Professor: Japan newborns were treated like guinea pigs for study of nuclear weapons and radiation — Stillborn babies secretly shipped to US for research

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Title: Huge scale of A-bomb gene study revealed
Source: Kyodo
Date: April 23, 2012

Organ samples and medical records on more than 1,200 babies who were stillborn or died shortly after birth after being carried by mothers who survived the 1945 U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were sent to the United States for radiation research, a researcher in Hiroshima says. 

[...] this is believed to be the first time that the scale of the study has been revealed because it was classified as military information and thus had been secret.

Hiroko Takahashi, an assistant professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute, has said internal documents from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology show that some 77,000 newborns were studied between 1948 and 1954. She estimates that tissue samples and records from more than 1,200 newborns were sent to the United States.

“Newborns were treated in the same way as guinea pigs for the study of nuclear weapons and radiation,” Takahashi said, adding that the “current radiation standard” is based upon that. [...]

Current standards based on study which concluded no genetic influence from radiation

[Takashi said] the “current radiation standard” is based upon [this study] 

[...] The ABCC concluded after the research that there was no genetic influence stemming from radiation at that stage. [...]

“Almost 100 percent of the newborns in the city of Hiroshima were studied and if they died, an autopsy was performed on all of them,” a former Japanese researcher said.

Locating women who had a baby that was stillborn or died shortly after birth

The [Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission] took advantage of the food rationing system in place in Japan at the time, which gave priority to pregnant women, to obtain information on their whereabouts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Most of the doctors and nurses there told the ABCC when newborns died because they were asked to cooperate. 

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111 comments to Professor: Japan newborns were treated like guinea pigs for study of nuclear weapons and radiation — Stillborn babies secretly shipped to US for research

  • Blown Camaro

    The ABCC was pure evil. They gave no/minimal aid to people who were dying from radiation sickness/burns. Those people were merely statistics to them. There is a documentary on Youtube about it.


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    • snowwy snowwy

      Let me remind you to Unit 731 which did also perform radiation experiments on their prisoners.

      Additionally please read about American radiation experiments here:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_radiation_experiments

      The German's experimented with radiation on humans too and found that it was their method to sterilize women in their concentration camps.

      The Ussr did their part too "45,000 people sent to Totskoye testing range died as a result of the test" (nuclear war simulation)

      "Babies and Stillborns Used in Nuclear Experiments

      British newspapers reported that some 6,000 stillborn babies and dead infants were sent from hospitals in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South America, the UK and the US between the 1950s and 1970s without the permission of parents for use in nuclear experiments. " (Reuters 2001)

      I would hold any bet that there are few nations who did not participate in similar "experiments". After all, they got to get the government guidelines on radiation doses from somewhere…

      While these experiments and the way they got conducted is pure evil, there is a use for the data today. Medical knowledge is a highly lucrative trade, ethics are not important for the most part. Ethics do not matter to most governments, believe it or not.. we elect controllers who would fit into the description of "psychopaths" and believe me, they sleep well until it is them who have to justify their own actions. </rant>


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      • ion jean ion jean

        This brings to mind the Jellyfish Babies of Rongelap in the South Pacific…for over a decade, the U.S. Reaped The Young and Innocent…no wonder we can't get a responsible discussion here from any agency

        When the Truth spreads far enougH, as it is currently doing, we will receive restitution, our government will bow at our knees and sincerely apologize, working to correct its mistakes…then the healing will begin for us all.


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    • SnorkY2K

      I wonder if this is also related to the US setting up school lunch program for all Japanese children. That would also help them resolve control groups, case studies, and distribution relationships such as how many children that would be expected are missing numbers in data.


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      • VanneV anne

        Just what school lunch program are you talking about? Was this just after WWII which Japan was short of food rations because of the war?

        I think that we in the US have also been guinea pigs for all the above ground testing of atomic weapons, all the nuclear reactors, all the nuclear waste, and all the nuclear weapons processing. I lived 15 miles or less from the Santa Susana nuclear accident when the accident happened. And I lived less than 30 miles from Rocky Flats weapons plant.

