Is the Dramatic Increase in West Coast Baby Deaths a Result of Fukushima Fallout?


A 35% Spike in Infant Mortality in Northwest Cities Since Meltdown

From JANETTE D. SHERMAN, MD
and JOSEPH MANGANO
Counterpunch

U.S. babies are dying at an increased rate… The recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicates that eight cities in the northwest U.S. (Boise ID, Seattle WA, Portland OR, plus the northern California cities of Santa Cruz, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, and Berkeley) reported the following data on deaths among those younger than one year of age:

4 weeks ending March 19, 2011 – 37 deaths (avg. 9.25 per week)
10 weeks ending May 28, 2011  – 125 deaths (avg.12.50 per week)

This amounts to an increase of 35% (the total for the entire U.S. rose about 2.3%), and is statistically significant. Of further significance is that those dates include the four weeks before and the ten weeks after the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster. In 2001 the infant mortality was 6.834 per 1000 live births, increasing to 6.845 in 2007. All years from 2002 to 2007 were higher than the 2001 rate.

Spewing from the Fukushima reactor are radioactive isotopes including those of iodine (I-131), strontium (Sr-90) and cesium (Cs-134 and Cs-137) all of which are taken up in food and water. Iodine is concentrated in the thyroid, Sr-90 in bones and teeth and Cs-134 and Cs-137 in soft tissues, including the heart. The unborn and babies are more vulnerable because the cells are rapidly dividing and the delivered dose is proportionally larger than that delivered to an adult.

Data from Chernobyl, which exploded 25 years ago, clearly shows increased numbers of sick and weak newborns and increased numbers of deaths in the unborn and newborns, especially soon after the meltdown.  These occurred in Europe as well as the former Soviet Union. Similar findings are also seen in wildlife living in areas with increased radioactive fallout levels…

Full article here
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3 Comments

We need a banner list on the front page of all the various horrific things that are reported nearly daily. Otherwise we will succumb to psychic numbing (see Dr. Caldicott on how this works) and be set up for joining the mass hopeless, helpless depression. It does seem to offer the makings of a good parlor game.

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Allow me to suggest another explanation, conspiracy theory if you like. At eleven this morning I watched four parallel vapor trails spread across the eastern sky by planes that weren’t so high that I couldn’t see them. Within fifteen minutes, the clear eastern sky and accumulated a haze. There has been much discussion about technical fixes to the atmosphere to foil global warming. What these chemicals they may be spreading may be and what effects they may have on us and the environment is likely unknown publicly. .If the BP fix of their gusher by spreading vicious chemicals to break up the oil provides a precedence, tests were likely never run to validate their safety. This is the third time this spring I’ve observed these trails and others have also noted them. My bet: the West Coast’s cool wet spring was to an extent US government made as were the childhood deaths. The later happened too soon to be the result of Fukushima. Would that make you feel better, Herb?

No Don. Unfortunately not. People who fail to respond to a series of existential threats become passive and eminently controllable. Suffering without reaction = depression. On the other hand, if you are concerned about my emotional health, don’t be. I’m as fine as someone can be under the circumstances. Political power stems not from the barrel of a gun, though it can seem that way at times, but rather from the reliable control of populations. Those US citizens who are not formally in a chemical straight jacket (the huge percentage of the US population on psychoactive drugs, legal and otherwise) are being driven into a silent immobility. At this late stage in the game I can’t imagine the US population reacting forcefully to any outrage at all. Besides many of these media disasters are not what they seem, and just amount to psychic terrorism to reduce us to helplessness. Can’t fault the monsters for not being good at doing evil.

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