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Because governments have deceived the public about food safety radiation levels worldwide.
They first release an article like the one below. I am using the EU as an example here.
“EU boosts food import controls after Japanese nuclear disaster. The European Union is to step up controls on food imports from Japan in the wake of the nuclear accident at Fukushima – but stressed there was no evidence that consumers in the region were at risk from radiation-contaminated food.
The EU ruling insists that all products from these prefectures are tested before leaving Japan and said they will be subject to random testing in the bloc. Japanese authorities will have to provide a declaration confirming products do not contain radioactive elements – called radionuclides – that exceed EU maximum levels. The Commission highlighted radionuclides iodine-131, caesium-134 and caesium-137."
This makes you feel warm and cosy inside, because you think your government is looking after you and your family. This article "EU boosts food import controls after Japanese nuclear disaster" is a clever deception because they then proceed to quietly raise the EU maximum safety levels by 20x for cesium-134 and cesium-137. Governments worldwide have used this same tactic.
They then tell the public everything is testing below safety levels, nothing to worry about!
Here is another example, Japan this time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc6FPIK1VaY
If you do purchase good food testing radiation contamination equipment, look at the old pre Fukushima radioactive food contamination safety levels, as a possible guide. If you can purchase a none contaminated food item do so, as any level of radioactive food contamination poses a risk.
So what does this mean?
Radiation contamination bio-accumulates over time, particularly in meat, dairy and seafood grown and harvested in radiation contaminated areas. Ingested radiation from contaminated food radiates body cells with high doses of radiation for long periods of time.
You can't rely on governments, so it is important for your family's health and safety that you take the time and effort to research this subject. In summary, for your family's safety, only purchase food and goods that are not from contaminated areas. Also, research dietary systems that help remove or protect your body from radioactive contamination.
An Oncologist in Japan Dr. Atsuo Yanagisawa, has been doing ongoing research on the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster site workers, and found he is getting very good results with Liposomal Vitamin C. It appears to be healing a lot of radiation damage to their bodies. Liposomal Vitamin C is a combination of vitamin C and lecithin. This combination seems to improve the up take of vitamin C by 80%! It maybe a good idea for you and your family to research taking this to fortify against the effects of radiation. He has been trying to encourage the Japanese government to educate their people about this treatment.
Part Three ( * Liposomal Vitamin C information)
Making your own Liposomal Vitamin C, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2eqfiTxDwg&feature=related
If you are living in Southern Hemisphere, it is suggested at present, to eat locally grown food. A lot of Northern Hemisphere food is safe to eat. It is just hard to tell what is and what isn't, without government or private testing. The dynamics of the situation suggests that Southern Hemisphere grown food is more likely to be less contaminated. No significant detections have been made in any locally grown food, that has been tested so far here, at our testing lab in Australia. Be careful of food products labelled "Made from Australian and imported ingredients".
It’s Not Just Cancer! Radiation, Genomic Instability and Heritable Genetic Damage.
Top Expert Debunks Radiation Myths. Mousseau has made numerous trips to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Fukushima – making 896 inventories at Chernobyl and 1,100 biotic inventories in Fukushima as of July 2013 – to test the effect of radiation on plants and animals.
Even low-level radioactivity is damaging, http://www.sc.edu/news/newsarticle.php?nid=5214#.UKlCJYbAHov“
According to the Petkau Effect long term low level radiation can potentially be more dangerous than a short high dose.
Food contamination fears still persist in Japan, and will for decades. This short video by Jamie Williams of the New York Times, clearly explains why private food testing has become a necessity to protect families, and children in Japan.
“Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment” Alexey Yablokov, Vasily Nesterenko and AlexeyNesterenko. Contributing Editor, Janette Sherman NY Academy of Sciences, Volume 1181, 2009. 5,000 Slavic language studies reviews, over 1,400 cited. Yablokov Chernobyl book.pdf
Nuclear a financial and environmental assessment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YdelLRdI4w&feature=player_embedded
Fukushima a Technological Disaster, or Crisis In Governance? Professional decontamination experts shocked by Japanese attitude to foreign assistance. Japanese food testing and decontamination procedures, plus radiation monitoring equipment reliability, brought into question because of systemic corruption.
This is by no means a complete list. If you know of a reported detection that is not on this list please lets us know by posting a comment.
NOTE: A lot of food and environmental detection reports tend to concentrate on Cesium detection. This is because it is relatively easy to test for, and detect. If Cesium is present in a test result, there is a possibility that other types of radioactive isotopes are also present but not reported. Fallout is a dirty mixture of isotopes. It is not just Cesium. Some of the other isotope contaminants particularly the dangerous Alpha emitters, need more specialized and expensive equipment to detect their presence.
Ingested radiation from contaminated food or water, can radiate body cells with high doses of radiation for long periods of time. This means any ingestion of radioactive isotopes increases the risk to ones well being. Children, particularly girls, and pregnant women are far more sensitive to the effects of radiation. This very informative video, that is just 10 minutes long, discusses the damage very small amounts of Cesium can do to children. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9d3I3S99Dc&feature=player_embedded
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This is what the testing equipment looks like set up on a computer, with the Beeresearch bias box "Gamma Spectacular" unit, plus scintillator. The scintillator is the tall silver tube. It is the scintillator that does the detection. They are very delicate and need to be handled with care.
more info here,
To get the best testing results a scintillator needs to be set up in a lead shielded testing chamber. The unit used for testing is a 2' x 2' NaI crystal scintillator, set up in a 15 mm thick lead shielded container.
For those interested in Spectrometry, here are some charted results using this equipment to test radioactive items, and mineral samples.
Americium in smoke detector If you use an ionizing smoke detector for this type of test for safety reasons don't pull it apart. Watch this very informative video on why the fire safety experts consider Ionization Smoke Alarms in the home to be DEADLY, and an environmental hazard.
Black fungus material from Japan test chart I was sent this resin encapsulated sample of black fungus like material. It has reportedly come from somewhere in the Minamisoma area Japan. A contact in Japan sent a friend this sample. This is my test chart of it. For those of you who have not looked at a chart like this before. The position of the peaks in a the chart indicate what isotopes are present. This fungus started growing on the concrete, and rock surfaces in Japan after the Fukushima Nuclear disaster. It appears to be bio-accumulating Cesium.
Thorium Gas Mantle Here is a scintillator detector test chart of a Thorium gas mantle, showing the different gamma emitting radioactive isotopes present in it. This chart doesn't include lots of other Alpha emitting isotopes that are also in a Thorium gas mantle. Scintillator detectors, like the one used for this test, can't detect pure Alpha or Beta isotope emitters. Old Thorium mantles are highly radioactive, and in my opinion a radioactive dust hazard, particularly if they are in old packaging. Anyone who is not experienced in handling radioactive material should not purchase Thorium Mantles. I am amazed that they actually sold these to the public.
Radon washout chart from a local rain event, this was captured on a paper towel swab off a car surface, after a storm had passed by.
Potassium (K40) in 430 grams of almost pure Potassium Chloride using PRA software. Here is an interesting comparison using Theremino MCA software versions 3.8 and 4.5 to test 100 grams of pure Potassium Chloride.
Theremino MCA V3.8
Theremino MCA V4.5
Radium clock dial chart This spectra was recorded in a lead shield chamber without a copper liner, or proper calibration, hence the large secondary X-ray peak at approx 80 keV. The chart is of half a Radium clock dial. This is to demonstrate what the equipment can do, plus to show how radioactive this small piece of fashionable jewelry was. A lot of people who used it as jewelry, or who were employed to paint these dials, died from the exposer to this highly radioactive substance.
The Radium clock Dial, Uraninite, and Euxenite, samples were kindly loaned by enenews member, Spectrometising.
