Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Politics of Primary and Secondary Effects



I read a very interesting news story recently reporting on a study that concluded that air pollution plays a major role in causing diabetes
AFP (2018, June 29). Air pollution plays significant role in diabetes: study. Yahoo. Available
https://www.yahoo.com/news/air-pollution-plays-significant-role-diabetes-study-055031393.html
Paris (AFP) - Air pollution caused one in seven new cases of diabetes in 2016, according to a US study, which found even low levels raised the chances of developing the chronic disease...  The study estimated that pollution contributed to 3.2 million new diabetes cases globally in 2016 -- or around 14 percent of all new diabetes cases globally that year. 
"Our research shows a significant link between air pollution and diabetes globally," said Ziyad Al-Aly, the study's senior author. Pollution is thought to reduce the body's insulin production, "preventing the body from converting blood glucose into energy that the body needs to maintain health," according to the research.

Al-Aly said the research, published in the Lancet Planetary Health, found an increased risk even with levels of air pollution currently considered safe by the US Environmental Protection Age
This study - available here - disclosing how air pollution adversely affects the body's insulin production raises questions about the spike in diabetes cases in Fukushima Prefecture in the wake of the nuclear disaster.

A recent article authored by J. Watkins (citing a study by Masaharu Tsubokura) claims the increase in diabetes in Fukushima is the greatest health effect from the disaster. Moreover, following Tsubokura, Watkins claims diabetes is unrelated to radiation, resulting from psychological-social disruption, not exposures:
Watkins, J. (2018). The Biggest Health Risk After Fukushima: Diabetes. Ozy.com. https://www.ozy.com/acumen/the-biggest-health-risk-after-fukushima-diabetes/85971

But, seven years on, the true health impact of the Fukushima disaster on former residents has been very different from what everyone feared: The Fukushima disaster reduced life expectancy far more due to increased diabetes rates than due to cancer caused by radiation — by a factor of six.

And, among the elderly, diabetes trumps radiation as a threat to life expectancy by a factor of 33.

That’s according to a September 2017 study using six years of public health checkup data from Minamisoma and Soma, two towns closest to the power plant. To be fair, the reduction in life expectancy is small in both cases — 0.04 years because of diabetes and 0.007 years because of radiation for the general population — but the gap is substantial.

According to the researchers, it not only speaks to the fact that the negative effects of radiation were mercifully small — a meta-analysis by a U.N. agency of dozens of studies found “no deterministic health effects due to radiation exposure … and none are expected” — but also shows the importance of taking into account indirect health issues caused by lifestyle disruption following a major disaster.

“The main health effect of the nuclear disaster [has been] the social disruption” caused by the evacuation, says study author Dr. Masaharu Tsubokura from the Department of Radiation Protection at Minamisoma Municipal General Hospital in Fukushima.

You can find the study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28957385

If you read through the study you will see that diabetes risk is separated out from radiation risk, the latter of which is defined strictly in terms of cancer.

The idea that diabetes is a secondary effect, attributed to psycho-social factors alone, can be challenged with new findings that pollution can cause diabetes.

Of course, the idea that pollution causes diseases other than cancer is well established but rarely discussed when radiation contamination is at issue in particular cases in the US, Japan and elsewhere.

For example,
Roxanne Nelson (2016, January 19). Diabetes in Cancer Survivors a Late Effect of Abdominal Radiation? Medscape, https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/857405

SAN FRANCISCO — Children and young adults treated with total body or abdominal radiotherapy have an increased risk for insulin resistance and diabetes mellitus, but the exact underlying mechanisms remain unclear. However, findings from a small pilot study suggest that even in individuals who are not overweight, this subset of childhood cancer survivors might be at high risk for subclinical derangements of glucose and insulin.

 

25 comments:

  1. Air pollution has a lot more effect than they say. In capitalist countries , where cars , oil, poison , bombs , nukes are king environmental health information is censored or forbidden.

