Kyodo Feature: Residents complaining of unexplained hair loss, diarrhea, fatigue around Fukushima plant -Retired Doctor

Published: July 5th, 2012 at 10:19 am ET


Subscription Only: FEATURE: 95-yr-old retired doctor worried about Fukushima radiation risks
Kyodo News
By Megumi Iizuka
July 5, 2012

A 95-year-old retired doctor is continuing to warn of possible health dangers to residents near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after some of them developed symptoms similar to those seen among atomic-bomb survivors he had treated for decades.


[Shuntaro] Hida said he has already received calls from residents around the Fukushima plant complaining of unexplained fatigue and diarrhea as well as hair loss, symptoms he suspects were exhibited as a result of internal exposure to radiation.


Published: July 5th, 2012 at 10:19 am ET


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20 comments to Kyodo Feature: Residents complaining of unexplained hair loss, diarrhea, fatigue around Fukushima plant -Retired Doctor

  • Sam Stone Sam Stone

    Radiation just sucks all the way around, everyone needs to know….

  • richard richard

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    • eatliesndie eatliesndie

      It seems a little poor to me too. Often the adds are really insulting when placed next to a news item of such gravity. And it's the first image seen when the page loads….. Maybe if everyone paid ene more money the adds would stop. (but then, I live in a shack in the bush and haven't watched television for 20+ years so I find most advertising intrusive & insulting)

      • byron byron

        Subscription? Pay support Enenews. Log in & see no ads? I'd do it.
        That model of commerce does work.

        • many moons

          It wouldn't work for a lot of folks who are on a budget.

          • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

            I let Admin know about the issue with the insensitive ads. Google should be able to make adjustments. They have stopped inappropriate ads on other sites.

            I also asked if EneNews would receive money if we click on the ads. If so we can really really help simply by clicking away. I know a ustreamer who averages $1000.00 a month just from viewers clicking on the ads. I asked Admin to let us know…I suggested the Of-topic forum.

            Agreed many moons. We would lose many members.

            If you use Adblock you can simply Disable on EneNews to see the ads.

      • Jebus Jebus

        Just a note, If anyone finds ads intrusive & insulting enough to do something about it, you can do it or find someone with mild networking skills, set up a free distro, of a linux router, it's DNS server and run a host file script, to block most internet ads.
        I have never seen an ad on this site and most others…
        Although I did donate… 🙂

  • Sam Stone Sam Stone

    Although a dose of just 25 rems causes some detectable changes in blood, doses to near 100 rems usually have no immediate harmful effects. Doses above 100 rems cause the first signs of radiation sickness including:
    some loss of white blood cells

    Doses of 300 rems or more cause temporary hair loss, but also more significant internal harm, including damage to nerve cells and the cells that line the digestive tract. Severe loss of white blood cells, which are the body's main defense against infection, makes radiation victims highly vulnerable to disease. Radiation also reduces production of blood platelets, which aid blood clotting, so victims of radiation sickness are also vulnerable to hemorrhaging. Half of all people exposed to 450 rems die, and doses of 800 rems or more are always fatal. Besides the symptoms mentioned above, these people also suffer from fever and diarrhea. As of yet, there is no effective treatment–so death occurs within two to fourteen days.

    In time, for survivors, diseases such as leukemia (cancer of the blood), lung cancer, thyroid cancer, breast cancer, and cancers of other organs can appear due to the radiation received.

    Major Radiation Exposure in Real Life Events

    Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    For more information on what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, consult the nuclear past page and the nuclear warfare page.

    Many people at Hiroshima and Nagasaki died…

  • Sam Stone Sam Stone

    Many people at Hiroshima and Nagasaki died not directly from the actual explosion, but from the radiation released as a result of the explosion. For example, a fourteen-year-old boy was admitted to a Hiroshima hospital two days after the explosion, suffering from a high fever and nausea. Nine days later his hair began to fall out. His supply of white blood cells dropped lower and lower. On the seventeenth day he began to bleed from his nose, and on the twenty-first day he died.

    At Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the few surviving doctors observed symptoms of radiation sickness for the first time. In his book Nagasaki 1945, Dr. Tatsuichiro Akizuki wrote of the puzzling, unknown disease, of symptoms that "suddenly appeared in certain patients with no apparent injuries." Several days after the bombs exploded, doctors learned that they were treating the effects of radiation exposure. "We were now able to label our unknown adversary 'atomic disease' or 'radioactive contamination' among other names. But they were only labels: we knew nothing about its cause or cure… Within seven to ten days after the A-bomb explosion, people began to die in swift succession. They died of the burns that covered their bodies and of acute atomic disease. Innumerable people who had been burnt turned a mulberry color, like worms, and died… The disease," wrote Dr. Akizuki, "destroyed them little by little. As a doctor, I was forced to face the slow and certain deaths of my patients."

  • Sam Stone Sam Stone

    We are DOOMED…………………..

  • unsub unsub

    I think this is good news for this sick and twisted government. It indicates that their radiation collection units (people) are functioning correctly by absorbing their capacity of radiation from dispersed locations and returning it to a central storage site (homes). As long as each "unit" does its patriotic duty the government only needs to collect the malfunctioning or nonviable units into centralized disposal facilities. Congratulations Japan! You have created a fully autonomous organic radiation decontamination machine.

    [ Cool Japan ?]

  • arclight arclight

    Japan overnight restarted a nuclear reactor – the first time it's done so since the Fukushima disaster.
    Japan's surfers lament radioactive coast
    Updated 2 July 2012

    "..Japan's surfers lament radioactive coast (Credit: ABC)
    The move has polarised the country, with many fearing the reactor on the country's west coast is just as vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis as the Fukushima plant.

    And some of those fighting hardest against the restart of more nuclear plants are Japan's professional surfers, who say Fukushima's coastline was once regarded as one of the best surfing spots in the country…"


    "..Manabu Watanabe's older brother starts to seethe when I even mention TEPCO's name.

    (Hiroki Watanabe speaking)

    "My message to TEPCO is seriously don't mess with us," says Hiroki Watanabe. "Just tell us the truth," he adds.

    Back at the Watanabe's surf shop, the brothers and their mates are watching a video of their recent pro tournament in Bali, laughing as Hiroki is wiped out by a big wave.

    These surfing siblings have competed around the world and they'd love to see some of their Australian competitors come to ride Fukushima's breaks…"

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    "unexplained fatigue and diarrhea as well as hair loss" Unexplained? how so? didn't anyone tell them that the worst nuclear disaster in history had happened recently just a few miles down the road? This is terrible, someone should tell them……

    • many moons

      They will tell them…it's just stress from living too close to a tsunami incident…

  • arclight arclight

    What Happened to Chernobyl Children 7 Years after the accident

    This video clip is from a TV news prorram aired on Nihon-TV in 1993, as part of the 4-night special featuring the aftermaths of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

    Translation and captioning by tokyobrowntabby.

    shigimatsu from the iaea went to the japanese belarus mission and declared "no deaths through radiation"?? huh?

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    Oh, nothing to worry about. They're all just stews on Alaska Air.

    Just change the uniforms . . .

  • islandboy9

    Hey everyone,SFP4 building is GONE!!!! checkout YES,reactors123 are on the far left of the screen. According to fukushima reporter YOICHI SHIMATSU SFP4 building COLLASPED 06/25 jnnlivecam supports the story.PLEASE search the livecam archives from MAY to present to view the EROSION!!!!

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Chernobyl and After – The Coverup Exposed; via @AGreenRoad

    How Cesium And Strontium 90 Kills Children (German w English CC) via @AGreenRoad