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Another Radiation Warning

2011 September 30 by

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Radiation in Food Products

Researchers in Japan have found high radiation levels in rice harvested within 40 miles of the Fukushima nuclear reactor. The rice samples showed up to 500 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, an amount deemed safe by the Japanese government. Other Japanese food products have shown high levels  of radiation, including fish, seaweed, and green tea. Unfortunately, the nuclear reactors are still leaking radiation and the contamination continues. Cesium has a half life of 30 years, so this problem is not going away soon.

I would advise consumers to avoid all food products from Japan. Seaweed and green tea are excellent food sources with many healing properties, but make sure you know the source of these products before you buy them.

If you think you may have consumed any food products from Japan, I advise you begin a detoxification program. I have previously recommended supplement programs for children and adults exposed to radiation, which can be found on my website by searching for “Radiation.”  The problem is that radioactive particles consumed in foods are absorbed by the body and continue to emit radioactivity. They need to be removed from the body with chelating supplements (zeolite, citrus pectin, or chlorella), and the body’s own detoxifying mechanisms need to be supported with antioxidants to protect cells from damage.

 

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Nuclear Facilities in the US at Risk of Disaster this Week

2011 June 29 by

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Are you worried about nuclear facility safety? Could the US suffer a disaster similar to Japan? Just this week three nuclear facilities have been threatened by the power of nature. The Fort Calhoun nuclear reactor 19 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska has been overtaken by floodwaters of the Missouri River, which reached 33 feet above flood stage and left the facility under two feet of water. This places the reactor within six feet of its critical levels. Too close for comfort. The Fort Calhoun plant has been taken off the grid and is currently operating off emergency diesel generators to maintain cooling systems of the fuel rods. You know what happens if those generators fail.

Floodwaters at Nebraska’s second nuclear reactor are threatening that facility, and if water levels continue to rise, that plant will also be shut down. The Cooper plant 80 miles south of Omaha is within a few feet of critical levels. A third reactor downstream on the Missouri river near Hamburg, Iowa faces similar issues. If water takes out the cooling systems at any of these plants, as it did at the Fukushima plant in Japan, then the US could face a similar catastrophe, despite agency and government reassurances.

In the meantime another facility in New Mexico faces a real danger from wildfires. The Los Alamos nuclear laboratory that stores tons of plutonium has been threatened by a wildfire that has spread within a mile of its border. The town of Los Alamos has been completely evacuated, but the stores of radioactive materials are in perilous danger.

Nuclear facilities are fragile and dangerous, as we have seen at previous accidents. The Fukushima disaster has resulted in nuclear fallout that will undoubtedly claim an astronomical toll on the Japanese population in the form of cancers and deaths. The Chernobyl disaster resulted in at least a million deaths as a direct result of that explosion. And Japan’s nuclear meltdown is still not under control.

How many similar disasters will occur before we recognize the need to dismantle these nuclear facilities? It is time that every responsible country join Germany and Switzerland in their pledge to shut down all nuclear power plants and rely on safe and renewable energy production.

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Cell Phones and Brain Tumors

2011 June 19 by

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Finally after all these years the World Health organization has admitted that cell phones are associated with brain tumors and may increase a user’s risk of these cancers. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), has declared after a review of the research that cell phones are possible cancer-causing agents. This does not come as news to the many health advocates and cell phone industry insiders who have been saying for years that cell phones cause brain tumors. Neurological surgeons have raised the alarm as well since they have been seeing an unprecedented number of brain tumors in children.

By contrast most consumers have little concern over cell phone dangers, despite these warnings. But one simple measure can dramatically protect your health. Keep your cell phone away from your body. Use your speakerphone. Or use an air tube headset. This is a headset that contains hollow tubes like a stethoscope that transmit sound but not electrical radiation. Wired headsets will actually increase your risk, not reduce it. Do not keep your cell phone in your pocket or on your belt near sensitive internal organs or your groin. Require that your children take these precautions. Their risk from cell phones is higher than that of adults.

Now that the WHO has acknowledged the validity of the many studies that have shown an increased risk of brain tumors from cell phone use, there is no reason for anyone to avoid taking appropriate precautions.

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Japanese foods

2011 June 7 by

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The Japanese government just banned exports of certain green tea products because of radiation.

Beware of products you think may originate in Japan, including seaweed, kelp, green tea, miso, etc. The soil in Japan is now highly contaminated and farm areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear plant have been rendered contaminated by a radioactive fallout disaster that is now worse than Chernobyl.

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No More Nuclear Reactors

2011 May 25 by

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Finally some good news.

Switzerland has joined Germany as the second country in Europe to completely phase out nuclear power as an energy source. Switzerland will be shutting down their nuclear power facilities.

In the wake of the horrors of Fukushima, Japan is also committing to rely on alternative energy sources. Prime minister Kan has plans to require all new buildings in Japan to have solar panels by 2030. Japan’s richest man, Masayoshi Son, CEO of telecom company Softbank, has plans to build 10 large solar plants in an effort for Japan to rely on solar, wind, and geothermal energy.

It is time for the United States to commit similar efforts to build alternative energy sources. Nuclear facilities in the US are susceptible to the same dangers as the Fukushima reactors. Spent fuel rod pools at US power plants are especially precarious. An accident at any one of them could trigger a radiation leak and chain reaction comparable to the disaster in Japan. Nuclear reactors are dangerous and outmoded and disasters waiting to happen. Let’s learn from the terrible meltdowns that have occurred at the Fukushima nuclear plant and push to depend on renewable and safe forms of energy.

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