    Tetraethyl lead is one of the most toxic substances known besides radionuclides. It is still in gasoline in several countries. Many heavy metal and radionuclides could poison an insulin molecule and ablate or premanently damage the pancreas.

    People who gets migraines or have COPD, asthma can tell you how bad it can be when the air quality is constantly bad.

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  2. In public health offices , many university medical centers and poison centers etc environmental health issues, are taboo or just banned.

    People get shamed for having cancer in this assinine country. The first thing they say is, it must run in your family. I will never get it, not many people in my family have it. The assinine johns hopkins, spends all of its cancer budget, researching cancer-genetic predisposition instead of environmental disease research.

    That is what kind of a totalitarian shithole we live in.

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    1. That's part of their eugenics program. Test tube babies filed and shelved without disease—or souls.

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    2. The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance. It is the illusion of knowledge.
      The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance. It is the illusion of knowledge

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    3. Well there wont be much left. None of the shit they create anymore, does much for most people with cancer. Most people cannot afford it and they would get another cancer later. Cancer cure is quack horseshit in this radioactive swilhole called uaa. 

      A eugenic baby would get cancer too. It would happen after a while in this constantly, ever- saturated chemical and radionuclide sewer we call muerica . In murica on earth because radnuclides, are so incredibly cytotoxic, mutagenic, teratogenic and carcinogenic. No space babies either because of cosmic rays. We are atill constantly gaslighted by warped confabulation and brainwashing propaganda that it can be anything different.

      There will Not be anything left for their test tube babies, at the rate we are polluting things to death. No life compatibility for this country when cesium 137, thorium, plutonium, uranium , radium, americiums , tritium levels are 20 to 300 bq/kg wherever you go.

      Such is the way fast the money fraud schemes so central to the murican way of life. The way of wasting money on sexy eugenics projects, smr reactors, zika vaccines that idiot savants and hi dollar conmen like gates love so much.. Great speculative ventures because they sound so profoundly futuristic n sciotific. So easy to hype. George Jetson diarrhea. In the end, when  you planet is ruined. When there are no birds , bees or any life, what good is the money and hype?.
      I know too what i am talking about with genetics and mutagenicity too. I have had graduate level genetics and biochem and been a clinician. The bullshit game is almost over.

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    4. Diseaseless testtube babies. That is poppycock because, it defies the definition of life. We are eukariotic, symbiotic bags of protoplasm. A large part of us is foreign bacteria and other eukariotic lifeforms. The constant dynamic of our existence with other microscopic life and with our external life support system, is what keeps us alive.. defenseless test tube babies is also nonsensical, since, bacteria, viruses, pathogens and mutations are part of the evolutionary process, that keeps us alive and allowed us to evolve into what we are.

      Be careful about what kool-aid you drink!

      They might be able to build some android bio interface , maybe cyborgs but, life on earth will never be the same for such poor, miserable creatures.

      They could do the rational thing and stop the nuclear chemical insanity, but noooooo. That is too sane and humane.

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    5. "diseaseless" test tube babies is also nonsensical
      Not defenseless. Sorry

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  3. Russia is a lot more messed up by nuclear than you think. Old chernobyl style reactors, that could blow. Russia is also going bankrupt, from trying to export and finance its shitty reactors in other countries, like japan. China is doing tje same stupid things. Meanwhile our evil politicians continue blowsmokeupourass about what a danger russia is to keep a nuclear armsrace going. Time to get rid of those evil monkeys

    https://nuclear-news.net/2018/07/12/foreign-construction-of-nuclear-power-plants-could-ruin-russia/.

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  4. Then what is the point of genetic research when it sure as hell is not being conducted for finding cures? Life extension for the rich and population control for the poor?

    Motives so twisted to defy reason leads to conjecture. What else is left when truth remains hidden?

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  5. Its for quick money like nuclear is
    It is a scam like most things based so driven by profit motive. Genetic research does have some place. It is life extension for the rich because, the biological cancer treatments are many times less toxic than chemo or radiation.

