After reading a recent article about a Canadian lab claiming to of found the cure for Cancer
and then afterwards watching 'Trinity & Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
', I found myself thinking about the Cancer epidemic we humans find ourselves in. Without any hardcore statistics it would seem to me that 4 out of 5 people will die from Cancer. I have seen Cancer strike many friends and family around me. Was Cancer something that plagued the Native Indians, The Romans, or going as far back as the Aztecs? Or is this something recent due to our new technologies and exposure to radioactive energies. Is cuz we nuke everything in our microwaves or our major cities are powered by Nuclear Power Plants or could it be that maybe, just maybe our governments were testing hundreds if not thousands of atomic weapons. Did these weapons pollute our planet so bad that the chances of getting Cancer at some point in your life are 99.9%. I obviously am no expert on this but common sense does prevail and you should be able to come up with your own educated conclusion by watching the movie above or any other documentary about our atomic program and bomb testing as well as find published medical findings linking the two. Hit the jump to read one such report or click HERE
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About Eighty Thousand Cancers in the
United States, More Than 15,000 of Them Fatal, Attributable to Fallout
from Worldwide Atmospheric Nuclear Testing
Hot Spots Occurred Thousands of Miles from Testing Areas, Government Study Shows
Independent Institute Calls for Public Health Response, Compensation and a Global Truth Commission
Takoma Park MD, February 28, 2002: An estimated 80,000
people who lived in or were born in the United States between the years
1951 and 2000 will contract cancer as a result of the fallout caused by
atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, according to an analysis of
government studies by the Institute for Energy and Environmental
Research. Well over 15,000 of these cases would be fatal. The most
recent government study, a fact sheet, and official fallout maps
are posted on the IEER web site. The report and maps are also
scheduled to be posted at the Centers for Disease Control web site,
www.cdc.gov. The maps show cumulative fallout and county-by-county
radiation dose and fallout patterns. These are proxies for geographic
patterns of excess cancers that would be attributable to radiation.
The government report, prepared by the National Cancer Institute and
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates radiation doses
from testing at the Nevada Test Site as well as from testing outside of
the continental United States. The latter category includes U.S. tests
in the Marshall Islands and Johnston Atoll in the Pacific region, Soviet
tests in Semipalatinsk (now in Kazakhstan) and Novaya Zemlya (Russia),
and British tests on Christmas Island.
"This report and other official data show that hot spots occurred
thousands of miles away from the test sites," said Dr. Arjun Makhijani,
president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. "Hot
spots due to testing in Nevada occurred as far away as New York and
Maine. Hot spots from U.S. Pacific area testing and also Soviet testing
were scattered across the United States from California, Oregon,
Washington, and in the West to New Hampshire, Vermont and North Carolina
in the East."
"Despite that fact that its own studies have long shown extensive harm
to people, including children, the U.S. government has had no effective
public health response," said Lisa Ledwidge, a biologist and IEER's
Outreach Director for the United States. "We applaud the fact that the
United States government has been honest enough to say that it has
harmed its own people, though it did so only under prolonged pressure
from the people and some of its elected representatives. It is the only
nuclear-weapon state to have done so. But it is not enough to estimate
numbers or say you're sorry. The harm is still occurring. The
government needs to inform people fully."
In the 1950s the government informed photographic film producers of
expected fallout patterns so they could protect their film supply, but
did nothing to inform milk producers so that they could protect a vital
component of the food supply. "It is late in the day," said Ms.
Ledwidge. "The government should not only urgently formulate a health
and compensation response strategy, with public involvement, it should
implement it without any further delay."
The study was mandated by Congress through legislation passed in 1998,
after a 1997 National Cancer Institute report that dealt with only one
radionuclide, iodine-131, and doses to the thyroid alone showed
extensive exposures across the United States. Hot spots were scattered
across the continent. The most affected counties were as far away as
Idaho and Montana.
"The 1997 report indicates that some farm children, those who drank
goat's milk in the 1950s in high fallout areas were as severely exposed
as the worst exposed children after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power
plant accident. Such exposure creates a high probability of a variety
of illnesses," said Dr. Makhijani. "Yet the government did nothing to
inform the people in these affected areas."
Kenneth Strickler, who was born in 1954 in Challis, Idaho, a high
fallout area, and who grew up there, learned in 1998 that he had thyroid
cancer after his physician ran some tests. "The government should make
the public aware of the symptoms of the types of cancer that might be
caused from downwind syndrome," he said. "They should publish an ad in
the newspapers so that people can look for more information at their web
He suspected that a malfunctioning thyroid might be responsible for his
strange metabolic symptoms as a result of information about thyroid
radiation doses from fallout given to him by his sister, Nikki Doll.
Ms. Doll attended a talk given in 1998 in Challis by Dr. Makhijani as
part of a tour organized by the Snake River Alliance.
"It is very frightening to know that radioactive tests were conducted by
the United States and other countries with the knowledge that some harm
might come to those who lived in the path of fallout," said Ms. Doll.
"If the public is made aware of the possible dangers that hide in their
environment, they can be alert to the symptoms and seek early diagnosis
and treatment of a disease if it strikes. The U.S. government needs to
be responsible for its actions and to inform us about what they did and
how it is affecting our lives and how it will continue to affect the
lives of those we love."
"Now is the time for people from nuclear weapons states to call for
truth from their governments. Right here in Idaho we know the news is
grim. There are hot spots all over the inter-mountain West," said
Margaret Macdonald Stewart, Development Director of the Snake River
Alliance. "Now the job - the U.S. government's job -is to take the news
to small towns all over this region and help unsuspecting people whose
health has been damaged by nuclear weapons."
"The United States has a compensation program for Nevada Test Site
neighbors who are geographical downwinders. But this is clearly not
enough," explained Ms. Ledwidge. "There are hot spots thousands of
miles from tests sites and the new definition of 'downwinder' should
include all of them."
"The new fallout maps and radiation dose estimates show that nuclear
weapons states not only harmed their own people but also people in other
countries," said Dr. Makhijani. "U.S., Soviet, and other testing
likely created hot spots in Canada and Scandinavia, for instance. There
may have been hot spots in many other countries all over the world. It
is high time for the United Nations to create a Global Truth Commission
that would examine in detail comparable to the U.S government studies
the harm that has been inflicted upon the people of the world by nuclear
weapons production and testing. Nuclear weapons states owe an honest
accounting, treatment, and compensation to the victims of the nuclear
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