Archive for September, 2011


In this video, David Vitalis goes into detail about sauna and clay/zeolite for detoxifying radiation.

I have a couple of nitpicks, but overall I think it’s a very good video.

The two radionuclides of primary concern are iodine, cesium and strontium.  Cesium and strontium are water soluble and stored primarily in muscle and bone respectively, so, yes, you can sweat out these radionuclides, but the point about sweating out fat-soluble toxins does not apply to these two in particular.  However, other lypophillic (fat loving) toxins, such as mercury, must be cleansed as well.  It is the overall toxic load that must be cleansed, not only radionuclides.

Anyway, check out the video, and there is a lot more on that website I haven’t had the chance to take a look at, link below the video.

How to Detoxify Radiation from Your Body — A Two Part Strategy with Daniel Vitalis | Health Beyond Hype.

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Unfortunately, this article from the Japan Times repeats the brainwashing that radiation levels are negligible, as well as nonsense such as hydrogen explosions are what spread the radiation around, when we know their was more than one nuclear criticality at Fukushima.  I will also add that radionuclide contamination from Fukushima has been detected in every US state.   Due to the continued leakage of the reactors and the reckless policy of incineration of contaminated debris and agricultural wastes, fallout it going to continue to be an issue in North America for some time to come.  

Regardless, a couple of tips that may be useful:

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fs20110920a2.html

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Simple solutions: Cesium-134 and -137 are easily dissolved in water, which means rinsing vegetables and fruit can help reduce radiation levels. Cutting vegetables into smaller pieces and soaking them in water is even more effective.

Noguchi says that radiation, though invisible and odorless, can be treated and cleaned up like a stain, noting that by rinsing the food well before cooking, preferably with hot water, and/or boiling or stewing it, a large portion of radioactive elements can be removed. In his book, published in Japanese in mid-July, “Hoshano Osen kara Kazoku wo Mamoru Tabekata no Anzen Manyuaru” (“The Safety Manual for Protecting Your Family From Radiation Contamination”), Noguchi offers tips on how to prepare food, item by item, so consumers can reduce their radiation intake at home.

In the book, he refers to data released in 1994 by Japan’s semi-public Radioactive Waste Management Center (now the Radioactive Waste Management Funding and Research Center). The center’s report, titled “Removal of Radionuclides during Food Processing and Culinary Preparation,” compiled results of detailed tests conducted in Europe and Japan following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

“This is not something we must absolutely do,” he said about radiation-removal steps. “But since we don’t know how much — within the safety limits — food is irradiated, taking these steps can safeguard us further.”

Here are some of Noguchi’s tips on preparing major food groups:

Vegetables

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A series of hydrogen explosions at the plant in March resulted in the release of large amounts of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, tainting vegetables and fruits grown outdoors. They also contaminated soil with iodine-131, cesium-134 and cesium-137. Iodine-131 is no longer detectable due to its short half-life of eight days. The cesium isotopes, meanwhile, need long-term monitoring because cesium-134 takes two years to decrease by half and cesium 137’s half-life is 30 years.

The good news is, cesium can be easily dissolved in water. So the best way to prepare vegetables and fruits is to rinse them well before cooking. If possible, cut vegetables into small pieces and soak them in water for a while.

More radiation in spinach and other leafy vegetables can be removed if they are boiled. As for lettuces, throw away the outer leaf and rinse the rest well. Data from Chernobyl shows that rinsing lettuce can remove up to half of the cesium-134 and two thirds of the cesium-137. Cucumbers can be pickled with vinegar, which cuts radiation by up to 94 percent. Peeling carrots and boiling them with salted hot water would also help reduce cesium levels.

Meat and fish

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Livestock can be tainted through the grass and water they consume. Well-grilled, salt-sprinkled beef poses less risk than anything cooked to a medium-rare or medium state, by cutting 28 percent of cesium, according to a Chernobyl-tied study. Boiling leg meat has been proved to reduce cesium by about 50 percent. Make sure to drain off the hot water. Don’t worry about the pork bone broth; cesium accumulates mostly in meat, not bones, and the levels of strontium-90, which does accumulate in bones, are negligible.

