Scientists: “The very lowest levels of radiation are harmful to life” — We have to rethink exposure levels from nuclear plants

Published: November 18th, 2012 at 3:22 pm ET
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Title: Even low-level radioactivity is damaging
Source: University of South Carolina
Author: Steven Powell
Date: Nov. 13, 2012
h/t Fairewinds

Broad analysis of many radiation studies finds no exposure threshold that precludes harm to life

Even the very lowest levels of radiation are harmful to life, scientists have concluded in the Cambridge Philosophical Society’s journal Biological Reviews. Reporting the results of a wide-ranging analysis of 46 peer-reviewed studies published over the past 40 years, researchers from the University of South Carolina and the University of Paris-Sud found that variation in low-level, natural background radiation had small, but highly statistically significant, negative effects on DNA as well as several measures of health.

The review is a meta-analysis of studies of locations around the globe that have very high natural background radiation as a result of the minerals in the ground there [...]

[Timothy Mousseau, a biologist in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina] and co-author Anders Møller of the University of Paris-Sud combed the scientific literature, examining more than 5,000 papers involving natural background radiation that were narrowed to 46 for quantitative comparison. [...]

The organisms studied included plants and animals, but had a large preponderance of human subjects. [...]

The scientists reported significant negative effects in a range of categories, including immunology, physiology, mutation and disease occurrence. The frequency of negative effects was beyond that of random chance.

“There’s been a sentiment in the community that because we don’t see obvious effects [...],” said Mousseau. “But when you do the meta-analysis, you do see significant negative effects.”

[...] “With the levels of contamination that we have seen as a result of nuclear power plants, especially in the past, and even as a result of Chernobyl and Fukushima and related accidents, there’s an attempt in the industry to downplay the doses that the populations are getting, because maybe it’s only one or two times beyond what is thought to be the natural background level,” he said. “But they’re assuming the natural background levels are fine.”“And the truth is, if we see effects at these low levels, then we have to be thinking differently about how we develop regulations for exposures, and especially intentional exposures to populations, like the emissions from nuclear power plants, medical procedures, and even some x-ray machines at airports.”

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52 comments to Scientists: “The very lowest levels of radiation are harmful to life” — We have to rethink exposure levels from nuclear plants

  • lickerface lickerface

    The same could be said of other toxins like fluoride and artificial sweeteners. In the end, big money calls the shots as always.


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  • lickerface lickerface

    Yeah.. x-rays? Harmful at any amount? Of course they knew that! What a good way to depopulate…


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    If you live within fifty miles of a nuclear plant, or drive by one, or fly, or get x-rays, or just exist, you're getting blasted with radiation. We all are. And worse, the continuing leaking from Fukushima, Chernobyl, Hanford Site, and others, is adding to it. Adding to the tons of radiation released from decades of bomb testing.

    Man messed-up, big time, so we must reverse direction in order to lower contamination levels.


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    • JHewes76 JHewes76

      I agree 100% TBP, and yet it's "full speed ahead". I'm dumbfounded.


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    • Solon

      You sound like a real expert, so some questions.
      I was looking for long term effects of Caesium radiation exposure, but the only study I found was 'inconclusive', as the control group got cancer just as often as the test group. Know of any other studies?
      With radon I found this:

      CORRELATION BETWEEN MEAN RADON LEVELS AND LUNG CANCER RATES IN U S COUNTIES
      ..
      A TEST OF THE LINEAR NO THRESHOLD THEORY
      -
      BY: Bernard L. Cohen
      University of Pittsburgh
      Pittsburgh, PA 15260

      In summary, the data very clearly indicates that the correlation between lung cancer rates and radon levels in U S counties is, on the whole, negative. This conclusion would seem to be confirmed far beyond any reasonable doubt due to statistical uncertainties. It is clearly in strong and direct conflict with predictions of the BEIR-IV estimates and with the predictions of any other linear, no threshold theory of radiation carcinogenesis.

