INES-8? Leaking Fukushima Trench Water Still Extremely Contaminated (w/ NHK Report)

Every now and them I feel like, “Sure, that could be worth sharing”.  Nothing new really, but I came across this NHK Report from several weeks ago:

The leaking trenches filled with highly radioactive contaminated water.


Saw it first on ENERGY NEWS (   “NHK Special: Extremely toxic water 4,000,000 times gov’t limit in trenches between Fukushima reactors and ocean — Experts: “Source of contamination for Pacific” — “Levels too high for them to get more precise look at situation” — Reporter: Plutonium leaked out after fuel rods damaged (VIDEO)

I wondered how the current levels compare to those in July-August 2013, which prompted me to write the blogpost (July 31, 2013): “Red Alert – Fukushima-Daiichi NPP Crisis: EXTREME Radioactive Water Leaking into Ground; Unprecedented Radioactive Contamination of Pacific Ocean.

The quote (from the VIDEO at 18:15 in) is: “… A network of trenches runs between the reactor buildings and the shore. They are flooded with extremely radioactive water that’s been trapped** there since the triple meltdown. Tepco data shows concentrations of cesium up to 4 million times above the government safety limit. Engineers estimate that the trenches hold about 15,000 tons of toxic water but radiation levels are too high for them to get a more precise look at the situation. …”

LIMITS:   The combined radioCesium (Cs-134 + Cs-137) Japanese limit for drinking water is 200Bq/L  (See here).  And, as per Ex-SKF, here, the maximum amount of Cesium in discharge water is 60 Bq/L Cs-134 and 90 Bq/L Cs-137, thus is 150 Bq/L combined radioCesiums.  Since the trench water is not intended as drinking water and is most likely leaking into the Pacific Ocean, I’ll use the 150 Bq/liter as the max limit.

4 million times the max limit means 4,000,000 x 150 Bq/L = 600,000,000 Bq/L of Cs-134 + Cs-137 (or one of the other, they don’t specify in the video), as per end of March 2014 reporting.

That compares to July 2013′s (See the Alert blogpost, above):

Cesium-134     750,000,000Bq/L
Cesium-137  1,600,000,000Bq/L

That’s per liter.  Now the trench used to be described as containing 5,000 cubic meters, now it’s said to contain 15,000 cubic meters.

So, per cubic meter that is (x1000) = 600,000,000,000 Bq/m^3  Okay… that’s remains pretty freaking insanely high…  And there’s… 15,000 TONS of such water in the trenches, that’s some 15,000 cubic meters (See converter)… So:  15,000 m^3 x 600,000,000,000 Bq/m^3 Cs-134/137 = 9,000,000,000,000,000 Bq radioCesium in the trenches next to the beach.

9,000,000,000,000,000 Bq Cs-134/137 is 9 PBq (petabecquerrel – See Radiation Units & Conversions for more).  In my Red Alert post from the end of July, the concentrations were given for Cs-134 and Cs-137 seperately, and their combination total activity, for an estimated 5,000 cubic meters added up to 11 PBq.   So, without digging for additional data sources, what to make of this?

In short: it seems not particularly different from last Summer, but… 

The 4 millions times the limit could be times the drinking water limit?  That would bring the current amount at 800,000,000 Bq/L of “Cesium”.  If that were NOT the combined amount, but one or the other, then the total amount would have risen to 12 or more PBq.  Also, did trench water amounts triple in 8-9 months?  How much of it was pumped out and stored in tanks?  Is this all “fresh” contamination and the contamination reported last year was mostly pumped out and stored in temporary containers?

Or, if this “4 million times the max” was in reference to Cs-137 only, and we take the discharge max of 90 Bq/L Cs-137, then 360,000,000 Bq/L Cs-137 i still 4.6 times more diluted, and, even with 3 times as much water in the trenches, a large amount must be elsewhere.   

Reminds me of…  Aug 12, 2013: (ENEnews) “AP: ‘Time bomb’ in leaking Fukushima trenches — If Tepco removes extremely contaminated water as planned, it will only make more flow in since reactor buildings connect to trenches”

The difference in radioCesium amounts – from 11 Pbq in Summer 2013 to perhaps 9 PBq now (Spring 2014) – could just reflect how much margin of error there is on these estimates.  Or it could suggest that at least 2 PBq has left the trenches and may have joined the Pacific?   A rate of 2 PBq/8 months = 3PBq/year (Cesium), or to put it in terabecquerel: 3,000 TBq/yr leaking Cesium.  Now, bad enough as that is, that’s “just Cesium”, not counting the Cobalt-60, Strontium-90, Americium-241, etc.

According to this Feb 20, 2014 NY Times article, “Worst Spill in 6 Months Is Reported at Fukushima”, a recent spill contained about 115,000,000 Bq/L of Sr-90 (230,000,000 Bq/Liter; “half is Sr-90″, thus about 115,000,000 Bq/L Sr-90 (similarly, this is 3.8 million TIMES the max for drinking water (limit is 30 Bq/L for Sr-90).  If you consider all of that, then 3,000 TBq of Cesium leaking every year could mean literaly over 10,000 TBq of all manmade radioisotopes is escaping somehow…  annually.

The INES scale system defines a level 7 major accident (such as Chernobyl and the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disasters) as, among some other factors, one in which radiation of more than several tens of thousands of terabecquerels is released. (See also my blogpost, “Fukuchima reaches Level 7 on INES scale“, announced 2 weeks before that was official in 2011.)

Although what was said in the video and reported on ENEnews isn’t enough information to draw any conclusions from, I suppose it does suggest that it is quite likely that we might be witnessing this Fukushima mess slowly but surely turning into some kind of “one or several additional INES-7 level disasters per decade” type of (unprecedented) disaster.  I’d call that an “INES-8 level” nuclear accident.

But whatever…  bottom line: it’s still ‘a mess’, the so-called “numbers game” isn’t all that important.   But basic math and logic DOES, every now and then, truly come in handy to debunk nonsense.  (See, for instance, my April 12, 2014 blogpost, “Reality Check: Debunking The Wall Street Journal’s “Radiation Reality Check” in which I shred Craig Nelson’s nuclear propaganda to smithereens with various facts and some very easy straightforward calculations.

That’s all for tonite.

- Peace

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R.I.P. Michael C. “Tracker” Ruppert …

Crestone, Colorado, USA… – April 18, 2014 – DISCLAIMER

Sadness…   I lost a friend, supporter and fellow Earth Warrior….

Journey onward with clarity and love,
Michael C. Ruppert (Feb. 3, 1951- April 13, 2014).