For fish and other seafood, however, watch out for strontium-90, which has a half-life of 29 years. According to Noguchi, far greater quantities of strontium-90 were released into the ocean than into the air and ground. Contrary to popular thinking, large fish are not necessarily riskier to consume. Though large fish do eat smaller fish, which leads some to believe they accumulate more radioactive materials, Noguchi says it is the small fish and flat fish that have stayed close to the Fukushima plant that pose more risk. Unlike large fish that swim longer distances, small fish cannot move far from contaminated areas.

With tuna fish, rinse with water before eating or cooking. Boiling or marinating salmon helps remove cesium-137, and avoid eating fish bones, as they could contain strontium-90.

Rice and wheat

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Much has been said about the nutritiousness of brown rice, but when it comes to radiation, it is the bran layer beneath the husk that absorbs and accumulates cesium from soil. That means white, polished rice, which has no bran layer, is a safer option — though it does contain fewer vitamins, minerals and fiber than brown rice. If you rinse white rice well before cooking, you can also remove radiation-emitting residue on the grain.

Wheat products such as bread, spaghetti and noodles pose very little risk, since 90 percent of wheat in Japan has been imported from overseas. For those concerned with radiation in pasta or noodles made from wheat in Japan, the thinner the noodle, the more cesium released when cooked.

Dairy products

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Fresh milk from Fukushima Prefecture was suspended from the market from mid-March until the end of April after it was found to contain radioactive iodine. The air and grass consumed by dairy cows had been contaminated. Authorities have since been keeping an eye on levels of radiation in milk, so you need not worry too much about the products currently on sale.

Cheese and butter are fine, too, because, during their production, the milk whey — the liquid that gets separated from curd — is removed. While rich in nutrition, cesium and strontium tend to remain in whey. Yogurt, which usually has whey floating on top, also undergoes radiation checks before going on the market, but if you are still worried, pour off the whey before you eat the yogurt.

Seaweed

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Wakame (soft seaweed) and kombu (kelp) are integral parts of the Japanese diet. They flew off store shelves in the wake of the nuclear disaster, when consumers heard that the natural iodine in them might help them fight radiation contamination.

Seaweed from the sea close to the nuclear plant, however, will likely absorb high levels of radiation in the coming years. You can rinse it before cooking, or choose seaweed harvested elsewhere.

Kunikazu Noguchi’s book, “Hosha no Osen kara Kazoku wo Mamoru Tabekata no Anzen Manyuaru” (“The Safety Manual for Protecting Your Family from Radiation Contamination”), was published by Seishun Shuppansha in July, in Japanese only, priced at ¥1,000.

Excerpt from a guest post over at ex-skf, one of my favorite sources for the latest on the Japanese situation:

 

I live in Osaka and sourcing clean food for our toddler son has become the biggest concern of ours, after monitoring the fallout plumes and contamination in our vicinity (which thankfully, seems to be quite limited compared to California, my home state). We have always been interested in buying healthy food and have belonged to COOP for many years.

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Basically, the story is this: the further north and east you go, the less likely the COOPs are to disclose testing results as this might well embarrass their long-standing farming/food sources, while to the south and west, this is less likely to happen as their food sources are generally less suspect.

Often, when I read your blog, which I admire and recommend widely, the reports of contaminated food are then commented on by the readers as proof that sourcing food is dangerous and tricky, when actually, if one knows the resources, it is not the case. COOP generally charges 10-20% more than your typical retail supermarkets, but the more radical of the COOPs (like Shizenha) go further by indicating exactly who is tested and what is found. If those who are really concerned about finding safe food for their families are aware of this, they can also benefit from membership to the more transparent COOPs (others probably do exist which I’m not aware of). As of this week, Shizenha will allow shipping to the northern parts of Japan (for a bigger, refundable membership deposit of 20,000 yen vs. the regular 10,000), in an effort to obviously shame the other COOPs who are more hesitant to state reality as it really is, into being more forthcoming with the testing results.

via (Guest Post) How to Source Radioactive Material-Free Food in Japan: Food Co-Op | EX-SKF.