      So Radon is good for you? Does that explain why people pay to go sit in old radon filled mines as a health benefit?

      And what about this blogtalk radio interview with Ben Williams talking about Galen Winsor and radiation?
      http://www.blogtalkradio.com/belovenow/2012/07/10/livinginthenowben-williams-about-nuclear-power-scam


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  • arclight arclight

    this goes with other recent peer reviewed studies
    its a game changer
    brings new light to the depleted uranium situation too!
    will post later on that after others get a chance to speak..
    in fact quite a few relevant links..
    some perspective has to be taken concerning the "low" statistical" probability and the huge population numbers that come from that..

    and there we talk only of cancers not the complete health effects of the metal toxicity and radiological effects..

    long term genetic effects???

    and the radon releases connected to the nuclear facilities need to be addressed instead of covered up too!

    and the continuing spread of uranium contamination in the soils due to mining processes contaminating food supplys.. sold by the big supermarkets.. uranium creates radon, radon creates lead which we drink

    that all adds up to some statistics i suspect..


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  • I agree Arclight .
    The game has changed much .
    As the quote goes: There is NO level of safe radiation .
    Ever!

    All of us must continue to get the word out .
    Go enenewsers!


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  • Johnny Blade

    I don't accept the theory of my wife's sudden onset of Inflammatory Breast Cancer that began in late-December/early January was "hereditary" in nature & had reached Stage 3B by the time it was diagnosed officially on Feb.20,2012 and began Chemo on March 1st 2012,followed by radical mastectomy,7 lymph nodes removed and followed up with nearly 40 radiation therapy treatments(??!!) before being found "cancer-free" finally in September-although she still gets every 3 weeks for a Herceptin infusion via IV thru the porta-catheter "still" implanted in her chest to administer other menopause-inducing drugs to cause her body to stop producing the hormones that feed her type of cancer,but at a "cost" related to her seizure disorder being more easily triggered & a weakened immune system & frequent asthma attacks which leaves me "locked-down"providing 24/7 caregiver duties. It's the hardest thing we've gone thru in our 22 years of marriage but I will stick by her to the "end".I'm pretty sure I can attest to the effects of low-level radiation exposure with an bit of credibility due to what I've seen with my own eyes,and not just my beloved wife's suffering & five more anxious years of being at a high risk for a recurrence either!~Now I've managed to acquire a bunch of gear including three GM counters,2 of them will hopefully be connected to the civilian-run rad monitoring networks & "other" related "projects"(more on that later!) HAVE A GREAT NIGHT ENEWSER's!…


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    • ML

      Johnny: I am sorry for yours and your wife's situation. For people reading your story, I would suggest they get a copy of John Gofman, MD PhD's publication: Preventing Breast Cancer: The Story of a Major, Proven, Preventable Cause of this Disease from Ms. Egan O'Coonor at CNR Books (Committtee for Nuclear Responsibility), 1045 Clayton Street, San Fransisco, CA 94117
      Dr. Gofman died in 2007, but his secretary still manages requests for his publications. For cost info: http://www.ratical.org/radiation/CNR/


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    • Johnny Blade

      p.s., I might need some help with a high-end portable,high resolution Germanium diode spectrometer system I picked up that is supposed to be in "working order" via a Govt. surplus auction that included equipment auctioned off as 'surplus" from one "Environmental Dimensions LLC"(!) which looks brand new!! Now I've gotta get it up & running,calibrated & certified & figure out the best way to put it into operation for the benefit of those of us smart enough to be concerned about "low-level" radiation & the continuing bombardment & mutation of the building blocks of life thanks to arrogant,incompetent & selfish scientists & corporations who unleashed the crap into the environment & into our bodies & our children's & grandchildren's & well into the questionable future of our genetic makeup(s)?!! I got plenty of time on my hands & have some stuff going on to make ends meet aside from the fixed incomes we subsist on here and I'm doing a damned good job of "catching up" with regards to "preparation for the unknown catastrophic events" & the gear & supplies needed to make a valiant attempt to save my loved ones if need be!~guns,geigers,RO & charcoal-filtration systems for potable water,food stocks,and a modified Jeep Cherokee "loaded" with communications gear,tools, H.O. Inverter/dual battery system & the list goes on & on & with NO regrets over monies well spent either!! I'd rather be the one who gets to choose our fate instead of TEPCO,GE,NRC,Exelion,etc.!! GOOD…


