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This is a very powerful documentary about Dr. Burzynski’s Antineoplaston Therapy and the efforts by the FDA to suppress the treatment.

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This is a very good video covering the radioprotective qualities of Vitamin C as well as some of the social and political issues, including the resistance by the Japanese government to care for their citizens.

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Previously, I wrote about the affinity of certain mushrooms for cesium and their use for bioremediation.  It seems fungi are not alone in their appetite for radionuclides.  There is a class of bacteria that have been known for a long time to feed off of ionizing radiation.  When exposed to x-rays, these bacteria are known to move towards the source of radiation, rather than away from it.

Now there are a number of researchers in Japan who are busy demonstrating that these photosynthetic bacteria can be an effective force for bioremediation of nuclear fallout.  Here is a brief video from NHK world:

More on the work by Ken Sasaki:

http://www.nukeclear.sekaifood.com/en/component/content/article/263-new-bioremediation

The researchers mixed 90 grams of photosynthetic bacteria with alginic acid and other chemicals, forming the resulting granular material into marble-sized spheres. These were injected into 50 liters of concentrated sludge, whose radiation levels were monitored for three days.

Radiation levels ranging from 12.04 to 14.54 microsieverts per hour at the start of the experiment were found to have dropped to between 2.6 and 4.1 microsieverts per hour by the end of the third day. Subtracting the 1.2 microsieverts of radiation that was detected in the area around the pool during the experiment due to the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant disaster, the bacteria was found to have reduced radiation levels in the sludge by a maximum of 89.4 percent.

The negative charge of the surface of the bacteria used in the experiment has the property of attracting positively-charged materials, which it did with the positively-charged cesium. Moreover, the bacteria feed on potassium, and Sasaki says the bacteria likely absorbed the cesium because of its resemblance to potassium.

Through dehydration and incineration, the volume of the used bacteria mixture can be reduced to a seventy-fifth of its original volume, and weight to a hundredth. Cesium turns into gas and is dispersed at 640 degrees Celsius, which can be avoided if temperatures are kept at 500 degrees or lower.

Sasaki, who is planning to run demonstration experiments, is hopeful that the technology can be applied to the decontamination of radiation-tainted soil. “The strength of this technology is that it makes decontamination possible at regular temperatures and pressures,” he said. “It is low cost as well, and we’d like to see it used in Fukushima’s reconstruction efforts.”

Even more interesting, but a bit more obscure is work being done that suggests bacteria may actually speed the decay of radioactive cesium by as much as 30 times the normal half life!  Still looking for more documentation on this.  Here’s what I have so far:

According to V. Vysotskii and A.Kornilova, the radioactive 137Cs (half-life 30 years) can be destroyed by bacteria. In an experiment described at (1) they introduced 260,900 Bk of 137Cs into a solution containing several chemical substances and bacteria. By natural decay the activity after 100 days would be reduced by 1670 Bk. But the actually measured reduction of radioactivity, after 100 days, turned out to be 51,100 Bk, plus or minus 1000. In other words, the reduction due to bacteria was 29 times larger than the reduction due to natural decay.

All activities were measured by placing small solution-containing flasks (2 by 2 by 2 cm) on top of the 1- cm-wide detector (2). Flasks were hermetically sealed, to make sure that cesium does not escape into the air, in the form of a volatile compound. Absence of accumulation of a solid cesium compound, gradually precipitating toward the bottom of the flask, was confirmed in a control experiment (during which 137Cs was decaying in the same chemical solution but without bacteria.) The decrease of radioactivity, during that experiment, was very close to the expected 1670 Bk.

http://pages.csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/cf/402vysotskii.html

And here is a PDF that is fairly technical from the scientists in Kiev who performed this research: http://pages.csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/cf/402vysotskii.pdf

One of the interesting takeaways from that PDF is that what was most effective were synergistic communities of micro-organisms, rather than monocultures of one strain of bacteria or yeast.  This should not surprise us at all from what we know about the web of multitudinous life forms that make up soil or the complex ecologies of bacteria that inhabit our own guts.  Nothing in nature works in isolation.

What we are talking about here is biological transmutation, which is based on theory outside of the mainstream of physics.  One prominent promoter of this theory in Japan was reknowned macrobiotic teacher George Ohsawa.  Considering the success macrobiotics has shown over the years in treating radiation illness, perhaps the theory should not be lightly dismissed.