Welocome to Anti Nuclear Plant Action – Tokai

東海第2原発を廃炉に! 署名スタートしました (ネット・実筆記)

【署名スタートしました】署名TVサイトへリンクします

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東海第2原発を廃炉に!ネット署名、および通常実筆記署名とも7月10日にスタートします。

どうぞよろしくお願いいたします。

【署名呼び掛け文】

今回の福島第一原発の大惨事は地震による「原発の安全神話」の崩壊でした。

東海第2原発も冷却機能の一部が破綻し、あわや福島第一原発と同じ運命をたどる一歩手前の状況でした。

原発は一たび事故が発生すると制御できないものである事が明確になりました。

安全に絶対はありません。

福島第一原発の事故は収束の見通しも立たず、事故の解析も出来ていません。また地震・津波に対する原発への根本的な安全対策も立てられておりません。過酷事故に対する国、電力会社の対策はこの地震国の日本にあっては無策と言わざるをえません。この状況での東海第2原発の再稼働は絶対に認められません。

使用済核燃料の処理方法も未解決のままで、次の世代に処理できぬ放射性物質を残したままでは無責任ではないでしょうか。

私たちは、地方を不幸にしてまでの経済発展は理性的にコントロールしなければならないと思います。これ以上、原発事故により放射性物質に汚染された大地を増やすわけにはいきません。

大事故が起これば茨城県だけにとどまらず、広く関東にも甚大な被害をもたらす東海第2原発の廃炉を求めます。

■主催:東海第2原発の再稼働中止と廃炉を求める署名実行委員会

■呼びかけ団体:脱原発とうかい塾・反原子力茨城共同行動・茨城平和擁護県民会議

■賛同団体・個人:I(アイ)女性会議・茨城/生存のための科学・茨城/たんぽぽ会/東海村釣り研究会/憲法を生かす会・茨城/原子力行政を問い直す宗教者の会

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署名はネット署名と、記入式署名を並行して募集します。

どちらも、7月10日にスタートしています。

ネット署名はこちらへ ↓

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/feature/20110316-866921/news/20110903-OYT1T00616.htm

チチタケから規制値大幅超セシウム…福島・棚倉

福島県は3日、同県棚倉町の山林で採取した野生のチチタケから、国の暫定規制値(1キロ・グラム当たり500ベクレル)を大幅に上回る2万8000ベクレルの放射性セシウムが検出されたと発表した。

チチタケはシーズン初めのため、市場に流通しているものはないが、県は同日、同町や販売業者に、チチタケを含む野生キノコ(菌根菌類)の摂取と出荷を自粛するよう通知した。

県によると、このチチタケは1日に採取された。県は今後、付近の野生キノコの放射性物質検査を行うとともに、摂取自粛を呼びかける看板の設置などを行う。

同県では、これまで野生のキノコで暫定規制値を超えたのは、同県古殿町のチチタケの3200ベクレルが最高値で、県は「ここだけ突然高い値が出たので困惑している。調査を続けて原因を調べたい」としている。

(2011年9月3日20時51分  読売新聞)

For those who aren’t familiar with the various units and numbers related to radioactivity, 28,000 bq/kg is a stunning measure of radioactivity.  This highly concentrated radioactive waste!  You wouldn’t want to stand near it for long, never mind eating it!

Mushrooms are known to concentrate radionuclides at up to 10,000 times the levels in the background environment.  One must be very careful about the origin of mushrooms before eating them.

While this is disturbing news, this also reaffirms the exciting potential for mycoremediation as described in Paul Stamets’ proposal for a Nuclear Forest Recovery Zone.

 

It also reaffirms the importance of pectin as the most effective chelator for radioactive cesium.

Here’s the news from the ex-skf blog:

Wild Mushroom in Fukushima Tested 28,000 Becquerels/kg of Radioactive Cesium 

“It’s not food any more, it’s simply radioactive materials”, as the young man at theCitizen’s Radioactivity Measuring Station in Fukushima City said of the radioactive mushroom in Germany’s ZDF program aired on August 9.

