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List of nuclear whistleblowers

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There have been a number of nuclear whistleblowers, often nuclear engineers, who have identified safety concerns about nuclear power and nuclear weapons production. In 1976 Gregory Minor, Richard Hubbard and Dale Bridenbaugh “blew the whistle” on safety problems at nuclear power plants in the United States, and Fukushima in Japan. George Galatis was a senior nuclear engineer who reported safety problems at the Millstone 1 Nuclear Power Plant, relating to reactor refueling procedures, in 1996. Other nuclear power whistleblowers include Arnold Gundersen and David Lochbaum.

2000 candles in memory of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, at a commemoration 25 years after the nuclear accident, as well as for the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011.

Karen Silkwood

The first prominent nuclear whistleblower was Karen Silkwood, who worked as a chemical technician at a Kerr-McGee nuclear fuel plant. Silkwood became an activist in the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union in order to protest health and safety issues. In 1974, she testified to the United States Atomic Energy Commission about her concerns. A few months later she died in a car crash under mysterious conditions on the way to a meeting with a New York Times reporter and a national union leader. The 1983 film Silkwood is an account of this story.

The “GE Three”

On 2 February 1976, Gregory C. Minor, Richard B. Hubbard, and Dale G. Bridenbaugh (known as the GE Three) “blew the whistle” on safety problems at nuclear power plants, and their action has been called “an exemplary instance of whistleblowing“.

The three engineers gained the attention of journalists and their disclosures about the threats of nuclear power had a significant impact. They timed their statements to coincide with their resignations from responsible positions in General Electric‘s nuclear energy division, and later established themselves as consultants on the nuclear power industry for state governments, federal agencies, and overseas governments. The consulting firm they formed, MHB Technical Associates, was technical advisor for the movie, “The China Syndrome.” The three engineers participated in Congressional hearings which their disclosures precipitated.

Browns Ferry Unit 1 under construction

Browns Ferry nuclear power plant construction began in 1966. It was located in Alabama and in 1967 it earned a federal construction permit. The plant received new design standards which call for “physical separation of electrical cables.” There was an issue with the instructions on how to accomplish this so the AEC inspector F.U. Bower requested that the AEC elaborate; however, there was no response from the organization and installation went on. Still, no instructions were issued after five failed inspections in 1970. The lack of cable separation instructions led to the sacrifice of safety coolant systems in two of the units in order to improve one with severe safety violation. The ignorance of the AEC led to the fire that occurred on 22 March 1975, that almost led to a radiation leak. The substance separating the wires caught fire when tests to find air leaks with a candle ignited it thus resulting in damage to the control systems. With damage to the control systems, the cooling system that keeps the units from leaking radiation did not work properly. Somehow the situation was avoided and the units were put out of service. Throughout the occurrence of these events Bridenbaugh had been discussing his reservations on the safety at the plant in vain and in 1976 a year later Bridenbaugh, Hubbard and Minor resigned.

Crystal River 3 and Lou Putney

Lou Putney came on the scene of the Crystal River 3 plant after receiving a call from a plant engineer. The engineer claimed that the managers hired engineers based on “good ol’ boy mentality.” The plant had experience numerous shut downs since 1978. Along with this concern, the engineer was not confident that the manager possessed the qualifications to be a manager. Although the engineer pursued nothing further with his complaint, it prompted Putney to purchase shares of stock in the company that would allow him to file “shareholder resolutions.” Putney had looked into the nuclear reactors that were built of an unsafe material for emergency cooling procedures. The NRC had placed Crystal River on the top 14 worst reactors list because of this. So, the shares were purchased in 1981, which is when Putney filed his first shareholder resolution requesting the plant be shut down. This tradition was upheld by Putney for seven years until he was required to purchase more stock in order to continue filing resolutions. Over the course of sixteen years, Putney filed a total of fourteen shareholder resolutions. All of these resolutions were ignored and were met with offers to buy out his shares so he could no longer file the resolutions. The plant was officially decommissioned in September 2009.

Ronald Goldstein

Ronald J. Goldstein was a supervisor employed by EBASCO, which was a major contractor for the construction of the South Texas plants. In the summer of 1985, Goldstein identified safety problems to SAFETEAM, an internal compliance program established by EBASCO and Houston Lighting, including noncompliance with safety procedures, the failure to issue safety compliance reports, and quality control violations affecting the safety of the plant.

SAFETEAM was promoted as an independent safe haven for employees to voice their safety concerns. The two companies did not inform their employees that they did not believe complaints reported to SAFETEAM had any legal protection. After he filed his report to SAFETEAM, Goldstein was fired. Subsequently, Golstein filed suit under federal nuclear whistleblower statutes.

The U.S. Department of Labor ruled that his submissions to SAFETEAM were protected and his dismissal was invalid, a finding upheld by Labor Secretary Lynn Martin. The ruling was appealed and overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that private programs offered no protection to whistleblowers. After Goldstein lost his case, Congress amended the federal nuclear whistleblower law to provide protection reports made to internal systems and prevent retaliation against whistleblowers.

Fernald Nuclear Incidents

Aerial view of Fernald Feed Materials Production Center
Uranium components fabricated at Fernald

The Fernald Feed Materials Production Center was built in Crosby Township, Ohio in 1951, and decommissioned in 1989. Fernald processed uranium trioxide and uranium tetrafluoride, among other radioactive materials, to produce the uranium fuel cores for nuclear weapons. It was shrouded in suspicion with many manager changes and the people of the town ill-informed of the purpose of the plant. The Fernald Feed Materials Production Center also conducted an evaluation of how much material was contaminated by Radium. Using 138 pieces of the CR-39 film assays, they were able to determine that people working in the area where K-65 silos ( Underground chamber used to store missiles) had lower levels of exposure of materials contaminated by Radon than the Q-11 silos between the period of 1952-1988 Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.Throughout 1951-1995 the plant had numerous scandals including faking numbers for contamination and disregarding evidence of ground water pollution. Among the citizens affected by the pollution was Mrs. Lisa Crawford who took action. Crawford and other residents filed a lawsuit in 1985 and became president of the organization FRESH (Fernald Residents for Environmental Safety and Health). A lawsuit was then filed once again against Fernald by former employees several years later in 1990. After several years of being heavily advised not to blow the whistle, the workers earned themselves a $15 million settlement and lifelong medical monitoring. In 1992, FERMCO was hired to construct a cleanup plan for the plant and in 1996, around accusations of wasteful spending, the cleanup of ground water and soil was completed.

Mordechai Vanunu

Mordechai Vanunu 2009

Mordechai Vanunu blew the whistle on the nuclear plant in Dimona, Israel in an interview with The Sunday Times that was published on 5 October 1986. According to Vanunu, this plant had been producing nuclear weapons for 10 to 20 years. It is estimated that there may be around 200 nuclear weapons in possession of Israel’s nuclear weapons program. Vanunu demonstrated his knowledge to Frank Barnaby and John Steinbach and they confirmed the credibility of his story. Frank Barnaby wrote in his Declaration of Frank Barnaby in the Matter of Mordechai Vanunu that Vanunu had the bare minimum knowledge of nuclear physics that a technician should have and accurately described the makeup of the nuclear plant in Dimona. Having served in full his 18 years prison term, ruled in closed door trial, including 11 years in solitary Vanunu has been further in and out of jail after. In 2007, sentenced to six months for violating terms of his parole, and in May 2010, again to three months for having met foreigners in violation of his release terms from jail.

Vanunu is ethnic Mizrahi Jew, born in Marrakesh Morocco, having emigrated to Israel, following its independence in 1948, like did many of the North African Jewish community did. Amnesty International issued a press release on 2 July 2007, stating that “The organisation considers Mordechai Vanunu to be a prisoner of conscience and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.”[6] Vanunu has been characterized internationally as a whistleblower[7][8] and by Israel as a traitor. Despite the whistle blown towards the operation of the nuclear weapons program in Israel, the Israeli government denied the existence of all allegations.Mordechai Vanunu is known as Israel`s Nuclear Whistleblower.

