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26 February 2012

14,000 Deaths in the United States Tied to Fukushima Reactor Disaster Fallout

The description of the medical journal article published in the January 2012 edition of the International Journal of Health Services issued by PRNewswire is being posted here in its entirety. The United States has just started constructing two new nuclear reactors in Georgia after a lapse of 32 years, following the 1979 incident at Three-Mile-Island. Despite the realities of Chernobyl and Fukushima, there continues to be a chilling disconnect of the authorities in pro-nuclear countries between the safety of nuclear power and its potential for terrible devastation of human life and the environment. For journal article, click here.

14,000 Deaths in the United States Tied to Fukushima Reactor Disaster Fallout

Impact Seen As Roughly Comparable to Radiation-Related Deaths After Chernobyl; Infants Are Hardest Hit, With Continuing Research Showing Even Higher Possible Death Count.

Australian Radiation Service (photo not part of press release)

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services.   This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima.

Authors Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman note that their estimate of 14,000 excess U.S. deaths in the 14 weeks after the Fukushima meltdowns is comparable to the 16,500 excess deaths in the 17 weeks after the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986.  The rise in reported deaths after Fukushima was largest among U.S. infants under age one.  The 2010-2011 increase for infant deaths in the spring was 1.8 percent, compared to a decrease of 8.37 percent in the preceding 14 weeks.

Mobile Phone Antennas Blamed for Presence of Cataracts in Calves

The following is a translation from French of an article which appeared on the site of the Swiss "Agence d'information agricole romande" on 22 February 2012 about a recent study by the University of Zürich Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.  Mobile phone technology is also potentially harmful to animals. 

Blindness at birth in calves could be linked to the presence of mobile phone antennas.  This is what the umbrella association Electrosmog Suisse asserts, based on partial results from a study by the University of Zürich.  Since 2005, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has been looking at "nuclear" cataracts (affecting the lens nucleus) in newborn calves raised near mobile phone antennas.  Among the farms observed, the Association mentioned a farm in canton Zürich where cases of cataracts increased after installation of an antenna and disappeared once the antenna was dismantled.  The anti-electrosmog association calls on the authorities to respond and not  “await dissipation of the latest scientific doubts in order to take preventive measures.”  The Director of the faculty research project, Bernhard Spiess, confirms the “striking temporal correlation” between installation of the antenna and appearance of the cases of cataracts.  According to him, it is however impossible to prove for now a link between cause and effect.

20 February 2012

Who is Really Guilty?

This article about the asbestos and mobile phone industries was recently posted in French on the Website of the Swiss electromagnetic advocacy group, ARA (Association Romande Alerte aux Ondes Electromagnétiques) - www.alerte.ch.

Who is really guilty?

The condemnation of the two former directors of Eternit in Turin on 13 February 2012, based on their responsibility for the deaths of nearly 2,900 persons in Italy, gives cause for reflection.

According to journalists from the RSR (Radio Suisse Romande), this is the first time that a high-level director of an important company has received a criminal conviction by judges in Europe .  Professor François Iselin of the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), relativizes this affair.  Interviewed by the RSR, he stated that the number of victims of asbestos in the world is probably ten times higher and that certain countries continue to produce asbestos with impunity! 

What is particularly troubling about this affair is that the directors of Eternit have been aware of the dangers of asbestos during the last 50 years.  They denied and minimalized the problem without taking sufficient measures to protect their workers.  Professor Iselin believes that all potentially carcinogenic products should be more strictly regulated.  Apparently, industry is not sufficiently ethical to regulate itself.  According to the professor, the issues of nanoparticles, GMOs (genetically modified organisms), radioactivity, mobile phones etc. are similar to that of asbestos.  Who is really guilty?

Mesothelioma - A Personal Testimony

The recent conviction of two directors of the asbestos company Eternit by a court in Turin has a great deal of personal meaning.

My companion, Adon, died on 1 April 2009 from mesothelioma (cancer of the pleura) caused by exposure to asbestos.  He believed he had been exposed to the substance nearly 40 years ago while working in a factory in Belgium.  He was diagnosed with the disease in July 2008, after two months of investigations, including invasive procedures.  Shortness of breath while climbing stairs led him to consult his generalist in May who mentioned a possible diagnosis of mesothelioma.  

At the time of the definitive diagnosis, we felt we could not get through this on our own.  We needed friends, family, sound advice, support, and especially the opportunity to share experiences.  We were met with a culture of silence from medical personnel and the Swiss Cancer League.  No one could or would put us in touch with others, including family members of persons diagnosed with mesothelioma.  By the time I started sharing my thoughts on the Internet cancer forum, Adon was within days of dying.  Just a few persons helped us:  the compassionate surgical team;  the palliative care nurse at the Cancer League;  and a lady in the United States whose husband Steve had been diagnosed with the same cancer several months after Adon’s diagnosis;  he died in July 2009 after complications from radiotherapy.  Steve’s father had been exposed to asbestos in a factory in England.  Each evening, he would return home with his clothes covered in dust.  Both his son, Steve, and his wife were diagnosed with mesothelioma around the same time, nearly 40 years later.

19 February 2012

Use of Mobile Phones in Schools: Article from Pakistan

A recent article written by Sabir Shah entitled “Use of Mobile Phones in Schools” (full text available here), published online in the The News International, Pakistan, on 6 January 2012, is significant because it summarizes a number of important issues concerning use of this technology in education.  The article was inspired by the unanimous passing of a resolution by the Punjab Assembly in early January 2012 which bans the use of mobile phones in schools and colleges.  The Assembly did not argue “for a minute on this serious issue that has ignited heated debates across the planet if these devices really interfered with the teaching and learning processes in classes and if the radiation they emitted actually carried any potent health risks.”