CDC chief: Americans not at risk from radiation
April 5th, 2011
03:25 PM ET

CDC chief: Americans not at risk from radiation

Minuscule amounts of radiation detected in the United States do not pose any risk to Americans' health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden reiterated Tuesday.

"We do not expect radiation to reach problematic levels," he said on a conference call with reporters.

Despite a low-level of concern, Frieden said, agencies such as the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture were all actively monitoring the air, the food and the water supplies in the U.S. for any evidence of contamination.

Dr. William Jones, acting director for the FDA's division of food safety, echoed Frieden's sentiments.

"There is a great deal of monitoring going on for any product that comes into this country," said Jones. "Anything contaminated to level where it could pose a concern would be detected."

Also at issue on Tuesday's call: Whether Americans should be taking or stockpiling potassium iodide pills.

"I understand that there are a lot of people who want to have [the pills]," Frieden said, "But I want to say unequivocally that there is no reason for anyone in the U.S. to take potassium iodide pills at this time."

Potassium iodide pills (also known as KI pills) can be helpful for people in the immediate vicinity of a nuclear accident, by preventing the thyroid gland from taking in radioactive iodine. However, KI pills only protect the thyroid and are not recommended for wider consumption, Frieden said, due to the inherent health risks associated with taking the pills, such as allergic reactions, stomach upset, inflammation of the salivary glands and certain thyroid conditions.

"Potassium iodide is part of the broader strategy on how we would prepare for exposure in the event of significant incident," he said, "but we don't anticipate any scenario where we would need potassium iodide in the U.S. from the incident in Japan."

Frieden and his colleagues at the FDA went on to say that there are no devices or pills that can protect the entire body from radiation, despite claims made by some online retailers.

"There is nothing that is currently approved as a silver bullet," said Patricia Hansen, a senior scientist at the FDA. "Those claims are fraudulent."

soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Frederica

    Behavior polution goes side by side with environmental pollution. We are welcomed into the 21st century.

    April 5, 2011 at 21:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • iguessimarino


      April 6, 2011 at 08:41 | Report abuse |
    • Clay

      The CDC is a bunch of liars, just look at the Washington DC lead water case as an example.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:28 | Report abuse |
  2. Oregon Native

    And we are to believe this because why?? There are a lot of corporatist interests and money involved here and I'm thinking that these so-called "expert analyses" are a bit self-serving and tainted.

    April 5, 2011 at 21:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alec

      Regarding the thyroid medicine, it helps prevent thyroid cancer because it fills the intake of potassium iodide and prevents potential radioactive potassium iodide molecules from being absorbed by the thyroid. Hence, it affects nothing else.

      As for radiation levels, there's not really much to say. Given the levels that are currently being shown even 50km downstream of the Fukushima plant, anyone suggesting that anything that will register as more than a miniscule blip (on our shores) compared to our normal radiation intake is either Trying to lie to you or has absolutely no idea how radiation (which is very easily measured) works. It's like someone trying to tell you that people on the coast of California are going to be kept up at night by the noises of the earthquake earlier this month. Perhaps some of the companies cannot be trusted, but the IEAE, NRE, and CDC are very accurate regarding these matters.

      April 6, 2011 at 01:04 | Report abuse |
    • phil

      I too don't like to believe what they tell us, however, I've measured the background levels myself with a geiger counter. Background levels are normal.

      April 6, 2011 at 07:57 | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      Phil...measure the rain water

      April 6, 2011 at 08:16 | Report abuse |
    • Belda

      I absolutely agreed. This is a country that arrests & tortures anyone who tells the truth. There is no way I trust anything they say. They are tere to protect the rich from the rest of us. CNN is like someting out of George Orwell 1984.

      April 6, 2011 at 08:32 | Report abuse |
    • iguessimarino

      Oh, you don't believe these scientists? I bet you believe the global warming scientists though. Again, we tested nuclear weapons in Nevada for years above ground, still looking for three headed babies and godzilla.

      April 6, 2011 at 08:41 | Report abuse |
    • Hawg

      @iguessimarino..the radiation from the "test" in Nevada are believed to be causing cancer in states north of there...Wyoming, Idaho and others.

