What Hospitals Won’t Tell You – Vital Strategies that Could Save Your Life

By Dr. Mercola
Dr. Andrew Saul has over 35 years of experience in natural health education, and holds a number of certificates for teaching clinical nutrition.

He’s a recipient of the Citizens for Health Outstanding Health Freedom Activist Award, and was named as one of the seven natural health pioneers byPsychology Today.

Dr. Saul is currently editor-in-chief of TheOrthomolecular Medicine News Service, and has authored over 100 publications and seven books, including Hospitals and Health: Your Orthomolecular Guide to a Shorter Hospital Stayi, which is the topic of this interview.

He is perhaps most prominently known for his appearance in the film Food Matters.


Dr. Saul’s Book Interview; Hospitals and Health

Dr. Saul co-authored Hospitals and Health with Dr. Steve Hickey, and Dr. Abram Hoffer, the famous Canadian psychiatrist who, in 1953, demonstrated that high doses of niacin could cure schizophrenia and other similar mental disorders.

“Dr. Hoffer, in his study of biochemistry… noted that over the years there had been attempts to treat psychiatric illnesses by communities that didn’t have hospitals. One was the Quaker community. And the Quakers, Dr. Hoffer said, found that if they took the mentally ill; put them in a nice house, gave them good food, and gave them compassionate care, they had a 50 percent cure rate,” Dr. Saul says.

“Dr. Hoffer commented that drugs have about 10 percent cure rate. He was thinking that drugs might actually be going in the wrong direction, and hospitals give a lot of drugs… When people go into the hospital, they’re going to have problems… Statistically, there are so many errors in hospitals that the average works out to one error per patient per day at the minimum. If you’re in a hospital for four days, you can expect four medical errors in that time.”

According to the 2011 Health Grades Hospital Quality in America noticed doctors or hospitalStudyii, the incidence rate of medical harm occurring in the United States is estimated to be over 40,000 harmful and/or lethal errors each and EVERY day.

Hospitals have become particularly notorious for spreading lethal infections. In the United States, more than 2 million people are affected by hospital-acquired infections each year, and a whopping 100,000 people die as a result. According to the Health Grades report, analysis of approximately 40 million Medicare patients’ records from 2007 through 2009 showed that 1 in 9 patients developed such hospital-acquired infections! The saddest part is, most of these cases could likely have been easily prevented with better infection control in hospitals—simple things such as doctors and nurses washing their hands between each patient, for example.

Hospitals, home and nursing home care account for over one-third of the $2.6 trillion the United States spends for health care.iii This is TRIPLE what we surrender to drug companies. It wouldn’t be so bad if we actually received major benefits for this investment, but, as Dr. Saul’s book reveals, this oftentimes is not the case…
Hospital Nutrition and Supplements

However, there are solutions; it is possible to make hospitals better, and the book addresses this in depth. Nutrition is a key element. As Dr. Saul points out, hospital food is almost universally associated with bad food. Most of it is highly processed, but you can sometimes get better fare simply by asking for a vegetarian meal. He also explains why it can be helpful to get a simple note from your primary care physician if you take vitamins and want to continue taking them while in the hospital. And, your rights, should the staff insist you can’t take them while staying there.

“If you want to take vitamins in the hospital, go ahead and do it,” Dr. Saul says. “On the other hand, if the hospital, your physician, or surgeon, can explain to you why, for a particular procedure or a particular medication, you cannot take the vitamin, then you can accommodate that request if they are highly specific. Usually what happens is they’ll say,

“You can’t take any vitamins.” But that’s just not true. Everyone should take vitamin C before they go to the hospital. They should take vitamin C before they go to the dentist for less infection, less pain, quicker healing time, and less bleeding. The same is true with surgery. People who take high doses of vitamin C are much less likely to have blood clotting in healing, inflammation, and other complications that, unfortunately, are fairly familiar among surgical staff.

If someone says, “You can’t take vitamin E because we’re going to give you Warfarin (Coumadin),” that’s a reasonable point. But then… there is evidence that if you take the vitamin E, you don’t need Warfarin.

I had a client once who had this exact dilemma. He had thrombophlebitis, and he was on Warfarin. He wanted to take vitamin E instead… He said, “Well, what should I do?” I said, “The best thing to do is to gradually decrease the drug with your doctor’s cooperation while increasing the vitamin – again, with your doctor’s cooperation. Talk to your doctor. The doctor that put you on the drugs should be the one that you’ll talk to about the drugs.”… He said, “I don’t want to talk to the doctor about this.” He actually was afraid to talk to his doctor. He did not want the confrontation. What he did instead was he just started taking the vitamin E. Eventually, his clotting time was extended to the point where the doctor said,

“What’s going on?”

… Too much Warfarin causes extended bleeding. Too much vitamin E can also cause slightly extended bleeding, but not out of the normal range. I said to him… “You got to talk to your doctor. If your doctor’s asking what’s going on, [then] tell him. He’ll take you off the Coumadin.” The fellow talked to the doctor, and the doctor took him off the vitamin E…”

Unfortunately, that’s a typical example of “standard care.” Dr. Saul, on the other hand, believes one of the first things doctors need to do is to make sure each patient has a multivitamin with each meal. The same goes for inmates in prisons, and senior citizens in nursing homes.

“Diets in institutions are terrible,” Dr. Saul says. “We can change that right away. People have to refuse the crap that they put on the plate and demand fresh, whole, unprocessed food. If enough people do that, the hospitals will do it. This is something that we can do. Vitamins, multivitamin supplements we can do…

The next thing that you can do is demand to be addressed by your title. Do not let them call you by your first name. You are a Mr., Ms., Mrs., or a Dr. This is a small point seemingly, but it can actually change your care.

Another thing that people need to do when they go into the hospital, and I got this from a nurse herself, she said, “Bring a guard.

I would never let a family member go into the hospital alone. Make absolutely sure that a friend or family member is with them 24 hours a day.” What does this do? It makes sure that mistakes aren’t made, or if mistakes are made, you’ve got a witness. At the very least, the person is going to have some company. That’s something we can do. Not everybody has an advocate. Not everybody has family members available, but this is still a doable situation. What else can we do about hospitals? We can avoid them…”

Knowing How to Play “the Hospital Game” Can Help Keep You Alive

One of the reasons I am so passionate about sharing the information on this site about healthy eating, exercise, and stress management with you is because it can help keep you OUT of the hospital. But if you do have to go there, you need to know how to play the game.

“Dr. Steve Hickey is an authority on game theory, cybernetics, and all kinds of mathematical stuff…” Dr. Saul says. “Dr. Hickey wrote a chapter in Hospitals and Health specifically on the “hospital game” and how to play it. He… demonstrates that the outcome depends on you… If you just go in… [they] take you to bed and you keep quiet, you’re what Dr. Hoffer calls a “pious patient.”

Pious patients tend to get killed.

… The lowest estimate makes hospitals one of the top 10 causes of deaths in the United States… The highest estimate makes hospital and drugs the number one cause of death in the United States…

We can fix this problem. We can make a change. But the only way it’s going to happen is if you know how to play the game. That’s why Hospitals and Health – I think – will really come in handy. Abraham Hoffer practiced for 55 years. He ran hospitals. He had so much experience, and what does it still boil down to? Common sense – good food, good care, as few drugs as possible, and taking charge of your own health.”
Why Avoiding Elective Procedures During July May Be a Lifesaving Choice

What’s my personal recommendation when it comes to hospital stays? Naturally, my number one suggestion is to avoid hospitals unless it’s an absolute emergency and you need life-saving medical attention. In such cases, it’s worth taking Dr. Saul’s recommendation to bring a personal advocate; a relative or friend who can speak up for you and ensure you’re given proper care if you can’t do so yourself.

If you’re having an elective medical procedure done, remember that this gives you greater leeway and personal choice—use it!

Many believe training hospitals will provide them with the latest and greatest care, but they can actually be more dangerous. As a general rule, avoid elective surgeries and procedures during the month of July because this is when brand new residents begin their training. 


According to a 2010 report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, lethal medication errors consistently spike by about 10 percent each July, particularly in teaching hospitals, due to the inexperience of new residents.iv Also be cautious of weekends.

