Fukushima disaster and health

TEPCO, cartoon

By Melanie:

“The Medical Implications of Fukushima” — Helen Caldicott

July 10, 2013

This presentation was made at the one day symposium on “The Medical Implications of Fukushima” held at the International House of Japan in Roppongi, Tokyo, on Sunday, July 7, 2013. The presentation was sponsored by the Japan office of the Helen Caldicott Foundation.

Below is the entire presentation, which provides critical information for understanding the current status of the nuclear reactors in Fukushima, the health effects of different types of radiation and the radioactive elements released from the Fukushima reactors. It truly seeks to unravel this ongoing, complicated situation and present scientific facts about radiation into layman’s terms. In the next post, I will include Caldicott’s policy recommendations that followed the presentation.


by Helen Caldicott, M.D.

Introduction to Helen Caldicott

Helen Caldicott is a pediatrician who has practiced medicine for 53 years. The early part of her training at Harvard Medical School was in the treatment of a genetic disease, cystic fibrosis. She was later appointed to the faculty of Harvard Medical School as an instructor in pediatrics.

In 1980, however, Helen became so concerned about the threat and the medical consequences of nuclear war at the start of the Reagan era that she transferred her clinical practice at Harvard to the practice of global preventive medicine and founded Physicians for Social Responsibility to teach people about the medical consequences of both nuclear power and nuclear war. She recruited some 23,000 physicians in the US and many other countries around the world including Japan, and in 1985 they were accorded the Nobel Peace Prize under the umbrella of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

She had also written seven books on these subjects – see Helencaldicott.com for details.

Masao Yoshida, the Fukushima nuclear chief who led efforts to stabilise the crippled plant after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, has died at the age of 58. Mr Yoshida died on Tuesday in a Tokyo hospital, a spokesman for plant operator Tepco said: here.

Japan may restart several reactors shut down by the Fukushima nuclear crisis in about a year, a senior regulator claimed today. But as he spoke the situation took a turn for the worse at the Fukushima Dai’ichi nuclear plant north of Tokyo, as radiation levels in groundwater soared: here.

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