        Everyone who lives withing 50 or 100 miles of a nuclear power plant in the US is also a guinea pig. Unfortunately we are all the walking dead now. There is no way all the nuclear accidents in Japan and the US can be contained. There is no way to contain all the radiation vented from nuclear power plants and nuclear waste and uranium mining and nuclear weapons.

        The Carrington effect is only a short time away. With the active aurora borealis in Minnesota on April 24, 2012, (see the off topic forum), this is a warning. And are the nuclear plants being shut down?


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    • I said a long time ago there was something being hid about the aftermath of the blast !
      I know who the real Frankenstein's are now !


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    • I looked for that documentary but didn't find it on Youtube. I did find this, which is in Spanish.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8q0I_dQI_4&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL51DC8CD0561EB62B

      Here's a link which might help you find that documentary:

      http://hiroshima_documentary.youtube.nodes.org


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Is the USA doing that TODAY with stillborns and infant deaths from FUKUSHIMA?!!? A reasonable question!!!


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  • many moons

    I'm so unhappy listening to the depths of pure evil surrounding these "goverment agencies." The USA was just as much a part of the evil, they probably arranged the program, after all it was the US that wanted the babies to study….sickening. I'm sure they are studing the babies still born to mothers who live near the gulf too. Some how I don't think all the studies have to do with improving the quality of life of those mothers…so what did they want to know…probably how to be more efficient murderers…hence the children of Iraq who are now suffering from the dirty bombs the US unleashed on them. If sadam hussien was a horrible person because he stock piled weapons of mass destruction what does that make the goverment who actually used weapons of mass destruction?


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  • What-About-The-Kids

    This is disgusting.

    Perhaps by controlling all the research, they were (are) then able to control the information flow pertaining to the RESULTS of that research? Ah, so very clever…

    We may never know the truth, even after FOIA documents are released, as much of the worst, most damning evidence against the use of nuclear radiation due to its horrendous effects on human and animal and plant health, was most likely DESTROYED.

    No evidence= No liability. No liability = No one can be sued (saves lots of "precious" money!) and no one can be held accountable by an international or U.S. court. (= the criminals get off SCOT FREE!)

    Too sickening to comment more… :-(


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    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Me too WATK. I'm reeling, pissed off…more than I ever thought I could be!! And to all the Pro-Nukes who say there have been no deaths…f**k YOU! NOW the big QUESTION IS: What is the USA doing with all the infant deaths in japan? HOW CAN WE TRUST THE MOTHERS EVER AGAIN? Isn't it also …. SO WEIRD how all these stories are coming out now, years and years later?!?
      I can only pray to God – WHISTLE BLOWERS START BLOWING BIGGER AND HARDER ABOUT JAPAN. No telling how deep and dark our very own gov is acting on the radiation effects RIGHT NOW!! sick to my stomach.


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      • VanneV anne

        I'm not condoning what the US does, but one can always go to another country. I went to Canada during the Vietnam War. But I didn't find Canada all that "pure." At least in this country you can speak your mind and there is some hope that you can change things. Everyone would be quiet it they really believed that they couldn't change anything.


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        • dharmasyd dharmasyd

          OY!!! Are you sure??? "… but one can always go to another country."

          You really sound like an American elite with sufficient means to have choice. Unfortunately, many don't!


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          • VanneV anne

            dharmasyd, surfers and journalists are members of the elite. Immigrants from Mexico would beg to differ with you. The elite always stay and enjoy the status quo. Its the poor and downtrodden or those persecuted for religious reasons who immigrate.

            Those who have a stake in staying in a country do their best to make positive changes. Those who completely tear down a country in any way possible have their heart somewhere else.

            I stood in line at a food bank today having starved most of the last 50 years. Those standing in line with me never use the internet.


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            • dharmasyd dharmasyd

              @Anne…The folks who have migrated (not immigrated)here to the US from Mexico, especially since Clinton's NAFTA, came here because the US, in its almost infinite greed, robbed them of their subsisten ce farming and any way to support their familiesd –


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              • VanneV anne

                Do you have a link?