Rest In Peace…  You’re already being missed…

Abby Martin gives a heartfelt tribute to investigative journalist and former LAPD detective, Michael C. Ruppert, highlighting his career from exposing CIA drug trafficking to his groundbreaking research on 'Peak Energy' and remember his sincere devotion to  CLICK TO WATCH ON YOUTUBE @

Abby Martin gives a heartfelt tribute to investigative journalist and former LAPD detective, Michael C. Ruppert, highlighting his career from exposing CIA drug trafficking to his groundbreaking research on ‘Peak Energy’ and remember his sincere devotion to… 

Above, one of the most beautiful mainstream media tributes, by Abby Martin on Russia Today.  This blogpost is a disorganized reflection and remembering… 

Among the best books showing evidence the 9/11 terrorist attacks were NOT what the US government would want you to believe.  Click image for more from

Among the best books showing evidence the 9/11 terrorist attacks were NOT what the US government would want you to believe. Click image for more from

I read his incredible 9/11 exposé (Crossing the Rubicon, see image left) about a decade ago and mentioned it as one of the various sources on 9/11 which I recommend in my Sept 2, 2011 blogpost, “Looking Back at the 9/11/2001 State-Terrorist Attacks: the official story is BULLSHIT…  and one day, Mike, or “Tracker” as many knew him as, and I were sitting next to each other at a local pub…  I was like, “No way? You! really?”  He showed me his I.D. and it was the beginning of discussing additional views about all that, about the ongoing crisis in Fukushima, government corruption, even a tiny bit about climate change…

Climate change was one of the things he held vastly different views about [Watch the eye-opener no-nonsense 2010 movie "Apocalypse, man" for his; mine's here], yet (in contrast with some mean-spirited UN-IPCC-flag waving zealots) thankfully we had so much common ground on the big picture, including that nuclear is NOT the answer, that thát didn’t matter.  A heart connection.  An inspiration.  It was great getting to know him a bit last autumn…  An encouragement for me to live my own truth more passionately again.  

(On a side-note, for those struggling with PTSD from witnessing the destruction first-hand, experiencing injustice, police brutality, torture and so forth, here are my “Couple Notes on my Healing Journey out of severe PTSD/PTSS, which I hope will be helpful to you.)  It can get SO extremely intense when you confront ‘the system’, and are confronted with all that needs healing within yourself as well, parallel, cumulative and compounding… that it takes strong community and powerfully transformative practices to just ‘hang in there’…

He was most interested in my shamanic explorations of the nuclear industry (see some suggestions on HOW TO HELP in the ongoing Fukushima/nuclear realities energetically yourself), and some of my reports from Japan he passed along to his large Facebook and radio show audience.   An excerpt:

From my Facebook interactions when I was visiting Japan...

Annotated combined screenshot with excerpts from our Facebook interactions when I was visiting Japan in November 2013…

When I returned in January (2014), we missed each other a couple times and passed messages along through common friends.  I was looking forward to reconnect soon.  “Oh he’ll be back,” I told another friend, “When you make a strong connection to thís place, eventually it will call you back, one way or another…”    But then he left for California, for an unknown time, and – sad so sad – he took his life on April 13th…


This modern industrial society can be absolutely unbearable for those of us who refuse to go numb, who refuse to look the other way…  Seeing what you fiercely love being destroyed can overwhelm the best of us… If you’re on that unbearable edge, please PLEASE please please stay

I’m reminded of a quote…:

“Sometimes the insane and the contrarians and the ones who are the closest to suicide are the most valuable people society has. They may be precursors of social change. They’ve taken the burdens of the culture onto themselves, and in their struggle to solve their own problems they’re solving problems for the culture as well.” – Robert Pirsig, in ‘Lila‘. 

From the little bit of time we hung out, and from seeing how focussed he was on “the negative” (so to speak), his suicide still came as a shock.  In hindsight, however, it wasn’t entirely a surprise…  You can listen to his last radio show, just hours before he killed himself @, and while he tried to remain upbeat, he was despairing after feeling into the disconnect when passing through the urban “Matrix” of the SEA-TAC airport just days before.

And here’s also this telling clip from Apocylypse, Man:


So here we are… we’ve lost another one of our best.  :-(   Again…  I am so sick of the suicide wave that is plaguing the planet.  About one million human beings commit suicide every year, not counting failed attempts, according to World Health Organization estimates based on conservative and incomplete records from various agencies worldwide.   Oh man…

And you know, in his courageous and relentless effort to SEE, FEEL, KNOW the totality of the modern industrial juggernaut… he ultimately came to embody and REFLECT what he had been warning about:  we, as participants in this insane global consumer culture, are killing the planet we are part of.  We are killing ourselves.

We must, for the Love of Dignified Humanity, for the Love of All Our Relations, for the Love of Creation…
we MUST co-create a harmonious path forward,
resonant with Truth and Respect.  

6:06 am... meanwhile, a new dawn...

6:06 am… meanwhile, a new day dawns… (Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014)

For closing, I quote from a beautiful song:

“[...] … Yes! – and it’s time for us to believe who we are, 
the shamans, the healers, whatever your call is, 
actualized and realized, 
and we come here to balance these violent times, 
warriors of peace, ambassadors of love, 
always staying centered when push comes to shove, 
third eye wide open and dancing to music, 
accepting our power and knowing how to use it, 
coming together we circle the globe… [...]“ – from ‘Breath’, by The Human Revolution

Wishing affected the needed support to allow the grief to pass through and help heal our heavy hearts.  Much love to you all.  


May All Beings, Without Exception, On this Earth, Enjoy Peace, Happiness, and Complete Prosperity.

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The Spectrum of Nuclear News – PART 1: “Yummy Radioisotopes”

DISCLAIMER – This is the beginning of an overview of examples of how reports on radioactivity and nuclear accidents has a rather incredible spectrum of views.  I’ll share some of my thoughts about it along the way.    In this blogpost:

  • Yum Yum Radioisotopes… – The view of Other-dimensional Beings:

On the most celebratory end of nuclear viewpoints we have the Spouses Irradia, extraterrestrial people from “the Radiation Dimension” itself, currently incarnated on Earth in humanoid form, who excitedly go uranium hunting to eat radioactive elements.  I’m not making this up, and would encourage reading up on this with an open mind.

Photos by Spouses Irradia

Photos by Spouses Irradia

This married couple, Ziria and Erkrieal (, known as “Spouses Irradia” (not to be confused with “The Irradia Couple”, as Ziria and her now-ex, Radiy (or ‘Radium’) were known!), share the following about themselves about their origins:

Ziria of the 'Irradia Couple' finds uranium and Thorium tasty.

Ziria of  ‘Spouses Irradia’ finds uranium and Thorium tasty.

Our enter to Planet Earth was implemented in different ways. Ziria’s incarnation was in Chernobyl, and was born at the time of the accident on 26 April 1986. Part of her mind came together with Halley’s comet in the night April 26, 1986 [mvb: Halley's comet passed by earth April 10th 1986]. 

Erkrieal of 'Spouses Irradia'

Erkrieal of ‘Spouses Irradia’

Erkrieal’s consciousness was awakened inside the reactor Fukushima after incident at Fukushima in March 2011, his mind started to return to his body.

Aside from Ziria “having been a bird” and claiming to have carried over a different throat (she’s really good at bird imitations), they literally seek out radioactive rocks to eat them:

Ziria, of ‘Spouses Irradia’, eating radioisotopes.  CLICK IMAGE TO WATCH:
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!–> More Videos on the official Spouses Irradia YouTube Channel

For more information about them, see About Spouses Irradia and HubPages’ Extraterrestrial Spouses Irradia – Ziria and Erkrieal – the exclusive interview”.  If you don’t want to read the whole thing, here’s some excerpts, with my emphasis:

A necklace with radiation symbol, triangle and "all seeing eye" combination, worn by Erkrieal in below interview video

A necklace with nuclear radiation symbol, triangle and “all seeing eye” combination, worn by Radiy, the ex of Ziria (from whom she has distanced herself), as seen in below old Moscow interview video.

