- 1) Radioactive contamination from the Chernobyl meltdown
spread over 40% of Europe.
- 2) Nearly 5 million people still live with dangerous
levels of radioactive contamination.
- 3) Most of the Chernobyl radionuclides (up to 57%) fell
outside the former USSR and caused noticeable radioactive contamination
over a large area of the world practically the entire Northern
- 4) Levels of radioactive contamination in the first days
and weeks after the catastrophe were thousands of times higher than those
recorded 2 or 3 years later.
- 5) When the reactor exploded, it expelled not only gases
and aerosols but also particles of U fuel melted together with other radionuclides
firm hot particles. When absorbed into the body (with water, food
or inhaled air), such particles generate high doses of radiation even if
an individual is in an area of low contamination.
- 6) Lastly, the impact of the 2400 tons (some authors
estimate 6720 tons) of lead dumped from helicopters onto the reactor to
quench the fire has not been adequately evaluated. A significant part of
this lead was spewed out into the atmosphere as a result of its fusion,
boiling and sublimation in the burning reactor.
- 7) In Wales, one of the regions most heavily contaminated
by Chernobyl fallout, abnormally low birth weights (less than 1500 g) were
noted in 1986 and 1987 (Busby, 1995).
- 8) Children from the contaminated areas of Belarus have
digestive tract epithelium characteristic of senile changes (Nesterenko,
1996; ebeshko et al, 2006).
- 9) The biological age of inhabitants from the
radioactive contaminated territories of Ukraine exceed their calendar
ages by 7 to 9 years (Mezhzherin, 1996)
- 10) Adverse effects as a result of Chernobyl irradiation
have been found in every group that has been studied. Brain damage has
been found in individuals directly exposed...Premature cataracts; tooth
and mouth abnormalities; and blood, lymphatic, heart, lung gastrointestinal,
urologic, bone, and skin diseases afflict and impair people, young and
old alike. Endocrine dysfunction, particularly thyroid disease, is far
more common than might be expected, with some 1,000 cases of thyroid dysfunction
for every case of thyroid cancer, a marked increase after the catastrophe.
There are genetic damage and birth defects especially in children of liquidators
and in children born in area with high levels of radioisotope contamination.
- 11) 5.1 Blood and lymphatic system diseases For both
children and adults, diseases of the blood and the circulatory and lymphatic
systems are among the most widespread consequences of the Chernobyl radioactive
- 12) The incidence of diseases of the blood and blood
forming organs was 3.8 fold higher among evacuees 9 years after the catastrophe.
- 13) Diseases of the blood and circulatory system for
people living in the contaminated territories (Ukraine) increased 11 to
15 fold for the first 12 years after the catastrophe (1988-1999) Prysyazhnyuk
et al 2002).
- 14) Incidence of hemorrhages in newborns in the contaminated
Chechersky District of Gomel Province (Belarus) is more than double than
before the catastrophe (Kulakov et al, 1997).
- 15) In the observation period 1992-1997, there was a
22.1% increase in the incidence of fatal cardiovascular disease liquidators
compared to 2.5% in the general population
- (Belarus) (Pflugbeil et al, 2006).
- 16) Changes in genetic structures in both reproductive
and somatic cells determine and define the occurrence of many diseases.
Ionizing radiation causes damage to hereditary structures. The huge collective
dose from the Chernobyl catastrophe (127-150 million persons/rad) has resulted
in damage that will span several generations, causing changes in genetic
structures and various types of mutations: genomic mutations (change in
the number of chromosomes), chromosomal mutations (damage to the structure
of chromosomes - translocations, deletions, insertions and inversions),
and small (point) mutations.
- 17) In 1991 in Norway, a 10-fold increase in the number
of chromosomal aberrations was found in 56 adults compared to controls
(Brogger et al, 1996, Schmitz Feuerhake, 2006).
- 18) In 1987 in Austria, among 17 adults examined there
was a 4-6 fold increase in the number of chromosomal aberrations.
