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The Horrible Truth About Thyroid Cancers, Nukes, Carcinogens and 9/11

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Huffington Post: Nuclear Power Causes Cancer: What Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know

Nuclear power, frequently mentioned as one option for meeting future energy needs, would pose a health threat to Americans if a meltdown occurred. But despite meltdowns at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, and many other near-miss accidents, there is another dirty little secret the nuclear industry doesn’t want you to know. Cancer risk from nuclear plants aren’t just potential risks, they are actual risks.

Every day, reactors must routinely release a portion of radioactive chemicals into local air and water — the same chemicals found in atomic bomb tests. They enter human bodies through breathing and the food chain. Federal law obligates nuclear companies to measure these emissions and the amounts that end up in air, water, and food, and to report them to federal regulators.

However, nuclear advocates consistently claim that these releases are below federally-permitted limits, and thus are harmless. But this thinking is a leap that ignores hard evidence from scientific studies. Now, after half a century of a large-scale experiment with nuclear power, the verdict is in: nuclear reactors cause cancer.

The claim that low doses of radiation are harmless has always been just a claim. It led to practices like routine diagnostic X-rays to the pelvis of pregnant women, until the work of the University of Oxford’s Dr. Alice Stewart found that these X-rays doubled the chance that the fetus would die of cancer as a child. Many studies later, independent experts agreed that no dose is safe. A 2005 report by a blue-ribbon panel of the National Academy of Sciences reviewed hundreds of scientific articles, and concluded that there is no risk-free dose of radiation.

Joseph Mangano, MPH, MBA, Executive Director of the Radiation and Public Health Project, has authored 23 scientific articles since the mid-1990s documenting high local cancer rates near nukes. One study showed child cancer exceeded the national rate near 14 of 14 plants in the eastern U.S. Another showed that when U.S. nuclear plants closed, local infant deaths and child cancer cases plunged immediately after shutdown.

Other publications by Mangano have shown rising levels of radioactive Strontium-90, emitted by reactors, in baby teeth of children living near reactors, which were closely linked with trends in childhood cancer rates.

The young aren’t the only ones affected by reactor emissions. New evidence has examined adult rates of thyroid cancer, a disease especially sensitive to radiation. Thyroid is the fastest-rising cancer in the U.S., nearly tripling since 1980. This evidence proves that most U.S. counties with the highest thyroid cancer rates are within a 90-mile radius covering eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and southern New York. This area has 16 nuclear reactors (13 still in operation) at 7 plants, the densest concentration of reactors in the U.S.

A November 2007 article on U.S. child leukemia deaths updated the 1990 National Cancer Institute study and showed local rates rose as nuclear plants aged — except near plants that shut down.

A nationwide study of current cancer rates near nukes is sorely needed. In May this year, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) quietly announced it was commissioning an update of the 1990 National Cancer study. This sounds like a positive step. However, the NRC has long been a harsh critic of any suggestion that reactors cause cancer. This is not surprising, since the Commission receives 90% of its funds from nuclear companies that operate reactors.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/samuel-s-epstein/nuclear-power-causes-canc_b_251057.html?view=print

911 Truth: 9/11 first responders outraged over exclusion of cancer from Zadroga health act

Scores of first responders believe they contracted cancer due to the time they
spent at the toxic World Trade Center site and are outraged the disease is being
excluded from the new James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

“Every time we bury a New York City firefighter: Cancer. Cancer. Cancer,”
said retired Firefighter Kenneth Specht, who is battling thyroid cancer.

“How can that not be included? It’s absolutely unacceptable.”

Specht, 43, retired in 2008 after 13 years with the FDNY, too sick to keep
working. He spent two months at Ground Zero after the terror attacks, desperately
searching for the remains of his fallen colleagues and unaware that he was breathing
in apparently dangerous chemicals.

“How can they not say, ‘You were in a bad position and we’re going to
try and rectify this?’” said Specht who, because of the cancer and gastroesophageal
reflux disease, is a prisoner in his Nassau County home.

“It’s not about money – we’re looking for some decency,” he said.

Margaret Stroehlein was driving from her Long Island home to Manhattan’s Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to visit her ill husband when she heard about
the Zadroga bill decision.

“I wanted to cry,” said Stroehlein, whose firefighter husband Jeff
has been stricken with a rare form of brain cancer.

http://www.911truth.org/911-first-responders-outraged-over-exclusion-of-cancer-from-zadroga-health-act/

RT News: Donna Summer died from 9/11 cancer?

The music world was shocked on Thursday by the loss of disco legend Donna Summer to lung cancer. The singer largely avoided publicizing her battle with the illness, but said in 2008 that she thought the disease developed because of the 9/11 attacks.

Summer, who passed away this week at age of 63, told the Daily Telegraph four years before her death that she believed the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks played a role in her illness. The singer was residing in an apartment near Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan during the time of the tragedy.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph in 2008, Summer said that had a premonition that the attacks would occur roughly a month before; afterwards, she says, she went into a deep depression and couldn’t leave her nearby apartment.

“I didn’t want to talk to anybody. I had to keep the blinds down and stay in my bedroom,” she told the paper.

Adding on the story to Access Hollywood, that same year Summer told the television program about her progress after the attacks.

“I actually went to therapy. I got help. I was extremely affected by it but I feel a lot better now and I processed it as much as a person can,” she said.