Arnold Gundersen

In 1990 Arnold Gundersen discovered radioactive material in an accounting safe at Nuclear Energy Services in Danbury, Connecticut, the consulting firm where he held a $120,000-a-year job as senior vice-president. Three weeks after he notified the company president of what he believed to be radiation safety violations, Gundersen was fired. According to The New York Times, for three years, Gundersen “was awakened by harassing phone calls in the middle of the night” and he “became concerned about his family’s safety”. Gundersen believes he was blacklisted, harassed and fired for doing what he thought was right.

The New York Times reports that Gundersen’s case is not uncommon, especially in the nuclear industry. Even though nuclear workers are encouraged to report potential safety hazards, those who do risk demotion and dismissal. Instead of correcting the problems, whistleblowers say, industry management and government agencies attack them as the cause of the problem. Driven out of their jobs and shunned by neighbors and co-workers, whistleblowers often turn to each other for support.

The Whistleblower Support Fund is an organization that has compiled resources for whistleblowers to access if they are considering whistleblowing. It was founded by Donald Ray Soeken, who has counseled whistleblowers for 35 years. In addition, a social network to connect whistleblowers to other whistleblowers will be implemented. It will be a private discussion where whistleblowers can safely seek support.

David Lochbaum

In the early 1990s, nuclear engineer David Lochbaum and a colleague, Don Prevatte, identified a safety problem in a plant where they were working, but were ignored when they raised the issue with the plant manager, the utility and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). After bringing their concerns to Congress, the problem was corrected not just at the original nuclear plant but at plants across the country.

Gerald W. Brown

Gerald W. Brown

Gerald W. Brown was the whistleblower on the Thermo-Lag scandal, as well as on silicone foam firestop issues in the US and Canada, exposing the fact that fireproofing of wiring between control rooms and reactors did not function as intended and exposing bounding and combustibility issues with organic firestops.

George Galatis

George Galatis was a senior nuclear engineer and whistleblower who reported safety problems at the Millstone 1 Nuclear Power Plant, relating to reactor refueling procedures, in 1996. The unsafe procedures meant that spent fuel rod pools at Unit 1 had the potential to boil, possibly releasing radioactive steam throughout the plant. Galatis eventually took his concerns to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to find that they had “known about the unsafe procedures for years”. As a result of going to the NRC, Galatis experienced “subtle forms of harassment, retaliation, and intimidation”.

Rainer Moormann

Rainer Moormann in 2004

Rainer Moormann is a German chemist and nuclear power whistleblower. Since 1976 he has been working at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, doing research on safety problems with pebble bed reactors, fusion power and spallation neutron sources. In 2008 Moormann published a critical paper on the safety of pebble bed reactors, which raised attention among specialists in the field, and managed to distribute it via the media, facing considerable opposition. For doing this despite the occupational disadvantages he had to accept as a consequence, Moormann was awarded the whistleblower award of the Federation of German Scientists (VDW) and of the German section of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA).

Setsuo Fujiwara

Setsuo Fujiwara, who used to design reactors, said he clashed with supervisors over an inspection audit he conducted in March 2009 at the Tomari nuclear plant in Japan. Fujiwara refused to approve a routine test by the plant’s operator, Hokkaido Electric Power, saying the test was flawed. A week later, he was summoned by his supervisor, who ordered him to correct his written report to indicate that the test had been done properly. After Fujiwara refused, his employment contract was not renewed. “They told me my job was just to approve reactors, not to raise doubts about them”, said Fujiwara, 62, who is now suing the nuclear safety organization to get rehired. In a written response to questions from The New York Times, the agency said it could not comment while the court case was under way. Along with the lawsuit Mr. Fujiwara filed against the agency he used to work for, he had gone to the Tokyo District Court to further write several complaints about how the JNES ( Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization) failed to follow the UN laws concerning how to properly inspect nuclear energy reactors. Mr. Fujiwara also submitted several documents and emails that dealt with how the reactor inspections were improperly handled by JNES even though JNES denies all allegations. [42]

Walter Tamosaitis

The Hanford site resulted in a number of whistleblowers during the efforts to clean the site up. Walter Tamosaitis blew the whistle on the Energy Department’s plan for waste treatment at the Hanford site in 2011. Tamosaitis’s concern was the possibility of explosive hydrogen gas being built up inside tanks that the company was to store the harmful chemical sludge they were trying to put into hibernation for its chemical life. Shortly after this Tamosaitis was demoted and two years later, fired which triggered his lawsuit for wrongful termination. A $4.1 million settlement was offered to Tamosaitis from AECOM on 12 August 2015. Tamosaitis has since been reinstated.

Donna Busche blew the whistle resulting in her 2013 lawsuit with claims that the URS “retaliated against her. She was head of nuclear safety and a URS employee around the time when she expressed her concerns.

Gary Brunson reported 34 safety and engineering violations after quitting in 2012. Brunson was federal engineering chief before he quit.

Shelly Doss earned “$20,000 in emotional distress and $10,000 in callous disregard of her rights” as well as reinstatement in 2014. Doss was an environmental specialist at the time of her firing in 2011 working for Washington River Protection Solutions.

Larry Criscione and Richard H. Perkins

In 2012, Larry Criscione and Richard H. Perkins publicly accused the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission of downplaying flood risks for nuclear plants which are sited on waterways downstream from large reservoirs and dams. They are engineers with over 20 years of combined government and military service who work for the NRC. Other nuclear safety advocates have supported their complaints.

ist of nuclear whistleblowers

Wikimedia list article


There have been a number of nuclear whistleblowers, often nuclear engineers, who have identified safety concerns about nuclear power and nuclear weapons production. In 1976 Gregory Minor, Richard Hubbard and Dale Bridenbaugh “blew the whistle” on safety problems at nuclear power plants in the United States, and Fukushima in Japan. George Galatis was a senior nuclear engineer who reported safety problems at the Millstone 1 Nuclear Power Plant, relating to reactor refueling procedures, in 1996. Other nuclear power whistleblowers include Arnold Gundersen and David Lochbaum.

2000 candles in memory of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, at a commemoration 25 years after the nuclear accident, as well as for the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011.

Karen Silkwood

The first prominent nuclear whistleblower was Karen Silkwood, who worked as a chemical technician at a Kerr-McGee nuclear fuel plant. Silkwood became an activist in the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union in order to protest health and safety issues. In 1974, she testified to the United States Atomic Energy Commission about her concerns. A few months later she died in a car crash under mysterious conditions on the way to a meeting with a New York Times reporter and a national union leader. The 1983 film Silkwood is an account of this story.

The “GE Three”

On 2 February 1976, Gregory C. Minor, Richard B. Hubbard, and Dale G. Bridenbaugh (known as the GE Three) “blew the whistle” on safety problems at nuclear power plants, and their action has been called “an exemplary instance of whistleblowing“.

The three engineers gained the attention of journalists and their disclosures about the threats of nuclear power had a significant impact. They timed their statements to coincide with their resignations from responsible positions in General Electric‘s nuclear energy division, and later established themselves as consultants on the nuclear power industry for state governments, federal agencies, and overseas governments. The consulting firm they formed, MHB Technical Associates, was technical advisor for the movie, “The China Syndrome.” The three engineers participated in Congressional hearings which their disclosures precipitated.

Browns Ferry Unit 1 under construction

Browns Ferry nuclear power plant construction began in 1966. It was located in Alabama and in 1967 it earned a federal construction permit. The plant received new design standards which call for “physical separation of electrical cables.” There was an issue with the instructions on how to accomplish this so the AEC inspector F.U. Bower requested that the AEC elaborate; however, there was no response from the organization and installation went on. Still, no instructions were issued after five failed inspections in 1970. The lack of cable separation instructions led to the sacrifice of safety coolant systems in two of the units in order to improve one with severe safety violation. The ignorance of the AEC led to the fire that occurred on 22 March 1975, that almost led to a radiation leak. The substance separating the wires caught fire when tests to find air leaks with a candle ignited it thus resulting in damage to the control systems. With damage to the control systems, the cooling system that keeps the units from leaking radiation did not work properly. Somehow the situation was avoided and the units were put out of service. Throughout the occurrence of these events Bridenbaugh had been discussing his reservations on the safety at the plant in vain and in 1976 a year later Bridenbaugh, Hubbard and Minor resigned.

