Cesium detected in breast milk

Published: April 30th, 2011 at 9:30 pm ET
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Minute levels of radiation detected in breast milk, NHK, May 1, 2011:

Japan’s Health Ministry says it has detected a minute amount of radioactive materials in breast milk in 7 mothers in central and northeastern Japan. The ministry says the amount does not pose a danger to their babies’ health.

The ministry on Saturday released the results of a study conducted in Fukushima, Tokyo and other 3 prefectures in Kanto region from last Sunday through Thursday.

The ministry says breast milk samples from a mother in Iwaki City of Fukushima Prefecture contained 3.5 becquerels of radioactive iodine per kilogram and 2.4 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram.

Up to 2.8 becquerels of radioactive materials per kilogram were also detected in 6 mothers in 2 other prefectures. [...]

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Published: April 30th, 2011 at 9:30 pm ET
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49 comments to Cesium detected in breast milk

  • mothra

    1 Bq = 27.03 pCi
    1 Kg = 1.04 liters
    1 Bq/Kg = 28.11 pCi/l 

    I-? = 98.38 pCi/l
    Cs-? = 67.46 pCi/l
    Total = 165.84 pCi/l

    Average infant consumes 25 oz (750 mL) per day between the ages of 1 month and 6 months. Different babies take in different amounts of milk; a typical range of milk intakes is 19-30 oz per day (570-900 mL per day).
    Per day infant dosages:
    .57 liters = 94.53 pCi/l 
    .75 = 124.38 pCi/l
    .90 = 149.26 pCi/l

    Safe limit is zero. 
    3 pCi/l for long term drinking exposure (EPA). 
    If you assume allowable “uranium” limit (pending test disclosure) in infant milk standards, that’s 20 Bq/kg (562 pCi/l), and plutonium is 1Bq/kg (28.11 pCi/l) for protective intervention.
    *However, ICRP standard based limits for chronic, ingested low dose radiation have 2,000x error rate for fatality not including other disorders and developmental defects. It’s a “low risk phenomenon.” Infants are the highest risk group measurably affected. You may assume strontium-89, strontium 90 and americium are present in their  milk and/or ingestion pathways too, since those were detected in the US or expected based on Chernobyl studies.

    It’s heartbreaking. I’m sure the same is in Hawaii, California and Idaho breast milk too. Testing? Anyone?     


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    • mothra

      “materials” please specify – stat.


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    • Deetu 3

      @Mothra-thanks for that. Is 1Bq/Kg a typo?(it’s .8higher than Bq)


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      • mothra

        Can you detail your question for me a little more? I’m not sure what you’re asking.


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        • Deetu 3

          Hi Mothra-yes, you put : 1 Bq = 27.03 pCi

          1 Bq/Kg = 28.11 pCi/l …
          oh,not to worry I just figured it out,it’s the liter/kilogram conversion that makes difference between 27.03 and 28.11..

          thanks for all the good info btw,best wishes -D….23


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      • mothra

        Your question may be referring the .03 of 27.03 pci/l, and/or the .04 of 1.04 liters = 1 Kg? .07 difference in kg to liter conversion (with rounding values to equal .08)? I’m not sure of your question, because kg (mass) is not a perfect 1:1 conversion to liters (liquid). It’s slightly higher depending on density too (cold or warm liquid temperature expansion/contraction which I don’t have, but what if they heat the milk increasing it’s volume before testing?). Geez, I hope that helps… :-/ the burden of conversion placed on the public is unreal. Forest through trees: it should NEVER be in breast milk at any measurable level for infant consumption safety.


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  • mothra

    Canada source says 36.3 Bq/kg of I-131 (1,020 pCi/l) in one mother tested!
    http://www.canada.com/mobile/iphone/story.html?id=4656453

    Geez. No wonder that professor quit!


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  • Not Sure

    The nuclear power industry is working hard to insure that in the future it will have no customers.


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  • Nevadan

    A few weeks ago there was news out of Tokyo that a large number of nursing mothers had tested for radiation in their milk. This article today makes it seem as if this is new and just a trace. How dumb do they think we are?


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    • Silver

      Dumb enough not to have any reading comprehension skills of your own. The early articles mentioned Iodine in their milk. This is Cesium and a whole new monster.


