When radioactive cesium enters body, 75% lodges in muscle tissue including heart

Published: May 6th, 2012 at 9:27 am ET
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The Worst Yet to Come? Why Nuclear Experts Are Calling Fukushima a Ticking Time-Bomb
Alternet
Brad Jacobson
May 4, 2012

[…] Nuclear experts noted that other lethal radioactive isotopes would also be released in such a fire, but that the focus is on cesium-137 because it easily volatilizes and spreads pervasively, as it did during the Chernobyl accident and again after the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi last year.

With a half-life of 30 years, it gives off penetrating radiation as it decays and can remain dangerous for hundreds of years. Once in the environment, it mimics potassium as it accumulates in the food chain; when it enters the human body, about 75 percent lodges in muscle tissue, including the heart. […]

Published: May 6th, 2012 at 9:27 am ET
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47 comments to When radioactive cesium enters body, 75% lodges in muscle tissue including heart

  • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

    Children are having heart attacks, and the Japanese government refuses to admit it is caused by Cesium

  • CB CB

    CB's cesium lodging rates and prices for 2012. Rates include meals and two game activities per day, as well as tea and coffee. The following are excluded: all drinks, laundry, curio purchases, office services, gratuities, etc. $280 USD/Day

  • cesium-137 has been found in American milkβ€”in Montpelier, Vermontβ€”for the first time since the Japan nuclear disaster began, […]

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2011/04/09/radiation-detected-in-drinking-water-in-13-more-us-cities-cesium-137-in-vermont-milk/

    • NOTE: "…milk must be offered at every meal if a United States school district wishes to get reimbursement from the federal government."

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk#Flavored_milk_in_US_schools

      The DILs are simply not designed for the kind of ongoing fallout of multiple reactor meltdowns. It seems so easy to understand to me. All I can say is… "I don't get it?"

      Maybe, it's because it would be an admission by a federal agency that we ARE experiencing continued fallout and it IS/WOULD affect somebody's bottom line.

      Get it over with, kids lives are at stake!

    • Sickputer

      That was 13 months ago… any new results will be suppressed by state and local officials. Much like the governor in Wyoming coerced the EPA to deep six the results of their fracking tests showing groundwater contamination attributable without doubt to fracking chemicals.

      Environmental Nazis at the helm of government at many levels!

    • Accumulation of all isotopes has began 3/11 !

  • StillJill StillJill

    I think 'we' all know that cesium is the cause of all the younger athletes, performers, and such,…having heart attacks and dying,..plus holes being found in hearts quite frequently seems to me! πŸ™

  • StillJill StillJill

    Thanks NoNukes,….for the backup of real proof! I'm not sharp these days atall!

    • NoNukes NoNukes

      I didn't see yours before I started that, StillJill (great minds think alike), although my mind was stuck on swimmers, what is in our water?

  • StillJill StillJill

    Was invited to frolic in the ocean next month up in Fort Bragg. 7 days of peace and BEAUTY,…with my BFF's family. I feel so torn,…knowing I shouldn't 'play',….but I also feel rude if I decline.

    What's in the water? Well,…sharks for one,………but if that's not bad enough,…….we know the real killer(s) here! πŸ™

    • Sam Sam

      You should by all means go to the coast at Fort Bragg. Go to the town of Mendocino
      and walk around. It is lovely there. Good to relax as best as you can. Enjoy the Pacific
      Ocean there without going into the waters. Life has to go on till we can't any longer.

  • Bubbha

    Hi all. Formally entropy, had to update my moniker, too depressing.
    Many reports of heart attacks that are unexplained lately and those with cancer seem to be succumbing to it.
    My girlfriend has only a few days left. She was clean clean after chemo then whammo it was everywhere.

    • NoNukes NoNukes

      Oh, Bubbha, I am so sorry about your girlfriend.

      • Bubbha

        Thanks. It is hard. So many factors but fuku remains high on the list. I written only one country western song, 'if tears were beers, I'd be drunk by now.'

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      I wish you strength in comforting her….and hope you have good souls around to comfort YOU.
      If such thing is possible.

      Blessings

    • StillJill StillJill

      Bubbha, entropy,…I am so saddened by this news,…for you both,…and all her other loved ones too, of course.

      You are walking the road we are all started down. Tough walk,…and to be first. Extra blessings of courage and comfort for you, my friend!

      A neighbor here beat cancer last year,…or so he thought. Heard yesterday that it's back with him also,…everywhere!
      Today,….he is changing ALL his plans! πŸ™

      • What-About-The-Kids

        Sorry to hear about your neighbor, StillJill. πŸ™

        I think you DEFINITELY should take your friends up on the offer and go visit them for a relaxing vacation! You deserve it! You don't necessarily have to swim to still enjoy the sunshine (wear sunscreen and cover your skin though). πŸ™‚ Enjoy and let the rest of us know how it goes, so we can experience the fun vicariously! πŸ˜€

    • What-About-The-Kids

      Hi Bubha/Entropy. I am so sorry to hear about your girlfriend's cancer. Like you, I can't help but wonder if the seeming acceleration of her illness was caused by the extra radiation exposure from Fukushima.

      I lost my mother a couple months ago. She had been in good health, though elderly, but after Fuku dropped high amounts of I-131 in her area in So. California (the highest found by the EPA), she had a stroke and started to have kidney failure, both signs of radiation exposure. Though her kidney function returned (after the I-131 wore off after 80 days or so, with its 8 day half-life), her health continued to decline after her stroke.

      Sadly, lately, I've been hearing about too many cases of sudden cancers in people who die shortly after diagnosis. A friend's 43 year old friend in N. CA just passed away from stomach cancer after only receiving his diagnosis 2 months ago. So quickly!

      What is going on???

      I wish you much strength during this difficult time, Bubbha.

      P.S. I love your country western lyric. πŸ˜‰ I hear ya. I think if it were so, I think we'd all be inibriated quite heavily at this point, given so much sad news over the past year.

    • CB CB

      Im sorry for your loss.

  • Bubbha

    I'm being kind, fukushima did her in.

  • Bubbha

    In a big way, it makes me want to become the anti-survivalist when it all hits the fan and wander like Kung fu, helping people.

    • StillJill StillJill

      What a BEAUTIFUL insight into your 'choices', when your walk becomes solitary again!

      That's POWERFUL my friend!

      Whatever you 'Do', will bring blessings and healings entrophy,….for, you already have!

      Prayers of continued peace amid the furry!

  • Bubbha

    Thanks everybody.

  • Ron

    As cesium mimics potassium perhaps eating bananas will stunt uptake of cesium?

  • REDTURTLE

    In Italy we have a mineral water, "acqua di Frasassi"

    which comes from a cave… and is rich in NON radioactive

    Cesium-133… could it be useful to prevent Cesium-137

    poisoning? Or Cesium is also a chemical toxic?

    • Bobby1

      Too much Cs-133 can cause Long QT syndrome, which is a defect in heart rhythm. There is certainly a lot of Cs-133 in the environment already, since all the Xenon-133 emitted from Fuku decays into it… potassium is the better choice for preventing cesium absorption.

    • arclight arclight

      it would appear that all cesiums isotopic or not,are bad for the heart!!

      calcium is the fix here possibly?

  • REDTURTLE

    Eating BANANAS could also be a good idea… with their

    big amount of potassium, which comes from tropical places…

    (they are also naturally wrapped).

    The only problem is that bananas are very fattening.

    We shoud stop eating anything that is uncovered leafs

    or it's grown in the open… we should prefere greenhouse

    cultivations.

    Giancarlo

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Saluti Giancarlo,
      eating bananas is always a good idea, in my opinion. Great to see a person from Italy here on enenews! If I think "Italy" and "nuclear power", this comes to my mind:
      http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/whats-crazier-than-hanging-above-a-football-s/blog/35063/

      BRAVO!

      By the way, do you already know the initiative for a nuclear-free Europe? Please sign and spread to all friends in bella Italia. Mille grazie πŸ™‚
      http://www.my-voice.eu/

      • REDTURTLE

        Researcher and venture-capitalist Andrea Rossi has convinced NASA

        about the effectivity ot the Low Energy Nuclear Reaction of

        NICKEL with HYDROGEN (in the presence of some type of CARBON)

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mxeKeuh_2Bw#!

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      • arclight arclight

        hi bnb

        thought i would post this too!! from CRIIRAD OVER 70,000 SIGNATURES!!

        For a total transparency on the airborne radioactivity we are breathing
        Saturday 26 March 2011

        …..Results of the analyses would allow a follow up, day by day since March 12, 2011, of the evolution on the contaminated airborne masses linked to the radioactive rejections of the FUKUSHIMA DAIICHII nuclear plant. To date this is still impossible as the data are being confiscated by the States. The results are communicated to pre selected official organizations required to keep all information away from public awareness.

        This global measuring network is financed by Public funds. Populations have the right to have access to this information. All the figures without exception must be published and not just a few figures carefully selected by the authorities.

        I hereby demand that the results of the analyses conducted to measure the airborne radioactivity by the global network (TICEN) be made public, ENTIRELY AND WITHOUT ANY FURTHER DELAY.

        http://petitions.criirad.org/?For-a-total-transparency-on-the

    • Potatoes are good potassium sources. The starchy kind.

  • Sam Sam

    Greenhouse cultivation will keep the rain off the produce but what about the airborne
    radiation? Plants need to breathe fresh air. What about accumulation in the soils? Where
    is the greenhouse soil coming from?–radioactive peat bogs? What about radiation in the
    water fed to the plants in the greenhouse?

    If it makes the grower feel safer (placebo effect) by all means build greenhouses.
    Important to add extra potassium sulfate and calcium to your plants soil to help counter act
    the uptake of cesium. Also do foliar sprays of calcium and potassium. Add charcoal to the
    soil to absorb radiation. peel your carrots, apples. potatoes (organic).

    These are small things we can do .
    We all are faced with this worsening condition of ongoing contamination and
    bio-accumulation. We do have to eat.

  • Sam Sam

    I am on the tractor preparing ground to plant here in N. Ca. Can't help but think
    about these matters. Turning over the soil and amending it to help reduce the
    cesium uptake. Will keep growing food till Fukushima ;makes life deadlier here on
    the West Coast.

    Farmers are risking their lives preparing the soil. Think about the dust created when the
    soil is slowly worked. What's in the surface layers—remnants of reactor #3 mox fuel
    plus all the other crap.

    Someone has to grow the food.

    • REDTURTLE

      Maybe you should "turn up the soil" after heavy rains?

      • Sam Sam

        the soil is moderately moist with top layer 2'" dry. here in ca. if we don't turn it over
        now it gets brick hard. we usually have rains that stop in May. I do try my best
        to avoid creating dust and work in a way that wind is blowing behind me as I work.
        Good to see you from Italy here on the site. thanks for the advice.

        • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

          Sam, glad to see a farmer! There's an amazing documentary by the BBC called "A farm for the Future".
          Peak oil, fertilizer, farming without ploughing,…have a look maybe:
          http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xShCEKL-mQ8

          • I grow organic truck and herbs. Tilled until I figured out the weeds didn't care. Now I just double-dig, break it up by hand, and make sure there's room for a hoe in between rows. But only an acre. If I had some flatland, I'd get a tractor…

    • Got a Geiger? Get one, really good information. Guessing is irresponsible. I held off for a while because $530 cost, but afterwards never regretted it.

      • arclight arclight

        words of wisdom from stock….

        "…but afterwards never regretted it…"

        I BET THE NUKE COMPANIES REGRET YOU GETTING A GIEGER!! ?? πŸ˜‰