Crystal River 3 and Lou Putney

Lou Putney came on the scene of the Crystal River 3 plant after receiving a call from a plant engineer. The engineer claimed that the managers hired engineers based on “good ol’ boy mentality.” The plant had experience numerous shut downs since 1978. Along with this concern, the engineer was not confident that the manager possessed the qualifications to be a manager. Although the engineer pursued nothing further with his complaint, it prompted Putney to purchase shares of stock in the company that would allow him to file “shareholder resolutions.” Putney had looked into the nuclear reactors that were built of an unsafe material for emergency cooling procedures. The NRC had placed Crystal River on the top 14 worst reactors list because of this. So, the shares were purchased in 1981, which is when Putney filed his first shareholder resolution requesting the plant be shut down. This tradition was upheld by Putney for seven years until he was required to purchase more stock in order to continue filing resolutions. Over the course of sixteen years, Putney filed a total of fourteen shareholder resolutions. All of these resolutions were ignored and were met with offers to buy out his shares so he could no longer file the resolutions. The plant was officially decommissioned in September 2009.

Ronald Goldstein

Ronald J. Goldstein was a supervisor employed by EBASCO, which was a major contractor for the construction of the South Texas plants. In the summer of 1985, Goldstein identified safety problems to SAFETEAM, an internal compliance program established by EBASCO and Houston Lighting, including noncompliance with safety procedures, the failure to issue safety compliance reports, and quality control violations affecting the safety of the plant.

SAFETEAM was promoted as an independent safe haven for employees to voice their safety concerns. The two companies did not inform their employees that they did not believe complaints reported to SAFETEAM had any legal protection. After he filed his report to SAFETEAM, Goldstein was fired. Subsequently, Golstein filed suit under federal nuclear whistleblower statutes.

The U.S. Department of Labor ruled that his submissions to SAFETEAM were protected and his dismissal was invalid, a finding upheld by Labor Secretary Lynn Martin. The ruling was appealed and overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that private programs offered no protection to whistleblowers. After Goldstein lost his case, Congress amended the federal nuclear whistleblower law to provide protection reports made to internal systems and prevent retaliation against whistleblowers.

Fernald Nuclear Incidents

Aerial view of Fernald Feed Materials Production Center
Uranium components fabricated at Fernald

The Fernald Feed Materials Production Center was built in Crosby Township, Ohio in 1951, and decommissioned in 1989. Fernald processed uranium trioxide and uranium tetrafluoride, among other radioactive materials, to produce the uranium fuel cores for nuclear weapons. It was shrouded in suspicion with many manager changes and the people of the town ill-informed of the purpose of the plant. The Fernald Feed Materials Production Center also conducted an evaluation of how much material was contaminated by Radium. Using 138 pieces of the CR-39 film assays, they were able to determine that people working in the area where K-65 silos ( Underground chamber used to store missiles) had lower levels of exposure of materials contaminated by Radon than the Q-11 silos between the period of 1952-1988 Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.Throughout 1951-1995 the plant had numerous scandals including faking numbers for contamination and disregarding evidence of ground water pollution. Among the citizens affected by the pollution was Mrs. Lisa Crawford who took action. Crawford and other residents filed a lawsuit in 1985 and became president of the organization FRESH (Fernald Residents for Environmental Safety and Health). A lawsuit was then filed once again against Fernald by former employees several years later in 1990. After several years of being heavily advised not to blow the whistle, the workers earned themselves a $15 million settlement and lifelong medical monitoring. In 1992, FERMCO was hired to construct a cleanup plan for the plant and in 1996, around accusations of wasteful spending, the cleanup of ground water and soil was completed.

Mordechai Vanunu

Mordechai Vanunu 2009

Mordechai Vanunu blew the whistle on the nuclear plant in Dimona, Israel in an interview with The Sunday Times that was published on 5 October 1986. According to Vanunu, this plant had been producing nuclear weapons for 10 to 20 years. It is estimated that there may be around 200 nuclear weapons in possession of Israel’s nuclear weapons program. Vanunu demonstrated his knowledge to Frank Barnaby and John Steinbach and they confirmed the credibility of his story. Frank Barnaby wrote in his Declaration of Frank Barnaby in the Matter of Mordechai Vanunu that Vanunu had the bare minimum knowledge of nuclear physics that a technician should have and accurately described the makeup of the nuclear plant in Dimona. Having served in full his 18 years prison term, ruled in closed door trial, including 11 years in solitary Vanunu has been further in and out of jail after. In 2007, sentenced to six months for violating terms of his parole, and in May 2010, again to three months for having met foreigners in violation of his release terms from jail.

Vanunu is ethnic Mizrahi Jew, born in Marrakesh Morocco, having emigrated to Israel, following its independence in 1948, like did many of the North African Jewish community did. Amnesty International issued a press release on 2 July 2007, stating that “The organisation considers Mordechai Vanunu to be a prisoner of conscience and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.”[6] Vanunu has been characterized internationally as a whistleblower[7][8] and by Israel as a traitor. Despite the whistle blown towards the operation of the nuclear weapons program in Israel, the Israeli government denied the existence of all allegations.Mordechai Vanunu is known as Israel`s Nuclear Whistleblower.

Arnold Gundersen

In 1990 Arnold Gundersen discovered radioactive material in an accounting safe at Nuclear Energy Services in Danbury, Connecticut, the consulting firm where he held a $120,000-a-year job as senior vice-president. Three weeks after he notified the company president of what he believed to be radiation safety violations, Gundersen was fired. According to The New York Times, for three years, Gundersen “was awakened by harassing phone calls in the middle of the night” and he “became concerned about his family’s safety”. Gundersen believes he was blacklisted, harassed and fired for doing what he thought was right.

The New York Times reports that Gundersen’s case is not uncommon, especially in the nuclear industry. Even though nuclear workers are encouraged to report potential safety hazards, those who do risk demotion and dismissal. Instead of correcting the problems, whistleblowers say, industry management and government agencies attack them as the cause of the problem. Driven out of their jobs and shunned by neighbors and co-workers, whistleblowers often turn to each other for support.

The Whistleblower Support Fund is an organization that has compiled resources for whistleblowers to access if they are considering whistleblowing. It was founded by Donald Ray Soeken, who has counseled whistleblowers for 35 years. In addition, a social network to connect whistleblowers to other whistleblowers will be implemented. It will be a private discussion where whistleblowers can safely seek support.

David Lochbaum

In the early 1990s, nuclear engineer David Lochbaum and a colleague, Don Prevatte, identified a safety problem in a plant where they were working, but were ignored when they raised the issue with the plant manager, the utility and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). After bringing their concerns to Congress, the problem was corrected not just at the original nuclear plant but at plants across the country.

Gerald W. Brown

Gerald W. Brown

Gerald W. Brown was the whistleblower on the Thermo-Lag scandal, as well as on silicone foam firestop issues in the US and Canada, exposing the fact that fireproofing of wiring between control rooms and reactors did not function as intended and exposing bounding and combustibility issues with organic firestops.

George Galatis

George Galatis was a senior nuclear engineer and whistleblower who reported safety problems at the Millstone 1 Nuclear Power Plant, relating to reactor refueling procedures, in 1996. The unsafe procedures meant that spent fuel rod pools at Unit 1 had the potential to boil, possibly releasing radioactive steam throughout the plant. Galatis eventually took his concerns to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to find that they had “known about the unsafe procedures for years”. As a result of going to the NRC, Galatis experienced “subtle forms of harassment, retaliation, and intimidation”.