                Actually, NAFTA and other trade agreements have hust American workers the most. Mexico had a feudal society caused by the Mexican elite, not America. And the violence from the drug wars is also endemic to Mexico. In Colorado we are especially hurt by NAFTA. In California there are environmental laws to protect against NAFTA. In Colorado there are no such laws and additives to gasoline that are very harmful to the environment are impossible to fight against because of NAFTA which ensures that the Canadians who are responsible can't be sued under NAFTA.


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                • VanneV anne

                  U.S. bans it; Canada burns it: While many nations have banned MMT, we keep pumping it
                  “It is claimed to be a neurotoxin and to degrade the complex emission control systems that keep today's cars cleaner than ever before. The chemical in question is methylcyclopentadienyl manga-nese tricarbonyl or MMT, an organic manganese compound. Of late, MMT is, once again, getting a lot of attention, and rightly so.

                  “While MMT has been used in Canada since the late 1970s to boost the octane rating of unleaded gasoline (particularly after the removal of lead), the use of this fuel additive has been a controvesial topic since its introduction in the United States in 1976.

                  “Indeed, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the use of MMT represented a potential health hazard and moved to ban its use in 1977, and it has remained that way south of the border. Europe subsequently followed the U.S. lead. This means Canada remains one of the few countries to still embrace its use.

                  “This issue pits two formidable forces against each other. On the one side, Ethyl Corp., the sole purveyor of MMT, touts it as being safe; even claiming that a little manganese is good for us. While this may be true, as with all trace elements, more than a little can be lethal. It also claims that blending MMT with gasoline does not cause health problems or damage the delicate emission control systems used on today's cars.


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                  • VanneV anne

                    [cont.]
                    “On the other side, public health professionals believe manganese is a neurotoxin and that releasing it into the atmosphere via exhaust emissions will cause nerve and brain damage in humans, especially children because of their closer proximity to the tailpipe. Critics also suggest Ethyl's claim that MMT is safe does not stand up to scientific scrutiny.

                    “In response to these concerns, the Canadian government instituted, in 1995, a ban on any further importation or transportation of MMT, which had until that time been permitted as a fuel additive in all provinces since 1978.

                    “Ethyl Corp. contested the ban with a lawsuit brought against the government. This action was made possible when Canada signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), as it allows private corporations to sue nations. Rather than face a messy scrap, the government paid a reported $20-million settlement to Ethyl Corp., wrote a letter of apology and agreed to withdraw the ban on MMT. As a result, it is still counted as one of the many chemicals added to the gasoline we pump today….”
                    http://www.organicconsumers.org/corp/CanadaMMT.cfm


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            • dharmasyd dharmasyd

              @Anne (cont)… We, the good old USA, robbed these people of life and sustenance. So, I would like to ask you, very politely, not to assume that you know what I think, nor that you know any thing about me. In the past I told you that I had had an easy, privilieged life because I wanted you OFF my frigging back. Stuff that in your self-righteous, superior to eveyone – know it allness and leave me the fog alone.

              After trying to accept you back here by being kind to you, after your disciplinary suspension, I must tell you that I see your psychological disabilities most clearly. I wish you well and feel sorry for you, but I don't want to engage or interact with this degree of —???— Bye Anne. good luck.


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              • VanneV anne

                Personal attacks don't make for good karma, and they certainly will not help us get rid of nuclear power plants.

                Please stick to the issues and leave the attacks to the nuclear industry shills and trolls.

                This is not a personal contest. It is an ELE. United we stand. Divided we fall.

                NO NUKES, NOT EVER, NO WAY!


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          • VanneV anne

            “First Irish immigration during colonial era of 18th century.
            “Called Scotch-Irish—250,000 left Ireland for North America and most arrived in New York or Philadelphia. Most were Protestants of Scotch decent. Included were farmers, laborers, military and religious dissidents, and deported political prisoners.

