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New Critical Problem with 'Smart' Meters: The Switching-Mode Power Supply (SMPS)

[Left: Warning label on side of a typical ‘smart’ meter. ]

by Mary Beth Brangan and James Heddle

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Opt-Out
Ironically, now that PG&E is offering to disable the wireless RF function (for a hefty price) in their smart meters, we find that there’s an another extremely critical problem with the meters.

Just when you thought you had mastered all the esoteric acronyms, and all the problems with ‘smart’ meters, here’s one more: Switching-Mode Power Supply or SMPS. This new element in the ‘smart’ meter controversy deserves immediate full official and public attention.

In our on-going investigation into why so-called ‘smart’ meters being installed by PG&E against rising public opposition are causing so many people to be sick, and so many problems with other electric and electronic equipment, we have been fortunate to obtain the advice of electrical engineers.

On examination of typical meters, including ABB, GE, and Landis Gyr, they report that, in addition to its RF transmitter, each wireless digital meter also has a component called the ‘switching-mode power supply’ (SMPS) – switching power supply for short. Its function is to ‘step down’ the 240v alternating current (AC) coming in from the utility pole power lines to the 2 to 10 volts of direct current (DC) required to run the meter’s digital electronics which record the electricity usage data.

The SMPS function emits sharp spikes of millisecond bursts constantly, 24/7. The SMPS on the OWS 514 NIC model, for instance, which is the smart meter model widely installed by PG&E throughout its territory, has been measured to emit spikes of up to 50,000 hz and higher. This constant pulsing of high frequencies, in addition to the RF function, is causing not only interference with other electric and electronic equipment in many homes with smart meters installed, but also is causing havoc with biological systems in its field of exposure. (see wikipedia and Prevention Magazine articles below)

Dirty Electricity
When current flows through the wiring of a building it generates a surrounding electro-magnetic field that radiates outward all around the wires at right angles to the direction of the current’s flow and reaches out into the room.

It is well known that switching power supplies can generate spikes of so-called electromagnetic interference (EMI), or high frequency transients, which then travel along the wiring in the walls, radiating outward in the wiring’s electromagnetic field.

Such spikes are known as ‘dirty electricity’ and can be conducted to a human body that is within the range of the radiating field. This function is on all smart meters used by all utilities and is on constantly, 24/7.
[For more on dirty electricity check out Dr. Sam Milham’s website and his new book, DIRTY ELECTRICITY: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization and watch this blog for our in depth interview with Dr. Milham – coming soon. ]

One of the engineers explains it this way:
“Extensive measurements have demonstrated that all of the meters measured so far, including ABB, GE, and Landis Gyr, emit noise on the customer’s electric wiring in the form of high frequency voltage spikes, typically with an amplitude of 2 volts, but a frequency anywhere from 4,000 Hertz, up to 60,000 Hz. The actual frequency of the phenomena is influenced by the devices that are plugged into the customer’s power. Some houses are much worse than others, and this observation has been confirmed by PG&E installers that have talked to us.”

Wikipedia agrees that SMPSs have this drawback:
“Disadvantages include greater complexity, the generation of high-amplitude, high-frequency energy that the low-pass filter must block to avoid electromagnetic interference (EMI), and a ripple voltage at the switching frequency and the harmonic frequencies thereof.
Very low cost SMPSs may couple electrical switching noise back onto the mains power line, causing interference with A/V equipment connected to the same phase. Non-power-factor-corrected SMPSs also cause harmonic distortion.’ ”

Another Fatal Flaw in ‘Smart’ Meters
Our consultants believe that it is this ‘dirty electricity’ generated by the e-meters’ switching power supplies that is a major contributor to the symptoms being reported by growing numbers of people in association with the e-meters thus far installed.

The ‘opt-out-for-a-price’ arrangement put forward by PG&E, in which the wireless meters would, at the ratepayer’s expense, have its RF transmitting function turned off, would still not eliminate the ‘dirty electricity’ flowing into the buildings wiring, and so would not prevent negative health effects in the buildings’s occupants.

This is further reason for the CPUC to declare a moratorium on e-meter deployment, and schedule a fully transparent public hearing on all aspects of the meters’ operation.

From Alexander Binik
Director, DE-Toxics Institute, Fairfax, CA

What follows are a few quotes on this subject from a pair of 2009 Prevention Magazine articles. (I however highly recommend your reading the entire articles, as they are extremely informative.) (You may need to paste these links into your browsers URL field.)

… a particular kind of EMF, a relatively new suspected carcinogen known as high-frequency voltage transients, or “dirty electricity.” Transients are largely by-products of modern energy-efficient electronics and appliances–from computers, refrigerators, and plasma TVs to compact fluorescent lightbulbs and dimmer switches–which tamp down the electricity they use. This manipulation of current creates a wildly fluctuating and potentially dangerous electromagnetic field that not only radiates into the immediate environment but also can back up along home or office wiring all the way to the utility, infecting every energy customer in between…

… “Opposite charges attract, and like charges repel. When a transient is going positive, the negatively charged electrons in your body move toward that positive charge. When the transient flips to negative, the body’s electrons are pushed back. Remember, these positive-negative shifts are occurring many thousands of times per second, so the electrons in your body are oscillating to that tune. Your body becomes charged up
because you’re basically coupled to the transient’s electric field.”…

And, from the second article, at
“A report that cited more than 2,000 studies found that chronic exposure to even low-level radiation (like that from cell phones) can cause a variety of cancers, impair immunity, and contribute to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, heart disease, and many other ailments.

One likely way: EMFs open the blood-brain barrier, causing blood vessels to leak fluid into the brain and damage neurons. 

What’s more, a less–well known kind of EMF, known as “dirty” or transient electricity, may play an even more damaging role. Transients are largely by-products of modern energy-efficient electronics and appliances—from computers, refrigerators, and plasma TVs to compact fluorescent lightbulbs and dimmer switches—which tamp down the electricity they use.

This manipulation of current creates a wildly fluctuating and potentially dangerous electromagnetic field that essentially charges up the electrons in every cell of your body. Some research suggests that by overlapping the body’s signaling mechanisms, transients may interfere with the secretion of insulin, drown out the call and response of the immune system, and cause other physical havoc.”


Here is a letter recently sent to the CPUC by engineer Rob States:
[ To view a video of a recent presentation by Rob, click here.]

Two engineers have been diligently working on Smart Meter dirty power and RF issues – the combined team possess two MS degrees from MIT, a California P.E. license (Professional Engineer’s License), and a PhD from Stanford in Electrical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude. They have been working on this nearly continuously for the last four months.

The scientific data tells us that 5% of the population will get sick immediately from RF disease, and another 10% will develop the disease over time. This means about 4.5 million people in California are potential victims.

Since individuals with no history of RF disease are experiencing symptoms the first day the meter is installed, we can assume the meter’s RF emissions are not the only problem. The RF network is activated months after initial meter installation.

Extensive measurements have demonstrated that all of the meters measured so far, including ABB, GE, and Landis Gyr, emit noise on the customer’s electric wiring in the form of high frequency voltage spikes, typically with an amplitude of 2 volts, but a frequency any ware from 4,000 Hertz, up to 60,000 Hz. The actual frequency of the phenomena is influenced by the devices that are plugged into the customer’s power. Some houses are much worse than others, and this observation has been confirmed by PG&E installers that have talked to us.

Since 85% of the population is not immediately effected by this phenomena, the knowledge about what is causing symptoms in PG&E’s customers will be slow to evolve. We expect word of mouth to be the primary information source since the media is so disconnected from this phenomena.

The scientific literature has studied microwave illness since the 1930’s when radar operators became ill. Radar equipment emits radiation that is intermittent, and recent scientific papers have increasingly reported that pulsed radiation is significantly worse than continuous radiation. Humans have been exposed to continuous microwave transmissions from radio for decades. Exposure that Smart Meters present to California citizens is new and unlike previous electromagnetic emissions.