Rainer Moormann

Rainer Moormann in 2004

Rainer Moormann is a German chemist and nuclear power whistleblower. Since 1976 he has been working at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, doing research on safety problems with pebble bed reactors, fusion power and spallation neutron sources. In 2008 Moormann published a critical paper on the safety of pebble bed reactors, which raised attention among specialists in the field, and managed to distribute it via the media, facing considerable opposition. For doing this despite the occupational disadvantages he had to accept as a consequence, Moormann was awarded the whistleblower award of the Federation of German Scientists (VDW) and of the German section of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA).

Setsuo Fujiwara

Setsuo Fujiwara, who used to design reactors, said he clashed with supervisors over an inspection audit he conducted in March 2009 at the Tomari nuclear plant in Japan. Fujiwara refused to approve a routine test by the plant’s operator, Hokkaido Electric Power, saying the test was flawed. A week later, he was summoned by his supervisor, who ordered him to correct his written report to indicate that the test had been done properly. After Fujiwara refused, his employment contract was not renewed. “They told me my job was just to approve reactors, not to raise doubts about them”, said Fujiwara, 62, who is now suing the nuclear safety organization to get rehired. In a written response to questions from The New York Times, the agency said it could not comment while the court case was under way. Along with the lawsuit Mr. Fujiwara filed against the agency he used to work for, he had gone to the Tokyo District Court to further write several complaints about how the JNES ( Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization) failed to follow the UN laws concerning how to properly inspect nuclear energy reactors. Mr. Fujiwara also submitted several documents and emails that dealt with how the reactor inspections were improperly handled by JNES even though JNES denies all allegations. [42]

Walter Tamosaitis

The Hanford site resulted in a number of whistleblowers during the efforts to clean the site up. Walter Tamosaitis blew the whistle on the Energy Department’s plan for waste treatment at the Hanford site in 2011. Tamosaitis’s concern was the possibility of explosive hydrogen gas being built up inside tanks that the company was to store the harmful chemical sludge they were trying to put into hibernation for its chemical life. Shortly after this Tamosaitis was demoted and two years later, fired which triggered his lawsuit for wrongful termination. A $4.1 million settlement was offered to Tamosaitis from AECOM on 12 August 2015. Tamosaitis has since been reinstated.

Donna Busche blew the whistle resulting in her 2013 lawsuit with claims that the URS “retaliated against her. She was head of nuclear safety and a URS employee around the time when she expressed her concerns.

Gary Brunson reported 34 safety and engineering violations after quitting in 2012. Brunson was federal engineering chief before he quit.

Shelly Doss earned “$20,000 in emotional distress and $10,000 in callous disregard of her rights” as well as reinstatement in 2014. Doss was an environmental specialist at the time of her firing in 2011 working for Washington River Protection Solutions.

Larry Criscione and Richard H. Perkins

In 2012, Larry Criscione and Richard H. Perkins publicly accused the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission of downplaying flood risks for nuclear plants which are sited on waterways downstream from large reservoirs and dams. They are engineers with over 20 years of combined government and military service who work for the NRC. Other nuclear safety advocates have supported their complaints.

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In this video, you will see just how toxic mercury really is and how it causes damage to the brain.

Quoted from the video:

“Shown here is the neurite of a live neuron isolated from snail brain tissue displaying linear growth due to growth cone activity.

It is important to note that growth cones in all animal species, ranging from snails to humans, have identical structural and behavioral characteristics, and use proteins of virtually identical composition.

In this experiment, neurons also isolated from snail brain tissue were grown in culture for several days. Afterwhich, very low concentrations of mercury (30 micrograms) were added to the culture medium for 20 minutes.

Over the next 30 minutes, the neuron underwent rapid degeneration leaving the denuded neurofibrils seen here.

To understand how mercury causes this degeneration, let us return to our illustration. As mentioned before, tubulin proteins link together during normal cell growth to form microtubules which support the neurite structure.

When mercury ions are introduced into the culture medium, they infiltrate the cell and bind themselves to newly synthesized tubulin molecules.

More specifically, the mercury ions attach themselves to the binding sites reserved for Guanosine Triphosphate (GTP) on the beta subunit of the affected tubulin molecules.

Since bound GTP normally provides the energy which allows tubulin molecules to attach to one another, mercury ions bound to these sites prevent tubulin proteins from linking together.

Consequently, the neurite’s microtubules begin to disassemble into free tubulin molecules, leaving the neurites stripped of its support structure.

Ultimately, both the developing neurite and its growth cone collapse, and some denuded neurofibrils form aggregates, or tangles, as depicted here.

Shown here is a neurite growth cone stained specifically for tubulin and actin, before and after mercury exposure.

Note that the mercury has caused disintigration of tubilin microtubule structure. 

These new findings reveal important visual evidence as to how mercury causes neuro-degeneration.

More importantly, this study provides the first direct evidence that low-level mercury exposure is indeed a precipitating factor that can initiate this neuro-degenerative process within the brain.”

 

Elderly may be getting too many bone density tests | TIME.com


Elderly may be getting too many bone density tests | TIME.com.

Indeed, such tests should be done in middle age, and for sure as a precautionary, in patients diagnosed, or symptomatic of diseases and medical conditions (or suspected of such) including Diabetes, menopause, etc., in both genders. The Insurance industry, and the “established protocols to be followed upon by doctors, is hellishly denying patients (those who are endowed with any health care at all) greedy and limited to what administrators think care should be( a big banner, claiming that (‘CARE MORE” for instance) 🙂

New Widget at euzicasa: Environmental Working Group: The Power of Information


TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013

What you can’t see can be deadly: virtually invisible, yet absolutely lethal asbestos fibers lead to environmental and occupational diseases that claim the lives of 30 Americans every day.

The time is now for the Senate to draft and pass meaningful legislation to overhaul the outdated and ineffective Toxic Substances Control Act  of 1976 and protect children from asbestos and dangerous toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A, an endocrine-disrupting chemical in some plastics and food can linings, and flame retardants infused into car seats, nap pads and other kid goods.

 

Nations agree first global treaty to ban mercury emissions


 

Nations agree first global treaty to ban mercury emissions.

National Geographic – Gyre: Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean


Published on Aug 21, 2013

In this full-length web exclusive, National Geographic journeys along the remote Alaskan coast … in search of garbage. A team of scientists and artists investigates the buildup of marine debris washing out of the great gyres, or currents, in the Pacific Ocean. Called the Gyre Expedition, their goal is to create art from the trash they find to raise awareness about its impact on oceans and wildlife. Their artwork will become part of a traveling exhibition in 2014. 

Learn more about the expedition and the next phase of the Gyre Project:
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/gyre

 

With New Leader in Place, EPA Can Recommit to Its Environmental Agenda | Center for Effective Government


 

With New Leader in Place, EPA Can Recommit to Its Environmental Agenda | Center for Effective Government.

Dare call this bread? By the way Forgot to mention High fructose, and high Corn Syrup you guys love so much to feed us!


