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September 23 2019

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September 20 2019

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June 12 2019

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Soviet doctors treating Chernobyl-exposed suddenly had an unwelcome crash course in this medical problem. They found that radioactive contaminants, even at relatively low levels, infiltrated the bodies of their patients, who grew sicker each year. Gradually, health officials understood they had a public health disaster on their hands. Thousands of archival records document the catastrophe. Ukrainian doctors registered in the most contaminated regions of Kiev province an increase between 1985 and 1988 in thyroid and heart disease, endocrine and GI tract disorders, anaemia and other maladies of the blood-forming system.

In two closely watched regions of the province, infants born with congenital malformations grew from 10% to 23% between 1986 and 1988. And 46% of newborns in some fallout regions died within 28 days of life. Half of these deaths were stillborn, the other half had congenital malformations “that were not compatible with life”. 

Consultants from UN agencies dismissed the findings of scientists in Ukraine and Belarus…





https://www.fairewinds.org/nuclear-energy-education/un-and-western-countries-covered-up-the-facts-on-the-huge-health-toll-of-chernobyl-radiation

October 26 2018

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July 26 2018

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June 25 2018

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@HealthRanger: Green tea is good for you.

@1crazy_toaster: Only Organic Green Tea. Most if not all that are found in supermarkets contain junk like flouride.

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July 23 2017

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map: thyroid cancer cases among those in Fukushima who were a) 18 or younger at the time of the March 2011 meltdown, and b) born afterwards (including suspected cases). total: 190 as of March 31 2017.

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July 18 2017

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Japan Plans to Expose Its People and 2020 Tokyo Olympians to Fukushima Radiation

“Former nuclear industry senior vice president Arnie Gundersen, who managed and coordinated projects at 70 US atomic power plants, is appalled at how the Japanese government is handling the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

‘The inhumanity of the Japanese government toward the Fukushima disaster refugees is appalling,’ Gundersen, a licensed reactor operator with 45 years of nuclear power engineering experience and the author of a bestselling book in Japan about the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, told Truthout.

He explains that both the Japanese government and the atomic power industry are trying to force almost all of the people who evacuated their homes in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to return ‘home’ before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

This March Japan's federal government announced the subsidies that have, up until now, been provided to Fukushima evacuees who were mandated to leave their homes are being withdrawn, which will force many of them to return to their contaminated prefecture out of financial necessity.

And it's not just the Japanese government. The International Olympic Commission is working overtime to normalize the situation as well, even though conditions at Fukushima are anything but normal. The commission even has plans for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to have baseball and softball games played at Fukushima.

Gundersen believes these developments are happening so that the pro-nuclear Japanese government can claim the Fukushima disaster is ‘over.’ However, he noted, ‘The disaster is not “over” and “home” no longer is habitable.’”

“Reports of radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, which began when a tsunami generated by Japan's deadly earthquake in 2011 struck the nuclear plant, have been ongoing.

Seven more people who used to live in Fukushima, Japan were diagnosed with thyroid cancer, the government announced in June. This brings the number of cases of thyroid cancer of those living in the prefecture at the time the disaster began to at least 152.

While the Japanese government continues to deny any correlation between these cases and the Fukushima disaster, thyroid cancer has long since been known to be caused by radioactive iodine released during nuclear accidents like the one at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. A World Health Organization report released after the disaster started listed cancer as a possible result of the meltdown, and a 2015 study in the journal Epidemiology suggested that children exposed to Fukushima radiation were likely to develop thyroid cancer more frequently.

The 2011 disaster left 310 square miles around the plant uninhabitable, and the area's 160,000 residents were evacuated. This April, officials began welcoming some of them back to their homes, but more than half of the evacuees in a nearby town have already said they would not return to their homes even if evacuation orders were lifted, according to a 2016 government survey.

Officials from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the company responsible for cleaning up the disaster, announced this February they were having difficulty locating nuclear fuel debris inside one of the reactors. Radiation inside the plant continues to skyrocket to the point of causing even robots to malfunction.

