“Our lives all changed on 3/11, except nobody told you”
After 25 years of working in the medical field, and running a large clinical research center in Michigan, I found myself on the other side of the Medical Industrial Complex, as a patient with severe fibromyalgia from a flu shot, and a career-ending spinal cord injury. I began researching the Fukushima accident during my recovery, and became very alarmed at the lack of attention this catastrophe was receiving. The first clue that the reactors were breached were reports of “neutron beams” being visualized around the site, even miles away from the reactor buildings, early into the accident.
The next few days were spent on the phone with every smart person I knew, trying to figure out what was really happening. My interest in nuclear energy had always been peripheral…I was a junior in high school when Chernobyl happened in 1986, and having lived in Europe for part of my childhood, I was intensely fascinated with what transpired over the following years, such as the rampant, debilitating diseases, and genetic mutations, that were occurring in children. But this was not an accident that I expected to ever be affected by personally. Studying this in greater detail more recently, I learned otherwise. Mutation study was a hobby, and as an avid gardener I was always looking for examples in nature. I don’t recall ever finding a single one though, before Fukushima. Little did I know, but my career and other interests had somewhat prepared me for the intense research I was going to need to do, to get answers to my questions about the accident. In ophthalmology, my specialty had been teaching Optical Coherence Tomography, using spectrometry (similar to HAARP technology) to image the structures of the eyeball.
I taught this emerging technology to physicians and fellows at Academy meetings, and as a special guest lecturer at the Duke University Department of Visual Sciences. Much of the lecturing I did was due to the large number of children I had contact with, that suffered from severe cancers of the eye and head. We saw pathology every day that most eye doctors only saw once in their career. The physicians I worked with were world-renowned, and in very high demand for their expert opinions on rare anomalies. In 2006, we started seeing the direct effects of horrendous mutations brought about from the use of Depleted Uranium in the population of Iraq, and some of these children were also brought to our clinic. Before that, genetic mutations of the eye were extremely rare, except from the Chernobyl accident. The implications of radiation as a direct cause was only whispered and speculated about among physicians, as very little public information was available about DU.
We started seeing more and more interest from doctors worldwide, and the images we were getting from King Khaled and other eye hospitals were bizarre and shocking. The correlation of congenital anomalies and DU later become incontrovertible, and it is only because of high-ranking whistleblowers such as Dr Doug Rokke, MD and Dr Leuren Moret, PhD that the far-reaching effects of DU have come to light.
Some of the affected babies were born to US soldiers who had spent time in these contaminated areas. I have friends and family that work in the heart of the Military Industrial Complex, as well as in the nuclear industry; from War Games at the Pentagon – to building bombs for the DOD – to decommissioning of previous nuclear accident sites and spills.
They have helped me conduct much of my research about DU, Chernobyl, Fukushima, Three Mile Island, nuclear weapons construction, atmospheric testing, transport of radioactive fallout in the ocean and air, the bio-concentration of isotopes in organisms, the synergistic relationship between chemicals and radiation (multiplier effect), and the politics and numerous safety issues of the nuclear industry. Since Fukushima, my interests have evolved from the accident itself, to the health effects of radiation and how fallout from the accident will affect our DNA. I discovered that the association of mutations and radiation had been known since the 1920’s, first described by Dr Hermann Muller, who was later awarded the Nobel Prize for his research on radiation induced mutations of Drosophila Melanogaster (fruit fly).
Considering Muller’s fruit flies experiments, the Chernobyl children, DU babies, and our ever-growing database of mutation images post 3/11, the subsequent health effects of Fukushima fallout causes me great concern. The majority of my study on nuclear issues has been through perusal of scientific reports and papers, as well as first-hand testimonials from the populations affected by nuclear accidents. I estimate that I have read over 9,000 studies and research papers in the past 3 years. Still, I feel as if I only know a small portion of what I really need to, so every day becomes an opportunity to find another piece of this surreal nuclear puzzle. I now have a team of approximately 20 trusted volunteers, who all share common and deeply felt beliefs and concerns about our situation. We are using social media to its fullest potential to circumvent the complete failure of accurate and truthful reporting on these subjects by the mainstream media. The biggest challenge is how to teach this very complicated (and invisible) subject in a way that can be understood by all, including children, as future generations will be the ones to bear the harm that results from all of our ‘nuclear mistakes’.
