At the Very Least, Your Days of Eating Pacific Ocean Fish Are Over

At the Very Least, Your Days of Eating Pacific Ocean Fish Are Over

 

Radiation

Opinion by Gary Stamper

The heart-breaking news from Fukushima just keeps getting worse…a LOT worse…it is, quite simply, an out-of-control flow of death and destruction. TEPCO is finally admitting that radiation has been leaking to the Pacific Ocean all along. and it’s NOT over….

I find myself moving between the emotions of sorrow and anger.

It now appears that anywhere from 300 to possibly over 450 tons of contaminated water that contains radioactive iodone, cesium, and strontium-89 and 90, is flooding into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Daichi site everyday. To give you an idea of how bad that actually is, Japanese experts estimate Fukushima’s fallout at 20-30 times as high as as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings in 1945

There’s a lot you’re not being told. Oh, the information is out there, but you have to dig pretty deep to find it, and you won’t find it on the corporate-owned evening news.

  • An MSNBC article in April of 2012 reported that seals and polar bears were found to have “external maladies” that consisted of fur loss and open sores, obvious signs of radiation burns from the Fukushima meltdown, despite the conclusions of the article.
  • Fukushima radiation appears to be causing an epidemic of dead and starving Sea Lions in California and the FDA has refused to test for radiation
  • Since the summer of 2011, U.S. scientists have observed several dozen living and dead Pacific Ocean marine mammals with a strangely similar condition of skin sores and hair loss. These animals may be suffering from ‘beta burns,’ which are caused by significant external exposure to ‘beta emitters’ such as radiostrontiums, which were released in copious quantities to the Pacific Ocean at Fukushima Daiichi in 2011
  • .Almost a third more US West Coast newborns may face thyroid problems after Fukushima nuclear disaster
  • Contaminated water from Fukushima reactors could double radioactivity levels of US coastal waters in 5 years — “We were surprised at how quickly the tracer spread”

Radiation

IS THE PACIFIC OCEAN FOOD CHAIN DOOMED? – May 2013 – Incredibly worrisome levels of cesium, including short-lived radioactive cesium-134, have been found near Hawaii in the LOWEST part of the marine food chain: plankton. Levels up the food chain, i.e. fish, whales, seals, due to bioaccumulation, MUST be magnitudes higher in contamination now or soon – stop eating Pacific wild seafood now – Researchers find high cesium in some Pacific plankton

SEAFOOD LOVERS ACROSS THE WORLD – The ‘levels’ of radiation in the seafood you are eating now and in the future certainly contain Fukushima radiation but will be considered ‘safe’ by government scientists. Let’s boil it down quickly: Scientists say the only safe level of radiation is zero. YET, governments set ‘limits’ for radiation in food well above zero. These limits actually increase every decade or so. If you love nuclear power and nuclear weapons complexes, then you should accept these limits as well as the fact that a fraction of our cancer epidemic is blamed on nuclear emissions. If you don’t want people (or yourself) to die of cancer to preserve nuclear power and nuclear weapons, then you should heed the scientific consensus conclusion that the safe level of radiation is zero becquerels of anything. Unless you are a nuclear nut, please protect your own health and regulate your genetic stability for the sake of your children, grandchildren, etc…by NOT EATING SEAFOOD OR CONSUMING ANYTHING MADE IN THE SEA. Learn more about food safety.

