Paper: Navy sailor’s health melted down after exposure to Fukushima fallout — Now a shaking, withering patient unable to walk by himself — Lives of younger service members “at stake as well” — Doctors won’t give a diagnosis (PHOTOS)

Published: August 15th, 2013 at 1:20 am ET
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Title: Without medical diagnosis, Utah sailor lives in limbo
Source: Deseret News (Utah)
Author:  Jed Boal,
Published: Aug. 14 2013

[...] Over the last 21 months, [Lt. j.g. Steve Simmons, who served on board the USS Ronald Reagan with the U.S. Navy during Fukushima crisis] said his health has melted down, too, and he’s not alone. [...]

He believes he’s suffering from radioactive contamination [...]

Since November of 2011 Lt. j.g. Steve Simmons has been sick. He believes he’s suffering from radioactive contamination, but doctors won’t give him a diagnosis. (Simmons Family via Deseret News)

After November 2011, Simmons said he went from being a fitness buff always up for a challenging hike to a shaking and withering patient who cannot walk on his own. He’s lost 25 pounds, down to 128 pounds, and lost 25 percent to 30 percent of his muscle mass.

“The muscle weakness has progressed to the point where he needs 24-hour care,” his wife said.

[...] doctors won’t provide a diagnosis, he said. [...]

Simmons is not part of the lawsuit [150 former sailors and Marines suing Tepco].

He’s especially concerned about the younger sailors and Marines. “Their lives are at stake as well,” he said. [...]

View photos of Lt. j.g. Simmons here

UPDATE: TV: Many U.S. sailors are suffering serious symptoms of radiation sickness after being contaminated during Fukushima nuclear disaster -- USS Ronald Reagan was as close as a mile away as reactors melted down (VIDEO)

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22 comments to Paper: Navy sailor’s health melted down after exposure to Fukushima fallout — Now a shaking, withering patient unable to walk by himself — Lives of younger service members “at stake as well” — Doctors won’t give a diagnosis (PHOTOS)

  • nedlifromvermont

    So sorry for this guy. Treated worse than a Roman galley slave.

    This radiation stuff must be worse than they ever said.

    Gofman, the AEC expert on the issue of radioactive insult called it "premeditate mass murder (genocide), and he was beaten up and drummed out of the reactor business for speaking the truth.

    The uranium pushers did not want to hear the truth.

    They will not tell the truth.

    What are we really to do, since Barack and Hillary are covering ass for them.

    Guess they plan to get a job with Big Nuke after the politics gig?

    So the bit about "serving my country" was just a gag?

    Oh well.


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  • We Not They Finally

    This is tragic, infuriating, and insane. Does the V.A. even take care of him?

    I understand that people in the military are supposed to be willing to die for their country. Should that have to include agony like this man is going through, for the global nuclear plutocracy? Shame on the U.S. military for not taking responsibility for the likes of this.


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    • markww markww

      THE VA can't even diagnose a cold anymore. All good doctor's left when the Federal Government cut the VA Funding, since them they have PA'S who are non American flooding the VA Cheap pay. The VA has people working part time and cut their hours to save money. Veteran's getting 2nd and 3rd rate care they will pill you but not cure only diagnose a disease. They never tell any Veteran his has something going on till ITS A BLOWN Disease. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT now is trying to cut the benefits to the VA and Veterans every day.
      Markww a Vet


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  • m a x l i

    "Simmons served on the USS Reagan, off the shore of Japan, as it supported recovery efforts for more than a month."

    So, the sailors were off the shore of Japan FOR MORE THAN A MONTH. Now fasten your seat belts:

    "The maximum potential radiation dose for personnel on the ship was less than one month's exposure to natural background radiation from rocks, soil and sun, the Department of Defense said in a prepared statement."

    LESS THAN ONE MONTH'S EXPOSURE TO NATURAL BACKGROUND RADIATION??? That would mean, the sailors were, while cruising downwind the biggest multiple nuclear meltdown in history, on a low-radiation holiday, so to speak – whereas their comrades, who happened to be on a one-month-plus vacation at their home turf with wife and kids, would be the ones getting the higher radiation dose in the same time span. True, there are no rocks or soil on the ship…..but, that is still a bold statement!