Wild mushroom harvested in a town in Fukushima tested highest ever radioactive cesium so far in food after the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident that I’m aware of:28,000 becquerels per kilogram.

According to the data from Fukushima Prefecture, 13,000 becquerels/kg of cesium-134, and 15,000 becquerels/kg of cesium-137 were detected from the mushroom.

The town, Tanakura-machi, is located at about 73 kilometers southwest of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

From Yomiuri Shinbun (9/3/2011):

福島県は3日、同県棚倉町の山林で採取した野生のチチタケから、国の暫定規制値(1キロ・グラム当たり500ベクレル)を大幅に上回る2万8000ベクレルの放射性セシウムが検出されたと発表した。

Fukushima Prefecture announced on September 3 that 28,000 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium was detected from wild mushroom, Lactarius volemus, harvested in the mountains in Tanakura-machi. The level of radioactive cesium vastly exceeds the national provisional safety limit of 500 becquerels/kg.

チチタケはシーズン初めのため、市場に流通しているものはないが、県は同日、同町や販売業者に、チチタケを含む野生キノコ(菌根菌類)の摂取と出荷を自粛するよう通知した。

It is still early in the season for this particular mushroom and it is not sold in the market. The prefectural government notified the town and the distributors to voluntarily halt harvesting and shipping of wild mushrooms includingLactarius volemus.

県によると、このチチタケは1日に採取された。県は今後、付近の野生キノコの放射性物質検査を行うとともに、摂取自粛を呼びかける看板の設置などを行う。

According to the prefectural government, the mushroom was harvested on September 1. The government is going to test the mushrooms nearby for radioactive materials, and put up signs calling for voluntary halt on harvesting.

同県では、これまで野生のキノコで暫定規制値を超えたのは、同県古殿町のチチタケの3200ベクレルが最高値で、県は「ここだけ突然高い値が出たので困惑している。調査を続けて原因を調べたい」としている。

In Fukushima Prefecture, 3,200 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium has been detected from Lactarius volemus harvested in Furudono-machi. The prefectural government says, “We are surprised at the extremely high number. We will continue to investigate and identify the cause”.

Below is a inspiring interview with Anita Moorjani who was in the final stages of terminal lymphoma when she had a near death experience (NDE) followed by a euphoric recovery from her illness.  She is not alone in her experiences, in fact what she describes is very similar to the classical near death experience.

Anita’s story bears a strong resemblance to that of my adopted father, Michael Big Bear, who had metastatic cancer in his lungs, liver and intestines.  His doctors told him he had 3 weeks to live. Bear died and left his body and had an NDE very similar to what Anita describes here.  He came back and worked really hard with his hypnotherapist healing his emotional issues until he was completely cured of cancer.  More than 20 years later, Bear is still alive and well – and he has smoked cigarettes the entire time!

Stories of NDE’s like this and spontaneous remissions of advanced cancers inform us on many levels. Skeptics are free to refrain from making conclusions, but to me it is just more evidence that death, by cancer or any other cause, is a beautiful transformation into spirit.  I also conclude that there is nothing more powerful than unconditional love when it comes to healing illness in the body.  Once again, fearless living in the most important medicine we can take.

Anyway, here’s Anita’s story:

Anita was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and doctors told her family she was just hours away from death. It was at this point that she “crossed over” and then returned again into this world with a clearer understanding of her life and purpose on earth. This understanding subsequently led to a total recovery of her health.
Anita was born in Singapore of Indian parents, moved to Hong Kong at the age of two, and has lived in Hong Kong most of her life. Because of her background and British education, she is multi lingual and, from the age of two, grew up speaking English, Cantonese and two Indian dialects simultaneously, and later learned French at school.

She had been working in the corporate field for many years before being diagnosed with cancer in April of 2002. Her fascinating and moving near-death experience in early 2006 has tremendously changed her perspective on life. Her work is now ingrained with the depths and insights she gained while in the other realm. She works on the premise that our inner world (consciousness) is our primary reality, and if our internal state is healthy and strong, then our external world will align itself and fall into place as a result.

