Wife of Navy Sailor: Our 1-year-old has brain cancer and spinal cancer resulting from Fukushima exposure — Wheelchair-bound Navy Sailor: It’s now affecting my arms and my hands, everything is still progressing (AUDIO)

Published: March 19th, 2014 at 12:28 pm ET


Democracy Now, Mar. 19, 2014:

At 39:00 in

  • Navy Lt. Steve Simmons, USS Ronald Reagan: Now the muscle weakness affects my legs, my arms, my hands — and now everything is still progressing. […]
  • Host: You’re sitting in a wheelchair right now?
  • Simmons: I am.

At 44:30 in

  • Charles Bonner, attorney:  This is a declaration from the wife of the sailor, who writes in here declaration to the court, “My husband was exposed to radiation particles while assigned to the 7th fleet on the USS Ronald Reagan assisting in Operation Tomadachi beginning in March of 2011. As a result of this exposure, our son who was born November 14th 2012, at 8 months was diagnosed with brain and spine cancer.”

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Published: March 19th, 2014 at 12:28 pm ET


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72 comments to Wife of Navy Sailor: Our 1-year-old has brain cancer and spinal cancer resulting from Fukushima exposure — Wheelchair-bound Navy Sailor: It’s now affecting my arms and my hands, everything is still progressing (AUDIO)

  • OldFool

    At what price will the US Navy and US Government finally admit the truth?

    I previously stated that the basic symptoms strongly suggested non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The other symptoms are suggesting a rapidly spreading metastatic tumor in or near the spine. Competent civilian doctors should be seen without any delay.

    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

      OldFool… You're right, the VA's track record is grim at best, and they should try one of the children's hospitals. The world needs to wake up and realize the corporations are running the world, and they do not care how many people suffer as long as they can money. The military industrial complex is just one more of those corporations.

      Cancer is the new industry….for the first time ever cancer is the leading cause of death among children, it used to be accidents. 🙁

    • America must take care of their military…in spite of what they will or will not admit to….

      A Captain with a billion dollar nuclear war capable ship ends up a sitting duck and fries the entire Strike Group….

      Suing Japan 4 lies when entire free world had immediate radioactive readings….as members of Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty….they all lied and withheld facts!

      It's time 2 raise some hell about things!

    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      To treat Navy Lt. Steve Simmons is to admit to a great many things by the Navy.

  • OldFool

    Do not waste priceless time with Navy quacks. Time is too short.

    • Military has, these days, some of the most advanced medical offerings money can buy…..
      Veteran's Admin is being systematically out sourced to save bucks the Congress wants 4 more weapons and newer methods to Kill.

      We have an army of liars, fakes and frauds running country…
      There's no time left.

      We must find way to shut down Fukushima.
      Millions of great minds all over earth have submitted freely to Japan the ideas to implement.
      As we all no Japan choses no course of analysis, cooperation or remedy.
      But they have all money in world to build their newest largest navy ships ever, kill whales and hack up dolphins, build world's next largest hadron collider (oh yes)….
      Fukushima's budget consist of liquor for the workers forced to sacrifice their lives to whatever daily circus TEPCO puts on.
      Certainly the Russians had the Vodka necessary to shore up Chernibyl and we must presume, or hope to presume the current builders of thebincredible new civer for Chernobyl have whatever they need to get thevjob done.
      But Japan's incremental show of compassion for the workers means little as they have no useful task to accomplish.

      All hell needs to break lose about this…time is over for discussions.
      Bowing as they kill Pacific!…please…don't!

      • We Not They Finally

        Agree with everything you say except that many of the knowledgable now agree that Fukushima CANNOT just be shut down. It's too late. It's no longer a choice. It's an out-of-control, non-controllable catastrophe.

        And no, not excusing ANYONE who caused this — to the contrary. They should be shamed the world over and dragged off to jail. But that still won't fix Fukushima.

  • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

    What I am waiting for is the stories of and from the rest of the crew of the USS Ronald Reagan.

    Will we have to wait 20 to 30 years so that those responsible for abandoning the crew are dead and gone?

    Took what, 40 years to finally have the official confirmation that the Gulf of Tonkin incident was fabricated?

    Or the The Tuskegee syphilis experiment of the 30s and 40s coming to light 50+ years later?

    • SadieDog

      If the others are still in the Navy then they are probably not allowed to talk. And if they quit or get discharged they lose their healthcare. Nice, huh?

      • Exactly!
        Gather Anonymous stories. Give them each a number no names.
        Publish it as such!

      • Archie

        Even worse. From now on all sailors from San Diego up to Adak Alaska will be exposed to the radiation-polluted water and most will get out of the Navy after doing one hitch and if they get cancer years later they will have to prove it was caused by exposure while in the Navy.
        Good luck with that.

        Ships stock up on water before a voyage but quickly run through it and desalinate sea water for use in cooking, washing dishes, doing laundry, drinking, and showering. With the plume arriving this means perpetuel internal and external exposure to radiation while out in the Pacific, and some voyages can last 6 months or more. I did two Westpacs while in the Navy and we were sometimes at sea for weeks between ports, desalinating water from the Pacific to make potable water as needed.

        Service-related cancer is going to skyrocket in about 20 years.

        • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

          Archie, you made a great observation…our military and their families have and will suffer more and more cancers, and a myriad of radiation side effects.

      • Bones Bones

        That is the reason. Any service member in Japan will not talk about it not just the ones who served on the Reagan.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Many, of the hundreds of cancers have no cure and/or even possible remissions.. 🙁

    These people can not fix what others have broken, and they know it, and it's all very sad. 🙁

    Best thing is to eliminate this Radioactive Pollution at the source. 🙂

    ERGO: Shut all these Nuclear Rattle Traps Down ..now! Worldwide via International Law! 🙂

  • OldFool

    Effective cancer treatments are available, even for many types of lymphomas and leukemias. But time is of the essence. The newest treatments can sometimes save people even at Stage III and Stage IV.
    But a Competent doctor is essential.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      "Effective cancer treatments are available" 🙂

      How nice, such joy, and together there is/will be collective celebration… and why not try this instead… death from no cancer and/or from the treatments thereof. 🙂

      Cures are very few and far between, but what is very common is the massive amount of misery felt at all levels during the cancer process. 🙁

      Cancer is not a "convenient disease" for any human and should not be a common prerequisite for any human in his/her lifetime.. 🙁

      Shut all this "Nuclear Crap" down… now!

      Solve the growing cancer problem while you still can! 🙂

      • jec jec

        Really? Effective cancer treatments..so who does my daughter go to for a cure? They are smoking DOPE..effective..my left foot (because I am left handed and dont want to say AS_)

  • Homolumina Homolumina

    When a child murderer goes to trial, the world is outraged and calls for the death penalty – what about the child murderers of Nukoshima ?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I feel so sorry for them.
    I'm going to use it to strengthen my resolve.

  • Homolumina Homolumina

    Does anybody run an advertisement agency ? Sometimes the noble ones like Heye & Partner adopt a global issue and make a campaign for free – I wish such an agency would pick up Nukoshima and plaster the US with all those pictures of deformed children and lots of information – I think people need to be shellshocked out of their apathy and start to realize. I am an activist for 30 years and still was totally oblivious to the atomic global threat. Anybody some ideas, connections ?

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    Children's Hospital of LA automatically covers babies under Navy TriCare for 60 days after birth, after which the child needs to be added to the parents Tricare plan to be covered. Active duty restrictions on using Tricare outside of VA would have to be checked.