    I remember seeing photographs, where sailers frantically swabbed the deck with scrubbers and lots of water. What for? Their colleagues left behind in the home barracks better had their drill ground swabbed until all dust, sand, soil, asphalt, gravel and rock is removed!


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    • vital1

      They were exposed to huge releases of Radioactive Iodine I-129, and I-131 to start with.

      26th June 2013 – This scientific report indicates that the amount of long lived radioactive Iodine I-129, released during the early stages of the Fukushima Nuclear disaster, was 31 times greater than the short lived radioactive Iodine I-131. This study does not take into account any radioactive Iodine releases since then.

      http://www.terrapub.co.jp/journals/GJ/pdf/4604/46040327.pdf

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      Reported on the 14th June 2013:
      “1.19 million becquerels/kg of radioactive iodine detected on leafy vegetables near Fukushima Medical University in March 2011. Being aware of this high radioactive iodine detection, Fukushima Medical University distributed potassium iodide pills to the doctors and nurses. The report points out that potassium iodine pills were not distributed to local men, women, and children. This university is located just south of Fukushima City.”

      http://ex-skf.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/fukushima-medical-university.html

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      This would mean that 36.89 million Becquerel/kg of radioactive Iodine I-129 was on leafy vegetables, at a combined total of I-129 + I-131 38.08 million Becquerel/kg. This is just two types of radioactive iodine, and does not include the huge amounts of other isotopes they were exposed to.


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    • mairs mairs

      Only background radiation huh. Then why is there a video online taken by a sailor of them below deck waiting around while a siren blares overhead.


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      • mairs mairs

        To clarify, the siren was to get them below deck because a radiation plume had been detected.


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      • m a x l i

        They didn't receive "only", but "less then" normal background radiation according to the Department of Defence statement. That is what I wanted to draw attention to in my above comment. Maybe it was not expressed understandable.

        Wait a moment! Now I remember that the nuclear shills can't do additions. For them is:
        100+90=90
        And because 90<100 they would say the sailors received less than background radiation.
        (100 stands here for background and 90 for Fuku.)

        Still, after I take the strange mathematics of "nuclear science" into account, I don't believe a word of that DOD statement. Probably they made one measurement with a broken geiger counter, with a lead shield around it in a clean spot on the ship and conveniently never heard about hot particles which stay with you for (the rest of) your life after you breathed them in.


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    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      That "natural background"…soil, rocks, sun blah blah is on every EPA brochure about radiation. Ask about the hazards of radon-emitting granite countertops, the EPA gives you a brochure that says exactly this. It makes it so easy. Not to worry; you get more radiation sitting in your garden, close to the ground!


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  • Sickputer

    Here is an Enenews report from 17 months ago about the sailors scrubbing the decks of the USS Ronald Reagan after the radioactive winds contaminated the entire ship (including their drinking water):

    http://enenews.com/watch-navy-crew-members-use-no-masks-to-scrub-radioactive-particles-aboard-uss-ronald-reagan-after-311-cnn-the-idea-here-is-all-about-safety-video-photos


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  • ML

    There were people who survived Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombing and had very low energy. No one could figure out why and thought they must be malingering. Well it was likely due to the effect of the radiation on their mitochondrial DNA. Mitochondria are like the energy factories in every cell. Their DNA codes for manufacturing many of the proteins needed for mitochondria to function optimally. A study done on a population of people who lived in an area that was naturally more radioactive due to a concentration of radioactive phosphorus did not show outward abnormalities in mutation rates, but when their mitochondrial DNA was compared with a population living with more usual rates of background radiation, there were patterns of damage that emerged. (http://www.pnas.org/content/99/21/13950.long Natural Radioactivity and Human Mitochondrial DNA Mutations by Forster, et al, 2002.)


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  • Au Au

    I feel so sorry for this young man and all of the others who were exposed. It sounds like a radiation induced type of Parkinsons- damage to the substantia nigra? Metals and toxins damaged the spinal cord/nerves? Something (like radiation) caused him to stop making dopamine or the receptors were damaged or the enzymes went mutant and destroyed his dopamine capabilities?

