New Scientist: Japan’s radioactive children will be fine, thyroid glands only emitting 35 millisieverts — Anything under 100 millisieverts not dangerous

Published: August 16th, 2011 at 6:02 pm ET
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Radioactive Fukushima children given cancer all-clear, New Scientist by Rowan Hooper, August 16, 2011:

According to a report by the Japanese national broadcaster, NHK, around half of 1149 children tested in Fukushima prefecture have radioactive iodine in their thyroid glands.

Satoshi Tashiro of Hiroshima University told a meeting of the Japan Pediatric Society in Tokyo that the highest level measured was 35 millisieverts. Radiation doses below 100 millisieverts are not considered dangerous, and Tashiro said that thyroid cancer will therefore probably not increase in the future. […]

Gerry Thomas, who runs the Chernobyl Tissue Bank at Imperial College London, sees no cause for concern as a result of Tashiro’s data. “I would agree with the Japanese that the levels they found do not pose a risk for future increases in thyroid cancer in that population,” she says.

The only proven biological effect of radiation at Chernobyl was an increase in thyroid cancer among those who were children at the time of exposure. […] There have been 15 deaths from thyroid cancer attributable to Chernobyl so far, but Thomas says there probably won’t be a single death in Japan. […]

Published: August 16th, 2011 at 6:02 pm ET
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55 comments to New Scientist: Japan’s radioactive children will be fine, thyroid glands only emitting 35 millisieverts — Anything under 100 millisieverts not dangerous

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Evil fucking shill. Hard Stop.

    • Darth

      This dribble is so flawed it is hard to know where to begin…

      Let’s start with I-131’s half-life being 8 days.

      In 80 days any absorbed I-131 should be decayed to background level.

      So, when were these students measured? If you back-out their numbers to time of “infection” they will be much higher.

      What a joke. I see no expertise in this crap – just spin.

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Evil fucking shill. Full Stop.

  • norbu norbu

    What happens in 6 months? A year? Are they in a fantasy land? Who is lying here? Is there a problem or are they blowing smoke? Come clean now please. What a way to clear your Karma tell the truth. We are all waiting. Denial does no good. The truth will rain down on everyone. General strike for all. Boycott all japan’s products, force them to deal with this situation. I am spreading the news everywhere I go, yesterday Solar store. They do not even know that japans solar stuff,cars ect.. is NO good. Clueless, to busy to realize! What a shame! We choose life. We will not go down. Thank you ENE for keeping us informed!

  • selfsovereign

    Ignoring the lessons of the past – chernobyl

    Ignoring the seriousness of the present – save the flippin CHILDREN!

    Dissmissive of the future consequences……………………

    These are indications that we just might live on a slave planet, eh?

    At least we have an idea of what happened to mars.

    Would converting the earth into the SECOND asteroid belt in our solar system, be a MERCIFUL euthenization?

    As Helen Caldicot states – The damage done to DNA can take up to twenty generations to express themselves as systemic disease.

    Human race, EPIC FAIL.

  • Sickputer

    They lie well after deleting reports from March that were higher than the 35 millisievert. See the July 5th link on enenews partially cached… Article removed by the Japanese.

  • jec jec

    As a person whose CHILD got thyroid cancer after we living in fallout area from Chernobyl, I can say thryroid cancer changes your entire life. First, weight gain is extreme, the medications do not always help with all the symptoms. My daughter is tired, her hands peal skin and bleed, she is unable to control basic minerals such as calcium in her body. Doctors are unable to keep the thryoid medicine in her system at a steady level. For her, the surgery was difficult, heble swollowing, and some times has fluid come from her mouth due to difficulty. She has to have nuclear scans every three years, radiation treatment every three years for the rest of her life. Her hair is dry, skin is dry, and she suffers with swollen legs, and hands. She has a 60% chance of cancer reoccurring, and lives with that understanding. Of course, she can not carry a baby or pregancy with this treatment or disease. So far, she is still ALIVE. and can live as long as she can afford the daily medicines, the monthly doctor visits, the tests, and the expensive treatments. She MUST take medicine every day of her life, medicine which helps with the lack of thryroid homones her body can no longer make. And the problems she faces due to the fact the artifical thyroid medications do not replace all the needs for the human body. I hope all the scientists who look at data, and make those %%% statements understand each data point is a HUMAN! Who deserves the same health and life as THEY have. We did not ask to be radiated, no one mentioned issues in other areas outside of Belarus in 1986. Now we know, but the damage has been done. Our sympathy is with the many many exposed children and their families in Japan. We hope Free health coverage will be made available to all the victims, and cancer treatment/thyroid replacement therapy improves. So the comment “only a few have died”..the question should be HOW MANY GOT CANCER–Thats the critical number.

