Dr. Helen Caldicott ends weekly radio program — Working on Fukushima symposium (AUDIO)

Published: January 6th, 2013 at 8:57 am ET
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Source: IF YOU LOVE THIS PLANET :: A Weekly Radio Program with Dr. Helen Caldicott

After four-and-half-years and 197 programs, If You Love This Planet will end with the broadcast of its last new episode on the week ending December 28, 2012.

I believe we have made a valuable contribution to the public debate on any number of important issues over the years. I have thoroughly enjoyed interviewing the most interesting and highly informed people on a variety of topics relevant to planetary and individual survival. A new book of 25 of the interviews called Loving This Planet may interest you.

The time has come, however, for me, as its president to concentrate on other new initiatives of The Helen Caldicott Foundation, including an international symposium to be held at the New York Academy of Medicine on March 11-12, 2013 titled, “The Medical and Ecological Consequences of Fukushima” and to write a new book which I hope will be published in 2014.

The program archives will continue to be available for downloading on this website [here].

Helen Caldicott, M.D.

Listen to the final broadcast here

Published: January 6th, 2013 at 8:57 am ET
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34 comments to Dr. Helen Caldicott ends weekly radio program — Working on Fukushima symposium (AUDIO)

  • this is a heart breaking story
    less media on the web.. hope someone replaces it..

    but helen is needed
    the residents of fukushima need her
    well done helen, it must have been a hard choice
    glad youve got the shows archived and available

    Confirmed speakers for symposium include:

    Dr. Tim Mousseau, Professor of Biological Sciences , University of South Carolina – Chernobyl, Fukushima and Other Hot Places, Biological Consequences

    Ken Buesseler, Marine Scientist , Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute –Consequences for the Ocean of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident

    David Lochbaum, The Union of Concerned Scientists – Another Unsurprising Surprise

    Dr. Wladimir Wertelecki, Chairman, Department of Medical Genetics and Birth Defects, University of South Alabama– Congenital Malformations in Rivne Polossia associated with the Chernobyl Accident

    Dr. Marek Niedziela, Professor of Pediatrics, Poznan (Poland) University of Medical Sciences – Thyroid Pathology in Children with Particular Reference to Chernobyl and Fukushima

    Dr. Alexy Yablokov, Russian Academy of Sciences – Lessons from Chernobyl

    Akio Matsumura, Founder of Global Forum for Parliamentary Leaders on Global Survival – What did the World Learn from the Fukushima Accident?

    Robert Alvarez, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies – Management of Spent Fuel Pools and Radioactive Waste
    WQW!!


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  • alpha-tracker

    One of the best from the archive is Program #55 – 'Dr. Helen Caldicott with Carole Gallagher,' recorded on 2/27/2010. That interview is the only place – anywhere – that mentions that the human guinea pigs witnessed by 'atomic veterans' at the Nevada Test Site during 'Shot Hood' were actually transported via plane to the U.S. from Panama in cages.

    Excerpt (00:40:52 – 00:42:23):
    Gallagher: And what Robert Carter [atomic veteran] told me, and I had to get some corroboration from other soldiers, which I did, so, 'cuz it sounded too crazy to me; he said he saw people near ground-zero in cages, like hurricane fence kind of enclosures, handcuffed to the fences with just what was left of their trousers on. So they were doing human experiments. And I started looking into that and it turns out I interviewed the man who lives in Albuquerque who was in charge of the airplane to bring these men from Panama in cages.

    Caldicott: Panama!

    Gallagher: …and bring them to the test site.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Fukushima Contaminated Ocean with 50 Million Times Normal Radiation

    "This report, published in Environmental Science & Technology, reveals that levels of radioactive cesium reached 50 million times normal levels in the ocean water off the coast of the Fukushima Dai-ichi facility. Even more concerning, the abstract of this paper concludes, “…the concentrations through the end of July remain higher than expected implying continued releases from the reactors or other contaminated
    sources, such as groundwater or coastal sediments.”

    This, of course, contradicts mainstream media reports which for the most part stated that the radiation was “contained” and was not leaking directly into the environment. Only the alternative press has covered the real story on Fukushima, which has now become the worst radiological accident in the history of human civilization."


