Fukushima Doctor: Many who were robust farmers are unable to stand up without help — They look completely different now

Published: June 14th, 2013 at 11:50 am ET
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Title: Namie doctor refuses to abandon residents
Source: Kyodo News
Author: Tomomi Miura
Date: June 14, 2013

Shunji Sekine, 71, opened a temporary clinic in early May in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, to examine residents who began visiting their homes after evacuating the coastal town during the 2011 nuclear disaster. [...]

He said many of his patients used to be robust farmers with powerful voices but are now unable to stand without the assistance of family members. Some even need wheelchairs.

“They look depressed and completely different from how they were before the accident,” he said, adding that he feels a strong need to establish a rehabilitation facility for them.

“Since many patients are stressed out, let’s treat each of them as individual human beings,” Hayato Shiga, a 25-year-old nurse employed by Sekine, recalled the doctor saying during his job interview. [...]

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16 comments to Fukushima Doctor: Many who were robust farmers are unable to stand up without help — They look completely different now

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    People far from this nuclear atrocity have been changed. Look around, you can see it.


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    • many moons

      my tomato plants and fruit trees are very strange..no longer what I recognize…disturbing


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        I have a 90% reduction in insects, birds and snails. No butterflies.

        Haven't had an ant in the house in over a year and a half. Used to have them inside all spring and summer long.

        No bees, and I'm not anywhere near where people use a lot of Roundup or grow GMO crops. It isn't just the Roundup and GMO crops that are killing the bees off.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The farmers of Fukushima..are an example of 'shelter in place.
    A long slow painful decline.
    Radioactive strontium..'the bone seeker'.
    I hear tell…it is excruciating to bear one's own weight.


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    • andagi andagi

      Dear Heart of the Rose,
      'radioactive 90Sr can lead to various bone disorders and diseases, including bone cancer'
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strontium

      'The Mayak Production Association released large amounts of (90)Sr into the Techa River (Southern Urals, Russia) with peak amounts in 1950-1951. Techa Riverside residents ingested an average of about 3,000 kBq of (90)Sr. The (90)Sr-body burden of approximately 15,000 individuals has been measured in the Urals Research Center for Radiation Medicine in 1974-1997 with use of a special whole-body counter (WBC). Strontium-90 had mainly deposited in the cortical part of the skeleton by 25 years following intake, and (90)Sr elimination occurs as a result of cortical bone resorption…
      The radiation-induced decrease in bone resorption rate may not be significant in terms of health. However, a decrease in bone remodeling rate can be among several causes of an increased level of degenerative dystrophic bone pathology in exposed persons.'
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21523463
      Aloha.


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    • andagi andagi

      'Radioactive bone-seeking metals including 90Sr are a potential cause of bone tumours.'
      http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9780470744307.gat071/abstract
      Aloha.


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  • Sickputer

    Good human interest story, but without whole body counters and a physical reason for their infirmities the pronukers will just use this as the "evacuation stress syndrome" and distance it from nuclear fallout.


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  • Au Au

    What a selfless and great human being Dr. Sekine is. He must be feeling and thinking all kinds of things.


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    And everywhere the scientists and businessmen insist Fukushima didnt hurt anybody, has a statistically impossible chance of getting worse, and anti nukers are terrorists. And they BELIEVE it. For every argument, a counterargument, as if its a debate contest, divorced from reality. You wake up to find you live in a dangerous science fiction movie, with no superhero to redeem the nightmare plot. Fascinating, but freaky


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  • ML

    Mangano, in Mad Science, details the history of the excuse of stress as the cause of illnesses and even increased cancer that started with Three Mile Island. Even when Steven Wing published an article shown the correlation between radiation exposure and cancer risk near Three Mile Island, the study was dismissed as "advocacy parading as science." I would say they named their own game—claiming stress as the cause, in order to advocate how safe we are even after nuclear contamination, if we only ww would believe how safe it is. They resort to name calling and do not "call for a scientific discussion based on facts…"
    pages 317 ff in electronic version.

    Wake up to the PR game. That is all the pro-nukes have.


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    • Fall out man!

      Great quotation ML. Once one sees the history of the Nuke Industry's PR and outright lies they become painfully obvious and transparent. They just trot out the same old lies endlessly. That one about radiation being harmless and its only being worried about it that kills people has been pushed very hard in Japan, as evidenced by many stories run on Enenews about Japanese PR in that regard. eg, the famous Japanese head of medicine, Dr Yamashita who announced that people who are happy and laughing are unaffected by radiation!


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  • jec jec

    Guess the people have to die to just prove they are really ILL. What a terrible fate.


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  • We Not They Finally

    People suddenly need wheelchairs because they are "stressed"? Or even because they lost their homes and livelihoods? How does that cause people being unable to stand and needing WHEELCHAIRS? Does that whole area have to die off before publicly acknowledging that this is PHYSICAL and it is caused by RADIATION? This particular clinic may mean well, but from what we've seen, it may be the doctors in Japan who need psych evaluations! DENIAL is the profound (however understandable) psychiatric disorder that will do this population in.


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