Cancer cases continue to crop up among children living in towns near Fukushima.

And it's not as if the danger is decreasing. In fact, it is quite the contrary. Earlier this year, radiation levels at the Fukushima plant were at their highest levels since the disaster began.

TEPCO said atmospheric readings of 530 sieverts an hour had been recorded in one of the reactors. The previous highest reading was 73 sieverts an hour back in 2012. A single dose of just one Sievert is enough to cause radiation sickness and nausea. Five sieverts would kill half of those exposed within one month, and a dose of 10 sieverts would be fatal to those exposed within weeks.”

“In addition to his other roles, Arnie Gundersen serves as the chief engineer for Fairewinds Energy Education, a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded by his wife Maggie. Since founding the organization, Maggie Gundersen has provided paralegal and expert witness services for Fairewinds. Like her husband, she's had an inside view of the nuclear industry: She was an engineering assistant in reload core design for the nuclear vendor Combustion Engineering, and she was in charge of PR for a proposed nuclear reactor site in upstate New York.

When Truthout asked her how she felt about the Abe government's response to Fukushima, she said, ‘Human health is not a commodity that should be traded for corporate profits or the goals of politicians and those in power as is happening in Japan. The Japanese government is refusing to release accurate health data and is threatening to take away hospital privileges from doctors who diagnose radiation symptoms.’

Maggie Gundersen added that her husband also met with a doctor who lost his clinic because he was diagnosing people with radiation sickness, instead of complying with the government's story that their illnesses were due to the psychological stress of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns.

M.V. Ramana is the Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia in Canada, and is also a contributing author to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report for 2016. Like the Gundersens, he is critical of the Abe administration's mishandling of Fukushima.

‘I am not sure we can expect much better from the Abe administration that has shown so little regard for people's welfare in general and has supported the nuclear industry in the face of clear and widespread opposition,’ Ramana told Truthout. ‘As with restarting nuclear power plants, one reason for this decision seems to be to reduce the liability of the nuclear industry, TEPCO in this case. It is also a way for the Abe administration to shore up Japan's image, as a desirable destination for the Olympics and more generally.’”

“Ramana believes Fukushima should be a reminder of the inherent hazards associated with nuclear power, and how those hazards become worse when entities that control these technologies put profits over human wellbeing.

Arnie Gundersen had even stronger words.

‘The disaster at Fukushima Daiichi will continue for more than 100 years,’ he explained. ‘Other atomic power reactor disasters are bound to occur. Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi should have taught everyone around the world that nuclear power is a technology that can destroy the fabric of a society overnight.’

According to him, the remains of the reactor containments at Units 1, 2 and 3 are highly susceptible to damage from another severe earthquake, and any earthquake of 7.0 or higher at the Fukushima site could provoke further severe radiation releases.

Shortly after the meltdowns, Maggie and Arnie Gundersen both spoke about Japan being at a ‘tipping point’: It could respond to the disaster by leading the world in renewable energy while choosing to protect people and the pristine rural environment through sustainable energy economies.

But obviously it didn't work out that way.

‘The world saw Japan as technologically savvy, but instead of moving ahead and creating a new worldwide economy, it continues with an old tired 20th century paradigm of energy production,’ Maggie Gundersen said. ‘Look at the huge success and progress of solar and wind in other countries like Germany, Nicaragua and Denmark. Why not go energy independent, creating a strong economy, producing many more jobs and protecting the environment?’”

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June 27 2017

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Gaza's cancer patients: 'We are dying slowly' | Palestine | Al Jazeera

“Before the start of the blockade in 2007, Gaza was the centre for medications, said Talha Ahmad, a chemotherapy pharmacist. He now describes his workplace at the hospital as a war zone.

‘I'm fighting everywhere, every day to have the medications required for my patients,’ Ahmad told Al Jazeera.

‘We have a big shortage in basic medications. I'm not talking about new generations of chemotherapy medications; I'm talking about old medications, used 20 years ago in the world. We have a big shortage of them here.’

In August 2016, 17 percent of cancer drugs were at zero stock - less than one month's supply on shelves - according to Medical Aid for Palestinians.