She is the embodiment of the truth that we all have the inner power and wisdom to overcome even life’s most adverse situations, as she is the living proof of this possibility.

Anita is a compassionate and empathic person who seems to have a gift for articulating and simplifying metaphysical concepts, so that they may be applied in our daily lives.

Anita Moorjani website
http://anitamoorjani.com/

放射性セシウム:土壌からほぼ全量回収可能…新技術を開発 – 毎日jp(毎日新聞).

放射性セシウム:土壌からほぼ全量回収可能…新技術を開発

 産業技術総合研究所(茨城県つくば市)は31日、土壌から放射性セシウムのほぼ全量を回収できる技術を開発したと発表した。汚染土壌に低濃度の酸の水溶液を混ぜてセシウムを抽出し、微粒子状の顔料に吸着させる。東京電力福島第1原発事故では、外部に放出された大量の放射性物質による土壌汚染が問題となっているが、この処理技術を活用することで放射性廃棄物を150分の1に減量できるという。

 研究グループは、福島県飯舘村の畑の地中から採取された汚染されていない土壌から放射性ではないセシウムを除去できれば、同様の方法で放射性セシウムも回収できるとして実験に着手。汚染されていない土と低濃度の硝酸水溶液を混ぜ、圧力容器内で200度で45分間加熱したところ、セシウムの100%抽出に成功した。温度が半分の100度でも約60%を抽出できたという。水溶液は繰り返して使える。

 さらに第2段階で、水溶液からセシウムイオンだけを取り込む青色の人工顔料プルシアンブルーを吸着剤に活用。粒径10ナノメートル(1ナノは10億分の1)の微粒子状に加工して円筒形の装置に詰め、この水溶液を2回循環させたところ、100%吸着できた。

 産総研の川本徹・グリーンテクノロジー研究グループ長は「土壌を傷めなくてすみ、抽出したセシウムを顔料で吸着できる。コストも安い。企業の協力を得て実証実験を目指したい」と話している。【安味伸一】

毎日新聞 2011年8月31日 22時27分

CEREA, is a French environmental and atmospheric research center.  The following two maps represent computer simulations of the deposition of cesium 137 from the Fukushima and Chernobyl accidents.  The simulation from the Fukushima accident shows an area of high deposition in eastern Japan, and very little deposition in western Japan and Hokkaido.  The United States and Canada appear to have a received a much less concentrated deposition than eastern Japan, however, especially Alaska and the Pacific northwest have been deemed to have received significant fallout, though much lower than that received by almost of Europe after the Chernobyl Accident.

The maps are quite informative, particularly when compared to each other.  However it must be stressed that these are merely educated guesses rather than actually measurements of what has happened.  Fluid dynamics are notoriously difficult to predict, pointing to the necessity for ongoing testing and research for levels of environmental contamination.  Radioactive fallout does not happen evenly.  It is highly dependent on precipitation, leading to areas that may be significantly more radioactive than others .  Further, once fallout lands, it has a clear tendency to concentrate into hotspots.  Low places, such as gullies or puddles are prime candidates.

CEREA’s website also has a flash animation that you can watch the tragedy of the whole cloud unfolding here: http://cerea.enpc.fr/en/fukushima.html

For comparison’s sake, let’s put up a map of Chernobyl.  This is somewhat reassuring, in that most of the US has received less contamination than Europe as a whole.  CEREA considers the Chernobyl simulation to have more certainty than the Fukushima simulation, due to the data that has been gathered since the Chernobyl accident, however, it is still a simulation.

So, for Japan, the good news is that western Japan and Hokkaido seems relatively unscathed. Unfortunately, the Japanese government seems intent on shipping waste all over the country for incineration, which is not a bright idea.

For North America the bad news is that radioactive fallout from Fukushima appears to be widespread, though the levels are not terribly high.  There is reason for concern, as we have added to our overall levels of exposure to ionizing radiation and environmental toxins in general.  However, following the guidelines for a radioprotective and anti-cancer diet and lifestyle should far outweigh the risks associated with this level of contamination.  

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