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    …cont…This same study ultimately concludes that this level of radiation contamination of the ocean is essentially harmless, stating, “…dose calculations suggest minimal impact on marine biota or humans due to direct exposure in surrounding ocean waters, though considerations for biological uptake and consumption of seafood are discussed and further study is warranted.” That’s a conclusion to be viewed with skepticism and caution, of course, as it says on one hand that “it’s no problem” and yet on the other hand, maybe you shouldn’t eat the seafood because we really don’t know what quantity and concentration of radioactive elements may be ingested and concentrated by seafood sources."

    http://real-agenda.com/2011/12/13/fukushima-contaminated-ocean-with-50-million-times-normal-radiation/


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Better off having radioactivity in the ocean?

    Ken Buesseler, a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, wrote on CNN.com that the fact most of Fukushima’s radioactive fallout landed in the ocean, rather than on land, was actually a good thing.

    “In many ways we were fortunate that impacts were largely confined to the ocean. Certainly, the Japanese people continue to feel devastating effects of so large a release within their country, and many people may never be able to return to their homes. But in general the winds during the height of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were blowing offshore,” he said.

    “As a result, more than three-quarters of the radioactivity fell on the ocean. This is important, as any that lands on soil remains in place, resulting in the potential for greater human exposure and increased chances of contamination to food supplies and property,” Buesseler continued."

    http://coastlinesproject.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/california-more-on-radioactive-buckeyballs-ken-buessler-whoi/

    I find this an odd statement…considering his position.
    Doesn't he love the Ocean?


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "We also don’t know concentrations in sediments, so benthic biota may be getting higher doses and if consumed (shellfish), could be of concern,’’ he wrote later in an e-mail, referring to organisms that dwell on the sea floor."

    http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/28/fukushimas-contamination-produces-some-surprises-at-sea/

    We need answers.


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  • weeman

    Dr. Helen Caldicott your insight will be missed, hopefully as one door closes another opens.
    It is probably time to pass the torch to the younger generation, now is the time to step forward and fill the gap, is this your calling are the thoughts within your head telling you I can make a difference, we need you don't hesitate, make a stance it's not just for mankind it is all life forms.
    Stand up and be heard, loudly.

    Any nation that promotes nuclear power or bombs should receive no aid from the rest of the world, if you can afford to build and run these facilities, you don't need aid.
    Feed and educate your population must be the priority or is that to simple, maybe it's me who is simple.


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  • Jebus Jebus

    .
    I firmly believe that a person like Dr. Caldicott,
    is not finished warning of the radionuclide threat upon life…


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    • DisasterInterpretationDissorder DisasterInterpretationDissorder

      I believe that too Jebus .


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    • HoTaters

      Dr. Caldicott was the founding President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and is affiliated with Beyond Nuclear. Others will go forward and will continue her efforts.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Caldicott

      "Her sixth book, The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush’s Military Industrial Complex, was published in 2001. While touring with that book, she founded the Nuclear Policy Research Institute, headquartered in Washington, DC. NPRI facilitated an ongoing public education campaign in the mainstream media about the dangers of nuclear energy, including weapons and power programs and policies. It was led by both Caldicott and Executive Director Julie R. Enszer. NPRI attempted to create a consensus to end all uses of nuclear energy by means of public education campaigns, establishing a presence in the mainstream media, and sponsoring high-profile symposia. NPRI has now morphed into Beyond Nuclear. In 2008 Caldicott founded the Helen Caldicott Foundation for a Nuclear Free Future. The foundation hosts a weekly radio show called If You Love This Planet which originated on Houston station KPFT, and now airs on dozens of U.S., Australian and Canadian stations, and on its podcast feed website http://www.ifyoulovethisplanet.org. The foundation also operates a website called NuclearFreePlanet.org with information and data on nuclear power, Fukushima and nuclear weapons.[5]"

      IMHO she should get that Nobel Prize.


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  • Centaur Centaur

    Maybe after the symposium and the book publishing, she will return to doing IYLTP? That would be very great news! Won't forget you till 2014, Dr. Caldicott (if you read this). And good luck for all your upcoming projects!


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  • fishwharf

    I will miss listening to Dr. Caldicott's weekly programs. I wish her good luck with the upcoming symposium and any other projects she gets involved with.

    As Joni Mitchell wrote: "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone."


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  • Sol Man

    We had a place called home where we could raise our family's and grow a garden to feed us. Now, the banks have taken millions of the homes without apparent recourse for the previous owners, a large number of families have been dispersed by divorce, and the food is so much gmo as to make it unappealing to consume. How did we get on this downward trajectory?

    Thank you Dr. Caldicott for all that you do!


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Not one person or scientist would ever go up against Caldicott because she gives the facts.


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