“Sometimes, your best bet for a hospital is a relatively small local one,” Dr. Saul advises.
Who has the MOST Power During Your Hospital Stay?

“The most important thing to remember is this: the hospital power structure,” Dr. Saul says. “No matter what hospital you go in… Maybe you’ve got to be in a teaching hospital. Maybe you don’t have a lot of choices. Maybe you are there because of financial issues. Maybe it’s because of geographical issues. Maybe it’s because it was an emergency, and you woke up in the hospital. Maybe you have to be there on a weekend…

The question is, “Are you going to walk out the front door, or be wheeled out the back?”

Now, here’s what people need to do. They need to understand that when they are faced with hospitalization, the most powerful person in the most entire hospital system is the patient.

The system works on the assumption that the patient will not claim that power… You might have set that up with a document. If you have a power of attorney, a living will, or other types of paperwork or someone is responsible, then we know who’s responsible. But let’s say that it’s just an ordinary situation—the patient has the most power.

A patient can say, “No. Do not touch me.” And they can’t. If they do, it’s assault, and you can call the police. Now, they might say, “Well, on your way in, you signed this form.”

You can unsign it. You can revoke your permission. Just because somebody has permission to do one thing, it doesn’t mean that they have the permission to do everything. There’s no such thing as a situation that you cannot reverse. If you can make amendments to the U.S. Constitution, you can change your mind about your own personal healthcare. It concerns your very life. You don’t want to cry wolf for no reason, but the patient has the potential to put a stop to anything; absolutely anything.

If the patient doesn’t know that, if they’re not conscious, or if they just don’t have the moxie to do it, the next most powerful person is the spouse. The spouse has enormous influence and can do almost as much as the patient. If the patient is incapacitated, the spouse can probably do much more than the patient.

If there is no spouse present, the next most powerful people in the system are the children of the patient… You’ll notice that I haven’t mentioned doctors or hospital administrators once. That’s because they don’t have the power. They really don’t. They just want you to think that you do. It is an illusion that they run the place. The answer is – you do. They’re offering you products and services, and they’re trying to get you to accept them without question.

… [W]hen you go to the hospital, bring along a black Sharpie pen, and cross out anything that you don’t like in the contract. Put big giant X’s through entire clauses and pages, and do not sign it. And when they say, “We’re not going to admit you,” you say, “Please put it in writing that you refuse to admit me.” What do you think your lawyers are going to do with that? They have to [admit you]. They absolutely have to…

It’s a game, and you can win it. But you can’t win it if you don’t know the rules. And basically, they don’t tell you the rules. In Hospitals and Health, we do.”

The book, Hospitals and Health is available through any online bookseller, including Amazon, or you can order an autographed copy at www.DoctorYourself.com


Knowing how to prevent disease so you can avoid hospitals in the first place is clearly your best bet. But knowing what to do to make your hospital stay as safe and healing as possible is equally important. For the inside scoop, I highly recommend reading the book.

References:
i Hospitals and Health: Your Orthomolecular Guide to a Shorter, Safer Hospital Stay
ii HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America Report
iii US Health care costs, KaiserEdu.org
iv “A July Effect in Fatal Medication Errors: A Possible Effect of New Medical Residents,” Journal of General Internal Medicine, August 2010: 25(8); 774-779

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Sustainable Energy [R]evolution | Greenpeace International


The Sustainable Energy [R]evolution is the practical solution to our energy needs. It offers a sustainable path to quit dirty, dangerous fuels by transitioning to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Coal, Oil, and Nuclear energy monopolies get 12 times more subsidies than solar and renewable energy companies. A majority of the pollution and carbon emissions are coming from these industries, which cause diseases, deaths, and global warming. 


The UN calls climate change caused by global warming the greatest threat to humanity existing today. 


The largest and most destructive practices on Earth are getting the most ‘free’ money from taxpayers, while the most sustainable, green, clean and safe energy sources are getting the LEAST money from taxpayers, via subsidies. What is wrong with this picture? 


Renewable energy sources are dropping, while the ‘dirty’ fuels are increasing in price. Would it not make more sense to go with clean fuels that are also decentralized and safer, much more resistant to terrorist attacks? 


New investment in solar, wind and renewables is now exceeding nuclear, coal and oil. China is investing huge amounts of money in renewables. Every two hours, China is putting up a huge wind turbine. 


Renewable energy sources can be installed in small villages that are not connected to the grid. 


In Europe in 2009, over 50% of all new energy sources consisted of renewable energy sources. This trend is accelerating. Europe has committed to stopping all nuclear power plants in a few years. 


In one lifetime, HUGE changes can and will happen. Change is the only constant. We have to make change happen. We have to demand that government serve US, not just huge corporations that represent the 1% who care only about profits. It will require that we learn about efficiency, and saving energy via simple easy to use methods. 


We have to fight dirty energy and support CLEAN energy, with new laws like Europe has. Denmark has a large renewable source. Their government made this choice because the CITIZENS demanded it, and the government had no choice but to give it to them. 


We are living at the tipping point. Every person is important. Every person makes a difference. We are each responsible for our actions, our decisions. We can try to move in the right direction, if not for ourselves, then for seven future generations of our children. 


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Trayvon Martin; Brutal Murder, or Justified Defense of Life?

17 year old Trayvon was wearing a hoodie, carrying some candy, had a soda and was talking on a cellphone with his sister. Somehow, Trayvon used these dangerous ‘weapons’ to viciously attack a MUCH larger, heavily armed, muscular Neighborhood Watch guy, who had just called in to police to report that he was following a ‘suspicious’ character. They told him to stop following this guy. He persisted and confronted Trayvon. 





Witnesses reported hearing calls for help and then shots fired. Trayvons body was found by police. There was no blood, bruising or other damage on the much larger ‘victim’ of a cruel and vicious life threatening ‘attack’ with candy, soda and a cellphone.


This heavily armed Trayvon was supposedly beating this Neighborhood Watch guys head on the concrete sidewalk and bashing in his nose, while talking on his cellphone, drinking soda and eating candy. WOW..

For more details on what happened, the issues involved and actual voice recordings, click on this link.     http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/what-happened-trayvon-martin-explained

It seems the The Florida law that allowed this to happen was created by ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. Have you heard of ALEC yet?      
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Last Friday, President Obama reminded the country how personal Trayvon Martin’s death feels to any parent of a Black child. He said, “You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”[1]

There is no doubt that Trayvon — a 17-year-old boy armed only with Skittles and iced tea — was considered “suspicious” and subsequently killed because of the color of his skin. 


But many on the right — including presidential candidates Rick Santorum[2] and Newt Gingrich[3] — want to avoid acknowledging the clear role that race and stereotypes played in this case. Instead, they’re attacking the President for telling the truth, and they’re trying to push race out of the picture.

We have reached a critical moment. Americans of all walks of life are talking openly and honestly about racial profiling, targeting and the dehumanization of Black boys and men. We can’t stand by while politicians who claim to want to lead all Americans play dumb and deny the racial realities surrounding Trayvon’s death.

Please join me in calling on the Republican National Committee — which leads the party and coordinates the GOP’s election strategy — to withhold its support from any candidate who uses Trayvon Martin’s killing to divide Americans and distort honest conversations about race for political gain. If the RNC refuses, it will send a clear message about the GOP’s willingness to lead on the most critical issues facing all Americans. Click here to take action, and please ask your friends and family to do the same:
http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/trayvon_gop?referring_akid=.281883.ICLthP&source=taf

Trayvon’s death had everything to do with what he looked like. But some conservatives are determined to deny the reality of racial prejudice in America and the mortal threat it poses.

It’s no great surprise that right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh responded to President Obama’s comments last week by saying, “It is the least important thing, what the kid looks like.”[4] But Americans have reason to expect better from the GOP’s presidential candidates, men who claim to be able to represent all of us.

Rick Santorum accused the President of trying to “drive a wedge in America.”[5] Newt Gingrich lashed out with: “What the president said, in a sense, is disgraceful. It’s not a question of who that young man looked like.”[6]

The Republican National Committee, chaired by Reince Priebus, has the power to rein in cynical, dishonest comments like these. The RNC develops and promotes the Republican political platform and coordinates its fundraising and election strategy.