            “Irish immigration peaked in mid to late 19th century. This was largely because of dire poverty and starvation in their homeland….”
            http://www.udel.edu/soe/deal/IrishImmigrationFacts.html


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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      A good example of the 'no evidence' way of presenting things…

      PBS; Radioactive Wolves In Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Movie Review
      http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/chernobyl-pbs-radioactive-wolves-in.html

      In this movie, they make this exclusion zone sound like a tourist attraction…


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  • StillJill StillJill

    And,…these 'sort' of folks live and breath all around us.
    'We' only thought they were 'normal'!

    This is fully demonic now,…..'we've' crossed the threshold, to be certain!


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  • StillJill StillJill

    Congratulations Whoop's–"I can only pray to God – WHISTLE BLOWERS START BLOWING BIGGER AND HARDER ABOUT JAPAN. No telling how deep and dark our very own gov is acting on the radiation effects RIGHT NOW!! sick to my stomach."

    Father thinks you just prayed to Him. (He liked it A LOT!) :-)

    Thanks Whoops,…I'm doubly blessed by it! :-)


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    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Oh SJ…love you. I'm beyond pissed. These mother fucking gov officials. THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT'S GOING ON IN JAPAN!! Screw all these petitions, screw the MSM, screw them all. Until we start really waking up and SCREAMING OUT…not a god damn thing will change. HUGS SJ.


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  • Lacsap Lacsap

    That's why they teach you guy's how bad Hitler and Mengeler was, that those are the evil ones and your country is a lifesaver 'the good guy's but behind closed doors..


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    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Ooooo…YOU MIGHT BE RIGHT! WE are the damn Evil Masters. How far back does it go? ALL OUR ACTIONS: HAVE THEY BEEN FALSE FLAGS? 9/11 WAS, no doubt in my mind. Was Kennedy KILLED because he spoke out against "The Machine"? Dont want to START that discussion but it sure makes one WONDER.


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    • HoTaters

      Joseph Mengele?


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    • VanneV anne

      I am extremely well educated and I never heard of Josef Mengele before. To call him a victim of US propaganda is to be in another country. US citizens never heard of him.

      During WWII, many people in Europe wished for US involvement. My husband lived under both Stalin and Hitler. He was very happy to come to the US. Like many Europeans living during WWII, he believed that the US did save him.


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      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Anne, your husband lived under Hitler and you never heard of Mengele???


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        • VanneV anne

          He was 18 when he was drafted by the Germans into a forced labor camp. I don't know what he knew or didn't know. He didn't talk much about it. He died 15 years ago of cancer of the sinus, so I can't ask him. The only letter he received from his father after the war, was to tell him not to send money because his neighbors would be jealous. And neighbors caused neighbors to be killed or sent to Siberia. My husband couldn't go back to the Ukraine after the war because the Soviets would have killed him. Stalin caused more than 30 million Ukrainians to be killed. And Hitler killed many Ukrainians as retaliation also.

          Are you really saying that Mengele is a victim of US propaganda and that he was a wonderful person? From what I read in wikipedia tonight he was no saint.

          Someone recently posted that all discussion end with arguments about WWII. If anyone really wants to get ride of nuclear weapons and power plants they should stick to the topic. Blaming Obama for the failures of the Japanese in WWII or the present day smacks of prejudice to me. Blaming him for anything before he was born is really a pointless argument.


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          • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

            Anne, just to be clear! I DID NOT say Mengele was a saint, and I did not bring the topic up! Please take care who you answer to ;-)


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            • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

              I'm sorry to hear about your husband's experience, anne. My grandfather was in Stalingrad with the Nazi army. Horrible things happened. Let's never forget and let us do better than they did.
              And let's stop nukes.

              *peace


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            • VanneV anne

              B&B, you are right. I apologize. I wasn't arguing with you. I was arguing with someone else. I shouldn't have put it in a reply to you. The situation is so horrible in Japan, and so many horrible things have happened in the past (for as long as humans have been alive) all over the world.

              There was a movie on PBS about a doctor in the US who, after the war, went around to the mental hospitals in the US and lobotomized the US servicemen who were suffering from shell shock. This doctor used an ice pick. It is hard to imagine man's inhumanity to man.