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    • xdrfox

      It’s accumulative, so the levels in these mothers go UP, The levels are much higher now then a few weeks ago. Increased danger !


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    • mothra

      Ah, those pesky Internets… It’s the tubes, the tubes I tell you! People are reading, obtaining information outside of television, they’re talking to each other! The horror.


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      • hello!

        Can you filter breast milk for radiation?? If Cesium is there, no good! I know they can freeze it for a while to reduce radioiodines, but then you lose some of the best enzymes and benefits designed just for THAT baby! :(

        I shudder now whenever I see a pregnant woman…they seem to be lacking a clue.

        Shame on U.S. authorities and officials! At this time, Warnings are appropriate. I guess they figure if they admit dairy cow milk is radioactive, people will put it together??


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  • sassyiam

    So so sad:( What horrible “choices” they’re faced with.

    Not that it will have any impact on these poor people, but it appears it will be several more weeks even before the leaking in the Pacific and any sort of “protection” can be put into place ..

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110501p2g00m0dm011000c.html

    “Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the same day that it will build a makeshift breakwater possibly by mid-June to prevent any tsunami from a huge aftershock from further damaging the plant, while plugging up underground trenches on the premises with concrete by late May to prevent contaminated water from leaking again into the sea.”

    (again? or should it say still? ugh)


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    • mothra

      It’s happening globally. US too. Tests pending.


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      • sassyiam

        True, I was thinking that as I typed it – the brunt is/will reaching us all; and, I was focusing on those with little ones who have it much harder than me. Poor little lambs.

        Do you know when these US results are to be expected?


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        • mothra

          I think I knew you knew that. You’re a gem – truly. I pretty much assume a very enlightened crowd here.

          The testing – no idea. Just blanket statements and dribbles publically so far – here and there. They have so few monitors. Even those go ” offline” when they find something. There are two data sets too, a public and a private. The nuclear test ban treaty data using assets taxpayers funded is only released to signatory governments (US won’t release it publically). It lacks regional cohesion and timing too. Example EPA: If Boise rain peaks at 390 pCi/l – get your pants on, test municipal water, commercial milk, soil, veggies (potatoes), beef and human breast milk. Then we find out 1-2 weeks after babies eat or drink it AND that’s even couched in a PDF link off the main data – after an independent source uncovers it. Then it stops – not added to the columns going forward. or, they report the elevated historic data only AFTER a decrease shows along with it. Others report in Bq when level limits are in pCi – further obfuscation. They all seem to rely on short attention span, or uneducated perspectives. Lots of tricks really. Do I expect that to change after so many decades? No. They don’t want to find it, report it or clean it up. Tremendous budget threats and political pressure too. If it’s Four Loko or hair dye they act and issue “precaution principle” warning. If it’s radionuclides in air, food and water they don’t.


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          • sassyiam

            aaww:) My daughter had JUST come in and said the same about you!:)

            She’s using your clear explanations and calculations, particularly on this issue to work on a friend to encourage his OB father to test his patients’ milk in NE. Crossing fingers he’ll do so and then we’ll have a good idea for the heartland.

            And yeap, they don’t want to find it -they’d have to admit it’s bad on top of the levels they’ve concealed for years..er, “NATURAL background radiation”. Plus, if they do find a “spike”, they pass it off as “electrical interference” and move on (Portland Water Dept.). Disgraceful pukes.


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          • mothra

            “Pukes” is being kind :) . How are they passing off all the atypical pneumonia and flu hospitalizations for children? Over 50% of CDC reported hosipitalizations for that age group was atypical, epidemic and/or “no known prior condition”. Atypical pneumonias reports are all over the map: Ca, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, NE, UK. Immune response suffers in the first months most noticably. A cascading cold or hard to kick recurrent flu… Gastroenteritis, “tummy bug” reports… Eye irritations… Strokes or cardiovascular occurences… Then the premies increase and live birth decrease data comes by year end. It’s just shocking and it’s all happened before to a lesser degree. A human tear jerker they pretend has no causation by these tactics of burden shifting the proof to individuals who don’t know to look for it because they’ve been lied to, or they’ve made knowing such a clawing and scratching endeavor it’s nigh impossible or confusing to find – especially considering that we work the longest hours with the least benefits of any nation on earth (except for S. Korea) – very few of us are even insured, and there’s little open database from insurer’s. Our MSM news is less open than Russia’s too (oh, the irony).


