I've been mentioning this often recently, so let's take a proper look at the top current issue - FUKUSHIMA.
This might get a bit long and chaotic, and I know people have short attention spans these days, so here are a few things to check if you don't want to go through everything:
In Containment - Part I
In Containment - Part II
In Containment - Part III
In Containment - Part IV
In Containment - Part V
If you don't feel like reading much, here's a short documentary movie recorded recently in the Fukushima zone, showing what life there looks like today. It's about as close to seeing what really goes on there as it gets.
You can also scroll down to the other, 4 part documentary that deals with radiation protection.
This excellent article gives a general overview of the situation in Japan and of consequences all around the world. It was written in September 2011 but practically nothing has changed since then, except that everything keeps getting worse, simply because more radiation is released every day and it's obviously not disappearing and won't be for decades or thousands of years, depending on each element.
A few quotes from the article:
The Fukushima, Japan nuclear disaster has 5 nuclear reactors burning, 2 in partial meltdown and 3 in full meltdown- and theyve ALL been uncontrollably burning since March 11th.
This is important to understand. We have 5 nuclear reactors burning, constantly releasing radiation in the air, which travels all around the planet and comes down in rain. TEPCO is also releasing 1000 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean every day. This is what they have admitted, so if you consider their long history of lies and coverup, you can imagine it's probably much more. This of course contaminates all marine life and spreads further every day. You've read above how this travels through the food chain all the way to humans, at this point pretty much no matter where you are. It took some months for the radiation to find its way to the southern hemisphere but now it's being measured there as well.
So this is where we are. Huge amounts of radiation have been released through water and air every day for 17 months, which is a long enough time for it to travel just about everywhere and find its way to the food chain. Eating anything from the Pacific would be insane, cesium-137 is commonly detected in seaweed, tea and other food imported from Japan, various radioactive elements are literally raining on us, and governments around the world are united in... doing nothing, as usual. To add insult to injury, the Japanese government decided to burn radioactive debris in incineration plants designed for regular garbage. Madness.
Let's keep in mind that there is no 'safe' threshold for radiation. Small doses of radiation are not 'safe,' much less 'good for you' as some idiots would have you believe, and all those doses stack. With halflife from decades to billions of years you can pretty much expect it stays inside of you for life, damaging your cells every day, unless you detox.
It may be difficult to make sense of all the radiation measurements, so here are a few quotes about Sieverts for comparison:
"The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) recommends limiting artificial irradiation of the public to an average of 1 mSv (0.001 Sv) of effective dose per year, not including medical and occupational exposures"
[Note that this is not per hour, not per day, it's per year.]
"1 mSv/h - NRC definition of a high radiation area in a nuclear power plant, warranting a chain-link fence"
"Doses greater than 1 sievert received over a short time period are likely to cause radiation poisoning, possibly leading to death within weeks."
"The maximum radiation recorded by the robot before it became inoperable was 360 millisieverts/hour." [This was a robot in building 3 a few weeks ago. This gives you 1 sievert in 3 hours, so if you read the previous quote again, you'll know that nobody can get close to the reactors.]
Water with 1 sievert per hour dose rate was leaking directly into ocean after 3/11
[This is 1000 millisieverts per hour. "Safe" is one per year.]
As for becquerels, "safe" levels in water are 100 Bq per litre for infants, 300 Bq per litre for adults.
Now every day brings more news full of Becquerels and Sieverts. Sometimes just reading the headlines is enough...
1.04 million Bq/kg at the poolside of a school in Koriyama Fukushima
Tokyo officials find high levels of radiation at 13 of 14 areas tested in public park
12 millisievert average thyroid doses of INTERNAL radiation in Fukushima children Gvt had assured "the levels of such doses were zero" won't notify parents of results
Strontium-90 Found in 10 Prefectures
20,000 Bq In Fukushima Man's Body
Fukushima plant still emitting 10,000,000 becquerels every hour
Don't touch moss in Hachioji Tokyo (4,370 Bq/Kg)
Evidence of plutonium release into the environment from Fukushima
Speculation that "supercritical fission event" occurred at Fukushima reactor irradiating plutonium Explosion so massive investigators found fuel rod fragments a mile away
Detection of radiation in Japanese fishery imports on rise
Japanese Regularly Eating Food Containing Radio Nuclides Such As Cesium
Tokyo area turned out to be as contaminated as Fukushima
Fukushima residents report various illnesses [video]
Health uncertainties torment Japanese in nuke zone
165,000 Bq/Kg from Fukushima river soil
Radioactive cesium found in Japan's fish, seawater
Highest Radiation in L.A. Air Yet
More links here
So how does TEPCO and the government handle the situation?
