Dr Caldicott Speaks about the Condition of Fukushima Children's Thyroids

In a newly available interview (originally conducted in August 2012), Dr. Helen Caldicott, paediatrician, anti-nuclear campaigner and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, excoriates the Japanese governmental and medical establishments for failing to take appropriate measures to protect the public from adverse health impacts of the Fukushima Daiichi atomic power plant disaster. She said that the only medically appropriate response an immediate and permanent evacuation of children and their families from affected regions, and said that the Japanese people need to have a "revolution" demanding that they be cared for.

 

Following the results of ultrasound tests in which 36 percent of Fukushima children were found to have nodules or cysts on their thyroids (the normal rate is less than 1 percent, she said), tests on cells from those cysts and nodules should have been immediately conducted under a microscope, to see if any of them are malignant, since almost certainly some of them are. She called the failure to do so, "medical irresponsibility the likes of which I've never seen in my 40 or 50 years of practicing medicine." Bringing some such children to Australia for further medical testing would be possible, she said, but would require careful planning and coordination with members of the medical community there. She noted, however, that cancers and other adverse health impacts from the disaster will by no means be confined to the thyroid, or to Fukushima prefecture.

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