Foreign doctors on Fukushima trip “very surprised” at condition of patients: “Symptoms are always the same” — Pains at rear of ears, stomatitis, skin disease… more (VIDEO)

Published: November 28th, 2012 at 8:57 pm ET


Title: Report on the “Learn from Chernobyl” tour in Japan
Source: ERF2012 (Cinema Forum Fukushima)
Date: Nov 25, 2012

Ms. Kazuko Kawai, Founder of Voices for Lively Spring (a Japan-based human rights organization and a grass-root organization): The radiation problem, health problem is spreading all over Japan now through burning debris Iwate and Miyagi, and also contaminated food.

Both foreign doctors participated in the IPPW World Conference and the field trip in Fukushima, which was organized by Peace Boat and Green Action and other organizations.

And they thought that they had sufficient information, but then they observed the health consultations on the tour and were very surprised to find out that actual patients were in even worse condition than they had anticipated.

The symptoms are always the same as Dr. [inaudible] said. […] Nose bleeds, skin disease, diarrhea, respiratory diseases, pains at the rear of the ears, stomatitis, and so on, and so on – as well as thyroid disorders.

Watch the video here

Published: November 28th, 2012 at 8:57 pm ET


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22 comments to Foreign doctors on Fukushima trip “very surprised” at condition of patients: “Symptoms are always the same” — Pains at rear of ears, stomatitis, skin disease… more (VIDEO)

  • Lion76 Lion76

    this is hurtful to read.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    It's what a nuclear reactor can do to a country. And does.

  • It's what a nuclear reactor can do to a planet. And is.


    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      a half dozen "belly-up" reactors (that we know of)and everything else building up & emitting rads from all the sources we talk about here & then some! I hate when well-meaning people say look what "WE" did?!! "WE" is not "ME"!! "I"-have not "conformed" to the System for many years now for many reasons ranging from personal injustice(s) & unfair judgements,US Policies especially related to the Nuclear Arms Race that never really ended with the Cold War & Wall collapsing & the loss of the sense of freedom & with it my sense of loyalty and/or ambitions following the logical disillusionment I experienced as a "captive" audience to the collusion & cover-ups through the years with the final straw being the "incidentally" or "intentionally" deadly,potentially ELEvent that taught them NOTHING at all!! "THEY" did this!!NOT "WE!! On that note I'll wish everyone a pleasant evening & even better tomorrow if indeed tomorrow comes?….. 🙂

  • dosdos dosdos

    And the LDP is calculating victory in the coming election, and they will tighten down even harder on what the medical facilities can do and put all reactors back on line. You think it's bad now? Just wait.

  • Mack Mack

    Here are some of the symptoms found after Chernobyl, for the Japanese to use as a comparison

    Source: "Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment"

    PAGE 44:

    Nose bleeds
    Heart arrhythmias
    Stomach pain
    Loss of appetite
    Chronic gastroenteric pathology
    Including chronic duodenitis
    Including chronic gastroduodenitis
    Gallbladder inflammation
    Vascular dystonia and heart syndrome
    Tonsil hypertrophy and chronic tonsillitis
    Tooth caries
    Chronic periodontitis

    PAGE 47:

    Nervous system diseases
    Circulatory diseases

    PAGE 55:

    Premature aging of the eyes
    chronic cholecystitis
    fatty liver
    renal dystrophy

    PAGE 56

    early senile cataracts
    Decline in higher mental function characteristic of senility
    Development of Type II diabetes in liquidators younger than 30 years of age
    Loss of stability in the antioxidant system.
    Retina vessel arteriosclerosis
    Hearing and vestibular disorders at younger ages

    Any doctors in Japan, going to Japan, and Japanese citizens should read this book to use as a comparison "Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment"

  • Anthony Anthony

    THANK GOD they acknowledge the error of debris incineration. For us all.

  • kx kx

    Only the foreign doctors not in the Japanese government payroll acknowledged the problem. In japan is much the same silence and obfuscation. the burning continues, I hope just in Iwate and Miyagi but months ago they where planning burning Fukushima debris everywhere and I believe they are doing it now everywhere not just those 2 places.

  • NRC run by humans
    TEPCO run by humans
    Most dangerous thing in the the world, run by humans

    Humans over time will be greedy and unreliable, they will instances of denial, they will panic, they will face insurmountable attacks by mother nature.

