Fukushima AIDS, part 1.

Chernobyl AIDS & Fukushima AIDS

The ongoing global spread of radionuclides from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is causing immune system-related illnesses in Japan, the USA, and worldwide. The same phenomenon occurred and is still occurring after the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe in 1986, where it was termed “Chernobyl AIDS.”

One result of many studies conducted during the last few years in Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia is the clear finding that Chernobyl radiation suppresses immunity – a person’s or organism’s natural protective system against infection and most diseases.

The lymphatic system – the bone marrow, thymus, spleen, lymph nodes, and Peyer’s patches – has been impacted by both large and small doses of ionizing radiation from the Chernobyl fallout. As a result, the quantity and activity of various groups of lymphocytes and thus the production of antibodies, including various immunoglobulins, stem cells, and thrombocytes, are altered. The ultimate consequences of destruction of the immune system is immunodeficiency and an increase in the frequency and seriousness of acute and chronic diseases and infections, as is widely observed in the Chernobyl-irradiated territories… The suppression of immunity as a result of this radioactive contamination is known as “Chernobyl AIDS.”…

Apparently, impaired immunity triggered by Chernobyl radionuclides adversely affected all of the individuals, without exception, who were subjected to any additional radiation. (Yablokov et al., p. 87 & 92, emphasis mine)

So everyone who was exposed to Chernobyl radiation had their immune systems affected from the fallout. The same will happen to everyone exposed to Fukushima radiation, which is or will be the entire populations of Japan and the USA. This is known as “Fukushima AIDS.”

Why I am susceptible

I have a host of previously existing autoimmune disorders, which were caused by fetal exposure to radiation from the Castle Bravo nuclear bomb in 1954. These illnesses includes psoriatic arthritis, chronic fatigue, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel disorder, and immune thrombocytopenic purpura. Everything has gotten much worse after Fukushima, especially since November 2011. So I wanted to know what the hell was going on, so I could treat and survive this thing. I have extreme sensitivity to many medications, with overblown side effects, so running to doctors and sheep-like obedience to them is out of the question. The medications which might be prescribed like TNF-alpha blockers would likely have life-threatening side effects.

T-cell immunology

T-lymphocytes are used in the body’s defense against pathogens. They arise in the bone marrow, and travel to the thymus, where they are differentiated into different kinds of T-cells. T-helper cells include Th1, Th2 and Th17 cells. T-regulatory cells (Treg) suppress the T-helper cells and bring the system into homeostatic balance.

T-lymphocytes are part of the body’s immune system; they recognise pathogens (foreign bacteria) and they produce cytokines – hormonal messengers that are responsible for biological effects in the immune system. The cytokines fall into two groups: those that are pro-inflammatory, and those that are anti-inflammatory.

The helper T-cells (a type of T-lymphocyte) produce enormous amounts of two types of cytokines: Th1 and Th2. The Th1 cytokines produced by the helper T-cells produce a pro-inflammatory response; The TH2 cytokines produce an anti-inflammatory response, but promote allergic responses…

The Th1-type cytokines produce inflammation to kill intracellular parasites (viruses and certain bacteria, such as Listeria and Mycobacterium tuberculosis – the bacillus that causes TB). These cytokines also perpetuate any form of autoimmune response, and can cause cell-mediated allergies.

Th1-type lymphokines are involved in the development of organ-specific autoimmune diseases, such as autoimmune uveitis, allergic encephalomyelitis, or insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus…

The TH2 cytokines counteract the effects of the TH1 cytokines – they have an anti-inflammatory action. But they also help kill extracellular pathogens (which live outside the body’s cells and are exposed to antibodies in blood and other body fluids).

The TH2 cytokines induce a pronounced allergic response. If you suffer from IgE-mediated allergies, or asthma, you are likely to be over-producing TH2-types of cytokines, and have a TH2-weighted imbalance.

Th2-cell predominance is found in patients with chronic graft-versus host disease, progressive systemic sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and allergic diseases. ( http://suite101.com/article/what-are-th1-and-th2-forms-of-immune-response-a118467 )

So T-cells arise from the bone marrow. Strontium-90 and plutonium are bone-seekers and collect in bones and bone marrow. Amounts of naive T-cells (Th0) were found to be reduced in Chernobyl. The thymus is the organ where these naive T-cells take on different characteristics, and become Th1 or Th2 cells, etc. The thymus was also affected in Chernobyl.