    All the doctors have to ask is, "What triggered this change in your health?" and go from there.

    Surely, the doctors have sold their souls to the devil by not saying what it is.

    But, what to do? It's a pretty stiff dose of radiation they got. Along with radiation detoxing, I'd try papaya leaf tea anyway to see if it could help with the trembling. It's worth a try to at least palliate if possible. And for sure they must be trying to get his glutathione levels up and maybe magnesium could help.

    In case he reads this: I am so sorry this happened to you. Trust yourself in what you think caused these symptoms. Keep looking for answers to help alleviate symptoms. I hope for the best for you.


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  • Slingerss Slingerss

    150 people from the USS Ronald Reagan have filed a lawsuit on Tepco. I wonder why he is not a part of that lawsuit? It doesn't say. They are asking to have a fund set up for their future medical needs. I would think he'd want to be a part of that.

    It really is limiting when they are active personnel to the Military, because they then mainly have to go to the VA, when they should be going outside of the VA and getting second opinions. I would be going for second opinions EVEN if I had to pay for it myself. Without a proper diagnosis, he is stalled and treading water, not able to move forward and not able to get proper medical care for it.


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  • Sol Man

    How clean did they get the ship before they went back to port and docked; thereby releasing the crew to track lingering particles wherever they went? What are the readings now?


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  • Sickputer

    We can assume in our Future Shock 2 society the armed forces doctors are under strict orders from Big Brother. Radiation sickness is a taboo subject. Same story for depleted uranium illnesses for government employees exposed in training and in action areas.

    Massive long term medical monetary claims would bankrupt the armed forces budget and possibly default the shaky federal economy.

    There is nobody in government who will stand up for the afflicted humans, not in Japan, America, or any place. It's a terrible situation and victims are on their own. Nobody will help you but your friends and family.

    If you are in the federal service in Japan and have your family with you…send them home immediately. It's On the Beach time on Honshu. Call me a fear monger now if you wish, but we will see who is right over the next five years.


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    • ML

      Interesting site Mats, but in searching just for words with "dystroph" to avoid any misspelling, came up with this quote only:

      /OTHER TOXICITY INFORMATION/ Goal of the study is to investigate the long-time impact of incorporated cesium-137 on hormonal status and ultrastructure of neuroendocrine organs. Experiments were conducted with mature rats which received /cesium-137/ daily with food… in dose of 600 Bq /for/ 1, 3, 6, 9 and 18 months. …There /were/ some statistically reliable changes in hypothalamus-hypophysis-thyroid, hypothalamus-hypophysis-adrenal and hypothalamus-hypophysis-gonade system. …Destructive-dystrophic changes of different degree of pronunciation of parenchyma of organs investigated were observed. They were connected with disruption of intraorgan blood circulation. The most pronounced disruptions of intraorgan blood circulation were observed in brain with prevalent disruption of hypothalamus section, hypophysis, thyroid, gonads. /Cesium-137/
      [Derevyanko L; Pathophysiology 5 (1): 207 (1998)] **PEER REVIEWED**
      Chernobyl studies have shown endocrine disruption from cesium 137. So one wonders if they have checked growth hormone levels, thyroid and testosterone levels in this sailor along with adrenal function.


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  • nedlifromvermont

    What a mess! Thank you General Electric, Sir, for ruining the planet! (sarc.) oh right, you sold control to Hitachi and so you are simply not involved, bear no responsibility, feel no shame or sense of loss … Maybe, Mr. General Electric, Sir!, just maybe you are not a real "person" after all.

    No matter, psychopaths a are subject to full protection from Price-Anderson folly of US (idiot, prostitute, etc.) Congress …

    oh weh oh weh.


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  • zaner8 zaner8

    I just want to get away from home for a week,

    nothing you can do about that,

    take care of your self, and family.

    transcribed from a 89 year old Choctaw Oklahoma

    widow who outlived her offspring (Gram-ma)


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