Sunday, June 19, 2011

There Is No Safe Level of Strontium 90

Scotland's Strontium 90 disaster: Cancer Time Bomb

Cold War Atomic Tests
HUNDREDS of thousands of Scots born in the mid-Sixties face a higher risk of developing cancer after being exposed to record levels of nuclear fallout from Cold War atomic tests.

Findings from a covert research project, obtained by Scotland on Sunday, reveal that contamination by the radioactive isotope Strontium 90 from nuclear tests peaked in babies born in 1964.

Exposure to Strontium 90, which is released in nuclear explosions and stored in the bones in the same way as calcium, can increase the risk of developing leukaemia and sarcoma.

Former pathologist Professor Gavin Arneil, who was involved in the study at Yorkhill, said: "All cow’s milk, and every tin of national dried milk contained Strontium 90. Every mother’s breast milk included Strontium 90.

"All vegetation and all animals were known to be contaminated."

He added: "Our aim was to measure the likely increase in Strontium 90 levels as hydrogen bombs continued to explode and levels approached concentrations at which real concern would be felt.

Fukushima June 16, 2011 - Strontium 90 Contamination Spreading In Japan: "Cesium-137 goes to soft tissue. Strontium-90 goes to the bones and teeth. Iodine-131 goes to the thyroid gland.” All have been released in large amounts in the Fukushima disaster since it began on March 11."

Strontium 90
Strontium-90 is a by-product of the fission of uranium and plutonium in nuclear reactors, and in nuclear weapons. Strontium-90 is found in waste from nuclear reactors. It can also contaminate reactor parts and fluids. The human body absorbs strontium as if it were calcium. The stable forms of strontium do not pose a significant health threat, but the radioactive strontium-90 can lead to various bone disorders and diseases, including bone cancer. See: Strontium (Sr)

Naturally occurring Strontium is non-radioactive and non-toxic. Called 'stable Strontium' this element - not to be confused with man-made radioactive Strontium - is considered to increase bone density and promote bone health. "The stable form slowly replaces the radioactive form in bone, and radioactive strontium is excreted in the urine." Natural Strontium

Perhaps the fact that natural or stable Strontium is present in human bones is a clue to the process of radioactive Strontium accumulation in the bone marrow as a result of environmental radioactive contamination.

Although (unfortunately) Japanese seaweed could potentially be contaminated with high levels of radioactive contamination researchers have suggested that, Sodium alginate extracted from the cell walls of brown algae - kombu, kelp, wakame, arame - reduces the amount of strontium-90 absorbed by bone tissue by 50 to 83 percent."

Perhaps people in Japan and Scotland can work together to find a 'solution' to these genocidal industries and therefore create something good out of ... the misfortune visited on ordinary people who are simply trying to live their lives on this planet.