Fukushima and the
Battle for Truth
by Paul Zimmerman
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Fukushima’s nuclear disaster is a nightmare. Ghostly releases of
radioactivity haunt the Japanese countryside. Lives, once safe, are
now beset by an ineffable scourge promising vile illness and death.
Large sectors of the population are accumulating significant levels
of internal contamination, setting the stage for a public health
tragedy. A subtle increase in the number of miscarriages and fetal
deaths will be the first manifestation that something is amiss. An
elevated incidence of birth defects will begin in the Fall and
continue into the indefinite future. Thyroid diseases, cardiac
diseases and elevated rates of infant and childhood leukemia will
follow. Over the next decade and beyond, cancer rates will soar.
Chernobyl was the harbinger of this heartbreaking scenario. It
taught mankind the inescapable biological truths that emerge within
populations internally contaminated by heightened levels of fission
products. And yet, government and industry schemers attack these
truths as unfounded scare-mongering. With cold indifference, they
deny that Chernobyl was a mass casualty event. They turn a blind eye
to a huge body of research and deviously proclaim that no evidence
exists that more than a handful of people suffered harm from the
Ukrainian disaster. They publish propaganda, draped in the guise of
science, that dismisses the hazard of low levels of internal
contamination. Believing their subterfuge to have been successful
and intoxicated by their hubris, they are already positioning
themselves to stage-manage the public’s perception of Fukushima.
Japan’s government, its Nuclear Safety Commission, and the Tokyo
Electric Power Company have already demonstrated that they will do
everything in their power to keep citizens ignorant of what is
taking place. The emerging health crisis is scheduled to be erased.
Following a time-tested blueprint worked out by prior radiation
releases around the world, data relevant to assessing the medical
impact of the accident will not be gathered. Radiation doses to the
population will be woefully underestimated. The hazards associated
with low levels of internal contamination will be obliterated from
all discussions of risk. Academic journals that support the nuclear
agenda will be flooded with bogus studies demonstrating that no
health detriment was suffered by the population. The heightened
incidence of childhood leukemia will be attributed to some as yet
unidentified virus unleashed by population mixing following the
evacuations caused by the tsunami. (This theory is currently in
vogue to deny that the heightened incidence of leukemia among
children under five years of age living nearby to nuclear reactors
is radiation induced.) The birth defects will be summarily dismissed
as impossible because the risk models upheld by the International
Commission on Radiological Protection don’t predict them. The
possibility that the models are fraudulently constructed escapes
consideration. (See a Betrayal of Mankind by the Radiation
Protection Agencies, available as a free download at
How is TRUTH to gain ascendancy when blocked by this
institutionalized matrix of deceit? What agency can possibly take
the lead to accurately document the full scope of the disaster,
identify its victims and those at risk, and publish trustworthy
public health information? Who is going to take responsibility to
protect the children? To wait for the government to come to the
rescue is naive. The history of radiation accidents testifies that
governments routinely betray their citizens in deference to their
nuclear weapons program and the nuclear industry. No, only one
alternative is open to the people of Japan. They must become
proactive. They must seize the initiative and wrest control from
government and industry of the “perception” of the catastrophe.
The accident at Fukushima demands that a peoples’ campaign be
initiated to produce an honest assessment of the current situation,
catalog the medical consequences as they emerge, and offer accurate
advice as to how citizens can protect themselves. Using the internet
as a platform, scientists from all relevant disciplines must band
together with interested laypeople with something valid to
contribute to create a widely distributed open source research
project. The evolving online encyclopedia will archive all pertinent
data and preserve it from future tampering. The accident from its
inception must be documented. With published reports frequently in
conflict with one another, all available information, whether from
government sources, citizen investigators or eyewitnesses, must be
gathered for future evaluation. Worldwide meteorological data since
March 11 must be assembled. All official and unofficial measurements
of radiation in the environment, both in Japan and worldwide, must
be collected and collated. This is essential information required
for future epidemiological studies. Contaminated agricultural areas
must be identified. Samples of all edible material for human and
animal consumption must be evaluated for safety. As suspected
radiation-induced illness begins to appear in the population,
healthcare providers and victims must make public their experiences.