    Both I and my partner have in several instances received insufficient or outright bad/wrong medical care and advice, and have learned that 'doctor shopping' is a sometimes very necessary step in one's health maintenance plan:


  • waiono

    came across this informative site today for WIPP


  • waiono


    DOE: Increased radiation in Carlsbad not related to WIPP incidents
    By Zack Ponce – Silver City Sun – 17 March, 2014

    CARLSBAD — Radiation levels appear to be on the rise in Carlsbad and around the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

    Air monitoring results since last month’s radiation leak appear to show the amount of radiation trending upward near Carlsbad, but Department of Energy officials say there is no proof it is related to the leak.

    A DOE air monitor stationed on Carlsbad’s eastern border, near the Bureau of Land Management office on Greene Street, has shown an uptick of radiation from 1.6 disintegrations per minute (DPM) on Feb. 18, to 7.1 DPM as recently as March 4. DPM measures the amount of radioactive contamination from alpha and beta rays in an area. Similar increases were also detected at the DOE’s six other monitoring stations scattered throughout eastern Eddy County.

    Roger Nelson, chief scientist for the DOE’s Carlsbad Field Office, said air sample screening analyses showing a radiation peak on March 4 was nothing more than background readings and emphasized that there’s no hazard for humans or the surrounding environment.

    “No, it absolutely does not point to that fact,” Nelson said, responding to rampant rumors that leaked plutonium and americium has been spreading from the nuclear waste repository site and into Carlsbad, 26 miles away.

  • ftlt

    We are victims of the toxic world we have created.

    Chemical, genetic and nuclear toxins are destroying us.

    This is sad.

    Our workplaces are toxic.

    The food that we are being supplied is too.

    Walk into a Target store,take a deep breath and smell the toxins.

    Then we have our FUFUs on top of it all

  • Ontological Ontological

    Save the cancer victims…For WHAT? Save your ass to kill it in a few years…That is how I feel. They came to my rescue to throw me to the wolves.

  • Nick

    I wonder some times if some cancers are a type of fungus that takes hold in an organism, sort of a "rot".

    Obviously cancer occurs due to many variables…but when you think about it….stuff that is cancer-causing…messes with the host body, reducing immunity, etc.

    We wear PINK but we don't reduce toxins in our world…ever.

    Cancer Centers the world over are perhaps a scam of our modern world.

    Prevention is everything. Treatment smeatment…depends on the placebo effect anyway (maybe).

    • We Not They Finally

      Dr. Mark Sircus (drmarksircus.com) is a good source to check on for simple basic preventatives everyone can do at home. Like baking soda keeps the body alkaline.

      Liposomal C is about four times as effective as vitamin C capsules and very easy to make at home. Just mix three parts lecithin (non-GMO) to non-buffered vitamin C powder, run through a blender and then an ultra-sonic cleaner (easy to get at a hardware store).

      Also, good time to become vegetarian. Meat can bio-magnify whatever radiation is in feed up to 300X. And filter water.

      Really best not to get cancer in the first place! But so much is attacking us unawares. Better to try to do a least SOMETHING preventative if and when we can.

  • Nick

    Finding the CURE for cancer will require the elimination of stupidity and greed from the human genome.

  • Socrates

    Does anyone know the exact doses of radiation these sailors were exposed to? I have read that 30x background exposures were documented. I am not sure what thirty times background means.

    The ship sailed through some plumes. The issue is how wide the plumes were, The speed of the ship while in the plume, the composition of the plumes, the respiratory protection used, forensic measurements made of hair, spectrographic analyses, Scans, etc.

    I understand that the victims need to prove that the causation of their injuries in court to a reasonable medical probability that the radiation exposures were more likely than not were caused by these exposures by testimony of medical experts.
    I suppose that the Navy made measurements aboard the vessel in real time.

    Does anyone on this site have knowledge of the above data?

    The cancer rates for 5,000 sailors is going to have a certain percentage of "normal" occurence. I certainly agree with medical monitoring. Proving the cause in court with medical experts requires competent medical proof.