PG&E has published none of the functional specifications of the meters now being installed, including their BLOCK DIAGRAMS, SCHEMATICS, or BILL OF MATERIALS. The scientific community has been prevented from identifying any of the design problems prior to their installations.

The decisions by PG&E and the CPUC to conduct NO SAFETY STUDIES has forced them to discover the current problem after the meters have been installed and after significant capital has been invested in this project. Even a rudimentary safety test with 100 randomly selected people would have probably uncovered this problem long before its appearance in PG&E’s customer base.

The fix for preventing dirty power disease in PG&E customers is expensive. Because the dirty power must be stopped in the customer’s LOW IMPEDANCE house wiring, all of the filter components must handle high power, and therefore are expensive. Current estimates put the end customer cost at $500, and that does not include fixing dirty power interactions that Smart Meter causes with devices already in the customer’s home, such as computers, FAX machines, copiers, plasma TV’s, and the like. Merely treating 15% of the California households puts the total liability for after market problems at $2B, approximately equal to the entire cost of the existing program’s roll out.

Though 15% of the population has early and obvious symptoms, a large number of microwave disease related health problems will not surface for some time. As science advances, the links between microwave disease and its sources will only improve, causing ever increasing liability for societal institutions that are responsible for the offending emissions. Though the cell phone industry has purchased immunity from liability through their extensive lobbying efforts, the experience of the tobacco and chemical industries has shown that this immunity can fade as priorities of the general population affects the political process.

Though microwave disease is not directly observed in 85% of the population, the asymptomatic effects (meaning effects that have no apparent symptoms) are well published in the scientific literature, and span a wide variety of lethal and debilitating diseases, including cancers, auto immune diseases, suicide risk, depression, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and a host of others. Steve Job’s pancreas and liver problems are particularly conspicuous when manifested in a life long vegetarian who was chronically exposed to pulsed microwave emissions from wifi, computer power supplies, and the like. Liability for microwave diseases could explode in the future, as data in the cell phone industry already suggests.

Among the population of affected individuals, there are sure to be attorneys who are experienced in class actions suits, and who clearly recognize a $2B avoidable cost has been imposed on an unwilling public. This type of law suit has been responsible for some of the largest corporate liabilities in our civilization’s history, and has already affected PG&E and the CPUC in the past (i.e. hexavalent chromium in Hinkley CA).

Once the California real estate community becomes aware that 15% of the general population will no longer be able to live, work, or shop in their properties, the potential liability will be in the trillions of dollars, and will effect a population of wealthy individuals who have significant political influence in Sacramento. These entrepreneurs have been particularly skilled at legally punishing institutions that are responsible for declines in their asset values. In fact, the asset base of the retirement trust of California’s state employees is significantly exposed to California’s real estate market.

A reasonable person could conclude that the potential liability PG&E currently faces, both immediately and in the evolving future, could be significantly larger than their asset base. Their long term survival as a corporation could be at risk, and a potential outcome could include the wholesale transfer of their asset base into receivership pending settlement of outstanding liabilities.

Legal liability could force PG&E to approach the CPUC for a doubling of the existing utility rate. This would be a politically untenable request, and could result in the dissolution of the CPUC’s existing regulator authority.

The future for both the CPUC and PG&E is uncertain, and potentially disastrous. A prudent course would be to treat the entire Smart Grid project in California as a major risk, and to aggressively engage in damage control. Since the technology that is actively being dismantled by the CPUC and PG&E has previously demonstrated none of the current risks, an aggressive plan to offer an analog meter opt out is a prudent option. Since so much damage has already been done, there are no guarantees that even this measure will prevail.

PG&E’s current course of relying on PR spin has little chance of stemming the trends that have already been set in motion.

Rob States, M.S., P.E.
Chief Engineer, Wave Dry, LLC.
415-927-2739 Office
415-596-2718 Cell
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Barefoot Radiation-Exposed Person’s Guidebook – Guest Blog

Barefoot Radiation-Exposed Person’s Guidebook:
An Organic Kitchen Sink Of Radiation Detox Information

Authors: Ben Colodzin, Ph.D, Hildegarde Staninger, Ph.D, RIET-1,
Janet Starr Hull, Ph.D, and Shoshanna Allison.


Hello to all fellow beings sharing this predicament of breathing the latest Japanese emissions, combined with many years of other toxic emissions, to place us all in a possibly, only slightly elevated, and possibly, extremely elevated, health risk. We just don’t fully know yet. The possibility that spent fuel rods may already have been destroyed at the accident site in Japan and released unknown amounts of extremely toxic radioactive particulates that are not yet being measured and reported to the public cannot be discounted.

So many of us, in our concern, are asking, “What can I do?”

This is an attempt to summarize some ideas and practices from a couple of knowledgeable non-government affiliated persons with wide experience with toxins and detoxification methods. It is intended for health education purposes only, as each of us has to make our own decisions about the behaviors and strategies we choose to implement at this time when radioactive emissions are heightened to an unknown degree, and we have conflicting information (most official government statements saying everything is safe and fine, while many independent experts are saying that it is not so, and all these health advisers saying take this supplement, take that supplement , take iodine, etc.).

I am no expert in this field. I am just an information gatherer trying to stimulate the
conversation and awareness among ‘we the people who live downstream’ of all this.
So I asked two women who ARE experts in this field, Dr. Hildegarde Staninger and Dr. Janet Starr Hull, to give me a crash course in what they know about options that may be useful in encouraging your body to maintain efficiency in detoxing whatever toxins may come…with special emphasis on things that may help and are widely available, and where possible to emphasize anything useful that is available to all.

I personally believe that our individual spiritual practices and beliefs will be a very important factor in influencing our personal health, The prayer in my heart
is that the information gathered here will be helpful in your journey to calm fear,
make more informed choices about your detox options if you do have radiation
exposure, and thereby help you to maintain the vitality to practice the spiritual practices and beliefs of your choice.

This paper will limit itself to discussing those foods, lifestyle practices,
and natural substances which Drs. Staninger and Hull and their colleagues have found to be useful in detoxifying radioactive elements from humans who have been exposed to them, with special emphasis on the natural substances that are locally obtainable or relatively cheap. This is not an exhaustive work on this subject, it is a
beginning step to fill a current void in useful information in response to an evolving global situation.

Along with other detox experts whose work I have read and who I have interviewed, Drs. Staninger and Hull have each developed their own product lines and specific ways of going about detoxifying. I think their strategies and products, used the way they recommend them, are very efficient ways to remove toxins, with strong scientific research to validate their claims. These are good and time-tested ways to detox.

However, mindful that we may be facing a situation where there is global impact, and that very many people will not have funds to buy commercial detox supplies or the very best quality foods even if they were available for all who may desire them, Dr. Staninger and Dr. Hull were asked to help imagine what one can do, even if one cannot access any storebought products, or only a few basic ones, which will surely be the situation for many, as it is already in Japan.

With more limited supplies one has fewer options and perhaps less efficiency in moving toxins out of the body at the most efficient rate; but one can still encourage the body to detox with the best that is available to you.

We really are all in this together, we really do all live downstream, and we must each make do with what life-supporting natural foods and medicines that are available where we live.

To restate: In this situation of uncertainty, no one can be absolutely sure what exactly will guarantee your health, what specific exposures you will have, or how you individually will react to them. In the midst of this uncertainty, these experts are offering up this compendium of ideas found to be helpful in aiding the body to detoxify after exposure, to mobilize the body’s miraculous natural ability to move these materials back out of our bodies after toxic exposures. May this be useful to you in your quest for good health for you and your loved ones.
What exactly do we mean when we say “detoxify”?

The actual definition of detoxify as a verb is:

1. to remove a poison or toxin or the effect of such
2. to render (a harmful substance) harmless
3. (physiology) The metabolic process by which the toxic qualities of a poison or toxin are reduced by the body.


There has been much spoken about radioactive iodine and the need to protect the thyroid by taking iodine pills, and there has been panic buying of this substance in many places.

It is true that radioactive forms of iodine, which can bind to the thyroid and cause thyroid cancer, are blocked from binding to the thyroid if the body has sufficient supply of non-radioactive iodine at the thyroid before and during radioactive iodine exposure.

