Watching the Global Conference for a Nuclear Free World which is being broadcast via Ustream this weekend.
Doctors have been making presentations regarding the effects of radiation on the population in Fukushima. The doctor who is talking now just mentioned that there are many diseases that can be caused by radiation. Most people think about cancer, but diabetes can also be caused by radiation.
Here is the presentation of a biologist during today’s sessions (my transcription – not word for word):
With Fukushima, the radiation released is less than the radiation released in Chernobyl, maybe 10%. The area affected is less because of the mountains. In Chernobyl it was 500 km². The evacuation zones were about the same. The people evacuated in Chernobyl were about 300,000, whereas here, we count about 130,000 altogether. Now the official mentioning of the death rate by the International Atomic Energy Agency, they say up to 4000 people can be affected but that is not the actual total because some internal radiation is not measured.
Plutonium, for example, strontium, for example, you cannot measure with the whole body counter. To measure that, you have to measure patient dying, have to measure the bones of the patient for strontium contamination, so what you measure with whole body counter is only part of the picture. It is not all the contamination, and you need to know that. Internal contamination is difficult to prove as it needs to take samples of contaminated materials to the lab to measure. It is complicated, this procedure, because not many labs can do it.
So, when you say to the government you need to measure all the contamination, you need to have a laboratory to do this work. Strontium goes into the bone, is like calcium, so one recommendation we can give is not only to do full-body measurements, but also start collecting the teeth of the children born in the area. Measure if there is contamination with, one big problem what we see from abroad was that there was no iodine given. If you get give iodine, in the case of an accident, giving iodine goes to the thyroid. In the accident in Chernobyl and Ukraine, they did give iodine, but in Belarus they did not get iodine. So there’s a difference in the amount of thyroid cancers between Ukraine and Belarus.
Now, in some very young children, if you have an accident and you have high radiation contamination, some women, if the radiation exposure is very high, it can also cause early abortions in the embryo stage of the baby. Women can lose, so there is a problem with mortality of the embryo, but also mortality of early infant death, and also, as I said, genetic effects in some of the children. What is known is the late cancers, to wait for the late cancers you may have to wait 20 or 25 years, so it’s a serious problem. The radiation accident has long-term effects, and what you see now is not giving you a good picture because the diseases occur later.
In Germany they did studies around normal nuclear power plants, not nuclear accidents, and they found that the leukemia rate in children under 5 years was double than in areas not around nuclear power plants, so nuclear power plants not only are a problem when they have an accident, nuclear power even in the normal operation normal operating situation has an effect on the health of the people. More recent studies found something interesting: when you look at the ratio of male to female babies, the sex ratio, you find all over the world set about 1,040 boys are born to 1,000 girls, but around nuclear power plants, the ratio sex ratio is inverted, so for some reason maybe genetic effect which makes the female babies more sensitive in utero, so this is also radiation has an effect on the sex of the children being born.
Regarding other cancers and noncancerous disease, I said before that some diseases are also not cancers. For example, genetic modification of some cells of the inner organs, the pancreas glands, the pancreas controls blood sugar, and if the pancreas is being modified by genetic affects, children can get diabetes, and in fact, in Chernobyl, you have many cases of pediatric (childhood) diabetes, which is very, very rare in normal children. We need to look for diabetes in children.
Now, we gave to Prime Minister Kan, we made some recommendations. He needs to make a detailed mapping of all types of radioactive contamination. We have visited Minamisoma yesterday, and there, it was done very clearly and very exact. This means in the community you need to make a mapping, and I think you are doing this already. We also recommended to him needs to be based on the actual levels of radiation both external and internal, not simply the distance from the power plant. Also, as I said, you need to do the measurements long-term. For example, you need to collect every year, you need to collect the data, and certainly a health registry should be established. When you talk about effects of radiation, you should not only look at how many patients died. It is not the mortality rate that’s important. It’s the morbidity. Morbidity is the number of people who get sick, not the number of people who died, and you need to study the immune system of the children by looking at lymphocytes, which are white blood cells. And you need to check the genetic modifications because this you need to do genetic studies, too, but this is complicated. As I said, you need to have special labs for that.
The most important, you need to protect the children, and the protection you can do is with clean food. Also there is something called pectin preparation. Pectin exists in apples, and there are also preparations you can buy on the market. Pectin has the effect that it takes cesium and moves it through the bowel, and there is more quick excretion. So with pectin, you can decrease the load of cesium to the children. What you’re already doing, children should be moved out of the area into camps or evacuated. I’m very sorry to give you these data and these effects. I’m sorry, but this meeting will have a very important effect, and you can be sure of the solidarity of many countries present here. I wish you a lot of courage and confidence and stay together. We must stay together, and I think we can then prove improve the fate of the population and particularly the children.
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