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    • Radio VicFromOregon

      JB, i am so glad to hear that your wife is now thru the worst of the treatments. She must have incredible stamina and so wonderful of you to be by her side. I am not unfamiliar with cancer in myself and many loved ones and friends over the years and sadly, i found that many family members can't cope with it. But, you did, and that is part of her medicine, too. So, give yourself some credit. And, tell her, hooray!


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  • ML

    John Gofman, PhD MD is vindicated by this research. He is attributed with stating decades ago that there is no safe level of radiation, including x-rays.
    If more people can share this article, we will get that much closer to deconstructing the nuclear myth played upon the world's seemingly ignorant public.


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    • Johnny Blade

      @ML; Thank you for the kind words and your link to a related article & issue! I never mentioned this until now-BUT when my wife was diagnosed with IBC and no less than NINE people were present when they broke the news and "tried" to get her to participate in a "clinical treatment/study" instead of the "normal" treatment plan & chemo,surgery,radiation regimen and it seemed odd that one of the younger members of the "team" who also pushed hardest for the "clinical" route was recognized by myself two months later in the Chicago hospital's cafeteria wearing a USN Officer's uniform (rate/rank/MOS unknown)??!! Well ok then-maybe just an innocent "coincidence" or observation without relevance(?) So a few weeks after the surgery & removal of the initially large tumors in the left breast & armpit(7 lymph nodes removed)-we were waiting for my absolute favorite oncology/surgical team Dr.'s to come into that 1st post-op follow-up appt. after surgery & I inadvertently bumped the exam room/office's PC mouse and noticed my wife's complete case history and "sub-files"that included a memo describing "DNA marker p51 & b21(?)had marked mutation suggesting exposure to "something" (I can't remember the exact word they used?)-anyways there was a LOT more there that the Dr.'s interrupted with the news that the chemo had shrunk & killed much of the tumors and after surgery was declared "cancer-free"! :) but then radiation therapy & anxiety about what medical rads might…


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      • Johnny Blade

        ~mean to her(our) future??!! So many x-rays,catscans MRI's ultrasounds,EKG'etc. with "tracer's",39 radiation therapy treatments every weekday for about 3 months!!~WAY TOO MUCH EXTRA RADIATION EXPOSURE!! And that on top of Fukushima and/or anything else unreported at one of the eleven steaming crap-piles spewing death into Chicago,IL's air & local food & dairy products?!! I'll be testing everything she/we eat from now on to be sure! And I'm gonna go mobile using APRS Ham Radio link with my good pancake-tubed geiger counter running to my laptop while I drive around certain sites & gather data without drawing attention to myself. Might as well do something useful where my amateur radio license will come in handy?! I'm tired and getting loopy after only a few hours napping in the last 3 days since my wife had an average of 2 seizures a day this past week and she has asthma & sleep apnea & syncope as well & she has 3-pronged "attacks" that require me to clear her airways,get her on her side,talk her calmly back through the convulsions & spasms & get her to breathe again and get her to come back to me & start breathing again,then comes the uncontrollable sobbing & that's one of the worst triggers for full gran mall seizures! Almost always the seizures are accompanied by incontinence & loss of bodily function control & I comfort her & work hard to convince her that she's not a bother and WILL get better!~I'm gonna stop right here & hope BigNuke see's what people go…


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      • HoTaters

        JohnnyB,

        Am sorry to hear you and your wife have been through such an ordeal. I've just recovered from Lyme disease after 7+ years' treatment. May be able to offer you some healthy suggestions for keeping your wife's immune system from running amock (chemo will do that), and for rebuilding her health. Kent Holtorff, MD, has a great video on his website on the cause of chronic disease — and the steps needed for the body to recover. Let me know if you can't locate it — I have typed notes summarized & can share them with you.

