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Fukushima: 42% of 57,000 Children Have Thyroid Cysts/Nodules


Civic_critic2

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A newly released report on the health impact of Fukushima on the prefecture's children has shown that of the 57,000 children surveyed 42% had thyroid cysts and nodules. By way of comparison the rate in Chernobyl was 0.1% - 1%.

The Fukushima disaster is only just beginning. It has been suppressed by the mainstream media in the west and even by the media in Japan. I recently looked at pictures on a website showing newly re-opened beaches just 15 miles from Fukushima in which images of smiling kids playing in the water were relayed to the population at large to show that the area is safe. This struck me as bald and criminal insanity. There is no depravity that governments will not stoop to when you're sitting watching images of children playing in water beside 3 nuclear meltdowns, all organised by the 'authorities' for public consumption. I had the same feeling during Israel's last attack on Gaza when, from the comfort of my chair, I watched live pictures of white phosphous raining down on women and children. Nothing is safe and everything is possible in this world.

18 months after the meltdowns there is still confusion over where the melted cores are. There's confusion publically that is. Privately it is highly unlikely that they are unable to locate any one of 3 separate coriums. The dissemination of confusion instead of clarity on the issue therefore suggests that the truth is being concealed. What then do you think the truth is?

The disaster at Fukushima is only beginning.

I took this info from this article: German Media Shows Backlash At Fukushima Health Survey | SimplyInfo which is based on a German television piece here. Perhaps someone with German can review the piece and confirm the data as relayed is accurate?
 

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This doesn't sound good, those children should not be abused in this way.

Eamon Gilmore our Minister for Foreign Affairs with a huge capacity for caring, will undoubtedly intervene and close our Embassy there in protest.

He will probably suggest that Japan legislates against undersea earthquakes, when he should be offering free housing from our liquidated Nama stock for those poor families who would like to move.

Come on Eamo, surprise us for once.
 

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Have you checked your own children for Thyroid Cysts/Nodules?

The result would surprise you.
 

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I read a report when checking into this that 15% of children in one survey had nodules on their thryroid. Between the Chernobyl number and that 15% I do not know the norm. Is 42% normal do you think? In a survey of 57,000 children?
 

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Have you checked your own children for Thyroid Cysts/Nodules?

The result would surprise you.
It wouldn't surprise me if Irish children were found to have significant thyroid damage. In fact it's almost inevitable. Ireland is the only democracy in the world with mandatory fluoridation of public water; and fluoride, like radiation, is very harmful for the thyroid gland. America's highest scientific authority, the National Research Council, states clearly that fluoride is an endocrine disruptor.

The unfortunate residents of Fukushima and surrounding areas have no easy escape from the radiation, but our Government could immediately save us from the scourge of fluoride if they wanted to. In fact fluoridation is the only major public health problem that can be solved overnight.
 

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Did they have any iodine tablets to take or would iodine have been any use?
Don't quote me on this, but if I remember right iodine tablets lasts only a few hours, so unless they had the capacity to start churning out daily doses for the hundreds of thousands there it wouldn't be much use.
 

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Ok, so according to this:
Thyroid nodules in children are uncommon but often present an increased risk of malignancy in comparison to their adult counterpart...Thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine malignancy in pediatric patients [1–3]. However, thyroid nodules in children are only found in 3.7% of healthy children aged 11–18 years old. Compared to adults, these nodules have an increased risk of being malignant (16% in children versus 5% in adults).
This is a clinical study from 2 researchers in the Department of Pediatric Surgery, Children's National Medical Center, Washington.

Then there's this by Andrew J. Bauer, M.D. and Gary L. Francis, M.D., Ph.D
After radiation exposure, the prevalence of thyroid disease (hypothyroidism, nodules and/or cancer) is up to 40-fold higher with patients developing problems as soon as five years or as late as 30 years after the initial treatment..
In total, thyroid cancer may develop in as many as 10 percent of all cancer survivors following radiation treatments..
Most thyroid disease requires about 15 years to appear, but cases have been reported after as long as 30 years or as short as five years in younger children.
According to this article on endocrinology-journals.org:
Thyroid nodules are uncommon in children before puberty (1.5% or less) (Kirkland et al. 1973, Rallison et al. 1975, Scott & Crawford 1976, Yip et al. 1994, Millman & Pellitteri 1997). Any nodule discovered in such an age group should therefore be viewed with suspicion and the diagnostic approach should be more aggressive in children than in adults (Scott & Crawford 1976, Silverman et al. 1979, Ridgway 1991) because they are more often malignant than in adults (Belfiore et al. 1989). The mean incidence of thyroid carcinomas in childhood thyroid nodules which were operated on is summarized in Table 1 and shows an overall 26.4% risk of cancer.
According to this:
The incidence of palpable (able to be felt) thyroid nodules is 5 percent. Five to 20 percent of patients with thyroid nodules will have cancer.
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians:
Palpable thyroid nodules occur in 4 to 7 percent of the population (10 to 18 million persons), but nodules found incidentally on ultrasonography suggest a prevalence of 19 to 67 percent.

