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Fukushima Fallout Making US Kids Sick

Researchers have discovered that the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has had more drastic and far-reaching health effects more than previously thought: Young children born on the West Coast are 28% more likely to develop hyperthyroidism ("overactive" thyroids).

In examining post-Fukushima conditions on the West Coast, researchers found that children were developing similar conditions that some Europeans acquired after the 1986 meltdown of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

The hormones in the thyroid affect nearly every type of tissue in the body, and control the pace of all of body processes.. Some of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism may be nervousness, irritability, increased perspiration, heart racing, hand tremors, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, thinning of the skin, fine brittle hair, and muscular weakness, especially in the upper arms and thighs. It can also lead to developmental delays in fetuses and young children. 10% of people with this condition gain weight, which could be contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic.

The "cure" is often radiation of the thyroid and the subsequent taking of medications to replace its functions.

The RT website explains that just a few days after the Fukushima meltdown, radiation concentration levels in California, Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon and Washington were up to 211 times above the normal level. At the same time, the number of congenital hypothyroid cases skyrocketed, increasing by an average of 16% from March 17 to December 31, 2011. And between March 17 and June 30, shortly after the meltdown, newly born children experienced a 28% percent greater risk of acquiring the condition.

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Thanks, TEPCO....We need to sue them in to extinction! 28%? Just unacceptable.

There are plenty of nuclear power plants in unsteady zones. I heard that the american way of storing used fuel rods are less secure (cheaper though) than the japanese.
It may be an unwelcome thing to do but there must be some way to keep out of harms way with regard to earthquakes, radiation, floods, bushfires etc. I mean what is the point in working hard creating wealth and happiness if it can be destroyed in seconds.
Trouble is we all like living near water, forests etc. We can though avoid living near earthquakes and nuclear power plants. They don't mix well.

If I try to mention a subject like this to certain people in my life, they will just dismiss me as being "one of THOSE PEOPLE", I guess meaning some kind of liberal commie bastard or whatever. Funny thing is I used to hold relatively pro-nuclear power opinions some years ago, which persisted even after my worldview had become more or less liberal indeed, though not particularly commie, I don't think. Perhaps it's through some kind of Weltanshauungskrieg-ish conditioning, or perhaps it's through the Wetiko of this week's Dreamland, but it seems to me that the number of pigeonholes people typically see the world as having in which to file people has narrowed considerably in the last few decades, as the inclination to have to do that pigeonholing has increased.

I still hold out some hope that we are entering a reversal of that trend.

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