Here is a little more about research being done on a particular bacterium by the US Department of Energy (who created the nuclear waste problem in the first place):

The contamination of groundwater with radionuclides and metals is one of the most challenging environmental problems at Department of Energy former nuclear weapons production sites. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts have previously found that Geobacter species can precipitate a wide range of radionuclides and metals (including uranium, technetium and chromium) from groundwater, preventing them from migrating to wells or rivers where they may pose a risk to humans and the environment.

The analysis of the genome sequence revealed a number of capacities that had not been previously suspected from past research on this microbe. “We’ve provided a comprehensive picture that has led to fundamental changes in how scientists evaluate this microbe,” said Barbara Methe, the TIGR researcher who led the genome project and is the first author of the Science paper. “Research based on genome data has shown that this microbe can sense and move towards metallic substances, and in some cases can survive in environments with oxygen.” G. sulfurreducenswas previously thought to be an anaerobic organism.

The other main project collaborator was Derek Lovley, a professor of microbiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who discovered the Geobacter family of bacteria and has led projects to assess their biology and their potential for bioremediation. Lovley said, “Sequencing the genome of Geobacter sulfurreducenshas radically changed our concepts of how this organism functions in subsurface environments.” The genome analysis, he said, “revealed previously unsuspected physiological properties” of the bacterium and also gave scientists insight into the metabolic mechanisms that the organism uses to harvest energy from the environment.

Geobacter reduces metal ions in a chemical process during which electrons are added to the ions. As a result, the metals become less soluble in water and precipitate into solids, which are more easily removed. Small charges of electricity are also created through the reduction process. Geobacter is also of interest to the Department of Energy because of its potential to create an electrical current in a “bio-battery.”

Geobacter microbes are widely distributed in nature and are commonly found in subsurface environments contaminated with radionuclides and metals. Researchers have demonstrated that if they “feed” the microbes simple carbon sources such as acetate they will grow faster and precipitate more radionuclides and metals. These findings are now serving as the basis for a test of a bioremediation strategy aimed at removing uranium from groundwater at a Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action site near Rifle, Colorado.

http://genomicscience.energy.gov/news/1203geobacter.shtml#page=news

Geobacter sulfurreducens is not the only bacterium with the ability to induce profound changes in radioactive elements.  There are a vast number of different types of bacteria that may be helpful in decontaminating land.

The folks over at Uncanny Terrain offer this post related to the use of EM (effective micro-organisms) which is a proprietary culture which has been popular as an agricultural application in Japan and abroad:

Ishii used to deliver food to Japanese restaurants in Maryland.  For years he studied EM (effective microogranisms) as a hobby.  Now he grows organic vegetables in Sukagawa, 60 km southwest of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.  He believes the EM prevents his crops from absorbing radioactive cesium—they have tested “ND”: no detectible radiation.

Controlled experiments have been done using EM in Iitate Village, which was heavily affected by fallout from the Fukushima nuclear accident.  The results are stunning.  

1. The Results in Iidate Village

A summary report is presented here, while a detail report will be presented in October. A plot of 24a blueberry field was divided into a control section (with no EM application) and two experimental sections (with EM application). The experiment began in the 2nd week of May by making twice-a-week spraying of a mixture of 80 parts EMA (EM activated) and 20 parts phototrophic bacteria solution: 100L of the mixture per 10a in one experimental section and the same amount of the mixture with one time application of 250Kg rice bran per 10a in other experimental section.

The preliminary measurement showed that cecium-137 level reached 20,000Bq per 1Kg soil. In order to reduce the radiation down below 5,000Bq (considered allowable for farming by Japanese government), EM mixture was sprayed twice per week. Interim report presents the results after 19 sprays (in about two months). Soil sampling was made in accordance with the sampling standards for environmental data prescribed by the Ministry of Education and Science and sent to a highly reputable Isotope Research to determine the level of cesium-137.


(1-1) The Field Experiment in Iidate Village

The results were as follows. The level of 20,000Bq decreased by 40% in one month and by 75% by the end of the 2nd month to 5,000Bq which was allowable for planting rice. Farming is allowable now.

A half-life of cesium-137 is about 30 years. When left as is in the nature, the level in the experimental field will be 10,000Bq after 30 years. It will take 60 years to reach the level of 5,000Bq.