We love radiation [...]  It does not tolerate dishonesty and lie. [..] 99.9 % of people think that radiation is dangerous. This is greatest misconception, created to slow down development of human race. [...] There are many races in universe, more or less advanced than humanity. More advanced races faced the same problem in past and they already got rid of radio-phobia, which allowed them to develope in a new universal beings without resistance to natural flow of universe. [...] The future is not to look for protection from radiation, but to look for a way to adopt to radiation and live together in harmony. [...] People with good lifestyle have much better possibility to adopt to higher levels of radiation. But it takes patience and preparation at all levels (body, mind, soul).  Radiation is our daily life. We irradiate our bodies, we feel very pleasant close to very powerful sources of radiation. Most of people would get burned and could die close to so powerful sources, this is not our case. Radiation allows us to communicate with different dimensions, beings, we are able to feel what is hidden to most. [...]  We come as a messangers from different dimension (radiation dimension) and we want to show you new direction.  [...]  Our essence, soul and consciousness – is Radiation.  Radiation – a part of us, this is what we are.  Radiation – is the freedom of thought, freedom of perception, it is our life, a life that speaks to us and loves us!  In our diet we use our senses, what and when we specifically need and in what quantities.  Saturate our cells by radioisotopes, in order to obtain energy from them. [...] A very important point is that we have genetically different chemical composition of the body. If the basis of a person’s life are the chemical elements such as nitrogen, carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, then for us it is elements like: radium, plutonium, uranium, radon, Deuterium / Tritium.  Our body works on the principle of “living nuclear reactor “, it is able to get energy from Radioactive Isotopes due to process of radioactive decay and radioactive synthesis. In our body occur a very complex processes of transmutation ( conversion ) radioisotopes due to the presence of neutron radiation in our bodies , as well as elementary particles at high energies. It means that our body is able to work on nuclear fuel (in the truest sense of the word).  We especially choose to live close to old uranium mines in Czech Republic, because we can easily find food here. [...] People ask us, how it is possible we are still alive. We tell them, because of radiation. Radiation is our life.  [...] We dream of working in the field of radiation research, close to powerful radiation sources. For example, help in Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, in Chernobyl or space programs.  We would be very happy to cooperate with people that would be interested in our abilities and use them for good purpose. So far no offer like this came to us. [...]  When we are in contact with radiation, we do not seek confrontation with it, due to this we are moving deeper and stronger in cooperation with it.  We accept radiation itself.  We do not resist it, we let it flow through ourself, it is a part of us and we are part of it.  We ask only one [thing] from people. Open your minds, hearts and souls to new knowledge. In past people thought earth is flat. Why cannot humanity change their view on radiation too? We are here to help.”

Another interview, as shared on

Predating ‘Spouses Irradia’, and not always with the best translation, this interview of the Ziria and her now-ex Radiy/Radium (not to be confused with Erkrieal, of ‘Spouses Irradia’!), done by Steward Swerdlow back when they were in Moscow, provides some more information, including their reflection on getting in trouble with the Russian FSL for gathering radioactive substances, and many more very interesting alternative perspectives about the nature of ionizing radiation.   It’s a bit slow, but worth attentively sitting through as well.  (Added: But please be advised that the current Spouses Irradia informed me that they no longer vouch for some 50% of what was said in this below video. I’m including it as it was the first video I saw on the alledged phenomenon awhile ago.)

!–> For more up-to-date information, see the Spouses Irradia Interview.



Back to the present, the services Spouses Irradia offer include: “Encrypted (Radiation) language — Development of a personal symbol/print for any purpose“,  “Adapting to Radiation“,  “Deprogramming of the mind – Healing” and more.

Note: Mentioning this here does not mean I vouch for any of it. (see my Disclaimer)

[Added]:  More perspectives offered by Irradia Spouses to be found in these links:

  • About theory of Radiation hormesis:

More info:

Note:  There have been so many changes since posting, even their domain names, that I encourage visiting THEIR website: for the latest.  Added: April 17, 2014

Note: There have been so many changes since posting, even their domain names, that I encourage visiting THEIR website: for the latest.   [Updated: April 17, 2014.]


Some Reflections:

I might revisit this topic after additional research.  For now:

Before I went to Japan last fall for sightseeing, friends and a low-key set of exploratory shamanistic ceremonies intended to help shift the underlying dynamics of the horribly misguided nuclear era (See “Archetypal Dynamics of Nuclear Era“, “My Visit to Fukushima” and “New Painting: ‘Prayers for Fukushima’“), I befriended a kind musician in the Colorado Rockies region, who generously shared with me that he had tracked his celestial & dimensional soul origins to the Sun.  In other words, in many previous life times he remembers to having been a ‘Solar Being’.   He shared his understanding of bits and pieces of insights that had dawned on him since his time on the Sun:  Any one soul (being, spirit or ‘karmic package’, if you will) which/who comes into this solar system normally needs to first pass through the Sun, which acts as a gate.  The gate is well-guarded by advanced solar beings, who live inside the Sun.  If you’re not meant to be here, you don’t come in.  Nuclear explosions (2050+ atomic bombings) and the 435 nuclear power nuclear fission reactors around the world (+ an unknown number of military ones) have literally ‘made holes in the karmic-protective energetic fabric of this solar system’.  The result is that a growing number of souls being born in the physical and other-dimensial space in and around planet Earth are increasingly “of a soul background” that is “not aligned with the biological life dimension.”

When I first saw these Irradia videos over a year a ago (h/t JG), I wondered if they could be part of a covert pro-nuclear psychological operation (a crafty deceptive government, military or corporate PsyOp), but my gut feeling impression is that they’re not.  Not in that sense.  These souls truly might very well be whom they claim to be:  Emissaries (or is it “emissionaries” in this case? -j/k) of the “Radiation Dimension”, which means we could learn from them, but… “Radiation” may also be able to learn “from us” biological-reality loving beings.  That aspect doesn’t even seem to be on their radar.  I sense very little hearty humility.  It still could, however, – who knows, right? – be a beginning of an interdimensional dialogue (?) .   Now, listening to them, I’ve had plenty of yellow and red flags go up… They may be genuine in their convictions, but unaware of how ignorant they really are.  Think of European settlers invading the Indigenous-populated Americas… It might be similar, yet inter-dimensionally so.  And fighting these out-of-place souls with their “we’re here to help” (save, civilize,…) beliefs might be just as futile.

My friend from the Sun claims that many of the people in influential places of power, including higher-up politicians and industrialists, slipped in through these nuclear holes as well (not from the Radiation Dimension per se, but from other places in Space), managed to incarnate and that ‘the real reason’ nuclear power isn’t abandoned is that it is in these extraterestrial beings’ interest to keep the unguarded gates open.  They don’t want to get cut off from where they’re from, they’re actively ensuring “we” (who belong here) get run over by the tidal wave of their immigration.  He was very concerned.  These extraterrestrial or other-dimensional beings’ tools of deception (and claims of being ‘not that’) are so powerful many terrestrials, sedated with television, pop music, and toxic food, fall for it.   ‘They’ actually don’t care what people think.  I’m more inclined to take the concern of “the Solar Being” serious than the apparent self-portrayal of some of these “Radiation Dimensionals”.