However, from this fact many people have generalized two incorrect assumptions:


Both Drs. Staninger and Hull recognize the need to protect the thyroid with natural forms of iodine. Both recommended getting iodine from kelp, other sea vegetables, and other natural sources as being much safer than using iodine pills.

Below are Dr. Staninger’s post of March 19 2011 titled : “WHY PEOPLE SHOULD NOT TAKE POTASSIUM IODIDE – Natural Remedies For Radiation Exposure” and a list of foods that are natural sources of iodine. If you are going to use something like kelp capsules, follow the recommended dosage on the container. Dr. Staninger mentioned that a sufficient daily amount of nori sea vegetable, which comes in dry sheets approximately 8 by 11, would probably be equal to approximately two sheets per day. Dr. Staninger mentions that all dosages are standardized to fit the profile of a 150 pound adult. If you are calculating dosages of anything for a 50 pound kid, adjust the dosage downward proportionally. If you are calculating dosages for a 300 pound adult, adjust the dosage upward proportionally.

(Dr. Staninger writes) Date: 3/19/2011 12:35 AM PDT

Why People should NOT take Potassium Iodide –
Natural Remedies For Radiation Exposure

In light of the latest news about the Japanese nuclear reactor meltdowns, there is a wave of panic as potassium iodide (KI) supplies are sold out in the US. I am not taking KI, nor am I recommending it for my patients, family or friends. I urge people not to take KI supplements because KI should be only taken under the supervision of a physician, as it needs to be dosed every 24 hours to be effective when there is a documented exposure to radioactive iodine and dosing iodine over long periods of time may suppress normal thyroid function. Lastly, some people may experience side effects or allergic reaction to KI and the ingredients in the pills. Nonetheless, I do believe taking steps to maintain a healthy immunity will help one to reduce the effects of radiation exposure:

1. Drink purified alkaline water, such as Kangen water or diluted Willard Water;

2. Eat an organic, whole foods based diet including dark leafy greens, whole grains and a variety of produce;

3. Consume chlorella and spirulina, both of which have been shown to reduce the effects of radiation;

4. Consume sea vegetables for natural sources of iodine without the side effects mentioned above – such as seaweed, kelp, dulse, nori, wakame and the like, as these foods will NOT suppress normal thyroid function;

5. Consume probiotic foods such as non-GMO miso, yogurt or Jerusalem Artichoke Flour (which can be sprinkled over food or put into fresh juices);

6. Consume fresh, raw foods especially fresh juices. (End Quote)

In addition to sea vegetables, natural iodine is available from a wide variety of fresh foods, try to include some of which ever of these foods are available in your area. As noted below, if there are no other sources available, one can use sea salt to feed the body iodine. I copied this list from a natural healing website of Dr. Denice Moffat, and confirmed with Dr. Staninger that, in fact, all the listed foods do indeed contain some natural iodine:

• Asparagus
• Dulse
• Garlic
• Kelp
• Lima beans
• Mushrooms
• Seafood
• Sea salt and fortified salt
• Seaweed
• Sesame seeds
• Soybeans
• Spinach
• Summer squash
• Swiss chard
• Turnip greens


First, I will cite the general dietary recommendations of Dr. Staninger and Dr. Hull, and then discuss some of their suggestions on specific helpful foods and how to use them.

It is very important to practice some kind of colon cleanse in the early stages of any detox protocol to increase efficiency of elimination. Without cleaning the colon first, there is a risk that the acculumulated toxins already present in the colon will create a situation where toxins moving through the body are re-absorbed rather than eliminated.

The best advice from the natural experts says to remember this step if you want to mobilize the full miraculous powers of your body to flush out toxic materials.
There are lots of methods to do a colon cleanse. Eating mostly fresh foods is important, as is drinking lots of water. Dr. Staninger uses a product called Happy Tummy to aid in colon cleansing; Dr. Hull recommends French green clay. They both note that activated charcoal is also useful in absorbing toxins while cleaning the colon.

Both Drs. Hull and Staninger advise to do one’s best while detoxing to eat a 75%—80% raw foods diet. That is what is optimal. Both advise against the consumption of genetically modified products, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, and chemical preservtives. Minimize your intake of these things and eat more food in its natural state, directly as delivered by Mother Earth, that is the suggestion. This was stressed as extremely important for detox because, the body’s natural detoxifying mechanisms can become overloaded by the chemically processed food additives. Everyone has to work with the foods that are available, just do your best to incorporate as much fresh and locally grown foods in their natural state as is possible in your situation.

Both Drs. Hull and Staninger speak eloquently about the blood sugar imbalance issues that come from using refined sugars and white bleached flours, and how they complicate and make less efficient the body’s natural detox pathways (we’ll skip their technical explanations for our purposes). Natural sugars like honey, maple syrup, blue agave syrup, and stevia are considered healthy and may be used in quantity during detox. Refined sugars like bleached white sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial sweetners like aspartame are considered damaging to the body, as is refined white flour. (MSG and preservatives can be included here.)

Dr. Hull has studied and written about the introduction of white sugar and white flour into indigenous diets around the world with the encroachment of Western civilization and its dietary habits. She notes that wherever white sugar and white flour were integrated into the common diet, inevitably blood sugar imbalances, diabetes, and alcoholism have developed and soared. It is challenging these days to find processed or prepared foods that do not contain these highly refined products which definitely are not helpful in boosting your body’s detox abilities. To maximize the healing power of the foods you eat while detoxing, do the best you can to eat fresh foods and natural sugars, and minimize your consumption of heavily processed, chemicalized, genetically modified foods, and those with MSG and preservatives. Dr. Staninger is a strong proponent of using Jerusalem Artichoke or Jerusalem Artichoke Flour as a natural means to stabilize blood sugar and give the body a bunch of probiotic or helpful bacteria in the gut.

To quote Dr. Staninger’s basic food guidelines:

Eat an organic, whole foods based diet including dark leafy greens, whole grains and a variety of produce;

Consume chlorella and spirulina, both of which have been shown to reduce the effects of radiation;

Consume sea vegetables for natural sources of iodine without the side effects mentioned above – such as seaweed, kelp, dulse, nori, wakame and the like, as these foods will NOT suppress normal thyroid function;

Consume probiotic foods such as non-GMO miso, yogurt or Jerusalem Artichoke Flour (which can be sprinkled over food or put into fresh juices);

Consume fresh raw foods, especially fresh juices. (End Quote)

Dr. Staninger gave three food recipes she shares as part of her detox strategy. They are called “Dr Hildy’s Cellular Tonic” (which nourishes cells and helps restore their integrity after toxic exposures); “Dr Hildy’s Detox Soup” (which pulls out toxins and helps clear lungs); and what she calls “Monkey Juice” (which pulls heavy metals out of the body very effectively).

The recipes and instructions for making these healing foods at home are included at the end of this section. Dr. Staninger also sells very high potency natural medications for similar purposes, including a “monkey juice” capsule from the ingredients listed in the recipe below. For those interested and able to make use of these high potency products, contact Dr. Staninger’s office – Integrative Health Systems, LLC – . Using the recipes below is good, too.

Dr. Staninger’s full professional detox protocol strategy, as best I understand, includes the use of raw foods, natural herbal medicines, colon cleansing, lots of alkaline waters, vitamin supplements, digestive enzymes, probiotics, and the use of far infrared radiation-emitting medical devices.

Dr. Hull’s full professional detox protocol strategy, as best I understand, includes the use of raw foods, natural herbal medicines, colon cleansing, lots of alkaline waters, vitamin supplements, digestive enzymes, probiotics, and the use of french green clay.
If you can find a way to make use of healthy pure vitamin supplements, that is a good way to go. Dr. Hull has shared her copyrighted listing of foods that give the body a significant amount of vitamins you want to have available to your body while detoxing. She gives us a lot of options of fresh foods that can give us vitamin c and all the b vitamins: (reprinted with permission from Janet Starr Hull):




Dr. Staninger notes that one tablespoon of pure olive oil daily will supply your essential vitamin E daily need. Alpha Lipoic Acid can be supplied through eating red meat, potatoes and spinach.

