“In the daily clamor of constantly-breaking news, events and disasters, it’s easy to quickly forget the terrible events in Japan just a month ago.
Apart from the heart-breaking, immediate loss of so many innocent lives, the long-term Holocaust of the leaking radiation has not been explained or considered. That is, until today. A countrywoman of mine, Dr Helen Caldicott, has written a piercingly accurate summation of the implications and dangers of ANY level of radiation poisoning.
Please take a few minutes to read this piece, published in the New York Times and then do all mankind a favor and forward this message to every person you know who values life.”
By HELEN CALDICOTT
Published: April 30, 2011
SIX weeks ago, when I first heard about the reactor damage at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan, I knew the prognosis: If any of the containment vessels or fuel pools exploded, it would mean millions of new cases of cancer in the Northern Hemisphere.
Many advocates of nuclear power would deny this. During the 25th anniversary last week of the Chernobyl disaster, some commentators asserted that few people died in the aftermath, and that there have been relatively few genetic abnormalities in survivors’ offspring. It’s an easy leap from there to arguments about the safety of nuclear energy compared to alternatives like coal, and optimistic predictions about the health of the people living near Fukushima.
But this is dangerously ill informed and short-sighted; if anyone knows better, it’s doctors like me. There’s great debate about the number of fatalities following Chernobyl; the International Atomic Energy Agency has predicted that there will be only about 4,000 deaths from cancer, but a 2009 report published by the New York Academy of Sciences says that almost one million people have already perished from cancer and other diseases. The high doses of radiation caused so many miscarriages that we will never know the number of genetically damaged fetuses that did not come to term. (And both Belarus and Ukraine have group homes full of deformed children.)
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