Uraninite sample Chart Spectra recorded with a copper liner. Uraninite is a Uranium rich mineral, it is most commonly known as pitchblende. It is very radioactive. It was used here to calibrate the equipment.
Euxenite Y Chart Spectra recorded in a lead shield chamber without a copper liner, hence the large secondary X-ray peak at approx 80 Kev.
Large numbers of Australia food items have been, and are still being tested continuously. Because we don't have the man hours to write a report for each tested food item, only items that have had relevant radioactive isotope detections are listed here.
Spirulina Detection (24/03/2013)
Possibly a small amount of radioactive iodine 1-129 has been detected in 200 grams of Spirulina, purchased at the local super market. It was tested twice. The other candidate is lead isotope Pb-210. I am leaning towards iodine because the X-ray peak at 30 Kev fits its profile. It is a small amount and is close to the limits of what the equipment here can detect. It is possibly a false positive detection. At this point Spirulina products should be tested by others to confirm if there is any contamination with fallout isotopes.
This raises a lot of questions, because a lot of people are taking this to protect themselves against radiation exposure. I take it myself. I can only say that the Spirulina product container we purchased showed very small trace amounts of contamination, other batches could be fine. We will test other batches over time.
If this is a I-129 detection, why would it appear by itself?
One theory put forward is that the Spirulina organism is bio-accumlulating Iodine.
Here is some information that has already been put forward in discussions on this subject.
"If you are detecting it, it isn't probably natural .... but will be Fukushima - and I-129 is probably at levels to be a health concern."
"I-129 is one of the 7 long-lived fission products that are produced in significant amounts. Its yield is 0.706% per fission (U-235). Larger proportions of other iodine isotopes like 131I are produced, but because these all have short half-lives, iodine in cooled spent nuclear fuel consists of about 5/6 129I and 1/6 the only stable iodine isotope, 127I."
The batch off Spirulina I tested had on the packaging, "Made in Australia from Imported ingredients". I was under the impression all Spirulina was produced in the Northern Hemisphere. It has since been informed that an Australian company also produces Spirulina.
Cinnamon Detection (05/02/2013)
An 80 gram packet of Cinnamon imported from India, that was purchased in Australia, was found to have traces of Uranium isotope decay daughters in it. This is the second sample of Cinnamon that we have detected with isotope contamination. The other sample purchased last year was imported from Europe, and only had trace amounts of a single isotope.
This sample from India has multiple isotope peak signatures in it. This is probably from soil contamination during harvesting, processing, or root uptake. K40 is radioactive Potassium which is in every living thing, Pb-214 is radioactive lead, Bi-214 is radioactive Bismuth, and Ra-226 is Radium.
This is a test of imported Bentonite clay. People are consuming Bentonite clay to remove radioactive contamination from their bodies, and for other health benefits.
The chart is of a 625 gram sample of Bentonite Clay. The peaks on the far left in this chart up to the 88 keV mark, are not from the Bentonite clay, but secondary X-ray artifacts created from background Gamma radiation passing through the lead shielding of the testing chamber.
The peak on the far right at 1460 keV is radioactive Potassium, referred to as K40. This is caused from the radiative K40 in the wooden building I did the testing in. A very small amount of K40 is in Potassium Chloride which is in pretty much every living thing.
If you look at the red highlighted peaks in this chart, the peaks indicate the presence of radioactive Radium Ra-226, Lead Pb-214 and Bi-214. Also on testing, Zeolite, also has be found to contain radioactive isotopes.
1 kg of Zeolite was tested in a lead and copper lined test chamber. The Zeolite test showed that it had radioactive Lead and Bismuth Isotopes in it as well. It was not as radioactive as the Bentonite clay.
All soils have radioactive isotopes in them. This is what creates a lot of normal background radiation. These isotopes are created from Uranium and Thorium decay, which are present in soils. Most clays will have some radioactivity in them. That is why background radiation levels in a brick and tile house, are greater than a wooden one.