Please join me in calling on the RNC to withhold its support from any GOP candidate who responds to Trayvon Martin’s killing by sweeping its race-related realities under the rug. If the RNC refuses, it will send a clear message about the party’s willingness to lead on the most critical issues facing Americans. And when you sign, please ask your friends and family to do the same.
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References

1. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/23/obama-makes-first-comments-on-trayvon-martin-shooting/

2. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/25/plouffe-calls-out-gop-candidates-over-obama-reaction/

3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/23/newt-gingrich-trayvon-martin-barack-obama_n_1376659.html

4. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74479.html

5. See reference 2

6. See reference 3




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50 – 1.62 Megawatt Wind Turbines Acquired By MidAmerican Renewables

DES MOINES, Iowa, Mar 30, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Today, MidAmerican Renewables, a subsidiary of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, announced it has completed the acquisition of the 81-megawatt Bishop Hill II wind project (“Bishop Hill II”) from Invenergy Wind LLC (“Invenergy”). This project, which currently is in construction in Henry County, Ill., will feature 50 General Electric 1.62-megawatt wind turbines.


Bishop Hill II is located near the town of Galva, approximately 40 miles northwest of Peoria, Ill. Construction began in fourth quarter 2011, and Bishop Hill II is expected to be in commercial operation in fourth quarter 2012. Ameren Illinois will purchase the electricity from the project pursuant to the terms of a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Bishop Hill II is the second phase of Invenergy’s Bishop Hill Wind Energy Center. The first phase, Bishop Hill I, which includes 133 General Electric wind turbines, will remain an Invenergy-owned and operated project. Bishop Hill I also is under construction in Henry County, with commercial operations due to commence in mid-2012.

“We’re pleased to have completed this transaction with MidAmerican Renewables,” said Jim Murphy, chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Chicago-based Invenergy. “We believe MidAmerican Renewables will be an ideal neighbor for Invenergy and the local community hosting the Bishop Hill Wind Energy Center.”

“The Bishop Hill II wind project demonstrates MidAmerican Renewables’ commitment to environmental respect and renewable energy,” said Bill Fehrman, president of MidAmerican Renewables. “The closing of the Bishop Hill II acquisition adds to our growing portfolio of renewable energy assets. We continue to focus on growing our portfolio of renewable energy projects and look forward to evaluating and acquiring wind projects similar to this.”

MidAmerican Renewables, LLC

MidAmerican Renewables, LLC oversees wind, geothermal, solar and hydro projects in the unregulated renewables market. MidAmerican Renewables is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and has offices in Phoenix, Ariz., and Calipatria, Calif. Information about MidAmerican Renewables is available at http://www.midamericanrenewablesllc.com .

MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company

MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is a global provider of energy services. Through its energy-related businesses, MidAmerican provides electric and natural gas service to more than 6.9 million customers worldwide. These businesses are Pacific Power, Rocky Mountain Power and PacifiCorp Energy, comprising PacifiCorp; MidAmerican Energy Company; Northern Powergrid Holdings Company; Northern Natural Gas Company; Kern River Gas Transmission Company; MidAmerican Renewables, LLC; and CalEnergy Philippines. Information about MidAmerican is available at http://www.midamerican.com .

Invenergy

Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation facilities in North America and Europe. Invenergy is committed to clean power alternatives and continued innovation in electricity generation. North America’s largest independent wind power generation company, Invenergy’s home office is located in Chicago, and it has regional development offices throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Invenergy and its affiliated companies currently have more than 6,600 megawatts of wind, solar and thermal projects under contract, in construction, or in operation. For more information, visit http://www.invenergyllc.com .

SOURCE: MidAmerican Renewables, LLC


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The Battle Of Chernobyl Movie

“THE BATTLE OF CHERNOBYL dramatically chronicles the series of harrowing efforts to stop the nuclear chain reaction and prevent a second explosion, to “liquidate” the radioactivity, and to seal off the ruined reactor under a mammoth “sarcophagus.” 

These nerve-racking events are recounted through newly available films, videos and photos taken in and around the plant, computer animation, and interviews with participants and eyewitnesses, many of whom were exposed to radiation, including government and military leaders, scientists, workers, journalists, doctors, and Pripyat refugees.


The consequences of this catastrophe continue today, with thousands of disabled survivors suffering from the “Chernobyl syndrome” of radiation-related illnesses, and the urgent need to replace the hastily-constructed and now crumbling sarcophagus over the still-contaminated reactor. As this remarkable film makes clear, THE BATTLE OF CHERNOBYL is far from over.”

8 hours after the accident, Gorbachev knew only that there was an accident and fire. No word of an explosion. (This seems to happen at every accident.) The residents surrounding the plant were also not told. The public was told everything was ‘safe’. (This also seems to happen after every accident)


Firefighters tried to put the fire out. Within a day, a few people with Geiger counters measured 7 Reontgens per hour in a nearby town. Receiving 400 would be considered lethal, which would happen within 4 days. 

A patrol was sent near the Chernobyl plant to measure radiation. They found 250 Roengtens, and in 15 minutes, a lethal dose would be received at that level. 

One day after the accident, still no information was  released to either the government, foreign governments or civilians, (according to Gorbachev).  

After 30 hours, buses arrive to evacuate 43,000 residents of a nearby town. Authorities did not tell the town’s residents why they were being forced to leave their homes, leaving behind EVERYTHING. These were the first radiation refugees. 


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Chernobyl Coverup And Denial Of 1 Million Casualties

Via DemocracyNow.org – “As Japan continues to deal with its nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power facility, memorials are being held in the Ukraine, Belarus and Russia today to mark the 25th anniversary of the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl. On April 26, 1986, an explosion at the power plant sent a cloud of radioactive fallout into Russia, Belarus and a over a large portion of Europe. 

Soviet officials attempted to cover up the accident. Eventually 50,000 people living in Chernobyl’s immediate surroundings were evacuated (but only after they were exposed to high radiation levels for several days. Many hundreds of thousands, if not millions still live in radioactive contaminated zones

A vast rural region around the plant remains uninhabitable. Until the crisis in Japan, Chernobyl was the world’s only Level 7 “major accident” nuclear disaster, the most severe designation issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency. (Actually, there were several more, but they were covered up so well, no one even heard about them.)


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Democracy Now! interviews Dr. Jeff Patterson, (video above) the immediate past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Dr. Janette Sherman, a specialist in internal medicine and toxicology and editor of the book, “Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and Nature.”


Close to 1 million Soviets were ordered to clean up the mess. They did this with no monitoring badges, no radiation meters and received no medical monitoring or care. They all received high doses of radiation, but ended up with no proof of anything. The Russian government will only pay them ‘benefits’ if they can prove they worked there for more than 4 years, which very few of them did, so even their own country has abandoned them. Even those who are getting benefits are being cut, due to financial problems. 

The book mentioned in the video above talks about 1 million victims from Chernobyl, while the apologists for the nuclear industry claim that almost no one died or got sick. 

Seeing as how 1 million liquidators were sent into clean up the mess, with no monitors, masks or other protective gear, wouldn’t you agree that they are all victims? 


Now add the 1 million or more around the Chernobyl plant that live in radiation contaminated areas, or more… This 1 million victims figure is very low, if one adds the liquidators to the future generations beyond those alive at the time of the accident. It has been calculated, that 20000 to 45000 babies died in the US as a result of this accident.  

The industry and medical professionals spent a great deal of time and energy making sure that nothing was documented as far as external and internal radiation exposure, both for the 1 million liquidators and for the general population. 

The Chernobyl Sacrifice; 1 MILLION Liquidators

http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/chernobyl-sacrifice-1-million.html 


With Hiroshima, we are seeing new cases of cancer from that ONE TIME short exposure to radiation. Now we are facing a far worse scenario with Chernobyl and Fukushima.  The Hiroshima radiation data collection effort  has cost Billions of Dollars. Now we have continuous exposure that goes on and on forever with Chernobyl and now Fukushima as well.  

Russia and US are both committed to creating more dependence on new nuclear power, according to both political leaders. Both of these political leaders are still spouting the myth; ‘green’, clean, cheap and safe. 

