No radioactivity found in Fukushima mothers' breast milk. The Asahi Shimbun http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201211060058
Majia here: I questioning this assertion that no radiation was detected in Fukushima mothers' breast milk.
There are several reasons I'm suspicious about the truth of this claim.
First, the Japanese government has used inappropriate methods for detecting radiation in food products. Food should be tested in a scintillator for contamination. Geiger counters are not an effective means for testing radiation contamination unless the contamination is massive.
Yet, Japan has used geiger counters rather than scintillators to evaluate food contamination, as illustrated in this picture acccompanying an article in the Asahi Shimbun on rice detections, available here Look at the photo and see how rice contamination is being detected.
Geiger Counters Unlikely to Detect Radiation in Food, Water http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-12/geiger-counters-to-find-radiation-in-meals-may-be-meaningless-.html
See also my previous post on the use of geiger counters to detect contamination here
Is this the same method used to detect radiation in breast milk? If it is, then the result are not conclusive.
Second, Fukushima Diary ran a story about mothers in Fukushima who received conflicting reports about the presence of thyroid nodules from the government testing facility as compared with tests results generated by private testing facilities.
Links to the story available http://ianthomasash.blogspot.jp/2012/11/the-mothers-and-their-children-part-2.html
[Fukushima children] “Doctor couldn’t count all the thyroid cysts of my daughter” Posted by Mochizuki on November 5th, 2012 http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/11/fukushima-children-doctor-couldnt-count-all-the-thyroid-cysts-of-my-daughter/
See also Thyroid disease rate spiked to 43.7%, “About 1 in 2 children have nodule or cyst in Fukushima city” Posted by Mochizuki on September 11th, 2012 http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/09/thyroid-disease-rate-spiked-from-35-8-to-43-7-about-one-in-two-children-have-nodule-or-cyst-in-fukushma-city/
Majia here: The story linked above implies that the Japanese government may be LYING about the presence of thyroid nodules in Fukushima children.
Fukushima Diary reports here:
[Excerpted] "Mrs. Kanno’s two children, daughter Yuika, 10, and son Naoki, 11, were both found to have no thyroid cysts in the government-sponsored test. When she went to the private hospital Mrs. Shima recommended for a second opinion, she was told that the hospital had received a directive from the national government to stop providing tests for children it had deemed had no thyroid cysts. Mrs. Kanno was refused a second thyroid test for her children...."
So, we really cannot know for sure that there is no radiation in Fukushima mothers' breast-milk because the Japanese Government has a poor track record of authenticity when nuclear matters are concerned.
Indeed, the Asahi Shimbun just reported on the government's unwillingness to "alarm the public" and raise fears about nuclear safety:
"TEPCO acknowledged for the first time last month, in a document outlining company reforms, that it had failed to anticipate and tackle the March 2011 disaster. It said it had feared that implementing accident measures would alarm the public and boost Japan's anti-nuclear movement." TEPCO seeks more govt support as Fukushima costs soar. The Asahi Shimbun http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201211070086
Third, scientists' tests on animals in Fukushima prefecture are finding very high levels of radiation contamination:
Scientists in groundbreaking study on effects of radiation in Fukushima. The Asahi Shimbun http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201210040003
[Excerpted] In April last year, researchers from Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University (NVLU), along with other institutions, began sampling muscle tissue of wild Japanese macaques caught in the provincial capital, Fukushima, for radioactive cesium content.
The concentrations ranged between 10,000 and 25,000 becquerels per kilogram immediately after the nuclear crisis began to unfurl the month before. The readings fell to 500-1,500 becquerels per kg in June, but rose again to more than 2,000 becquerels per kg from last winter to spring....
Majia here: While Fukushima mothers are unlikely to be eating leaf buds, they are likely to be exposed to the same background contamination experienced by the macaques.
So, it is not unreasonable to consider that they could have contamination levels at the low end of what was measured in the macaques when they were not eating the new buds. The level of contamination in the macaques when they were not eating buds was 500 to 1,5000 becquerels per kg.
In a video titled Nuclear Controversies by Vladimir Tchertkoff (2003),[i] Professor Yury Bandazhevsky (former director of the Medical Institute in Gomel), states that based on his research on children exposed to radiation from Chernobyl, "Over 50 Bq/kg of body weight lead to irreversible lesions in vital organs."
A three-page summary of Bandazhevsky's study: Bandazhevsky, Y. I. (2003). Chronic Cs-137 Incorporation in Children’s Organs. Swiss Med Wkly 133, 488-490 http://tchernobyl.verites.free.fr/sciences/smw-Bandazhevsky_chronicCs137.pdf
In this study, Bandazhevsky reported high levels of cesium 137 bioaccumulation in the endocrine glands, particularly the thyroid gland, the adrenals, and the pancreas. He also found high levels in the thymus and the spleen. He found higher levels of bio-accumulation in children than adults.
Majia here: As summarized by the Bellona Site, Bandazhevsky’s studies documented that “a pathology can be seen when cesium is accumulated in a human organism at the rate of only 30-50 Bq/kg. Autopsies of one-year-old children in Gomel showed high levels of radiocesium in their organs — up to 6000 Bq/kg, which indicates a severe radioactive toxic syndrome, both among foetuses and newborn babies.…" http://www.bellona.org/english_import_area/international/russia/envirorights/info_access/29685/
Majia here: This research documents that relatively low levels of cesium-137 contamination in children produces significant damage to organs.
I consider it highly unlikely that the breast milk of Fukushima mothers has no traces of contamination given the high levels detected in the macaques living in the region.
My point is this: ALL CHILDREN AND PREGNANT MOTHERS - INDEED, all PEOPLE - SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM CONTAMINATED AREAS IMMEDIATELY.
Helen Caldicott recently reported that one half of Japan is contaminated. http://enenews.com/caldicott-live-tv-election-called-about-half-japan-contaminated-huge-censorship-whats-happening-fukushima-video
I realize that it may not be possible to evacuate people from all contaminated areas. That said, the Japanese government could do much more:
1. They could use proper testing procedures to test for contamination in food and water
2. They could stop the deception and censorship of information about contamination
3. They could remove vulnerable populations immediately from the most contaminated areas
4. They could engage in a gestalt switch wherein the welfare of the population takes precedence over the economic interests of Japan's nuclear village
This is a test of humanity's integrity. So far the governments of Japan, Canada, and the US have failed this test and have compromised the health and welfare of their populations in order to protect the nuclear village.
In the long run, humanity will not survive these failures in morality.
ORGANIZE TO SAVE THE CHILDREN OF FUKUSHIMA
[i] Nuclear Controversies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qqhm_ZrfhE&feature=relmfu