As far as their “dream of working in the field of radiation research, close to powerful radiation sources such as at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, in Chernobyl or space programs”, I would be extremely careful to let these beings anywhere near.  After all, they “love radiation” so much that a more radioactive planet would be in line with their other desires… .   

Now, look at Japan, whether the current cabinet is infested with extraterrestial souls or “merely” incapable to courageously shaking off the influence of “The Nuclear Spell“, I don’t know, but, given 80% popular opposition,  it’s pretty striking that Japan is going forward with Plutonium production anyways, and -the face of shortsightedness - Japan has announced they’ve “withrawn their commitment to a nuclear-free future“, aiming to restart 1/3rd of its nuke plants…   Madness.

All of this surely is “food for contemplation…



Next in this series:  Part 2: Enthusiast of weapons of mass destruction likes swimming in spent fuel pool.  What’s the fuss about Galen Winsor & his so-called “The Nuclear Scare Scam”?

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Reality Check: Debunking The Wall Street Journal’s “Radiation Reality Check”

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—– Crestone, Colorado – April 12, 2014 – 8500 ft.

'Willow Park' from around 10,000 ft, up the hill from Crestone, Colorado.  In the background: Challenger Point, 14,087 ft (4,294 m), which was named in memory of the 7 astronauts who died when the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated shortly after liftoff in January 1986, prophetically symbolic for the modern technological juggernaut... ... ... Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014 - All Rights Reserved.

On a hike the other day:  ‘Willow Park’ from around 10,000 ft, up the hill from Crestone, Colorado. In the background: Challenger Point, 14,087 ft (4,294 m), which was named in memory of the 7 astronauts who died when the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated shortly after liftoff in January 1986, prophetically symbolic for the modern technological juggernaut… … …
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I just stumbled upon this Pro-Nuclear Propaganda piece, “A Radiation Reality Check –  From bananas to bricks, radioactivity is everywhere—but it’s nothing to be afraid of,” By CRAIG NELSON  (The Wall Street Journal,  April 11, 2014).  It’s so ‘almost funny’ I feel like sharing some thoughts about it.   (You may need to use a search engine (seach for the title, one of the quotes below, or so), Google cache, to get around the log-in.)

Published 10 days too late...

A money-obsessed business paper showing its true oblivion colors?  /   Published 10 days too late…

Starting right off the bat in its headline…  When nuclear apologists serve their usual banana comparison bullshit, I get curious how many more distortions, omissions and outright lies they bring to their manipulation game.  (Mixed with some great valid points, of course, no public relations campaign can function well without some truths included.)   This article made me smile. It’s yet another piece of nicely packaged classic propaganda, reminiscent of the deception marathon disinfomercial, ‘Pandora’s Promise‘.   The essay seems to have missed its publication date by 10 days.   

The interesting thing about pro-nuclear articles is how they try to sway people their way, clearly not caring about accuracy or important nuances.  It’s kind of fascinating to watch.  Are these nuclear propagandists outright evil, or are they just ignorant stupid hacks?  (I have no idea.  Just baffled by what makes it into newspapers sometimes…)   

Here, they started out by throwing very different things together just because they have something in common: Potassium, Thorium, Radium, and Americium, for example, all emit radiation, but they are all very different. We eat some of them, use them, or even benefit from their household use.  The point made is just that: radioactivity is all around us.  Thát is a valid point. And it’s relatively safe? Hm, well, usually, and true for the cited specific examples, but that paints a very incomplete picture.

I’ve gone over this before, (WSJ peeps don’t read my blog? :) ) : the harm that radiation from potassium-rich foods (such as bananas, spinach, beans, kelp, etc.) would theoretically do, due to its inherent naturally radioactive potassium-40 content, is dwarfed by potassium’s role in metabolic health and cell-repair; so much so that the net effect of a potassium-rich diet is cancer-preventative, not cancer-causing.  (The dose concept is supposed to be helpful to assess cancer risks.  Not accounting for biochemical function, it is useless in regards to potassium in the real world.)  See my January 22, 2014 blogpost, ‘Why 150 Bq Cs-137 is health-hazardous, while 150 Bq* K-40 is RECOMMENDED for health.’  

Bricks, granite counter tops, and high elevation fall under ‘external radiation sources’:  the radiation-emitting particle is not inhaled or ingested.  Part of what makes ‘the dose concept’ so nifty for the purpose of manipulation is that dosimetry is an incredibly complex field of study, one that continues (very slowly) to adjust its fabricated models as epidemiological evidence continues not to match its attempted predictions.  Putting aside its more complex issues, consider there’s a difference between internal and external radiation:  holding a carton of highly Iodine-131-contaminated radioactive milk is very different from drinking it.  And then there’s actually more than one type of ‘dose’: there’s ‘absorbed dose’, ‘equivalent dose’, and ‘effective (biological) dose’, and they get simplistically mixed and compared without this ever being pointed out.  If you wonder, ‘How so?’, I suggest my Nov 24, 2013 blogpost, “The Dose Deception – Why 0.20 µSv/hr (from fallout) can be far more dangerous than 2.00 µSv/hr (from cosmic rays).  The inverse square law for ionizing radiation illustrated.”

The bananas are radioactive from their potassium, the Brazil nuts have a thousand times more radium than any other food item, and your dried herbs and spices were irradiated to counter bacteria, germination and spoilage. There’s thorium in your microwave oven and americium in your smoke detector.”

  • Potassium in bananas:  Harmless, see already-mentioned link To be fair, if you going to bring up the Potassium-40 content of foods, you must also mention the biochemical function of potassium and how mere dosimetrics don’t tell its whole story. 
  • Radium in Brasil nuts:  Yup, true, Brasil nuts  contain 1,000 to 7,000 pCi/kg of radium-226, as well as a at least 5,000 pCi/kg of potassium-40. (data link). Converted to SI units:  1,000 to 7,000 pCi/kg  = 37 to 259 Bq/kg Ra-226.   Radium-226 is a carcinogen by itself, but Brasil nuts are also among the most potassium-rich foods, right up there with the best of kelp seaweeds, often with well over 200 Bq/kg of Potassium-40.  Not mentioned, of course, is that Brasil nuts are perhaps the richest dietary source of selenium (USDA data), the intake of which is correlated with a reduced risk of both breast cancer and prostate cancer (see here and here).  If you talk about the Radium content of Brasil nuts, you also have to also mention its potassium, selenium, vitamin E, etc. content.  (Note: Radium is different from Radon.   Radon, a radioactive gas which can accumulate in badly ventilated basements, is the #1 concern for naturally occurring radioisotopes: in the US alone, 20,000 lung cancers are estimated to be caused by radon inhalation (US EPA Citizen’s Guide to Radon).)
  • Food irradiation for food safety:  Ridiculous to list this among examples of mainly internal radiation from natural sources, or light external sources.  The external dose killed bacteria before it was sold. (UV light does the same topically).  There’s nothing radioactive added to the food.
  • Thorium in microwave oven:  Yes, there is a tiny bit of naturally radioactive thorium, used for its negative electrode inside, but it is essentially harmless.  (It’s used as a source of electrons; see ‘How a microwave oven works.‘  And microwaves are a quite different radiation, by the way.)  I guess I would have to take the microwave oven apart if I want to detect where exactly the Thorium in it might be, as it doesn’t even affect a (quite sensitive) Medcom Inspector Geiger Counter outside of it.  It’s a timely inclusion, though, as Thorium Fuel Nuclear Reactors are being heavily promoted lately in an attempt to safe the nuclear industry.  While significant and long-term internal exposure to it may cause harm (US EPA on ThoriumStudies have shown that inhaling thorium dust causes an increased risk of developing lung cancer, and cancer of the pancreas. Bone cancer risk is also increased because thorium may be stored in bone.”), it is highly unlikely to be ingested or inhaled as it is used in a microwave oven. In that form and quantity, it only adds a tiny external dose to its immediate surroundings and as such is essentially harmless too.  
  • Americium in smoke detectors:  There’s usually 37,000 Bq of Americium-241 inside.  Unlike the natural radioisotopes in food, Am-241 is made in nuclear reactors.  It is a radioactive decay product of plutonium-241.  Am-241 is extremely dangerous, yet in its oxide form and encapsulated inside a smoke detector it only adds a tiny external ‘absorbed dose’ to your living environment.  At arm’s length or further, it’s much less than the natural background radiation from cosmic rays and naturally occurring radioisotopes in air, soil and rocks.   Play around with the ‘activity to dose’ part of the ‘Rad Pro Calculator’ on my Radiation Units and Conversions page for additional insights.