Political leaders in fact know NOTHING about nuclear power, and rely on ‘experts’ in the industry to tell them how ‘safe’ it is. Well, the nuclear industry handbook training manual lists 30 ways to deceive the public and politicians….

TheArt of Deception: The Cult of Nuclearists, Uranium Weapons and FraudulentScience, via A Green Road Blog
The three P.P.P’s are the curse of nuclear power. 

Pollution is the first P. 

Mining creates massive uranium dust pollution and uses massive quantities of fossil fuel. The dust is radioactive and the waste piles are too, but they are often used in building materials, making the buildings dangerous to be in. 

UraniumMining Legacy; Toxic Waste For 1,000,000 Years http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/uranium-mining-legacy-toxic-waste-for.html 

Creating nuclear fuel from the ore also creates massive pollution and uses massive amounts of fossil fuel, while releasing massive quantities of global warming gases from the refrigerant used during this phase. 

Transporting the nuclear fuel is also creating pollution and costs even more in terms of fossil fuel use, because all of the ships, trains, trucks and more all need to be constructed using fossil fuels as well. 

The disposal of the waste creates more pollution problems, and the waste lasts for billions of years. 


Who is going to pay for this?

Price is a second P factor that is not really calculated properly. The Ukraine spends 5-7 percent of their total budget on the messes created by Chernobyl and this is accident is now generations behind us. 

The problems caused by the radiation pollution are getting WORSE, not better. They cannot even afford the sarcophogus, which has to be replaced every 100 or so years, at a cost of 1.2 Billion for the present one. The nuclear industry certainly is NOT paying their fair share for any of the consequences of this accident, nor any other nuclear accident. They take the profits, but ‘give’ the risk and the waste products to the public, which means you and I. 

The Fukushima nuclear plant meltdowns may very well cause the bankruptcy of Japan. The cost of cleanup, medical costs and loss of land, housing, manufacturing, infrastructure and more will all be a burden on the Japanese people, not the utility company that is concerned only with profits. 

The third P is the problem with proliferation. Nuclear weapons come from nuclear power plants. The problems created include hydrogen bombs, depleted uranium weapons, shells and bombs, as well as potential dirty bombs that are very easy to make.
Depleted Uranium Effects InThe Human Body, via A Green Road Blog  http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/depleted-uranium-effects-in-human-body.html  

12 reasons why all nuclear power plants must be shut down http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/12-reasons-why-all-nuclear-power-plants.html
Part II
Imagine what happens if a nuclear plant melts down near YOU… What are the evacuation plans for your city? What is the plan for distributing iodine tablets in case of an accident? Most plants have no plan for iodine distribution, and the inadequate evacuation plans only go out a few miles, instead of the 50 to 100 miles that are needed. 

Fukushima, TMI and Chernobyl are only a few of the covered up accidents that have happened. 

TotalFukushima Radiation Released Into Ocean, Air, Groundwater, Storage Tanks via AGreen Road Blog  http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/02/total-fukushima-radiation-released-into.html
AgingReactors, Lies, Deceptions, Profits And Earthquakes http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/aging-reactors-lies-deceptions-profits.html 
TheArt of Deception: The Cult of Nuclearists, Uranium Weapons and FraudulentScience, via A Green Road Blog
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/primer-in-art-of-deception-cult-of.html 
More Nuclear Plant Accidents Covered Up
Los AngelesNuclear Plant Meltdown; Completely Covered Up http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/los-angeles-nuclear-plant-meltdown.html 
Whatreally happened at Fukushima?
Is Fukushima really in cold shutdown?
Fukushima Tsunami Explosion Coverup?
On 3/11; 14 NuclearReactors In JapanWere Affected; Coverup?
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/14-nuclear-reactors-at-4-japan-sites.html
Windscale:Biggest Covered Up UK Nuclear Disaster? via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/windscale-biggest-covered-up-uk-nuclear.html
Ozyorsk- Kyshtym – Mayak Nuclear Waste Reprocessing Center Disaster And Coverup; via AGreen Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/ozyorsk-kyshtym-mayak-nuclear-waste.html
La Hague; France‘sNuclear Waste Nightmare; via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/la-hague-nuclear-waste-nightmare.html 

The general population needs to rise up and demand an end to nuclear power, nuclear weapons, and all of the associated industries, such as the making of DU weapons and munitions, from nuclear waste material.


The cesium radiation levels around Chernobyl are NOT going down as predicted. The unknowns are much greater than the knowns. This is an experiment with huge populations of people. 


Governments all around the world are arbitrarily raising radiation levels to amounts that are formerly only for nuclear workers exposed to high radiation levels. This is a cruel experiment that will affect many future generations.


So what have we learned from Chernobyl, and also Fukushima?

Lowdose radiation dangers, lessons from Chernobyl
Radiationdangers in food and water
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Prison Mistakes, Prison Reform

High profile mistakes are going on in Texas and other state prisons; from a man in a wheel chair escaping to a man making death threats from a cell phone on death row. 


Did you ever wonder how prisoners got drugs and cellphones in prison? Wonder no more, this report tells you very clearly how it works. You will be shocked…


Channel 11 news reporter Shern-Min Chow spoke with a man who spent years as a Warden. That former warden is now lobbying for prison reform. You may be surprised to hear what he has to say.

The questions we may want to ask ourselves are; 

What are we accomplishing by locking up drug dealers, who then get drugs delivered to jail by their guards? 

What happens to criminals inside jail? Do they get ‘better’ somehow, or are we getting worse trained criminals after they get released? 

What is justice? Who is profiting from the current set up of some drugs being illegal? Big Pharma, perhaps?

Why are 80% of the people in jail in the USA there due to anti drug laws, or related offenses? 

Why are we locking up and executing more people per capita than any other country in the civilized world? 

What are we getting with all of this focus on violence and endless wars?

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US ranks 5th in Executions; With Iraq, China, Russia

“The United States was the only Western Democracy that executed prisoners last year, even as an increasing number of U.S. states are moving to abolish the death penalty, Amnesty International announced Monday.”

About the only nations still performing executions are the USA, China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq and North Korea… Does that put us in good company, or what? No other Western civilized democracy is still executing people. 


The USA is the ONLY country among the G8, to still be executing people. 





This illustrates how violent and behind the times the United States is. We used to be a leader in freedom and democracy. Now we seem to be ending up as a an example of the worst of the worst, and how NOT to do things. Most of the economy of the United States is based on violence in one way or the other.  

Read more about this at: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2110239,00.html#ixzz1qLgMZI5lU

Watch this short 2 minute video about the global trend regarding death penalties and executions. It may surprise you how the USA fits into this….

A longer 25 minute video is available below, for those who want to see and experience what it is like for juveniles in Texas on death row.. Two 17 year old juveniles on Death Row are interviewed.  Texas is executing a person like this about once a week. 



January 2005
In the last five years, more juvenile offenders were killed in Texas than in the rest of the world combined. America continues to defend its right to execute children.

“They think we’re beasts. And we deserve nothing else other than our execution,” despairs Oswaldo.


He’s been on death row since he was 17, after accidentally killing a man during an armed robbery. “In 12 years, I haven’t had a hug or a kiss.” 

In Louisiana, Lawrence Jacob Jr is also fighting for his life. Like Oswaldo, he was only 17 when he was sentenced to death. “I’m not asking you to release me. I’m only asking you for the chance to rehabilitate,” he reasons. 

Cerebral research proves that the brains of 17 year olds have not developed as much as adults. “Youths at that age are much too impulsive and don’t have the control,” explains one expert. But in America, that’s no bar to their execution.


There is another way that the death penalty does not work. There are many innocent people who are being executed. Here is the report from one of those who was lucky enough to be cleared, before he was executed. 



“A Valley man who helped get the death penalty banned in Illinois is trying to do the same in Indiana.

Randy Steidl was locked up on death row for murders he didn’t commit.

He spoke Wednesday at Indiana State University about how easily his wrongful conviction happened.

“Ever been accused of something you didn’t do, that maybe your brother or sister did, and mom and dad blamed you for it?”

Randy Steidl told ISU criminology students how he was wrongly convicted of the 1986 murders of Dyke & Karen Rhoads in Paris, Illinois.

“Remember that pain and hurt that you felt when you were pleading your case and nobody would listen?”

No one listened to Steidl either until a judge freed him after 17 years in prison.

