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At the time of release, it is Thanksgiving Day in the US and I’d like to just say that I’m thankful that you have taken the time to stop by. I’m also thankful to those of you who have chosen to subscribe.
I feel a deep connection to the Thanksgiving season and that’s why it is especially significant to me that I have chosen this season to formally announce that I’m working on a book. It may take a some time to complete, as I work a demanding full-time job and time is a valuable commodity, but rest assured that it is in the works. I’ll keep you posted…
Please understand that I have no credentials stating that I am in any way a professional on the matter, but I can tell you that I have been researching the effects of radiation on health and the environment since the mid 80′s.
In this episode, we explain the law of selective uptake, then we’ll cover cesium-137, and I’ll mention a few foods that are rich in possum, as potassium may block the uptake of radioactive cesium. Then we’re going to connect the dots by taking a look at 3 puzzling maladies that are affecting the marine life in the Pacific, and we’ll also touch on the importance of the extracellular matrix.
Edit – Since I have recorded this show things have gotten even worse.
We are already seeing signs of mutations in the environment and in children that have been born in the years following Fukushima. By wisely applying the law of selective uptake, we have a shot at preserving the genetic integrity of future generations.
Today we are going to spotlight the radioactive isotope cesium-137. Cesium-137 is produced when uranium and plutonium absorb neutrons and undergo fission. This is part of the process that powers nuclear reactors and it is also part of nuclear weapons manufacturing. Uranium and plutonium fission create radioactive isotopes. Cesium-137 just happens to be one of them. Cesium-137 is also used in nuclear medicine for the treatment of cancer.
Initially, the majority of Cesium-137 in the environment came from above ground nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s and 1960s. Carried by the winds, the cesium-137 that was released at that time has contaminated most of the planet. If that was all the exposure we’ve had since then, then the initial exposure would have deteriorated down to about 25% of the original amount by now, but the sad fact remains that there has been a lot more environmental contamination since then. We haven’t even considered Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and now Fukushima. To top it off, we are going on three years of continuous fallout since the Fukushima triple meltdown occurred back in 2011. Now that the fuel rods from reactor four are being removed, there has been a rising trend of “hot” radioactive rain across the United States. Just recently, Death Valley had rainfall that was over 30% higher that normal.
You Cannot Taste or Smell Radioactive Cesium
Here is what concerns me most about radioactivity in the environment. It’s virtually undetectable, that is unless you have a high quality Geiger counter with special settings designed to test food. Since we rarely eat locally, we depend on a wide variety of resources from a lot of different locations. We don’t know if our food is contaminated unless we have it tested and in the case of cesium-137 and other radioactive isotopes you need special equipment designed to detect the presence of radiation. You cannot feel exposure to cesium-137. You cannot taste or smell it.
The half-life of cesium-137 is 30.17 years. After 30 years, half of the original amount of cesium-137 is left over. Now we’re at 50%. Then after another 30 years, half of that is left over. We are at 25% of the original amount now and after another 30 years it’s down to 12 ½% of the original amount and so on and so on. It never really quite disappears because it’s halved every 30 years.
Cesium-137 mimics potassium
In order to meet our demands for this critical electrolyte we must eat foods low on the food chain that are rich in potassium. Many of the foods I’m going to mention today are also rich in other minerals and vitamins.
Let’s take at look at lentils first. Lentils are a staple that I always have in my pantry. Personally, I prefer red lentils the most. Typically, you can find them at your local health food store in the bulk aisle or prepackaged on the shelf. Buy organic if you can and make sure it doesn’t come from any known contaminated regions.
Lentil beans are a powerhouse of potassium. One cup of dry lentil beans, soaked and boiled contain about 730 mg. of potassium. One cup of raw sprouted lentil beans contain a little over 1,800 mg. That’s almost 2000 mg. per cup. That’s a lot of potassium and remember, potassium blocks cesium-137.
Sprouting lentils is cheap and easy to do. It just takes few days. You can go to sproutpeople.org for all the information you need to start sprouting, granted they do want to sell you stuff, but they also provide a lot of information for sprouting newbies. They have recipes and a yahoo group dedicated just to sprouting. http://www.sproutpeople.com/seed/print/lentils.html.
I love sweet potatoes
I don’t know about you, but I love sweet potatoes. When I lived in China, during the cold winter months, street vendors would sell delicious baked sweet potatoes. Nothing tastes as delightful and nourishing as a fresh-baked sweet potato on a cold blustery day. However, if you don’t have time to slow roast them, that’s OK. I just toss them in a pot and boil them up at home. It takes about 20 minutes to cook and the pay off is worth it. One cup of boiled sweet potato contains about 440 mg. of potassium.