      April 6, 2011 at 09:07 | Report abuse |
    • brokenpinata

      You'd best be getting back down into your bunker. We'll call you when it's safe to come out.

      April 6, 2011 at 09:23 | Report abuse |
    • pug

      Phil...there are 5 areas, known areas, around the fukishima site that had ground samples showing high levels of plutonium...plutonium is an alpha transmitter, it cannot be detected by conventional geiger counters...it takes an area the size of washingtons pupil on the one dollar bill to be fatal...serious stuff.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:01 | Report abuse |
    • Pdf Ninja

      You can easily measure the background radiation on your own, and it's indeed harmless. The real problem is food contamination, which is so minuscule that your Geiger counter from ebay will not be able to measure it, but it can still be very dangerous when ingested. Normally radiation goes in every direction and you don't get constantly bombarded by it - until you eat it and it becomes part of your body. If there's so much radiation in the food that the average Joe can measure it with a $100 hand instrument, then it's no doubt deadly when swallowed. Standing next to it versus eating it makes a billion times difference in dosage. Even a tiny amount of radiation *can* be measured in food, but it requires very expensive instruments and clever engineering techniques that cannot be performed at your own home. It's not like you can take a Geiger counter, hold it next to your lettuce, and conclude with 100% certainty that that piece of food is safe to eat. Collecting lots of rain water to measure is a better idea, but it still says nothing about your food. The government can randomly check some of the food, and that's the best we can do.

      I still don't believe that the cancer rates in the general population will go up in a measurable way. But remember a few extra cancer cases can go completely unnoticed. No one would ever be able to tell the exact number of people who will get sick due to this, because even if you get sick, no one can prove the cause.

      April 6, 2011 at 12:11 | Report abuse |
    • uredumm

      Awesome post, brokenpinata! I'm still giggling.

      April 6, 2011 at 14:17 | Report abuse |
  3. Younan MarketingAnd Management Associates Inc, Int'l Intst'r

    It makes a good series of vaccines in one shot for all the rest of those infectious diseases.

    April 5, 2011 at 22:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Sugarland

    I don't understand the reports that say the radiation is 10,000, etc., above the legal limit. Who is going to get the ticket for the illegal radiation? I would like to see what the effect is on humans and the environment. What difference does it make that the radiation is breaking the law?

    April 6, 2011 at 01:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Pete

    If you want to worry coal kills more in a year then nuclear power plants have in 50 years. It just radiation is so much more Hollywood. It's invisible its deadly your doomed! Ralph Nader called Plutonium the most toxic substance known to man.
    But a nuclear engineer challenged Ralph Nader to a contest – he would eat Plutonium and Nader would eat the same amount of caffeine. Each could eat as much as they want. Nader chickened out. Turned out Nader knew he was exaggerating.

    April 6, 2011 at 08:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Halliburtontosis

      Plutonium is EXTREMELY dense. Caffeine is not dense. Volume-for-volume, and your nuclear engineer would have "chickened out" or died... as Nader predicted. Ralph Nader is very smart. You are not.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:23 | Report abuse |
  6. Charlotte

    That is until it becomes a risk for the US, give it a little time, then talk to me CDC. Meanwhile, the wool is off my eyes.

    April 6, 2011 at 08:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Common Sense

    Liars...they said the same thing about the Atomic Testing in the South West and the Pacific

    April 6, 2011 at 08:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Ric

    I I don't believe it for a minute. How many times have we been told that something is not dangerous and it wasn't true. I recalled back in the 80's how doctors said cigarette smoking was okay if you didn't smoke more than 1 cigarette an hour. Or back in the 90's when we were told that Xenedrine was safe even though people were getting heart attacks. You cannot predict, no matter how educated you are, what the long term effects will be. Experrts are paid to put a positive spin on things.

    April 6, 2011 at 08:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hawg

      You are right tic...they are just expert opinions...this the first time for this type of "incident" ..how do you base the future off of something that has never happened before.

