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By Gail Kansky

Summer 2017

Has everybody noticed that not one group in the world has acknowledged the cause of CFIDS/ME/CFS to be radiation? It was first an­nounced by Konstantin Loganovsky, M.D., Ph.D. of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev with expertise in Disaster Medicine, Neurology and Radiation Medicine. Among his many medical journal articles he authored was “Vegatative-vascular dystonia and osteoalgetic syndrome or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as a characteristic after-effect of radioecological disaster: the Chernobyl accident experience” that was published in the Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (7/3, 3-16, 2000). He also published “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as a characteristic aftermath of radioecological catastrophe” the same year in the International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Dr. Loganovsky remains the lead researcher for Chernobyl to this day as he is now studying the grandchildren of liquidators and, indeed, he is still finding CFIDS/ME in many of them just as he had done with the others.

Greenpeace, themselves, have found radiation to result in CFIDS/ME and have mentioned “chronic fatigue syndrome” many times as well as our own Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute. In fact, if one goes online to our website (, they will see nearly 50 other papers that confirm radiation and CFIDS/ME. Merely click onto “radiation” on the home page.

Senator Edward Markey (D, MA) has proposed a bill to not allow any U.S. president to use nuclear weapons as a first strike. Currently, the president is allowed to make a decision to launch a nuclear weapon on his own. The Senator’s bill would require Congressional approval for a first strike. The current policy should be changed regardless of who is our President.

Be kind to yourselves this summer and enjoy the sun but only from a shady spot. Yes, even the sun has UV (ultra-violet) rays that must be avoided by all of us and tanning beds, too, can be deadly. Soon they’ll be new cell phones and microwaves that will have higher and far more damaging radiation exposures so stick to the old ones to avoid far worse health effects. The old threats are still with us and will make sure that this illness goes on. One fairly recent one was a tunnel collapse at the Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington State, a federal site, where nuclear waste is stored.

At the end of May, Caire Bernish wrote, “A catastrophe far worse than Fukushima lurks in the United States, as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission used faulty data to estimate potentially ruinous risks of a nuclear-waste fire — one which could occur at any one of dozens of sites across the country. “Published by researchers from Princeton University and the Union of Concerned Scientists,” the latter organization reports, “The article [in the May 26 issue of the journal Science] argues that NRC inaction leaves the public at high risk from fires in spent-nuclear-fuel cooling pools at reactor sites.” The pools — water-filled basins that store and cool used radioactive fuel rods — are so densely packed with nuclear waste that a fire could release enough radioactive material to contaminate an area twice the size of New Jersey. On average, radioactivity from such an accident could force approximately 8 million people to relocate and result in $2 trillion in damages.

There are two new papers from medical journals that were funded by our foundation that are mentioned by our Medical Director, Alan Cocchetto in his Just Ask! column. Both papers are on our website but, for those members without access to a computer who would like a copy of one or both, just let us know and we’ll send it out.

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