Communication by : Alexei Nesterenko (Belarus) Director BELRAD care of children affected by ionizing radiation, coauthor of Chernobyl Consequences
of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment published by the New York Academy of Sciences: http://www.strahlentelex.de/Yablokov%20Chernobyl%20book.pdf
Title: Implementation of radioprotection for populations at local level. Radioecological atlas: Human beings and radiation.
MORE CHILDERN RADIATION MAPS: http://tekknorg.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/children-radiation-maps-2/
With more than 20 years experience, we can sum up what we have learnt about protecting local populations from radiation: children living in highly contaminated areas, who are eating food that is
highly contaminated by radionuclides, need constant radioprotection. The work that has been done by the Belrad Institute in the Narovlya district of the Gomel region, provides a good example of this.
The children received 45 cycles of radioprotection treatment consisting of 45 pectin cures and 810 WBC measurements (Whole Body Count measured with a radiospectrometer before and after the intake of pectin preparation).
BELRAD Whole Body Counter (Children and Cesium 137) summary: http://life-upgrade.com/DATA/paper2%20V.Nesterenko.ppt PowerPoint File
After each measurement, staff from the Belrad Institute for Radiation Safety held meetings with parents and teachers to examine the results. The use of milk separators which are able to reduce radioactivity in milk 68 fold.
The WBC measurements of children in those families demonstrated that levels of accumulation were decreased 3 to 4 fold.
Practical education is necessary in order to develop cooking skills and radiological knowledge.
The children should be sent for recuperation in uncontaminated regions as often as twice a year, and the entire programme of radiological protection should be made available to them.
The large scope of the work required the collation and evaluation of all the data received, which was then combined to produce a document called “A Radioecological Atlas: Man and Radiation”.
Later on the atlas was extended to include the results of measurements taken between 2008 and 2011. On the basis of these measurements, it was possible to create maps of Cs137 radionuclide contamination of children in fifteen districts: http://tekknorg.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/children-radiation-maps-2/
The projects “ATLAS2” and “Prompt Radiological Assistance for the Children of the Chernobyl Zone of Belarus” were a logical continuation of the original ATLAS project. The purpose was to update the Radioecological
atlas with the new data, and provide comprehensive and prompt assistance in those settlements where an adverse radiological situation was discovered in the course of radiation monitoring. It should also be mentioned that the ATLAS was subsequently extended by including the data received as a result of activities carried out as part of other projects and work carried out by the BELRAD Institute. Today the ATLAS presents a systematic analysis of the results of more than 300, 000 measurements.
We are well aware that our work is just a small part of what needs to be done, and that positive results can only be achieved by using a whole series of protective measures. These include: monitoring of radiation in the environment, food, and population; medical examinations; administrative measures; rehabilitation of contaminated areas; the application of modern methods in agriculture and forestry; education; the use of radioprotectors (adsorbants) for the quick elimination of radionuclides from the bodies of people, dairy and beef cattle and so on.
Cesium 137, food, children,,apple pectin: http://radionucleide.free.fr/Stresseurs/smw-Galina_Bandazhevskaya.pdf
Cesium 137 and Children: http://tekknorg.wordpress.com/2012/05/13/%E3%83%A6%E3%83%BC%E3%83%AA%E3%83%BC%E3%83%BB%E3%83%90%E3%83%B3%E3%83%80%E3%82%B8%E3%82%A7%E3%83%95%E3%82%B9%E3%82%AD%E3%83%BC-cesium-137-and-children-may-12th-2012/
Communication by: Vladimir Babenko (Belarus), Deputy Director BELRAD (author of a manual on radioprotection)
In the last few years we have often heard the opinion that the interest in Chernobyl is diminishing. In 2011 this interest like the interest in the problems of nuclear energy increased unusually. To my mind there are several reasons for this. Twenty five years after the Chernobyl accident, the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan and rethinking about the problems of nuclear energy. Now it is time to solve the problem of the future prospects of nuclear power plants.
Twenty five years is a period allowing the following conclusions: what have we learned during this time, what moral have people drawn from the Chernobyl accident? To my mind the first conclusion is disappointing. The Chernobyl accident demonstrated nothing to mankind. Chernobyl and Fukushima – the same problems, the same mistakes. Once it seemed that the main reason for such difficult consequences was the political regime existing in the USSR. Japan: another political regime, another natural environment, another culture and traditions. But the mistakes are the same. The main mistake is an attempt to hide the information about the real scale of the radiation accident, to minimize its consequences and to distort the real state of things.
After the accident at the Fukushima power plant it was clear that the population of Japan had not enough knowledge about radiation, no documents, no instructions regulating people’s behavior in case of a radiation accident, no literature and reference materials that could help to clarify the situation and to take simple steps for radioprotection. That is why the Japanese show interest in the Belarusian experience in minimization of the consequences of the Chernobyl accident. From here there appeared the interest in the book “How to Protect Yourself and Your Child from Radiation” that was translated into Japanese and published in Japan.
There exist problems resulting from the Chernobyl accident in our country and they will exist in our country for a long time. The people living in the districts contaminated by Chernobyl radionuclides
should constantly learn how to protect themselves from the radiation impact, should learn to live under conditions of radioactive contamination of the territory and to help themselves and their relatives to minimize the Chernobyl impact.
The necessity to set in place permanent radiation monitoring of people and the annual dose of 0.1 mSv serve as a starting point for undertaking radiation protection measures. Clause 12 of the Executive conclusion of the Recommendation of the European Committee for radiation risks declares: “…Total maximal permitted dose from all humancaused sources should not exceed 0.1 mSv for population and 5 mSv for personnel”. This publication is declared by the European Committee for radiation risks as “regulating”. It is only common sense that we should follow the recommendations given in this publication by the scientists from Canada, Norway, Great Britain, Denmark, Switzerland, the USA, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, France, India, Belarus, Finland and Russia.
“Our experience shows that the recovery of the children in the clean regions doubled parallell with taking Pectin: The cleaning effectiveness of the child’s body by the radionuclides.” http://life-upgrade.com/DATA/Belrad%20Report%2012.pdf ALSO: CLEAN FOOD ALL THE TIME!
Belarusian Chernobyl Children WHOLE BODY COUNTER Experience & FOOD Measurements & Radionuclides. “COMPARISON OF THE EFFICIENCY OF THE RECUPERATION OF CHILDREN OF THE CHERNOBYL DISTRICTS OF BELARUS IN THE NATIONAL SANATORIA AND ABROAD” http://www.physiciansofchernobyl.org.ua/eng/Docs/Nesterenko_and_%20all_report.pdf
Me and Mr. Babenko in Minsk: