These videos were created by a respected anti-nuke activist calling himself Strontium Milks. He notes that the catastrophic flooding created by Hurricane Florence last week, where water currently continues to rise a week later, has likely overcome the nuclear reactors at Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant causing releases of nuclear fuel into the environment. Brunswick NPP declared a state of emergency last Saturday as flood waters rose, stranding plant workers on the property and preventing outsiders from accessing it. Of course, no releases were admitted to and none probably ever will be, so it is up to us to make sense of what happened there and to decide for ourselves whether we have experienced yet another nuclear disaster and what to do about it, if anything, including how and whether to hold anyone accountable for lying to us. Relevant to the discussion of how high the waters rose, where the water was coming from, and what kinds of releases occurred, we have been told that multiple dam failures in the area caused flooding of coal and natural gas power plants releasing massive toxic coal ash contamination into the Cape Fear River which will severely and permanently contaminate coastal communities and waterways and will soon make its way to the ocean.
That’s what we know about other power plants in the area and that is certainly bad enough. But what else was likely released into the flood waters ahead of, during and following Hurricane Florence and how would we ever know? Well, one piece of evidence would be symptoms of disease in the human and animal residents of the area and we do in fact have evidence of an outbreak of gastrointestinal symptoms in evacuees:
Officials say that norovirus outbreaks are caused by a group of related viruses that account for more than 90 percent of gastrointestinal illness outbreaks in the country. Noroviruses can be found in stool and vomit and are very contagious.
Symptoms of norovirus illness usually begin about 24 to 48 hours after close exposure and can appear as early as 12 hours after exposure and include:
Low-grade fever or none at all
Norovirus, you say? Of course, those storm victims immediately suspected of having contracted norovirus are the ones being formally surveilled by the state and are living in storm shelters, but how many others are suffering, what are they doing about it (or more likely, what are they not doing about it considering everything else they have to deal with in the midst of an ongoing disaster) and how would we ever know? The reported outbreak at this shelter is interesting, to say the least, considering that the symptoms of norovirus are virtually the same as symptoms of acute radiation sickness which are as follows:
Radiation sickness is damage to your body caused by a large dose of radiation often received over a short period of time (acute). The amount of radiation absorbed by the body — the absorbed dose — determines how sick you’ll be.
Although radiation sickness is serious and often fatal, it’s rare. Since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, during World War II, most cases of radiation sickness have occurred after nuclear industrial accidents, [bold mine — CRE] such as the 1986 fire that damaged the nuclear power plant at Chernobyl, Ukraine [and the one at Three Mile Island in the United States, and Fukushima Daiichi in Japan as well as others that were downplayed or completely buried — CRE]
The severity of signs and symptoms of radiation sickness depends on how much radiation you’ve absorbed. How much you absorb depends on the strength of the radiated energy, the time of your exposures, and the distance between you and the source of radiation.
Signs and symptoms are also affected by the type of exposure — such as total or partial body. The severity of radiation sickness also depends on how sensitive the affected tissue is. For instance, the gastrointestinal system [bold mine — CRE] and bone marrow are highly sensitive to radiation.
Initial signs and symptoms
The initial signs and symptoms of treatable radiation sickness are usually nausea and vomiting. [bold mine — CRE] The amount of time between exposure and when these symptoms develop is a clue to how much radiation a person has absorbed.
After the first round of signs and symptoms, a person with radiation sickness may have a brief period with no apparent illness, followed by the onset of new, more-serious symptoms.
If you’ve had a mild exposure, it may take hours to weeks before any signs and symptoms begin. But with severe exposure, signs and symptoms can begin minutes to days after exposure. [bold mine — CRE]
Possible symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dizziness and disorientation
- Weakness and fatigue
- Hair loss
- Bloody vomit and stools from internal bleeding
- Low blood pressure
When to see a doctor
An accident or attack that causes radiation sickness would no doubt cause a lot of attention and public concern. LOL. [bold & LOL mine — CRE] If such an event occurs, monitor radio, television or online reports to learn about emergency instructions for your area.
If you know you’ve been overexposed to radiation, seek emergency medical care.
