Canaries.

Everything makes them sickThis wonderful photo essay by Thilde Jensen shows the difficulties and extreme lengths that people with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) will go to in order to preserve their health. A previous post illustrated the lifelong hypersensivity (TILT, Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance) to toxins endured by those who have been exposed in the past to a toxicant insult. These insults include internal and external exposure to radionuclides. Yablokov and others, in their research on Chernobyl liquidators and their families, have showed that this is inheritable by future generations.

My research in daily fibromyalgia symptom ratings gathered from the Fibromyalgia Wellness Project has shown that there is indeed a relationship between FM symptoms and weather. This relationship is the key to unlocking the secrets of this mysterious illness, as well as the nature of TILT.

Fibromyalgia is an environmental illness. Symptoms such as pain, stiffness, fatigue, concentration problems, memory problems, anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal problems, and sleep disorders are also exhibited in people who are exposed to toxic chemicals and metals widely dispersed in the environment. The symptoms suffered by FM patients are not due to FM itself, but the toxic substances inhaled and ingested by them. Fibromyalgia is a type of TILT, and the reason that healthy people do not suffer the same symptoms, when they are also exposed to these substances, is due to the fact that FM patients exhibit these symptoms at far lower concentrations of these toxics than others. This is also true for a whole range of autoimmune and central sensitivity-related diseases.

The is a range of variation, or a continuum, of types of toxics and routes of exposure associated with TILT. This is shown in the graphic below. The canaries in the New York Times article are clearly R+. They get away from the city, the smog, and all synthetic household chemicals, to regain their health. The FM patients studied were predominantly (but not all) R-. Living in a tent in the mountains will not help them. Yours truly is an R-. I have a severe autoimmune disorder stemming from the toxicant insult of in utero radiation exposure from the Castle Bravo nuclear test.

TILT Continuum

Iodine-131 on the increase.

Iodine-131 in Gunma prefecture sewage sludgeThe concentration of iodine-131 in Gunma prefecture sewage sludge continues to increase. The graph represents the highest value of I-131 measured at all plants in the prefecture at the time. As you can see, the amount is much higher than it was in May 2011 when measurements commenced. This indicates recent dramatically increasing criticalities in the underground coriums and spent fuel pools at Fukushima.

Radioactivity in the jet stream.

Radiation level by altitude in Fukushima City, AprilThe Geophysical Institute at Fukushima University measured gamma and beta radiation at increasing altitude in April through August, 2011. They used a radiosonde (weather balloon) with a radiation measuring device on it to obtain the readings.

The first image is from April 2011, and shows increased beta readings at an altitude of 7-8 km. This is below the level of the jet stream. The second image is from August 27 and shows the beta level off the chart at the jet stream altitude of 9-12 km. Radiation level by altitude in Fukushima City, August We can see that the radionuclides had been rising in the atmosphere from April to August. There is also a significant amount of radioactivity up to a level of 63,000 feet. The maximum level on the chart is 20 cps, which is equivalent to 1200 cpm. This is in contrast to the April chart, which reached 500 cpm.

The third image indicates that the jet stream indeed was over Fukushima City on August 27. Jet stream over Fukushima City None of the scientific articles (that I have seen) that have discussed atmospheric dispersion model results, or measurements of Fukushima emissions, have incorporated this type of measurement, from weather balloons or airplanes. It is likely that a great deal of radioactivity is still in the jet stream, and will not completely come down to earth for years.

The escalating pandemic of chemical sensitivity.

Pathway to sensitivity-related illness

Genuis has written a review of research dealing with sensitivity-related illiness (available here). From the abstract:

The prevalence of allergic-related diseases, food intolerance, and chemical sensitivities in both the pediatric and adult population has increased dramatically over the last two decades, with escalating rates of associated morbidity. Conditions of acquired allergy, food intolerance and chemical hypersensitivity are frequently the direct sequelae of a toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT) in response to a significant initiating toxic exposure. Following the primary toxicant insult, the individuals become sensitive to low levels of diverse and unrelated triggers in their environment such as commonly encountered chemical, inhalant or food antigens. Among sensitized individuals, exposure to assorted inciting stimuli may precipitate diverse clinical and/or immune sequelae as may be evidenced by clinical symptoms as well as varied lymphocyte, antibody, or cytokine responses in some cases. Recently recognized as a mechanism of disease development, TILT and resultant sensitivity-related illness (SRI) may involve various organ systems and evoke wide-ranging physical or neuropsychological manifestations. With escalating rates of toxicant exposure and bioaccumulation in the population-at-large, an increasing proportion of contemporary illness is the direct result of TILT and ensuing SRI.

Toxicant insults to the body have skyrocketed due to the Fukushima disaster. We can therefore expect an even bigger explosion of this pandemic, starting now. Of course, the radionuclides which are ubiquitous in the environment are triggers of illness also. Radiation exposure triggers the symptoms, and also causes the condition in the first place.

Radioactive contamination of US beef.

Grass fed cattle Potrblog has submitted a sample of US beef to an independent testing lab. Cesium-137 and barium-140 were detected at a high confidence level, and, in addition, a whole slew of radionuclides was detected at lower levels. It is likely that one or more of these other nuclides was present in the sample.

The cow involved was slaughtered in July 2011. This means it had been exposed to radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster for 4 months. The average age for cattle at slaughter is 20 months. In addition, the gestation period is 9 months. Thus we can expect the amount of beef contamination to increase until 29 months from March 2011, which takes us well into 2013.