Dr. Hull teaches a few old-time wisdoms about eating and cooking that assist in maintaining your body’s acid/alkaline balance:

1. Soak acid-forming foods such as whole grains and legumes, before cooking.
2. Chew thoroughly to mix food with alkaline saliva and natural digestive enzymes secreted in your saliva.
3. Do not drink liquids while eating as this washes away your saliva.

Foods and medicines that have been recommended again and again for helping detox, and show up in many commercial products for this purpose, include:

Chlorella, Spirulina, Garlic, Onions, Nutritional Yeast, Aloe Vera. Ginkgo Biloba, Cucurmin from turmeric, Miso, Pine Bark Extract, Green Tea Extract, and Grape Seed Extract. Any of these are very good additions to your detox protocol if they are available to you.

Dr. Staninger makes the point that if you are going to radically change your diet for a time from a modern mainstream processed food diet towards a 75% raw foods diet, you have to make it fun! That is, you have to make the foods taste interesting. I noticed I can eat only so many fresh vegetables, but if I make a homemade peanut sauce as a dip, I enjoy them a lot more. So if you can use your spices and sauces and creativity to make these foods delicious, you’ll have an easier time allowing this experience into your life.

Dr. Staninger also advises that in addition to a colon cleanse, it is a good idea to flush the gall bladder as well, to clean out any sludge. She says you do a gall bladder cleanse simply by mixing one half cup of pure virgin olive oil with the juice of three lemons, and taking this internally. You don’t have to gulp it down, but the idea is to get that into your body in a relatively short time, over a few hours at most. If there is a sludge buildup, this will encourage it to break up and evacuate. Dr. Staninger reported that many individuals pass gall stones from this simple gall bladder cleanse.

Dr. Hildy’s Cellular Tonic Recipe©
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 teaspoons diced garlic
1 level teaspoon red cayenne pepper

Cook together in a small pot for one minute then add the following ingredients:

½ cup brewed green tea, preferably Japanese green tea.
Brewed color should be lime green. If the color is yellow/golden then the water is too hot; suggest ½ boiling water and ½ cool water for perfect lime green color.
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar.
½ cup honey

Mix all together in the small pot with the previous ingredients, cook until the garlic makes a scum on top, or 4 minutes. Watch temperature because the honey will make the pot boil over if you do not watch what you are doing. Once the scum comes to the top remove from heat and strain into a glass container. Cool and use 1 tablespoon or more per day. Refrigerate after cooled.
(Note : Olive oil will harden in the refrigerator. When you take it out leave it to warm on the counter at room temperature, then shake and pour your tablespoon. This tonic has been known to increase muscle strength, skin texture, and build muscles. It was used by the Mohawk Wrestling Team of Kahn:awake – Mohawk Territory.)

Dr. Hildy’s Detox Soup Recipe
2 cups water
1 bullion cube (organic) of beef, chicken, or veggie
(may substitute canned organic stock)
handful of fresh parsley
1 diced small onion

Cook all ingredients in a small pot until the onion is glassy, then strain and drink. This soup pulls toxins and opens the breathing passages of the lungs.

Dr. Hildy’s “Monkey Juice”
MONKEY JUICE (a cellular flush formula)
Blend together:
1 lime with skin not removed
2 stalks celery
6 sprigs cilantro (cut in whole leafs and stems, use scissors)
Dash Olmec salt or other high grade natural salt
Dash red cayenne
¼ cup honey or blue agave sweetener
One peeled prickly pear cactus fruit, if available, fresh or canned;
if not available, may substitute another sweet red fruit of your choice, such as raspberries
Add water to blender for desired consistency
One drop chac mool minerals,
A dash of Olmec natural salts, or dash of other healthy salt.

Chop up celery, cilantro, lime, put in blender.
Add other ingredients
Blend, strain and pour over ice. Drink once daily.

(Caution—You need a sturdy blender to chop up lime skin. It is easier, if you chop the lime into small pieces or only blend a little at a time.)



Clay is one of the natural earth substances that is possibly of widespread use due to its wide distribution and availability. As Dr. Hull mentions in the following article, it is quite well established that clays are effective agents in pulling toxins from the body, including radioactive toxins. She is particularly experienced with French green clay, and gives links to a wealth of information about its use, where to get it, and where to get other commercially available pure clays from reliable sources. I asked Dr. Hull, if people do not have access to French green clay or the other clays, what you can recommend as safe and effective? Can people use the local clays from their area?

She responded that any clay that powders when dry is the healthiest to ingest, with the least potential for clogging the system. She said bentonite clays are also useful, however they have a higher potential for clogging up one’s elimination.

There are several dangers and warnings that apply about using clay products where there is no quality control on their purity. First of all, clays are useful because they absorb toxins. So, if you dig clay from somewhere where there has already been pollution in the area, that clay is going to absorb the toxins from the surrounding pollution and be very unhealthy indeed. So one would want to be very careful, even where one can find a good local source for clays that powder when dry, to make sure that the area the clay is coming from is not already polluted, coming from the most unspoiled area available. Where this cannot be assured, it is not safe to assume that local clays will be helpful, they could do more harm than good. With this caveat in mind, one would still be advised to dig down in undisturbed ground at least two feet in depth to avoid airborne and surface contaminants. Once a clay deposit is open to the air, it may also become contaminated by whatever emissions are airborne, so it would seem wise not to use the same open hole more than once to avoid this possible contamination source.

Another caution about the use of clay without medical supervision, is that you can use too much and plug up your elimination system. Or you can use the right amount but not drink enough water, and in this different way plug up your elimination system. If you begin to use clays and notice a serious reduction in the quantity and quality of your bowel movements, it would be advisable to reduce your clay intake or increase your water intake, or both.

Dr. Hull recommends how much green clay to use in her March 19 2011 Radiation Remediation Protocol. Basically she recommends one level teaspoon daily, in 8 oz of water, once daily and up to twice daily during times of presumed heavy exposure. She notes that one does need to drink plenty of water and to monitor one’s bodily reaction to using clay in this way, and advises that if elimination is affected negatively, then one should lower the amount taken.

Her full report follows:

French Green Clay – Radiation Remediation Protocol
Dr. Janet Starr Hull
March 19, 2011

The radiation leaking from the nuclear power plants in Japan have raised new awareness in many countries around the world, and that’s a very good thing because awareness brings change, and positive change keeps mankind moving forward. As a result of the nuclear disaster in Japan, people are learning new ways to prevent exposure to man-made radiation using natural clays.

The radiation circulating the planet is moving across many borders; it is circulating in everyone’s air and water; it is impacting plants and animals in different countries, moving over miles of oceans, over islands, and crossing national borders. An important point to remember is that all people and every animal must find a way to detox from these global pollutants bridging manmade “borders and constructs.” MANY people around the world have been ingesting natural clays for centuries to maintain general health and for detox purposes, and there is no better time than now to learn about the benefits of French Green clay.

“Growing up in Provence, South of France, the use of green ILLITE clay was a part of our lives. Mom made me drink it, would spray her plants with a clay/water solution, it was given to dogs, cats, horses… internally and externally.

“After moving to the US and becoming fully involved in the horse world, I became aware of how little was known about the benefits of the green illite French clay. It is my hope to bring the clay and its healing properties into public awareness,” writes Walter Badet, founder of French Clay For All: .

Since 1996, French Green clay is the only clay approved for food use by the Conseil Superieur d’Hygiene de France. (French National Health Superior Counsel). The American FDA knows little of natural clays, but that does not mean they are ineffective or unsafe within US borders.

Whether ingesting food grade clays as a daily detox regimen or using natural clays when exposed to toxic radiation, all animals worldwide benefit from its natural ability to absorb toxins. When ingesting anything – from a strawberry to prescribed medications – every individual needs to be aware of how their body reacts to any substance, and most importantly, never overdo anything you eat or drink.
I use one-teaspoon of clay daily on an empty stomach to cleanse my body, and I give a teaspoon of clay to my house pets and to the animals on my Wildlife Preservation.

