Lee in Kansas City
April 28, 2011 at 1:29 amhttp://enenews.com/radioactive-iodine-131-in-rainwater-sample-near-san-francisco-is-18100-above-federal-drinking-water-standard/comment-page-2
It’s unfortunate that “radiation dose” charts are used for self-calming in regard to the Fukushima disaster. Such linear charts are wrong (mixing measurements which are hardly equal), and are also misleading. Hence, it’s wise to disregard them, for reasons which include the following:
a.) The charts make no distinction between “short-term external exposure” and “ingested radiation” (despite there being a world of difference between the two). That it, they’ll cite measurements of short-term exposure from an external source (such exposure during an airplane flight), but will then compare that to food ingestion measurements (such as eating bananas), thus implying the two exposures are equivalent. They are not. Ingested radiation is thousands of times more serious than an external exposure equivalent, because the radiation is dangerously close to the organs, and also because the effects endure as long as the radiation is active. http://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=671
In addition, the radioactivity of a food like a banana on a chart refers to natural earth radiation (rather than to Fukushima fall-out). Gosh, those were the good old days. Within a year, radiation will cover the southern hemisphere, just as it’s already covered the northern hemisphere. How to keep bananas (all foods) free of Fukushima radiation is becoming the world’s great question.
b.) The charts don’t measure bio-accumulation of radiation (the total exposure which determines cumulative health effects). Because the charts are vertical (charting lowest exposure to highest), the charts mask the effects of continuous low dose exposure. For example, continuous low-dose exposure to Iodine-131 can destroy the thyroid gland’s function. The Petkau Effect indicates that “A long term exposure of extremely low radiation (i.e., one-ten millionth of a rad per minute) was found to be 100 BILLION times MORE lethal than a short term exposure to exceedingly high level radiation (i.e., 10,000 rads per minute). http://doctorapsley.com/RadiationTherapy.aspx
We’re now facing continuous low exposure (via water and food), which increases bio-accumulation. Due to bio-accumulation, every exposure adds to the probability of contracting cancer, but of course, the charts don’t indicate this.
c.) The charts don’t factor in concentrated levels of food radiation. Because the Fukushima radiation continues to be deposited on earth, radiation levels tend to concentrate inside the food chain.
The result can be that one serving can end up being unusually radioactive. For example, krill get eaten by small fish, which are eaten by bigger fish, which can then be eaten by us–and at each level, radiation builds and accumulates. Similarly, toxic rainwater is ingested into plants, and cows (who’ve grazed while standing in that same radiation-carrying rainwater) then eat the plants. When we consume cow milk or beef, we’re getting concentrated levels of radiation as accumulated from those sources.
Regardless of some media reports, there is no safe level of radiation http://www.sott.net/articles/show/227254
–There-is-no-safe-dose-of-radiation-#comments. News reports which mention the low levels of Iodine-131 and its short life fail to mention the presence of strontium 90, which is bone-seeking (and hence, hard to get rid of) http://gigswwa.blogspot.com/2011/04/got-milk.html.
Media reports are also also ominously silent about the presence of plutonium, a deficiency of reporting which Helen Caldicott has questioned. News reports which focus only on the least deadly elements can be deadly to our health: http://rense.com/general93/disv.htm
Accurate radiation information from Japan is also elusive, due to how the Japanese government has issued an official order to telecommunicat
ions companies and web masters to censor reports which contradict the state media reports that the Fukushima nuclear radiation disaster is over. http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/04/19/japan-officially-orders-censorship-of-truth-about-fukushima-nuclear-radiation-disaster-18502/
For the sake of one’s health, doing one’s own research matters (rather being spoon-fed by the media). For precautionary health measures, Natural News offers some recommendation