        Also — your wife has the right to have access to her COMPLETE chart and any and all chart notes. I can also share insight on how to get any of these materials.

        You can write to me here: HoTaters@hush.com

        Am doing informal patient advocacy these days — certainly not in the legal sense. Nonehteless I can help other people to navigate the complicated medical system. I consider this a "mentoring" process. Let me know if I can help.


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  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Unfettered agreement with you ML! And, thx for reminding me about Dr. Gofman. I think this issue alone could stop the industry where it stands and prioritize research into dealing with all the remaining waste. That may be why it is the least explored and understood.


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  • razzz razzz

    How many professionals along with working class people with some knowledge of nuclear radiation (like whistle blowers) were/are vilified by the nuclear industry because facts went against and interfere with their promotion of a radiation agenda?

    Where are the historical records of cancers causing deaths before the splitting of the atom? It was always pneumonia as the number 1 killer caused by some kind of infection. Then as we in the US became obese, heart disease became the leading cause of death. Now cancer is in the number two position as a cause of death. Even diabetes is in the top ten now, strangely enough along with suicide depending on how you categorize deaths.

    I really won't miss Hostess with their overpriced sugar highs but some other companies will sure enough fill the void.

    I might take issue with the First Lady trying to change school sponsored diets due to certain freedoms but I think it is a needed wake up call for what passes for food nowadays.

    Silence on ingesting and inhaling nuclear pollution and fallout.


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    • Mack Mack

      razzz mentioned Diabetes

      Check this out on Diabetes:

      "Two months ago Tokyo Shinbum reported that 60 percent of Fukushima children under 12 have tested positive for diabetes, according to Dr. Miura, the director of Iwase’s general hospital.

      Why, possibly?

      Because the Strontium-90 radioactive isotope quickly decays to become Yttrium-90, which can concentrate in the pancreas, causing pancreatic cancer or diabetes. That said, while noting the abnormality, Dr. Miura declined to link it to Fukushima radiation exposure."

      http://www.techwireasia.com/3754/fukushima-local-children-unwitting-and-unwilling-radioactive-guinea-pigs/

      Credit to nuclearcrimes.org for the article:
      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-NuclearCrimesorg/205387476186190


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      • Radio VicFromOregon

        Yeah, Mack isn't that sad. I cried reading that about the diabetes in the kids when it first came out and now i'm tearing up again. Someday, because of researchers like the above article, because of us and the choices we make to get this info out there, our societies will look back and wonder what the hell these guys were thinking. The energy sources will be sustainable for the most part, clean and healthy environments will be more important than things to own and be possessed by. And, when 60% of the kids have an illness, everything will come to a stop, folks will take notice, and an answer will be the top priority.


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      • Maggie123

        Mack … hmm, have again caught news on dramatic rise in diabetes among young in general populations such as US, and am thinking of multiple ways general population is exposed to radioactivity – maybe the rise is not all due to corn syrup, but from multiple factors.

        Science recognizes multiple factors as 'causal' in dynamic complex systems (earth, life, etc!) but both science and general population prefer language offering single cause explanations. IMO shifting our language to accommodate complex causal explanations in complex systems is necessary for 21stC.

        Until we do this, we'll continue to hear/read more of "Dr. … declined to link it to …." (We heard this re climate change and Hurr. Sandy and 'Refuse to say conclusively' is in Chernobyl health documentaries I've viewed.

        "Systems Thinking, Complexity Theory and Management" lecture by Dr. David Aaron (involved in consultation/management of VA hospitals) speaks to this – surprisingly on point considering his target audience are high-level managers. http://youtu.be/OqWJPSpWGyg.


