"So long, salmon. Buh-bye, halibut. Farewell, tasty, succulent crab. Are your days of eating Pacific fish over? That’s the menacing message from blogger Gary Stamper, who claims the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant isn’t just turning our seafood into glow-in-the-dark radioactive poison, it’s also causing fur loss and open sores on polar bears and seals; creating an epidemic of dead and starving sea lions; making Canadian herring bleed “from eyeballs, faces, fins, tails.” And that West Coast babies will be battling thyroid issues for life.
“The only way to protect your children and grandchildren is by NOT EATING SEAFOOD from the Pacific Ocean until we have better information,” Stamper warns."
You are quite right to be skeptical about this article, especially with the debunking article. That is the problem, who can we trust when we talk about food? I suspect FDA is not adequately testing foods and products we put in our bodies. I suspect agribusiness that produces foods from depleted soils. I suspect chemical companies for not adequately doing long term testing.
When I sit in a room full of bald headed people having poison pumped into their bodies, and the room is full to overflowing every day, I wonder from where does all this cancer come? I don't know.
I don't know who to believe either. I certainly don't trust the major forces when it comes to environmental or food safety.
I don't imagine the Japanese govt will be forthcoming about major damage domestically or abroad, either.
Back in the 70s and 80s I worked in a lab that used certain radioactive isotopes. Supposedly we were using the right precautions - but some people were reckless.
One of the main researchers there died of pancreatic cancer.
That was long enough ago, I suspect any radioactive residue in my body cleared before the cancer started. I don't know. There is no way to know.
My dad's older brother died of stomach cancer in his 50s. I have stomach cancer but no way to know if it's the same type or coincidence.
His younger brother died of multiple myeloma in his 40s. Of his 3 children, 2 have had cancers, young. The difference there is he was an observer during development of nuclear bombs and watched the explosions.
I bet we'll see an increase in cancers 10 years from now, in Japan.
As for weather ocean fish are safe for us or for our children to eat, I don't know. There is also mercury, enough that there are some precautions for pregnant women, or women who plan to become pregnant, regarding how much and what seafood they can eat.
Daniel, your family certainly has a history of cancer, and also exposure to nuclear bombs. It takes years for some cancers to develop and so it is virtually impossible to know, however prudent to suspect possible exposures. I don't like being overly alarmed, and I don't like being exposed without my knowledge. Sadly, that is part of the uncertainty with which we live.
The major lesson for me out of all this is to enjoy each moment we have, think before I put something in my mouth or body and act with informed caution. Then, if there is more I can do, get busy and do it, if there is nothing more known to do, let go and get on with life.
I hate that your family history includes so many cancers, and several of my women cousins have breast cancer, and I really hate you and I have to face our challenges. Given that, life is precious, there is so much beauty in the world, and there is so much corruption in the world, I like to squawk really loudly and then settle into the wonder and joy and gratitude for being alive. I kind of like a fight, I think it is part of my nature. A good scrap, if it is worth scrapping about, at least gets the issues out of the closet and into the healing light of the sun. Being rebellious as an elder gives me satisfaction. I just wish I had been a rebel as a child and young woman. Well, better late than never.
I look at it as, I've been very fortunate. I've lived longer than most in my family, already. Some who I went to high school with died in Vietnam, of gunshot wounds, shrapnel, and bombs. I don't have the figures, but I bet 1/4 or more of my generation of gay men died of AIDS 20 or 30 years ago. I know so many people who have had so much harder time. Being a white man in my America meant opportunities that I didn't earn, and that I can't give away to others, but it still humbles me. So I try to spread it.
Not to say I haven't also worked harder than anyone I know, or sacrificed more, but those are things I never minded. At this point, though, it would be nice to have a break.
You are right, life is precious. We should not waste it, and we don't have the right to waste other lives.
The radiation issue makes me angry. It's all dependent on who you listen to, and what is their agenda. Scaremongers, not trusting anyone and finding a conspiracy under every rock. Profiteers and politicians, not worthy of trust by anyone, in each others pockets and lying even when they would benefit more by telling the truth.
I'm very grateful to know you here. You are more rebellious than I. Although in a quite way, I am.
I was strangely, quietly rebellious when young. Broke a lot of rules, organized and supported causes I believed in but was never in the forefront, never on TV - I would have been horrified - never loud or pushy. My model is the tortoise, although there is a role for the hare.
Whatever your style, Daniel, I like it. Your gentleness and integrity amaze and startle me. I can imagine you as being a quiet, rebellious youth, knowing the things you value and growing into gay manhood. Daniel, the name, means courage, integrity, compassion, words I think of when I recognize that who you are gives meaning to your name.
It is only 3:35 and I am bushed. Nap time. Hope you can get one when you need it.