Other than rice farming, allowable level of radiation exposure has not been established for other crops and vegetable farming. The allowable level of cesium-137 for farm and marine produce is set below 500Bq. Needless to say; it is desirable when “not-detected”.

In addition, there is a group of farmers in Fukushima Prefecture a little further from ground zero who have had their produce tested for radiation.  Again, the results are remarkable:

In the area of Date city of Fukushima prefecture, there are many farmers who have used EM well over 15 years. Mr. Makuta Takehiro has organized about 50 EM farmers under a supply chain management called “Agri-SCM”. The recent Tsunami and earthquake has forced approximately 10 farmers out of farming, leaving only 40 farmers in the group.

In order to prevent unfounded conjecture, Mr. Makuta took the harvested crops and vegetables of “Agri-SCM” farmers to Isotope Research for radiation measurement, all of which results showed “not-detected”. According to Mr. Makuta, some farm products from low contamination areas have shown high concentration above the allowable level when EM application has not been made. All EM applied farm products from Kohriyama and Fukushima cities have proved “not-detected” level of radiation, which seems to indicate that EM farming can solve radiation problems.

A lot more on the use of EM for bioremediation can be found here.

While EM products are excellent products, they are often criticized for being costly.  The bacteria and yeasts in the EM formula are abundant naturally-occurring bacteria normally present in soil and natural bodies of water.  Anyone can brew their own version with a little effort and a dash of adventurousness.

Iiyama Ichiro has been a professional in agricultural and bioremedial use of beneficial bacteria for many years in Japan, China and Korea.  Iiyama is promoting the practice of homebrewing bacteria (fermenting) for internal use, for bathing, cleaning radiation around the home and for bioremediation of farmland.  

Here is his website in Engrish, which is barely comprehensible due to translation software, and not very informative anyway.  There are also Japanese and Chinese versions, not sure how informative they are.  His far-ranging Japanese blog is here.    

Here is a brief summary from a blogger whose Japanese wife is following Iiyama’s method of homebrewing.  

There are ten 2-liter plastic bottles standing together under
the sun in our living room which my wife Minako is
cultivating–yogurt germs, which supposedly can fight against
radiation. It’s a very simple recipe: rice bran (multi-purpose:
once used for miso, as well as for detergent, via gamma-
globlin), brown sugar, sea salt, and mineral water.

Each bottle needs to be shaken several times a day and
the cap removed to allow the germs to breathe.
Eventually the water is carbonated because the germs breathe
out CO2. When the germs become sufficently cultivated, the
water turns caramel-colored and smells like fruity vinegar.
When it’s ready, you can dilute it and pour it around
contaminated areas such  as sewer openings, leaf piles, or
poorly drained areas. Basically, the water can be scattered
everywhere.

Here’s the rest of the blog post.

Obviously, if bioremediation using bacteria is as effective as early results suggest, this is exhilirating news for Japan, Ukraine and the rest of the world.  The ability to decontaminate the landscape quickly and inexpensively is a game-changer.

The implications for human health are also very important.  In my post on probiotics, I touched on the radioprotective power of probiotic foods.  The ability of bacteria to transform radionuclides into harmless elements may be one of the reasons why probiotic foods are so effective in supporting the health of those affected by radiation.

That’s all for now.  Below is a list of links related to this topic.  I hope to post more over the next few months.

Be well,

JB

Creative use of musical instruments to give voice to the silent, odorless, tasteless danger of radioactive decay…

Fuyuki Yamakawa
‘ATOMIC GUITAR MarkI / Stratocaster-type’ 2011
‘ATOMIC GUITAR MarkII / Stratocaster-type(Left Handed)’ 2011

ATOMIC GUITAR MarkI & MarkII, invented by Fuyuki Yamakawa, are automatic guitar playing system operated by radioactivity. This video shows ATOMIC GUITARS` performance played by radiation-contaminated soil which was sampled in Tokyo National University of the Arts Toride Campus on 5th July 2011. Tokyo National University of the Arts Toride Campus is located 118.2miles from the melted down reactor of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
(Video recorded at the exhibition ‘ATOMIC SITE’, 2011, Tokyo,http://atomiksite.wordpress.com/ )

山川冬樹
『原子ギター 初号機/ストラトキャスタータイプ』2011年
『原子ギター 弐号機/ストラトキャスタータイプ(左利き用)』2011年

このギターは放射性物質を検出すると弦が震動して美しい音色を奏でるしくみになっています。映像でみられる展示(アトミックサイト展/2011年/東京http://atomiksite.wordpress.com/)では、セシウム134や137といった放射性物質たちが織りなす素晴らしき演奏をたっぷりと堪能いただくため、私の勤務先でもある、東京芸術大学取手キャンパスの排水溝で採取した汚染泥土を放射線源として選びました。

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.

