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The Flu Is Ravaging America This Year
After Fukushima I kept a close eye on the latest worldwide flu statistics using a publicly available service, Google Flu Trends. My reasoning was people's immune systems would become weakened by exposure to the the huge Fukushima radiation releases, particularly those people living in the Northern hemisphere.

If that was the case, then it would likely show up in the flu stats.

Google Flu Trends was an excellent resource to keep track of this. In the early stages of observation a trend started to appear. Flu epidemics where increasing in severity. Then Google stopped updating the stats. Getting hold of the most recent worldwide flu statistics then became very difficult.

Recently Zerohedge published a short article "The Flu Is Ravaging America This Year" and it had an excellent info graphic (see chart below).

What does it show?

A dramatic year on year increase in the number of flu hospitalizations in the USA since 2011!

19th February 2018 - The Flu Is Ravaging America This Year


It took 25 weeks for the hospitalization rate to reach that point during the deadly 2014-2015 season. During a mild year, an average of 12,000 Americans die due to the flu and judging by the current trend, 2017-18 is on course to surpass 2014-15 in lethality. More than 80 percent of flu deaths usually occur among the elderly and people with underlying health problems.

This year, seemingly healthy individuals are being infected and hospitalized at higher rates than the historical average. The CDC has reported that 63 children have already died during the current season.

Info graphic:

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I agree with your assessment, vital1. January 2018, the United Kingdom media was actually calling it a Japanese flu strain. About the same time, California's hospitals and clinics were setting up tents to treat the overflow of flu patients and some people were being told not to go to the hospital because they couldn't handle more patients. I was listening to kozt.com (Ft Bragg, northern California) when I first learned about patients being turned away because the hospitals were overloaded and thought, yeah, that's a Fukushima effect.

This article strikes an interesting note, considering the health and age of this person:

"SAN JOSE — Katie Denise Oxley Thomas was fun-loving, athletic — a marathon runner — and looking forward to starting a new job as an executive assistant at Applied Materials after the new year.

But 48 hours after coming down with the flu on Jan. 2, the 40-year-old San Jose mother of three was dead.
Thomas was one of 42 Californians under 65 who have died since the flu season began Oct. 1, according to California public health officials. The vicious outbreaks kicked in aggressively by early November, they say, and are now on track to being the worst in a decade." 


Wondering if the CDC will be honest about the data when they finally get around to publishing it.
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(03-08-2018, 10:13 AM)piajensen Wrote: Wondering if the CDC will be honest about the data when they finally get around to publishing it.
I agree that ionizing radiation that has been added to our environment from nuclear operations and accidents would be an added insult to our immune systems.  Just read an article that male infertility has been dramatically increasing in the last decade.  Ionizing radiation is never mentioned or considered as one of the many environmental stressors affecting our health.  The CDC has been pushing for more vaccines even when proved ineffective and dangerous.  I suspect that the CDC has lumped most of the respiratory illnesses into 'the flu' to increase Pharma profits.  As an example, when the flu season started here and people started getting sick the culprit was said to be an Adenovirus or "killer cold" with the same symptoms as the flu but without the fever that comes with the Flu. That information was drowned out by a barrage of 'get your Flu vaccine' messages.  I don't think the CDC will be honest about the data when they publish.  One other factor that has received little consideration is how has ionizing radiation affected the microbial world?  Could ionizing radiation be favoring more virulent strains?  The questions will remain unanswered because government and industry maintains that ionizing radiation is 'safe' and the health impacts are covered up so they can have nuclear bomb materials.
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I have had a number of people around me this year contracting a cold and flu in Summer. This is very unusual.
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The vaccinated do shed virus.  Engineered virus do exist but I don't see any proof that the flu bug is one of them.  Vaccines do contain toxic ingredients.  I have seen arguments that vaccines introduce virus into the blood, bypassing other body defenses, stimulating a serum response that is the only test required of vaccine efficacy.  Various toxic vectors should not preclude the ionizing radiation vector as a causative factor contributing to weakened immune systems.

It is not just mutation that ionizing radiation can cause but the concern that certain strains may not be as impacted by ionizing radiation as other strains.  Some species thrive in a radioactive environment where other species die off.  More studies are warranted.  I'm not a medical professional and have no ties to the industry.  As a layman, I don't see any proof that vaccines or ionizing radiation are safe.
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
Some research articles on impacts of ionizing radiation on immune systems.

Effects of ionizing radiation on the immune system with special emphasis on the interaction of dendritic and T cells https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3426842/


Dendritic cells (DCs), as professional antigen-presenting cells, are members of the innate immune system and function as key players during the induction phase of adaptive immune responses. Uptake, processing, and presentation of antigens direct the outcome toward either tolerance or immunity. The cells of the immune system are among the most highly radiosensitive cells in the body. For high doses of ionizing radiation (HD-IR) both immune-suppressive effects after whole body irradiation and possible immune activation during tumor therapy were observed. On the other hand, the effects of low doses of ionizing radiation (LD-IR) on the immune system are controversial and seem to show high variability among different individuals and species. There are reports revealing that protracted LD-IR can result in radioresistance. But immune-suppressive effects of chronic LD-IR are also reported, including the killing or sensitizing of certain cell types. This article shall review the current knowledge of radiation-induced effects on the immune system, paying special attention to the interaction of DCs and T cells."