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  • Not Sure

    NYT: Japan is open for Business

    by Takeaki Matsumoto, Japan’s minister for foreign affairs.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/30/opinion/30iht-edmatsumoto30.html

    Come on over! Breath in the plutonium, drink the cesium…and feel that rush of strontium in your bones.

    Japan crossed the rubicon on this one, there’s no turning back now, no rewind, no undo button, and no amount of happy happy editorials in the NYT that can put Humpty Dumptysan back together again.


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    • xdrfox

      Where have we seen before ??

      Come on down to our beaches, We are open for Business !

      Oil and Corexit, dead sea life, not to worry, they cruise the beaches before dawn and spot/try to pick up washed up large dead sea life before the public comes out !


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    Before any Mother leaves a Hospital, her milk should be tested.

    Baby’s go through testing’s before you can bring them home. Why not test Mother’s milk also?


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    • xdrfox

      We will see if the authority’s care enough to advise how much they have damaged the people and future peoples !


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    • mothra

      After Chernobyl premies increased, live births decreased in the US:
      Dr Ernest Sternglass of University of Pittsburg presented the following infant mortality rate for the Pacific states, following chernobyl fallout in May 1986, just one month after Chernobyl: 

      * May 1986 54% increase infant mortality in Washington state 

      * May 1986 48% increase infant mortality in California compared to previous June 

      * June 1986 245% increase deaths per thousand live births in Washington state 

      * June 1986 900% increse infant mortality rate per live births in Massachusetts
       
      http://www.radiation.org/reading/ejsternglasspubs.html
      Why? Radioactive cesium and iodine (confirmed here) target fatty tissues, thyroid, ovaries and breasts. When it’s not here these occurences improve. Stat.

      Agencies (ICRP et al) cherry picked risk data for levels they want to stay lower cost in operation despite effects on people – especially infants and high risk groups. They’re flawed models. These low dose risk models have huge error rates. They’ve set aside whole studies proving it – discounted data from whole countries in impact assessments. They’ve known a long time, AGAIN and again they’ve been presented with a lot of information – they still won’t change them. The babies keep dying or contracting illness from atypical pneumonia, cardiovascular to reproductive disruption and developmental defects… On and on. 
      http://www.cerrie.org/pdfs/cerrie_report_e-book.pdf

      Claiming they don’t know is a lie. Perpetuating additional “errors” is criminal among other labels I could easily think to type, but I’m trying to keep my language clean, level and on point.

      My point is: No, it’s not just Japan – it’s global. The largest global nuclear event in history: 1,900 tons. The above links were under 200 tons. If they didn’t know, why are they capitalizing on medical investments for the same ailments instead of warning people or changing?


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      • xdrfox

        @ mothra
        You did notice that I did not specify any specific country.

        Good reporting there, I am sure none of us were aware of the horrifying numbers of infant mortality were so high.
        So many tears of mothers/families that may have never know why.

        MSM owned by the Assassin’s !


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        • mothra

          Totes. Yeah, I was addressing other “poor Japan” perspectives from all comment strings on other reports inclusively because it applied to the topic in integration to “poor everyone.” I know I’m addressing a highly attenuated, ethical and intelligent crowd here. It’s refreshing. I add those whole picture impacts for others who may not know scope, or why a mother’s breast milk report or yellow Xenon compound rain in single Japan news report matters to them also. Forest through trees snapshot style, but not directly at/to you – just cohesion to larger topic discussion. Bringing the point home – extrapolation of revelation. Insert my profound appreciation to you and yours here please :) .


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  • Buck-O

    How are they deriving these figures? I don’t know of any woman that can give a liter as a sample in one setting. Bull. It would take at least 2 days to get that much. Expecially a Japanese woman and I’m sure a woman would want to sit around for two or three days to do that.


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    • xdrfox

      @ Buck-O

      I am sure the amount they tested was small but they multiplied it/with equal contamination to the size of a liter with common figure of measurement to make a better understanding to the Mothers/readers.

