Radio: I’m afraid impact of Fukushima contamination on west coast of N. America will be downplayed, it could impact so much — Professor: This is a concern (AUDIO)

Published: September 20th, 2013 at 1:47 pm ET


Title: Hour 2
Source: The Simi Sara Show (CKNW AM Vancouver)
Date: Sept. 17, 2013

At 20:00 in

Simi Sara, Host: What concerns me is that efforts will be made [on the west coast of N. America] to downplay the potential impact of this radioactivity because it could impact so much, people — what they eat, essentially the economic problems that it might cause. I’m afraid everything will be downplayed.

Timothy Mousseau, Professor of biological studies at the University of South Carolina: This is a concern, and of course there a strong tendency to want to be very conservative until proven otherwise. […]

All we can say for sure right now is that there’s enormous quantities of materials being put into the ocean and this is continuing as we speak. It’s going to continue for some time to come, and if we don’t pay attention and don’t get a handle on exactly how much and where its going, then it could be problem for some of us in the future […]

They’re just sampling here and there to make sure on average things look ok, but  it’s such an impossibly large problem at this point and so the easiest way to deal with it is to ignore it as much as possible and that just isn’t going to help us in the long run.

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Published: September 20th, 2013 at 1:47 pm ET


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35 comments to Radio: I’m afraid impact of Fukushima contamination on west coast of N. America will be downplayed, it could impact so much — Professor: This is a concern (AUDIO)

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    "it’s such an impossibly large problem at this point"
    He got that right. What they wont say is that whether you monitor it or not, that doesnt keep it from poisoning everything. Radionuclides are poison and poison kills

  • Mack Mack

    Here's an example of downplaying the effects of Fukushima:

    Read the NEW statement released by the FDA.

    "To date, FDA has no evidence that radionuclides from the Fukushima incident are present in the U.S. food supply at levels that would pose a public health concern. This is true for both FDA-regulated food products imported from Japan and U.S. domestic food products, including seafood caught off the coast of the United States. Consequently, FDA is not advising consumers to alter their consumption of specific foods imported from Japan or domestically produced foods, including seafood. If you're unfamiliar with Fukushima, learn more here: and here: "

    You can leave a Comment on their Facebook page.

  • jec jec

    Averages don't work well for radiation as you will have patches of higher and patches of lower radiation contamination in the air, oceans, rain..and your food and water. And while people can become scared of the possible issues, its still better to allow personal decisions. If you are the one who gets cancer, a statistic of 'only a few get cancer' does nothing to help with the disease or the treatment. And to know the government or other agency covered up the that makes people very very angry. It is wrong to allow statistics to become the "gold standard." Saying only a small increase in background radiation will not cause potential illnesses is not what happens to a person. People are not statistics…

    • We Not They Finally

      It's not just the outrage about "averages," which OF COURSE gives a level of sacrifice — like, it's o.k. if only a certain number of people die. (It's NOT O.K.!) It's also that the MOST sensitive to radiation are children, and fetuses even more so. It harms the youngest first and foremost, and without children there is no future for ANY of us.

      It also apparently harms females more than males, and that alone will cause a lot of infertility.

      So do we just call the humans who are left "average"? Good God!

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    what do the people working at the FDA think about background radiation, caused by nuclear tests, which may have killed 60 million, and caused untold numbers of retardation? Do those same people cheer when their armed men in flack jackets bust through the door of some organic store or raw milk vendor? If the public at large could realize how violent and criminal their government was, ..but on the contrary they patriotically believe in the madness

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      @CodeShutdown~They're not paid to "think",just tell lies & promote banana's,airplane rides & "reduce(justifiable)panic"!~ 😐 ~ We're all FUKu'D!!

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      CodeShutdown, all of the above except the patriotic part, which now renders one a "potential terrorista."

  • Sol Man

    How quickly some dismiss the sanctity of the genome, responsibility to their progeny, and our collective home.

  • papacares papacares

    the pivotal point of the entire discussion from all aspects, forums, comments, etc. from 3/11 to date centers upon this one sentence from the Simi Sara Show.

    "efforts will be made [on the west coast of N. America] to downplay the potential impact of this radioactivity"

    • micky thered micky thered

      the fact that they are only talking about the ocean and not the 2 1/2 years worth of airborne radiation shows that they are in on the downplaying of the problem. I don't believe there's a single expert out there who is willing to tell it like it is. it's all a slow drip drip drip of info, but at least as time's gone on, it's become more truthful – not so many banana salesmen about now.

  • omniversling

    Yesterday I wanted to buy walnuts in a supermarket in Australia. The packets on offer were all marked 'Country of Origin' as our labelling laws require. However, printed below that was: 'Packed in Australia from Imported Ingredients'. But from WHERE? That is what I need to know. California? Turkey?

    As I continued my circuit of the aisles, and looked at SO MANY of the products there with 'Packed in Australia from Imported Ingredients'on the packs (four, soy flour, High Fructose Syrup, dried fruit, canned foodstuffs like tomatoes and tuna etc), I wondered how quickly it will take the global food trade to seize up when the scale and seriousness of FUKUP can't be hidden anymore…

    I no longer assume it will be 'better' here in the clean(er) zone when the greater half of the world's population are nuclear refugees, looking at my backyard for safety, drinkable water, and edible food…


    • bo bo

      In the US too, more and more labels have changed to 'product of usa' instead of navel oranges and grapefruits proudly labeled 'California' so there is increased mystery

    • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

      Seaweed imported from Nebraska.