White Potatoes are Not the Bad Guy Anymore
While we are on the topic of potatoes, did you know that one large white potato contains 948 mg of potassium? Don’t listen to the potato nay-sayer crowd. Potatoes are a rich source of potassium. It’s all the other junk that people throw on them that makes spuds fattening. There are so many tasty things you can do with potatoes, it’s hard to just focus on one thing but by far, one of my favorite things to eat is an Indian dish called Aloo Gobi. http://www.food.com/recipe/aloo-gobi-84324
And let’s not forget swiss chard. One cup of boiled swiss chard contains about 961 mg. of potassium.
BTW ~ You can find out the mineral content of almost any food just by doing quick search at skipthepie.org.
Plant based Foods are a Sure Bet for Superior Nutritional Content
Plant based foods are the best way to get easy to absorb minerals. If you can eat it raw with the enzymes still in tact, that’s even better. However, the thing to always keep in the back of your mind, is to buy produce from uncontaminated regions. I always annoy my green grocer with the same question, “Where does this come from?”
Here’s What we Know at this Point in Time
We know that the entire west coast of North America is contaminated. Let’s take a look at what we already know is grown in that region.
We know that grapes are gown on the west cost. So, what does that eliminate? That eliminates all wine, raisins and products with concentrated white grape juice in it, Products such as grape seed extract, red wine extract and so on are included in that list. Basically, any grape related product from California. For me, the reality set in when I had to put that box of Sunmaid raisins back on the shelf.
We also know that a lot of citrus is grown in California. Here’s how I solved that problem, I just bought citrus grown in FL. It seems like a safe bet for now, as Florida typically isn’t part of the jet stream that flows across Japan and the northern hemisphere.
We also know that almonds are grown in California. I’ve already eliminated almonds from my diet. Which is kind of sad, because I like almonds. I won’t risk buying them again until I’m clear on where they are grown. I want to be able to identify if the location is from a contaminated region or not.
The Humble Extracellular Matrix
Let’s now turn our focus to the humble extracellular matrix. The extracellular matrix is not only the fluid inside the cytoplasm of the cell, but its a whole lot more. The cytoplasm is the liquid substance that makes up the bulk of the cell. It contains the structures that allow the cell to do its job.
In Alfred Pischinger’s book, Matrix and Matrix Regulation, he tells us that seawater is rich in electrolyte minerals such as sodium, potassium, and chloride. These electrolyte minerals provide the primary regulatory system of the single cell. He compares the extracellular matrix to seawater, in that it determines the genetic expression of the cells.
The extracellular matrix can be also be found in connective tissue and blood. Basically, the extra cellular matrix is essential to your health. It’s essential because it goes throughout the entire body and it communicates with other tissues and organs. I like to think of it as a second brain because it’s kind of everywhere.
Keeping our extracellular matrix loaded up with a full spectrum of ionic minerals, as well as essential minerals like potassium and calcium are critical in blocking radioactive isotopes such as cesium-137. Now bear in mind, not only will these important minerals block radiation, they may keep your DNA from being damaged, because that’s what radiation does. It causes genetic mutations. We’ll see evidence of this when there is a high rate of high infant mortality, genetic defects, and cancer. Sadly, this already appears to be the case on the west coast of North America with a 45% infant mortality in baby seals.
This is yet another reason why ionic minerals are essential to your health…because not only do they block your body from absorbing radioactive isotopes, but they are critical to maintaining cellular integrity via the extra cellular matrix and the connective tissue.
Connect the Dots
Here’s something that mainstream media isn’t covering, the Activist Post article
28 signs that the west coast is being absolutely fried with nuclear radiation from Fukushima.
Polar bears, seals and walruses along the Alaskan coastline are suffering from fur loss and open sores.
The US Geological Survey said in a statement that among 33 bears spotted near Barrow, Alaska, along the Arctic coastline. Turns out that those poor bears had “alopecia, or loss of fur, and other skin lesions.” It was also reported in the same US News article that “ice seals with similar symptoms have also been reported in adjacent regions of Canada and Russia and from the Bering Strait region.”
The article was dated April 8th, 2012 and at that time it was reported that “60 seals and several walruses were found dead. Many of the diseased seals and walruses were juveniles and had trouble breathing.” The authors go on and list a variety of possible causes, but they were quick to dismiss radioactive contamination from Fukushima as being a possibility.