KEYPOINTS ABOUT FISH CONTAMINATION

  • Bluefin tuna will grow in radioactivity over years with each migration back to West Pacific; older caught fish will be hotter
  • Media is neglecting March (2012) lab study find that North Pacific albacore ‘tuna fish’ has same Fukushima cesium contaminant
  • All Pacific migratory fish are probably Fukushima contaminated – why isn’t this all over Twitter?
  • Alaska Halibut also found with same Fuku-cesium contaminant – but did not migrate to Japan’s waters. How did cesium-134 get into Alaska halibut?
  • Bluefin tuna in 2012 study aren’t all equally radioactive; sample #8 contained 50% higher cesium concentrations than the average of the 15 samples
  • Bluefin scientists did a most non-stellar job. They cherrypicked isotopes for dose comparison.
  • FDA is telling media and consumers it is ‘testing fish.’ It is testing imports and not testing U.S.-caught wild seafood (billions of pounds caught annually in U.S.) More
  • Cesium-134 is marker for strontium-90 – causes bone cancer and immune-disorders; babies are ‘sponges’ for calcium and strontium
  • Levels in bluefin tuna are similar to record food concentrations in 1960s
  • ECRR (Busby) predicts ’61,600,000 deaths from cancer’ (and 3.5 million baby deaths) ‘from the nuclear project since 1945,’ mostly the 1960s.
  • Bulk of 1960s exposure was internal, largely from ingested FOOD made radioactive from hydrogen bomb test fallout.
  • FDA saying levels are safe is a lie. FDA says its intervention levels will kill people. Downplays risk as ‘small’ compared to our ~40-50% cancer rate. But much of that rate is prolonged fallout effects from 1960s.
  • Baseline levels of manmade-radionuclides in Pacific seafood pre-Fukushima caused some genetic defects and cancers in world population
  • FDA uses faulty dose calculations that lowball rate of cancer carnage by several magnitudes. Genetic harm from cesium’s gamma rays ignored in dose models
  • Alvarez asks would a 1950′s NPR ‘trivialize’ ‘impacts of open-air hydrogen bomb testing?’ You bet. Our government and media is herding us into rail-cars destined for another radioactive holocaust.

Hawaii Is Hot

Hawaii is Hot with Radiation

 

Chemo Checklist – Things To Bring With You During Chemo by the Lymphoma Club

trust your struggleChemo Checklist – Things To Bring With You During Chemo by the Lymphoma Club

July 9, 2011 at 9:56am

This checklist and tips was created to help those undergoing chemo with ideas and suggestions on things to bring during chemo day including tips on how to prepare for chemo day.

 

Suggested items to bring with you during chemo (Put small items in a tote bag or back-pack and other items leave in car ):

 

1.     An advocate, family or friend to hold your hand and be there for you

2.     Portable notebook/laptop to help pass the time

3.     iPad/iPod or Kindle

4.     Portable DVD player – favorite movies

5.     Favorite music

6.     Books/Magazines – pen/pencils

7.     A small notebook to take notes

8.     A list of all your current medications

9.     Extra cotton t-shirt or change of shirt – preferably v-neck for women (for port access)

10.   Sweater/layers and sweats (be comfortable)

11.   Bottled water (very important to stay well hydrated)

12.   Sugarless candy (good to suck on before the heparin or chemo)

13.   An insulated lunch bag with snacks – important to eat a light meal  before chemo

14.   Travel size pillow (for comfort)

15.   Travel size blanket (cancer center may be cold)

16.   Soft toothbrush and travel size toothpaste

17.   Alcohol free mouth wash like Biotene (check with doctor or nurse)

18.   Alcohol-free sanitizers or towelettes

19.   Kleenix/tissue

20.   Paper Towels

21.   Chapstick

22.   Lotion

23.   Popsicles or ice cubes (to prevent mouth sores)

24.   A plastic bag for laundry or in case of nausea

25.   Small bucket to keep in car (in case of nausea emergency)

26.   A cooler for food and snacks, include extra for caregiver

27.   Small first aid kit

28.   A cooler to keep in car with cold water (optional)

29.   Pictures of favorite destinations, family and friends to keep you focused and motivated

30.   Anything inspirational to you

31.   Your doctor’s phone number or possibly nurse (obtain after-hours phone number too)

 

Chemo Tips and Suggestions

 

1.    Stay well hydrated

2.    Rest when tired

3.    Track and report side effects to doctor

4.    Reduce stress (as much as possible)

5.    Dress comfortable (loose, comfortable clothing)

6.    Stock up on items you need

7.    Eat a light, fiber meal before treatment

8.    Ask questions about the drug and what it’s for

9.    Have a supportive person nearby

10.  Allow for fatigue and recovery

11.  Keep a list of all medications and be sure doctor has a copy

12.  Have somebody check up on you after treatment. Know the warning signs of adverse chemical reactions.

13.  Buy a digital thermomater

14.  Never take supplements, vitamins, herbs or related WITHOUT checking with your oncologist/doctor, as it may interfere with treatment.