              Actually, my husband preferred the Germans to the Soviets. I'm feeling sick and dizzy just thinking about all the atrocities and can't talk about them anymore.

              I apologize to you again.

              Peace.


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              • Whoopie Whoopie

                If it was me (above), I am so sorry anne.
                Hugs to you and everyone here. :(


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              • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

                It's all good, anne! No need for apologies :-)


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                • VanneV anne

                  I'm sorry about your grandfather! The war ruined one of my cousins who enlisted before he was 18. He was on a ship in the Pacific.

                  My father was designing hydraulics for US bombers during the war and hydraulics for the Saturn rockets for Rocketdyne which gave us the Santa Susana nuclear accident.

                  We are all still reaping the pain from that war in so many ways both personal and scientic, not least from the nuclear industry spawned during the war and the industrial military complex born during the war including the use of plutonium used in space travel. And also from the ongoing medical experimentation including GMOs, pesticides, pharmaceutical companies producing meth, flouride and even the physics experiments this week in J-PARC and the experiments of HAARP and the unmanned space vehicle and the competition to build the largest magnet.


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  • Nuke has had 99 major accidents, plus Fukushima, so sorry, you guys reached your limit of tolerance.

    Nuke failed, and now it is time to strategically phase them out starting with the GE Mark 1 clunkers in the US

    99 Accidents!
    http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/p/nuke-accidents-civilian-and-military-99.html

    List of Reactors
    http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/p/list-of-reactors.html


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Oh.YES…the US government knows how it's going to go.. for the children of Fukushima and surrounding areas.
    Oh..they know and they sit in the White House and the Pentagon,etc…in their government offices…sitting in their nice chairs..watching…and waiting.


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  • arclight arclight

    "…Among children who were under 15 at the time of the bombings, a steep decrease in risk with age at exposure was found, and children who were exposed between the ages of 10 and 14 had one-fifth the risk of those exposed when they were under 5. (iii) Other sites: Cancers at other sites that are clearly linked with exposure to radiation in the Life Span Study include those of the salivary glands, stomach, colon, lung, liver, ovary, and urinary bladder, and nonmelanoma skin cancer. For most of these sites, statistically significant associations were found for both mortality and incidence. … The evidence for an association with exposure to radiation is equivocal for cancers of the esophagus, gall-bladder, kidney and nervous system and for non-Hodgkin lymphoma and multiple myeloma, as the results are either of borderline statistical significance or those for incidence and mortality conflict. Cancers for which there is little evidence of an association with exposure to radiation include those of the oral cavity (except salivary glands), rectum, pancreas, uterus, and prostate, and Hodgkin disease…"

    "…these data … do not include diagnoses of cancers before 1958 or for persons who migrated from the two cities. …(a) Leukemia: Leukemia was the first cancer to be linked with exposure to radiation after the atomic bombings, and …
    cont


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  • arclight arclight

    "… the Excess relative risk for this malignancy is by far the highest, /with/ … a clear increase in risk with increasing dose over the range 0-2.5 Sv. …Although the temporal patterns of leukemia risk are more complex than those of solid tumors, the largest excess risks were generally seen in the early years of follow-up. For people exposed as children, essentially all of the excess deaths appear to have occurred early in the follow-up. For people exposed as adults, the excess risk was lower than that of people exposed as children and appears to have persisted throughout the follow-up. …The other major type of leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, is infrequent in Japan, and no excess was seen in the Life Span Study cohort. … (b) All solid tumors: … As for leukemia, an increase in risk with increasing dose over the range 0-2.5 Sv is seen. … The attributable risk for solid tumors is estimated to be 8%, much smaller than the estimate of 44% for leukemia…."

    http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/f?./temp/~sCGV1J:1


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  • Altheasunlvr

    For those that continue to focus on the U.S. participation, don't for a moment believe that no other countries in the world are involved in the "scientific studies". Nor should one believe that the world's governments were not immediately apprised of the catastrophic situations. All were involved in the silence to the general public. If this were not so, countries would have been scrambling to the island and taking over that disaster, in the interest of the world's populace.
    The government community is worldwide, operating by its own "rules" – and separate from the public community, to which carefully planned scenarios and information releases are provided. We are all test subjects and workers in the government plan.