      Reading fractions measurements of a liter or a liter.

      A pound has 17 teaspoons of sugar how much per oz. ?

      How much in grams then Micro grams ?


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      • mothra

        Or they get a high reading in a small sample and just report it as an average per liter. The general mother’s milk express is between 2-4oz. Without transparency we can’t know, but you may educatedly assume the trend from all past behavior: decrease or obscure level reported, understate impact.

        There’s cost and liability in reporting transparently. It’s easier and cheaper to obfuscate and shift the burden of causation proof to a greiving, uninformed or unorganized individual.


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        • xdrfox

          I can’t give them that much credit, may have used the lowest testing score, and the mothers hearing the inf, may be suffering from all 3 of the tragedies and disadvantages !

          Who could think or reason well even if well educated being so de-shoveled and PTS !

          They are not looking to be lie to on top of all else !
          aaarrrggg !


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  • mikael

    And corectme if I am wrong, the Bequerel reading is Always in Pr/Hour, and not Pr/Year as the safty regulations states.
    That makes the reading faar more, than what it actualy tryes to state.


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  • Tricky Dick

    This sucks.


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  • Jay

    I can just hear it now.

    “Why no doctor, that’s not a lump in my breast. That’s my new reverse osmosis filter that I just had installed. Do you think I should add a floride filter and a strontium filter as well?”


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  • xdrfox

    Japanese farmers to cull milk cows
    The Yomiuri Shimbun/Asia News Network
    Mon, May 02, 2011
    IITATEMURA, Fukushima–All 11 dairy farms in Iitatemura have decided to cull their adult cows after abandoning hope of moving them elsewhere, it has been learned.
    Iitatemura is more than 30 kilometers from the troubled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
    The farmers said they will soon cull their adult dairy cows and sell the calves.
    As of December, there were 244 milk cows in Iitatemura, of which 190 were adults and 54 were calves, according to the village government.
    The Iitate chapter said the diary farmers cannot afford to feed the cattle sufficiently because of their financial hardships, leaving the animals weak. Even if the cattle were moved elsewhere, they would be vulnerable to sickness and unlikely to produce milk as before, the farmers said.
    It is not yet decided when the adult cows will be culled, they said, adding that most of the farmers will eventually be forced to discontinue their dairy business completely.
    http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110502-276708.html

    I don’t think this is about finical hardship as the rest of the article promotes..Contaminate milk and cows !


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  • xdrfox

    Farmers protest against Japanese nuke plant owner
    TOKYO – Angry farmers brought two cows to Tokyo where they shouted and punched the air Tuesday in a protest to demand compensation for products contaminated by radiation spewing from Japan’s crippled nuclear plant.
    The 200 farmers, mostly from northeastern Japan, wore green bandanas, held aloft cabbages they said they couldn’t sell and carried signs saying “Stop nuclear energy” outside the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the plant damaged in the March 11 tsunami.
    “My patience has run out. The nuclear crisis is totally destroying our farming business,” said 72-year-old Katsuo Okazaki, who grows peaches and apples.
    Radiation leaking from Fukushima Dai-ichi plant — about 140 miles (220 kilometers) north of Tokyo — has been found in milk, water and vegetables such as spinach from around the plant.
    Authorities have banned the sale of raw milk…
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110426/ap_on_re_as/as_japan_earthquake


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  • xdrfox

    Calif. ag groups work to help Japanese farmers
    Posted at 11:32 AM on Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2011
    The Associated Press

    FRESNO, Calif. — California agricultural groups are calling on U.S. farmers and farm organizations to send aid to farmers affected by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan.
    The “Growers Looking Out for Growers” campaign kicked off Tuesday and aims to raise $1 million for Japanese famers who have lost their land, crops, animals and equipment.
    The campaign is spearheaded by the Nisei Farmers League, based in Fresno.
    The group says an estimated 67,000 acres of farmland were destroyed, and some dairy and vegetable products were contaminated by radiation spewing from a crippled nuclear plant. Farmers also had to abandon thousands of animals in the evacuation zone.
    The campaign is partnering with the Japanese farmer cooperative, JA Zenchu, which will distribute the funds to farmers in Japan.
    http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/27/2366245/calif-ag-groups-work-to-help-japanese.html


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