Complete meltdown + meltthrough on 1st day, later on 2 more reactors
"Within one day complete meltdown and melt through occurred."
"Even after a month had passed, the government continued to say that meltdown, any meltdown has not occurred."
Fukushima is falling apart
"The Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, has only recently confirmed that there were three meltdowns, and they have been ongoing, unabated, for thirteen months, and no effort has been made to contain them."
"the kelp from Corona del Mar contained 40,000,000 bcq/kg of radioactive iodine, as reported in Scientific American several weeks ago"
"the Reactor #4 building is on the verge of collapsing. Seismicity standards rate the building at a zero, meaning even a small earthquake could send it into a heap of rubble. And sitting at the top of the building, in a pool that is cracked, leaking, and precarious even without an earthquake, are 1565 fuel rods"
Country to be evacuated if No. 4 fuel pool collapses?
"The amount of radioactive material in the fuel pool dwarfs the total amount at Chernobyl by a factor of 5 to 10."
Steel support frames under Reactor 4 damaged Reinforcement of fuel pool jury-rigged, danger if hit by typoon or tornado
TEPCO cheating on radiation levels by using "improved" monitoring posts
"On June 12, 2012 Professor Hayakawa of Gunma Univesity went to Iitate and Namie with his survey meter and reported that the monitoring posts only shows 24% to 39% of the actual radiation levels. At one post the dose on the soil surface was lower than that of 1m above ground. He says it means they have laid clean, non contaminated soil surrounding the monitoring post."
Gvt lying and not releasing relevant information [same old]
"Four days after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Yoshiaki Takaki, the then-science minister, met with senior members of the government and ministry officials and decided not to release to the public data from the national System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information (SPEEDI), according to leaked internal documents.
Predictions on the amount of radiation that had already been released from the crippled reactors, as well as further radiation that might escape into the atmosphere "could by no means be released to the public," says the document, according to Kyodo News.
Dated March 19, the document predicts that clouds of radioactivity could be released from the plant and spread across northern and central Japan, including Tokyo. "
Suspicions increased after Tepco banned experts from testing waters in 20km zone
Yokohama City Stopped Using Zeolite after Only One Month at Its Final Disposal Site on Tokyo Bay
What does the place actually look like now?
Images of Unit No. 3 from camera lowered in by crane
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station 26 May 2012
So now to the most important part - how can you protect yourself? Fortunately you can. After reading all this information you know what kind of things you need to avoid. That's step 1. Step 2 is to help your body get rid of radionucleids it may have accumulated.
Things that will help protect you from radiation damage and detoxify your body:
[Each of them has a different function, work best when you combine many of them.]
Selenium [careful with dosage]
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Curcumin (turmeric extract)
Fish Oil or Flax-seed Oil
I suggest you do some research on whatever you're gonna take before you start, especially if you have some health problems.
Here are a few articles that will help you understand how damage from radiation exposure occurs and works, and what you need for detoxification:
Documentary - youtube links:
Protect Yourself from Radiation: Part I
Protect Yourself from Radiation: Part II
Protect Yourself from Radiation: Part III
Protect Yourself from Radiation: Part IV
Scientists from Japan and other countries found effective ways to protect yourself from radiation. They sent a summary of what they found to all major media, governments, TEPCO etc. Guess what happened then? Nothing. Their research was totally ignored. That in itself should give you some clues...
Detoxify or Die: Natural Radiation Protection Therapies
Foods and Supplements that Protect Against DNA Damage
Radiation Protection, Now and Long Term
Natural Ways to Protect Against Radiation
Natural Ways to Protect Yourself from Radiation Contamination
Supplements to Reduce Damage from Radiation
You should be ready to continue this for a long time, because this is not going away in the foreseeable future.