Fukushima Pediatrician Warns: “Clear sign something abnormal is occurring” in young children

Published: September 12th, 2012 at 4:16 am ET
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Title: Disaster-area kids under hard stress
Source: Jiji
Date: Sep. 12, 2012

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In Koriyama, Fukushima, the weight of about 30 4-year-olds was recorded until they turned 5. It was found that their weight increased at an average annual rate of 2.4 kg before the disaster struck, but the annual rise shrank to 1.5 kg afterward.

Pediatrician Shintaro Kikuchi, 42, of Koriyama, who conducted the study, warned this is a clear sign something abnormal is occurring.

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See also: Jiji: Many children appear "prone to sickness and weak" after 3/11 -- Reuters: Many children with "immune system problems and listlessness" after Chernobyl

Published: September 12th, 2012 at 4:16 am ET
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37 comments to Fukushima Pediatrician Warns: “Clear sign something abnormal is occurring” in young children

  • Paiute023 Paiute023

    EVACUATE ALL WOMEN WITH CHILDREN,BABIES,NEW BORNS,AND PREGNANT MOTHER'S !!!!!!!! FROM WITHIN 480 KM OF FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NPP,IF THIS IS ,TOO HARD,THEN STOP FEEDING MILK TAINTED STRONTIUM-90 TO SCHOOL CHILDREN ,IN KAWASAKI . PLEASE STOP THE KILLING.


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    • kintaman kintaman

      Do not wait for Japanese authorities do to this. Do it yourself. They will never do the right thing for the people.


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      • WindorSolarPlease

        I don't think they would do it here either kintaman..They don't even tell the public the official readings that they get.


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        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          These will be headlines in North America next year.

          It's too late.


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          • xochitloco

            I feel you are right sadly.

            My family, which are tough like weeds, have had "lingering" colds, infections since Nov. '11. So far nothing unusual but I feel the persistence of these illnesses to be unusual with our normal impervious immune systems. Other people also struggle with this in our community but look at me like I have horns if I mention the R-word.

            On another note, I know two people here on Vancouver Island that developed cancer this last year (compared to only knowing another two cases in my whole 44 years)and I feel it is ironic that one has thyroid cancer and another, from Japan and who regularily returned to visit family this last year, has bowel cancer.

            Coincidence – I hope so, but aint holding my breath.

            And this all pales in comparison to the tragedy awaiting the japanese innocents.


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  • irradiatedinbako

    Clear sign .. clear sign .. clear sign .. clear sign .. clear sign .. clear sign ..

    Multinational expertise help needed.


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    • Sirius

      Yes you are right.
      <Irony on> Is there any multinational company that could sell those kids some industrial fat, so they can pretend kids have a correct weight??? </Irony off>


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      • irradiatedinbako

        Your answer is a total waste of bandwidth to me Sirious.

        But hope you enjoyed admiring yourself in the mirror.

        Either this site will inspire to more productive debate and action ..

        Or will become completely enamoured w its ability to talk and do nothing.

        Peace (I guess).

        Bako


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        • harengus_acidophilus

          "a total waste of bandwidth"
          Some of us need sarcasm to face the real horror.

          It's human.

          h.


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        • Sirius

          Sorry you took it that way. All I meant is that after all we've seen over the last 18 months, nothing would surprise me anymore.


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        • xochitloco

          Sirius's sarcasm is rooted in the fact we are trapped in the "Age of Corporations" where corporate interests control governments and charities and operate purely for profit.

          We do need "productive debate and action" as you say. But I haven't a clue what the @#$% to do about it and I don't think you or anyone else really does until people in bulk reach a tipping point in awareness.

          Sorry, had to say it


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        • irradiatedinbako

          Let me answer en masse:

          Sirius and others: the word used was irony not sarcasm .. very different meanings. It hit my nerve. Use sarcasm all you want as needed. But when it comes to the children of Japan I don't find anything smart abt trying to make quips. This to me should be the moment of seriousness.

          As to what we can do .. I have a suggestion. For every 10 "look at me .. how much i know .. oh how hopeless it all is" we ENE folks post .. you should feel obligated to write at least one email or make a phone call to someone .. your politicians (Wyden), your local papers, major papers, Secretaries of state and presidents .. hell .. send them directly to TEPCO via their website. If you can sit here and type to this site .. you have time to do that.

          Richard .. {{h}} .. god do I date myself that much? Modems we remember. :)

          Peace. Sorry to seem cranky.
          Bako


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    • kintaman kintaman

      Will never happen. They will let the nation crash and burn.
      Fukushima was the slow and silent killer nuke. 3000 x Nagasaki for Japan and later beyond. Thank you TEPCO and GE.