[nevertheless]While the prevalence of thyroid nodules is less common in children, the risk of malignancy appears to be much higher (14 to 40 percent in children as opposed to 5 percent in adults).

“Red Flags” for Thyroid Cancer
Male gender
Extremes in age (younger than 20 years and older than 65 years)
Rapid growth of nodule
Symptoms of local invasion (dysphagia, neck pain, hoarseness)
History of radiation to the head or neck
Family history of thyroid cancer or polyposis
 

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@Civic_Critic that's a very worrying statistic and a time-bomb, thanks for posting the thread.
 

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Does taking iodine tablets (as all of these children would have after the accident) increase the number of nodules you would expect to find large group of children? Because if it does then that could go a long way to explain these reports, if somewhat less dramatic an explanation.
 

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A newly released report on the health impact of Fukushima on the prefecture's children has shown that of the 57,000 children surveyed 42% had thyroid cysts and nodules. By way of comparison the rate in Chernobyl was 0.1% - 1%.

Absolutely horrendous :-(
 

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Does taking iodine tablets (as all of these children would have after the accident) increase the number of nodules you would expect to find large group of children? Because if it does then that could go a long way to explain these reports, if somewhat less dramatic an explanation.
I've tried to find the answer to this and as far as I have read iodine would reduce nodules not cause them. According to the original article quoted in my OP:

The traditional Japanese diet is high in iodine. Dietary iodine is radioprotective (protects the thyroid from taking in radioactive iodine). Dietary iodine also protects they thyroid from creating goiters and other thyroid problems.
Perhaps some of the doctors on here can weigh in with their knowledge, that is if they can drag themselves away from arguing with other 'professionals' over which of them is entitled to more money for their expertise.

Another objection presented by the establishment in Japan to the results is that improvements in ultrasound can explain the high numbers. This too was addressed in the article in the OP, along with an image of one of the ultrasound scans used:

The notion that better ultrasound technology makes it easier to find nodules is also a questionable excuse. While the field of ultrasound in general has seen advancements in the breadth of applications and technical improvements that allow new types of ultrasound examinations these changes do not really impact the thyroid application. Thyroid scan images from the Health Survey given to parents show the quality of the scans. They do not have significant quality or resolution improvements over older scans. The photo below is a scan from the Health Survey.
The fact that the children surveyed live in an area where 3 nuclear meltdowns and 2 explosions of nuclear facilities occurred may be a significant contributory cause of the huge rates of thyroid nodules.
 

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On the face of it looks like a worrying headline.
But what is the baseline?
What is the normal prevalence of this symptom?
 

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According to the surveys I quoted in a previous post the normal rate of thyroid nodules in children is 1.5% - 3.7%, though much higher among adults. Again there seems to be some confusion over the rate which would not be difficult to clear up. The maintenance of confusion over the issue and the forwarding of weak counterpoints by the establishment in Japan to the survey results, along with the almost total media blackout of reporting on these results that I can see, is extremely worrying.

Worrying for Ireland too, since we are one of the countries most affected by the jetstream coming directly from Japan. Specifically the edge of the jetstream, where the interface between fast flowing air and much slower surrounding air leads to higher rates of fallout of particulates from the jetstream into that surrounding air.
 

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According to the surveys I quoted in a previous post the normal rate of thyroid nodules in children is 1.5% - 3.7%, though much higher among adults. Again there seems to be some confusion over the rate which would not be difficult to clear up. The maintenance of confusion over the issue and the forwarding of weak counterpoints by the establishment in Japan to the survey results, along with the almost total media blackout of reporting on these results that I can see, is extremely worrying.

Worrying for Ireland too, since we are one of the countries most affected by the jetstream coming directly from Japan. Specifically the edge of the jetstream, where the interface between fast flowing air and much slower surrounding air leads to higher rates of fallout of particulates from the jetstream into that surrounding air.
Your body is exposed to natural radiation every day. You are right that we can detect radioactive isotopes from Fukishima. That is more a testament to the sophistication of detection equipment and the special characteristics of nuclear decay.
 

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I suspect it's more a testament to 3 nuclear meltdowns and 2 explosions at nuclear reactors, as well as the ongoing release of radioactive steam, gas and particulates at Fukushima.
 

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Dr. Helen Caldicott is an anti-nuclear activist and paediatrician. She speaks about the report on children's thyroid nodules in the video below (at 3:14), describing such abnormalities in children as 'incredibly rare':

[video=youtube;q09X9oHldTI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=ULq09X9oHldTI&feature=player_detailpage &v=q09X9oHldTI#t=194s[/video]
 

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Chris Busby lays out what's going on and the action he and Japanese colleagues and parents are taking to defend the children of Fukushima:

[video=youtube;CdvfsBsXNS4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdvfsBsXNS4[/video]
 
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