    • James Tekton James Tekton

      Dearest Good Heart,

      All my prayers and support for you and the dear children. Your eyes must tell your story. We want to share in your pain and help in your healing.

      All we can do is to continue to shine the light on such plights as your own. This we must do.

      One day at a time we see the terrible outcomes people are suffering and on the horizon there lies the dark cave of uncertainty about more, and even worse. Only an awakened world population that simply all says NO MORE all at once in ONE VOICE will stop those who profit from death. In the not to distant future, all this may seem unimportant compared to the right in your face other potential horrendous possibilities. What is this Babylon govt going to do to take the growing attention and awakening to the corruption and deception off of it? Can you think, FALSE FLAG EVENTS?

      Pray, ask, say good words for all those who speak up from their true hearts as this. Thank you Jec for telling us your truth. Perhaps there is hope that when we all decide to change it, we can also have access to all the technology that will heal your little girl.

      Bless.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        I am really sorry for your pain and suffering. Thank you for sharing it.

        Another question, how many are getting heart attacks and strokes, and all the other diseases caused by radiation contamination.

    • I am so sorry Jec for the suffering of your child…

    • Thank you for your expert input, how I wish you and your beautiful daughter had to never know about these things !

    • nohobear nohobear

      Thank you for sharing your personal story, and I am so sorry for the suffering Chernobyl has brought your family. I have two dear friends, mother and daughter, who are both battling multiple cancers that they believe resulted from Chernobyl fallout that landed in the Hebrides where they were living at the time. As you well described, the strain on body, soul, and finances is enormous.

      Peace and strength to you. Lets us all never be afraid to tell the truth, and work to abolish this evil from the face of the earth.

    • arclight arclight

      i am sure jes that there are prayers heading your way (probaly multi faith )…god bless you and yours…and thank you for sharing!

    • alasanon

      Thank you for sharing that REALITY! She is very lucky to be alive. Bless your hearts. I’ve heard other mother and daughter stories of survival from Chernobyl…so touching.

      Very few people respect the complexity of the thyroid. Unknown to many and although small, the Thyroid (or its replicated function) is absolutely essential to survival. It is a really powerful organ.

      I have real issues with anyone dismissing thyroid contamination with cell-killing I-131… Those children are guaranteed a thyroid disease at the least! The endocrine system requires such a delicate balance…wow, you do NOT want to mess with it.

    • Steven Steven

      Thanks for sharing jec. Admin should make your story a headline, everyone needs to read it.

  • Novamind

    Tashiro and Thomas both need thier asses beat for lieing, and thier thryoids cut out for the doaner program they would be starting!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    ….death is too good for these people….

  • norbu norbu

    They could do clean-up at the plant. They do not think anything is wrong, so no harm? They cannot hide for to long. They will have nightmares for ever. Lies will get them nothing! General Strike. Peace no violence. They want us to lash out so they can fight back. We do not have to buy there crap! Death is to simple. They need to see what this stuff does to people. Help sick people at the hospital.

  • jec jec

    Women with thyroid problems have problems with pregnancy! Today’s girls in Fukushima or other fallout areas, may face difficulties due to damage their thyroid.
    See following:
    The ATA is now saying that even mild hypothyroidism can cause serious problems with the pregnancy, including premature birth or lower IQ in the baby.

    According to the ATA Statement:
    …an increased risk for premature delivery….an increased risk for miscarriage

    The offspring of mothers with thyroid hormone deficiencies during pregnancy may be at risk of mild impairment in their intellectual function and motor skills.

  • Sorry for the double post but I think it appropriate here

    Emergency International Petition to PROTECT THE CHILDREN OF FUKUSHIMA
    http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5502/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7804

    Kodama Tatsuhiko, Radiation Effects on Health: Protect the Children of Fukushima, The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 32 No 4, August 8, 2011
    http://japanfocus.org/-Kodama-Tatsuhiko/3587

  • arclight arclight

    under a hundred milisieverts eh?