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  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    The Japanese medical community had access to piles of data and studies conducted after Chernobyl. An idiot like me can Google enough to figure out how this will play out in Japan.

    Its no secret that the IAEA and WHO outright lied in their reports on Chernobyl's effects to understate the risk. This deception is documented too well for Japanese medical community leaders to claim ignorance. One of the many reports (the summary tells you plenty):

    http://www.ratical.org/radiation/Chernobyl/HEofC25yrsAC.html

    It's pretty clear how Japan will react to researchers who attempt to scientifically prove harm to Japanese children. They'll do just what Russia did to similar researchers: jail them.

    Thyroid cancer is certainly something to worry about, but not to the exclusion of other well-documented effects. Chris Busby warns about cesium uptake by the heart muscle, cellular destruction and heart attacks in children. This based on information gathered in research by Yuri Bandazhevsky on contaminated Chernobyl children.

    Bandazhevsky was critical of the Ministry of Health's research funding. For his efforts, he was arrested in 1999 "On Urgent Measures for the Combat of Terrorism and Other Especially Dangerous Violent Crimes." Does that sound familiar? Belarus was way ahead of Obama here. The charges were changed to bribery, he spent four years in prison and eventually left for France.

    Busby's paper: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.llrc


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    Something abnormal has already occurred, and it effects everyone in it's path. They act shocked about this, give me a break!!


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    • Anthony Anthony

      Totally! The first clue was the reactor explosions. The second was multiple meltdowns. I can understand having to tough things out by staying in Japan, but there really is no logical excuse to remain in Fukushima or anywhere remotely in proximity of the toxins. There is no good excuse to stay there.


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      • PavewayIII PavewayIII

        "…there really is no logical excuse to remain in Fukushima or anywhere remotely in proximity of the toxins. There is no good excuse to stay there…"

        So you're suggesting that a family that's probably been economically wiped out, is unemployed and sick is better off abandoning their near-worthless home and leaving their friends and family to live in a cardboard box on the other end of Japan? All this based on toxins they can't see or measure and the government will not disclose?

        Seems like a toss-up to me.


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        • Anthony Anthony

          Hey I never said it was an easy or simple situation. But it seems like common sense to move well away (out of the originating city) of a radiological contamination. Having said that, there is the additional challenge of hotspots located far away from Daiichi but I think staying put is a death sentence which should catch no one by surprise. I guess what I am saying is if I had kids in Fukushima, ANYWHERE is probably safer than there, at any cost.


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          • I have wondered what Japan's homeless population will look like in a year or two as more people attempt to flee to a safer area. Where will the 40 million people in and around Tokyo go? What country will be willing to take in millions of radiation-affected Japanese?

            The residents of Fukushima are shunned by their countrymen. Where can they go to survive?


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            • Sirius

              I'll try to find it back, but I read an article where the author mentionned talks between China and Japan. China has some 'ghost cities' (for tens of millions people) , newly built and with all the infrastructure ready. They are just empty.
              Also, the Yen and the Huan moneys can now be changed directly. It's quite recent I think.


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            • Sickputer

              Barring a massive spent fuel fire at Fukushima the vast majority of the Japanese people will stay to the end. They are so wedded to the land that even certain death within a year might not make half of them flee. Some people value the land and tradition over life itself. Even the lives of their family. To them and the Belorussians, death at home is better than death as gypsies.

              Most of us here at Enenews would flee, but we don't walk in the Japanese shoes. I know I would move my family if at all possible. But what if the entire Northern Hemisphere becomes an evacuation zone? Would you try to take your family on a boat or plane to the Southern Hemisphere? What if they closed their shores and airports to refugees? Would you walk with your family across Central America? Get slaughtered by bandits most likely.

              Don't blame what victims do or don't do in Japan. You may face the same dilemma some day.


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  • Urban27

    It must be more studies like this: Thirty kids not gaining weight as usual, says that there must be something wrong.
    In such surveys there are most probably kids that grow normal, but some grow much less.
    It could be that some kids hardly grows at all.

    Koriyama city has got as lot of fallout, as it is as close as Fukushima city. They are both large cities.


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    • Anthony Anthony

      I was thinking this *odd* medical report is a reflective sign of the denial/gag order/damage control campaign the doctor may be up against. I cant imagine doctors being so absurdly vague and unhelpful – or people accepting such a weird level of care. But who knows, maybe he is serious!


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  • Sol Man

    Everywhere the health of the future is sacrificed to maintain the status quo. The money must flow this way; to those that are used to having it supplied. No vision for a sane future from any politicians as they are all along for the ride. Too late.