Calories in Bread, Reduced-calorie, Wheat

 
 
 

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Bread, Reduced-calorie, Wheat

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46Calories
 
 
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 slice (23 g)
Per Serving% Daily Value*

Calories 46

Calories from Fat 5

Total Fat 0.5g1%

Saturated Fat 0.1g0%

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g

Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g

Cholesterol 0mg0%

Sodium 118mg5%

Carbohydrates 10.0g3%

Dietary Fiber 2.8g11%

Sugars 0.7g

Protein 2.1g

 
Vitamin A 0% · Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2% · Iron 4%
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*Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Bread, Reduced-calorie, Wheat Calories and Health Benefits

 

Fat

 

Pro

 

Carb

 

Alc

 
 

Water9.94 g

Energy46 kcal

Energy190 kj

Protein2.09 g

Total lipid (fat)0.53 g

Ash0.44 g

Carbohydrate, by difference10.03 g

Fiber, total dietary2.8 g

Sugars, total0.71 g

Calcium, Ca18 mg

Iron, Fe0.68 mg

Magnesium, Mg9 mg

Phosphorus, P23 mg

Potassium, K28 mg

Sodium, Na118 mg

Zinc, Zn0.26 mg

Copper, Cu0.032 mg

Manganese, Mn0.196 mg

Selenium, Se7 mcg

Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid~ mg

Thiamin0.097 mg

Riboflavin0.068 mg

Niacin0.894 mg

Pantothenic acid0.145 mg

Vitamin B-60.029 mg

Folate, total21 mcg

Folic acid14 mcg

Folate, food6 mcg

Folate, DFE31 mcg_DFE

Choline, total4.3 mg

Vitamin B-12~ mcg

Vitamin B-12, added~ mcg

Vitamin A, IU~ IU

Vitamin A, RAE~ mcg_RAE

Retinol~ mcg

Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)0.06 mg

Vitamin E, added~ mg

Vitamin K (phylloquinone)~ mcg

Fatty acids, total saturated0.079 g

4:0~ g

6:0~ g

8:0~ g

10:0~ g

12:00.001 g

14:00.002 g

16:00.068 g

18:00.006 g

Fatty acids, total monounsaturated0.058 g

16:1 undifferentiated0.009 g

18:1 undifferentiated0.049 g

20:1~ g

22:1 undifferentiated~ g

Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated0.223 g

18:2 undifferentiated0.211 g

18:3 undifferentiated0.012 g

18:4~ g

20:4 undifferentiated~ g

20:5 n-3~ g

22:5 n-3~ g

22:6 n-3~ g

Cholesterol~ mg

Tryptophan0.025 g

Threonine0.063 g

Isoleucine0.082 g

Leucine0.147 g

Lysine0.06 g

Methionine0.037 g

Cystine0.043 g

Phenylalanine0.102 g

Tyrosine0.063 g

Valine0.092 g

Arginine0.078 g

Histidine0.045 g

Alanine0.07 g

Aspartic acid0.1 g

Glutamic acid0.658 g

Glycine0.073 g

Proline0.226 g

Serine0.101 g

Alcohol, ethyl~ g

Caffeine~ mg

Theobromine~ mg

Carotene, beta~ mcg

Carotene, alpha~ mcg

Cryptoxanthin, beta~ mcg

Lycopene~ mcg

Lutein + zeaxanthin9 mcg

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This Day in the Yesteryear: US DROPS ATOMIC BOMB ON HIROSHIMA (1945)


US Drops Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima (1945)

After Germany surrendered in May 1945, the Allied forces focused on ending the war in the Pacific. Japan refused to surrender, dismissing the Allies’ vows to devastate the country. The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was the first ever dropped on a populated area. At least 130,000 people were killed, injured, or declared missing, and 90 percent of the city was leveled by the blast. Another atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki three days later. When did Japan surrender? More… Discuss

Exclusive: Japan nuclear body says radioactive water at Fukushima an ’emergency’


Exclusive -_- Japan nuclear body says radioactive water at Fukushima an 'emergency'- From Reuters

Exclusive -_- Japan nuclear body says radioactive water at Fukushima an ’emergency’- From Reuters (Click to access Exclusive Report at Reuters)

EXCERPTS:

By Antoni Slodkowski and Mari Saito

TOKYO – Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an “emergency” that the operator is struggling to contain, an official from the country’s nuclear watchdog said on Monday.

This contaminated groundwater has breached an underground barrier, is rising toward the surface and is exceeding legal limits of radioactive discharge, Shinji Kinjo, head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) task force, told Reuters.

Countermeasures planned by Tokyo Electric Power Co are only a temporary solution, he said.

 

Ignore fracking protests, government tells planners | Environment | The Observer


 

Ignore fracking protests, government tells planners | Environment | The Observer.

This Day in the Yesteryear: OPERATION SUNSHINE: FIRST CROSSING OF A SUBMERGED VESSEL AT NORTH POLE (1958)


Operation Sunshine: First Crossing of a Submerged Vessel at North Pole (1958)

The USS Nautilus was the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine. In 1958, the Nautilus embarked on Operation Sunshine, during which it completed the first submerged journey across the North Pole, resurfacing northeast of Greenland 96 hours later. During the mission, deep ice in the area of the Chukchi Sea forced the Nautilus to turn back temporarily. In the event that the submarine became trapped in ice, what dramatic action did its commander plan to take? More… Discuss

Success of EPA Climate Standards Will Depend on White House Support | Center for Effective Government


 

Success of EPA Climate Standards Will Depend on White House Support | Center for Effective Government.

THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY IS ESTABLISHED (1957)


The International Atomic Energy Agency Is Established (1957)

In 1953, during the Cold War, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed the creation of an international body to regulate the use of nuclear power in his “Atoms for Peace” address to the United Nations General Assembly. Four years later, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was established to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The IAEA may purchase and sell fissionable materials, and it inspects for compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Is the IAEA part of the UNMore… Discuss

 

risk associated with fracking


risk associated with Fracking

INDIAN SCHOOLCHILDREN SICKENED AND KILLED BY CONTAMINATED LUNCH


Indian Schoolchildren Sickened and Killed by Contaminated Lunch

At least 25 schoolchildren in the Indian state of Biharhave died and dozens of others have been hospitalized after consuming a school-provided lunch apparently contaminated with insecticide. India’s Mid-Day Meal Scheme is the world’s largest school feeding program, providing free meals to 120 million children. Regrettably, it seems the entire incident could have been avoided if the headmistress had simply heeded the cook’s warning that something smelled funny about the food. Instead, she demanded that it be served anyway. Once news of the mass poisoning broke, the headmistress fled. It is not yet known whether the contamination was intentional. More… Discuss

 

Advocate_-_ NY Farm Workers ‘Treated Like An Insect’


Advocate_-_  NY Farm Workers 'Treated Like An Insect'

Advocate_-_ NY Farm Workers ‘Treated Like An Insect’ (Click to access report and video)

ONTARIO, N.Y. – Farm workers from New York and around the nation have flown to the nation’s capital to urge Congress to pass stronger legislation to reduce what one government estimate says are 10,000 to 20,000 acute pesticide poisonings yearly in the agricultural industry. Alina Diaz, a farmworkers’ organizer from the town of Ontario, is in Washington with several workers who toil in New York’s fields and orchards. “One of them told me, ‘I’m tired of being treated like a roach, like an insect. I’m tired of being sick,” said Diaz, vice president, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. – See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/33462-2&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.5jZ55XE4.dpuf

 

WATCH: ‘Ag Gag’ Laws Silence Factory Farm Whistleblowers | Bill Moyers


 

Bill Moyers: Watch: 'Ag Gag' Laws Silence Factory Farm Whistleblowers

WATCH: ‘Ag Gag’ Laws Silence Factory Farm Whistleblowers | Bill Moyers.

This is why we should grow our own food, and import less: LEAD CONCERNS IN IMPORTED RICE


Lead Concerns in Imported Rice

In recent years, concerns about arsenic levels in rice have led theUK’s Food Standards Agency and the US Food and Drug Administration to issue recommendations regarding the preparation and consumption of the grain. It turns out, however, that arsenic is not the only poisonous metal contaminating rice crops. Researchers found worrisome levels of lead in rice imported to the US from Bhutan, Italy, China, Taiwan, India, Thailand, and the Czech RepublicMore… Discuss

How Mercury Causes Neuro-degeneration (Brain Damage)



Amazing video illustrating with actual images of brain fibers being destroyed by mercury (the 2nd most toxic substance in our planet… 

There is NO healthy dose of mercury!!!). Amazing 3D imagery, from The Univiersity of Calgary Medical School {Canada} this is a MUST WATCH!!! 