The Th1/Th2 axis

As above, there is a balance between Th1 and Th2. An imbalance means that a person is Th1-dominant or Th2-dominant. More Th1 means less Th2 and vice versa.

Th1-dominant people tends toward autoimmunity, they have rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disorders, joint inflammation, multiple sclerosis. They are vulnerable to parasites.

Th2-dominant people have allergic reactions, allergic asthma, hives, rashes, sensitivity to household chemicals, lupus, atopic dermatitis etc. They are vulnerable to bacterial and viral infections.

It is obvious that I am highly Th1-dominant. I rarely have allergic reactions, but suffer from inflammation of joints and skin. So personally I am interested in herbs and medications that swing the balance towards Th2.

Th1 has to with cellular immunity, that is, it deals with pathogens like viruses and bacteria that are inside cells. Th2 has to do with humoral immunity, pathogens in the interstitial fluid between cells, like parasites.

Playlist: Immunology Lecture 6 (T Cells)


    The Th17/Treg axis

    Th17 cells were discovered in 2005. These cells are pro-inflammatory and cause inflammation in joints and skin in arthritis and psoriasis. Treg cells are immune suppressors, they secrete cytokines that reduce the Th17 response, and keep things from going out of control. This is another axis like Th1/Th2. Treg reduces Th17. Too much Th17 and your immune-related symptoms are amplified. Too much Treg and your body cannot fight fungi, bacteria and cancer.

    It is obvious that I have way too much Th17 and way too little Treg. So I am interested in substances that increase Treg, but reduce Th1.

    Salem, Chiropractor, Dr. Bryan Hulsey Discusses TH1, TH2, TH3 and TH17 Immune regulatory systems

      An antigen like a bacteria, virus, fungus, or plutonium particle will interact with the body and create an antigen-presenting cell (APC). This will tell the naive T-cell to become a Th1, Th2, Th17, or Treg cell. Radiation in the environment can affect both the Th1/Th2 and Th17/Treg balances.

      This video is very technical, but it has a good discussion about the role of interleukin-17 (IL-17) in inflammatory diseases (at 18 minutes in). This cytokine is involved with Th17 imbalance. At 23 minutes a case study is presented in which a baby was not able to produce Treg due to defective bone marrow. Around 33 minutes he talks about the role of Treg in gut biology, how the gut flora are affected by lack of Treg cells.

      T Cell Effector Function: Part 2 – Th17 and T Regulatory Cells in Health and Disease

        Candida

        A word about Candida fungi… ordinary Th17 and Th1 fight fungi in the body, but in the case of Candida, Treg is converted into Th17, and kills the fungus. The Th17 goes away when the infection clears up, and little or no inflammation results. Therefore clearance of Candida is associated with less inflammation, not more as with other pathogens. Substances and herbs that promote Treg are important to fight Candida infections.

        In Chernobyl, and sites of other nuclear catastrophes like Mayak, reduced amounts of T-cells were noted, along with polarization of T-cells along the two axes. The imbalances can go any of 4 ways, but it seems that more often Th1 is pushed up at the expense of Th2. I will get into this more in the next post.

        31 thoughts on “Fukushima AIDS, part 1.

        1. You had me at, “Peyer’s patches”!

          You all know I’m the alkalinity Queen right,…I’ve bored most of you to tears!?
          I also preach “Peyer’s Patches”!

          Some,…myself included, believe that the “Peyer’s patches” are the portals between life and death! Dr. Peyer noticed at autopsy,…that when people died of true old age,….their Peyer patches on the top/upper end of their intestines were worn down to ‘completion’. They were drained, done in for,…(my words). But,…if you autopsy a young person who experienced an unforeseen quick, early death,…their Peyer patches were high and firm,..’juicy’ in fact, (my word). It is believed that these are alkaline and regulatory hormone/mineral storehouses. The theory follows,…when your Peyer patches are depleted entirely/empty,…you die.
          Fukushima can take 10 years of time,…as we ,…and fabricate the distruction in only months,….perhaps weeks. So,…we are getting to know the enemy. And,…we know their ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ targets! This is a very good thing!