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        • Maggie123

          Just re-watched last 15 min to confirm his observation "We are probably killing more people with unnecessary CAT scans than we are finding (?anything useful?)." "There is no data to support usefulness of CAT scans" (paraphrased). "MRI stands for 'magnificently remunerative imaging'."


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  • ML

    "'It is now becoming recognized that its most active molecular form, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, may offer protection against a variety of radiation- and otherwise-induced damages.'
    Hayes has reviewed the various biochemical mechanisms by which vitamin D protects users from the low levels of natural radiation released by the rocks on which we stand and the skies above us. He points out that calcitriol is involved in cell cycle regulation and control of proliferation, cellular differentiation and communication between cells, as well as programmed cell death (apoptosis and autophagy) and antiangiogenesis.
    Calcitriol is the form of vitamin D that activates the body's Vitamin D Receptor (VDR), which allows gene transcription to take place and the activation of the innate immune response.
    It is possible that several of the transcribed by the VDR will help transcribe proteins that protect the body against radiation.
    'Vitamin D by its preventive/ameliorating actions should be given serious consideration as a protective agent against sublethal radiation injury, and in particular that induced by low-level radiation,' concludes Hayes."

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081107143847.htm

    So how protective is vitamin D3 with the man-made radiation contamination? Doses at or near 10,000 iu have caused toxicity, so monitoring of levels would be needed if taking vitamin D3 in such large quantities. The article doesn't address dosing.


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  • arclight arclight

    New Study! US, UK munitions ‘cause birth defects in Iraq’ -Prof Busby responds (Video)

    “We are not aware of any official reports indicating an increase in birth defects in Al Basrah or Fallujah that may be related to exposure to the metals contained in munitions used by the US or coalition partners,” a US Defense Department spokesperson told the Independent. “We always take very seriously public health concerns about any population now living in a combat theatre. Unexploded ordnance, including improvised explosive devises, are a recognized hazard.”

    An UK government spokesperson also said there was no ”reliable scientific or medical evidence to confirm a link between conventional ammunition and birth defects in Basrah. All ammunition used by UK armed forces falls within international humanitarian law and is consistent with the Geneva Convention.”

    http://nuclear-news.net/2012/10/15/us-uk-munitions-cause-birth-defects-in-iraq/


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    • Radio VicFromOregon

      ac, "which is why it's sooo very important to try to keep these reports from ever becoming official", was the second sentence that should have come out of that man's mouth.


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    • razzz razzz

      Depleted uranium is used for ammo to penetrate tanks and other hardened armor since it is so dense, burns so hot on contact and is self sharping on contact, it melts through metals, doesn't even explode but after passing through armor its heat will set off ammunition inside a military tank.

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

      DU is another waste product looking for a home derived from nuclear fuel production, like fluoride is a waste product from aluminum production sold as a drinking water and toothpaste additive to deposit in and harden teeth against decay because being toxic it couldn't be put in landfills so it was sold to the public as a good thing (dilution via dispersing). MTBE used as an additive in gas is also a good example of a carcinogen waste byproduct where it was sold to the public ending up in runoff, poisoning the groundwater.

      Dr. Caldicott refers to the Basra and Fallujah battles, during the Iraqi War, as nuclear battles because of the use of depleted uranium ammo which Dr. Busby confirmed the uptake in local people by doing hair analysis esp. when women were showing various signs of radiation poisoning during pregnancy and in children at birth. Also, DU is attributed to Gulf War Syndrome which continues showing itself in offspring birth defects.


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  • Sunday, November 18, 2012
    Seattle Spiking to 300 CPM last week
    Since Higgins house and servers were wiped out by Sandy, his very valuable website showing beta and gamma realtime charts is no longer available.

    I wrote to him to ask for help on chart setup, it looks tricky, but he very likely has other priorites on his mind.