Initially, this information will be anecdotal but nonetheless
invaluable. It will identify emerging trends of morbidity and
mortality and define population subgroups requiring more systematic
scientific investigation. Researchers working alone or in groups
must seize the initiative to pursue study in their fields of
expertise and interest. (One excellent suggestion by Gordon Edwards
of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility is the
widespread collection of babies’ teeth to provide objective data on
the geographic dispersion and uptake of strontium-90 .)
Methodologies, data and results need be posted online as they become
available. Free access to the whole body of work must be guaranteed
so as to allow scrutiny by people from all over the world.
Transparency must be paramount. An open dialogue will allow
divergent points of view to be fairly represented. Disagreements
over research protocols or the interpretation of results will point
the way to new avenues of investigation where clarification and
consensus might be achieved. Objective investigation via the
scientific method will be the final arbitrator of truth. The
ultimate goal of this effort will be to produce an unbiased
determination of the public health consequences of radiation
released into the environment, assess the accuracy of current
standards of radiation safety and identify how improvements can be
made for the common welfare of humanity.
It is urgent that this initiative commence immediately. Data must be
captured while it is remains untainted. Of particular importance is
the securing of pre-accident health statistics for the population of
Japan. Rates for various pregnancy outcomes; the frequency of
different types of birth defects; the incidence of thyroid diseases,
heart diseases, cancers and so forth, all must be cataloged. There
is good reason why this baseline data need be preserved. The history
of radiation accidents is littered with examples of the outright
falsification of data that has prevented an honest evaluation of the
effects of low levels of internal contamination on human health. For
instance, evidence exists that morbidity and mortality data
published by the U.S. Government’s Public Health Service was altered
in the wake of radiation releases from nuclear weapon production
facilities and commercial nuclear power plants so as to hide cancer
deaths in the population . The accident at Three Mile Island,
persistently painted by government and industry spokesmen as a
benign event, in fact produced illness and death among humans and
farm animals downwind [3,4]. After the accident at Chernobyl,
hundreds of thousands of so-called “liquidators” participated in
cleanup operations in close proximity to the destroyed reactor and
also built a concrete sarcophagus around the reactor building to
entomb the radiation. According to the European Committee on
Radiation Risk (ECRR), in subsequent years this population was
reported as having a lower rate of leukemia than the general
population. Only later did it come to light that Soviet doctors were
forbidden from recording leukemia in their diagnoses . The Wales
Cancer Registry was cited by the ECRR as excising cases of cancer
from its database so as to prevent the Sellafield nuclear fuel
reprocessing facility in the U.K. from being blamed for causing
illness to the population. Also mentioned by ECRR was the alteration
of infant mortality figures in Germany after Chernobyl so as to mask
the impact of the accident on public health .
Mischief has not been confined to falsifying health records. In
1957, a fire broke out in the graphite reactor at Windscale, England
on the site now occupied by the Sellafield facility. The amount of
radiation released and the incidence of cancer induced in the
population of Ireland has remained fiercely contentious issues.
According to the ECRR, at some point after the fire, meteorological
records were altered “with the apparent motive of concealing the
likely location of any effects” . Similarly, the Monju prototype
fast-breeder reactor in Tsuruga, Japan suffered a devastating fire
in 1995. Prefecture and city officials found that the operator had
tampered with video images of the fire to hide the scale of the
If an accurate documentation of the health consequences of Fukushima
is to succeed, one condition is paramount: the project MUST retain
its independence from the international agencies that currently
dominate the discussion of radiation effects. The tacit mandate of
these organizations is to support nuclear weapons programs and the
nuclear industry, and they do so by publishing fraudulent scientific
studies that downplay the hazards to health of radioactive material
released into the environment. For example, the World Health
Organization (WHO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),
the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic
Radiation (UNSCEAR) and other UN organizations jointly published
Chernobyl’s Legacy: Health, Environmental and Socio-economic Impacts
. This study is routinely cited as proof that Chernobyl had
little impact on public health. It concluded that only twenty-eight
first responders died from acute radiation syndrome and 4,000
children developed thyroid cancer, fifteen of whom died by 2002. In
addition, it estimated that an additional 4,000 fatal cancers might
arise in the overall population. This sanitized version of the
catastrophe was reached by the devious method of consulting only 350
sources of information, mostly published in English, while ignoring
30,000 publications and 170,000 sources of information available in
languages other than English . A summary of this large body of
literature, published as Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe
for People and Nature, concluded that radiation-induced casualties
approached 980,000 .
