What to Believe and the U.S. Implications of Fukushima

By now you’ve probably heard such a vast amount of information in regards to Fukushima that your mind is on overload. If you are like me you are probably sick of paying attention to the media, hoping that you wake up and the dream is over. Unfortunately this isn’t a dream and the reality is becoming clearer by the day. The media talks about 1,000 times this and 3,000 times that, but what you need to know is the radiation leaking into the air and the ocean from Fukushima’s Daiichi reactors are beyond imaginable levels.

I’ve got two little kids, ages 1 and 3 and I live at the eye of the jet stream on the west coast of the United States. It’s extremely disheartening that the EPA and FDA, along other health agencies have failed to give us the information needed to equip ourselves in the event of increased radiation on U.S. soil. Unfortunately I know first hand that the FDA is much more concerned about protecting America’s interests rather than American’s interest. The health of every single American is much more important than the financial health and stability of this country. Maybe our government sees that differently, but I would prefer to know the situation rather than having to search high and low from the internet to discover the truth behind this massive nuclear meltdown.

To put this whole thing into perspective Chernobyl had one reactor problem that has caused hundreds of thousands, if not millions of health problems, deformities, childhood cancers, suffering and deaths across Russia, Europe and beyond. Unfortunately the human body is so complex, it’s hard for any of the issues to be proven, so many governments continue to shy away from the obvious. Just reading this blog is step in the right direction to understanding this crisis and it’s my goal to get as much relevant information as possible, while sifting through information I believe can be disregarded.

It’s now been three weeks since this crisis started and a few scientists and nuclear physicists have stepped up and vocalized where they believe this crisis is headed. I am keeping a close eye on one particular blog by Arnold Gundersen. Arnie or Arnold has 40 years of nuclear power engineering experience. Arnie has managed and coordinated projects on 70 nuclear facilities here in the United States. He is extremely knowledgeable and his background speaks for itself. Arnie has been putting out videos every day or two with an update. Here is an update today, March 31st:

If you have a chance to check around on Arnie’s site you’ll see some additional videos and information at http://www.fairewinds.com. His site is very informative. I have been following this site for a couple of weeks now and also finding some very helpful information on the UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering site, which has daily result logs of testing information. They are testing air samples as well as doing other miscellaneous samples around the Berkeley area and beyond: http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/UCBAirSampling. This site also have a question and answer forum which I have found very helpful. There seems to be a ton of education here and some very helpful insight: http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/forum/218.

Information is slowly but surely making it to the mainstream media, but I still tend to believe that many issues are blacked out for a reason. Obama has remained nearly speechless, minus a few excerpts of his praise for nuclear power. Here we have a potential, long-term catastrophic issue in America and our President doesn’t seem to be concerned. That’s concerning in itself. Another alarming problem is the EPA’s steps to increase the levels of radiation allowable by human consumption. These levels are enough to make a grown man cry.

I like to think of myself as a fairly intelligent person, which is why I feel so misinformed when scouring the internet for information. If there’s a massive problem on the horizon or at least one that’s thought to be, wouldn’t the United States make it a point to have all information transparent to the citizens of this country? Maybe not.

I will continue to monitor things for myself and will do my best to actually run tests myself or get in contact with others around the west coast that have viable information that may not make it to the mainstream media. Feel free to ask questions or comment. Although I am not an expert, I am very well versed in many aspects of types of isotopes that I believe are currently contaminating the United States, including Iodine 131 and Cesium 137.. If I can’t answer your questions I will look for ways to get your questions answered through various chats and forums that I am currently monitoring.

If your plan is to find ways to minimize the risks of radiation you will have to make some sacrifices and changes over the next few months that may last months or even years to come. Many of the things we eat and drink will be comprised in the coming months, so you will need to have an outside the box strategy when planning to avoid foods that will be at risk.

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5 Responses to What to Believe and the U.S. Implications of Fukushima

  1. Curie-ous says:

    Thanks for your posts! I have the exact same opinion…stunned that major international powers are not on top of this as the first priority! It is already becoming a domestic problem by tainting US food and water sources… Did they not learn anything from Chernobyl??…I have noticed that less people are spending time outdoors, despite the lovely weather. More solid info would go a long ways for millions!!

  2. Curie-ous says:

    Have you found any specific data on the confirmed PLUTONIUM output and spread??! This is a basic human rights issue & extremely relevant to all life forms!!

  3. Curie-ous, thanks for reading! The truly unfortunate part about this incident is that there are very few ways of actually detecting plutonium. Gamma rays are detected through a number of different ways but plutonium emits very little gamma and much more alpha, which in small quantities may be impossible to detect without very expensive equipment. This element is man made and the lack of information worldwide is due to its extremely dangerous nature. We have little to go off of at this point and I have been scouring the net to find some data that stretches beyond the plant at Fukushima. My hope is that the majority of this Plutonium is heavy enough to stay locally around the plant at Fukushima. The good news is we have not had any major explosions at the plant thus far to believe Plutonium made it into the upper atmosphere. I will do my best to keep you posted.

    • Curie-ous says:

      Thanks again! I will pass on the address of your blog, but frankly, many are still in the dark. 😦
      I also like http://enenews.com for updates. Per current fallout simulation forecasts, it looks like
      South America is going to be a safe zone?…hmmm. This whole thing seems flat-out crazy.

      • Curie-ous, at the time being South America does look to be in the safe zone, but it’s my belief that at some level if Fukushima is not contained it will become a worldwide problem. While it’s hard to decipher where things are currently headed, it’s still somewhat refreshing to know that the fallout levels in the U.S. have not reached levels anywhere near Japan. Stay vigilant on sites that offer NO AGENDA news. Many I talk to seem to be unaware of any real threat. That’s a bit scary if you ask me.

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