After nearly 3 years of radiation being dumped in to the Pacific, it has most likely also caused an “unusual mortality event” or an epidemic of sea lions deaths along the California coastline at island rookeries off of the Southern California coast. Where 45 percent of the pups born in June have died. The article reports that it is significant because usually, less than one-third of the pups would die.”
Last August, Mark Hume of the The Globe and Mail reported that independent fisheries scientist Alexandra Morton is concerned about a disease she says is spreading through Pacific herring causing them to hemorrhage.
Morton believes that it could cause large-scale herring kills and infect wild salmon, which depend on herring as a food source.
The Plankton Connection
What do herring survive on? Like many fish, they depend on plankton as their main food source. Plankton are the foundation of all marine life. Herring feed at night in the upper water column, following massive vertical migrations of plankton that live in deep waters by day and surface waters by night. Herring filter-feed plankton. Morton reported that she had been seen herring with bleeding fins and that she had recently gone to a northern Vancouver Island and “found about 100 herring that were bleeding from their fins, bellies, chins, and eyeballs.” Morton suspects the disease is viral hemorrhagic septicemia.
However, it is my opinion, that just as it was in the case following the 1975 massive Milford radiation release in Connecticut which caused a spirochete to mutate into Lyme disease, this could also be the case with Canada’s herring. Or, could it be a direct result of radioactive contamination caused by almost years of contaminated water flowing into the Pacific on a daily basis?
Even though authorities are quick to dismiss radiation as being the cause of the tragic condition of marine life in the Pacific, experts have found very high levels of cesium-137 in plankton living in the waters of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the west coast of North America.
High Levels of Cesium-137 Detected
Plankton, the Foundation to Aquatic Life
Plankton are microscopic marine plants. Sometimes they are called micro algae. They contain chlorophyll and need sunlight because they use photosynthesis to get energy from the sun. Most phytoplankton float near the surface of the ocean so they can be near sunlight.
There are two kinds of phytoplankton. There are dinoflagellates and diatoms. Dinoflagellates have a tail or flagella that is shaped like a whip. They use it to propel themselves through the water.
The second type of phytoplankton are the diatom. Diatoms don’t have a tail to help them move through the water. Instead they are at the mercy of the ocean currents. They make up the vast majority of phytoplankton and they carry the burden of keeping the food chain alive.
Phytoplankton are at the bottom of the food chain. They provide food for an incredibly wide range of ocean life. Everything from whales to snails and baby fish rely on phytoplankton in order to survive.
In addition, they are responsible for nearly half of the world’s oxygen supply.
Killer Whales in Peril
On Oct. 24, 2013, the Vancouver Sun reported that there have been changes in the behavior of killer whales that live off the north-central coast of British Columbia and Alaska. (It is worth mentioning here that the entire length of the west coast, from Alaska to the Baja Peninsula, has been contaminated by Fukushima.) Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard, a marine mammal scientist from the Vancouver Aquarium said that the whales, “…weren’t vocalizing, and that was quite a striking change after years and years of being very familiar with how noisy they are and how easy to find acoustically.” His team also noticed an uncharacteristically high mortality rate among pod matriarchs. It turns out that there have been seven or eight deaths among older females in the pod over the past two years. That’s statistically significant, given that the team normally notices one or two deaths per year.
Additionally, on Oct. 24, 2013, Komo News reported that the same Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard announced the results of a study revealing that the number of male killer whales of reproductive age in Puget Sound was dwindling. So now we have the matriarchs dying off in disproportionately high numbers and the males of reproductive ages are dying off too.
Starfish, the Canary in the Cole Mine
However, this story is the most concerning of all, Seattle Aquarium biologists Jeff Christiansen reported that Sunfish Sea Star populations in Vancouver Harbour and Howe Sound are dying from some unknown pathogen. He said, “We’ve got some sea stars that look like they’re melting on the bottom.” Apparently, the same thing is happening in the waters near Canada too. Scientists are scratching their heads at this point. However, they suspect that it may be linked to a viral infection. It looks bad. They are estimating that 60% of the species in that area are dying off.
In an Oct. 31st story, Allison Gong, an associate research biologist at UC Santa Cruz’s Long Marine Laboratory, keeps live sea stars for her college biology classes. However, earlier this fall, she was shocked to find the starfish in her tank were eating each other. Then, they started to disintegrate. Her quote, “Healthy stars don’t get eaten by other stars, so seeing cannibalism always raises the ‘uh-oh’ flag..then, the stars began dropping arms and melting away.” In recent months, divers from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and California have reported hundreds of melting sea stars from at least 10 different species.
