Radioactive isotope strontium-90 is called the “bone seeker” by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Strontium-90 acts chemically like calcium and concentrates in bones and in bone marrow where blood is made.
Strontium-90 does not occur in nature.
It is a man-made radioactive product of nuclear fission from real-life examples that you might recall:
From 1940s to 1970s, the Pacific Ocean testing of nuclear weapons.
In 1979, the 50% meltdown at Three Mile Island nuclear plant.
In 1986, the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl.
In 2011, the triple meltdown at Fukushima.
From 1963 to 1980, the above-ground explosions of nuclear weapon testing worldwide.
Before atomic bombs were dropped over Japan, before nuclear bombs were tested on our oceans, and above and below ground, before nuclear meltdowns and before the 46 states with radioactive waste dumps leaked, the world did not have strontium-90 in its ground water, oceans, milk, produce, food, or humans.
The half-life of strontium-90 is 28.8 years.
Pacific Coast Teaser
If the World Nuclear Association believes their own statements, we will continue to see epidemic levels of cancer and neurological diseases including brain tumors.
“Since the 1963 atmospheric test ban treaty, weapons tests have been mostly underground, the exceptions being by France and China. The underground tests have had no immediate environmental effect and are generally seen as relatively benign compared with the atmospheric tests.”
This summer, I discovered my new city has an annual walk for brain tumor survivors. I know there are too many who are sick when there is a walk, run, or bike ride.
When I looked closer at the poster on the back of the bus, I realized that this event has been going on for 12 years; something is very wrong with our world.
Yes, let’s keep walking, running, climbing stairs, and cycling 100-mile bike rides for a cure, but let’s also stop one of the causes. Nuclear because it is invisible, silent, odorless, weightless, cumulative, and insidious.
Long-term effects of ionizing radiation will result in 21 cancers, neurological diseases, and brain tumors due to its latent period to present and be diagnosed.
Our soldiers, who washed down the ships that carried out the nuclear bomb testing, those who were too close to the atomic bomb testing in the Southwest deserts of the United States, and those who went back to Japan to clean up and rebuild and drank the water and ate the food were the test subjects for the long-term effects of ionizing radiation.
Now, seven decades later, the results are in and they are not good.
The cancer-cluster map around Central Pennsylvania is now showing bone cancer and leukemia diagnoses, and unfortunately deaths, too…38 years later.
Cancer-Cluster Map of Central PA
We need to stop the radioactive poisoning of our earth and of ourselves.
We need to stop nuclear.
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Jill Murphy Long
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