One of the 'new world' problems that we have to face ( for the world on the long term, the northern hemisphere in the near future, and Japan right now
) due to the gross criminal polluting that has and is ( (and will, for the foreseeable future, (be)) coming out of corporate/military/government STINK
that is Fukushima is the very disturbing rise of pathogens in the environment as a result.
No matter what we cannot undo the fact that TONS upon TONS of radioactive particles ( a good deal of them nanoparticles at or below ten microns ) have
been widely spread and released into the atmosphere, water and soil . the high altitude seekers will be raining down on us all over the planet for
decades to come.
These particles themselves are the source of ionizing radiation which means that we have two issues from every particle:
1) actual absorption into the body ( particle ingestion or bio-accumulation ) and it's extant internal ionizing radiation releases
2) Encounters with 'free' atmosphere ionizing radiation from ever increasing radioactive particles in the environment.
This leads to a simple but inescapable conclusion: plants and animals will be exposed to ever increasing doses of ionizing radiation by concentration
( bio-accumulation ) whereas pathogens ( which are environmentally ubiquitous ) will definitely be exposed to higher average levels of radiation but
the environmental radiation will constantly be being diluted (meaning, environmental pathogens will receive more radiation than the old baseline but
far far less than plants or animals) .
This on the surface may not seem like a bad thing, but to quote T.D. Luckey from a paper he wrote on
"fall-out"( his term not mine)
Ionizing radiation is Hometic. The concept of hormesis, which is not generally understood by news media and governments, is that small doses
are beneficial, while large doses are harmful. This effect is known to occur for about 40 essential nutrients, all drugs, and most other agents.
Both chronic and acute exposures to ionizing radiation exhibit hormesis. Consideration of the full spectrum, beneficial as well as harmful, of the
biological effects of ionizing radiation is vital to understanding the importance of nuclear fallout
His observation only applies as global to external exposure ( for internal exposure the picture is not so cut and dried) from ionizing radiation and
fails to account for the alpha beta or gammaness flavor involved , but in general in the environment he is correct.
He produces a little chart in his two page paper showing a graph defining when radiation levels stop being beneficial.
His assertions, and extrapolation get a little disingenuous when he fails to address bio-accumulation and becomes downright dishonest or ( am going to
use the word... ) naive ( instead of 'incredibly' and ' stupid 'just to take a short break from being cranky) when he tries to compare Fukushima's
"fallout" to Hiroshima or Nagasakis' fallout
But before I get into that let's look at the first part of his assertion as 'true'( that low doses are beneficial and high doses are not ) and see if
we can find something that does benefit from low constant doses of radiation ( but does not like high doses )
a ubiquitous protozoa that is found world wide , commonly in drinking
water supplies and is a host-opportunistic parasite that causes Cryptosporidiosis
ion the same Phylum as Plasmodium the parasite that causes malaria.
But unlike malaria, Cryptosporidium can complete it's life cycle in a single host. (leaving "spores" (oocytes) in the hosts feces to be spread johnny
Cryptosporidium seems to really benefit from lose dose ionizing radiation environments...
BECAUSE IT IS HIGHLY resistant to ionizing radiation, even Gamma radiation, and it's spores ( oocytes ) especially so.
From this study, morphological evidence of radioresistance of C.(cryptosporidium) parvum has
So in an environment of low ionizing radiation Cryptosporiadium will benefit from slightly reduced competition ( the things that are killed by low
dose radiation )for resources, but in a medium or high radiation environment it will really flourish as most other competitors would long ago have
Now add it to a radiation compromised immune system and you have problems. Did we see this at Hiroshima or Nagasaki, not that we know of did we see it
at Chernobyl? ...well yes in fact:
Results of the study were as follows: 1) of 432 healthy children surveyed for Cryptosporidium oocysts
352 were from affected regions: the prevalence in Bryansk region was 8% vs. 2.8% in control, in Gomel and Mogilev 4.1% vs. 2.8%.
The aim of this study was to determine an influence of ionized radiation on the prevalence of Cryptosporidium and Pneumocystis carinii (P. c.)
infections in children inhabitants of settlements affected by radionuclides after Chernobyl accident
SO in a ionizing radiation environment Cryptosporidium was between 150% and 300% more successful than the control group
Unfortunately the environment we are talking about here is the human body and the transmission vectors are a combination of water feces and suppressed
immune systems ( which happens to humans from radiation exposure)
luckily in this particular case UV light is particularly damaging to Cryptosporidium, ( which does not help irradiated group water down in the dark
This leads to some preventative measures, Especially for citizens of Tokyo....Sewage treatment plants should use UV sanitation on any water that could
be used for bathing or swimming .
Any and all municipal water 'purification' plants should use UV sanitation ( many Cryptosporidium strains are chlorine resistant, or immune ), and if
you live in Tokyo o0r anywhere within a couple of hundred miles of Fukushima I would recommend using both R.O. ( reverse osmosis ) and UV filtration
for drinking and cooking water
on edit : boiling water will kill off these radiation resistant buggers too
edit on 28-9-2013 by Silverlok because: (no reason given)