To offer a second example, a number of prestigious institutions have
published disinformation on the hazards to health of depleted
uranium weapons. These include WHO, IAEA, the European Commission,
the Royal Society in the U.K., the Agency for Toxic Substances and
Disease Registry in the U.S., the Rand Corporation, and the Health
Physics Society [10,11,12,13,14,15,16]. All concluded that
weaponized uranium creates no adverse health effects when
internalized by soldiers on the battlefield and downwind
populations. Justification for this conclusion came from a survey of
the scientific literature regarding uranium contamination among
workers in the uranium and nuclear industries and populations
exposed to elevated levels of uranium in their drinking water.
Historically, the only two types of adverse health effects
documented among these populations is altered kidney function due to
uranium’s chemical toxicity and cancer due to uranium’s
radioactivity. But studies of veterans suffering from Gulf War
Syndrome reveals no evidence of kidney disease. And according to
models promulgated by the International Commission on Radiological
Protection (ICRP), the radiation dose from battlefield uranium is
too low to initiate cancer. The conclusion? Case closed! DU cannot
be a factor in the severe suffering of veterans or the increased
incidence of cancer and birth defects in Fallujah and other areas of
Iraq. As convincing as the logic of these studies attempt to be,
they all suffer from fatal flaws. They all fail to acknowledge that
combustion-derived micro- and nano-sized particles of uranium have
unique biokinetics when internalized that are not comparable to
historical types of uranium exposure, and they quit cleverly fail to
take into account the most up-to-date research on the toxicology of
uranium. New research conducted since the first Gulf War has
demonstrated that uranium is genotoxic (capable of damaging DNA),
cytotoxic (poisonous to cells), mutagenic (capable of inducing
mutations), teratogenic (capable of interfering with normal
embryonic development) and neurotoxic (capable of harming nerve
tissue). This research has yet to dislodge the stale mantra that
uranium is only capable of causing kidney disease and cancer. (For a
thorough disclosure of the fraudulent science used to discount the
hazards of DU and a summary of recent research on the toxicology of
uranium, see this author’s “The Harlot of Babylon Unmasked:
Fraudulent Science and the Cover-Up of the Health Effects of
Depleted Uranium” in A Primer in the Art of Deception available at
http://www.du-deceptions.com/ . )
Mischief also infects the radiation protection community. The
Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima conducts ongoing
medical research on the health of the survivors of the atomic
bombings at the end of WWII. The Life Span Study is the single most
important piece of evidence used by the ICRP for setting worldwide
guidelines for radiation safety. That radiation safety for all types
of exposure and all manner of radiation-induced illnesses relies so
heavily on this research is incredibly disturbing because the Life
Span Study is deeply and irreparably flawed. Initiated five years
after the bombings, after tens of thousands of victims succumbed to
unidentified levels of radiation exposure, results are hopelessly
skewed in favor of finding radiation less hazardous than it in fact
is. Further, the study can provide no meaningful information on the
birth outcomes to fetuses exposed in utero. More problematic is the
fact that both the study and the control groups were internally
contaminated by the black rain that showered down upon the destroyed
cities after the blasts. This unacknowledged contamination of the
control group hopelessly compromises any meaningful conclusions of
the rates of radiation-induced illnesses in the study group. The
Life Span Study is plagued by numerous other flaws that raise
serious questions as to why it has become the centerpiece of
radiation standards. (For further information on this topic, consult
Exhibit C in the aforementioned free download at
The Japanese have been victimized by nuclear horror more than any
other people on Earth. Today they are immersed in an imperceptible
tragedy that will slowly but inevitably bring disease and heartbreak
to millions. In response to this crime, a rare and courageous
opportunity exists. By undertaking a national campaign to honestly
document the disaster that is engulfing them, they can lead all of
humanity to break through the quagmire of deception and deceit that
has allowed nuclear weapons and reactors to flourish. Truth finally
has an opportunity to triumph over falsehood. In some small but
significant way, this would be fitting repayment for the malevolence
of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukushima.
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