2006.07.07

Truth About Chernobyl Radiation’s Effects

The statements made by the World Health Organization and the United Nations about the health effects of radiation exposure are becoming less and less believable.

The statements made by the World Health Organization and the United Nations about the health effects of radiation exposure are becoming less and less believable.

Although the Life Energies Web site focuses on the various issues involved regarding manmade electromagnetic radiation, there are similar issues involved regarding nuclear radiation. The stinky politics, involving biased “scientific experts”, or even “experts for hire”, are the same, and deserve scrutiny. Look for more blogs on this subject to follow.

Many, myself included, believe that the UN’s and the WHO’s position statements on various issues are directly influenced by whatever industry is involved. The Chernobyl accident was very bad PR for the nuclear power industry, and good PR is priceless to industry.

WHO’s expert, Dr.Repacholi, asserted that the worst effect of the Chernobyl incident was mental health problems brought on by too much worry. (According to him, people were not really suffering from conditions caused by the radiation, they just thought they were. And if the governments of various countries chose to grant death benefits to people who they imagined had died due to radiation poisoning, that was their silly prerogative.)

The UN 20-year followup released last September would have you believe that only 50 people died due to radiation exposure caused by the accident, most of them workers who cleaned up the site. (They worked with no protection against radiation, by the way, and without having been informed that there might be any risk involved. No point in alarming anybody by talking about risk, right? They might get worried and make themselves ill.)

These absurd assertions brought strong condemnation from physicians, environmental organizations, religious groups and even some political parties in the countries affected by the radiation. Now some genuine information is becoming available.

Below are some excerpts from an article, Chernobyl killed 1,000 British babies, in the March 23rd UK Life Style Extra. (Regarding the effects on British babies, keep in mind that Britain was far from the most-affected area. The research just happened to be done there. Also, radiation-damaged fetuses that were miscarried are not included in the research numbers.)

Excerpts:

In the days that followed the nuclear disaster…large clouds of radiation swept westwards across northern Europe, including Scandinavia, France and the UK…. the Met Office tracked several plumes of the radiation moving across Britain, and radioactive particles fell as ‘black rain’ when the plumes met the patchy rain clouds overhead that day…. a map showing highest mortality almost exactly matched a Met Office map of contaminated areas.

In contaminated areas… infant deaths increased by 11 per cent during the years 1986 to 1989, and in other areas rose by 4 per cent….at a time when infant mortality had been falling by an average four per cent a year.

…. the chance that the increases were due to random fluctuations was about 1 in 4,000. …Neo-natal deaths rose by 4 per cent in contaminated areas but fell by 5 per cent in unaffected areas.

… apart from the radiation there was no factor that applied only to the contaminated areas…. the malign influence was three times stronger in the radioactive areas.”

Earlier research has shown that an increase in northern England of thyroid cancer, associated with radioactive iodine, was probably due to Chernobyl fallout. But…no scientist has looked for a link to infant deaths before.

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