          What Fuku is robbing,….MUST be restored,…offered to the body!
          Magnesium, magnesium, magnesium. Calcium, potassium, selenium, gluthione, iodine, zinc, vitamins,…(especially the B’s and C, and E) Antioxidants MUST be the order of the day,…along with the replenishment of good flora by probiotics.

          Add to this the new need to ‘have your fluids changed’ FAR MORE OFTEN,….and we see this New Frontier will be detox boot camp!

          Bring a towel and a smile.

          We’re open for business! 🙂

        2. Bobby, I want to thank you for putting all this information together and I have taken the liberty to share it on my facebook and with other patients on several lists within our ME/CFIDS online community. I’m an essential volunteer for the National CFIDS Foundation (NCF) and I sent it to our President and Editor and Medical Director.

          Appreciate all your research and links and video’s!!!
          Diana Saba
          Disabled Retired Nurse

        3. Thanks Diana, I appreciate that. There are 2 or 3 more parts coming. I spent a whole day going through PubMed, looking at diseases that arise from the Th17/Treg axis. I only got through 15% of it in one day. There are so many diseases potentially caused or impacted by radiation, that I might not have space to even list them here.

        4. I am becoming convinced that the prolactin hormone is involved in cancer and many inflammatory diseases caused by radiation. It causes rapid proliferation of cells and high rates of cell division, which really is inflammation and, ultimately, cancer. Inflammation also causes vulnerability to fungal infections. Prolactin levels are reduced by pharmaceuticals with ergot alkaloids like hydergine. The migraine treatment Cafergot also has ergot alkaloids.

          • Vitamin D-2 is produced by UV irradiation in organisms that have ergot alkaloids. Vitamin A also seems to be involved in healing from this kind of inflammation. Vitamin C and other antioxidants are important, of course, in order to prevent the production of reactive oxygen species. Hydergine is a powerful antioxidant.

            I picked up some cod liver oil (Vitamin A), and am taking this along with omega-3 fish oil.

          • We hear a lot about the thyroid and how iodine-131 affects it, and causes thyroid cancer and other thyroid diseases. But the pituitary gland is also affected by iodine-131, and has an even greater role.

            The pituitary gland secretes prolactin, thyroid stimulating hormone, and human growth hormone. The early puberty among Chernobyl children, the women in their 70’s nursing babies, all sorts of endocrine disruptions, were seen in the Chernobyl area. These are a result of radionuclides affecting the pituitary gland. But it has effects beyond the pituitary and thyroid themselves, this damage seems to create havoc in the whole body.

            • The pituitary gland interests me very much due to our living in the Oak Ridge Tn area back in the 1950’s. One sister developed a tumor on her pituitary and scleroderma and died. So much cancer history in my family it’s mind boggling and have just been informed youngest son has been diagnosed with a brain mass on his front temporal lobe, he’s had multiple seizure activity since 2010 and lives about 30 miles the way the crow flies from a nuclear power plant.
              There’s a lot of research regarding the Manhattan Project!

              • Diana, I’m sorry to hear that. There is a lot of cancer in my family, too. The pituitary tumor I have supercharged my psoriasis and caused fungal skin infections.

                A lot of us live within 30 miles of a nuclear power plant. The closest one to where I live is 50 miles away, but that is too close.

          • Prolactin is a growth hormone also. It has been implicated in the genesis of many autoimmune diseases, including psoriatic arthritis and lupus (SLE). When I developed a prolactinoma after mowing the lawn in April 2011, I thought it was just me, but this kind of thing seems to be a common thread in the genesis of radiation-caused diseases. Again, it causes abnormal stimulation of cell division processes.

          • Hi there,
            PubMed has papers on this one. Human trials demonstrated the effectiveness of combining bcm-95 (patented turmeric) with 4x chokeberry- this shuts off the bodies inflammation response to “stress”. Also, this causes apoptosis in brain cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. Added to that, the resveratrol, or “reverse-it-all” as I call it, provides a very limited biological “time machine” that reverts cell function to a ‘recent’ state of previous functionality.

            I took it after my first diagnosis but it thins the blood (oops!) and I already pass ‘red wine’ regularly. Also a MASSIVE anti-oxidant-one of the most powerful.