I mix the purest French Green clay in 8-oz water and drink it down. I brush my teeth with it, too. If I am exposed to an unusual high level of toxins, such as radiation, I increase my daily intake of clay to once in the morning and again before bed, both on an empty tummy so the clay has nothing blocking its pathway to reach toxins circulating inside my body. Give your body about 20 minutes to absorb the clay, and then you can put food or drink in your stomach. Leave a bowl of clay water for your pets to drink throughout the day. Animals know when to drink the clay, but don’t be surprised if they lap it up.

It is best to introduce clay to your body gradually if you have never used clays before. For Days 1, 2 and 3, use 1/3 teaspoon; Days 4, 5 and 6, use 2/3 teaspoon, and Days 7 and on, use 1 teaspoon.

If you experience any unusual side effects after ingesting health clays, simply cut back on the daily amount you are using, but never stop trying to help your body excrete toxins quickly and safely.

Go to or Dr. Hull’s website: for more information on the French Green clay. Walter’s French Green clay is the purest that I have ever seen! This is an education into a lifestyle change – learn all that you can. (End Quote)

Dr. Staninger said that she endorses Dr. Hull’s characterization of the usefulness of both French green clay and clays generally for detox purposes. She noted that because many people have a tendency to take too much of a substance if they believe it is healthy to use, that she had some concern that many people might in their unfamiliarity with proper use of clays plug themselves up unintentionally. She felt that this could be addressed by using clays in an alternating cycle, such as 3 days on and 3 off, or a week on and a week off, to make sure that the body is moving it through and not caking up internally. She felt that the clays could work effectively used in this manner also.

As Dr. Hull wrote March 15, 2011, in a paper giving more detail on radiation remediation using clay:

I recommend using natural clays when exposed to radiation, which are safe for all ages and even safe for your family pets.

My favorite recommendation is French Green Clay, which is widely used in Europe and Asia, but less known in the United States. French Green Clay has the ability to remove radiation, toxic metals and chemical residues with virtually no side effects.
The use of clay in absorbing and removing toxins and radiation from the environment is common knowledge to an Environmental Engineer because we use clays to remove toxins from the soil and groundwater. In nature, all animals that eat a rancid kill or a toxic berry rush to a streambed and eat clay to absorb and remove the toxins quickly. The former Soviets have been using French Green Clay to remove radiation from the Russian population for the past sixty years. When the Soviet nuclear power plant, Chernobyl, melted down in 1986, the (then) Soviet government put French Green Clay in chocolate bars and dispensed them to the masses so any radiation they were exposed to would be immediately removed from their bodies. The Soviet government knew the healing qualities of French Green Clay, just as most Europeans have known about its curative qualities for centuries. Westerners think clays are only used for facial masks and bee stings.

As they did at Chernobyl, one of the best things the Japanese government should do is raze their nuclear power plants damaged by the earthquake under a layer of natural clay to absorb the radiation.

Natural clays possess healing qualities that not only attach themselves to and remove toxic substances and radiation from the body, but natural clays activate the body’s own immune system through their chemical constitutions. The composition of any healing clay should replenish the body’s nutritional needs naturally while removing toxins, especially radiation.

Green clays contain:
Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Manganese, Phosphorous, Zinc, Silicon,
Organic copper, Selenium, Organic cobalt, Micro-algae, Kelp,

I recommend using French Green Clay above the other natural clays, but it is hard to find in the United States. Any clay that powders when dry is the healthiest clay to ingest. The Pascalite Company has a great montmorillonite clay in both capsule and powdered form that comes from Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains. If you use bentonite clay, make sure to stay well-hydrated because this form of clay can harden inside of the body, but it is not toxic. Here are some links to find these healing clays:

For more information about detoxing from radiation using all-natural clay supplements, contact Dr. Janet Hull at


Waters with a pH above neutral, ( pH = 7 alkaline water), pH above 7 is recommended to aid in detox. Where available, pure natural alkaline water is ideal. Medical devices emitting alkaline water are also useful where available. And there are multiple commercial liquid concentrates that may be added to water to alkalinize it (Dr. Willard’s Water® is recommended for this purpose by both Dr. Staninger and Dr. Hull.)

However, for those with no access to alkaline water through any of the above methods, water can also be alkalinized by adding bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) or even by adding cream of tartar. (Caution should be taken with baking soda for those
who must restrict their sodium intake.)

Use baking soda in the proportion of one-half to one level teaspoon of baking soda to one 8 oz glass of water, once daily; use cream of tartar in the proportion of
one-eighth level teaspoon cream of tartar to one 8 oz glass of water once daily.

Detox baths are another recommended tool for eliminating toxins. The skin is a huge organ through which a great deal of natural elimination occurs. Allowing the skin to breathe more deeply with detox baths is very helpful and relaxing, and provides yet another pathway of elimination as you are pushing toxins out.

There are many materials useful for detox baths. Dr. Hull recommends detox baths using French green clay, or other useful clays. Detox baths may also be done with baking soda, or with magnesium bath salts, or with sea salts such as Dead Sea salts or Himalayan salts.

Dr. Staninger recommends Opaline® Solutions Wound Care and Detox Bath Granules to increase the percentage of oxygen in the water as it allows oxygen to penetrate the body through the skin and reduce free-radical damage. An initial bath or shower to get the gross particulate matter off the body and then another bath would be healthy for the benefits of oxygen, is recommended.

Dr. Staninger pointed out that radioactivity passing through the body may release many free radicals which can damage body systems. To remedy this, it is recommended to oxygenate the body. She prefers to use a concentrated stable oxygen formulation internally in a capsule called Opaline ® Dry Oxy. This is a very concentrated, pure product for oxygenation, which produces only oxygen and water in the body.

When these products are not available, she recommends oxygenation through diet by avoiding the food groups mentioned in the food section above, and selecting a high percentage of very green foods: dark green leafy vegetables, anything containing lots of chlorophyll, chlorella, spirulina, wheat grass and barley grass. With a few seeds you can grow barley grass or wheat grass at home, indoors or out, in a planter box; the green leaves may be regularly harvested and juiced or simply chewed if you don’t have a juicer. This is a basic and natural food source one can produce at home to help oxygenate the system.

However, mindful of the immediate exposures in Japan, and the fact that in Japan there is some popularity of using oxygen bars for oxygenation, Dr. Staninger also mentioned that where oxygen bars are an option, this is another valid pathway to protect against free radical damage by keeping your system well oxygenated. If this were one’s only pathway for oxygenaztion, she recommended this as frequently as every other day;
(“one day to breathe in oxygen, a day to let the body breathe out”), or it may also be used as an oxygenation supplemental method, combined with using the natural green foods mentioned above.

Use what you have available to you. If you have insufficient access to clean water or hot water or a bathtub for baths to be possible, you can achieve a similar effect with a footbath. Find a small container, heat the water however you can, and use the above materials in a similar manner to soak your feet. A great deal of toxins release through the feet.

Far Infrared Radiation via Sunlight
Far infrared radiation is a natural component of sunlight, and a natural emission from our own healthy cells. Dr. Staninger is a pioneer in the field of cellular resonance, and she has been acknowledged for her groundbreaking work demonstrating that the application of far infrared radiation to the cells of the body dramatically increased cellular detoxification. In her clinic this is done with medical grade far infrared emitting technologies. This technology can be purchased for home use, and can greatly increase the efficiency of detoxification. Dr. Staninger explains that using a far infrared device is like jump starting a car when its battery is dead—after the initial boost, the car again generates its own power. The idea behind using far infrared radiation is similar; when our health is compromised by illness or toxin load, we emit less far infrared from our cells. When we “jumpstart” ourselves with frequent use of far infrared, our cells again emit energy in the far infrared range. The drawback is that the equipment is expensive and not widely available.