    Sounds like you are trying to twist reason and shape your own cult reality with conspiracy confabulation propaganda. You tell us nuclear is bad. Then you tell us we have to vote for trump because the bible says or because hes fighting against some spooky aliens, that no one else can kill.

    You have to create nonsequiters,flawed irrational arguements that defy reality, strawmen, confabulatory frameworks to generate a cult ideology to sway people to the exact opposite of what is really going on.

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    1. Trump is assiduously inundateing this country with nuclear and chemical poison. Take your aliens depopulating the world meme somewhere else

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    2. Probaby a climate denier too. Its like the scientology cult. Probably some of them belong to that. L ron was the one wh started the meme that radiation is not mutagenic and that the government is spreading it everywhere as a depopulation tool. Ignoramus nonsense. Especially in light of so many uber potent biologicals and chemotactic agents. Pure insanity as nuclear power and nuclear weapons truly are. L ron was clever.

      https://youtu.be/K5YWTFW5WMw quite insane https://youtu.be/K5YWTFW5WMw

      L ron was a conman, a satanist, a bipolar who used a lot of amphetamine. At the end of his life he was quite insane

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    3. First paragraph sounds right. I assume the rest is for someone else. I’m no fan of trump or god of the OT.

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  6. Sorry then. Trump sucks. Makes me sad that people say they are antinukers support him. I can tell you as a clinician that most biological therapy has as many side efeects as anything else, does not work that well and costs hundreds of thousands of dollars and it is all supposedly based on sound genetic research of the human genome project. They are so money driven, and so tied to the other billionair parasites, they cannot possibly be relied upon for honesty or integrity.

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  7. No worries. Majia provides a great service by her blog, But some of the topics leave little room for levity. Thanks for the info.

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  8. Diseases like multiple sleurosis are treated with 5 thousand dollar a month genetic based, biological therapy, do not have good outcomes with the expensive tx.

    Poorly understood autoimmune syndromes like

    CFS, MS, rheumatism do have basis in environmental and or pathogen insult. They know it. Radionuclide exposure or bioccumulation does damage basic cell mechanisms at billionthaths of a gram concentrations. They can also cause heritable mutations, that slightly disrupt the immune system enough to effect organ systems in future generations.

    Amurican doctors will tell u that u r crazy if u bring something like that up.

    There are so many cases of idiopathic autoimune disorders, after radiocuclide exposures i cannot recount them all.

    Possibly a quarter of all disease states, syndromes afflictions are completely misdiagnosed in this bs corporate profit driven
    Medical system.

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  9. What is happening in murica, is what u would expect. The continuation of rot and ruin, under another fake regime. A regime, that that is all about destruction. It is surrounded by a machine of diversion, manipulation, lies and propaganda to convince otherwise. Very much like haiti. I read this article about haiti and see striking similarities here. Completely corrupt-thieving regime constantly, trying to divert peoples attention, from the misery and graft, while making it worse. The difference is, muricans are too stupid to do anything about it.

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/13/haitis-popular-uprising-calls-for-president-jovenel-moises-removal/

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  10. The awful truth about the Hammonds

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/13/the-awful-truth-about-the-hammonds/

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  11. Trump went to Europe promising to cut wasteful spending on military in other countie. He comes back bragging about increasing NATO and military spending. The biggest lies. His neoconservative new world order now gigger than obamas and much bigger than the largest new world order with George W Bush. The drums of war are beating against iran. Trumps lies, convolutions, gaslighting worse than hitler. Worst in history. ob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

    more detailed bio:

    Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.

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  12. America is at sea, adrift. And we should be aware that there is a massive iceberg that threatens.

    Explicitly and overtly, on the surface Donald Trump is, perhaps the worst presidential criminal, the worst presidential liar, but also the most repetitive and prolific liar, again, perhaps, in history. He and his family are blatantly profiting in a thousand ways from Trump's position of power. Trump is destroying whatever shreds of a good name, however illusory, the USA still has. Trump, with the aid and abetting of his feckless, devoid of morality, mostly Evangelical Christian Republican traitor legislators and judges wiped out decades . of protections for workers, the environment and the ninety-nine percent.