Ionizing Radiation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/ar...2X15356608

"Skin changes caused by ionizing radiation have been scientifically documented since 1902. Ionizing radiation is a widely accepted form of treatment for various types of cancer. Despite the technological advances, radiation skin injury remains a significant problem. This injury, often referred to as radiation dermatitis, occurs in about 95% of patients receiving radiation therapy for cancer, and ranges in severity from mild erythema to moist desquamation and ulceration. Ionizing radiation is not only a concern for cancer patients, but also a public health concern because of the potential for and reality of a nuclear and/or radiological event. Recently, the United States has increased efforts to develop medical countermeasures to protect against radiation toxicities from acts of bioterrorism, as well as cancer treatment. Management of radiation dermatitis would improve the therapeutic benefit of radiation therapy for cancer and potentially the mortality expected in any “dirty bomb” attack. Currently, there is no effective treatment to prevent or mitigate radiation skin injury. This review summarizes “the good, the bad, and the ugly” of current and evolving knowledge regarding mechanisms of and treatments for radiation skin injury."

Effects on the immune system http://www.rerf.jp/radefx/late_e/immunity.html

"Immune cells are known to be vulnerable to radiation, through induced apoptosis (programmed cell death) in mature T and B lymphocytes (long-lived white blood cells responsible for adaptive immunity) and by lethal damage in bone marrow stem cell precursors of monocytes and granulocytes (short-lived white blood cells responsible for innate immunity) as well as natural killer cells (lymphocytes responsible for innate immunity).

In persons receiving heavy doses of A-bomb radiation, both mature lymphocytes and bone marrow stem cells were severely damaged, causing profound depletion of granulocytes and natural killer cells, which together defend against microbial (or bacterial and viral) invasion. As a result, many people died from active infections.

About two months after exposure, marrow stem cells recovered, and deaths due to infection generally ended. Studies of survivors since the 1980s have shown no abnormalities in monocytes, granulocytes, and natural killer cells, indicating that damage to innate immunity occurred only during the early period following the bombings.

The recovery of CD4 helper-T lymphocytes (a major subset of T lymphocytes responsible for antigen-specific immunity) took longer, and studies have shown that CD4 T lymphocytes recovered only incompletely. Even today, the relative number of CD4 T cells is, on average, 2% lower per Gy. More in-depth studies have shown that among those with higher radiation doses a greater proportion of T cells are "memory" T cells rather than newly formed naïve T cells, indicating reduced ability of the thymus to produce new T cells. In contrast to diminished CD4 T-cell numbers and function, the number of B cells is slightly higher in exposed persons, perhaps as a compensation. Tests show that CD4 T cells from high-dose persons tend to have less reactivity to an infectious agent. Also, as a compensation for decreased T-cell function, cells responsible for innate immunity are activated and produce inflammatory proteins, and our studies have shown that persons with higher radiation exposures have lower numbers of CD4 T cells and elevated levels of various inflammatory proteins in their blood. These trends parallel what is seen with advancing age, suggesting that radiation exposure may accelerate immune aging processes.

To date, there has been no clear evidence that any specific health effects have resulted from the persistent abnormalities observed in the T and B lymphocytes of A-bomb survivors. The reason may be that wide variations in specific immune responses make it difficult to identify persons with radiation-impaired immunity to specific pathogens. For example, in tuberculin testing for vaccination against tuberculosis, some people show immediate positive results, and others do not. There is also no evidence of radiation effects on risks for chronic infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, or autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. On the other hand, a slight dose-related decrease in immunity has been observed against certain viral infections. For example, the proportion of people who carry the hepatitis B virus increases by A-bomb dose.
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References about this subject
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Kusunoki Y, Kyoizumi S, et al.: Decreased proportion of CD4 T cells in the blood of atomic bomb survivors with myocardial infarction. Radiation Research 1999; 152:539-43
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Yamaoka M, Kusunoki Y, et al.: Decreases in percentages of naïve CD4 and CD8 T cells and increases in percentages of memory CD8 T cell subsets in the peripheral blood lymphocyte populations of A-bomb survivors. Radiation Research 2004; 161:290-8
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Kusunoki Y, Yamaoka M, et al.: T cells of atomic bomb survivors respond poorly to stimulation by staphylococcus aureus toxins in vitro: Does this stem from their peripheral lymphocyte populations having a diminished naïve CD4 Tcell content? Radiation Research 2002; 158:715-24
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Hayashi T, Morishita Y, et al.: Long-term effects of radiation dose on inflammatory markers in atomic bomb survivors. American Journal of Medicine 2005; 118:83-6
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Kusunoki Y, Hayashi T: Long-lasting alterations of the immune system by ionizing radiation exposure: Implications for disease development among atomic bomb survivors. International Journal of Radiation Biology 2008; 84:1-14
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Fujiwara S, Sharp GB, et al.: Prevalence of hepatitis B virus infection among atomic bomb survivors. Radiation Research 2003; 159:780-6"

I think it's pretty clearly illustrated that ionizing radiation can very easily be blamed for mass health incidents, especially when Fukushima Daiichi has, for seven years, continuously emitted radioactive materials into the atmosphere and TEPCO has consistently dumped untreated and partially treated radioactive waste water into the Pacific Ocean.
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