    At this link is a scatter chart of recent readings,

    Seattle spiking to 300 CPM last week!
    Anything about 100 CPM is cause for concern. At 100 CPM you have a significant increase in cancer if you stay in the 100 CPM zone for 1 year.

    http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2012/11/seattle-spiking-to-300-cpm-last-week.html


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  • arclight arclight

    ive already posted info on british bird numbers dropping due to lead poisoning.. (from reactor emissions) and the bbc propoganda machine cant bring themselves to the truth.. as usual..

    heres an article about british bird drcline NOT mentioning the lead poisoning and blaming the changed landscape.
    they also have other articles blaming

    Urban noise 'killing baby birds' 11 JULY 2012, SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT
    Birds and berries to be surveyed 02 SEPTEMBER 2012, NEWS

    and heres some links to research i did that blows the bbc bullshit out of the water

    Nuclear Lead poisoning cover-up UK, serious wildlife contamination found!

    In a recent wildlife report it was shown that birds tested in the period winter 2010 to winter 2011 were found that elevated levels of lead (i.e. >20.0 μg/dL) were found in the blood of 34 % (n = 285) of waterbirds tested at four sites in Britain during the 2010/2011 winter this happening during some of the largest radioactive releases from nuclear power plants and medical reactors.

    In this study, we examined data on current and historical trends in lead poisoning in British waterbirds and related these to the introduction of legislation restricting the use of lead. Our results indicate that lead poisoning has continued to affect a wide range of British waterbirds long after legal restrictions were introduced.

    http://nuclear-news.net/2012/10/07/nuclear-lead-poisoning-cover-up-uk-serious-wildlife-contamination-found/


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    • arclight arclight

      might be worth pointing out that this Pb lead comes with added uranium most likely.. but no one can measure it?


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    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Actually, it's been widely accepted by the US Fish and Wildlife for decades that more wildbirds die of ingesting lead pellets from buckshot than are actually shot. The birds think they are gravel and during hunting season riverbanks and lakesides are lined with the tiny pellets. Then, predators eat these birds and die as well. This was based upon opening the carcasses and seeing the stomachs filled with lead pellets. For whatever reasons, the lead doesn't move into the intestines. Sports Hunters are sloppy. They leave shot, fishing line, and beer cans everywhere, killing more than they take for themselves. There are alternatives to lead shot, but, that costs a little bit more. Used line can actually be picked up and carried out, but, why bother. And, beer cans..well, so what.

      While i understand that radiation will poison many things, i can't subscribe to it being the cause of increased death and illness in all things. Habitat loss is a big impact. Having lost our food, water and shelter, we'd all die, too, soon enough, with or without radiation exposure.


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      • arclight arclight

        While i understand that radiation will poison many things, i can't subscribe to it being the cause of increased death and illness in all things.
        the evidence i laid out only covers europe for the period last year and the evidence of lead contamination is there even if the government tried to hide it.. at the same time as that report , american children on an english airbase and adults were drinking lead in the water too!

        posted all the evidence to that

        the contamination i caught was largely from hungary at the end of last summer.. we banned lead shots and the effects are on the links.. the scientists couldnt work out where it came from..??

        i proved to my satisfaction with a gieger counter and some research that it came from numerous releases by nuclear companies..

        i also gave links to 60 percent of europes lead coming from electricity that i posited came from nuclear radon releases

        doesnt mean that its the only reason, but it is a big reason..

        also the air levels in trent uk (yorkshire) show natural lead contamination from mines AND nearly the same levels coming from aerosol dispertion (nuclear imo)
        i could go on
        there is a theory that lead helped in the downfall of the roman empire.. not a good way to go!
        peace


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    I am glad to see all the research and that some scientists are finally reading a few books.

    I am so sorry for all those stricken by cancer and other diseases brought on by the massive pollution now entering our ecosystems with invisible radiation contamination being one of the worst ever to be set free or rather unleashed onto this planet.

    There is nothing natural about the "man made" radiation contamination being generated by these buffoons, that we now call scientists, and they have known for a very long time the damage they were and/or are doing to our genome and the planet.

    We are all in very serious trouble now as a species, of not only destroying our own genome, but also the genome of all the other animals and plants exposed to these constant radiation contamination discharge events now happening all over the world every 20 years or so.