During my career in ophthalmology, I created and maintained the largest collection of eye disease and ocular mutation images in the world, including the rare eye disease and deformities in children from Iraq and Fallujah that were beginning to manifest. I had no idea at the time how this project would prepare me for what was to come post-Fukushima. I have now created a growing database of mutation images displaying the effects of radiative stress and genomic instability in plants, animals, birds, insects & children. I started this project in the fall of 2011, after noticing a large number of mutations in my area of Michigan, shortly after the accident occurred.
When I created a Facebook page calling for images, I was shocked at the overwhelming response of individuals that were also as concerned as I was. Gardeners, farmers, photographers, and other ‘students of nature’ were also finding them across Asia, the United States, Canada, and more recently, the southern hemisphere. I am often told by individuals submitting images, “I have had this tree on my property for 30 years, and the seeds have never looked like this” or “I am a farmer, and I have never seen this happen to my crops before….” As this is the only physical evidence we have of possible fallout, besides a few published studies, I continue to pursue anything I can find in relation to mutations found after Fukushima and other nuclear accidents, such as Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. The synergistic relationships between rads, chemicals, toxins, as well as GMOs and Geo-engineering, may also be playing a part. This is a very complex set of circumstances to address and try to sort out. We know that fallout occurs where the rain falls, which is where my new association with Climate Viewer 3D will be indispensable. My hope is that eventually this project will become the largest database of mutation images ever created, and it will be fully accessible for researchers and students to use for future study and evidence. However, after only collecting images for a few months it was apparent that precipitation and rain-out is a large contributor to where these anomalies are being found. People who have seen this collection in its entirety are stunned by its implications.
I am completely self-educated in nuclear issues, as I was during my career in bio-medical photography and ophthalmology. I also had the great example of having a father who was a tireless environmentalist his entire life. I could never understand how he could spend every waking minute dedicated to whatever his current project was. Now I know how that feels…since Fukushima. You just have to find what compels you…or perhaps, it finds you. In my past career, in spite of my lack of formal education, I managed to attain a higher level of certifications and awards in retinal imaging than anyone else in the country. The last paper I published was on Familial Exudative Vitreoretinopathy (FEVR), and the implications of genetic mutations on eye development. I was also the only member of a peer-review board of a world-wide scientific journal, without any kind of college degree.
You are at somewhat of a disadvantage in the medical field without a formal education, but this does not necessarily mean you lack knowledge in your field of interest. Physicians, unless pursuing a specialty in oncology, are not even taught about radiation effects on health, except in the extreme case of a nuclear war. In the nuclear industry, there is no formal course of study about the health effects of radiation in relation to nuclear accidents. For the most part, the industry and its various watchdog groups have kept much of this information hidden, not only from the general public, but from students in nuclear programs. Many people who work in the industry as reactor operators, engineers, and even nuclear divers have no idea how dangerous their job really is, and how profoundly it may affect their health. My interest now lies in how you communicate a major health threat that is invisible, in a political climate that protects corporations, that are greatly interfering with our quality of life. Fukushima will have far greater effects than any nuclear accident we have ever had before. You can educate people with real (although sometimes hidden) science, arm them with knowledge, encourage use of common sense, and show them the data. In this case, it will be mutation images. This is what is happening, and this is where it’s happening. No one does that better than Jim Lee and his crew, when it comes to climate and maps. Thus, the new mutation map database has been born. We hope to continue to add to it with every new growing season, and eventually include the images of mutations collected from the sites of other nuclear accidents, like Chernobyl and TMI. When you look at images of plant mutations from these other accidents side by side, they all look the same.
