Hello all, this is my first post, I have been lurking in the shadows for a few months, I finally had to step out.
This Fukushima situation is very interesting to me and I have spent countless hours researching the disaster as well as radiation myself, however I
do not claim to be well versed in any of it. I'm just seeking the truth, which seems to be very elusive regarding this subject (amongst many others).
I just wanted to comment on an argument I see over and over again comparing (naturally occurring) radiation in bananas, X-rays and plane flights to
the radiation from Fukushima, or our "background" radiation.
The radiation from Fukushima and other man-made sources (bombs, Chernobyl, unknown releases) can not be compared to bananas or x-rays or plane
flights. Our systems are designed to handle, for example, the potassium in bananas (radiation) and we excrete what we consume in a process known as
homeostasis. This natural radiation is not harmful to the human body as it has adapted over time to naturally occurring radiation.
A plane flight or x-ray is exposing you to external emitters, which is much different from internal emitters. For example, Fukushima released tiny
particles of radiation into the air which many of us (if not all) have breathed into our lungs. Once inside the body, it is now an internal emitter,
which makes it much more harmful. To add to this, our bodies are not as equipped to handle such isotopes as cesium 137, and strontium 90. Cesium tends
to deposit in muscle once in the system, and closely mimics potassium. From my understanding, it is excreted from the body within about 70 days (the
problem being we are constantly being exposed). Strontium 90, in my unprofesional, humble opinion, is one that could become a problem because it
deposits in the bones, and I'm not sure that you are able to get rid of it. These isotopes' effects on the body can not be compared to potassium or
electromagnetic radiation from an x-ray. These isotopes DO cause damage to cells inside our bodies, potassium does not, the two can not be compared.
They say, "radiation is radiation," this is simply not true.
Again, I am no professional, I just want to know the truth! I do not subscribe to the "fear-mongering" (however I did for a while before I could
make sense of it all) however, I don't think it's harmless either. I worry about the ocean and the ecosystem. Obviously, nobody really knows the truth
as nothing like this has ever happened. I think there is a lot of downplaying the scenario as well as blowing it up in the other direction. I just
wish there was more testing (private) of our waters, and fish. I live in San Diego, not more than a mile from the ocean. I grew up surfing since I was
5 years old, every day whenever possible. Surfing was very dear to me. I have not set foot in the Pacific for almost a year now. In all honesty, I
think the water quality, as far as radiation is concerned, in my area is probably extremely low, however I am still fearful of exposing myself
unnecesarily to radiation. If I didn't have kids I would say screw it, but I would like to stick around as long as possible for them. It is the
children I feel sorry for.
Much respect to all here, just wanted to add my two cents as I am tired of seeing this radiation compared to bananas and plane flights. Even
scientists are doing it, but the comparison is flawed.
Not an ideal source of info but nevertheless.....
edit on 18-9-2013 by seekreality because: Link not working, sorry computers not my strong point.