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  • markww markww

    BREAKING NEWS found video just now radiation might have deformed strawberries being sold in Canada Stores. Will this harm people in Canada is this going to happen in the USA and other countries

    VIDEO

    DEFORMED STRAWBERRIES SHOWING UP IN STORES IN CANADA POSSIBLE RADIOACTIVE DEFORMATION http://t.co/wONDDFz


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      excellent video markww. I've seen some weirdly-shaped strawberries before, but nothing like those. Some scary stuff…


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    • "deformed strawberries… Will this harm people? – markww

      If the strawberries are deformed due to exposure to radiation contamination, then the answer is YES, there is no doubt it will harm you.

      People with weaker immune systems, the elderly, children and especially a fetus will be at greater risk. (of a lot of things)

      If an animal eats something contaminated and you later eat that animal or drink it's milk. Guess what? It all adds up.

      Wherever the animal that ate the contaminated food or water defecates will also become contaminated. It's 'poop', which is normally a great fertilizer, if used will pass/spread the contamination on to whatever is grown with that fertilizer.

      The insidiousness of radiation contamination, especially when it comes at you non-stop from all directions like Fukushima, is difficult to even imagine and mind boggling when it comes to any sort of true mitigation efforts.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Well..it seems that the effects of radition are not waiting..not 30 years as Gundersen suggests..or even the 3-4 years as suggested by this professor from Fukushima Medical Hospital.

    http://enenews.com/fukushima-medical-u-professor-onset-of-radiation-related-disease-to-begin-in-4-5-years-data-must-be-gathered-now-we-shouldnt-force-upon-people-that-low-dose-radiation-exposure-is-safe

    The effects are now…NOW!

    And another day goes by without evacuation….


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  • lam335 lam335

    Notice the headline here:

    "Disaster-area kids under hard stress
    Cooped up, inactive lives exacting toll on traumatized survivors"

    And the first paragraph:

    "The emotional scars of children living in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, which were the hardest hit by the March 2011 disasters, have not yet healed and many are burdened by trauma and mental stress."

    So now that data is coming in about thyroid damage, this story comes out emphasizing that it is emotional and mental STRESS that is taking its toll on kids–not the RADIATION contamination, of course. It's just the fact that kids are "cooped up" inside their houses (they claim) that explains the spike in thyroid abnormalities.

    Who knew that stress, like iodine, seeks out the thyroid?


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  • Sickputer

    500 kilometers was not far enough for the children of Chernobyl:

    "More than 500km from Chernobyl, the peasant farmers of the village of Boudimca, one of the most affected in Ukraine, refuse to leave, despite the fact that many of their children are suffering from acute radiation diseases. Every child in Boudimca has a thyroid problem – known as the "Chernobyl necklace".

    "A doctor in the local region's children's hospital says: "The children born to the people who cleaned up Chernobyl are dying very young. We are finding Caesium and Strontium in breast milk and the placenta. More children now have leukaemias, and there has been a quadrupling of spina bifida cases. There are more clusters of cancers. Children are being born with stunted growth and dwarf torsos, without thighs. I would expect more of this over the years."

    From a 2006 article on the 20th anniversary of Chernobyl:

    http://m.guardian.co.uk/society/2006/apr/26/guardiansocietysupplement7?cat=society&type=article

    SP: What misery and human woes will be told of Japan in 2031?

    How many millions of families will be mutantized, sick, and dying?


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  • or-well

    "Symptoms that require care are more easily identifiable when children's lifestyles return to normal."

    Maybe so, but should "normal" be:

    remaining in contaminated areas, eating the full range of contaminated food, playing outdoors, cleaning school pools, gathering leaves, having sports meets, eating the supplied lunch -
    then symptoms can be attributed to pediatric post-traumatic stress.


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  • frankfan42 frankfan42

    11 years ago our American authorities in the EPA told us there was no toxic material in the huge cloud which surrounded the destruction of the World Trade center buildings. To date there are 55 recognized cancers resulting from that material and many deaths have occurred. I Pray that for the children we are wrong, but I fear we are correct in that this will be an environmental, and therefor, human disaster on a scale that most cannot grasp.
    May God help the children, indeed, God help us all.


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  • frankfan42 frankfan42

    I know that individuals have stepped forward to offer refuge to individual families. Is anyone aware of any organization which attempts to assist those who wish to evacuate Japan?


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  • jackassrig

    There were thousands of computer terminals chocked full of mercury. So when the Towers came down, all that crud aerosoled and many New Yorkers breathed and consummed this toxic soup.


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  • BringoutYourDead

    "Pediatrician Shintaro Kikuchi, 42, of Koriyama, who conducted the study, warned this is a clear sign something abnormal is occurring."

    Really? I wonder what might have caused this, abnormal?

    We will learn, or we will die out.

    Boyd


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