See also: 
http://www.iaomtg.org 
http://www.noamalgam.com 
http://www.neuraltherapy.com
http://www.mercuryexposure.org
http://www.generationrescue.org
http://www.whale.to/vaccines.html

http://www.vaccinationdebate.com/

Here is the list of mercury related research with a sentence of explanation. You will see that it
lays out a very clear picture of exposure, intake, body burden, distribution and
pathophysiology related to mercury released from set dental amalgam. The authors email was
provided when I had their address. Almost all of the authors are available if needed except
Michael Ziff who has passed away.
Vimy MJ, Lorscheider FL: Intra-oral air mercury released from dental amalgam. J Den Res
64:1069-71, 1985 Murray Vimy <dr-vimy@shaw.ca>
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=386053
8&dopt=Abstract
First they measured the intra-oral levels of mercury generated using a standardized technique.
Vimy MJ, Lorscheider FL: Serial measurements of intra-oral air mercury; Estimation of daily
dose from dental amalgam. J Dent Res 64(8):1072-5, 1985. Murray Vimy <drvimy@shaw.ca>
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=386053
9&dopt=Abstract
Next they measured these levels over time and found that they slowly drop back to baseline
after 90 minutes.
Vimy MJ, Luft AJ, Lorscheider FL, Estimation of Mercury Body Burden from Dental Amalgam
Computer Simulation of a Metabolic Compartment Model J. Dent. Res 1986 65(12):1415-
1419, December, 1986 Murray Vimy <dr-vimy@shaw.ca>
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=346577
1&dopt=Abstract
Then they used a computer simulation to determine what body burden they would likely
produce.
Hahn LJ ; Kloiber R; Vimy MJ; Takahashi Y; Lorscheider F; Dental “silver” tooth fillings: a
source of mercury exposure revealed by whole-body image scan and tissue analysis. FASEB J.
3:2641-2646; 1989 Murray Vimy <dr-vimy@shaw.ca>
http://www.fasebj.org/cgi/content/abstract/3/14/2641
The Calgary Medical School felt that further human experimentation might unnecessarily
expose experimental subjects to excessive levels of mercury so our work turned to animals.
The sheep is the most common obstetric mammal. The first experiment with sheep was a
distribution tracer study that found out where the mercury spread to once released from the
fillings.
Vimy M. Hahn LJ. Klober R Takahashi Y. Lorscheider FL. Mercury uptake in sheep fetus from
dental fillings, 32nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Federation of Biological Societies 14-17
June 1989 and 2nd Meeting of the International Society for Trace Element Research in
Humans 8/89 Murray Vimy <dr-vimy@shaw.ca>
The next experiment looked at spread of mercury from installed amalgam fillings into a fetus
since the fetus is the most vulnerable to harm from heavy metal exposure during
development.
Summers, A.O.; Wireman, J.; Microbiology Department University of Georgia: Vimy, M.J.;
Lorscheider, F.L. Department of Medicine and Physiology, University of Calgary, Alberta,
Canada Increased mercury resistance in monkey gingival and intestinal bacterial flora after
placement of dental “silver” fillings abstract The Physiologist 8/15/90 Email: Ann Summers
<summers@arches.uga.edu>
Dr. Summers contacted the research team in Calgary and asked to participate in the next
project. She found that installing amalgam fillings in wild caught monkeys caused antibiotic
resistant organisms to develop in the intestinal flora within two weeks.
Hahn, Leszek J.; Kloiber, Reinhard; Leininger, Ronald W.; Vimy, Murray J.; & Lorscheider,
Fritz L. Whole-body imaging of the distribution of mercury released from dental fillings into
monkey tissues. FASEB, Vol. 4, Nov. 1990, pp. 3256-3260.
http://www.fasebj.org/cgi/content/abstract/4/14/3256Murray Vimy <dr-vimy@shaw.ca>
The Calgary Medical School team repeated the amalgam mercury distribution study and found
that primates spread the mercury from amalgam just like sheep.
Vimy M.J., Boyd N.D., Hooper D.E. and Lorscheider F.L., Glomerular filtration impairment by
mercury released from dental ”silver” fillings in sheep. Department of Medicine, Pathology,
and Physiology, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Abstract The Physiologist August 15,
1990 Murray Vimy <dr-vimy@shaw.ca>
Measurements of sheep kidney function found a 60% drop in inulin clearance. This is a clear
sign that amalgams impacted kidney function in the sheep.
Vimy, MJ; Takahashi, Y; Lorscheider, FL Maternal-fetal distribution of mercury (203 Hg)
released from dental amalgam fillings the American Physiology Society 0363-6119/90 R939-
945 Murray Vimy <dr-vimy@shaw.ca> In this complex experiment twin sheep fetuses
mercury blood levels were measured both during development and after birth. They found that
mercury transferred across both the placental membrane prenatally and into the milk
postnatally.
Lorscheider, Fritz L. Ph.D. Murray J. Vimy, D.M.D. Department of Physiology and Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N1Canada Mercury exposure from
‘silver’ fillings. The Lancet. Vol. 337, May 4, ’91, p. 1103. Murray Vimy <dr-vimy@shaw.ca>
This article is a point by point review of mercury from amalgam exposure.
Summers, A.O.;Vimy, M.J.; Lorscheider, F. University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA &
University of Calgary Medical School, Calgary, Alberta, Canada “Silver” dental fillings provoke
an increase in mercury and antibiotic resistant bacteria in the mouth and intestines of
primates. The Alliance for Prudent Use of Antibiotics Vol. 9 No. 3 Fall 1991 Murray Vimy <drvimy@shaw.ca> Email: Ann Summers <summers@arches.uga.edu> Professor Summers
reports her additional research into the antibiotic resistance in primates that amalgam
produce.
Boyd, N.D.;Benediktsson, H.;Vimy, M.J.; Hooper, D.E.;Lorscheider, F.L. Mercury from dental
“silver” tooth fillings impairs sheep kidney function The American Physiological Society 0363-
6119 P R1010-R1014 11/1991 Email: Boyd E. Haley <behaley@uky.edu>
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=192841
9&dopt=Abstract
The damage to the sheep’s kidney from amalgam was given before the American Physiological
Society.
Duhr, E; Pendergrass, C; Kasarskis, E; Slevin, J; Haley, B. Hg2+ Induces GTP-Tubulin
Interactions in Rat Brain Similar to Those Observed in Alzheimer’s Disease. Federation of
American Societies for Experimental Biology (FESAB). 75th Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA 21-25
April 1991. Abstract 493 http://www.altcorp.com/DentalInformation/admercury.htm
Email: “Boyd E. Haley” <behaley@uky.edu> Curt Pendergrass <cpender@altcorp.com>
Dr. Haley’s team found they could reproduce all of the 7 histological hallmark signs of
Alzheimer’s Disease only by using inhaled elemental mercury vapor. This is the form that
comes off amalgam.
Ziff, MF. Documented Clinical Side-Effects to Dental Amalgam. Adv Dent Res, 6:131-4, 1992
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=129245
3&dopt=Abstract
Dr. Ziff reported an extensive list of diseases that have been linked to amalgam in the peer
reviewed scientific literature including periodontal disease (gum disease).
Lorscheider, Fritz and Vimy, Murray Evaluation of the safety of mercury released from dental
fillings. FASEB Journal Vol. 7 Dec. 1993 Murray Vimy <dr-vimy@shaw.ca>>
This is the first editorial ever published in the prestigious journal FASEB. It was by invitation of
the editor since the earlier animal research published in FASEB had raised so much invalid
criticism from the dental organizations. Summers, A.O., Wireman, J., Vimy, M.J., Lorscheider, F.L. Marshall, B., Levy, S.B., Bennett,
S., and Billard, L. Mercury released from dental “silver” fillings provokes an increase in
mercury and antibiotic resistant bacteria in primates oral and intestinal flora. Antimicrobial
Agents and Chemotherapy, Vol. 37 pp. 825-834, 1993 Email: Ann Summers
<summers@arches.uga.edu> Murray Vimy <dr-vimy@shaw.ca> Dr. Summers continues to
refine and define the findings of antibiotic resistance in animals and humans exposed to
amalgam fillings.
J Wireman, CA Liebert, T Smith and AO Summers Association of mercury resistance with
antibiotic resistance in the gram-negative fecal bacteria of primates. Appl. Environ. Microbiol.,
Nov 1997, 4494-4503, Vol 63, No. 11 http://aem.asm.org/cgi/content/abstract/63/11/4494
Dr. Wireman confirms the earlier research of Dr. Summers.
Palkiewicz, Pawel; Zwiers, Henk & Lorscheider, Fritz ADP-Ribosilation of Brain Neuronal
Proteins Is Altered by In Vitro and In vivo Exposure to Inorganic Mercury Journal of
Neurochemistry 62, 2049-2052 1994
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?md=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=8158153
&dopt=Abstract Palkiewicz finds that mercury can produce the neurochemical lesions of
Alzheimer’s Disease both in the test tube and in live animals.
Status Quo and Perspectives of amalgam and other Dental Materials, International Symposium
Proceedings Friberg, LT; Schrauzer, G.N. eds Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart – New York 1995
ISBN 3-13-102471-2 1994
The German Department of Health had banned amalgam use in women and children following
the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology in Düsseldorf in 1992. Members of
the dental profession protested that they hadn’t been given an opportunity to present their
evidence of safety. This conference consisted of 25 presenters and 2 moderators who are
experts in mercury. The peer reviewed conclusions supported the German ban on exposure of
children and women of childbearing age to mercury from amalgam.
7 members of the IAOMT participated in this historic conference:
1. D C Kennedy Biocompatible Restorative Dentistry
Email: davidkennedy-dds@cox.net
2. B E Haley & J C Pendergrass Mercury-EDTA Complex Specifically Blocks Brain b-TubulinGTP Interactions: Similarity to Observations in Alzheimer’s Disease
Email: “Boyd E. Haley” <behaley@uky.edu>
3. F L Lorscheider Mercury Exposure from “Silver” dental Fillings: Current Research Findings
about Uptake, Tissue Distribution, and Pathophysiology
4. M F Ziff Dental amalgam: Status Quo, Political Aspects, International Situation
5. D J Pleva Mercury Release From Dental Amalgam
6. Masi, J. V. Corrosion of amalgams in restorative materials: the problem and the promise.
James Masi <jmasi@wnec.edu>
Toxic Teeth: Chronic Mercury Poisoning of Modern Man, Vimy Chemistry and Industry p 14-17
1/95
Murray Vimy <dr-vimy@shaw.ca>
Echeverria, D.; Aposhian, H.V.; Woods, J.S.; Heyer, NJ; Aposhian MM; Bitner, AC, Jr; Mahurin,
RK; Cianciola, M., Neurobehavorial effect from exposure to dental amalgam Hgo: New
distinctions between recent exposure and Hg body burden FASEB J., Vol. 12 pp. 971-980,
1998 http://www.fasebj.org/cgi/content/full/12/11/971
This research team in a series of experiments has measured significant neurological
impairment in amalgam bearers and dental personnel as well as mercury-free dentists.
Vimy MJ, Hooper DE, King WW, Lorscheider FL : Mercury from Maternal “Silver” Tooth Fillings
in Sheep and Human Breast Milk Biological Trace Element Research Vol. 56, 1997 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=916466
0&dopt=Abstract The Calgary research team demonstrated that mercury from amalgam enters
both animal and human milk and, therefore, poses a significant risk to infants.
Leong CCW, Syed NI, Lorscheider FL Retrograde Degeneration of Neurite Membrane Structural
Integrity of Nerve Growth Cones Following in vitro Exposure to Mercury NeuroReport Vol. 12
#4, 2001 You can watch this video and animation on the IAOMT web site at http://www.iaomt.org)
The video from this research shows that the introduction of 100 times less mercury than found
in the cerebral spinal fluid of amalgam bearers into a cell culture of growing nerve cells
immediately halts growth and produces neurofibrillar tangles similar to those seen in
Alzheimer’s Disease.
WHO Environmental Health Criteria 118: Inorganic Mercury. World Health Organization,
Geneva, 1991
http://www.inchem.org/documents/ehc/ehc/ehc118.htm
The WHO has determined that dental amalgam is the predominant source of human exposure
to mercury.
human daily dose of mercury from various sources is:
Dental amalgam = 3.0-17.0µg/day (Hg vapor)
Fish and Seafood = 2.3 µg/day (methylmercury)
Other food = 0.3 µg/day(inorganic Hg)
Air & Water = Negligible traces
“A specific no-observed–effect level (NOEL) cannot be established”
In 1991 Dr. Murray Vimy our founder participated in the WHO assessment of the daily dose
received from amalgam in Genoa, Italy. The conclusions of this expert ad hoc committee are
now in the Criteria document 118. Email: Murray Vimy <dr-vimy@shaw.ca>