    Kill nuke before it kills you.

    here is why—the Manifesto

  • andagi andagi

    Dear Folks,
    All of this. and my friend's American son and his Japanese wife stay in Fuku/Koriyama. It's positively maddening. She is in her childbearing years and he is career-minded. These educated adults have options! So many others don't! Aigeesh…

  • Sol Man

    So much I can't comprehend. It seems to be a death wish that honors itself, hence tptb continue to push the npp agenda and the burning of the radioactive waste. We must be in Armageddon to inflict these type of pains of death upon our children; the future of the civilization and the world. These may be shortened considerably.

  • razzz razzz

    Chernobyl was bad, the lid explodes off the kettle, some nuclear fuel goes airborne along with the explosion, the rest burns for 10 days, around 50 people die soon afterwards but since it happened in a sparely populated area Dr. Caldicott and friends estimate a million people have died thus far from the catastrophe.

    As compared to Fukushima which the surrounding area is densely populate, any fallout is more apt to hit a human target. Doesn't matter most fallout initially blew out to sea, the total amount of melted fuel is more than triple Chernobyl.

    So, worse case scenario is Chernobyl's million deaths times 3 for the Fukushima disaster according to Dr. Caldicott. The early signs of disease and distress is certainly heading in that direction.

    Just to many people in the fallout vicinity including any plumes that headed for the States and beyond.

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Stomatitis can be caused by Radiation–from Wikipedia
    Stomatitis is an inflammation of the mucous lining of any of the structures in the mouth, which may involve the cheeks, gums, tongue, lips, throat, and roof or floor of the mouth. The inflammation can be caused by conditions in the mouth itself, such as poor oral hygiene, dietary protein deficiency, poorly fitted dentures, or from mouth burns from hot food or drinks, toxic plants, or by conditions that affect the entire body, such as medications, allergic reactions, RADIATION THERAPY, or infections.

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      Stomatitis is a follow-on condition of a radiation-compromised immune system. Ear, nose and throat infections or inflammations in general are expected following the loss of white blood cells. All the usual upper respiratory ailments are probably the first to be seen, followed by the ENT diseases mentioned above. Persistent allergies can be a longer-term problem.

      White blood cell (WBC) count drops within 24 hours of even small radiation doses. A few sequential WBC counts can tell someone two very important things: the first is if they had no or very low doses of radiation. Peace of mind is everthing, and that would go ten times over to know your childrens' approximate dose. Of course, I wouldn't have expected the Japanese to bother with such an easy test.

      The next thing is where the dropping WBC levels off. It's of the best biological markers because they die off at known rates for given exposure levels. Doses that cause something like 50% die-off are high, but survivable. Doses that only cause a 10% drop in WBC are small but significant. At higher levels of die-off, your body's ability to manufacture new WBCs is impacted.

      The point is that your body shows how much it was hurt (or not) in a pretty clear way. I consider that method far superior to the crazy-rings the nucleocrats drew on an NPP map forty years ago.

      This is standard practice in assessing non-lethal radiation exposure.

  • Dr. Doerte Siendetopf, a retired German physician who has worked with children of the Chernobyl disaster for 20 years

  • Hi I post Ms. Kazko Kawai's transcript on our website's comment section. Please feel free to utilize it.

  • I'm sorry Dr. Doerte Siendetopf is the right spelling of her name.

  • I apologize in my previous comment was missing "n" again, "Dr. Doerte Siedentopf" with "N" before "topf" is the right spelling….

  • The other American doctor, is Dr. Jefferey Patterson of PSR.

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      Thanks for posting this, CFF. I wish there was some way we could clone about 20 more of Ms. Kazuko Kawai. She made two particular remarks that caught my attention:

      "…For patients, primary care doctors are their first contact, but the doctors really lack in the radiation knowledge…"

      "…In my opinion, the Japanese primary care doctors in private practices might ignore nuclear scientists and physicists, but should be glad to hear what their colleagues, e.g., clinical doctors would say…"

      I believe these two observations are true anywhere, not just Japan. Primary care physicians in the U.S. may have had a chapter in a textbook or brief training in acute radiation exposure, but they would act pretty much the same way as Japanese doctors if suddenly overwhelmed with patients that had significant but sub-acute exposures.

      If I had a spare Ms. Kazuko Kawai, I would figure out a way to send hundreds of medical students from the U.S. to Japan to work with radiation victims for a few weeks. Particularly cardiologists, endocrinologists, opthalmologists and – of course – thyroid specialists. No agenda, no suggesting what Japan is doing right or wrong. Just let medical students be medical students and see radiation victims.

      The second clone of Ms. K would then arrange a follow-on few weeks for the medical students to work in Belarus.

      Pay them ten thousand dollars for their trouble. Worth every penny.