    But that is all what we are being allowed to see. We can be one hundred percent certain that it is but the tip of the iceberg, that Trump is criminally, predatorily and unethically using all the resources at his command--

    NSA taps on all emails, all phone calls-- literally billions of them daily
    IRS data on all tax-paying Americans
    intelligence research on all members of congress, all judges at all levels of government, all police and even all intelligent agents and their families, particularly research he has his surrogates assign to be performed. And that can also apply to foreign heads of state
    valuable, stock and commodity insider information that he can secretly give to people he wants to influence or reward.

    Control over rewarding of contracts, some worth hundreds of millions or billions of dollars, that he can use to influence judges, legislators, corporations.
    I would not be surprised if the real bulk of the activities of his family members he has nepotismically (is that a word?) installed involves supervising what I would estimate to be hundreds if not thousands of Trump instigated depredations-- criminal enterprises and influences and even state level abuses of power, some that may reach new proportions, comparable to the massive, self-inflamed narcissism of the 45th president of the United States.

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  13. Imagine a hierarchy of people managing hundreds or thousands of criminal enterprises, under the aegis of the White House and the Executive branch. Imagine the Judicial branch, under the control of Jeff Sessions, a profoundly morally impaired and misguided partisan, corrupted to the extent that there is no balance, as the constitution provides for. Imagine a Supreme court of scoundrels who serve a vision of America that is far from what the founders envisioned.

    Imagine a Republican controlled congress that rubber stamps Trump's, Sessions' and SCOTUS's abuses, that challenges actual lawmen attempting to do their jobs in the pursuit of justice.

    And finally, imagine a Democratic party leadership, that, through its allowing of the corrupting of the DNC-- it's literal purchase by Hillary Clinton-- and the corruption of 2016 primary election democratic process, as a means to maintaining their power and influence, which gave us Donald Trump. Yes. I do believe that history will blame the Democratic leadership for the worst president in its history. That would include Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, as well as, of course, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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  14. Japan currently still has one of the highest longevity rates. But go back a century or two and you will find it much lower--and not only for Japan.

    Humans are inordinately fond of their free will though to define it has troubled philosophers for a very long time. To assume that humans can control other humans who appear to be doing evil things like polluting the world is to at least assume those latter humans have this mysterious freedom of will which they perversely refuse to use in the ethical way. But is it so? Or are they also mere pawns of fortune.

    Everything goes up and down like the sine wave. Things are good and then become bad. Things are horrible and then the sun shines again. This is the way of the universe with its many cycles. Two hundred years ago human society was ravaged by communicable diseases; now it is environmental things like radiation and pollution. The desire to live is so powerful that it often over rules the wiser courses of action. If you are starving your actions are not those of saints. Unless you have been one of Ruling Class you will not know what demons are prodding them to do what they do. At least you have been spared that.

    In addition to the obscurity of free will we also all seem to carry a vision of heaven on earth--or somewhere. What happened to the Soviet Union which had a fair shot at being a utopia?

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  15. People are trying to get out of japan en mass because of what fukushima has done. I have 4 friends in tokyo with cancer since fukushima. Family members leaving. Do not listen to this spook boob. Family members leaving. People not having the the old longevity. Cesium 137 t 3000bq/kg near ibari 1100bg/kg yokohama 900bq/kg tokyo. Hundreds of cases of thyroid cancer in children close to fulushima alone. The economy is failing. Many different cancers 100s of times normal. Horible way to die. Millions of abortions and miscarriages to not go term w deformed children. Young people there, will not even have children anymore
    This chickenshit pronuke-blowhard spook is full of shit. Diabetes, stange painful nfections disease like meningitis, leukemias, lymphomas , lung cancers. Premature heart disease. All horrible ways to die. This chickenshit spook needs to fuk off