Abstract

Inhalation of mercury vapor (Hg0) inhibits binding of GTP to rat brain tubulin, thereby inhibiting tubulin polymerization into microtubules. A similar molecular lesion has also been observed in 80% of brains from patients with Alzheimer disease (AD) compared to age-matched controls. However the precise site and mode of action of Hg ions remain illusive. Therefore, the present study examined whether Hg ions could affect membrane dynamics of neurite growth cone morphology and behavior. Since tubulin is a highly conserved cytoskeletal protein in both vertebrates and invertebrates, we hypothesized that growth cones from animal species could be highly susceptible to Hg ions. To test this possibility, the identified, large Pedal A (PeA) neurons from the central ring ganglia of the snail Lymnaea stagnalis were cultured for 48 h in 2 ml brain conditioned medium (CM). Following neurite outgrowth, metal chloride solution (2 μl) of Hg, Al, Pb, Cd, or Mn (10-7 M) was pressure applied directly onto individual growth cones. Time-lapse images with inverted microscopy were acquired prior to, during, and after the metal ion exposure. We demonstrate that Hg ions markedly disrupted membrane structure and linear growth rates of imaged neurites in 77% of all nerve growth cones. When growth cones were stained with antibodies specific for both tubulin and actin, it was the tubulin/microtubule structure that disintegrated following Hg exposure. Moreover, some denuded neurites were also observed to form neurofibrillary aggregates. In contrast, growth cone exposure to other metal ions did not effect growth cone morphology, nor was their motility rate compromised. To determine the growth suppressive effects of Hg ions on neuronal sprouting, cells were cultured either in the presence or absence of Hg ions. We found that in the presence of Hg ions, neuronal somata failed to sprout, whereas other metalic ions did not effect growth patterns of cultured PeA cells. We conclude that this visual evidence and previous biochemical data strongly implicate Hg as a potential etiological factor in neurodegeneration.

 

Research ship finds the world‘s oceans are ’plasticized’ (from CNN)


Research ship finds the world‘s oceans are ’plasticized’.

Expeditions to ocean gyres sometimes encounter 'ghost nets' - discarded fishing equipment that can tangle into a hazard for marine organisms.

The Truth of the Apple iPad Behind Foxconn’s Lies


In 2010, Foxconn was under the spotlight of the media due to the suicide tragedies. At least 18 workers committed suicides and 3 survived. One year on from the spate of suicides, SACOM has high expectation on Foxconn and Apple to fulfil their promises to ensure decent working conditions at the factories. In spring 2011, SACOM visited Foxconn’s iPad production site in Chengdu. Rampant labour rights violations and harsh management remain. Workers always have excessive and forced overtime work. Sometimes, they have to skip meals if they cannot accomplish the production target. They have to stand for over 10 hours on shop floor and cannot talk with each other. They are exposed to chemicals aluminium dust but do not have adequate protection. And it is appalling that almost all the new workers have to undergo “military training”.