The opening point, that ‘radioactivity is everywhere’, is valid, but it’s part of the lie the author is setting up from the start, namely that it is all just a matter of “dose” or “overdose.”  For that apparent purpose, he omits the nuances and intricacies, such as that it’s also very much a matter of exposure context (the cancer risk of a radioisotope by itself is not per se comparable as presented if it’s as part of a much more complex nutritional source, for example), or whether the radiation source is inhaled/ingested/absorbed (internal) or not (external).  Anyways, enough about that.

The author and Wall STreet Journal editors let some obvious errors slip by:

“An overdose of gamma rays is like a vicious sunburn, with skin damage and elevated cancer risks, but those particles are too big to penetrate our skin, meaning that they need to be swallowed or inhaled to wreak damage.”

He’s actually describing Beta radiation.  Gamma radiation goes through through our body and requires heavy mass shielding to be stopped (such as thick lead plates).  I’m not an expert by a long shot, but I know enough to spot cluelessness.  In case ‘radioactivity’ is new to you, there’s Alpha, Beta and Gamma ionizing radiation, you can read more about it here.   My links on ‘Some Pointers to See Through Nuclear Deceptions‘ might be helpful too.

Now, where I get semi-amused with this nuclear propaganda is how it tries to belittle fallout dangers from nuclear accidents, while also citing (very conservative) official estimates of cancer caused by US nuclear tests in Nevada, and the questionable data of the infamous UN cover-up in the wake of the Chernobyl accident, with some estimates for how little harm Fukushima might cause…  (It would be more funny if thousands of people weren’t going through hell because of nuclear fallout though…)  :-/

“In 1997, the National Cancer Institute reported that the Cold War detonations at the Nevada Test Site had polluted nearly the whole of the country with drifting airborne radioactive iodine, creating somewhere between 10,000 and 75,000 cases of childhood thyroid cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that of the nearly 600,000 Americans dying of cancer every year, 11,000 will be because of those tests.”

Cancer mortality is one thing, and statistics about it appear to be used to cover up how many people actually suffer through the whole ordeal (many of whom recover, or still die more than 5 years after treatment, which makes them unaccounted for).  But the cited “10,000 to 75,000 cases of childhood thyroid cancer” due to domestic nuclear bomb tests alone can be used to make a rough estimate…

The median of 10,000 to 75,000 childhood thyroid cancers caused by the nuclear bomb tests at the Nevada Test Site alone… (averages to some 42,500.)   The CDC defines a ‘child’ as ‘under age 18′.  Most thyroid cancers don’t show up until 5 or more years after exposure to radioactive Iodine (here and HERE).   Remember: Iodine-131′s half-life is only 8 days.  It decays into stable Xe-131, and thus within less than 4 months more than 99.9% of its initial radioactivity is completely gone.  (See the Decay Calculator on my Radiation Units & Conversions page).  Iodine (both stable (I-127) and radioactive (I-129, I-131, I-132,…) concentrates in the thyroid gland.  In the aftermath of a nuclear accident, the resulting concentrated internal dose to the thyroid gland thus only happens for a relatively very short period.  The consequences, however, usually don’t show up until decades later. See also observations in this NY Times article, ‘In Throats of Émigrés, Doctors Find a Legacy of Chernobyl‘ (April 20, 2006), and data below.

Have a look at the actual thyroid cancer incidence in the US alone (by age & sex, US 2007 data) and ponder how many ADULT thyroid cancers those bomb tests may have caused and continue to cause… It is obviously many times the childhood thyroid cancer incidence…

Thyroid cancer, like leukemia, is one of the few cancers making the lives of children miserable, but only talking about childhood thyroid cancer is quite the feat of omission...

Thyroid cancer, like leukemia, is one of the few cancers making the lives of children miserable, but only talking about childhood thyroid cancer is quite the feat of omission…

Other bomb tests, as well as the large nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl (and Fukushima more recently) undoubtedly are part of what’s causing increasing incidence of various cancers, not just thyroid cancers.  It is officially estimated and admitted, however, that the Nevada Test Site (NTS) released some whopping 5,500 PetaBecquerels of I-131 over its decades of operation madness. (I’m not even looking at the longer-living radioisotopes such as Cs-137 and Sr-90, which contribute to leukemia and various other afflictions.)  In terms of I-131, it compares roughly to 3 times Chernobyl’s 1986 nuclear disaster estimated I-131 release of about 1,800 PBq (in a week).   I-131 released by the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster (March 2011 release only; there’s evidence of additional releases long after spring 2011) was originally estimated by TEPCO at 511 PBq (let’s say about 1/10th of NTS), which may have been a gross underestimation:

Radioiodine release by Fukushima may be double that of Chernobyl when taking I-129 and other radioiodines into account as well.   To see original with sources and additional  (including Three Mile Island) data, click image.

Radioiodine release by Fukushima may be double that of Chernobyl when taking I-129 and other radioiodines into account as well.
To see original with sources and additional (including Three Mile Island) data, click image.

SO, if Fukushima lies somewhere between “only 10%”  and “65% of NTS’s I-131 release”, and Cesium-124/137, Strontium-90, Cobalt-60, Americium-241, Plutonium, etc. releases were similar or far worse than NTS’s… then… undoubtedly many tens of thousands of people in Japan and affected communities in and around the Pacific Ocean will, over time, get cancer due to the Fukushima meltdown’s fallout and cumulative exposure to seafood contamination (which might increase).

