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Fukushima: Nuclear Professor: Fish on West Coast found with Fukushima radioactive material — We’re testing fish that are sold at markets to U.S. consumers…

In Around the web on February 22, 2014 at 8:46 am



Catherine Higley, professor and head of Oregon State University’s Department of Nuclear Engineering: There’s been a very intensive effort to sample fish along the coastlines and even students in my research group are participating in studies sampling fish that are coming into market.

Molly Seder, host. What are you learning?

Higley: We can see very low levels of cesium in some of the bigger fish that have been caught in the ocean, fish that have typically traveled along the Japanese coast that were in the plume early on and then migrated over to the west, where they’ve been captured. […] The levels of cesium from Fukushima that we’re seeing in fish over here are really similar to levels from the [atomic bomb testing] fallout that we can still actually detect. So they’re there, but they’re very, very small.

Seder: So this is fish that’s being caught and taken to market for consumption in Japan or in the United States?

Higley: Some of the fish that we see here for consumption in the United States […] we can still see this, a little bit of fallout as well as some of the Fukushima radionuclides. So it’s not a level that’s hazardous. It’s a level at or below the natural complement

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“So it’s not a level that’s hazardous. It’s a level at or below the natural complement.”

What “natural complement”? The residual left from nuclear bomb testing is not natural complement. That’s just ridiculous and certainly unscientific. But, who cares, it’s not about science, it’s about ideology and putting folks back to sleep. No worries, now what’s up with the Kardashians?

Be careful Dr. Higley, we wouldn’t want those industry and government grants to dry up.

‘Natural complement’ appears to be referring to naturally occurring radionuclides present in the ocean, such as potassium-40 and polonium-210.

For example Pacific bluefin tuna have a mean K-40 concentration of 367 Bq/kg (dry weight).

If cesium levels are being found “at… the natural complement” in any fish off the West Coast, that should be front page news.
We know more now.

Have none of these so called ‘experts’ ever read the BEIR VII report?

“Advances in cell and molecular biology have also contributed new information on the mechanisms through which cells respond to radiation-induced damage and to the close associations between DNA damage response and cancer development.”

Don’t forget
“…other health effects, such as cardiovascular disease and stroke, can result from radiation exposure.”

BEIR VII Report Phase 2:
She’s a “Nuclear Professor”, don’t look for any confession of danger from emissions or nuclear radiation accumulating in fishes; she has tenure to consider.
Environmental Protection Agency: “… any exposure to radiation poses some risk, i.e. there is no level below which we can say an exposure poses no risk. ”

Nuclear Regulatory Commission: “any amount of radiation may pose some risk for causing cancer … any increase in dose, no matter how small, results in an incremental increase in risk.

National Academy of Sciences: “ … it is unlikely that a threshold exists for the induction of cancers… ” (John LaForge: Dangerous Disinformation About Radiation, 2011)

There is no safe level of radionuclide exposure, whether from food, water or other sources. Period.
- Jeff Patterson, DO, immediate past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

“ There is no safe dose of radiation since radiation is cumulative. Harm in the form of excess human cancer occurs at all doses of ionizing radiation, down to the lowest conceivable dose and dose rate. ”
- John Gofman, Ph.D., M.D. in Radiation and Human Health.

“ There is no safe level of exposure and there is no dose of radiation so low that the risk of malignancy is zero… the genetic risks, and especially those associated with recessive mutations, may be as harmful and debilitating to the human race as the increases of cancer. ”
- Dr. Karl Z. Morgan, director of the Health Physics Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Sept. 1978 Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

“ No amount of radiation is safe. Every dose is an overdose. ”
- Nobel Laureate George Wald, in…
Sampling fish that came on the market?

“Hillary Clinton signed a pact with Japan that she agreed there is no problem with Japanese food supply and we will continue to buy them so we are not sampling food coming in from Japan”AG

The fish showing up in markets could be from right off the fuku coast.
Here is a collection of recent data on fresh and ocean water contamination at/from Fukushima
Why are professors of nuclear engineering allowed to express opinions about the medical implications of vast releases of radionuclides on public health without being a medical doctor with training in toxicology, medicine and epidemiology? That is practicing medicine without a license. I intend to contact that university and complain that pushing the comparison of bananas to 134/137Cs is unethical. I will contact legislators to introduce legislation prohibiting this practice altogether. Baseless reassurance from non-licensed individuals about health issues increases exposures to children and pregnant women who are 1000 times mode vulnerable. The entire nuclear industry makes these erroneous comparisons. At a minimum, they should be subject to legal liability. The comparison is known to be fraudulent. This really needs to be stopped.

Any one who listens to Steven Starr’s presentation about 137Cs will be angered by authorities allowing this academic fraud to continue.

This academic and industry fraud has become one of most important consumer issues. It affects public health and safety to pimp for the nuclear industry. Writing to the university and the medical board is a place to start. If I recommend vitamins, I would be prosecuted, especially if I held a medical license. Small irony….

  1. Dear whateveryournameis —
    thank you so much for the commentary. xlnt, xlnt! points! Great question: WTF are physicists doing practicing w/o a medical license? Helen Caldicott talks about this a lot.
    So does Chris Busby, chemist with medical creds.
    “Busby obtained a BSc in Chemistry with First Class Honours from the University of London. His membership in the Royal Society of Chemistry lapsed in 1984.[citation needed] He later gained a PhD in chemical physics at the University of Kent, researching Raman spectro-electrochemistry.[6] In 1999 Busby stood as an Election Candidate for the European Parliamentary elections.[7] Busby was a member of the British government sponsored Committee Examining Radiation Risks from Internal Emitters (CERRIE), which operated from 2001 to 2004.[6] In 2001, he was appointed to the UK Ministry of Defence Oversight Committee on Depleted Uranium (DUOB).[6] Between 2003 and 2007 he was a Fellow of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Liverpool, in the Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Biology,[6] and he was formerly a visiting professor at the School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster.[8]” — wikipedia

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