‘I try to tell [my patients], “Your medication is not available,” as gently as possible. It's as if you're telling them, “I will kill you slowly because your medication is not available,”’ Ahmad said.

‘I try to make adaptations to at least give them hope. I say, “It's OK, it will be here next week. This delay will not harm you.” But I believe these patients have the right to have their medication [immediately].’

There have also been reports of extortion of patients as they attempt to reach hospitals a short distance away for life-saving treatment.

Last July, 19-year-old Yousef Younis received a phone call from the Israeli security service after applying for a permit to treat his leukaemia in Jerusalem. They told him that he could cross if he collaborated with them. He refused, and consequently, his permit was denied. His health quickly deteriorated, and he died the next month.

Israel as an occupying force is obligated under international humanitarian law to ensure the Palestinian population's access to medical treatment and to maintain its medical facilities, hospitals and services in the occupied territories.

Gisha [the Legal Centre for Freedom of Movement] found that whenever they challenged a denied permit legally or through media work, Israeli authorities would reverse their decision and grant a travel permit. ‘This calls into question the arbitrary and slack decision-making process for assigning a security block in the first place,’ Gisha noted.”

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Gaza patients denied right to get treatment abroad | GulfNews.com

“‘This is an inhumane robbery of health. Only patients who cannot be provided with proper treatment in the Gaza Strip are transferred to other hospitals,’ said Dr. Ashraf Al Qedrah, a spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry.

Al Qedrah noted that in 2016, more than 60 per cent of the cancer patients from Gaza have been denied the right to exit Gaza to be admitted to hospitals in the 1948 areas.

‘The Health Ministry has submitted more than 26,000 completed requests for patients to exit the Gaza Strip for treatment abroad and the occupation authorities approved only 16,000 requests (61.5 per cent of the total requests) and rejected the others,’ he said.

He said the latest Gazan victim was Mohammad Habib, 8, who died of a serious illness after the Israeli occupation refused to grant one of his relatives a permit to accompany him to Tel Hashomer Hospital in Israel. Last month, another young man from Gaza, Ahmad Hassan Jameel, 17, also died after the occupation authorities denied him a permit to travel abroad for treatment.”

June 21 2017

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June 15 2017

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@MSF: Cholera is deadly if patients are not treated quickly & given hydration.
— @msf_yemen on Twitter

June 14 2017

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経口補水療法を知る

“経口補水療法(Oral Rehydration Therapy; ORT)は、開発途上国から生まれた水と電解質を経口的に(口から)補給する方法です。
開発途上国では衛生面の整備が遅れていたために、コレラなどの感染症が多発していました。感染症そのものの治療も重要ですが、下痢や嘔吐による脱水症への対処が生命維持には大切です。
しかし、医療設備の整備も遅れ、医師も少ないため、身体から失われた水分および電解質を口から補給する手段が必要とされました。
そこで、水分および電解質を容易にかつ迅速に補給できる手段として、経口補水療法(ORT)が生み出されたのです。
ORTに用いられる経口補水液(Oral Rehydration Solution; ORS)は、脱水時に不足している電解質を含み、素早く吸収できるよう、糖質(ブドウ糖)が少量配合された飲料です”

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  • @WHOYemen: Oral rehydration solution (ORS) can successfully treat 80% of cholera patients, both adults and children goo.gl/KS8roo

  • @WHOYemen: Oral rehydration solution (ORS) has to be given early at home to avert delays in rehydration and death.

June 04 2017

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Ramadan Tips for a Healthy Body

from thebeautyofislam.tumblr.com:

  • Understanding some basic nutrition science can help you stay healthy this Ramadan. Your body gets its energy (glucose) from food, and for 2-4 hours after you eat your energy will come from that food (after that your liver will release glucose to be turned into energy). Try to eat foods like potatoes, beans, vegetables, and grains at suhoor (breakfast); these foods are called complex carbohydrates and because they are ‘complex’ the body takes a longer time to turn them into glucose (energy) - giving you a long lasting source of energy.

