U.S. Navy Officer: Radiation levels routinely exceeded 300 times normal for over a month far away from Fukushima, “yet I was given only gloves!” — My son was throwing up 30 to 40 times some days — “This basically ruined my life” (VIDEO)

Sunday, March 9, 2014
By Paul Martin

ENENews .com
March 8th, 2014

Huffington Post, Mar. 7, 2014: Mike Sebourn served at a U.S. Navy base in Japan after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, measuring radiation and decontaminating aircraft. [21-year-old] Nathan Piekutowski spent the days after the disaster with the Marine Corps, passing out water to survivors near the stricken power plant. […] Sebourn has lost 60 percent of the strength on the right side of his body. Piekutowski faces a long recovery from [leukemia and] a recent bone marrow transplant. […] more than 100 U.S. military personnel who responded to Fukushima have reported health problems […] Sebourn said his son, now 11, who lived at the same Japan base, became acutely ill during those months — throwing up as many as 30 to 40 times a day. […] Without a recognized service connection for their illnesses, many sailors and soldiers are struggling […] Some, including Sebourn and Piekutowski, are no longer healthy enough to work. […] experts and advocates said they were convinced of radiation’s potential role […] [Physician Dr. John Rachow and others] said they lack confidence in the published estimates […]

David Brenner, director of Columbia’s Center for Radiological Research: “All the doses are indeed very low, and the chances that these radiation exposures could lead to a cancer are very small indeed. [No exposure to radiation is risk-free] Rather, the risk is very low.”

Dr. Rachow: “You get the sense that there’s this systematic minimization of the risk. […] What do you do when sailors come forward who have unusual, unexpected illnesses for their age and physical condition? It’s in the interest of the Navy to say, ‘It’s not related. There’s no proof.’”

Mike Sebourn, U.S. Navy officer: “My exposure was continuous. [Radiation levels routinely read 300 to 400 times the amount naturally found… more than a month after the disaster, and more than 100 miles from Fukushima] I put in a claim for radiation exposure and it came back completely denied. […] All I want is to be seen and figure out what is wrong with me. And I want to make sure I’m here for my son years down the road.”

More from Sebourn: “This has destroyed my marriage, basically ruined my life. The detector in my hand read a level over four times that requiring a full mylar suit and respirator–yet I was given only gloves!”

Lt. Col. (Res) Eric Egland, president of Troops Need You: “The whole system is running away from them. This is exactly the time when we should be running towards them to help. We want the American people to know about it and know they can help. It’s clear that these troops have radiation-related symptoms. All they’re asking is a chance to see a specialist for a medical opinion.”

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