    Any help from anyone here with qualifications or knowledge would help. The testimony of the sailors is lay testimony. I assume the Navy has the exposure data.

  • dodge

    Would be good if they industry (MIC) used some of the funding they use to buy the silence of doctors and research scientists, to actually buy their services in the treatment of the illness and injury which they are responsible for causing. If they can silence those with "credentials" who are responsible for the distribution of factual information and reports, those of us who are concerned – and that growing group of those who are suffering the illness and injury caused by exposure, can all be ignored, labeled as crackpots, and dismissed – the public smiling shyly while shaking their heads. If you are reading this, you might just be one of those to be pitied crackpots – living with fears and worry. As they said in Japan – don't worry, be happy – smiles will keep the radiation at bay.

    • Socrates

      That is correct.

      I assume that the Navy has all the exact data. There is a video that was released as a Devil's Advocate propaganda effort.

      Inhaled particles are the most dangerous in fallout. Nanoparticles and buckballs would explain the unexpected illnesses aboard.

      I will attempt to post the video later.

      I am frightened by exposures on the West Coast. When I taste a metallic taste, and I see hot particles, high levels of Iodine 131, and Cesium-137 is measured in kelp, pine needles and almonds, I am certain the sailors were blasted.

  • mifhon

    I am the mother of a USS Reagan sailor. I wrote a letter to to the President and the WA state representatives. I have not had any answers yet. My letter: http://linkinachain.blogspot.com/

    • Sparky Sparky

      Mifhon, I'm sorry to hear about your son's situation. Good that he has a strong advocate in you, with your willingness to research the circumstances surrounding his exposure on the USS Reagan, as well as to send and post your very well-written letter to the President and your WA state representatives. I hope you get a MEANINGFUL response.

      Please keep following and sharing here on Enenews.

      All the best to you, your son and all the other sons and daughters aboard the USS Reagan during this horrific event.

    • OldFool

      Try to publish your letter in your local newspaper and/or a major national paper. There is a reasonable chance that they might publish it. It might shame somebody into getting off their duff. This mess is such an idiotic, brainless disgrace that any decent person with 5 functional brain cells would be screaming with outrage.

    • Pete

      Thank you for your letter, and best wishes to your son and his family. I think your letter was well conceived and raises may valid questions that I hope are properly addressed. I am in the Seattle area, and am constantly amazed at the lack of concern from most people here. I wish there were more people in washington with questions instead of blind acceptance of the official lines "people are always safe, radiation is never a danger here, its only dangerous over there" which is the essence of the official story Every Time. Like with WIPP or hanford, the official story is always that all radiological incidents are not a problem or a serious health issue.
      I wish your family all the best, and I hope the lawsuit is successful, perhaps a successful judgment could force tepco to let other people in. I think that is our only hope of stopping this disaster as the governments will not. Should you receive any response, please let us know, and best wishes.

      • mifhon

        Thank you all for your comments. As for "meaningful" responses, I have heard back from the Governor: "Thank you for contacting Governor Inslee about your sons exposure to radiation.
        While the Governor appreciates your e-mail, this issue is a federal matter and outside his jurisdiction."

  • rogerthat

    Socrates, as far as i know the responsible officer on the reagan says they were operating in 300x background. it was on this site in the last few months.

    • Socrates

      Thanks… This is for mifhon and rogerthat.

      I am going to try to help some of these sailors. They can opt out of a class action lawsuit that seeks medical monitoring if the injured person has serious injuries. Proving causation and damages is hard. I am working with a group of trial lawyers in New Orleans that have 25 years experience in radiation cases involving personal injury and property damage.caused by oil drilling.

      I practice in California. We intend to represent Navy and Navy dependents who were in Japan following 3-11.


      I can put you in touch with the New Orleans lawfirm. They have a billion-dollar plus verdict for radon and uranium against an oil company. They have tried hundreds of jury cases.

