Nuclear Energy = Kids with Tumors

Nuclear Energy is not pro life.

From Business Insider:

Of more than 38,000 children tested from the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan, 36 percent have abnormal growths – cysts or nodules – on their thyroids a year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, as reported by ENENews.

The shocking numbers come from the thyroid examination section of the “Sixth Report of Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey,” published by Fukushima Radioactive Contamination Symptoms Research (FRCSR) and translated by the blog Fukushima Voice.

Shunichi Yamashita, M.D., president of the Japan Thyroid Association, sent a letter to members in January with guidelines for treating thyroid abnormalities. In 2001 Yamashita co-authored a study that found normal children in Nagasaki to have 0 percent nodules and 0.8 percent cysts.

The introduction of the letter, written by Fukushima Voice, states that the results in Fukushima show a “much faster progression compared to Chernobyl” as research done around Chernobyl showed the rate of thyroid nodules in children 5 to 10 years after the accident to be 1.74 percent.

In March 2011 a massive earthquake triggered a tsunami that led to series of nuclear meltdowns and releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, leading to the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

The introduction of the letter notes that Australian pediatrician Helen Caldicott said that is”not at all normal for children to have thyroid nodules or cysts and that early appearance of thyroid abnormalities, less than one year, meant the Fukushima children received a very high dose of radiation.

No amount of convenience, comfort or efficiency is worth children getting tumors. Nuclear energy does not make sense for many reasons, but this story brings it down to a very tangible story in the course of one year. Kids that used to be healthy now have multiple tumors in their throat. People that used to be healthy are now suffering, not just with tumors, but other debilitating symptoms of radiation poisoning.
Then there’s the water. Stories like this one let us know that no one has a handle on how to manage this nuclear disaster or control its impact on our natural resources. Ground water is involved, the ocean becomes an exhaust valve. The people are expected to trust TEPCO – a company that has been lying about the severity of the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster.  Radioactive waste is like the ultimate case of cooties that you can’t get rid of and infects everything it touches. Nuclear energy facilities are permanent propositions and natural disaster circumstances are only a matter of time for each and every one of them. We can’t look to the future generation and honestly say it is safe. We should be trying to solve the nuclear waste problem we have already created.
The question of our time is: how much is energy today worth? Is it worth life tomorrow? Is it worth future generations?
It is costing humankind dearly.
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One thought on “Nuclear Energy = Kids with Tumors

  1. Robert Malt says:

    Yes, nuclear energy is not pro-life. It is also not pro-market, as it is not a free-market enterprise. It exists due to government backing, loan and insurance guarantees.

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