Only now, however, are people close to the legendary singer saying that the 9/11 attacks affected her to a much greater degree.

Sources close to the singer speaking on condition of anonymity tell the website TMZ that Summer largely blamed inhaling toxic particles after the 9/11 attack on her cancer. One source tells TMZ that she would spray disinfectant in the air constantly after the attacks. Denery Terrio, the host of Dance Fever, adds to the site that he saw Summer regularly hanging silk sheets in her dressing room after 9/11 to keep dust out.

“She somehow felt that her illness was a byproduct of the attack,” adds another source to TMZ.

The singer isn’t alone. Hundreds of law enforcement officers and first responders that came to the aid of victims at the World Trade Center say they developed diseases after the attack.

“Every time we bury a New York City firefighter: Cancer. Cancer. Cancer,” firefighter Kenneth Specht told the Daily News last year.

Just shy of last year’s 10-year anniversary of the attacks, Dr. David Prezant of the New York City Fire Department published a study that confirms that exposure to chemicals in the air after the attacks signaled an increase in cancer diagnoses.

Cancer-causing toxins including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls and dioxins have all been identified as agents apparent at Ground Zero. In his findings, Dr. Prezant explicitly wrote that “This study clearly shows World Trade Center exposure in these firefighters led to an increase in cancer.” He analyzed data from nearly 10,000 male firefighters before coming to his conclusion.

That study was published in the September 3 edition of The Lancet, a medical journal out of the UK.

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, added to 1010 WINS Radio last year that cancer deaths were growing in first responders at an “astronomical” rate.

In the decade after 9/11, 297 cops that were on the scene were diagnosed with cancer. At least 50 of them have passed.

http://rt.com/usa/donna-summer-cancer-singer-627/

 

35 Reasons for Many Small Fission Nukes at the WTC

 1) heat generation at ground zero for six months (china syndrome)
2) inability to quench ground zero heat with water
3) red hot/molten steel at ground zero
4) missing core columns from ground zero (vaporized during destruction)
5) spreading of sand at ground zero consistent with attempts to limit radiation
6) washing of steel recovered from pile consistent with radiation decontamination
7) extreme security for ground zero steel shipments consistent with limiting access to radioactive steel
8) extreme security at ground zero, limiting exposure, view of devastation
9) extreme pulverization of WTC concrete into very fine particles
10) disappearance of over one thousand human bodies from WTC debris
11) disappearance of furniture, phones, filing cabinets and computers from WTC debris
12) disappearance of elevator doors, office doors, office cubicle walls, toilets and sinks from WTC debris
13) several floor fragments fused together in “meteorite” object
14) bone fragments sprayed into Bankers Trust upper floor during destruction
15) multiple blast waves during destruction of tower
16) large fireballs during initiation of WTC1 destruction
17) small backpack-sized fission nukes exist
18) fission-nuke technology well-established
19) low efficiency of fission nukes ensures leftover radioactive fragments and China syndrome
20) EMP formation during tower destruction (exploding cars, partial burning)
21) Description of heat in WTC blast cloud
22) Extensive cover-up of ground zero air by EPA
23) High rate of cancers, including thyroid cancer typically associated with radiation exposure, in ground zero responders
24) Melted, hanging skin in WTC survivor Felipe David in absence of fire

Read the rest of the list at http://wtcdemolition.blogspot.com/2009/07/35-reasons-for-many-small-fission-nukes.html

ABC News: 9/11 First Responders Plagued by Health Problems From Toxic Dust and Debris

In the months following 9/11, firefighter Kenny Specht, 43, spent every day at the site, navigating the rubble in hopes of at first rescuing people, and later recovering the bodies of those crushed when the towers fell. Though he and his fellow rescue workers were picking through rubble littered with asbestos, mercury, crushed florescent light bulbs and other known toxins, they were outfitted with only their normal uniform to protect them from potential contaminants.

“They gave us paper masks and overalls, like you’d see in home improvement shows. They let us go back to our homes every day with our contaminated gear,” Specht says.

It wasn’t until 2006 that he started to experience health problems. At first it was gastrointestinal issues that required him to have his gallbladder removed, but in 2007 a CAT scan following an injury on the job revealed thyroid cancer.

“The injury to my neck was fortunate, because I didn’t have any symptoms of cancer yet, so I wouldn’t have known,” he says. Specht had his thyroid removed and went through radiation and now has to take medications for the rest of his life to replace the function of his thyroid.

“The optimist in me wants to believe this is my only bout with cancer, but the realist in me knows it’s hard to ever say you’re cancer-free after you’ve had cancer,” he says.

Though the string of cancer cases among New York firefighters who worked at 9/11 seemed like a sad coincidence when Specht was diagnosed, this Levittown, N.Y., man is now part of a trend that researchers are just beginning to understand: Those who worked at the WTC site seem to be at increased risk of cancer, especially thyroid cancer, melanoma and lymphoma. According to a study released of nearly 10,000 New York firefighters (half of whom worked at the WTC site), those from the site are 32 percent more likely to have cancer.

“I’ve been to 54 funerals of firefighters since 9/11 and 52 of them are cancer-related,” says John Feal, a former firefighter and founder of the FealGood Foundation, an advocacy group seeking medical coverage and compensation for first responders of 9/11.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/911-responders-plagued-cancer-asthma-ptsd/story?id=14427512

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