      April 6, 2011 at 09:14 | Report abuse |
    • Physicsstudent

      Not true. What about the scientists that claimed BPA (in the levels found in plastics) was dangerous? or that vaccines were dangerous? None of that nonsense turned out to be proven or true. What about the 10,000 stories before now that said there would be nuclear holocaust across the world, and we were all going to die? The media generally likes to spin things to make it as scary as possible, because fear sells.

      April 6, 2011 at 09:41 | Report abuse |
    • Halliburtontosis

      BPAs are toxic.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:16 | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      What about all the scientists who were saying that all life in the Gulf of Mexico would be killed by the BP oil spill? That too was pure fiction.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:25 | Report abuse |
    • Halliburtontosis

      Tex>> Birds are still dropping dead onto the decks of boats in the Gulf. We have no good numbers on various species' success at spawning, and the micro-organism food chain is all lopsided now. Kill ALL life? Maybe not "pure fiction" though.

      April 6, 2011 at 13:54 | Report abuse |
  9. Justin

    I don't believe them at all. They told everyone everything was ok when they got the 1st report of the swine flu. Then a couple of weeks later it turns into a global pandemic. That didn't sound like everything was ok, when you heard GLOBAL pandemic. These people are hilarious to think that everyone is going to relax and kick back just because they said it's ok.

    April 6, 2011 at 08:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Physicsstudent

      That's not true! They told everyone we were going to die at the first outbreak of swine flu, and it turned out to not be true! Very few people in the US actually died from it.

      April 6, 2011 at 09:42 | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      @Physicsstudent__The first outbreak here in texas, they told us that they quarantined the people and it was going to be ok. Then when they heard someone else got it, then they said that people were going to die from it. But what im saying is CDC LIES AND OVER EXAGGERATES. You said yourself, they said people were going to die and barely anyone did. But at the first outbreak they lied and said everything was ok, that's is when people got infected by it, that is why im saying they lie, then they over exaggerate.

      April 6, 2011 at 13:07 | Report abuse |
  10. crabman

    wow that was a quick clean up . must be some new STUFF out there we don't know about. what BULLS#!T

    April 6, 2011 at 08:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Justin

      Yup, just like the oil that magically disappeared out of nowhere.

      April 6, 2011 at 13:24 | Report abuse |
  11. Supabad

    If anyone believes that radiation originating from 5000 miles away is dangerous, then quite frankly that is embarassing. By all means, load up in iodine pills, I won't stop you. Fact of the matter is that radiation levels, IN THE SEA, 50KM from the plant, not to mention 5000 MILES, are relatively safe. Reply however you want, I won't be reading. But you people are absolute MORONS.

    April 6, 2011 at 08:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • crabman

      and you know this HOW?

      April 6, 2011 at 08:38 | Report abuse |
    • Supabad

      Because I'm actually reading the fking news besides CNN and idiot gloom-and-doom comment posters

      April 6, 2011 at 08:39 | Report abuse |
    • Supabad

      And also, because I LIVE within 80km. Own geiger counter. Normal levels. Tired of this subject, report more about the tsuami.

      April 6, 2011 at 08:45 | Report abuse |
    • Hawg

      I thought u wasn't going to read any reply's ....you are reading about now, and they are all opinions now....20 years from now they will have some facts for you.

      April 6, 2011 at 09:20 | Report abuse |
    • UkrDisaster

      Supa, All we have to do is look at history, and the deaths and incidents of cancer surrounding Chernobyl. That's all you have to do. Sounds like you made your choice. And if you really live that close.... well good luck.

      Those in the US, and in reference to the CDC – rain water was recently tested in CA to be 181 times higher than the recommended limit of radioactive iodine-131. I want to see one of these officials drink a tall glass of it for us. You can find the evidence if you search, but there's a relative media blackout on these findings.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:42 | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      Ever hear of skin cancer? That is caused by radiation 100 million miles away (the sun)

      April 6, 2011 at 11:26 | Report abuse |
  12. colorado0721

    Do NOT buy it.