      • hbjon hbjon

        Protecting the smooth operation of the economy and keeping hysteria at a dull roar is more important than you knowing anything about the ELE that we're all facing. Please smile and eat your seaweed from Nebraska without complaining too much as you'll upset the sheeple.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The radiation evaporates into the air and goes with the jet stream, which flows over the whole U.S, and beyond. Everyone in the Northern Hemisphere must stay mindful of that.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks



    Now it's confirmed that:

    A U.S. atom bomb nearly exploded in 1961 over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima, according to a declassified document published in a British newspaper on Friday.

    The Guardian newspaper said the document, obtained by investigative journalist Eric Schlosser under the Freedom of Information Act, gave the first conclusive evidence that the United States came close to a disaster in January 1961.

    The incident happened when two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped over Goldsboro, North Carolina, after a B-52 bomber broke up in midair.

    There has been persistent speculation about how serious the incident was and the U.S. government has repeatedly denied its nuclear arsenal put Americans’ lives at risk through safety flaws, the newspaper said.

    But the newly published document said one of the two bombs behaved exactly in the manner of a nuclear weapon in wartime, with its parachute opening and its trigger mechanisms engaged. Only one low-voltage switch prevented a cataclysm.

    Fallout could have spread over Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and even New York City, the paper said, threatening the lives of millions of people.



    • Related issue: list of Broken Arrows

      Broken Arrow = an unexpected event involving nuclear weapons that result in the accidental launching, firing, detonating, theft, or loss of the weapon. To date, six nuclear weapons have been lost and never recovered.

      Read about the specific incidents:

    • – This summer I read "Isaac's Storm" by Erik Larson, about the 1900 Galveston Hurricane. I highly recommend it.

      – And now I'm reading The Great Deluge by Douglas Brinkley about the 2005 Hurricane Katrina. Very good too.


      What both disasters reveal is the widespread arrogance and ineptitude of top experts and people in authority, whether back in 1900 or now.

      The few voices of reason are usually disregarded. And then, in the aftermath, those with the most authority manage to pass the blame on to someone else.


      Except for its magnitude, what happened in Fukushima is not different from the way we handle technology everywhere else. The common thread is always utter arrogance.

      It is a miracle humanity is still here.

      • brainheart

        We have every reason to honor those who will still write to inform and educate at a time when nobody is listening or reading. There was a time when well-researched and informative materials were placed on education reading lists and knowledge was imparted. Now, it takes every effort to dig through the trash-heap of banal writings to find true gems.

        Thank you for sharing knowledge.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    The guy with the biggest stick almost took out his own countries entire east coast..nice!

  • From PubMed:
    The inclusion of various sulfur-containing functions in organic molecules yielded compounds having whole-body radiation protection from lethal doses of gamma radiation in animals.
    —Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 1992 Sept.26(9):1144-7

    In other words, organic sulfur can repair and protect against most forms of unwanted radiation exposure. The one radioactive isotope that sulfur cannot mitigate is iodine, which has a half-life of 8 days.

    <a href="; title="Sulfur Can Mitigate the Health Risks from Fukushima Fallout">

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      Awesome! I will feed each of my loved ones a full box of Ohio Blue Tip matches with every meal on a daily basis! It's all good now! 😐

      • Sixela Sixela

        lol Johnny Blade, don't worry, this topic makes all of us a bit snarky.

        There are a lot of foods that contain sulfur. Most cruciferous veggies are high in sulfur. For the life of me though, I don't know how you keep high-sulfur foods that could protect you, safe from radiated rain and soil… Unless you go to aquaponics and grow everything yourself…

        • crystalwind crystalwind

          @Sixela: Me too on the food production question. Have to eat what you can grow in the kitchen or put up a greenhouse outside so the rain doesn't fall on it. Then make sure the water is not contaminated.
          As to OrgSulphur4Heal, I'll try anything. Whatever might give me a little edge sounds good. I'm willing to at least look into it first and then decide. Thanks, OS4H.

          • crystalwind crystalwind

            Following up on the sulphur: in addition to mitigating effects of radiation it also seems to have some connection with combating cancer.

            Quote from

            "The author of the Hunter Green Grass website notes that Wheatgrass Juice, a rich source of living chlorophyll, is high in oxygen, and that the brain and body tissues function at optimal levels when they are exposed to a highly-oxygenated environment. Chlorophyll compliments and augments the benefits of taking organic sulfur by arresting the growth of unfriendly bacteria, neutralizing toxins, and purifying the liver.

            There are several alternative treatments for cancer that focus on oxygenating the body. Following Mr. McDonald’s Wheatgrass protocol is one example. Taking organic sulfur is another."

            @OS4H: I'm re-posting your information on the Combating the Effects of Radiation thread. Hope you don't mind.

    • hbjon hbjon

      Sounds to me like snake oil. We smart newsers have packed away plenty of calcium, magnesium, and multiple vitamins from pre 3/11 production. Which reminds me, time to take one of each. Also, good to take pre 3/11 fish oil.

  • MVB Michael Van Broekhoven

    Looks like the amount of fallout that is reaching North America may have been higher in Summer 2013 than in Spring 2011, at least in some locations. Radiation spikes often correspond with rain events and the EPA sometimes turns off their monitors precisely at such instances. A little messy, but for whatever it's worth, new blogpost:

    USA Radioactive Rain: A snapshot in time and space: A couple EPA Radnet Gamma graphs with Rain data (Spring 2011 versus Summer 2013):

  • crystalwind crystalwind

    Agree with mickey thered above.
    First thing I noticed was that both Simi Sara and Mousseau speak about it as though it is not really happening yet, as though it is not a NOW crisis.
    The feeling one gets after listening to them is that everything is still okay now and at some point we'll have to start feeling anxious–but we're still sorta okay for now.
    Sorry–unimpressed with this "news." It just appears to me to be more downplaying while maintaining the appearance of being hot on the facts so that in the future it can be said that they were at the forefront in keeping the public informed.
    Thumbs still down.