Radiation is the energy released from atoms as either a wave or a tiny particle of matter. Radiation sickness is caused by exposure to a high dose of radiation, such as a high dose of radiation received during an industrial accident. [bold mine — CRE]
Sources of high-dose radiation
Possible sources of high-dose radiation include the following:
- An accident at a nuclear industrial facility [bold mine — CRE]
- An attack on a nuclear industrial facility
- Detonation of a small radioactive device
- Detonation of a conventional explosive device that disperses radioactive material (dirty bomb)
- Detonation of a standard nuclear weapon
Radiation sickness occurs when high-energy radiation damages or destroys certain cells in your body. Regions of the body most vulnerable to high-energy radiation are cells in the lining of your intestinal tract, including your stomach, [bold mine — CRE] and the blood cell-producing cells of bone marrow.
Having radiation sickness can contribute to both short-term and long-term mental health problems, such as grief, fear and anxiety about:
Experiencing a radioactive accident or attack
Mourning friends or family who haven’t survived
Dealing with the uncertainty of a mysterious and potentially fatal illness
Worrying about the eventual risk of cancer due to radiation exposure
Of course, radiation injury can also become chronic such as with radiation enteritis, otherwise known as inflammation of the intestine, which is frequently caused by focused radiation “treatment” for abdominal and pelvic cancers. And as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis patients know too well, intestinal inflammation and its attendant gastrointestinal symptoms can have “unknown” causes too. Unknown to us but perhaps not unknown to everyone.
Now, that last little bit about “complications” of radiation sickness is interesting, and is something I’ve wanted to discuss for awhile but I couldn’t figure out how to do it: to ask and try to answer the question, “If we did have a major nuclear release that was likely to cause widespread acute and chronic illness, genetic including generational defects, catastrophic related expense, and the like, why would the experts including well known anti-nuclear activists lie to us about it?” While most thinking people would expect the industry and its lobby to lie to us about the damage nuclear causes, how sick it makes us, and the literal impossibility of storing man-made nuclear products safely or of ever cleaning it up when our “containment” of it inevitably fails, we also see well-known and well-respected anti-nuke activists like Arnie Gunderson, Christopher Busby, Helen Caldicott and others severely downplaying the disaster at Fukushima and we have to ask ourselves why that is.
Relevant to this discussion of alleged norovirus outbreaks potentially covering up for outbreaks of radiation sickness, it is also worth noting that Pacific ocean cruises have been struck repeatedly by outbreaks of alleged norovirus in recent years, when both ocean currents and atmospheric jet streams are known to be carrying a continuous radioactive plume due east from Fukushima away from Japan, over the northern Pacific Ocean and towards the west coast of the United States and Canada. Whose interests (if anyone’s) would it serve to be honest about — or even to interrogate — the origins of these mysterious gastrointestinal ailments acquired during Pacific (or any ocean by now) ocean cruises and whose interests would be served by lying about it?
Of course, thinking people will realize that the airborne plume did not stop when it hit the American and Canadian coastline. It went across the entire North American continent and then all the way around the world and as it is a continuous plume that has not been stopped at its source, because it cannot be stopped, fresh contamination is still being released and the plume is still traveling around the world and probably always will be. Official US Government models of the radioactive plume from Fukushima (below) taken from here.
And I think the answer, well one answer, to the question “Why lie?” is that if these “activists” — some of which are medical doctors — have decided or been told that public health is their primary concern, rather than accurately reporting and interpreting nuclear events including the events at Fukushima, then downplaying a catastrophic nuclear release that none of us can do anything about, and where worrying would not help (because nothing can) and where stress and worry cause severe negative health effects in themselves, might seem like the “right” thing to do. They are trying to control public panic, stress, worry, and the social, financial and other chaotic fallout that panic would cause above and beyond the uncontrollable, unmitigable effects of the radiation itself. That’s why even “good” people would lie to us about it, and why anyone “good” would ask them to, and why they would potentially get into a shitheap of trouble if they ever told us the truth about any nuclear release — among other reasons, the lie is for our own good.
Meanwhile, we see both incidence and prevalence of mysterious chronic illness and associated costs skyrocketing, including illnesses like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis (and others) whose gastrointestinal and other symptoms mirror radiation sickness more or less exactly, which are notoriously resistant to conventional treatment, both incurable and progressive, and which are known to “cause” or to be strongly associated with cancer. What if we are all suffering from radiation sickness and the reason we aren’t being told about this is because someone decided that knowing the origins of our disease would only make it worse?
Why are so many people, especially women, having gastrointestinal symptoms in recent years? Why are people having trouble digesting and absorbing food at all, considering that GI distress — and difficulty digesting and absorbing food — is not normal and is in fact incompatible with life? How are those magical yogurts working on your gastrointestinal symptoms ladies? Be honest.