Radioactive dust from the Fukushima disaster has harmed the health of babies thousands of miles away in California. The report raises question about safety in Japan itself.
Ecologist reported Tuesday that new studies show a “significant increase in hypothyroidism among babies in California, 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean.”
Scientists earlier said the low doses that reached California could do no harm.
The research is in a article that will be published next week in the peer-reviewed journal Open Journal of Pediatrics.
Research on this problem is facilitated by a law that requires that all babies born in California be tested at birth for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone levels.
The new research was done by Joe Mangano and Janette Sherman of the Radiation and Public Health Project in New York, and Christopher Busby, guest researcher at Jacobs University, Bremen. They used data from babies born after Fukishima.
Ecology reports that “contrary to many reports, the explosion of the reactors and spent fuel pools at Fukushima produced levels of radioactive contamination which were comparable with the Chernobyl releases in 1986.”
This information is likely to put more pressure on Japan to get the damaged fuel rods out of the Fukishima plants before another major earthquake or tsunami decimates the island. Some experts fear the U.S. West Coast could be further harmed.
Previous studies have found unborn babies sensitive to internal fission products.
Given the seriousness of the problem any proposed aid should be examined. Cannabis Culture reports some marijuana could be used to treat the negative effects of exposure to nuclear radiation.