 

Other Suggestions:

Visit the dentist before you start chemo to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy

 

By the Lymphoma Club at FB

 

Busted: 91 Doctors, Nurses, Medical Professionals Charged In $430M Medicare Fraud

Busted: 91 Doctors, Nurses, Medical Professionals Charged In $430M Medicare Fraud

Added by Maria Lloyd on October 5, 2012.Tags:

 

Ninety-one Doctors, Nurses, and Medical Professionals Are Charged By The Justice Department For A $430 Million-Dollar Medicare Scam- The Largest Ever

Dr. Robert Kolbusz of Chicago (left) and Dr. Joseph Megwa of Dallas (right), were among those facing serious charges for medicare fraud

The U.S. Justice Department and the Department of Health and Human Services discovered alleged false billing schemes involving $230 million in home health services, over $100 million in mental services, and $49 million from ambulance transportation. Ninety-one people, including: doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, have been charged with committing over $430 million in Medicare fraud in seven U.S. cities. The scheme is the largest of its kind, according to Attorney General Eric Holder. The announcement marks the latest case in a concerted crackdown against Medicare fraud by an inter-agency Medicare fraud strike force.

The charges the suspects face range from healthcare fraud and conspiracy to wire fraud, kickback violations, identity theft and money laundering. In a news conference, Holder said that the case reveals an alarming trend of criminal attempts to steal billions of taxpayer dollars for personal profit.  ”Today’s enforcement actions reveal an alarming and unacceptable trend of individuals attempting to exploit federal health care programs to steal billions in taxpayer dollars for personal gain,” Holder said. Assistant Attorney Lanny A. Breuer agreed, adding: “Today’s coordinated actions represent one of the largest Medicare fraud takedowns in Department of Justice history.” Breuer continued : “We have made it one of the Department’s missions to hold accountable those who abuse the Medicare program for personal profit.”

Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations targeted health care workers in seven cities – Brooklyn, Baton Rouge, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Miami. According to Holder, Dr. Joseph Megwa, was writing 33,000 prescriptions for some 2,000 patients between 2006 and 2011. Dr. Megwa, who practices in Dallas, allegedly signed off these documents without reviewing them, causing $103.3million in false billings. According to the Dallas Morning News, the 58-year-old’s alleged defrauding was the costliest. The doctor, who works at Raphem Medical Practice in Arlington, was indicted on conspiracy and health-fraud. The Justice Department alleges that Megwa helped patients in their homes as he travelled abroad. Two nurses, Ferguson Ikhile, and Ebolose Eghobor, were indicted along with the doctor. The three remain in federal custody.

Similarly, dermatologist Dr. Robert Kolbusz of Chicago, was charged with falsely diagnosing his patients and billing Medicare for treatments that were not given, according to the Chicago Tribune reported. Seven individuals in Houston were charged for giving kickbacks of cigarettes, coupons, and food to Medicare recipients who would in turn just watch TV or play games instead of receiving the services that were billed to Medicare. The fraud allegedly led to $158 million in fraudulent billing.

In Miami, 33 suspects were arrested and charged with fraud of more than $200 million, according to NBC Miami.  Breuer said that owners and operators at one Miami psychiatric hospital gave cash kickbacks to owners of assisted living facilities in order to obtain more patients. They then billed the social insurance plan more than $67million, often for services that were never offered, or patients they never actually had. Breuer added that these 33 medical professionals then billed Medicare for the cash they used as kickbacks for their false patients. Little else is known about those charged in the city.

Holder condemned the fraud as one that “siphons precious taxpayer resources, drives up heath care costs, and jeopardizes the strength of the Medicare program.” He added: “They also victimize the most vulnerable members of society, including elderly, disabled, and impoverished Americans.” The strike force was created under the healthcare reform law as a means of curbing waste, fraud and abuse within the $590 billion Medicare program that provides healthcare benefits to approximately 50 million elderly and disabled beneficiaries.

In February of 2011, 111 medical practitioners were charged in a $225million Medicare fraud, which was the largest of its kind at that time.