight in half and that is the amount of water one should drink in ounces per day). But make sure water for drinking and cooking is pure and free of fluoride, which tends greatly enhance the damage caused by free radicals due to its cumulative toxic stress on numerous organs. Unfortunately, the water supply in Hoopa continues to be fluoridated with a waste byproduct of the phosphate fertilizer industry, despite overwhelming scientific evidence of the dangers of ingesting fluoride, including increased behavioral problems in children.

Many people eating a modern Western diet have a deficiency of potassium and an excess of sodium, which makes them more vulnerable to a variety of diseases as well as damage from radioactive cesium since it mimics potassium in the body.  Seaweed is one of the best sources of potassium. Other good sources of potassium are organic potatoes, bananas, beans, whole grains, seeds, and vegetables such as lima beans, spinach, and winter squash. Some fruits are also high in potassium such as honeydew melons, oranges, and raisins.  Beets are effective for cleansing cesium so eat them regularly if possible. Potassium compound can also be purchased online, which is then dissolved into water to make a concentrated solution (one quart of distilled water per bottle of compound; adults: two teaspoons per day with juice; kids: half teaspoon per day).

An estimated 40 percent of American people are also deficient in iodine, despite iodized table salt, which makes them more vulnerable to over 59 different diseases associated with thyroid dysfunction as well as damage from radioactive iodine.  No one outside of Japan needs to take to potassium iodide at the recommend high dose 130 mg/day for severe radioactive fallout.  However, people can address iodide deficiencies by pre-loading the thyroid with 6 to 50 mg/day over the long-term. Liquid solutions are best such as Lugol’s solution that contains dissolved potassium iodide and iodine, which can then be added to juice or painted onto the skin. Iodine is naturally found in seaweed and seafood.
These blue-green algae are safe and powerful anti-oxidants and super foods, and are available as supplements in pills or capsules to be used daily over the long-term:  During Chernobyl, 5,000 mg of spirulina per day was used with good results. Chlorella (adults: 450 mg/day spread over three doses; teens and pregnant women: 225 mg/day; kids: 165 mg/day).

Apple pectin is a powerful binder that is gentle for daily use and was used in Chernobyl. You can eat lots of green apples like Granny Smiths daily, make fresh apple juice if you have a juicer (throw in some carrots too for calcium), or buy a supplement and follow the directions.

White, green, and black tea are all the same plant but white tea has the most antoxidants. Consume a strong brew several times per day at will hot or cold. Ginger is great too as a radioprotectant and stomach fortifier and makes an excellent tea by itself or with white tea.

Rosemary has shown an exceptional ability to help repair damaged DNA and is also a potent anti-microbial and the flavonoids in holy basil are strong bone marrow and gut protectors. Consumption as herbs is fine but concentrated extracts of these plants are available in capsule and liquid form: rosemary (Nature’s way or Vitacost; 400 mg/day) and basil (orientin and vicenin).

The following supplements are radioprotectants, antioxidants, and/or promote immune system function and DNA repair.  Typically available in pill/capsule or liquid form at health food stores or internet sites.

Herbal extracts: Gingko biloba (Pure Encapsulations; adults: 80 mg/2x per day; teens: 80 mg/day; kids: 40 mg/day; not for pregnant or breast feeding women; do not take if consuming anti-coagulation medications including aspirin or ibuprofen); quercetin (adults: 500 mg/day; kids: 250 mg/day; not for kids under 6 or pregnant women); beta-glucan (protects the bone marrow); caretoneoids (mixed carotenoids at 25,000 to 50,000 IU/day); curcumin which is extracted from Turmeric root (250 mg/twice per day – mixed into one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil); resveratrol EXTRA (made from grape seeds; adults: one capsule 3x/day; kids: one capsule/day); silymarin (adults: two 250 mg capsules/2x day between meals; teens: two capsules/day; kids 6 to 12: one capsule/day); and trans-ferulic acid (adults: one 500 mg capsules/3x per day; kids 6 to 13: one 500 mg casule/day).

Vitamins and minerals: selenium (200 ug/d as selenomethionine), magnesium (200 mg/day), zinc (4 to 40 mg/day), N-acetyl-L-cystine (500 mg/day); Vitamin E (1,000 IU/day; natural form, not made in China); Vitamin D3 (2,000 to 5,000 IU/day best in liquid form such as Bio-D-Mulsion from Biotics Research; preganat women: 1,000 IU/day); Niacin (500 mg/day; do not use flush free form); Vitamin B-12 (sublingual 5,000 ug); Folate (800 ug/day); Vitamin B-6 (50 mg/d); and Vitamin C (buffered 500 to 2,000 mg/day on an empty stomach with lower doses if intestinal upset occurs).  A good multi-vitamin/mineral supplement can cover many of these items, such as found in Extend Core or Vitamineral Green (men and post-menopausal women should avoid any supplement with iron).  A good liver cleanse protocol is worth looking into as well.

The information presented in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice for a specific individual or condition, or as a substitute for consulting a health professional.  This information should not be construed as medical consultation or instruction.  While the information presented is considered sensible and accurate based on the medical experts’ opinions reviewed by the author, any readers who fail to seek counsel from appropriate health professionals assume risk of any potential consequences.  The mention of brands or trade names does not constitute an endorsement.  The views presented herein do not necessarily reflect those of the Two Rivers Tribune or its staff.


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January 3rd, 2012



3 to “Remember Fukushima?”

  1. Forgot to mention says:

    You fail to mention that humans on earth are receiving radiation on a daily basis from sources such as volcanos, xray machines, the sun! Uneducated people of course are afraid of it, but when you work with it, like our navy does, you realize that it is extremely save and usefull…as long as the people who are supervising it are trained properly. With out the assistance of nuclear power many countries would have no other way to power all of those luxuries we have grown so fond of like lights

  2. Forgot to mention says:

    You fail to mention that humans on earth are receiving radiation on a daily basis from sources such as volcanos, xray machines, the sun! Uneducated people of course are afraid of it, but when you work with it, like our navy does, you realize that it is extremely save and usefull…as long as the people who are supervising it are trained properly. With out the assistance of nuclear power many countries would have no other way to power all of those luxuries we have grown so fond of like lights. Before we go running and screaming read a little more then what CNN tells us

  3. Dr. Strange says:

    “Forgot to mention” seems to have forgotten mention who they are or where they live. One article I read talked about internet “trolls” hired by pro-nuclear industry groups to scour the internet and post pro-nuclear comments related to nuclear power as part of a PR poly. If that’s who you are, we don’t need that in our little community thank you very much. Also, if nuclear power was safe then Fukushima would not have happened. The radioactive isotopes released into the environment from Fukushima will be dangerous to humans for over 240,650 years…not sure if the lights will still be on by then. Nuclear power generates less than 20% of the electricity in the US annually and truly safe alternatives like solar have huge growth potential with proper investment. We can keep our lights on without our kids looking like the seal pictured in the article thank you kindly!

    You don’t have to trust me, check out experts like Arnie Gundersen and Dr. Helen Caldicott

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