        5. Thanks, for your kindness Bobby and Shinethelight regarding my son. Was just doing some follow up reading about the St Louis, Mo. area. See: http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/secret-nuclear-landfill-near-missouri-river-in-st-louis-linked-to-over-700-cases-of-cancer/

          Dr. Helen Caldicott of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Paul Gunter of Beyond Nuclear are addressing radiation health issues. The National CFIDS Foundation (NCF) which is made up of 99% patients: see medical research. Lots of research to read at NCF site. Enenews and several other’s are addressing the radiation. Years ago, via Online WACOC News I told everyone to leave no stone unturned and we didn’t! Most of us found out more than we ever wanted to know so I think we were more prepared when the research proved us right!

          Hope you do well, Bobby and very sorry to hear of your pituitary tumor. Its the anniversary of my sisters death this month. She suffered a lot! I miss her!!! Have you been checked for Polycythemia? You may wish to read CFIDS/ME as Cancer-Related Fatigue. The NCF has identified internalized radionuclides as the key factor in the development of CFIDS/ME in it’s own patient cohort and the knowledge opened the door to examine radiation-induced fatigue. CRF = Cancer Related Fatigue.

          Diana Saba
          Disabled Retired Nurse

          • Diana, thank you for the information. I studied self-rated symptom severity levels for 17 fibromyalgia patients who participated in the Fibromyalgia Wellness Project. The severity of 6 out of 9 fibromyalgia symptoms was positively correlated with levels of beta radiation in the air, with statistically significant effects. FM is closely related to CFIDS/ME, and the symptoms of both diseases are so similar that it is difficult to distinguish them.

        6. I know not whether this is on-topic or not, yet this seemed the best category to file this under:

          “Health Canada blocks dying patients from access to drug”

          “Two lung disease specialists are accusing Health Canada of shortening some patients’ lives, by denying them access to an inexpensive, relatively harmless drug not sold in Canada.

          “I am appalled and angry that a federal agency that we fund through our taxes would deny Canadian citizens who are dying of a treatable, infectious disease potentially life-saving medication,” said Dr. David Forrest, of Nanaimo, B.C.

          In previous years, Health Canada granted several patients special access to the drug, called clofazimine. The doctors said that approach has suddenly changed, for no good reason.

          “We had a process in place that was working, for 20 years or so, and now all of a sudden we’re running up against a brick wall,” said Dr. Stephen Field, from Calgary.”

          “The patients have a bacterial lung infection called Mycobacterium avium complex, known as MAC, but are ‘multi-drug resistant.’

          “It’s a very uncomfortable way to slowly pass away,” said Field.
          One of Forrest’s patients, Dean Robertson, has been treated with several drugs since 2010, but none worked. Forrest wants to give him clofazimine — which has been widely used for leprosy — to treat his lung disease.

          “If I don’t get this drug I am going to possibly die from this infection,” said Robertson, who was forced to stop working because of his illness.

          Clofazimine is widely available in developing countries, but is not approved for sale in the U.S. or Canada, because the drug company Novartis hasn’t applied for approval.”
          Quoted from: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/06/07/bc-drugdenied.html

        7. Killer T-cells which target tumors are more sensitive to radiation than other T-cells and B-cells.

          Although the theory of immune surveillance will remain a matter of debate, it is meanwhile accepted that T cells play a crucial role in controlling the development of neoplastic lesions in vivo. T cells are activated via their T-cell receptor, which binds to antigen peptides presented on major histocompatibility complex class molecules (MHCs). Following the recognition of peptides presented by MHC class I molecules, activated CD8+ cytotoxic T cells (CTLs) can efficiently destroy target cells using death cell ligands such as TRAIL (TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand) or by execution of the perforin/granzyme pathway [9, 10].

          http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2011/918471/

          Suppressor T-cells (CD8+) are more radiosensitive than helper T-cells (CD4+).

          http://www.unscear.org/docs/reports/1988/1988o_unscear.pdf p.588

          • The amount of time exposed to carcinogens is much more important than the dose. This is the basis of the Petkau effect.