I mention far infrared radiation here in this “Barefoot” Guidebook because there is a cheap and accessible way to use far infrared radiation in your detox protocol options. Far infrared is a component of sunlight. Stand and face the sun. Expose as much skin as you are comfortable to do in your personal situation and appropriate to your cultural norm. Ask the energies that emanate from the sun that support all life on earth to “jumpstart” your body energy. How long and how often to do this? There is not one definitive answer. Some say solar exposure these days is dangerous; how much is too much? A few minutes? An hour? You will have to judge that for yourself. Be conscious not to overdo, in discovering your own personal body limit for how much is enough and how much is too much. Start slowly. Whatever solar exposure you feel comfortable with, you will be increasing your body’s vitamin D production, and letting in at least a bit of the far infrared.

Dr. Staninger reports that the optimal daily exposure time for a sun bath for the purpose of far infrared body stimulation would be 45 to 60 minutes. Repeat: start with a limited exposure and listen to your body response as to what your body can handle. It is better to get too little than to cause burning/dehydration. And of course you are going to need to choose your times for outdoor exposure with awareness as to air quality; there may be times in radiation emergencies when it is best to limit exposure to air flows with high toxic particulate. In this emerging situation, all we can say here is: Please learn what you can about air quality in your area from the sources you trust to bring the most accurate picture to the people.
Wisdom keepers from all over the world throughout history have recommended giving thanks and respect to the sun as the source of energy that nourishes all life on earth.
Taking a sun bath is a good time for each of us to find our own way to do that.
Many of us already know that radiation can damage our genetic communications systems. Because the fear of this consequence is now so stirred up in the world, we felt we should mention some facts that are relevant and hopeful as we each have to deal with the impact of unknown radiation exposure on our psyches.

We want you all to know that the leading edge of science does now acknowledge that
damaged genes can self-repair. This is a real human potential. It is now known that
electrical frequencies underlie and inform our genetic communications systems. Under
certain conditions, where toxins have been flushed out and vital nutrients are provided,
and, most especially, when compassion is in the heart producing peaceful and relaxed states of consciousness, electrical frequencies can be generated within ourselves that access our deep memory of how to recreate healthy growth patterns. This applies to all living things.

Genetic repair after radiation damage is a real human potential. Please do your part to know this is a human possibility and pray with us that this possibility is activated in the
imagination and genetic memory of those who ask for it.

These are the tangible methods and tools that were identified, that could be expressed in basic terms and applied by people who are radiologically exposed and without expert guidance on what to do.

May we all cooperate well and support each other in our human journeys as we encounter the consequences of a human-damaged and volatile Mother Earth in flux. May the same quality of loving kindness and dedication to the needs of the people that inspired Dr. Staninger and Dr. Hull to learn all this specialized knowledge about toxicology, be with each of us as we give thanks for our special and unique gifts of life.

Thanks to both of them for showing up and sharing what they know.

Ben Colodzin, Ph.D., is author of TRAUMA AND SURVIVAL: A Self-Help Learning Guide, and CHICKEN LITTLE 101: A Brief History Of Aerosol Spraying Operations
Contact address:
Ben Colodzin
P.O. Box 735, Bolinas, CA 94924
Contact Email:
Hildegarde Staninger, Ph.D., RIET-1 is a world renowned industrial toxicologist, who is the author of the international bestseller, Comprehensive Handbook of Hazardous Materials: Regulations, Monitoring, Handling and Safety, Lewis Publishing/CRC Press. Among the leading international scientist in her field, she has done decades of research and was awarded the prestigious 8th Army and Greater Stuttgart Community Award for her work in preventing increased chronic obstructive e pulmonary disease (COPD) during Operation Desert Shield form the Kuwaiti burning oil fields during Desert Storm. In 2006-2007 she was principal investigator of a privately funded project to identify the composition of Morgellon’s fibers. This original research revealed the environmental impacts upon man, environment and other life forms from exposure to nanotechnology, a work she continues to pursue.

Dr. Hildegarde Staninger, RIET-1 Contact Email:
Integrative Health Systems, LLC Website:
415-3/4 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004


Janet Starr Hull, PhD, CN has a very diverse background with academic
degrees and experience in geology, international geography, environmental
science and toxicology, fitness training and holistic nutrition. She is an
OSHA Certified Environmental Hazardous Waste Emergency Response Specialist
and Toxicologist, author, Environmental Engineer, and former firefighter.
She was one of the first Americans to work on the remediation of the former
Soviet Army bases in Eastern Europe after Glasnov.

Contact Info:
Dr. Janet Starr Hull Websites:
P.O. Box 239
Melissa ,TX 75454


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for the Good Of All Earth Beings and
EDITOR, soon to be published:
ECHOES FROM THE FUTURE (Can you hear me now?)
‘Twilight of the Gods’ by Robert Ghost Wolf,
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From Blowback to Pushback – Nix Nukes Now! – Digest 3-25-11

The Fallout is Blowback; Fukushima’s Reactors ‘Made in USA’:
[For update sources and fallout monitoring links, please scroll down. ]

Potential dispersion of the radioactive cloud over The Northern Hemisphere
These animations display a potential dispersion of the radioactive cloud (Caesium 137 Isotope) after a nuclear accident in reactor Fukushima I. The continuous release rate is very uncertain, thus the calculations have to be interpreted qualitatively. Dispersion in the near surface level (Level 1), in appr. 2500 m height (Level 12) and in appr. 5000 m height (Level 16).
The release rate is estimated as 1015 Bq/d. This is appr. one tenth of the Chernobyl release. This simulation is a so called “worst case scenario” with continuous release rate. The value of 0.1 Bq/m3 correspond to appr. one millionth of the concentration at the source. At distances more than appr. 2000 km away from the source, the concentrations are not harmful to health.
The simulation starts fictitious at 15.03. 00 UTC and will continue to run in order to demonstrate the intercontinental transport. When exact relaese rates are published we will restart the simulation with reliable values.

Ghosts return to haunt Indo-US nuke deal

How to Avoid our own Fukushima

Kill Nuke Power Before it Kills Us All!

Breach possible at troubled Japanese power plant

The Next Nagasaki – Nuclear Fears Stalk The World
Threat to the American Public

Big Oil Versus The Dangers of Nuclear Power

Stephen Colbert asks: “Are you an over-reactor?”

Chernobyl: A Million Casualties

Alexey Yablokov – ‘Worse Than Chernobyl’ press conference today – watch on C-Span

Definitive New Book on Chernobyl Catastrophe­—Review by Dr Rosalie Bertell, Ph.D.

NYT’s Reassuring Radiation Reporting

Radiation: Nothing to See Here?

USA Today ‘Debates’ Nuclear Power
Bob: I grew up in his home state near one of the country’s oldest nuclear power plants (the Connecticut Yankee plant), and in all its years of operation–like virtually every other nuclear plant in the world–not a single life-threatening event has occurred.

Cal: And you told me you used to swim in the warm water generated by that plant. No wonder you became a liberal!

Nuclear Fallout Comes With Aura of Arrogance

Forbes: A Pro-Nuke Strategy for Fukushima

KCRA California: Focus Shifting on Nuclear Power Video

Dr. Helen Caldicott on the New Chernobyl Audio

Japan Radioactive Iodine Releases May Exceed Three Mile Island by 100,000 Times
Institute for Energy and Environmental Research

Nuclear situation ‘grave and serious’

Public Momentum Builds Against Nukes

Update Sources
Helen Caldicott, MD
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Daily update from Japan
Union of Concerned Scientists
All Things Nuclear – Union of Concerned Scientists
Tri-Valley CAREs – Communities Against a Radioactive Environment

Fallout Monitoring and Mapping
IVAN Monitoring
A network of volunteer community members
monitoring for radiation in the Western United States…
How to Participate in the Nationwide Radiation Network: If you want to join this nationwide grass roots effort to monitor the radiation in our environment, …
International Citizens Radiation Monitoring Network
Fallout Monitoring and Mapping
…”In the USA radiation has reportedly been detected, but the consistent official response is reassuring. However, Environmental Protection Agency monitoring data has vanished from the web. In Canada there remains no official public statement about the risk to Canadians of inhaling the contaminants. Official advice about At what dose might health effects occur? is bland and misleading. The real answer is that no dose is safe, and Plutonium and Uranium are very dangerous if inhaled or ingested, even though assessed “doses” might be very low. At present we have no way of knowing whether these elements are reaching the west coast of the Americas….”

