Dear Ones:This is perhaps the 'easiest' piece I have ever written.
Considering all available reports on the spread of radioactive fallout from damaged Japanese nuclear reactors, not only in and 'over' Japan itself, but also worldwide now, herewith are my recommendations for anyone interested in a biochemist's opinion:
1) Since radiation exposure is 'cumulative', those in Japan should NOT eat foodstuffs produced there, nor drink any water which is likely to be contaminated. This is easier said than done, I know, but the world community should help as much as possible with supplying Japan with the food and water it needs.
2) I recommend that exports from Japan-foodstuffs and drink-NOT be consumed by anyone, as well.
In a perfect world, all those in Japan at risk for 'long-term exposure' in 'hot areas' would be evacuated.
Besides the difficulties of the 'logistics'...not to mention the money that would be needed to undertake such an endeavor...there is another factor to be considered:
Many people, especially the elderly, are resistant to the suggestion that they leave their homeland.
And this is completely understandable, if not necessarily prudent.
Still, it would be a blessing if those who want to leave Japan's now-definitively contaminated areas-- youngsters, especially--did have the opportunity to do so.
The period of exile need not be a long one, necessarily.
It will depend upon how long 'clean-up' takes and whether or not Japan is subject to additional dramatic and destructive seismic activity, something no human can accurately predict.
For the duration, we must not forget that we are not alone in this world and that we are, indeed, our 'brothers' and sisters' keepers'.
If we can spend money miles away supporting populaces bent on 'destruction', certainly we can channel some funding to the 'brave and stoic' peoples of Japan who wish only to recover and...live and let live.
Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"
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