    April 6, 2011 at 08:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Supabad

      eff off

      April 6, 2011 at 08:38 | Report abuse |
    • Hawg

      Intelligence abounds in your replies supabad.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:14 | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    What do the Tuna Fish stay on on side of the Ocean and those bottom feeding Crabs O My

    April 6, 2011 at 08:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bender

      Futurama has begun!
      Long live robots!

      April 6, 2011 at 09:00 | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      weard fish with two heads, ocotipus with 16 tenticles and crabs with legs coming out their shells

      April 6, 2011 at 09:51 | Report abuse |
  14. Snuggles

    Some high level CDC employee will be purchasing a vacation home in Costa Rica soon. CNN won't be covering that though, because some high level CNN employee will be purchasing the house next door.

    April 6, 2011 at 08:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • iguessimarino

      Yeah, it's all a conspiracy. The rich are hiding hoping all the poor will die off then they will take over the world. (manical laughter)

      April 6, 2011 at 08:45 | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    Correction one side

    April 6, 2011 at 08:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Reason&logic

    To all conspiracy theorists: if you think the separate agencies of the CDC, EPA and FDA, whom are all doing SEPARATE monitoring, are in a conspiracy to cover up the real situation here you need to get a life. When was the last time any of these agencies covered anything up, and would hey do it to benefit corporations?? That's lust plain moronic.

    April 6, 2011 at 08:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Supabad

    The commenters here have more than convinced me that BBC or NYtimes is better. If CNN draws these kinds of readers, than this is clealy the case. Later much.

    April 6, 2011 at 08:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bender

      "Reply however you want, I won’t be reading. But you people are absolute MORONS."

      I know, people are way totally dumb...

      April 6, 2011 at 09:05 | Report abuse |
  18. Wu Ben-Wa

    Speak electric water.

    April 6, 2011 at 08:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bender

      I speak electric water. Everyone better learn it quick. The end is near.
      Oh, and Mexican... We must learn to speak Mexican too.

      April 6, 2011 at 09:09 | Report abuse |
  19. Andrew

    Between 1946 and 1962 the US and the USSR detonated something like 600+(that we know about) nuclear weapons in the atmosphere ranging in yield from a few kilotons of TNT to 60 Megatons of TNT.

    Releases of radiation from Fukushima doesn't even amount to a 'drop in the bucket' compared to any ONE of those detonations.

    April 6, 2011 at 08:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Al Gore

      Why has no one mentioned this smoking gun to me?! I have been tracking manbearpig for months now.

      April 6, 2011 at 09:11 | Report abuse |
    • toto

      Anyone seen manbearpig lately?!

      April 6, 2011 at 09:48 | Report abuse |
    • Halliburtontosis

      Check your facts... there's WAY more material in a reactor than there is in a warhead. And all that testing more than doubled the background level... but they said that was safe. They said economics is real math and that capitalism is viable, too

      April 6, 2011 at 10:28 | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Hali-somsis check your own facts 'dude'. Only a small fraction of the fuel or fuel by-products from the reactors have made it into the atmosphere. In a warhead just about 99.9999% of it is BLASTED into the air at speeds ranging from just short of the speed of sound(atomized Uranium, Strontium) to nearly light speed(electrons, neutrons, odd neutrinos)

      April 6, 2011 at 12:01 | Report abuse |
    • Halliburtontosis

      Android>> 99.99999% of less material than in a reactor still means there's less material in a warhead than in a reactor, you twit. Not to mention, a warhead is detonated very high in the atmosphere. The majority of its damage is accomplished by a massive shock-wave immediately followed by a VERY hot thermal front, traveling MUCH faster than the speed of sound. The radioactive material is ejected during this explosion, but in a spherical pattern. It becomes diffuse and is harmful as it settles back to Earth. Still, the reaction is over... the half-life begun.
      A reactor is a contained, sustained reaction of WAY more material, and there is often spent fuel very near the reactor. An individual detonation doesn't come close to what these babies do when they melt... and they can explode, as well. We're very fortunate THAT has not yet happened.
      Learn to read, then read something useful.

      April 6, 2011 at 14:05 | Report abuse |
  20. Henry

    So, finding radioactive Iodine 131 at 181% above acceptable levels in southern California rain water is just fine right?
    Lets bottle up a case and send it to the CDC and see if they drink it.

