“ No nuclear accident ever really ends except perhaps in geological time frames. The waste and mutagenic harm remain the legacy of the greed and hubris of the human races”. (Helen Caldicott, M.D., March 2013)
From time I do get asked as to why I tend to go on and on about Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi disaster, Chernobyl’s explosion and meltdown, atomic testing and other actual and potential nuclear events. The short version is “because these disasters tend to go on and on.” As physicist Michio Kaku has clearly stated “ meltdown is forever”. Moreover, I am after all a social traumatologist and this is what we do, especially in relation to events that people would prefer to forget. Being me, I tend to focus on those social and global events involving cover ups, lies, corporate controlled media spin, and conscious or unconscious individual and collective denial. The reason for this specific focus lies within the fact that it is precisely these factors that hinder resolution and contribute to ongoing, self-replicating fractal patterns of individual, family, social and global trauma.
On this two year anniversary of Fukushima’s March 3, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, explosions, six damaged reactors, three in meltdown, and soon to be 32nd anniversary of the March 28th, 1979 partial meltdown at Three Mile Island, here in the USA, we find precious little coverage in our mainstream media. Even more noteworthy is an article on the front page of the online Huffington Post suggesting the date of March 3rd for a “national napping day”. This proposal is accompanied by a slide show of various cute animals fast asleep. While I do love naps, and cute animals, it has been my experience so far ,that most of us are already asleep when it comes to the realities presented by this March 3rd date. For those who don’t want to know, radiation is easy to ignore since it cannot be detected by our usual senses of sight, smell, taste or hearing. Nevertheless, the cumulative biomedical effects are absorbed by plants, animals and humans by means of air, food and water.
Since radiation disrupts DNA many of the disruptive effects can be observed in resulting mutations. Some of these are photo documented on web sites such as http://fukushimafacts.tumblr.com and http://fukushima-diary.com . Toward the end of last summer conjoined roses appeared in my garden for the first time. Already this spring I have made note of a strange looking tall bearded iris, twice the size of the others which has developed curled and fasciated leaf patterns. For now, I am photographing its development and if and when it blooms will send the pictures for upload on the mutation watch web site. You might want to have a look around your own environs and send photos of any mutations detected for one of the online sources. For those with the courage to look, there is ample photo documentation of birth defects, mutations , cancers and other radiation related diseases affecting the “Children of Chernobyl” easily located by internet search engines. We now know that the unborn are particularly vulnerable to effects of any and all levels of radiation exposure. As disturbing as this may be, it is also fact that it is not only children , but humans of all ages are adversely affected by even , so called, low levels of radiation and some of these effects may take up to ten or 20 years to manifest.
One person who has definitely not been napping throughout this anniversary is Dr. Helen Caldicott who hopes to wake more of us up through her historic March 2013 symposium “Medical and Environmental Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident” , 3/11-12/13, being held at the New York Academy of Medicine in NYC (http://nuclearfreeplanet.org). This event features radiation experts from around the globe with new information and also suggestions for how to best become more aware and take precautions in order to minimize our levels of exposure. This symposium is being live streamed onto the internet and individual presentations should be available on You Tube in the coming weeks or months.( For more information see : http://dels-old.nas.edu/dels/rpt_briefs/rerf_final.pdf )