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  16. People forget about the Green run From Hanford. The Green Run occured, when the government purposely let loose one of the largest plumes, of radionuclide poison in history, into South East Washington, using everyone there as test rats. A whole graveyard of miscarried and hopelessly deformed babies, from the aftermath of the radionuclide genocide, can be found in Walla Walla, Washington.
    Since then, tons and tons more of radioactve waste have accumulated at hanford, to be stored, or await the bogus vitirification-gaslighting lie. A lie  that has gone on for 50 years, that will mever happen. Untold amounts of the the most toxic crud known to man, lethal at billionths of a gram, have leaked into the surrounding areas and the columbia river. 

    More of the worst radionuclide waste known :cesium 137, plutonium, uranium poisons, and many more radionuclide wastes have accumulated at hanford from the HOKEY PROMISE OF vitrification.

    If one considers atrocities, like the green run, at Hanford, Hanford is far worse than Mayak.

    Our ethnocentric , evil monkey nucleoapes, will not admit it. It is always Russia or chernobyl etc . That is the worst nuclear abomination on the planet. That is in spite of the fact, that the US military and govt detonated more than a thousand nuclear bombs in mureica,  on its own citizens.

    There is so much old highly radioactive waste, from the cold war and nuclear waste, from the reactors by Hanford, as well as the new shit constantly pouring in. There is a major radiation incident at Hanford, every few months now.

    From Wikipedea The “Green Run” was a secret U.S. Government release of radioactive fission products on December 2–3, 1949, at the Hanford Site plutonium production facility, located in Eastern Washington. Radioisotopes released at that time were supposed to be detected by U.S. Air Force reconnaissance. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the U.S. Government have revealed some of the details of the experiment.[1] Sources cite 5,500 to 12,000 curies (200 to 440 TBq) of iodine-131 released,[1][2][3] and an even greater amount of xenon-133. The radiation was distributed over populated areas, and caused the cessation of intentional radioactive releases at Hanford until 1962 when more experiments commenced.[3]
    There are some indications contained in the documents released by the FOIA requests that many other tests were conducted in the 1940s prior to the Green Run, although the Green Run was a particularly large test. Evidence suggests that filters to remove the iodine were disabled during the Green Run.[3][4]

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    1. The project gets its name from the processing of uranium at Hanford, WA in an open loop/water cooled nuclear reactor for the sole purpose of irradiating the Uranium-238 producing the fissile Plutonium-239. Due to other unwanted highly radioactive decay products being formed, normal batch processing would take place 83 to 101 days after reactor extraction to allow the radioactive isotopes to decay before extracting the fissile Plutonium-239 in a safe manner for the 30,000 nuclear weapons amassed and now MOX fuel during the cold war by the United States. For the Green Run test, a batch was fresh from the reactor with only a scheduled 16-day decay period and then was vented into the atmosphere prematurely. The unfiltered exhaust from the production facility was therefore much more radioactive than during a normal batch.

      Oral history

      Leland Fox says that his father was in the military and was bivouacked on the banks of the Wenatchee River during the Green Run:

      …and people with radiation suits walked around and moved the little colored flags as the radiation was detected. The cooking was done outdoors and they slept near the beach. The Officers did not stay long except to give orders and drive away. Almost everyone that my father knew was there has died of cancer. My father had chronic lymphocytic leukemia and died from the complications of lung cancer. The Feds said that the leukemia can not be caused by iodine-131 but his doctor, Dr. Bonnie Takasugi of Burien WA, said that it most probably was.[citation needed]

      Health Physicist Carl C. Gamertsfelder, Ph.D. described his recollections as to the reasons for the Green Run by attributing it to the intentions of the Air Force to be able to track Soviet releases.

      Herb Parker called me to request that I, and the groups that I supervised, cooperate with the Air Force in the conduct of an experiment which became known as the Green Run… And we didn’t recommend, we wouldn’t have recommended, that they operate it. We told them that. They wanted to run anyway, and they did run.”[5]

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