“There’s over 4,000 people on America’s death rows. How many of them are actually innocent and sitting there without a voice?”

The Coles County resident now travels the country speaking out against the death penalty.

“I feel like God spared me for a reason and that was to speak for these people that are actually innocent and expose the system for what it is,” says Steidl who helped get Illinois to ban the death penalty last month.

“I played a small role along with other great people of taking it away from them. It’s like they had a privilege that they abused,” says Steidl, “You can’t play God with people’s lives because there’s a lot of times that prosecutors aren’t that interested in justice, it’s about winning.”

Now that Illinois has banned capital punishment, Steidl is trying to also abolish it in the remaining 34 states, including Indiana.

“I hope Indiana lawmakers realize that this is a fallible system because fallible people implementing it. It’s the human factor,” Steidl says.

He’s also trying to convince future law enforcement and lawyers to oppose the death penalty.

“I’ve had several after five minutes of speaking with them that have changed their minds on capital punishment. They realized this is an irreversible punishment,” Steidl says, “Not just in what happens in Illinois but other states like Indiana, because we basically have the same system and it’s an irreparable system. 


It’s developed and it’s implemented by human beings. Human beings make mistakes and it’s the human factor that ended up putting 138 innocent men and women on death row in this country.”

As we reported in March, Steidl is still wrongly convicted of those unsolved 1986 murders. Find out why the government never cleared his record by watching our investigation.”END

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Fukushima Lies Movie Part I and II

The Fukushima Lie; A Documentary by Johannes Hano, camera Heiko Käberich, Toby Marshall

“ZDFzoom asks how it could come to this catastrophe, and how the Japanese nuclear bosses and government dealt with the crisis. Our research shows even before the catastrophe a network of energy criminals existed who kept serious mistakes and flaws secret to save costs. For decades many Japanese workers and top government officials are forced into silence for bringing up safety concerns. Insiders such as Kei Sugaoka, former safety engineer, speaks about the criminal practices of the company TEPCO.”

http://zoom.zdf.de/ZDFde/inhalt/9/0,1872,8235273_idDispatch:11369630,00.html

Subtitles by Jerry Sa, translation by Steven Muschalik

Part I
Part II

What is a Chernobyl Cleanup Survivor’s Message for the Japanese people after Fukushima? “Run Away as Quickly as Possible” http://aol.it/H6wOAK 


Why is she saying this? It is based on her many years of experience, and KNOWING that the government and utility, as well as regulators all lie and coverup what happens after an accident. Want proof? How deep are you willing to look into the horrors that are happening all around the world to untold numbers of people?

Los AngelesNuclear Plant Meltdown; Completely Covered Up http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/los-angeles-nuclear-plant-meltdown.html 
Whatreally happened at Fukushima?
Is Fukushima really in cold shutdown?
Fukushima Tsunami Explosion Coverup?
On 3/11; 14 NuclearReactors In JapanWere Affected; Coverup?
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/14-nuclear-reactors-at-4-japan-sites.html
The Chernobyl Sacrifice; 1 MILLION Liquidators
Windscale:Biggest Covered Up UK Nuclear Disaster? via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/windscale-biggest-covered-up-uk-nuclear.html
Ozyorsk- Kyshtym – Mayak Nuclear Waste Reprocessing Center Disaster And Coverup; via AGreen Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/ozyorsk-kyshtym-mayak-nuclear-waste.html
La Hague; France‘sNuclear Waste Nightmare; via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/la-hague-nuclear-waste-nightmare.html 
93Long life Radiation Contaminants 
30ways the nuclear industry deceives everyone; 
Uranium Mining Legacy; Toxic Waste For 1,000,000 Yearshttp://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/uranium-mining-legacy-toxic-waste-for.html 
HowDangerous Is 400-600 Pounds Of Plutonium Nano Particle Dust Liberated By Fukushima? Via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-dangerous-is-400-600-pounds-of.html
Bird Radiation Studies; Chernobyl,TMI & Fukushima; Via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/bird-studies-and-chernobyl-tmi-and.html
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Tokyo; Is It Safe To Visit or Live In?

In the following video, nuclear expert Arnie Gunderson recently took several samples from random locations in Tokyo, (2012) and sent them to a lab in the USA. The results showed that EVERY SINGLE SOIL SAMPLE, was full of radioactivity to the point where it would be considered toxic nuclear waste, to be disposed of ONLY in a special hazardous waste dump. And that is exactly where the lab sent these samples. 



In the following video, the reporter found serious under reporting of radiation levels far away from Fukushima. Dr. Chris Busby found radioactive Cesium at 1000 times higher concentrations in places like Tokyo than the air concentration at the peak of nuclear weapons testing fallout.. 


This is serious nuclear radiation contamination, but is being ignored by Japanese authorities, who are looking only at exterior dose rates, and nothing else. There is a very serious radioactive contamination in Tokyo. 


There was a place in Tokyo that had higher levels of radiation than in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, according to Chris Busby, who was interviewed on RT.

 


Nesterenko was a Chernobyl liquidator, nuclear physicist and co author of Chernobyl; Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment. This book can be found at; http://www.strahlentelex.de/Yablokov%20Chernobyl%20book.pdf

In this book, he explains how there have been over 1 million casualties due to the after effects of Chernobyl, and documents it with many scientific studies. The book also includes information about how to do ground radiation measurements. 


The EU Times exposed the story of how the Japanese government approached the Chinese and told them they had to evacuate 40 million people, including Tokyo. This still might happen, but it shows how desperate the situation in Tokyo and the rest of Japan actually is. 
http://www.eutimes.net/2012/04/russia-stunned-after-japanese-plan-to-evacuate-40-million-revealed/


The reality versus the appearance of the situation is very different. In the mass media news reports there are NO problems, and everyone is safe. So let us get into the reality of how things around radiation are covered up and spun by nuclear apologists in industry, government as well as regulatory agencies.


It is easy to measure radiation at 1 meter to 20 meters above the ground which reduces the radiation actually found on the ground by a factor of 10 or much more than that. The nuclear apologists say only a few people died and only a few people got sick from radiation. The blog post; ‘Chernobyl Sacrifice; 1 MILLION Liquidators’ has more information about what happened to these million brave souls.

http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/chernobyl-sacrifice-1-million.html 

Official measurements by authorities seem to be chronically too low compared to actual measurements taken by neutral third party testers, often by a factor of ten. This happens in any country, including Russia, the US, Japan and other countries. So how does this minimizing of radiation readings happen? It happens in many ways, as it turns out.

Governments and nuclear ‘experts’ often do an ‘air reading’ instead of placing a Geiger Counter on the ground and measuring it with ground contact, in order to minimize radiation readings. This ‘technique’ may make a dangerously radioactive location or city look ‘safe’.

The problem with this technique is that children and pregnant women do not live in the air. Children play in the dirt. They get dirt and radiation on their shoes and track it back into the house. They drop their toys in the dirt.

Children eat dirt either accidentally or on purpose. Children get sand in their eyes and noses and ears. Children jump in mud puddles and roll in the grass. In order to protect children, it is required to do actual ground radiation readings by holding the Geiger Counter to the ground with actual contact. Air measurements do not protect children, or anyone else for that matter.

Next, if a tester digs in the ground, it is also possible get much higher radiation readings than just laying a Geiger Counter on the surface of the soil. Again, kids dig in the dirt, they play in sandboxes and stir up soil by playing rough sports or building forts and things. Rain carries radiation down into the soil, and does not leave radioactive dust just laying on the surface.

To get a true ground measurement of radiation, a Geiger Counter reading should not only include a ground surface contact reading, but also a reading from soil after the tester digs down 10 – 30 cm. Geiger counters only measure certain radioactive substances, but not all.  A safe reading from a Geiger counter does not mean an area is ‘safe’, as it may contain radiation that cannot be detected with a Geiger counter, such as plutonium for example. Here is a blog post about the dangers of plutonium; 


HowDangerous Is 400-600 Pounds Of Plutonium Nano Particle Dust Liberated By Fukushima? Via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-dangerous-is-400-600-pounds-of.html


However, if BOTH of the above things are done, then we are more being real and scientific, instead of trying to hide radiation, minimize radiation and cover up everything. The definition of fake science is trying to come up with a predetermined answer and hide reality, in order to protect people or a whole industry from legal and financial repercussions. 