For the United States map of the average dose delivered due to Iodine-131 contamination from NTS bombings,  see National Geographic, 2002.  The available data was far more limited than that maps suggests, and most was arrived at through calculations.  The study that includes the I-131 data can be found at   (+ More thyroid cancer data here.)  From that document, the estimated total I-131 US fallout due to bomb tests in Nevada:

Data: SI units added for easier comparing

Data: SI units added for easier comparing

For comparisson:  Parts of greater Tokyo received similar or more I-131 fallout in 2011 from the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster in March 2011 than the pink- to red-colored areas on the above US bomb tests I-131 fallout map, and much of the Fukushima Prefecture saw depositions over 1,000,000 Bq/m^2, even over 10,000,000 Bq/m^2 in the worst fallout deposition hotspots.  (See my May 26, 2011 IODINE-131 a basic map comparison: Fukushima versus Chernobyl‘), off the scale compared to the combined I131 fallout of the Nevada Test Site that is (officially no less!) claimed to have caused 10,000 to 75,000 (averages to some 42,500) childhood thyroid cancers.  To make a case for to-be-expected Japanese thyroid cancers, population densities and diet would have to be considered as well.  That would get too labor intensive for this “quick commentary on a bullshit WSJ essay”…/   So, check it out:

C0mpare the above NTS I131 fallout map (totals) to Fukushima-Daiichi Iodine-131 (March 2011 release only, later releases (see HERE) not included.):

Click image for more info.

Note the LOGARITHMIC SCALE.  Click image for more info.

I hope pointing this out can add some sensibility to that WSJ piece.

When The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that of the nearly 600,000 Americans dying of cancer every year, 11,000 will be because of those tests at the Nevada Test Site… they’re

  • downplaying the suffering by only counting those who died  (Over 95% of thyroid cancer is cured (not fatal), for instance.); and
  • not mentioning how much higher the number would be if  they presented the fatalities “due to nuclear industry activities,” which would have to include consequences of 
    • not only those nuclear bomb tests done in Nevada, but all worldwide nuclear tests (over 2,050, including Castle Bravo, France’s destruction of Mururoa, etc.)
    • every nuclear disaster and accidental radiation release (Three Mile Island, KyshtymChernobyl, Sellafield, Rocky FlatsFukushima, Hanford, WIPP, Dounreay, Humboldt Bayetc.)
    • standard allowed nuclear releases by nuclear power plants and waste facilities,
    • long-term effects on uranium miners
    • medical malpractice, accidents and unforeseen side-effects in nuclear medicine.

It might not look “so good” for the “harmless fallout” picture Mr Nelson is trying to fabricate…

Additionally, here’s a map from my Fallout Map Comparison, ‘Fukushima versus Chernobyl’ (For Cesium, not Iodine ! ):

You can look up population density maps yourself and ponder what this all means…

After much reading up on this over the past three years, it’s left me with the impression that the UN’s UNSCEAR is part of a massive cover-up.   Yablokov’s book about Chernobyl (Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environmenta translation of a 2007 Russian publication by Alexey V. Yablokov, Vassily B. Nesterenko, and Alexey V. Nesterenko, edited by Janette D. Sherman-Nevinger, and originally published by the New York Academy of Sciences in 2009 in their Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences series.), may be much closer to the truth.  It presents an analysis of scientific literature and concludes that medical records between the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 and 2004 reflect 985,000 premature deaths worldwide as a result of the radioactivity released by the Chernobyl accident.  

Which brings me back to the WSJ…,

We’re not dropping dead en masse from radiation poisoning or its ensuing cancers on a daily basis because, like all poisons, it isn’t the particular atom that will get you. It’s the dose.  And damage from radioactivity requires a much greater dose than any of us would have believed.”

True, we’re not dying on a daily basis.  I’m not.  I don’t know anyone who dies daily.  And the ones that once did… well, they’re not part of the conventional mainstream idea of “we” anymore, are they?   Damage to health from radioactivity depends on a lot of factors, dose clearly seems to be one of ‘em.  Not daily dose, but cumulative, and there’s a lot of unanswered questions in dosimetry too.  Still, the admittance of 11,000 deaths per year in the US from the Nevada Test Site alone hints that the number of deaths due to manmade radioactive fallout worldwide is likely many times that, perhaps even 5-25 times, or more.  If the independent Chernobyl Consequences study on the consequences of Chernobyl is any indication, then Chernobyl has been killing some 50,000 people per year in its first 18 years. (For contrast, this 2006 NIH / SEER pdf. document includes lots more US statistics, but downplays nuclear fallout’s role, mainly through omission.)  The one thing I’d agree with is that most of us are fine and most alive on Earth are likely to live normal healthy lives and die of old age (reportedly that’s still the case for 2/3rd of world and 90% in pre-2002 industrialized world (wiki)).  But, seriously, apply some common sense logic and do the math with the above data…

Does the Wall Street Journal really think thát little of the equivalent of “a city of 100,000 people” being annihilated by the nuclear industry every year?   That may very well be close to the actual reality!

Anyways… I have no idea how to convey a ‘reality check’ to pro-nuclear propagandists.  I’ve pondered this before, and concluded it’s pointless, they’re insane

Here’s are some more examples of denial:

On Chernobyl: In short, the most terrifying nuclear disaster in human history, which spread a cloud the size of 400 Hiroshimas across the whole of Europe, killed 75 people.”

On Fukushima: “For the Fukushima disaster of 2011, the consensus estimate is [...] an undetectable increase [of cancer] for the plant’s neighbors. [...]”  

On Nuclear Disasters in general:  “Here’s the truth about you and radiation: There’s no reason to worry about power-plant meltdowns [...]”   

Amazing, not?   Fukushima spewed more radioactive material into the environment than than Chernobyl (See here, HERE, here, here, and here), with, in many off-site locations, more significant radioIodine contamination than the Nevada Test Site, and possibly more radioIodines than Chernobyl, and left more densely populated areas with worse contamination (see above, and hotspots even as far south as near Tokyo: here and here); radioCesium deposition hotspots of over 550,000 Bq/m^2 in un-evacuated cities (already mentioned here and here), with groundwater increasingly contaminated by Cesium-137, Cobalt-60, Strontium-90 and a soup of other manmade radioactive stuff,… you get the idea.  And yet… somehow this pro-nuclear clown estimates, excluding plant workers, that all this will merely result in “an undetectable increase of cancer” ???  Nevermind that thyroid cancer has already increased significantly among teens in the Fukushima Prefecture (Japan Times, Nov 13, 2013: “Thyroid cancers up in Fukushima” / Compare the findings to pre-Fukushima data: and reread Craig Nelson’s  propaganda.  He’s spewing complete bullshit.  

The essay isn’t that long, but I could go on.  Some nonsense could even have been avoided by him using a dictionary…


Here’s a winner paragraph for the cognitive dissonance category:

The truly fearful event in a nuclear accident, then, isn’t fallout but meltdown, where the core burns through the floor and suffuses the water table.  There it causes agricultural mayhem and radioactive dust that you better not breathe.”

‘Radioactive dust that you better not breathe,’ of course, IS ‘fallout’, by definition.  The guy’s off his rocker…   Three complete reactor cores are believed to have melted down and are STILL actively contaminating the groundwater in Fukushima, and leaking unabated into the Pacific Ocean…  As groundwater Strontium-90 levels increase ,and the whole mess suffuses into the Pacific Ocean, the “agricultural mayhem” we should be “truly fearful” of… might be precisely what is already occuring at the Fukushima-Dai-ichi Nuclear Disaster Site.   It is only a matter of time for it to work its way to the dinner table…

(See also my blogpost from July 31, 2014: “Red Alert – Fukushima-Daiichi NPP Crisis: EXTREME Radioactive Water Leaking into Ground; Unprecedented Radioactive Contamination of Pacific Ocean.“)



And for that reason I return to this awful topic.

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More Southern Colorado Photos

Crestone, Colorado — April 1, 2014

  • For an overview of my past radiation, Fukushima & Hanford blogposts, see HERE.
  • For an overview of my paintings, see HERE.