Sea Star Wasting Syndrome
Let’s not forget that Dr. Andrei Sakharov warned us that even at low levels, radiation could increase mutations of bacteria and viruses.
It appears to me that the Pacific northwest’s sunflower starfish, killer whales and herring deaths maybe evidence of radioactive contamination due to the ongoing Fukushima catastrophe. Has anyone bothered to sample the tissue and get it tested for radiation? I mean they are testing some of the fish coming out to the Pacific for radioactive contamination, why not the starfish, bears, killer whales and herrings too?
Please Don’t Eat Tuna
One test in California found that 15 out of 15 Bluefin tuna were contaminated with radiation from Fukushima. Bluefin tuna spawn in the waters surrounding Japan before migrating to California. Fish caught of the shore of California may have cesium-134 and cesium-137 in their tissues.
Bluefin Tuna Contaminated
The Radioactive Fish List
Back in 2012, the Vancouver Sun reported that cesium-137 was found in fish being sold to Canada. They discovered that the majority of the fish were contaminated. Here’s the list:
- 73 percent of mackerel
- 91 percent of the halibut
- 92 percent of the sardines
- 93 percent of the tuna and eel
- 94 percent of the cod and anchovies
- 100 percent of the carp, seaweed, shark and monkfish
I’d like to note here that any detection of radiation is bad news, as all radiation is cumulative. That means that it builds up and wrecks havoc on your immune system and DNA.
Fish Eaters Threatened by Contamination
A senior researcher of marine chemistry at the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Meteorological Research Institute says that “30 billion becquerels of radioactive cesium and 30 billion becquerels of radioactive strontium” are being released into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima every single day.
Due to the immense amounts of radiation being dumped into the Pacific, I’m in complete agreement with environmental activist Joe Martino when he says, “Your days of eating Pacific Ocean fish are over.”
Days of Eating Pacific Ocean Fish Are Over
The Pacific is Dying
While I’m not a particular fan of Alex Jones’ sensationalist style of reporting, there was a recent article from Infowars that reported that the California coastline is being transformed into “a dead zone”…
The California coastline is becoming like a dead zone…If you haven’t been to a California beach lately, you probably don’t know that the rocks are unnaturally CLEAN – there’s hardly any kelp, barnacles, sea urchins, etc. anymore and the tide pools are similarly eerily devoid of crabs, snails and other scurrying signs of life… and especially as compared to 10 – 15 years ago when one was wise to wear tennis shoes on a trip to the beach in order to avoid cutting one’s feet on all the STUFF of life – broken shells, bones, glass, driftwood, etc.
There are also days when I am hard-pressed to find even a half-dozen seagulls and/or terns on the county beach.
You can still find a few gulls trolling the picnic areas and some of the restaurants (with outdoor seating areas) for food, of course, but, when I think back to 10 – 15 years ago, the skies and ALL the beaches were literally filled with seagulls and the haunting sound of their cries both day and night…
NOW it’s unnaturally quiet.
That account appears to substantiate what Mr. Macfadyen experienced when he crossed the Pacific recently.
In the past, Mr. MacFadyen said that “all he’d had to do to catch a fish from the ocean between Brisbane and Japan was throw out a baited line.” However, on his most recent trip across the Pacific, Macfadyen reported that there were no fish to be found: “We hardly saw any living things. We saw one whale, sort of rolling helplessly on the surface with what looked like a big tumour on its head. It was pretty sickening. I’ve done a lot of miles on the ocean in my life and I’m used to seeing turtles, dolphins, sharks and big flurries of feeding birds. But this time, for 3000 nautical miles there was nothing alive to be seen.” Not surprisingly, he did find lots and lots of Tsunami debris.
It is interesting to note that Mr. Macfadyen signed up for this voyage while he was in the US after being approached by US academic types who wanted yacht owners to fill in daily survey forms and collect samples for radiation testing.
Although Mr. MacFadyen was quick to blame overfishing as the cause of the lack of sea life, I disagree. I believe the Pacific is dying as a direct result of the radiation pouring into the Pacific from the damaged Fukushima-Diaiichi nuclear reactors.
In today’s episode, we covered where cesium-137 comes from, we talked about its half-life and we found out that consuming foods rich in potassium may block the absorption of radioactive cesium. Then we talked about the importance of the extracellular matrix and we took a look at the alarming deaths of Pacific marine life. We also took a moment to consider the importance of phytoplankton. In the next episode, we’ll dig a bit deeper and take a look at some studies that were done on cesium-137 and as always we will connect the dots…
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