This week Pegman takes us to Fukushima, Japan. What Pegman Saw is a weekly fiction prompt to write a short fiction piece (150 words or less) based on Pegman’s weekly location using Google Maps. Go HERE to read more Pegman pieces for this week’s prompt.
Here is my entry:
Naoto‘s Brother (fiction word count: 150):
Remember, I need warm water for EDTA capsules to dissolve.
Sorry! I thought you were taking the extra iodine protocol this week.
That’s okay. Sorry to snap. May I now have my Niacin and Alpha Lipoic Acid?
Yes, and it’s time to call your brother.
Sir, it’s been three months and Naoto is waiting for –
I will not call Naoto. I am embarrassed that he is living in radiation– smoking – hanging out with the animals – happy and not worrying about the radiation while I’m here – still fighting for health. And I was not even that close to the actual meltdown.
He has his own battles to work though. We cannot compare paths. Your cataracts are gone, you’ve gained weight this year, and, um…..
You always have a way of helping me adjust my attitude – but some days are harder than others.
As I was reading about Fukushima, I came across a man, Naoto Matsumura, who still lives within Japan’s radiation 12.5-mile exclusion zone and I guess he takes care of stray animals HERE.
I decided to have a fictional character, as Naoto’s brother, who has a mini meltdown while taking healing supplements one day. The character of Naoto’s brother is a man who continues to work through the displacement from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, while his brother has gone a different (immersion) path. Both have a life displacement to cope with. The supplements I have Naoto’s brother take are noted for helping combat radiation, free radicals, heavy metals, etc. I am sure there is way more to radiation treatment, so pretend that my guy is in the six-year part of his recovery and he takes maintenance doses of ALA, EDTA, Niacin, and Iodine (and maybe more).
“The effect of people having to leave their homes and lose their work has inevitably led to feelings of insecurity, stress, and ‘transfer trauma.’
~ Lower Doses of Radiation (by O. Pink HERE) “It’s hard to say exactly what radiation dosage is “safe,” but certainly, any radiation floating across the sea from Japan to the US is currently deemed safe. While one station in Sacramento detected “minuscule quantities” of a radioactive isotope xenon-133, believed to have originated from Japan, the level detected would result in a “dose rate approximately one-millionth of the dose rate that a person normally receives from rocks, bricks, the sun and other natural sources,” according to an EPA statement reported in this article. While these levels do not put us at any known biological risk, higher doses — such as those people exposed to ionizing radiation during cancer treatment undergo — can increase the risk of cancers. Because radiation kills rapidly dividing cells (which is why we use it to treat fast-growing cancer cells), radiation exposure most increases the risk of cancers of rapidly dividing cells — leading to leukemia, lymphoma, breast cancer, bladder cancer, colon cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, ovarian cancer, multiple myeloma, and stomach cancers. Radiation may also lead to cancers of the prostate, nose/sinuses, throat/larynx, and pancreas. Many years can transpire between exposure and a cancer diagnosis. So while we in the US do not appear to be at risk right now, the Japanese workers heroically battling against the possibility of nuclear meltdown certainly might be.”