 Real science does measurements and accepts whatever it finds, and then deals with it realistically, in the best way possible. Yes, there may be financial and legal repercussions, but that is how the ‘free market’ is supposed to work, wouldn’t you agree?

INTERNAL RADIATION 


Finally, what are the levels of radioactive iodine, plutonium, uranium, cesium and strontium in the soil or on plants? These are highly toxic elements that have their own toxic heavy metal effect when inhaled, ingested or brought in via food or water. These elements are different from cosmic rays that one gets when flying that pass through the body and are not absorbed or retained. These radioactive elements are also different from the ‘normal’ background radiation that we are all exposed to on a daily basis.

Radioactive Plutonium, uranium, iodine, cesium and strontium are NOT normal background radiation. These radioactive elements are seen by the body as normal nutrients. The body tries to use them as it would any minerals and incorporates them into glands, organs, bones and muscles. This is not what happens with normal background radiation, or with medical X-rays, for example. So comparing nuclear accident radiation exposure to bananas, normal background radiation and X rays is also part of Faux Science. These things cannot be compared as being alike at all.

Low levels of radioactive elements do not mean ‘safe’ levels. One has to add not only exterior radiation doses, but also interior radiation ingested with food, and coming in with dust, dirt, drinks, water, air, etc. 


Interior radiation is much more harmful at much lower levels than exterior radiation is. Remember that each particle of radiation can affect any cell around itself, over and over again, as long as it is in the body. If a particle of radioactive strontium is ingested, it migrates to the bone, where bone cancer or leukemia can be initiated by it. 

If a radioactive particle of iodine is ingested, it is absorbed by the thyroid gland of a growing child and may initiate thyroid cancer. If a particle of radioactive cesium is absorbed, it goes to the muscles, including the heart muscle, and at high enough doses (around 50 Bq/Kg) lesions form in organs and glands of the body (according to Chernobyl scientific and medical researchers) and the heart may actually stop functioning or be affected in a negative way. Here is a link to more information;


Hot Particles

In the following video, CNN News interviews Arnie Gunderson, where he discusses ‘hot particles’ or fuel fleas and the revolving door in the nuclear industry. He explains that the radiation that comes out of a reactor first is detectable with Geiger Counters, but what comes out later is harder to measure and does not show up on Geiger Counters. 


These hard or impossible to detect hot particles are made up of very tiny particles of plutonium, uranium or other toxic radioactive elements, which do not show up on radiation detectors. The average person breathes in about 10 cubic meters, and on an average day, a person in the US breathes in about 5-10 of these hot particles in the air, per day. In Japan, that number goes up to 50-100 hot particles per day.

He also talks about how these multiple melted down Fukushima plants are ‘cranking out steam and radioactive liquid”, plus these hot particles, in a never ending amount. TEPCO says it may take 50 to 100 years to clean up this mess and thereby stop these radioactive plumes of hot particles. 



In this video, Arnie Gunderson discusses hot particles in more detail and provides a picture of one, plus how it affects the lung tissue around it.

MEDICAL EXPERTS BLAME VICTIMS

Another problem is that the nuclear industry seems to have coopted much or most of the medical industry, which also sees no problem with radiation exposure, whether external or internal. In the following article, a radiation specialist medical doctor claims that a woman suffering from what very likely could be radiation exposure symptoms is suffering from nothing more than ‘stress’. http://enenews.com/japan-radiation-professor-women-control-leads-teeth-nails-hair-falling

“It’s also a female characteristic that, because of that sensitivity, they cannot control themselves. Taking that also into consideration, I think it is appropriate to identify stress as the cause [of her problems].”

Would it surprise anyone that this same technique and justification for all diseases and cancers is found in Russia around Chernobyl exclusion zones as well? The same thing happened at TMI as well.  For more on the art of deception that the nuclear industry uses, go to;


TheArt of Deception: The Cult of Nuclearists, Uranium Weapons and FraudulentScience, via A Green Road Blog
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/primer-in-art-of-deception-cult-of.html 

Women, children and other adults there were and still are also blamed for ‘infections’, excess ‘stress’ and mental problems, as the cause of all health problems, even if they are clearly related to our caused by radiation exposure.

Medical ‘experts’ seem to have no problem blaming ‘weak’ women for the appalling 80% rate of all babies born with birth defects, health issues or cancers around Chernobyl. Only 20% of babies born are healthy in one specific area explored that is more or less the equivalent of Fukushima Province, only 30-40 years later. 


Watch some of the documentary movies about Chernobyl and you will understand what I am talking about here. Now the same things seem to be happening around Fukushima in Japan, as well as any other nuclear accident radiation release site globally. 

30ways the nuclear industry deceives everyone; 


UNDER REPORTING OF FUKUSHIMA RADIATION
 

The Japanese authorities and experts are looking only at exterior dose rates, and nothing else They are comparing it to background radiation, but that is not a good way to do it. The radiation releases from the plant are ongoing and are NOT being measured, much less reported on.

The Japanese government has only evacuated people out to 30km. The US has advised people to evacuate out to 50km. The problem is that Japan is a tiny nation, and cannot afford to move that many people, close that many factories and lose that much revenue. The utility would also be legally liable to all of those residents and companies for losses, and that was also not financially feasible. 

It was estimated that areas within 250 kilometers from the plant, including Tokyo and Yokohama would have to be evacuated if spent fuel pool #4 fell over and fuel rods were exposed to open air. “In an interview with the Mainichi in September, Kan said, “All residents would have to be evacuated in areas 100, 200 or even 300 kilometers from the plant if the leak of radioactive substances can’t be stopped.” This is still a possibility, as spent fuel pool #4 is in a very fragile state and could still collapse.

http://aristoman.wordpress.com/2011/12/25/aec-chairman-warned-people-within-170-km-of-fukushima-plant-might-need-to-relocate/

In another article, “We may be too late to evacuate”, the author goes into exposure levels that the government says are ‘safe’, but when investigated and compared to Chernobyl, these so called ‘safe’ levels are actually causing numerous genetic and health problems in areas around Chernobyl, and they did not have to deal with plutonium contamination.
http://fukushima-diary.com/2011/10/news-we-may-be-too-late-to-evacuate/

For more information on plutonium and uranium contamination, read…

HowDangerous Is 400-600 Pounds Of Plutonium Nano Particle Dust Liberated By Fukushima? Via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-dangerous-is-400-600-pounds-of.html


Depleted Uranium Effects InThe Human Body, via A Green Road Blog  http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/depleted-uranium-effects-in-human-body.html 


AUTHORITIES USE CONFUSING NUMBERS AND MISLEADING STATISTICS

Another thing that governments and nuclear experts seem to do quite regularly and seemingly on purpose, is to use confusing numbers. In some cases, their use of statistics that sound low. A low number of any kind seems to downplay the danger.

Water containing radiation is measuring in cc’s instead of liters, in order to greatly lower the amount of radiation in the water, at least at first glance. Who is actually going to go to the work of translating the cc’s into liters anyway? How would one do this? The average person would not know how, much less go to the trouble of actually doing it. The authorities count on this. When combined with assurances of ‘everything is safe’, most of the population goes along with these platitudes, and stops asking questions.

The authorities do the same thing with ground and air measurements as far as minimizing anything that is found. Instead of measuring and informing local populations (including inside cities and towns) of hot spots on the ground with very high levels of radiation, the authorities ‘average’ the TOTAL radiation readings over a square kilometer. This makes the ‘hot spot’ disappear into a larger area that may have close to normal background radiation levels. No one is warned of extremely high radiation readings within this area. The authorities might report that a ‘low’ reading of only 15 Curie per km² was found. This sounds safe, right? 


The only problem is that this translates into a very dangerously high radiation level of 555,000 Becquerel of radiation per square meter.

Another way that the authorities make things look a lot better than they are is to take the radiation readings up high in the air, instead of touching the ground when taking radiation readings. A radiation reading in the air at 1 meter height might only be 10 bq per sq. meter, and a radiation reading taken from a helicopter at 20 meters in the air may only show .07 bq per square meter, while a direct ground to meter reading might show a reading of 500,000 bq per square meter, which is a very dangerous radiation reading. 