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/

Great talk describing a revolution that is occurring in cancer treatment and cancer prevention.  It’s all about preventing angiogenesis, the process by which tumors hog blood supply from the rest of the body.  Anti-angiogenic drugs have been developed.  Of course, research is proving that many natural substances found in plant foods are equally potent, and you don’t need an expensive prescription or side effects!  The video also importantly mentions the synergistic effect of natural substances.  If you haven’t gotten the point by now, a wide variety of plant foods is surely the best medicine on earth!  Lastly, I have to point out that many of the foods on this list are also radioprotective foods, such as turmeric, green tea, ginseng, citrus fruits, berries full of anti-oxidants, etc, etc.

Dr. Li's list of anti-angiogenic foods

Decades ago, Japan’s preeminent animator, Hayao Miyazaki, showed us a glimpse into a planet that humans had made nearly uninhabitable through shortsighted use of nuclear power… in retrospect it seems quite prophetic.  Enjoy this beautiful film!

日本語:http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/9Xr3x18jae8/

American English:

Today, Miyazaki Sensei continues his criticism of nuclear power:

I was first seriously exposed to the concept of grounding when I was apprenticing in Shamanism at the Church of Earth Healing in Athens, OH.  If you are going to be blasting off into other dimensions on one sort of shamanic journey or another, a solid grounding in this physical reality is necessary.  Over the 20 years I have been studying and practicing healing, each school or teacher described grounding in a slightly different way.  Most described a common sort of presence in the here-and-now and a subtle energetic and spiritual connection to the earth.  After 4 years as a student and 10 years teaching at BBSH, I had plenty of not-so-subtle experiences of grounding.  Grounding came to mean a tangible surge of pleasant and powerful energy that would fill my body, especially my lower belly (tan tien).
However, despite years of doing grounding exercises, I was not prepared for the simplicity and elegance of the teachings about earthing that are now emerging.  Firstly, researchers have begun to accurately describe grounding from a scientific perspective.  This can be mostly summed up in one sentence: earthing supplies the body with electrons.  As Dr. Thomas Levy has said, all antioxidants supply the body with electrons, and all toxins steal electrons from the body.  If you haven’t seen any of the videos by Dr. Levy, this might be a good time to view some of those.  So, in essence, the earth offers a limitless supply of electrons, which operate as antioxidants and help neutralize just about any poison.  As we know, antioxidants are one of the primary treatments for damage due to radiation exposure.
Earthing can be accomplished simply by standing on the earth barefoot, swimming in a natural body or water, or, indoors, by using specifically designed grounding mats that are connected to the earth by a grounding wire.
Here is a summary of some recent research into the health benefits of earthing:
David Wolfe gives a live demonstration of grounding:

There has been an awakening stirring in the Japanese musical scene since the Fukushima disaster.  Below are music videos of nuclear protest , some old, some new.

Here is an article with some background on the songs and the history of repression of such expression by the record labels:  Japan’s New Wave of Protest Songs – NYTimes.com.

The first one from Rankin Taxi & Dub Ainu Band. I dig it:

Kazuyoshi Saito rewrote his billboard topping love song “I Always Loved You” with new lyrics reflecting the nuclear disaster, retitled “It Was Always A Lie”.  Here with English subs:

Here is the original love song, followed by the new version:

Kiyoshiro Imawano has been a favorite of mine since I discovered his music a few years ago.  He was an amazing human being who shared profound love with the world.  The following two songs are from the ’80’s.  They seem almost prophetic in retrospect.

Here is a brief video of a protest in Tokyo with some great drumming and spirit!  I know at least one of these drummers:

The main refrain of the chanting, “Genpatsu Yamero!” means “Stop the Reactors!”

Hope you enjoy the music!

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