    RADIATION SAFETY, PRECAUTIONS AND ADVICE TO PATIENTS ADMINISTERED THERAPEUTIC DOSES OF I-131

    “According to this regulation the physician in charge may authorize the release of any individual who has been administered radiopharmaceuticals if the total effective dose equivalent to any other individual from exposure to the released individual is not likely to exceed 5 millisieverts (0.5 rem). In this paper we suggest some written instructions to the patients to ovoid the unnecessary radiation to the general public, health worker and the environment.”

    http://www.alasbimnjournal.cl/revistas/4/amarali.htm

    interesting procedures for the family of the radiotherapy treated iodine 131 patient on the link…

    • Good find Arclight (your search skills are always impressive)

      I simply do not believe that these scientists and doctors really think that 35 millisieverts to the thyroid (Iodine 131 alone) is “safe”

      The really disturbing implication is that Japan is deliberately creating a quarantine to keep radioactive people in one area (already contaminated areas), thereby allowing them to suffer more exposure and more illness.

      The rumors that people have already died of radiation sickness (a.k.a. sudden onset “leukemia”) is terrifying.

      We are witnessing genocide and most people in the western world simply do not seem to care enough to find out what is happening.

      Perhaps they have been conditioned to accept localized genocide since it happens so frequently around the world.

      Yet they will be surprised when it is their turn as the forces of greed, corruption, and genocide turn against them…

      • alasanon

        Yes, majia! The tide will turn on those who think it’s just not their problem. Recent reports of people dropping dead after heavy exposure in Japan are startling–and you know how hard they tried to cover that up!…
        Today I read stories of at least 4-5 sudden deaths of young people in hard-hit regions, not to mention what it has been doing to their pets!…

    • arclight arclight

      a bit more to this story here

      Japan:FSC shows intake benchmark of 100 millisieverts
      Laaska News July 26,2011
      “A government food safety panel has recommended that safeguard measures be implemented to limit cumulative radiation exposure during a person’s lifetime to no more than 100 millisieverts.

      The working group at the Food Safety Commission, which was set up at the request of the health ministry, released its report on Tuesday.

      The report says more than 100 millisieverts of exposure and radioactive intake during a lifetime could increase the risk of developing cancer and other conditions.
      The amount does not include radiation a person receives naturally.

      The report also pointed out the vulnerability of children, who have greater risks of developing thyroid cancer, leukemia and other illnesses than adults do. But it did not give clear guidelines on setting standards for children, citing a lack of research.”

      http://laaska.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/japanfsc-shows-intake-benchmark-of-100-millisieverts/

      and this states 100msv for lifetime not instant reading and no guidlines for children!! says it all
      peace light and love peeps

  • markww markww

    TIME FOR THE UN to go to Japan save the children,ARREST THE people involved wit this MOCKERY,the coverup lies and send in ENGINEERS AND REAL SCIENTISTS to do what is needed from evacuations to the Disaster at hand
    Mark

    • arclight arclight

      @markww
      unfortunately the un is in the pockets of the nuclear lobby too!! check out ands post and my findings on UN care and consideration bro! it will make you sick what they just cooperated in! poor children of japan!

  • jwfuki

    All’s I gotta say to This Thomas Guy is ” Don’t make me track ya down!”

    Lies are truth and truth is lies!!!!!! 🙁

  • Finding the truth in others !
    … Fukushima nuclear catastrophe is far from over and the real suffering has not yet begun as the true effect of radiation on human health will take years to manifest. Authorities (the Japanese government, TEPCO, IAEA, etc.) leads to downplay the situation and the mainstream media has all but forgotten. Many people in other countries think that it’s over. …

    http://truckersteve.org/2011/08/tutorial-meu-gps-airis/

  • arclight arclight

    got you gerry !!! thought you could get away with talking like a pratt on the net did you???
    let me take you back to the beginning children…are you sitting comfortably…there may be scary bits, so get ready to hide your eyes…

    Gerry Thomas hmmm is it a bloke is it a bird?
    Professor Geraldine A Thomas of imperial blah cheomtherapy blah oncology blah nuclear medicine blah blah research blah blow jobs xtra blow blow blah blehhhh!

    …..is a shill, maybe the very first nuclear apologist! She with a few monorobot types (you know what I mean!) giving the full extent of their intellect on this topic dated 17/3/11! She mentioned acute radiation 20,000 milisievert causing death! In a very reassuring wont happen here way!

    She said that people could adapt to higher radiation doses! Yes she did!

    though she sort of said that low dose or chronic could be bad for the population!(she was cut of by one of the monorobots here)

    She said that iodine for the Japanese would be good and was being given out! She said that Chernobyl wasn’t that bad although she said she was surprised at the quickness of thyroid problems developing in 1990!

    I think this was one of her first interviews! They denied that Chernobyl was a meltdown! Worse case scenario, she said, the Japanese have given out iodine and have done all the right things ….that was her finishing the talk!! Total bullshit artist who obviously was out of her depth in my opinion!

    heres the page cut and pasted for evidence and the link to the bbc (if you can get it ) below!