            Fukushima leaking radiation continually is much worse than the whole thing going up at once.

            http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2720245/

            …although the incidence of lung cancer in smokers appears to be directly proportional to the number of cigarettes smoked per day, it is proportional to roughly the sixth power of the duration of smoking. Similarly, when rats are continuously exposed to dietary carcinogens, their incidence of cancer rises as the first or second power of the dose rate but as a much higher power of time. If the carcinogen had simply to mutate a set of N genes to create cancer, the frequency of cancer should rise as the Nth power of the dose, and time would not be a major factor.

        8. Thanks for this article. Looking forward to reading parts 2 & 3. I have a question about immune complexes and food intolerance. It has seemed to me that for those with food intolerance (think celiac or gluten intolerance)..that the more the immune system is taken up by trying to detoxify contaminants and pollutants, the less the immune system has available to digest and detoxify food and vice versa. …. Leaky gut plays into this too, even though I cannot explain the mechanism, leading to accelerated auto immune and inflammation syndromes. It is like an equation. One one side of input, contaminants; on the other side of input is food that cannot be processed by the body or detoxified, because the internal tools to do so are either missing or (with the mechanisms you describe) too used up from dealing with the biological onslaught of environmental contamination. For me- when I got rid of the food that triggered my auto immune system to go nuts (gluten soy and dairy, chemical additives), — as well as leaving my profession of being an industrial safety inspector–after about 6 years, i was less reactive to bug bites, dust, mold, and VOC fumes. I had more reserves to fight them off. my psoriasis got better. Although even now, with any big chemical exposures or cross contamination of food with gluten, the psoriasis flares. So does the joint pain and immobility and asthma. I was wondering if you had investigated your own food intolerances and triggers, and if so, what it taught you. Blessings for your work. Zogerke.

          • Thanks, Zogerke. I’m having problems digesting food too. Though when the psoriasis got worse, the gut got better. Which sounds like a contradiction, but the gut problems and psoriasis have different immune system cytokines competing. In my case I really think that the food intolerances have to do more with radiation & heavy metals than the foods themselves.

            • not that it is easy, but have you ever tried an elimination diet – temporarily- it takes about six weeks to twelve weeks…together with a food dairy and intricate symptom diary? i worked with an immunologist for about five months to figure out what was going on. the diary helped the doc figure out what to have me remove. it took six weeks to stop feeling horrible and another three years to start feeling better and regain function. not trying to hold out a magic bullet or proselytize. but i had been exposed to 20 years of heavy duty industrial contaminants, fly ash, and remnants of the plume from ground zero at the world trade center. figuring out my food triggers regained function for me, i was on my way to a wheelchair. sharing in hopes that it may be useful to you or anyone else.

            • still jillof ark, thanks for sharing but not in the least interested in purchasing a cure all from you. this is information sharing that is all.

              • I am not selling ANYTHING,….the article on candida is ALL ANYONE has EVER gotten out of my KIND ‘share’!

                BITE ME!

        9. zogerke,

          Stilljill isn’t selling, but the pdf has a great summary of the connection between radiation and Candida:

          “In 1953 the Japanese medical authorities, notified the American medical authorities, that there appeared to be a major explosion in these seemingly unconnected symptomatic problems developing in the areas surrounding Hiroshima and Nagasaki and they notified the American authorities that high levels of Candida were always associated with these symptoms. At first that relationship was denied but in the late 1950’s they presented 5,000 documented case histories to a Mayo clinic in upstate New York.”

          Thanks for your description above, zogerke, I have had a similar experience with gluten, and agree with you about the “equation.”

          Both my daughter and I are Celiacs, but since I have so much more heavy metal contamination (mercury fillings, etc.) as Fukushima goes on, I find more and more grains are an issue and inflammation is much lower without *any* grains, where my daughter doesn’t have a problem with them. Paleo (no grains, dairy, soy) is very popular, this must be common.

          Has anyone tried to heavy metal detox like in Cutler’s book Amalgam Illness? StillJill introduced me to curezone.com, and it seems like a lot of people haven’t been able to rid themselves of food allergies, candida, etc. until they do. It is on my list, after we get out of the U.S.

          • I can’t do heavy metal detox, though I need it. Any kind of Herxheimer reaction and I am disabled, because of extreme chemical sensitivity. I’m living on the hairy edge right now.

        10. Apologies, stilljill, for me positing motives to make money, onto you when you were generously sharing information with good intent and no more. Thank you. I will read this with more care. Z

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