Think of vibrations breaking glass, that is what happens at a cellular level, in your body, from ionizing radiation.
Ionizing radiation is insidious, these large subatomic particles travel until they are stopped.
Your skin can easily stop them.
Once they are ingested, inhaled, or enter your body through a cut, their grotesque potent force cuts through your body like knife through butter, into the cells, blood or other organs, impacting other organs and leaving behind hideous, shocking damage.
A single alpha particle from Plutonium, Uranium, Americium or Radon can deliver a huge blast of radiation inside your body. This radiation energy can destroy your genetic material at a cellular level.
Once radionuclides are released into the environment they circulate and are carried with the winds until they become part of the soil and food chain. They land in our drinking water, are on the pastures that our livestock graze on, are on our vegetables and in our fruit trees.
This is particularly dangerous for humans because we are at the top of the food chain, where the higher concentrations of radionuclides are.
Most Common Diseases From Ionizing Radiation:
* solid tumors or any organ
* bone & blood disorders
* lung cancer
* breast cancer
* endocrine disruption
* reproductive abnormalities
* accelerated aging process
* birth defects
* congenital malformations
* kidney, liver damage
These diseases and mutations don't stop with us. If ionizing radiation enters our genes, not only does it cause irreversible damage to this generation, but to future generations, as evidenced by children being born years after Chernobyl.
In Washington state, we've been detoxing and taking other precautions for ourselves, our animals and our soils since March 14.
Because of the 31 radioactive elements spewing for almost 5 months, these precautions will continue for the rest of our lives.
Are you waiting for government permission to protect yourself?
a few things to note.
1/ To Douglas Gray, the Hanford I know about is in south central Washington State and is the site of a huge nuclear waste and processing facility. It presents a danger to everyone in the area including southern BC. EPA radiation monitoring after Fukishima began at Richland Wa. next to Hanford on March 3 and ended March 31 after the levels went from 81 CPM(counts-per-minute) on the 30th to 277 CPM on the 31st.
2/ Health Canada operates(ed?) The Canadian Radiological Monitoring Network (CRMN) managed by the Radiation Surveillance and Health Assessment Division, Radiation Protection Bureau (RPB). Their online Monitoring Data stopped being posted for the only mainland BC station (Vancouver) three years ago or more.
3/ There is no safe level of radiation exposure. If the normal background is increased by 20% that will likely cause 20% more radiation induced cancers in the population exposed. The idea of safe limits comes from the kind of thinking that brought us pesticide regulation. Pesticides are tested for toxicity on a given animal and the mortality is expressed as an LD50 number. This disregards the long term effects, mutagenic and more subtle nervous system damage. So with radiation dose they look at deaths from radiation poisoning: an extreme effect caused by massive exposure. Ionizing radiation can cause cell damage at any level, it just becomes more likely the higher the exposure.
I have been monitoring background radiation in the BC interior since Fukishima (with a couple of breaks) and you can see my data at http://lumbywatch.ca