Japanese journalist reveals possible thyroid disease — Wonders if caused by radiation — Continuous health problems since visiting Fukushima Daiichi

Published: April 10th, 2012 at 9:31 pm ET


Title: Journalist who visited Fukushima plants had thyroid disease
Source: Fukushima Diary
Date: April 10, 2012
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The Japanese journalist, Iwakami Yasumi is suffering from severe health problem even now such as continuous fever, diarrhea, sore throat etc.. His thyroid test tuned to be positive.
According to Tepco’s dosemeter, it was only 74μSv that he was exposed.

Translated Tweet #1, 2012/04/10 21:29:30

Because I’m worrying everyone, I shall give an interim report. Wrapping all up, since 2 days after I entered Fukushima plants on 2/20, I had stomachache diarrhea and fever. Doctor diagnosed it as appendicitis. didn’t eat anything for 5 days to get recovered. I thought appendicitis was a temporary disease..

Translated Tweet #2, 2012/04/10 21:37:17

Since then, even though I was having laxatives, diarrhea continued, sometimes had fever. had the forth fever this weekend. Reported my continuous health problem to a doctor in March. decided to have tumor markers and colon fiber test. received the result yesterday’s evening.

Translated Tweet #3, 2012/04/10 21:46:32

Polyps found by colon fiber test was benign. It was the third stage of adenoma. This polyps have nothing to do with diarrhea, doctor diagnosed it as “irritable bowel syndrome” caused by “stress“. I have my sore throat and fever today too but it’s diagnosed to be cold. I asked him why I have cold so frequently..

Translated Tweet #4, 2012/04/10 21:51:12

Doctor says, it’s weaken immune system. Why the immune system was weaken? He says it’s “stress” again. I can’t be convinced by the logic that everything is because of stress. My life has been all stressful. I sometimes had cold but it hasn’t been this continuous. I asked the doctor..

Translated Tweet #5, 2012/04/10 21:59:02

He says, my stress has been accumulated and got over the threshold. but I can’t help thinking if it’s because of the radiation that I had in Fukushima plants. I asked him about that but he was full of denial.

Translated Tweet #6, 2012/04/10 22:02:41

“Radiation has nothing to do with your health problem. Only thyroid can be affected by radiation, which is proven medically.” he had always said that. and then, the test result came back about my thyroid too. It reads, as the result of tumor marker, thyroid has a problem. needs detailed inspection.

Translated Tweet #7, 2012/04/10 22:12:00

That’s what I had not thought about. I was at a loss. All the results of tumor markers are fine. Only thyroglobulin went over the limit. Awkward atmosphere between me and the doctor.

Translated Tweet #8, 2012/04/10 22:18:19

The result sheet says, there is the possibility of thyroiditis or goiter, please have an image inspection of thyroid. Is it because of radiation? The doctor didn’t say anything and just said, “It’s only a bit over. not huge. Please don’t take it too seriously.”

Translated Tweet #9, 2012/04/10 22:27:08

I don’t want to emphasize the connection between radiation that I had in Fukushima plants and my health problems, I want to think it has nothing to do with radiation. Some part of me was thinking, it can’t be just me to become sick. I wanted to go to Fukushima for report, but…

Translated Tweet #10, 2012/04/10 22:34:20

For now, my health problem is supposed to be from stress and weakened immune system. The connection between radiation and my health is unknown. That’s the diagnose of the doctor. In my own interviews, I heard a lot of the symptoms such as nosebleed, diarrhea, fever, fatigue, skin disease and heart palpitations from Fukushima people..

Translated Tweet #11, 2012/04/10 22:39:44

I felt like I can understand their helpless feeling finally
. What the world is the reason, what should I do to improve my health ?

Translated Tweet #12, 2012/04/10 22:53:25

To make sure, my doctor is a nice guy. very kind and explanation is clear. He underestimates the effect of radiation from what he has learnt, not from his personal prejudge. (Maybe) Maybe that’s also true as he says you become weak after 50s.