    April 6, 2011 at 09:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pete

      Don't lie about the facts Henry, they are not 181% above limit. You are just trying to scare people like everyone else on here. go build a shelter for yourself and don't come out until I say it's okay.

      April 6, 2011 at 09:45 | Report abuse |
    • Massive Marbles

      Pete, we're not trying to scare anyone, have some west coast sushi and a glass of California water and call us next year with the prognosis...

      April 6, 2011 at 09:57 | Report abuse |
    • UkrDisaster

      Hey Pete you disinfo troll... all you have to do is type it into the search engine. Univ of Berkely found it to be true. It is so sad that people are incapable of doing research on their own, especially given the fact that it is so easy with the internet. Go back to watching TV. Idiocracy has become reality.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:47 | Report abuse |
  21. Massive Marbles

    Ok, that's the public version. Guess that's all we'll ever get out of them officially folks. But they won't be able to explain the cancer rates, and genetic mutations away now will they?

    April 6, 2011 at 09:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Byrd

    Well, it looks like CNN's corporate censors are in high gear this morning. Absolutely no profanity in my previous comment whatsoever, so I guess they just didn't like the content critical of the CDC and corporations in general. Ain't Amerika great!

    April 6, 2011 at 09:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. ranch111

    Don't believe what comes out of the government's mouth. They don't want you to have KI pills either, you know, just in case a nuclear reactor near you malfunctions. Anyone within a certain radius of of a nuclear power plant should have KI.

    April 6, 2011 at 09:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Jeff

    Don't Bother CDC. Logic and odds mean nothing to the majority of the American public. There is a reason America trails other nations in terms of education. You simply can't provide a good enough counter argument when you are dealing with stupidity.

    April 6, 2011 at 09:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Hawg

    Supabad is about is about as credible as CNN and Fox news. You can't discuss something when profanity , name calling, and ignorance are part of your discussion capabilities.

    April 6, 2011 at 09:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. AmericanPieX

    you guys on the west coast are screwed.

    April 6, 2011 at 09:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Zach Ness

    Way to go CNN with more good old Propaganda as the Radiation levels are Very High And unfortunately the more you lie the more you hurt good honest people!

    April 6, 2011 at 09:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • pfr1nk

      Really high?

      citation needed

      April 6, 2011 at 11:18 | Report abuse |
  28. katie

    Does it really matter?? Life is terminal...

    I don't believe the government or the CDC though.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Jeannie

    "There is a great deal of monitoring going on for any product that comes into this country," said Jones. "Anything contaminated to level where it could pose a concern would be detected."

    And we believe this because of the great trust we have in the EPA, CDC and the FDA?? Yeah sure they have great track records.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Truth is power

      So what do they do?? They raise the level that THEY deem as "dangerous" A coverup in the making??


      April 6, 2011 at 10:32 | Report abuse |
  30. adam12

    Since when is Radiation at any level acceptable? 10 years ago they were saying microwaves and cell phones were dangerous. Now this Nuke leak has leaked 1 million times the amount of Radiation they say is safe but we have nothing to worry about? Since when?

    April 6, 2011 at 10:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. marcia

    the CDC,the EPA and the FDA are such liars. All bought off by big corporation money.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Truth is power

    Then why is the EPA trying to raise the limits on dangerous radiation exposure then?? Explain the reasoning behind this??


    April 6, 2011 at 10:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nancy

      You're right. The EPA is preparing for the rise in radiation levels that will affect this country if the Fukashima plants continues to spew radiation levels in the air for the next several months, as projected. I suppose they want to be able to say the radiation levels in food and water is "safe" and they will only be able to do thiis by raising the standards 100s to 1000s of time the current level, even though we know that the new levels will most certainly increase one's cancer risk.