Currently nothing new to report.  

So, sharing some more photos taken since “More Utah & Colorado Photos (first half of March 2014)“:


Nice stacking of lenticular clouds over the Sangre de Cristo mountain range by one of the Tibetan Buddhist stupas near Crestone, Colorado. Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014 – All Rights Reserved


Herd of deer in the Baca Grants near Crestone, CO. Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014 – All Rights Reserved

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Herd of deer in the Baca Grants near Crestone, CO. Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014 – All Rights Reserved


Spring is “the windy season” in the San Luis Valley. Tibetan Prayer flags near the Karmapa Stupa. Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.


‘Sangdo Palri’, a new (under construction) 55-foot high 3-story Tibetan Buddhist temple building, at Samten Ling (retreat land directed by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche), as seen from National Forest Wilderness Area above Crestone, CO. Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014.


‘The ZIgurat’ Between the tiny town of Crestone and the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Southern Colorado. Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014.


At the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014.


At the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014.

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Documentary: Chernobyl Heart (2003) – Must See! + Implication Fukushima…

Chernobyl Heart, just by itself, is a worthwhile independent on-site report of some of the effects of Chernobyl’s legacy on children in Belarus.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:

!!!—>   <– WATCH IT !

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Click image to watch it at:

About the documentary:

Chernobyl Heart is a 2003 documentary film by Maryann DeLeo. The film won the Best Documentary Short Subject award at the 2004 Academy Awards.

In the film, Ms. DeLeo travels through Ukraine and Belarus with Adi Roche, the Irish founder of the Chernobyl Children’s Project International, observing the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on the health of children in the area. Many children suffered from a previously unknown cardiac degradation condition known in the area as “Chernobyl heart”, in addition to other severe radiation poisoning effects.

Why I’m sharing this now:

I’m bringing this up ’cause the nuclear industry’s propaganda machine is going at full strength and some people are falling for their outright lies, omissions and deceptions.   This is a very serious crossroads the world is at, and if we collectively fail to move away from nuclear fission technology, more INES-7 level nuclear accidents (or worse) are practically guaranteed.

It is not because I’m finding that likely most of the food in Japan and abroad, at least those from the less-contaminated regions (!), is still relatively safe (see HERE), or just because I discovered that the 2012-2014 ‘radiation scare’ on the US West Coast amounted to little else than hyped fear-mongering. (See my 2013 lab tests of Japanese kelps HERE and related sample tests results from Northern California HERE; with additional key observations in ‘Cs-137 vs. K-40‘ and ‘Pointers to see through Nuclear Deceptions‘), that the situation in the badly contaminated regions is something go be in denial about. It remains extremely dangerous in the long run, especially for young children.

Most of Chernobyl's Cs-137 fallout is shown on this map.  Most of Fukushima's fallout blew east into the Pacific Ocean and beyond.  The small part that did deposit on the Japanese Islands is similar in contamination levels seen at the worst affected parts of Europe after Chernobyl.  Click Image for more.

Most of Chernobyl’s Cs-137 fallout is shown on this map. Most of Fukushima’s fallout blew east into the Pacific Ocean and beyond. The small part that did deposit on the Japanese Islands is similar in contamination levels seen at the worst affected parts of Europe after Chernobyl. Click Image for more.

As I mentioned, already way back (March 29, 2011, Cs-137 fallout rivals Chernobyl), and reiterated (Nov 17, 2013 - How I Prepared to visit the Fukushima Prefecture), the contamination of some UNEVACUATED areas, such as in and around  Nihonmatsu City, Koriyama, Kawamata, and Fukushima City (combined un-evacuated populations: over half a million) is on par with the worst contaminated areas in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.  (See the Fukushima versus Chernobyl Fallout Map comparison yourself)  Without more thorough decontamination, nutritional education and other preventative measures (including evacuating families with young children), this ongoing nuclear disaster is unfortunately bound to give rise in the coming decades to very similar health problems (and similar cover-ups) discussed in the above documentary.   Rumor has it, it’s already much worse than acknowledged by Japanese and North-American so-called authorities (See NosebleedsLeukemia, testicular cancer, thyroid problems, rectal bleeding, brain tumor, immune system weakening, etc.)

Added: Fairewinds Energy Education, Mar. 20, 2014: Cancer Risk To Young Children Near Fukushima Daiichi Underestimated

On that note…, :-(  the radioactive leaking into the groundwater is getting worse with no end in sight yet, and contamination of the Pacific Ocean continues; things have only gotten worse since my July 31, 2013 *Red Alert* on the groundwater contamination.  Most notably, Strontium-90 contamination is on the rise and yet barely monitored in food.

I recommend this documentary especially to those in denial of the seriousness of the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear disasters, as well as those who fell for the unbelievably deceptive nuclear propaganda bullshit marathon, known as Pandora’s Promise“.  If you’ve sat through that, do yourself a favor and watch Chernobyl Heart (= the YouTube link) and educate yourself on Dose Deceptions and the nuclear industry’s ongoing banana nonsense. It is only one little glimpse behind the scenes of a massive (ongoing) official cover-up.

And this view of mine does not take away either that through positive intentions, prayers (see additions under my latest painting, ‘Prayers For Fukushima’) and various subtle-energy-shifting ways (pondered here and on my Visit to Fukushima), and who knows what helpful technologies have yet to be invented, that the region and people can’t be healed.  I hold the vision that it can.   I think a lot more is possible, and I hold a lot of hope for the  badly contaminated areas too, but denial about the actual current situation is not a helpful part of moving in that direction.   Just felt like saying that.

Some of my other blogposts on this topic, see HERE.


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Japanese Food testing data & fallout maps: some useful LINKS

March 22, 2014 – DISCLAIMER

I didn’t think I would revisit the topic of the physical dimensions of the ongoing Fukushima Nuclear Disaster so soon, but every now and then people, often parents of young children,  contact me with genuine concerns.  “My daughter is 3 and I wonder…”  Etc.  I guess the government continues to do a dismal job for such questions to be directed at me of all people…   To add to my disclaimer, if you can picture a guy on a couch with a laptop in a home with wifi, in a quiet Colorado mountain town, at about 8000 ft altitude, in what many would call “the middle of nowhere,” sitting be a wood stove fire while coyotes howl in the frosty night… you might appreciate the irony of me fielding inquiries from Tokyo on the situation in Japan…

It always touches me.  I try to put myself in their shoes for a moment.  Usually, I sent a quick email back with a couple links and best wishes, but I figured I could give it some more consideration and turn it in a blogpost, so others may find their way to these links as well.  There is a lot of info out there, but can be ridiculously time-consuming to find it.

!!!—>  Before I share some thoughts, though, I have to point out that I’m still no expert nor authority on this topic whatsoever.   I make that very clear in this blog’s DISCLAIMER.

My little bit of independent research into Japanese foods that appeared dangerously radioactive showed me that things aren’t always as bad as portrayed.  To my surprise, Geiger Counters are quite sensitive to Potassium-40, for example, rendering them essentially useless to assess food safety [See the Jan. 22, 2014 blogpost, "Why 150 Bq Cs-137 is health-hazardous, while 150 Bq* K-40 is RECOMMENDED for health", which builds upon my findings (mainly re. Hokkaido kelp seaweads being exceptionally rich in Potassium), and is one of the "Pointers to See Through Nuclear Deceptions," a synopsis of things I've learned along my path of educating myself on this topic.]