  • Dates, and other fruits, are simple carbs meaning they’re digested quickly and are good for quick jolts of energy. Don’t eat them at suhoor, they’ll end up making you thirsty throughout the day, save them for when you break your fast to quickly recharge your system.

  • Invest in a once a day multivitamin that you can take at suhoor. Your body will be in famine for extended periods of time, and chances are you aren’t getting enough nutrition while you’re able to eat. A multivitamin can help make sure you fill in those gaps that your dinner isn’t covering.

  • Drink some water every hour you’re able to eat and drink. After that first gulp of water in the evening it’s easy to forget that you were dehydrated all day.

  • Exercise after iftar (dinnner); exercising while fasting will only make you more dehydrated and more fatigued. Your muscles can store glucose (energy) that they can use during exercise, but you’ll see the consequences, of exercising while fasting, when you’re not able to lift as much weight or run as far as you’d expect. You’re also more prone to cramping and injury while you’re fasting, so wait until after dinner to exercise if you can.

  • I know that halfway through the month it becomes harder to eat suhoor as you become more and more tired. My suhoor of choice, once it comes to that, is a protein lassi, which hydrates me and keeps me full the majority of the day. I mix water, greek yogurt, a scoop of protein powder, mango nectar, and a sprinkle of cardamom powder the night before, and once it’s time for breakfast I wake up drink the smoothie, pray, and then go back to bed.

May 16 2017

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presstv.com: Yemenis suspected of being infected with cholera receive treatment at a hospital in Sana’a, May 6, 2017.

May 15 2017

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“‘We now are facing a serious outbreak of cholera,’ [ICRC director of operations, Dominik] Stillhart said, citing figures compiled by the Health Ministry.

Over 8,500 suspected cases of the waterborne disease were reported in the same period in 14 governorates across Yemen, Stillhart added.

The latest figures are up from 2,300 cases in 10 governorates last week.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Stillhart said hospitals were filled beyond capacity with patients displaying symptoms of cholera.

‘There are up to four cholera patients in one single bed,’ Stillhart said, adding, ‘There are people in the garden, and some even in their cars with the IV drip hanging from the window.’

Sherine Varkey, a UNICEF deputy representative, said patients spilled out of hospital rooms into the corridors of Sabeen hospital in Sana’a on Saturday.

‘So the situation of the ongoing cholera outbreak is extremely serious. I am standing here in the corridor of the Al Sabeen hospital, which is the apex hospital for maternal and child care in the entire country, and it is shocking to see the number of patients who have spilled across the rooms onto the corridor. The capacity of the hospital is really been compromised with a lot of patients coming to the hospital. These are patients who are suffering from acute watery diarrhea, many of them could be having cholera and this is a matter of urgency and all the partners are trying their best to really reach out and support these hospitals to cater to these children.’

‘Here at the Al Sabeen hospital, in the diarrhea treatment ward, and the situation is really overwhelming. This is the Al Miswary family. The four children of this family are all suffering from diarrhea, one of them is seriously ill,’ Varkey said.

Hussein El Haddad, the director of Sabeen hospital, said, ‘The situation is very bad. The children that are suffering from cholera are countless and there aren't enough beds, the technical know-how [in the hospital] is also insufficient to deal with the situation we are facing.’

The United Nations has said that only a few medical facilities are still functioning and two-thirds of the population are without access to safe drinking water.

The World Health Organization now classifies Yemen as one of the worst humanitarian emergencies in the world.”

Cholera has claimed 115 lives in Yemen since April 27: ICRC (PressTV, May 14 2017)

May 14 2017

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@afaiteICRC: When is last time you saw patients lying under hospital beds and in corridors? Serious cholera outbreak in Yemen.

@GloriaLaRiva: U.S. and directly responsible for crisis, by bombing & deliberately blockading goods. US media silent.

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chart: rates of cases of health problems among the residents of northern Ukraine (per 100,000 population) after the Chernobyl disaster. Spike in the cases of circulatory system diseases stands out.

March 13 2017

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