      They are liars.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:06 | Report abuse |
  33. hawk780

    if we get sick and die oh well if we dont oh well get a grip people and move on im not worried one bit we are all going to die sooner or later

    April 6, 2011 at 10:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Halliburtontosis

    CNN is a bunch of lamo censors who don't like facts, I suppose.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Willis

    Here is proof that the organizations that are there to protect us have been bought of by big bizz. Welcome to the facist states of America,, where nothing, even human life is above the quarterly profits.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • pfr1nk

      You forgot to provide the proof.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:21 | Report abuse |
  36. FreshxWater

    That's what EPA told citizens/rescuers around 9/11 and many have died/sick. EPA Lied About WTC Air

    April 6, 2011 at 10:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. gman21

    FDA and CDC are just agents for businesses. They have lost their purposes long ago. They will say what they were told by the one who bribe them.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. d.w.hudson

    If they are so closely monitoring the radiation dispersal levels, why are they not publishing the numbers? The last published numbers I have been able to find were from March 25. The IAEA is reported to be gathering the levels twice daily and reporting the levels to governments around the world, yet our nation is NOT publishing the numbers to U.S. citizens. I find this in itself to be cause for concern.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nancy

      Show us the numbers now, EPA, not a week from now. And quickly fix the 20% of monitors that aren't working.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:09 | Report abuse |
  39. jorge washinsen

    If anyone has ever lived on a cattle ranch they have a different description of what we are hearing about the safety of radiation leaks.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Halliburtontosis

      Now that is something to think about. I'd love to know if there is any "agreement" to keep quiet regarding "sensitive" matters like this.

      April 6, 2011 at 14:29 | Report abuse |
  40. Christian

    The cake is a lie!

    April 6, 2011 at 10:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • pfr1nk


      3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974 is the only pastry.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:25 | Report abuse |
  41. mole man

    move along folks. nothing to see here.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Steve newton

    I found three typos

    April 6, 2011 at 11:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. jeff

    as far as the test s in nevada and elsewere yea my granparents were alive during them in ww 2 they all are dead from cancer huh

    April 6, 2011 at 11:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. DC2003

    So just a quick question here folks ....
    Who's going to be testing the water and anything brought into this country if the government shuts down?
    No FDA ...No EPA ... No CDC ... no TSA ... no Homeland Security????

    April 6, 2011 at 11:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Byrd

    I don't know who the current CNN censor dude is on this story, but he's a real jerk.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. federico

    Its thee end of the world as we know it...im petrified. God, I dont want to meet you yet.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. pprty

    I live in Washington State. There is reportedly a large cloud of radioactive material over the west coast. It poured rain all night, and I'm concerned that radioactive material is in the soil and am afraid to plant vegetables fearing both working in the soil, or consuming possible radioactive food. I don't even know if I should go outside. They keep trying to downplay this, but there are alot of questions.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • pfr1nk

      Please never go outside again, I hate being behind morons on the road or in the store.

      I cant believe how uneducated most of you people are. Go STUDY about radiation. LEARN SOMETHING. At least go buy a geiger counter or other testing device and stop writing about subjects you have no understanding of.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:31 | Report abuse |
  48. shaggy

    the CDC is full of crap. the only thing they are doing is paying lip service so people don't panic. that's it, if they told people its a health emergency the entire economy would shut down. people would migrate from the west coast, we would have refugees everywhere, nobody would go to work, buy food or drink the water. they health of the us economy is far more important that scores of people dieing in 10 years from thyroid cancer....of course there are no IMMEDIATE health concerns, but what about long term??? they are blatantly B/Sing everyone how do they draw a correlation between an external source of ionizing radiation and ingesting radioactive iodine... its not the same

    April 6, 2011 at 11:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. California Evacuator

    Has anyone had their organs tested? Our organs will build up these isotopes and we'll be exposed to "safe" levels EVERY DAY from inside our own bodies.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Teri

    I don't trust the CDC anymore than I trust the FDA when they say a drug is harmless or FEMA when they say everything will be A-OK. I am planting a "garden" this year, but it will be inside next to a nice sunny window. Already picked up my Chinese-made plastic pots that will probably leech who knows what into my 'mater plants. D@mned if you do, d@mned if you don't. Can't buy food at the store, can't grow it in your yard.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:37 | Report abuse | Reply
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