Modélisation de la dispersion des rejets radioactifs dans l’atmosphère
Japan crisis prompts at-home radiation checks
Japanese nuclear crisis boosts interest in at-home radiation monitoring
Fallout simulation: Austrian meteorological service
EPA’s mapping
UC Berkeley’s radiation monitoring page
EPA deploys more radiation monitors to the West Coast
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A Scientist-Mom Writes Her Rep re Diablo – Guest Blog – Cindy Sage

Environmental Consultant Cindy Sage Writes Her Representative, Sen. Sam Blakelee

23 March 2011
Honorable Sam Blakeslee. Senator
State Capitol, Room 4070
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 651-4015
Fax: (916) 445-8081

Hi Sam,

I have some thoughts for you, as you go after Diablo’s recertification.

Let me tell you what it is like to fly from Singapore to Hong Kong to SF and back to SB
in one day. Because of catastrophic radiation threats from ‘the safest nuclear reactors in the world’ in Japan.

Our daughter Stephanie, her husband and 22-month old evacuated from Tokyo last
Tuesday to Singapore via Osaka and Shanghai. They’ve lived in Tokyo for two years,
and the baby (Avery Orrin, a girl) was born there.

I flew to Singapore for a week to help them. These are thoughts now, about California,
coming back home.

[ Rachel Maddow/Sen. Sam Blakelee (R-SLO): Diablo Canyon Seismic Issues video viewer at end of letter.]

Flying back over the green hills of SLO and SB counties from San Francisco, you think
“we don’t even have 160 miles between us and Diablo”. That is the distance between
Tokyo and Fukushima’s Daiichi nuclear plant that now has four reactors in partial
meltdown and thousands of spent fuel rods in empty cooling ponds seeping and belching
radiation directly into the air and the seawater. The government acknowledges this will
likely continue for weeks and months to come. And, the threat of full meltdown of one,
or more, of these four reactors and/or the cooling ponds for spent fuel is not ruled out yet.

Tokyo has thirty million people in one city alone that cannot be moved, or
properly informed because they will panic and bring further chaos to an overloaded

One hundred and sixty miles away is less than one day’s airflow up the SLO and Santa
Ynez valleys to major population areas.

Remember the SB fires? Burning upslope and inland by day, and back downslope at
night, carrying fire, smoke and ash in an endless zig-zag pattern? Remember only the
rain could really stop the fires? In Tokyo, the rain will bring down the radioactivity.
During the Gap fire, we sat at Playa Azul at an outdoor table, and the ash fall was so
thick it coated the food and floated black in the margaritas. We had to leave the food on
the table and go because we couldn’t breathe and couldn’t eat it.

For a week, people in Tokyo prayed that 160 miles was far enough away. Heck, its the
distance from Bakersfield to LA, right? I heard that from seriously smart, educated
Americans, waiting it out.

But events have to unfold, and the chaos involved and unnecessary anguish are
heartbreaking for the families. The slow leakage of information that prevents stampeding
and improves the government’s ability to control events also sacrifices many in the

“Our expectations had a scientific basis, but conditions were exceeded.”
VP of TEPCO, Tokyo Electric Power Company, March 23rd, CNN interview.

Based on the now-demonstrated failure of at least four of Japan’s nuclear reactors to
withstand ‘design’ events that were calculated on the basis of only one catastrophic failure
at a time, we know this kind of thinking is outdated and monumentally risky for
California as well. Japan planned for earthquakes, but not multiple, cascading events that
ran out of control, prevented planned emergency responses, and caused them to throw
away the rule-book in favor of ‘hail mary’ passes like flooding with seawater, one
helicopter squirt at a time. Japan’s TEPCO didn’t even realize for a week that they had
cooling ponds running dry that held thousands of leaking radioactive spent fuel rods.
Because they couldn’t even get into or close to their own plants to survey the damage.
Not until the effort was militarized, and people could be ordered to go into the hot zone
did we begin to see the damage, and understand the colossal breaches of containment and
destroyed plants and cooling equipment. That is not in the rule-book. They had no
response. Now, Daiichi’s reactor 3 in chronic, uncontrollable release-mode, and it
contains plutonium as well as radioactive cesium and iodine. The other three reactors are
in partial meltdown, and even government press releases say they cannot rule out
complete meltdowns as yet.

Japan continues to deal with the aftermath – major aftershocks, continuing loss of
power, loss of back-up power, loss of triple-backup power, fires, radioactive meltdown
and seepage, intentional steam releases of radioactive materials directly into the air to
prevent catastrophic hydrogen buildup, inadvertent radiation releases from explosions
that happen on a regular basis anyway, the spreading plume, the hopeful weather patterns
carrying the radiation ‘somewhere else’, the inevitable recirculation of radiation back over
Tokyo and central Japan, the lack of equipment to properly test air, water, food and the
people evacuating the hot zones.

What pieces of information are reliable? What is the subtext of unfolding US Embassy
and State Dept and military advisories? What ‘indicators’ do you hold out as the trigger
for “what to do next”?

Do you wait until the US government moves the USS George Washington aircraft carrier
out of Yokohama as happened Monday, because it is SOUTH of Tokyo? Is that a bad
sign? Do you wait for the US State Department to issue potassium iodide pills to all
employees and their dependents as happened Monday? Or, the radiation is twice the
infant limit in Tokyo groundwater as happened Tuesday? If you wait, will the trains and
planes be full, and ticket prices quadruple normal fares – effectively prohibiting travel for
families with kids? What can you believe? What is hype or spin? What does it mean
when the evacuation zones seem to be based more on what the government can handle
sheltering people, rather than what the radiation levels should be dictating? You can’t
effectively evacuate 30 million people all at once, even if the exposures are extreme and
otherwise dictate that it should be done immediately.

Getting, judging, and reacting to incomplete, conflicting and incomprehensible
information is an impossible task for people in a crisis, who are also dealing with
emergency flights, emergency housing, trains that don’t run, sick babies, traveling
spouses, planes that are full, empty store shelves, bank accounts that cannot be accessed
due to power outages, overloaded telecom systems that don’t work, aftershocks, grief,
fear, passports that can’t be located, cell phones that are cancelled or don’t work in other
countries, missed connections in foreign airports where there are no diapers, no food,
no sleep, no information, wondering if/when people will not be allowed to fly if they test
positive for radiation contamination. When is it too late to evacuate? IF you go back,
can you get out again?

People with means and money have nearly insurmountable difficulties. People without
means and money simply pray and go into deep denial. They are publicly praised by the
government for their fortitude, while they can do nothing but await their fate with

A week ago, military dependents and ex-pats in Tokyo working for US, German, French, Spanish and other international corporations were formally advised by their employers it would be prudent to evacuate Tokyo. But, there was no health threat. WHO said so.

Ticket prices skyrocketed in Asian countries. Booking evacuation flights and trains
became very difficult to impossible. Families split up. Serviced hotel and apartment units
in Hong Kong, Singapore and other flee-zones were snapped up by corporations for
evacuated ex-pat families…. the one we stayed in went to 97% occupancy in a week.

These families are now trying to figure out if/when they can return. Hour by hour, day
by day, parsing the messages in the media coverage. I did this yesterday. And, all last
week. I’m still doing it this morning, by skype. Only uncertainty is certain.

Lessons learned? What I can tell you is that I think Diablo should be shut down now.
Period. Taken off-line. The Hosgri fault, and perhaps other unrecognized faults, and the
likelihood (not just the remote potential) for major earthquakes, tsunami, loss of cooling
systems, and proximity to major population zones are clear indicators now that this plant
should be mothballed.

The clear underestimation of design earthquake in the original Diablo design, and the
failure to anticipate and provide credible protection against predictable, multiple,
cascading natural disasters is basis enough not to recertify, and to take it off-line now.
Germany is taking some of its older reactors off-line. Why not California?