Nevertheless,  in response to a most recent email from a father of two toddlers in Tokyo, I’m going to see if I could get some answers about where to find info specifically re. radiation in Japanese milk products…   They’re mixed in with all the other test results, so these links, with thousands of sample test results per day could be handy in general:

Milk Products

!–> Where to find testing results:   The test results of various food stuffs in Japan are published almost daily in PDF docs at The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare on their page,”Levels of Radioactive Contaminants in Foods Tested in Respective Prefectures” [See]  As is to be expected by now for all thing nuclear, they make it very time consuming to find what you’re looking for.   Fastest way I found is to check pdf by pdf and searching for specific words (like the Prefecture or the food item you’re looking for) [on a mac:  top bar:  Edit--> Find...].

The Summary of foods tested in the first year of the Fukushima-Dai-ichi Nuclear Disaster [See] shows that dairy products sampled across Japan only surpassed Japanese food safety limit in the prefectures Fukushima and Ibaraki.  Most radioactive particles blew to the east towards North America.  Most (78 to 95%, depending on estimates) fell into the Pacific Ocean in 2011; direct leaking continues, as well.)

In the following year (2012-2013 summary pdf. here), while various other products still tested dangerously radioactive, milk products had already returned to the official safe levels, even in the Fukushima Prefecture.  This is likely because Iodine-131 was a significant factor, bio-magnified in milk, which had already decayed away.   (See my Radiation Units and Conversions page, which includes a decay Calculator link as well.).

Continued reason to be vigilant.  The Iodine-131 may be mostly gone, and the Cesium-134 & 137 levels may be “below maximum levels”, but that could literally mean 99 Bq/L gets to pass as “safe”.   Granted, Japan has the strictest food safety norms in the world, but still…  that doesn’t mean very much when governments are so corrupt that they even allow melt-through-capable nuclear reactors to be built in the first place, and then lied about continued leakage for years when things went badly wrong.  More troubling now:  Strontium-90 is rarely ever even tested for.  (Modeled to skyrocket in groundwater releases, see ENEnews Dec 1, 2013).  This could mean that seafood, which has been well-monitored for Cesium thus far, is likely to become less safe in the coming years, in part due to due to this troubling lack of Sr-90 monitoring.   Add the huge releases of Cobalt-60, Americium-241, Manganese-54, Antimony-125 and a bunch of other carcinogenic radioactive pollution they rarely even mention, let alone test for, and the government assurance that all is fine… is not as easy to believe.

My take is:  I can’t give a blanket statement “avoid food from x region”, as fallout deposition is very erratic, and the uptake varies from crop to crop, but…  First, if you’re just visiting Japan, like I did, I wouldn’t worry about it.  My impression is that, outside the most contaminated area (see the Safecast Interpolation Map’s brown areas, below), you’d pretty much get a similar food contamination by visiting much of Europe.  Not that that’s good, but it hasn’t particularly stopped people from living there.  If you’re living in Japan (or Europe for that matter) long-term, I would try to be selective about where my food came from (especially for wild mushrooms, meats, dairy and teas), and avoid food from contaminated areas as much as possible.  The truth isn’t somewhere between those hyper-alarmed and those in complete denial, as I see it: it really depends on which area you’re talking about.  Most of Japan might be okay, some areas really aren’t.   These maps could help you decide for yourself where those areas are:

Radiation Fallout maps for Japan can be found at:

On the a Zoom-in of the larger Tokyo Metropolitan Area, with the Tokyo Sky Tree marked (easy to spot in the cityskape), you can see that relative hotspots are present in its northeast, in the Chiba region:

Two screenshots pasted together with the area of Northeastern Tokyo highlighted, and the landmark SkyTree marked on the map for orientation

Two screenshots pasted together with the area of Northeastern Tokyo highlighted, and the landmark SkyTree marked on the map for orientation.  Notice the dark blue data points in the circled area.

Because of my lab tests of Hokkaido kelps (which tested perfectly fine to eat; I’m still eating through my stack, by the way), I’ve also received questions about other products, such as ‘Hokkaido milk’:  From the pdf docs I looked through, it seems all Hokkaido milk has tested as ‘officially safe’ in the first-mentioned link, even in 2011.  (Comb through the records to see for which products this was not the case.)

This Cs-137 ESTIMATION (not measured) fallout map, below (Source:, does show Hokkaido was dosed as well, although anything below the green level I wouldn’t lose sleep over:

–> In this map (left), the purple color over much of Hokkaido and other parts of Japan correspond with 25 to 50 Bq/kg Cs-137 (+ whatever else would be in there).

Most surface contamination is in the first 5-15 cm, let’s say for a square meter, you could scape off the top 200 kg/ m^2 of such soil  and that would imply up to 10,000 Bq/m^2 Cs-137 fallout deposition possible.   Some of the light purples may include leftover fallout deposition from from Pacific bomb testing era too.  For comparison, these purples… most likely correspond to the green-to-yellow colors only on this Chernobyl fallout map.  So… except for some likely regional hotspots, most food, including dairy, is unlikely to be of concern. (in my non-expert opinion from afar; When I visited, I did look at these data sets before trying some Hokkaido yoghurts and cheeses.  Yummy!,  I can say that much.  ;-)   ).

Now: What does “of little or no concern” actually mean given that even small amounts of fallout increase cancer risk?  It means that it would be statistically impossible to determine that THAT was the cause.  Everyone may end up knowing someone who had cancer before they were 30, or died of cancer before they were 50.  (It’s become disturbingly common in Europe, I must say.)  So, I’m not saying that it does NOT mean it can’t cause problems.  It is likely to cause some issues for some people, especially for long-term (several decades): increased incidence of various cancers, heart problems and other health issues are likely to affect some people directly.

Therefor, what may be most helpful aside from choosing from which region to eat are some small dietary shifts:

I think “a cancer-preventative diet” is likely to be most effective, and beneficial for general well-being as well.   Things that come to mind:   Enough potassium, minimal on the meat intake (See The China Study, for instance) and avoid sugar/sweeteners (see also the observations re. post-Nagasaki macrobiotic diet mentioned in Cs-137 vs. K-40), make sure your diet is sufficiently alkalizing, and perhaps take some helpful supplements, like Quantum Greens,  Spirulina (See article by Dr. Mercola, “5 Grams Daily of Spirulina REVERSED Severe Radiation Poisoning in Chernobyl Children…“), and other anti-oxidant boosters, which are said to increase free radical protection.  (Disclaimer).   Plenty of exercise will be helpful as well.  If so inspired, consider a (bentonite/zeolite) clay detox cleanse to rid your body of heavy metals (which many of the radionuclides are).  If going that route, read up on it and/or consult with a holistic / naturopathic nutrition expert to see how that could best be done for very young children.

That’s all from this couch…  Hope that was helpful somehow.  Much love!

I hope to visit again sometime…   Maybe someday…

Mount Fuji, Japan (with Venus at sunset) Late November or early December 2013 Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013.

Mount Fuji, Japan (with Venus at sunset)
Late November or early December 2013
Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013.

[Last edited March 22, 2014:  Title changed + some additions within text.
March 24, 2014: screenshots of Tokyo area fallout data added]