These readings are all measuring the same square meter of ground. If an authority only discovers .07 bq of radiation per square meter (from 20 meters up in the air) and then reports this area as safe, again, most people will stop asking questions. Meanwhile, the whole town is being exposed to dangerous radiation levels.

The authorities often or usually combine these two ‘techniques’, in order to artificially lower the radiation readings by many orders of magnitude. However, it does NOT reduce the dangers and exposure levels to the average person living there who is exposed to the very real dangers of 555,000 Becquerel per sq meter.

Just to give one example, at Chernobyl, 15 Curie per km² is equal to (555,000 Becquerel per sq m) (15 Curie per sq km also equals 555 KB per m² according to Lazyuk at: http://www.life-upgrade.com/DATA/Lazyuk-ChernobylBelarus.pdf .

This exposure was found to be harmful to health, according to scientific study of areas with people living in this kind of radiation level. Read the report for yourself at the link above.

In Japan, the ‘safe’ levels of radiation were also ‘raised’ by the authorities overnight to make almost all food and water safe, so that nothing would have to change, as far as government or nuclear agency oversight. Never mind that ‘safe’ levels of radiation were increased by orders of magnitude, with no explanation or scientific or medical debate.


“In this video I explain the unit called a “becquerel” which is used to measuring radioactive contamination in water, food, and other things. I also discuss the Japanese government’s “safety” limits. Having lived in Japan for several years and speaking to non-native English speakers so much, I really noticed in this video how slowly I’ve come to speak. I apologize and will try to return to “native” speed for future videos.

Japanese Science Ministry (MEXT) radioactive contamination in tap water information: (English) http://www.mext.go.jp/english/incident/1304083.htm

I have not had time to thoroughly investigate it, so I didn’t report on it, however, going through the .pdf archives of radioactive iodine and cesium in tapster I was unable to find any reference of 210 becquerels/liter which was a high that the Tokyo tapster hit as reported by many local and foreign news sources when it happened. Here is one of many mainstream western media references to it; http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42225380/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/t/radiation-fears-spread-tokyo-drinking-water/

Japanese Health, Labor, and Welfare Ministry March 17, 2011 document detailing new safety limits of radioactive contamination in food and water:
http://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/houdou/2r9852000001558e-img/2r9852000001559v.pdf

WHO, Germany, and U.S. radioactive iodine and cesium permitted levels information source: http://simplyinfo.org/group/?p=1897

It’s difficult to find references to the pre 3/17 safety limits. Here is a document from March, 2002 from the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare web site. It is a testing manual and not a publication about limits, but page 10 number 4 shows the limits of 20 bq/kg (water, milk) and 50 bq/kg solid foods:” http://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/houdou/2r9852000001558e-img/2r98520000015cfn.pdf

I would venture to guesstimate that we are going to see an exact repeat of Chernoby in Japan.. Doctors blaming women’s stress and worry for all radiation caused problems, nuclear experts saying there is no harm with radiation, especially INTERNAL radiation. Meanwhile, everyone will be avoiding bananas, because we all know they are FULL of radiation. This would be funny if it were not so tragic. Gratefully, not all medical doctors are suffering from what I would term Foolish Elitist Misogeny or FEM.

Government Meters Not Reading Radiation Correctly?

The following is a story about how 10 government officials went to a quarry and measured radiation there. They found 4 microsieverts per hour radiation, in Namie town, town located in Futaba District, Fukushima, Japan. A reporter was also there, at the same time, in the same place. His meter read above 20 microsieverts, which was the maximum his meter could detect, in the same place, measuring the same rocks. http://enenews.com/kyodo-reporter-measures-radiation-5-times-higher-than-govt-officials-same-time-same-location-device-maxed-out-at-20-microsvh

It is easy to falsify a radiation meter and make it read low, because all meters used by government and the nuclear industry have ‘calibration’ screws on them. According to one former nuclear worker, this technique of artificially making a radiation meter read low or safe is often used. 


This insider reports that; “Ah, yes. The old “calibration” loophole. Ran into that at TMI2, when the TLD readers – NRC had one, Met-Ed had the other – engaged in “calibration wars” day to day to cover up the most amount of exposure. Used to randomly load them, some from each stack in each machine so I could get an average read from the difference between them, then add the difference since yesterday’s calibration. They were hiding 10 mr a day for awhile, then it went to 20, then 30, then 50. Before you knew it nobody got any radiation exposure at all from being on-site at TMI. I kept my own dosage, hubby’s and our friends’ on a separate calc sheet, since what got entered into the recordkeeping ‘system’ was severely depleted, and anything under 10 mr per day didn’t get recorded at all. Not surprisingly, none of us got any radiation at all according to Met-Ed. According to my cheat-sheet, we each got over 100 mr (and one over 250). Nifty how that works, isn’t it? Makes me wonder how much dose Japan’s meters are calibrated to ignore. It’s not hard to do, just turn a screw…” http://enenews.com/reports-tokyo-vice-governor-suggests-fukushima-draft-we-all-japanese-must-face-it-sale-of-foreign-geiger-counters-banned

In an village near the Fukushima plant, a farmer chose to one of only a few people out of the original 5,000 who stayed after the meltdown. “Ito says the soil has been removed near the town hall’s monitoring post, used for official figures on radiation levels in the town. Before it was removed, the monitor showed levels that were a third or half of what Ito was measuring. Now they are more than 10 times lower.” Does this plus other stories like it indicate a systemic coverup by authorities and utility company, of much high radiation exposure? http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201203240003

In another direction, who is monitoring the INTERNAL radiation exposure of people in Tokyo, much less residents of other areas where the radiation is even higher? In the case where someone tested positive for over 7,000 Bq of radioactive cesium and they never went to Fukushima, how did that happen? How many other people may also have this type of internal body level of radiation? Unless there is massive testing of the population, no one will ever know. Regular Geiger Counters are not effective for internal radiation.  http://enenews.com/tokyo-man-tests-positive-for-over-7000-becquerels-of-radioactive-cesium-during-whole-body-counter-check-never-went-to-fukushima

The province of Chiba has been surveyed for radiation and has been found to have levels of radiation that exceed those around Chernobyl contamination zones. “The two prefectures, neighboring the municipal areas of Tokyo, are located about 200 kilometers from the disabled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The measurements for Chiba and Saitama prefectures were taken from Sept. 8 to Sept. 12 using helicopters.” Portions of Chiba are considered to be a suburb of Tokyo’s metropolitan area and includes Tokyo Disneyland. We had an unconfirmed report of high radiation readings on outdoor seating at Tokyo Disneyland in July. See the map of high radiation levels in the vicinity of Tokyo at this website; http://houseoffoust.com/group/?p=3419

There are many parallels between Chernobyl and Fukushima. This documentary explores and explains quite a few of them. It is well worth watching.
http://radioactivechat.blogspot.com/2011/08/battle-of-chernobyl-best-documentary-of.html

Coverup In Progress? 


Some people believe a huge coverup may be happening in plain sight, around the Fukushima disaster. Of course, this coverup is systemic and chronic. Every nuclear accident has a dynamic that follows the same line of delay, minimization, confusion and denial. 

For those who want to find out more, here are a few links that go into more detail. 