    Manmade Radiation Contamination in all forms is a mutagenic and none of it is and/or should ever be considered normal and/or compared to the earths natural background radiation readings!

    Cattle and Sheep have no idea when they are being led to slaughter and neither do we humans.

    All this listed research above needs to be launched via emails for the rest of the world to see.

    The Nuclear Industry is less than 60 years old and look what we have to show for it.

    Cancer and disease rates are going through the roof!


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    • Maggie123

      Hi Obewan – don't want to detract from nuclear's deadliness but "Cattle and Sheep have no idea when they are being led to slaughter…" caught my attention and I'm so profoundly aware that they *do* know that I wanted to say so. I've raised cattle, sheep, goats, horses, pigs, and chickens. There's not a single one of them that doesn't sense danger even in non-lethal "handling" processes (such as tagging ears or dehorning cattle). They respond with considerable anxiety – commercial slaughter facilities are dreadful places, for the animals as well as for the humans expected for low wages to carry out deeds the average consumer wants no part of. OK – I'm done – just wanted to say they do feel the dread, they know. (Different with skilled hunting or on-farm single animal, of course – not fully pleasant, but much quicker and then it's done. Me – I switched to vegetarian diet once I moved off-farm.)


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  • Sol Man

    Is there a death machine that tptb have not worked on to be more efficient?
    It is the sickest and saddest realization to know that our species has not evolved past all of this to a higher quality of living/being.


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  • Excellent discussions and references: lead kindly lead. Genomic instability will assure the end of all. There are enenews disc on this topic at nuclear issues and other disc threads like effects of low level radiation. See Anne's contribution for example. ECRR 2010 is a pioneer in evaluating amplified radiation risk due to single tracks. Life is finished with internal radionuclide proliferation with more than three orders of magnitude enhancement of natural gamma radiation.But look at the catastrophic effects on the body by a single ray of a heavy metal like Pu 239 lodged in the DNA exploding at 50000 to 60000 megawatts(the average power of a billion persons): Genomic instability and destruction of health of all life: The link below hastily written combines the explosive power of a single ray of a heavy metal(say Pu239) with the findings of exponential effects of DNA damage caused by cells not at all passed through by the Pu 239 single alpha ray! Cells not passed through by the single track are struck by the blast force of 50000 megawatts to 60000 MW – bystander cells- to amplify enormously the DNA damage in the body to cause genomic instability. This leads to a variety of critical health effects. See Health Effects of Nuclear Power at http://isisunveiledhenp.blogspot.in/2012/11/what-is-consequence-of-power-at-which.html
    Either life or nuclear exists. Live and let live. Lead kindly light!Apply the precautionary principle and stop nukes and stop converting us to wastes.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Hi Maggie,
    I always enjoy your comments, perspectives and personal energy laced within compassion and empathy.

    There are 5 standards or aspects that must be reached and are used continually for control of the human being civilizations currently created and they would be in this order. Fear, Sex, Greed, Religion, Sports. These 5 basic manmade control aspects must be utilized in tandem to achieve the proper level of distraction required for overall human herd dominance and control.

    Cattle and sheep and other animals will always have the fright/fear component since it is a survival and/or of the fittest trait handed down through most, if not all, species genetics.

    Now and yes the farm animals will sense "fear" just as we humans do, yet when I do not feed my sheep for several days and then place the feed inside a cage with the gate open, they will enter every time. Simply closing the gate seals their fate and off to the slaughter house they go. Same cage, same gate and same process over and over again, generation after generation.

    Feed in this case is the ultimate controller since when any animal, just like when we humans are hungry, will seek out the feed/food in any form to satisfy their triggered hunger need for obtaining feed/food regardless of the consequence or danger already forgotten as in the case of the sheep.

    Keep all herds fed and distracted and throw in a couple other components, fences, laws and you can control any spieces found on this planet…


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    …including all of us humans!


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