The second green marker in the Zeolite chart marks the largest peak for radioactive Lead Pb-212, and the second blue marker is Bismuth Bi-214, found in the Zeolite test.
People are taking Zeolite and Bentonite clay to remove radioactivity from their bodies, when they already have radioactive isotopes in them. OK, they only take a small amount at a time, so maybe it doesn't matter? The benefits may out way the risks?
There is a big difference between using these items for environmental clean up or as a mud pack, to ingesting them. After testing and getting these results the big question are.
Is it a risk or an advantage to take these substances internally?
Do they actually remove radioactive contamination from a persons body as claimed?
Are the radioactive isotopes in them being absorbed when they pass through the digestive system?
It is generally agreed that consuming radioactive, or stable lead is not a good thing!
This type of testing only shows the radioactive isotopes that emit Gamma radiation in the samples. There may be stable lead and other heavy metal contamination also present.
After testing, I personally would not ingest these substances without a lot of further research, showing that they are actually doing something positive.
Bentonite Clay and Zeolite need further testing by others with this sort of equipment, to verify this. Note, samples mined from other locations may test differently.
Peaks in these charts are relative to the quantity of the samples used, plus the length of time the testing took. You will need to get an understanding of this to fully interpret the testing results from this equipment.
For instance, the peaks in the chart from the sample of radium on the clock dial that weighs a fraction of a gram, were very large. The Bentonite clay and Zeolite samples were 625 grams and 1 Kg. These are much larger test samples of material. They were also tested over a longer period of time. You need to take into account, time, distance and quantity, to make a proper assessment of the results. The radioactivity detected in the Bentonite clay and Zeolite samples were very much smaller than the radium clock dial!
Radioactive isotopes were found in Brazil nuts purchased at the local supermarket. See attached chart. The chart shows radioactive lead isotopes are present. The second green peak marker in the chart is at 241 keV and other peaks at 295, 351, are the markers for radioactive lead. Then the other largest peak is for Bismuth 214 at 609 etc. The large blue coloured peak is the secondary X-rays, a product of a test chamber not being lined with copper, and the smaller blue coloured peak is Potassium K40 in my natural background. These results suggest this contamination is not from Fukushima because of the presents of Bismuth 214.
Information on Brazil nuts.,
1. Brazil nut trees produce fruit almost exclusively in pristine forests.
2. The fruit takes 14 months to mature after pollination of the flowers.
3. Around 20,000 tons of Brazil nuts are harvested each year, of which Bolivia accounts for about 50%, Brazil 40% and Peru 10% (2000 estimates).
If I can detect radioactive Lead and Bismuth in Brazil nuts at these levels, it suggests there must also be levels of stable lead present. I have taken Brazil nuts off my diet. If I had detected this in any other food, I would do the same.
It has been known for a long time that Brazil nut trees are bio-accumulating radium that can be found in most soils, because of their very deep root systems.
I was under the impression until I tested them, that the higher radioactivity in Brazil nuts was just caused by the extra concentration of natural occurring K40 in them like a Banana. It appears that it has been known for a long time that they also contained radioactive Lead and Bismuth.
Link provided by enenews member aigeezer in reference to this subject.
"It's believed Brazil nuts have 1,000 times more radium than the next most radioactive food. While extensive studies have yet to be conducted, the amount of radiation in a Brazil nut is still small when compared to radiation encountered in everyday life, and it's not believed to pose any serious health risk, regardless of the quantities ingested."
If I can detect radioactive Lead and Bismuth in Brazil nuts it also suggests there must also be levels of stable lead also present. Personal choice, I have taken Brazil nuts off my diet. If I had detected this isotopes at these levels in any other food I would do the same.
Brazil nuts need further testing by others with this sort of equipment, to verify this. Note, samples harvested from different locations may test differently.
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