Friday, April 8, 2011
Massive Radiation Levels a Threat to the U.S.
I try very hard not to be a sensationalist, but the new concerns being raised about radioactive contamination of much of our planet thanks to the astonishing actions taking place at the Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan are too important to gloss over.
TEPCO announced that it is releasing 10,000 tons of radioactive water directly into the Pacific Ocean. That’s 2.4 million gallons of planetary poison being dumped directly into the ocean.
This water is being released because they have run out of places to keep it on land. It's too deadly to transport anywhere else, and all the storage pools around Fukushima are already overflowing. So they're dumping it into the ocean, then calling it "safe" because they claim the ocean will "disperse" all the radiation, rendering it harmless.
But because there's more radioactive water being produced every day at Fukushima, this process of releasing radioactive water into the ocean could theoretically continue for years, easily making Fukushima the worst nuclear disaster in the history of our world.
A Mammoth Cover-Up
Fukushima is currently doing to the Pacific Ocean what BP and the Deepwater Horizon did to the Gulf of Mexico last summer -- except that in the case of Fukushima, that radiation doesn't just disappear with the help of millions of gallons of toxic chemicals. That radiation is likely to be around for decades.
In order to prevent a nationwide panic, apparently, the United States Environment Protection Agency has declared these huge radiation levels to be safe!
We have now reached a point of comedic insanity at the EPA, where those in charge of protecting the environment are hastily rewriting the definition of "radioactive contamination" in order to ensure that whatever radioactive fallout reaches the United States falls under the new limits of "safe".
The EPA maintains a set of so-called "Protective Action Guides" (PAGs). These PAGs are being quickly revised to radically increase the allowable levels of iodine-131 (a radioactive isotope) to anywhere from 3,000 to 100,000 times the currently allowable levels.
The group, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), has obtained internal emails from FOIA requests that reveal some truly jaw-dropping revelations of the level of betrayal happening inside the EPA. For example, under the newly-revised PAGs, drinking just one glass of water considered "safe" by the EPA could subject you to the lifetime limit of radiation. (http://www.peer.org/news/news_id.ph...)
"In addition," PEER goes on to say, "it would allow long-term cleanup limits thousands of times more lax than anything EPA has ever before accepted. These new limits would cause a cancer in as much as every fourth person exposed."
These new PAGs would also vastly increase the allowable levels of radiation in soil and food, too. That way, when the radioactive fallout from Fukushima's massive release of raw radioactive water begins to rain down upon the West Coast, the EPA can officially announce that all the radiation is "below accepted limits." They can’t do anything to stop the radiation, so they lie about the safe limits in order to comfort people.
And so the EPA just raised the limits by as much as 100,000 times!
Your Hope of Protection
If there was ever a time to boost your use of supplements and promote them to your friends, family, and patients, it’s now. New research is showing that antioxidants are protective against radiation.
One of the most recent antioxidant studies was published in the April 2008 edition of Radiation Research.
The purpose of this study was to determine whether a supplemental antioxidant blend of vitamin C, vitamin E succinate, alpha-lipoic acid, L-selenomethionine, and N-acetyl cysteine could improve the survival of mice after total body irradiation.
Results of the study indicate that the antioxidants significantly increased the 30-day survival rate of the mice after their exposure to a potentially lethal dose of X rays when given prior to or after the irradiation. Pre-treatment of animals with antioxidants resulted in significantly higher total white blood cell and neutrophil counts in peripheral blood. Antioxidants were also effective in preventing peripheral lymphopenia (reduction in the number of lymphocytes circulating in the blood) after low-dose radiation.
The antioxidant supplementation was also associated with increased bone marrow cell counts after irradiation, and with increased Bcl2 and decreased Bax, caspase9 and TGF-beta1 mRNA expression in the bone marrow after irradiation. Maintenance of the antioxidant diet was associated with improved recovery of the bone marrow after sub-lethal or potentially lethal irradiation. The researchers concluded that when taken together, oral supplementation with antioxidants appears to be an effective approach for radioprotection of hematopoietic (blood forming) cells and improvement of animal survival. Modulation of apoptosis is implicated as a mechanism for the radioprotection of the hematopoietic system by antioxidants.
To read more about the benefit of antioxidants, click here to read a previous post on the subject.