Leading Nuclear Researcher Issues Grave Fukushima Warning – an ‘Ongoing Global Radiological Catastrophe’ and ‘Huge Cover Up’

Posted by on August 24, 2019 in Environment, Environmental Hazards with 0 Comments

By Phillip Schneider | Waking Times

Physician and anti-nuclear activist and author of the book On the Effects of Nuclear Radiation, Dr. Helen Caldicott made an interview appearance with Global Research earlier this year to give the world a dire warning: if this mess continues, already increased cancer rates in Japan are likely to get even worse and spread throughout the world.

The carcinogenic effects of radiation can take anywhere from 3 to 80 years to develop. However, the government of Japan has chosen to only review only one type of cancer, Thyroid cancer, which appears much earlier, says Dr. Caldicott.

“And already, they’ve looked at children under the age of 18 in the Fukushima prefecture at the time of the accident, and … how many children… 100…no 201 by June 18 last year… 201 had developed thyroid cancer.” ~Dr. Helen Caldicott

Caldicott believes that this onset of thyroid cancer is the start of an epidemic, which in coming years and decades could result in a global increase in several types of cancer, including Leukemia, which appears roughly 5-10 years after exposure.

However, the problem doesn’t stop there. Caldicott also warns that Japanese fish, peaches, and especially rice, have all been affected by harmful radioactive isotopes via soil and water contamination.

“Indeed, they have been plowing up millions and millions of tons of radioactive dirt and storing it in plastic bags all over the prefecture. The mountains are highly radioactive and every time it rains, down comes radiation with the water.”

Nuclear power plants hold up to 200 different types of radioactive isotopes including strontium, tritium, and cesium, some of which persist for almost a million years. As Caldicott puts it, “things are very tenuous, but they’re not just tenuous now. They’re going to be tenuous forever.”

As president of the US based Nuclear Policy Research Institute (later renamed Beyond Nuclear) since 2001, Caldicott wanted to bring attention to this issue now as the 8th anniversary of the meltdown has just passed with virtually no mainstream media coverage.

The Japanese government is also playing down the harmful effects of their radioactive environment. Area doctors, as Caldicott says, are being told not to discuss the radiation with their patients, lest they might lose important government funding.

“It’s an absolute medical catastrophe I would say, and a total cover up to protect the nuclear industry and all its ramifications.”

The reactors in Fukushima could erupt again at any time. With very impromptu methods of keeping radioactive isotopes out of the environment, such as freezing soil underneath to stop mountain water from draining through, any problem such as a temporary loss of electricity could cause more radiation to pour into the environment of Japan.

In addition, the damaged molten cores of the reactor are virtually impossible to decommission. Any human that would dare attempt to venture close enough to one of the reactors to dismantle it, “would die within 48 hours.” Robots that have been sent in have had their wiring melt and disappear.

It seems clear based on Dr. Caldicott’s report that the Fukushima nuclear site needs direct international attention as soon as possible. Unfortunately, neither the nuclear industry nor the Japanese government seem to be interested in solving the problem.

The amount of radiation being released out of the reactor is reportedly as much as 70% higher per hour than that of Chernobyl, which led to diseases, “including premature aging in children, microcephaly in babies, very small heads, diabetes, [and] leukemia.”

And yet, it remains that the only people who seem to be taking this issue seriously are independent research groups, grassroots activist, and alternative media.

“And so, the truth be known, it’s an ongoing global radiological catastrophe which no one really is addressing in full.”

Read the Full Interview Below

Global Research: Now the Japanese government is preparing to welcome visitors to Japan for the 2020 Olympic Games, and coverage of the 8th anniversary of the Fukushima disaster is hardly, it seems to me, registered given the significant radiological and other dangers that you cited and your authors cited in your 2014 book, Crisis Without End. Now it’s been more than four years since that book came out. I was hoping you could update our listenership on what is currently being recognized as the main health threats in 2019, perhaps not registered in the book, that you’re currently looking at in relation to the Fukushima meltdown.

Helen Caldicott: Well it’s difficult because the Japanese government has authorized really only examination of thyroid cancer. Now thyroid cancer is caused by radioactive iodine and there were many, many cases of that after Chernobyl. And already, they’ve looked at children under the age of 18 in the Fukushima prefecture at the time of the accident, and … how many children… 100…no 201 by June 18 last year… 201 had developed thyroid cancer. Some cancers had metastasized. The incidence of thyroid cancer in that population normally is 1 per million. So obviously it’s an epidemic of thyroid cancer and it’s just starting now.

What people need to understand is the latent period of carcinogenesis, ie the time after exposure to radiation when cancers develop is any time from 3 years to 80 years. And so it’s a very, very long period. Thyroid cancers appear early. Leukemia appears about 5 to 10 years later. They’re not looking for leukemia. Solid cancers of every organ, or any organ as such appear about 15 years later and continue and in fact the Hibakusha from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki who are still alive are still developing cancers in higher than normal numbers.


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