It will take several lifetimes of study from numerous, committed researchers to fully grasp the effect that the Fukushima accident will have on all living organisms. Unfortunately, we don’t have the luxury of time to wait for these results, or to get nuclear science degrees (although its debatable how helpful that degree would even be). The effects of contamination are already occurring at a much more profound rate that has surprised even seasoned radiation researchers. My hopes are that in generating discussion and awareness, we will find smart, dedicated people who will help figure out how to deal with an accident that in reality, there is no technology to fix, or fully mitigate for. If we do the right things, we can hopefully lessen the effects. We have to learn how to live in a radioactive environment, along with the synergistic association of chemicals used everywhere in our daily life. We also have to keep in mind that at any time, Fukushima could become an even larger catastrophe than it already is.
Russia Today TV Interview, November 2013 on YouTube
Mitigating for rads helps reduce the damage from lots of other toxic substances, too. The precautionary principle or precautionary approach states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking an action. The principle is used by policy makers to justify discretionary decisions in situations where there is the possibility of harm from taking a particular course or making a certain decision when extensive scientific knowledge on the matter is lacking, such as the Fukushima accident. The principle also implies that there is a social responsibility to protect the public from exposure to harm, when scientific investigation has found a plausible risk.
These protections can be relaxed only if further scientific findings emerge that provide sound evidence that no harm will result. We are years, if not decades away, from having that kind of data. In some legal systems, as in the law of the European Union, the application of the precautionary principle has been made a statutory requirement in some areas of law. However in the United States, the unfortunate response of the federal government to contamination in our air, food, soil, and water has been to raise the acceptable radiation limits sky-high. An honest Health Physics Scientist will tell you, when faced with radioactive exposure from multiple sources, the limits need to be lowered, not raised. The current limits assume you are a 25-year old male soldier in perfect health, being exposed once a year to a contaminated source, or once in a lifetime. Do you see the problem with this flawed logic? You can’t be cavalier when it comes to radiation and health, you have to assume worse case until proven otherwise. This is especially true if you are in high risk groups, or live in a high-risk area. And children, including the unborn, are hundreds and even thousands of times more susceptible.
The sense of urgency increases if you already symptomatic. We are now almost 3 years into this accident. We also have the immense and ongoing threat from aging nuclear plants all across our country, and the world. These plants have been built with full knowledge of the sinister side-effects for the surrounding populations, with no respect or regard for the individuals that are downwinders. All of them sit near faults, and on large bodies of water. And all nuclear plants leak, all the time. And then of course, we have Fukushima, which basically has become the largest radiological isotope-generator ever created, and there is no kill-switch to turn it off. Our lives all changed on 3/11, except nobody really told you…although I am going to try. It is also my goal to promote the work of highly experienced people in this field. Let me start by a simple quote from one of the smartest men to ever study the effects of radiation on health:
“No radiation is safe, period”
– Dr. John Gofman, MD, PhD, Medical Physicist, and Manhattan Project scientist.
My social media websites:
Elected and Appointed Positions:
- Member-at-Large, Board of Directors, Ophthalmic Photographers Society, 2006-2008
- Editorial Board/Peer reviewer, Journal of Ophthalmic Photography, 2006-2008
- Co-Editor, Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society Newsletter, 2002-2004
- Revista Hardcore Surfing, Brazil September 2013 “Mar Radioativo/Death of the Pacific Ocean?”
- Author/Fukushima Apocalypse” via Russia Today, August 2013
- Author/”Fukushima is Falling Apart: Are you Ready?” April 2012
Certifications and awards:
- Previously Certified for 28 clinical studies through NIH, SCORE, DRCR, DIRC/USC, Keck School of Medicine, Duke University, Scheie Eye Institute (UPENN), and the University of Wisconsin
- Certified Retinal Angiographer, 1995-2010
- Certified Ophthalmic Technician, 1992-2011
- Over 25 Awards for Biomedical Photography
- Top award from OIS for “Retinoblastoma” ( 3D montage of radiation related eye cancer) American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, New Orleans 2008