Fukushima Monkeys May Show Radiation Damage

A new study of Japanese snow monkeys shows that they may be suffering from damage from radiation exposure. Researchers found that the blood pathology of the contaminated monkeys showed reductions in white and red blood cells and other parameters.

Fukushima monkeys had significantly low white and red blood cell counts, hemoglobin, and hematocrit, and the white blood cell count in immature monkeys showed a significant negative correlation with muscle cesium concentration

The study also showed that the monkeys living in Fukushima clearly had cesium concentrations that the control group in another region did not. This hints that living in the contaminated regions does impact health and internal contamination in significant ways. The levels of contamination in the monkeys in becquerels per kilogram were as high as some of the entire body scans for teenagers in Minamisoma in 2012.

The diet of the monkeys likely played a role, the study itself didn’t look a this issue in depth but the diet of this type of monkey showed a number of foods known to be contaminated. The study is a rare opportunity to investigate radiation exposure in primates. One benefit of these kinds of studies is that this eliminates many of the excuses used to explain away radiation exposure damage. Monkeys don’t smoke or eat junk food and they don’t understand the concept of “radiophobia” a non-medical term used by some in the nuclear industry to try to explain away radiation damage as being an imaginary thing in people’s heads.

The entire study can be read here.

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