  • Mack Mack

    Connect the dots —>

    >> Radiation can cause:

    "Genetic effects: hereditary effects (mutations) that can be passed on through reproduction because of changes in sperm or ova."

    >> “Males: Germ cells of the human testes are very radio-sensitive.”

    “…exposure to radiation can cause adverse health effects in descendents as a consequence of mutations in the germ cells of irradiated individuals…hereditary or genetic diseases can result when mutations occurring in the germ cells of irradiated parents are transmitted to progeny.”

    http://www.cs.amedd.army.mil/ borden/ FileDownloadpublic.aspx?docid=6a01adbd-9f6d-411d-9b18-05e0fc73cd65

  • lest everyone forget, the Captain of the Reagan got a promotion for dosing/killing/sacrificing the sailors to their gods of money, lies and weapons.
    he should have been keelhauled.

  • utahruss utahruss

    Well perhaps people need to start asking the right questions of our elected officials and start taking direct civil action against the private individuals and companies that fail to tell the truth in reporting, in published documents, news articles etc.

    Here are few short videos with some ideas and suggestions about some questions to consider in asking your elected officials.


    People we are in a lot of trouble on this planet right now, and the nonsense that we have allowed our elected officials to get away with over the years has got to stop now.

    Just need to ask a few questions that is all, nothing disrespectful or disruptive, just asking our government officials at all levels to be honest, to meet their DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS, and to honor their OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and also letting them know that now is the time for them to start to do the right things.


    In Your Service
    Russ Jensen

  • utahruss utahruss

    These questions need to be answered by our elected and non elected officials in government and law enforcement at all levels
    Time to start asking the right questions, and the 4 I ask of United States Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr, and the Honorable Chief Justice John G Roberts, Jr., in my opinion are some that can be used as a beginning point.

    1. Do we live in a Society based upon the Rule Of Law?

    2. Are Government Officials subject to those same Laws as the Citizens?

    3. Does House Concurrent Resolution 175, Code of Ethics for Government Service apply?

    4. Do Government Officials get Limited Liability protection for Fraud, Embezzlement and Purposeful Negligence?

    Of course getting these guys to answer anything, well that probably won't happen, however, your local City, County or State Officials should.

  • tinkr55

    My son is in the USNR and was sent to Japan about 6 weeks after 3/11/11. He was at a base about 150 miles west of Tokyo. When he came home, he told us that the Navy was planning on archiving medical records for all military and their dependents, for the next 25 years, that were present on 3/11, and/or the following 12 months. Last summer he tells us that the Navy has rescinded its promise, and that medical records will not be followed for those that may have been exposed to radiation from Fukushima. I personally feel that this decision was made because of the horrific health problems that the sailors on the USS Reagan are suffering. The US gov't. does not want to be paying for healthcare for our vets unless they are absolutely forced to, as shown by their previous responses to Agent Orange, Gulf War Syndrome, etc.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    We pay taxes for this treatment?

  • Bones Bones

    People will learn what mutagenic means if they want to or not.

    • SadieDog

      This is the second attempt to sue TEPCO on behalf of these sailors and Marines. The first lawsuit had eight plaintiffs and was dismissed for technical reasons based on the court's lack of jurisdiction. "By June of 2013, we had 51 sailors and Marines who had contacted us with various illnesses," lead attorney Charles Bonner explained, "including thyroid cancers, testicular cancers, brain cancers, unusual uterine problems, excessive uterine bleeding, all kinds of gynecological problems, problems that you do not see in a population of 20-year-olds, 22-year-olds, 23-year-olds, even 35-year-olds. … So, now we have filed a class action for approximately a hundred sailors." As news of the lawsuit spreads, many more will likely join in. The USS Reagan had at least 5,500 people on board when off the coast of Japan.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    So that means 87.5% of 5500 or 4812 people on that ship will have cancer in their respective lifetimes thanks to Fukushima! 🙁

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