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  • arclight arclight

    "….[Antoinette de Jong, Journalist]:
    “In the case of China, it seems that there is a lack of even acknowledging that these tests have taken place, that there is a problem, that there is medical data available, suggesting that there is an effect.”

    Jun Takada, a Japanese physicist, has calculated that over 1.48 million people have been exposed to contamination over the 32 years that these tests were conducted, not including the estimated 190-thousand people who have died.

    What concerns the human rights organizations are not just the consequences, but also the target for these tests.

    They were conducted in a region that has been historically mistreated by the Chinese regime.

    Xinjiang, with its mostly Uighur population, has been controlled by the Chinese regime since 1949.

    Numerous human rights violations have been reported in the region – from suppression of culture and religion to severe mistreatment like torture and even organ harvesting.

    Uighurs themselves believe the testing site was chosen deliberately…."

    http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_europe/2012-03-02/european-parliament-assessing-the-impact-of-nuclear-testing-in-xinjiang.html


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    100 nuclear explosions—a billion people starve to death
    APRIL 24, 2012 http://peaceandhealthblog.com/2012/04/24/billion-people-starve/


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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    I feel so very sorry for those parents not being allowed to bury their children but learning that their babies found their resting place on a waste dump of a lab abroad.
    Being disposed of.


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  • Don't forget who grabbed all the reports generated by German concentration camp human experiments. Was US army or other allied forces. Bayer which was also involved is a household word throughout the world. War is hell. But I think the point not to be overlooked is that US government must have secret accurate info on all aspects of radiation damage. I was talking to a young man who had his medicinal mj permit up here in Canada due to major cancer and I asked him if the doctors could say why he had such extreme cancer for such a young person and he told me his doctor told him that he likely was unlucky and got an especially strong piece of radioactive fall out from a bomb test but the doc made it clear he wasn't supposed to say that and he would never say that officially. So people have known about this sort of thing for years but are pressured by the powers that be to keep there mouths shut. The official word is we don't know why cancer rates have rose in the later half of the 20th century. But really they do. Criminal.


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  • StillJill StillJill

    Yes,…my Primary knows,…I can tell. He doesn't deny anything I say or point out. Especially when I say, "Dr.Dovre is over there (at local hosp), catching still borns, night and day,…and you guys ARE talking about 'it',…just not to us!" I comment on all the other patients out in the waiting room,…hair falling out, skin eruptions, coughing, sore throats, the runs,….a real 'pattern', 'constellation of symptoms', if you will, all nearly identical to one another. Here in Northern Cali,…you'd have to be blind in one eye, and unable to see out of the other (eye), not to see it! :-(

    NO MORE LIES!


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  • sueec

    As you say the medico's must know. Where are all the scientists,lab staff,doctors and nurses who were/ are intimately involved in collecting the data? These are good people made to do vile things. We must support people like Bradley Manning and Julian Assange. They may be flawed human beings ( aren't we all) but they have pitted themselves against huge powers and resources to lift the curtain obscuring the truth. If we don't take an active stand to support these people then anyone thinking that they should tell about things they've seen or done that they know is wrong will be too scared to speak out!
    I find it incredible that no medical association is protesting about the radiation limits being lifted; That no church is saying you can't do this to children; that no government in the world has banned Japanese imports ? I feel like I'm going mad in my own little cyber world.


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  • RichardPerry

    Newborns were treated in the same way as guinea pigs for the study of nuclear weapons and radiation,” Takahashi said, adding that the “current radiation standard” is based upon that
    How can they do a proper study when the mix of types of radiation is totally different and we know that the radiation posted by TEPCO and governments were much lower than the actual amount.
    All so the studies in 1945 were primary for military external radiation not internal. Do a search for USA military studies of effects of radiation and you will see that the study was on exposure to troupes and that is the safe value they have put on radiation exposure since then. This really opens your eyes to see how low of radiation exposure is avoided for even extreme requirements of life and death in battle.


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