    ” Quentin Cooper presents his weekly digest of science in and behind the headlines. He talks to the scientists who are publishing their research in peer reviewed journals, and he discusses how that research is scrutinised and used by the scientific community, the media and the public. The programme also reflects how science affects our daily lives; from predicting natural disasters to the latest advances in cutting edge science like nanotechnology and stem cell research
    In this week’s programme, Material World examines and explains the science behind the nuclear power plant crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan.

    Quentin Cooper talks to Professor Andrew Sherry, Director of the Dalton Nuclear Institute, about the science and engineering of nuclear power stations. Professor Richard Wakeford explains what radiation is and its effects. Professor Geraldine Thomas, Chair in Molecular Pathology, Imperial College London, explains the health effects of exposure to radiation and how it compares to the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Malcolm Grimston, expert on nuclear energy technology and policy from Chatham House discusses what went wrong in Japan and implications and lessons for elsewhere.”

    The producer is Ania Lichtarowicz.
    .guests
    Andrew Sherry (www.materials.manchester.ac.uk)
    Geraldine Thomas (www1.imperial.ac.uk)
    Malcolm Grimston (www.chathamhouse.org.uk)
    Richard Wakeford (www.dalton.manchester.ac.uk)

    A programme from
    Material World.. bbc radio 4
    17/03/2011
    And if you have access to the bbc server and you want some bullshit heres the link
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00zf4j5

    personnaly I would like to award g a Thomas the anne cunter award for the fucking stupid role bimbo that she is!!

    Much love arc! Research research plus shes put a limit on her linkdin page lolol bit suspicious that!! Lol!

    • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

      Dear Arc: If you ever want a really good comedic ice breaker at a party, take a book by “Man Coulter” out of the library and bring it with. She’s one of the very worst, least skilled, writers and has the most preposterous upside-down-isms of just about anyone other than GW (Shrub the Dumb), if he were able to write something other than an “x” for his signature.

    • arclight arclight

      oh so she was lying about her job too, technically….well lets just call it newspeak then …oh and the new scientist mag are full of wankers too! just saying! 🙂

    • arclight arclight

      firstly i would like to apologise for the other arcs foul language ! i MUST have been hacked…..naughty darclight!
      mow that arclights back 🙂 some observations on the article

      dear sweet gerry said all those things in mid march according to the very painful radio broadcast! so what has she come up with in mid august? the exact same argument except for the line about us getting used to higher radiation levels and not talking about chronic (low dose) radiation, as for internal emmitters,,,,well…you know…..???
      she is reading form a few paragraphs only…no substance…therefore no credibility….35 milisieverts in one hit or annually?
      love arc
      now gnight ….job done! 🙂

      • arclight arclight

        in fairness to the new scientist team…I have this to say to them…

        you are supposed to be a magazine that reviews scientific data…yet you give pride of place to someone who thinks that’s human beings and I suppose animals etc get used to radiation!

        What is your reasoning? Do you agree with this womans presumptions! I can only hope that this was a horrible mistake! You could blame anonymous and walk away from the whole sordid business….remember we don’t forget……we are…. Only joking guys!

        Now I apologise for calling you wankers! Ive had a hard day (not helped by that womens radio debut and hearing Margaret thatcher rapping….long story)…now ive given you a way out….anonymous wont mind ! please guys for your journalistic integrity…. Blame anonymous and destroy all knowledge on your site of this womans ramblings, shes played you like a pro.! You know it makes sense! And don’t worry about wpp etc, they’ve got a lot a s%*t heading their way!
        Peace light and love
        arclight

  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

    This Wm. Mulberry guy, though he does offer some useful informaton on Geiger counters is either quite misinformed about the radiation levels outside of Japan or is a CIA (or other) sort of agent for the nuke industry or governments involved (Japanese, U.S., French, U.K., etc.). He states that “radiation is probably now undetectable outside of Japan”. This is not just minimization; but a baldfaced lie or utter inaccuracy. Keep a very very critical eye on this guy. This kind of blending, it would of course generally need to be intentional, of information with disinformation is a typical style of covert orgs when it comes to disinformation campaigns to take the wind out of the sales of those resisting whatever shit is raining down on us from the filthy at the top.

  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

    “sails” (argh!)

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    21 books the ruling elite doesn’t want you to read…
    http://republicbroadcasting.org/?p=16459

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Number 16.. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man The US and the corporatocracy has ruined many third world countries.
    These are some of the same countries that people are thinking of evacuating to.. for safe refuge from the radiation..
    I’m not so sure…of a warm reception.