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Published: April 10th, 2012 at 9:31 pm ET


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16 comments to Japanese journalist reveals possible thyroid disease — Wonders if caused by radiation — Continuous health problems since visiting Fukushima Daiichi

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Time to find a new doctor!

    • dosdos dosdos

      Most any new doctor in Japan has been instructed to say the same thing, "Stress, not radiation." A new doctor is not the solution, until it's a doctor in a new country.

  • Sickputer

    One man's sickness is a tragedy. 127 million sick is a statistic.

    It will become harder and harder for middle class families to escape Toxic Island. Like the Titanic sinking there will be a caste system strictly observed until panic sets in. When that happens we shall witness the Tokyo Flight and then the Japanese Boatlift. Not every country will welcome them because their health will be in question just like this poor unfortunate journalist.

  • dka

    very sad that doctors who should be the guardiens of life make themself instruments of a system that kills children by irradiation.

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    the guy went, knowingly, into the arms of the worst nuclear disaster in history. He went right THERE. What the bejesus would you expect to happen to him? hmmm……?

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      Along with many other journalists and cameramen. I don't remember how many right now, but I think it was something like 52. From what I have read, watched and seen of Yasumi, I'm sure he was fully aware of the dangers. I think he really has the true journalist's sense—to go for the real story, the true story. And if this was the only way he felt he could get it, well…Give that man an IZZY Award! Maybe in his case, it is more like, "…expose the lies and…whatever…"

        • Misitu

          PS dharmasyd: apologies, in case you missed my earlier reply on another thread. You are one of the good guys, and accept my sympathy, please, for your poor health. Sincerely, Misitu.

          • dharmasyd dharmasyd

            Misitu…I did miss your earlier post, so thanks now for your wishes and concern. I'm glad you mentioned it. My health problems are also partly due to doing something which I knew wasn't healthy, but was righteous. I participated in Nuremberg Actions during the 1980s at the Concord Naval Weapons Station protesting the munitions stored there, including nukes. Many weapons were being shipped to Central America, and who knows where else.

            We were less than a mile downwind from an oil refinery which was awarded the title by the SF Chron of being the worst air polluter in the 150 mile circumference of the Bay Area. I'd already been diagnosed with a respiratory problem, and that air wasn't good for me. Nevertheless, in full knowledge, the choice was mine. And I don't regret it.

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Iwakami Yasumi, founder and journalist with Independent Web Journal (IWF) did extensive coverage of the Fukushima disaster.In this clip <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwuPyLbWT9I&gt;, being interviewed by another TV journalist, he asks "Everyone is expecting which of us, two, will be arrested the sooner."

  • Jebus Jebus

    Sadly, this will be the fate of many, many others in Japan.

    Radiation Free and Free Radiation are two distinctly different terms… 😐

  • pure water

    He just needed to ask for a blood test. Red and white blood cells go down in numbers, and white show a special kind of deformities. The proper numbers can be obtained easily. For example here:
    Of course, they will not give him the proper treatment, or test like this one:
    This hunger for 5 days,if done with detox clays and a lot of water, is not bad at all. Then an apple or carrot breakfast every morning with several drops of propolis can continue the cleaning.
    The big problem is Japan has a lot of contaminated food, the air and water carry radiation too, and if one wants to detox himself, he needs clean, absolutely clean food and water.

  • Bobby1

    Yablokov, in his Chernobyl book, said only some people get cancer, some get heart disease, some mothers give birth to deformed children, but everybody gets immune system damage.

    Avoiding toxins and detoxification is the #1 way to improve health with a compromised immune system. But how on earth do you do that when they are burning rubble contaminated with not only radionuclides, but all sorts of other heavy metals and toxins?

  • Ulrich

    Back then, Gulf War Syndrome was also blamed on mental issues: http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/triage/2008/11/gulf-war-illnes.html
    Blame the victim keeps working well…