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For those who are interested, here are some links to more specific information and stories about radiation and Tokyo from April 2011, to present day, arranged by date, starting in April 2011;

Almost half of Japanese women tested show radioactive iodine-131 in breast milk — Highest contamination found 150 miles from Fukushima April 21, 2011 http://enenews.com/almost-half-of-japanese-women-tested-had-radioactive-iodine-131-in-breast-milk-highest-contamination-was-found-150-miles-from-fukushima

Radioactive iodine found in breast milk near Tokyo — Mother of 8-month old baby has 980 pCi/kg http://enenews.com/radioactive-iodine-found-in-breast-milk-near-tokyo-mother-of-8-month-old-has-980-pcikg

Highly radioactive substances detected in Tokyo — Higher than what was found near Fukushima plant May 15, 2011 http://enenews.com/highly-radioactive-substances-detected-in-tokyo-higher-than-what-was-found-near-fukushima-plant

Experts detect 5 times higher radiation levels in Tokyo than announced by government May 20, 2011  http://enenews.com/experts-detect-5-times-more-radiation-levels-in-tokyo-than-announced-by-government

Japan bans radioactive green tea from area 40 miles SOUTHWEST of Tokyo June 2, 2011 http://enenews.com/japan-bans-radioactive-green-tea-from-area-40-miles-southwest-of-tokyo

Radioactive tea above legal limit found 100 miles SOUTHWEST of Tokyo June 9, 2011 http://enenews.com/radioactive-tea-above-legal-limit-found-100-miles-southwest-tokyo

Tokyo: 230,000 becquerels per square meter of Cesium on athletic field in Koto — 6 times as high as limit set for radiation control zones June 9, 2011 http://enenews.com/tokyo-230000-becquerels-square-meter-cesium-athletic-field-koto-6-times-high-limit-set-radiation-control-zones

“Experts don’t know” how radioactive cesium from Fukushima ended up so far southwest of Tokyo, says radiation monitoring specialist June 14, 2011 http://enenews.com/experts-dont-radioactive-cesium-fukushima-ended-southwest-tokyo-radiation-monitoring-specialist

Gov’t: South of Tokyo 12,400 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium found next to children’s swimming pool — Radiation measurements nearly doubled over recent 5 day period August 19, 2011 http://enenews.com/govt-south-tokyo-12400-becquerelskg-radioactive-cesium-found-next-childrens-swimming-pool-radiation-levels-doubled-recent-5-day-period

Tokyo tea leaves with 2,700 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium — Picked by elementary school children July 1, 2011 http://enenews.com/tokyo-tea-2700-becquerelskg-radioactive-cesium-leaves-picked-elementary-school-children

Report: 50,000+ Bq/kg of radioactive cesium found in soil near Tokyo — “Terrifying” that sample was from side of street where children walk everyday July 13, 2011 http://enenews.com/report-50000-bqkg-radioactive-cesium-found-soil-tokyo-terrifying-sample-side-street-children-walk-everyday

Internal radiation dose of around 80 microsieverts from eating 2 pounds of radioactive beef July 22, 2011 http://enenews.com/eating-2-pounds-radioactive-beef-equal-radiation-dose-around-80-microsieverts

Japan Professor: Gov’t afraid to tell truth — Radiation 10 times higher than officials claim on Sept. 30 near Kyoto, 500 km from meltdowns October 1, 2011 http://enenews.com/radiation-10-times-higher-japan-govt-claims-sept-30-kyoto-500-km-meltdowns

Tokyo gov’t finds at least 5 times higher cesium levels than Japan gov’t — Over 50,000 Bq/m² near city center (PHOTOS) October 8, 2011 http://enenews.com/tokyo-govt-finds-5-times-higher-cesium-levels-japan-govt-50000-bqm-city-center-photos

Mainichi: Worries are growing — Every rainfall brings a new batch of radioactivity — Radiation levels HIGHER after decontamination October 11, 2011 http://enenews.com/mainichi-worries-are-growing-every-rainfall-brings-a-new-batch-of-radioactive-substances-radiation-levels-higher-after-decontamination

WSJ: Tokyo-area officials say park has radiation levels 5 times higher than previously detected in city October 14, 2011 http://enenews.com/wsj-tokyo-area-officials-say-park-has-radiation-levels-5-times-higher-than-had-been-previously-detected-in-city

Neutron ray measured in Tokyo — Uranium-235 found in Chiba — Can’t be detected by most geiger counters (PHOTO & VIDEO) October 19, 2011 http://enenews.com/breaking-neutron-ray-measured-in-tokyo-uranium-235-found-in-chiba-cant-be-detected-by-most-geiger-counters-photo-video

Group finds 7 microsieverts per hour just outside Tokyo in Matsudo October 21, 2011 http://enenews.com/group-finds-7-microsieverts-per-hour-just-outside-tokyo-in-matsudo

Local Gov’t: 276,000 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium from soil sample near Tokyo, in Kashiwa — Almost 18 Million Bq/m² October 22, 2011 http://enenews.com/local-govt-276000-bqkg-in-soil-sample-near-tokyo-in-kashiwa-almost-18-million-bqm%C2%B2

Gov’t confirms 57.7 microsievert/hr near Tokyo is linked to Fukushima meltdowns — “Highly likely” it came from rain tainted with radioactive fallout October 23, 2011 http://enenews.com/breaking-govt-confirms-57-7-microsieverthr-near-tokyo-is-linked-to-fukushima-meltdowns-highly-likely-it-came-from-rain-tainted-with-radioactive-fallout

Group finds 7 microsieverts per hour just outside Tokyo in Matsudo October 21, 2011 http://enenews.com/group-finds-7-microsieverts-per-hour-just-outside-tokyo-in-matsudo

Local Gov’t: 276,000 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium from soil sample near Tokyo, in Kashiwa — Almost 18 Million Bq/m² October 22, 2011 http://enenews.com/local-govt-276000-bqkg-in-soil-sample-near-tokyo-in-kashiwa-almost-18-million-bqm%C2%B2

‘Daiichi’ Elementary: 4 million Bq/m² of cesium in soil sample from school in Chiba, 20 km from Tokyo — 10.1 µSv/hr at another elementary school nearby October 26th, 2011 http://enenews.com/daiichi-elementary-4-million-bqm%C2%B2-of-cesium-in-soil-sample-from-school-in-chiba-10-1-%C2%B5svhr-at-another-elementary-school-nearby

Local TV: 120 microsieverts per hour at major Japanese train station — “The color of the trees were changed” (VIDEO) October 27, 2011 http://enenews.com/local-tv-120-microsiverts-per-hour-at-major-japanese-train-station-the-color-of-the-trees-were-changed-video

Radiation from gamma rays alone at almost 4 µSv/h in front of elementary school in Kashiwa, near Tokyo (VIDEOS) October 30, 2011 http://enenews.com/gamma-rays-alone-almost-4-usvh-front-elementary-school-kashiwa-tokyo-videos

Radiation of 2.2 uSv/hr detected by school in Katsushika, Tokyo (VIDEO) November 3, 2011 http://enenews.com/radiation-of-2-27-usvhr-detected-by-school-in-katsushika-tokyo-video

21.4 µSv/h measured at Koriyama school as students walk by — 60 km from meltdowns (VIDEO) November 5, 2011 http://enenews.com/please-share-save-children-21-44-%C2%B5svh-measured-at-koriyama-school-as-students-walk-by-60-km-from-meltdowns-video

33.53 microsieverts/hr in Koriyama city (VIDEO) November 19, 2011 http://enenews.com/33-53-microsievertshr-in-koriyama-city-video

Strontium detected at several locations in Central Tokyo — Highest radiation of survey found outside Gov’t building November 21, 2011 http://enenews.com/strontium-found-at-several-locations-in-central-tokyo-highest-radiation-of-survey-found-outside-govt-building 


Gov’t Survey: Shinjuku, Tokyo has third highest cesium levels of all testing locations throughout Japan — “Large amounts of radioactive dust fell in Tokyo” November 27, 2011 http://enenews.com/govt-survey-shinjuku-tokyo-has-third-highest-cesium-levels-of-all-testing-locations-throughout-japan-large-amounts-of-radioactive-dust-fell-in-tokyo

Jiji: High radiation levels near Tokyo linked to Fukushima — Rain caused 29,250,000 Bq/m² in soil says gov’t — Almost DOUBLE last gov’t test November 28, 2011 http://enenews.com/jiji-high-radiation-levels-tokyo-linked-fukushima-rain-caused-29250000-bqm-soil-govt-almost-double-last-govt-test 

NRC on Fukushima: Fuel rods violently consumed by self-sustaining reaction — Molten core then “on the move” — Radiological impact is huge (VIDEO) December 21, 2011 http://enenews.com/nrc-on-fukushima-fuel-rods-violently-consumed-by-self-sustaining-reaction-molten-core-on-the-move-radiological-impact-is-huge-video 


Osaka grab bottom sampler, December 29 2011 seabed soil near the river mouth of the Yamato 
http://enenews.com/report-high-levels-of-cesium-detected-in-osaka-bay-soil-600-km-from-meltdowns  
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