  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

    More disinformation or confusion in the media. Children’s Thyroid Glands “emitting”??? 35 mSv. For one thing that is the same amount of radiation, absorbed (not emitting), that someone smoking a pack of healthsticks a day accumulates each year from smoking. Not a great thing for kids! Particularly this is not a great thing for babies! This is even worse for fetuses. 🙁

  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

    Once again, the problem with ACCUMULATING 35mSv over how many months (the time part of the calculation for INTERNAL emitters) is critical for any reasonable analysis to occur. When were the children tested, as in how long after March 12th or March 14th, 2011? The half life for radioactive iodine detected? What species of radioactive iodine? The 8-day variety has a full life of 80 days in the system before it has fully decayed. Shouldn’t, of course, these children (these are OUR kids, whether or not we’re in Japan, I’m furious about this!)have their forehead bone tested for Strontium-90, which lasts for a very long time. How much Sr-90 have they already absorbed? How much plutonium? (not sure if Pu is detectable as far as absorption goes) and there are a few dozen other radionuclides that should be tested for in EVERY child no matter the cost. Money is an electronic confidence game in any case. The bottom line is doing the right thing!!!

  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

    If the governments and wealthiest individuals responsible, under our current 100% top-down system DID the responsible and right things in this cataclysm, it would quickly expose them all as Emporers without clothes in the most intensely criminal sense possible.

  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

    Talk about the ocean of minimization: “Well below the 100 mSv” to be dangerous. Uh, that 100 mSv is the dangerous amount threshold to be accumulated in a L I F E T I M E (LIFETIME)!!!!! I suspect the 50% of the study group of children that tested having no radioactive iodine ACCUMULATED in their thyroids were merely tested too late as the full life of one species of radioactive iodine is 80 days or 8-day half life.

  • pg

    Thyroid = slowly releases radiation into the system where it gets lodged in other places eventually creating sores and cancers.

    Stomach = putting things into their mouths, particularly childen. Just the way it is. They will eat as much radiation as they absorb. Drinking and eating. Even after washing, shallow root plants will absorm radiation into their root systems. Plants such as grass, berries, etc. Radiation gets trapped at around 7″ of soil. If your plants roots live within that 7″ of soil, it will absorb the radiation into the fruits it produces. As for grass, cows eat it non-stop. Their milk will be loaded. Milk is in much of the food people eat.

    Nose = Inhaling radiation through air and dust. Particularly children while stomping around in play areas. Adults mowing lawns and cultivating fields will breath radiation. In Japan, clean up areas will be loaded with radiation. Air vents in cars, air conditioners and heating systems, etc.

    Wounds – particularly alpha particles, one gets into a wound, it could kill someone.

    Lungs
    Stomach
    Thyroid
    Wounds

    One death is not worth the price of TEPCO. Close them down. All of them, globally. The power isn’t even needed.

  • alasanon

    Great points, everyone! I’m so tired of trying to warn everyone I know and having them tune out…so glad others are tuned in! thanks.

    • arclight arclight

      great little resource neverany…notice thr way the darker contamination in the mid north doesnt show canada at all,,,its as if it were another country!! lol! would like to see the map with canada included…

      i suspect alot of canadian native american tribal areas were under that fallout cloud by the look of it 🙁

  • NeverAnyDanger

    Sorry about not getting the tags right but if you click on the whole thing it will take you to the article.

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      Did so, and I thank you for this find and sharing. I mentioned in a comment in a post a few weeks ago that I experienced the duplicity of the AEC first hand. While a student at UCB I worked as a banquet waitress . I had the exquisite delight sometime in the 1950s of serving the head table for an AEC banquet.

      This was when the AEC was putting out denial statements telling everyone to eat their veggies and drink their milk. Among the dignitatires at the head table were Glenn Seaborg (then AEC chair), Edward Teller, and more. They didn’t eat any of the dairy products nor the vegetables.

      So, what came out of their mounths contradicted what they put in them.

  • Dont forget the basic finding that internal rad dose has no meaning! So please stop this madness of nukes. As somebody in this discussion put it nukes are not needed. And honesty is the best policy. Is it not cruel to cause premature births? Is it not criminal? Is it not a violation of the right not to be contaminated?
    We want to live in health right now. Ensure a normal way of life. Nature will respond in wondrous ways if we just make a small change in our present way of living.

  • odylan

    A disgraceful outburst! Children are the most at risk!