We don’t get 30% of our power from nuclear in California. We have other options. Japan
does not, so they have to accept rolling blackouts for the foreseeable future. They have to
accept the long-term consequences including loss of transportation and public services
infrastructure, food and water shortages due to radiation contamination, loss of industrial
output, loss of communications, banking, and other vital services, contamination of beef
and dairy herds and row crops, and embargos and bans by other countries on the import
of leafy green vegetables and dairy products from Japan.

Try that on central coast farmers, ranchers, viticulturists and other growers in the
agricultural industry. Talk to Bakersfield, Fresno and the central Valley growers, too,
because they’ll be in the hot zone as well.

Japan doesn’t even have enough meters to measure the safety of food and water. Most
people shop everyday for foodstuffs and walk to get there. They have to go outside to
live. To re-supply their tiny refrigerators. When summer comes, can you imagine being
inside with your kids, unable to turn on the air conditioning or get fresh air because of
radiation contamination? Imagine this in 86 degree weather with 90% humidity? That is
best case, and assumes there is enough power for any air conditioning at all.
PG&E has a similar history of malfeasance and misleading regulators and the public as
does TEPCO. The parallels are clear – both utilities have demonstrated failures in
maintaining critical infrastructure, conducting required safety tests, and providing honest
and timely information to regulators and the public about risks to health and safety. The
time for wishful thinking is over.

Sam, you have no idea how comforting it is to know you’ve got the scientific and
geotechnical background AND the political position to make this issue a front-burner.

Hi and a hug to Kara and the girls (who must be half-grown by now).


Cindy Sage
(805) 969-0557

Rachel Maddow/Sen. Sam Blakelee (R-SLO): Diablo Canyon Seismic Issues

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Fukushima Fallout – Facts & Fictions – Digest 3-22-2011

This edition of the Digest is organized under the following topic headings:
Update Sources
Recent Reports
Fallout Monitoring and Mapping
Cover-Up & Denial Analysis
Protection Measures
Independent Expert Commentaries

Above – California’s own timebomb nukes: San Onofre (left) and Diablo Canyon (right), both on the ocean, both near earthquake faults. Diablo is at the end of its licensed life, but PG&E – of Prop 16, wireless so-called ‘smart’ meters and San Bruno fire fame – wants to extend the licensed operation at least 20 years. Any questions?
[ Blakeslee puts PG&E on hot seat about Diablo Canyon & Nukes Have Needs, Big Ones – Megan Matson – Mainstreet Moms ]

Between Catastrophizing and Denial Falls What’s-Really-WhatEditors’ Introduction
As nuclear-renaissance- friendly government agencies and industry spin-meisters clog the cybersphere with disinformation and ‘no-immediate-danger’ denials, and Cassandras of the right and left promulgate their doomsday prognostications, in this edition of the Digest we aim to give you the resources to sort out What’s-Really-What for yourselves. To set the standard, we begin with this excerpt from the authoritative 1991 book by Jay M. Gould and Benjamin A. Goldman, DEADLY DECEIT: Low-Level Radiation – High Level Cover-Up:

“A Startling Discovery…
…That radiation from the April 26, 1986 Chernobyl disaster, which reached the U.S. early in May of 1986, was followed almost immediately by an extraordinary force of mortality, amounting to perhaps 40,000 excess deaths in the summer months, especially in the month of May. The acceleration in deaths particularly affected the very young, the very old, and those suffering from infectious disease such as AIDS, suggesting that the ingestion of Chernobyl fission products had an immediate adverse impact on those with vulnerable immune systems….

“One striking number should be mentioned here: The statistical probability is less than one in one million that during the summer following the Chernobyl accident the excess deaths observed in the U.Sl were due to chance. Equally improbable were the excess deaths observed in West Germany during the same time period. and…ornithologist David DeSante found at the same time that the number of newly-hatched land birds counted by the point Reyes Bird Observatory in California in the late spring and summer of 1986 dropped 62 percent below the average of the preceding decade. [ For our in depth interview with Dr. DeSante, and downloads of his study and updated commentary, click here. ]

“The probability that the simultaneous summertime mortality peaks in the U. S., West Germany, and among birds are unrelated random events can be expressed mathematically as one out of 10 to the 30th, that is, on out of:

Yes, there are significant differences between Chernobyl and Fukushima, but when you hear Barack Obama parroting the industry line like this, “I want to be very clear. We do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the United States, whether it’s the West Coast, Hawaii, Alaska or U.S. territories in the Pacific,” please take it with several grains of (iodized) salt.

Update Sources
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Daily update from Japan
Union of Concerned Scientists
All Things Nuclear – Union of Concerned Scientists
Tri-Valley CAREs – Communities Against a Radioactive Environment

Recent Reports
Tokyo Water Unsafe for Babies, Food Bans Imposed
Heat Building in Japan Plant Reactor
Spent Fuel Hampers Efforts at Japanese Nuclear Plant
The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety in 2010 – UCS Report by David Lochbaum
Union of Concerned Scientists
Thousands Of U.S. Personnel Evacuated From Japan To Western Wash
Radiation from Fukushima plant detected in Sacramento, EPA says
Dr Helen Caldicott warns on the seriousness of the Japanese nuclear crisis
US experts say Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant is stabilizing as review of US facilities is announced
Global Nuclear Crisis: UN Lies About Nuclear Threat
IMPACT OF RADIATION FROM NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS – Dr. Helen Caldicott ONE 29 minute special from
Caldicott: UN lies about nuclear threat – video

Steam Rises From Stricken Japan Plant; Radiation Concern Persists
Japan Facing Biggest Catastrophe Since Dawn of Nuclear Age

Fallout Monitoring and Mapping
IVAN Monitoring
A network of volunteer community members
monitoring for radiation in the Western United States…
How to Participate in the Nationwide Radiation Network: If you want to join this nationwide grass roots effort to monitor the radiation in our environment, …
International Citizens Radiation Monitoring Network
Fallout Monitoring and Mapping
…”In the USA radiation has reportedly been detected, but the consistent official response is reassuring. However, Environmental Protection Agency monitoring data has vanished from the web. In Canada there remains no official public statement about the risk to Canadians of inhaling the contaminants. Official advice about At what dose might health effects occur? is bland and misleading. The real answer is that no dose is safe, and Plutonium and Uranium are very dangerous if inhaled or ingested, even though assessed “doses” might be very low. At present we have no way of knowing whether these elements are reaching the west coast of the Americas….”

Modélisation de la dispersion des rejets radioactifs dans l’atmosphère
Japan crisis prompts at-home radiation checks
Japanese nuclear crisis boosts interest in at-home radiation monitoring
Fallout simulation: Austrian meteorological service
EPA’s mapping
UC Berkeley’s radiation monitoring page
EPA deploys more radiation monitors to the West Coast

Cover-Up & Denial Analysis
Nuclear Apocalypse in Japan – Lifting the Veil of Nuclear Catastrophe and cover-up

World in Denial About Nuclear Risks
Nuclear crisis highlights history of ‘cover-ups’
Japanese officials admit partial nuclear meltdown now underway at nuke power plants

Environmental Groups Question Obama’s Support for Nuclear Industry

Protection Measures
Protective Measures from Radioactivity in North America

Independent Expert Commentaries
World’s Top Radiation Expert, Dr. Chris Busby, Disagrees Fukushima Risks Interview With Dr. Chris Busby
Radiation Dose Chart
Possible Source of Leaks at Spent Fuel Pools at Fukushima – Davd Lochbaum – UCS
Nuclear Power Madness – Norman Solomon
Nuclear Nightmare by Ralph Nader
25 years after Russia’s disaster, experts are still working to entomb the deadly reactor that still releases radioactivity
Japan nuclear emergency deepens – Democracy Now video and text

Action Organizing
Nukes Have Needs, Big Ones – Megan Matson – Mainstreet Moms
Letterman: “Take Indian Point Apart” – Michio Kaku
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