According to the interviewees, the big clients, including Apple, always have representatives in the factory to monitor the quality and productivity of the products. In other words, Apple is aware of the labour rights abuses at Foxconn. Despite the code of conduct of Apple dictates “under no circumstances shall workweeks exceed the maximum permitted under applicable laws and regulations.” In reality, Foxconn workers in Chengdu always have 80-100 overtime hours per month which are 2-3 times of the legal limit. Likewise, Apple always claims it will ensure the suppliers to establish measures to protect workers from occupational diseases. However, Foxconn workers who produce iPad do not have pre-post training about substance of the chemicals, no adequate protective equipment and no on-post health examination. On 20 May, an explosion erupted at Foxconn in Chengdu. The tragedy happened in the polishing department and involved an explosion of ultra-light dust. Workers complained to SACOM that the ventilation of department is poor. Workers polish the iPad cases to make them shinny. In the process, there is lots of aluminium dust floating in the air. Workers always breathe in aluminium dust even though they put on mask. When workers take off their cotton gloves, their hands are covered with aluminium dust. Regardless the explosion, this is detrimental to the health of workers.
Regrettably, Apple simply connives at the blatant labour rights violations at Foxconn.

SACOM’s investigative report, Foxconn and Apple Fail to Fuifill Promises: Predicaments of Workers after the Suicides, is downloadable athttp://sacom.hk/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/2011-05-06_foxconn-and-apple-fail-….


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The labor conditions in Asia have long been a controversial topic, but they have recently come into the spotlight due to concerns over Apple’s working practices in China. Back in January, the New York Times exposed new details involving what takes place in the factories of Apple’s largest supplier, Foxconn.

Ross Eisenbrey, the Vice President of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), told WebProNews that these conditions include 60-70 hour work weeks, chemical exposures, explosions from uncontrolled aluminum dust, and more. In an effort to raise awareness of these issues, the EPI held a forum last week in conjunction with working rights’ groups.

According to Eisenbrey, Apple is to blame since it is in control of the situation. He told us that these issues date back to 2005 and that Apple has yet to do anything to actually resolve the conditions. What’s more, the working conditions at Apple’s Foxconn factories in Brazil are completely different.

Although Apple and Foxconn have agreed to some remediations after the Fair Labor Association conducted an investigation, Eisenbrey remains skeptical since the problems have gone on for so long. However, he is hopeful that consumers will react. When this happens, he believes Apple’s eyes will be opened.

Texas Campaign for the Environment: Walmart Here I Come!




This is such a environmentally sound, way to implement environmental laws!
This is a good model for other states, like California, if there isn’t already a recycling law in place for TV Sets!

Cancer Death Risk Greater for Men


Cancer Death Risk Greater for Men

US researchers say men diagnosed with cancer are more likely to die from the disease than women. They attribute the discrepancy in part to the fact that men are at greater risk of developing cancer than women, perhaps as a result of differences in exposure to carcinogens or hormonal or metabolic differences. According to the American Cancer Society, men have about a 1 in 2 chance of developing cancer, while women have just a 1 in 3 chance. In addition, men are more likely than women to have advanced disease by the time their cancer is detected. More… Discuss

Seal Beach After Storm


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This movie was hard to make. It’s not because of the sea stars that we returned safely to the ocean. It is because of what, the ocean returned to us as not welcome, the trash that some poor excuses for human beings dump in the river, and the surroundings, as if they own it, as if it does not belong to all of us. This is not a new issue, but rather an ever expanding one. We got so good at intoxication the land and the water, that fish caught in the middle of the oceans, thousand of miles away from any shore line, is poisoned by the mercury we dumped everywhere. Every object dejected by the ocean: the 6 pack plastic wrappers, bags, medicine jars, Styrofoam and plastic cups,  they all tell the story of one individual, who took for granted the fact that nobody’s watching, they are getting away with such uncivilized acts. And then there are the bear, and soft drinks cans and especially the paint spray cans, floating toward the ocean, still containing hazardous organic solvents that end up in the water, and the tagging, and graffiti, and painting over, without consideration for the social unjustifiable cost to us, taxpayers. In one year of weekend biking I saw a police patrol car twice, community services once, and for the rest, the same issues brought forth by other concerned citizens, for decades are still present. Why?
Lack of respect by the law disobeying citizens toward the large majority, the rest of us who cherish, instead of destroying things that were made available for our joy. I saw school children volunteering to pick up somebody else’s cigarette buts, while fifty yards further shady characters look for the right size space between rocks, to dump their bear cans, knowing that nobody dare stop them.

I thought appropriate to whistle St. James Infirmary, as sad funeral parade background to this storm effect.

Thank You Pacific Ocean, for rejecting all that junk, it does belong to us, its rightful owner!

Alzheimer’s Disease and Inorganic Mercury Body Burdon: A Definitive Connection


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20847438

Quod Erat Demonstrandum: NOW WHAT ?

Mercury fillings: where YOU stand on the issue? Part 1 Part 1 of 3 – Mercury Amalgam Fillings Dangers (ITV, Feb 16, 2009)



Can Anybody tell me why dentists associations in some countries are in denial regarding mercury amalgam toxicity ? And further more call the mercury amalgam, to confuse you, “Silver Fillings” when there is more than 50% mercury, and much less silver in the MERCURY ALLOY ?”
It is like the officials interviewed do not , and will not ever have dental cavities, and dental fillings ? what’s wrong with such people, how do they come to the point of denial, and professional prostitution, in the name of politics ?

What else than money and power do these ” lalalalalalala” have to earn from becoming slaves to their own lies ?

Norway: Should US follow (for a Change ) Norway’s Policy and Ban Mercury ?


http://www.thenhf.com/article.php?id=2107

It all a matter of time… But do we have it ?

I heard somebody conveniently say:

Don’t do today, what somebody else can do for you, tomorrow

Mercury Toxic ? Who’s Asking Who: Check Out Who’s Playing Tag In Your Mouth


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Few weeks ago I introduced you to studies done articulating the destruction of neurons (nerves) by mercury, only, while other metals employed in the research did not damage nerves.
This is the shortcut to that article: http://en.search.wordpress.com/?q=site%3Aeuzicasa.wordpress.com+mercury
NOw, and again, we have one of the most reactionary industry lobbyists, stipulating that mercury is good for you, so good that you should carry as much as 1 oz, you your mouth:

To me this looks so much like the insane battle of the  asbestos industry. I can only be happy that the tobacco industry got what they deserve.
this last battle has nothing to do with science, politicized science but only with profit-making without any responsibility, social or personal, to one or to all, and it’s wrong.

What is interesting is that dentists were among the most poisoned by mercury, until some regulations came to life, and developed, but with no air, and water monitoring, to alert in case of mercury presence  (more or less effective), to manage the flow of mercury thru their dental cabinets (so it is not in the air the staff, and patients breath, or in the water going down the sink and into the sewage system, and from there back at us in the…fish we buy to eat. Indeed there were many dentists intoxicated for years, and presenting the symptoms of mercurialism or heretism (“mad hatter disease”):
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12488928,
From preparing the amalgam (the material containing mercury that goes in your cavities), in the palm of their hands (you know mercury goes right thru your skin, and directly into your blood, and directly to your brain with the speed that alcohol does, there are no stops on the way. Saturnism on the other hand is the disease caused but cronic exposure to lead, while working unsafely.
Beside dental cabinets, hospitals, fluorescent tubes manufacturers, the exhaust coming off the stacks of power plants, incinerators (including human with mercury fillings), the list of mercury damage to humans is thousand of sources in size.
The problem with mercury contamination, is that it is masked by the lack of any signals of presence (No odor, no color, no acute effect at lower doses of poisoning, but deadly cumulative in humans, human embryos, and animals, to the ecological system, to the planet Earth, our home, the only home will ever have, if we don’t bring it down, of course.
With all the scientific evidence to the contrary, what kind of political power can an endorser of the mercury industry have to show at a FDA hearing: of course, ON TAX PAYERS MONEYS ? to conclude:  That it is safe…for now…?

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20101207/fda-reconsidering-safety-dental-amalgams?ecd=soc_tw

Mercury toxicity to the nervous system


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Happy Reading 🙂

-G.