- 19) There was a doubling of Down syndrome in Lothian,
Scotland one of the territories contaminated by Chernobyl (Ramsey et al,
- 20) In Norway, cataracts in newborns occurred twice as
- 1 year after the catastrophe (Irgens et al, 1991).
- 21) Incidence of neural tube defects in Turkey increased
between 2- and 5-fold after the catastrophe (Hoffman, 2001; Schmitz-Feuerhake,
- 22) The most recent forecast by international agencies
predicted there would be between 9000 and 28,000 fatal cancers between
1986 and 2056, obviously underestimating the risk factors and the collective
doses. On the basis of I-131 and Cs 137 radioisotope doses to which populations
were exposed and a comparison of cancer mortality in the heavily and less
contaminated territories and pre- and post-Chernobyl cancer levels, a more
realistic figure is 212,000 to 245,000 in Europe and 19,000 in the rest
of the world.
- 23) More than 1000 cancer deaths in Norland Province,
Sweden, between 1986 and 1999 have been attributed to the Chernobyl fallout
- 24) After 20 years the incidence of thyroid cancer among
individuals under 18 years of age at the time of the catastrophe increased
more than 200-fold (National Belarussian Report, 2006).
- 25) In the Marne-Ardennes provinces (France) cancer incidence
increased 360% in women and 500% in men between 1975 and 2005 (Cherie-Challine
et al, 2006).
- 26) From 1985-1989 to 1990-1992 in Connecticut, USA,
rates of thyroid cancer for all age groups increased by 23% (from 3.46
to 4.29 per 100,000, after 10 previous years without change (Reid and Mangano,
- 27) In Greece, infants born between 1.7.86 and 31.12.87,
exposed to Chernobyl fallout in utero, had 2.6 times the incidence of leukemia
compared to children born between 1.1.80 and 31.12.85 and between 1.1.88
and 31.12.90. (Petridou et al, 2004)
- 28) Changes in the sex ratio and the stillbirth odds
ratio for gender were significant for Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Norway,
Poland, Latvia and Sweden (Scherb and Wiegelt, 2000).
- 29) Great Britain. Ten months after the catastrophe,
a significant increase in perinatal mortality was found in the two most
contaminated areas of the country (Bentham, 1991).
- 30) Sweden. Infant mortality increased immediately after
the catastrophe and increased significantly in 1989-1992 (Korblein, 2008).
- 2. COWS' MILK SHOWS FIRST SIGNS OF RADIATION
- First Japan suffered an earthquake, then a tsunami, then
nuclear meltdowns and radiation.
- Experts advised the Japanese people not to panic.
- Experts advised people that the food was safe to eat,
and that radiation had not entered their food supply.
- This past week, the world learned that Japanese
food and water were tainted with radioactive iodine.
- Food is now routinely tested in Japan. The first
food to show signs of radiation was cow's milk. This makes sense,
as cows are eating 50-80 pounds of feed each and every day. Radiation is
concentrated in their bodies like sponges soaking up water. In a cow, the
water is filtered and excreted and the concentrated toxins are consumed
by milk drinkers. Twenty-one pounds of milk are required to produce one
pound of butter.
- Eating butter further concentrates toxins; in this case,
- Armed with the knowledge that milk is the perfect
barometer to test for the presence of radiation, it would make sense
to test for levels of radiation in America's milk as plumes from Japan
are carried by the jet stream over California, Kansas, and then onto New
- Here is where today's stupid human trick kicks in.
- It would make perfect sense to test milk from California
Happy Cows, just in case...Sadly, this is news that the United States Department
of Agriculture just does not want to know.
- As of March 22, 2011, California milk is not being tested
for radiation on a daily basis. As a matter of policy, California's Department
of Public Health routinely tests California milk for radiation once every
month. One would assume (love that word) that with jet steams being what
they are, and with Japan's tragedy having the potential to radiate to Americans,
it would be a logical human conclusion to want to test milk.
- The spokesperson for California's Department of Public
Health, Mike Sicilia, had this stupid human trick comment:
- "This is typical routine testing and has been done
for many years."
- Routine once-per-month testing will continue, because
the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sees no reason for
caution. California's Department of Public Health reLIES upon FDA's lead.