What does the psychological epidemiology look like at Fukushima for psychological effects caused by stress and fear of radiation after we've corrected for the confounding factor of an enormous devastating earthquake and tsunami destroying everything, destroying families and communities and homes and livelihoods?
Of course psychological morbidity of this sort is not directly a health physics phenomenon, it's not caused by radioactivity. It's caused by fear of ionising radiation, FUD and pseudoscience, spread by the devout antinuclearists and a hysterical media.
We have learned from the accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl that disinformation about the effects of small doses of ionising radiation, disinformation or lack of information about who is getting any radiological dose elevated above natural doses at all, where most of the community in fact isn't, lack of good education, media hysteria, and the resulting fear, uncertainty and doubt can have psychological public health impacts that outweigh the public health effects of actual radiological dose for the persons living around Chernobyl, and certainly far outweigh the negligible public health effects of the far smaller doses to the people living around Three Mile Island and Fukushima.
Personally, I think that's one of the greatest tragedies and greatest failures at Fukushima.
We *knew* from our experiences at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl that fear, uncertainty, doubt and panic spread by sensationalist journalists and the hysterical pseudoscience of anti-nuclear activists, and the forcing of evacuations, *creates* stress, mass hysteria, depression and other forms of psychological morbidity. These factors *cause* negative health impacts on the community far in excess of the negligible or nonexistent actual health physics effects.
We *knew* that this could easily happen again, and that anti-nuclear activists, hysterical journalists, and evacuation-trigger-happy politicians are important factors that need to managed and regulated in order to minimise the adverse health effects that they create in the event of a reactor emergency. This sort of thing is explicitly discussed in the report into the President's Commission into the TMI accident, for example. But it was allowed to happen again.
I wonder, how does the epidemiology of psychological health issues compare between Fukushima and any other parts of the Tōhoku region other than Fukushima?
What does the psychological epidemiology of the wider Tōhoku region look like in terms of the damage caused by an enormous devastating earthquake and tsunami destroying everything, destroying families and communities and homes and livelihoods, after we've corrected for the confounding factor of stress caused by the Fukushima events and fear of radiation?
sourmìlk wrote: Minerva wrote:
Varion wrote:As my uncle died from brain cancer coincidentally on the same side he used his cell phone, I would be greatful if you would at least consider changing the chart.
And at the same time, by the same logic, Randall will acknowledge in all future comics that homeopathy really works, vaccines cause autism and lemon imports are responsible for all highway deaths. ( http://www.iq.harvard.edu/blog/sss/ci700332kn00001.gif
Was the entire purpose of that image to point out why "cum hoc ergo propter hoc" is a fallacy?
No, man! It's the Big Lemon corporations! They're killing our families! And the goverment and the media is just covering it up!Don't listen to the sheeple, learn the truth for yourself!