WA - Unusually high rate of anencephaly probed in Yakima, Benton, & Franklin counties

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Mystery over why so many babies are born with brain defect that leaves them blind, deaf and unable to feel pain in Washington state. (Daily Mail)

    • The prognosis for babies born with anencephaly is death
    • Anencephalic babies are born without a large portion of the brain, skull and scalp
    • Three Washington counties have reported an unusually higher rate of anencephaly
    • Authorities have not been able to establish a common cause for the high rate of the defect
    much more at the link
     
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  3. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    They say no common exposures. But we don't always know when we have been exposed or what we have been exposed to. There is a lot of chemicals that escape into the environment one way or another. And it isn't always reported.
     
  4. kdblaisdell

    kdblaisdell New Member

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    I believe Hanford Nuclear Plant was in Benton Co. Yakima and Franklin Counties have a fairly wide border with Benton Co.
     
  5. Jacie Estes

    Jacie Estes Medical Marijuana Advocate

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    water/air two common denominators
     
  6. waitin'4thewrld2chg

    waitin'4thewrld2chg Active Member

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    Bingo. My thoughts exactly.
     
  7. meanmaryjean

    meanmaryjean Verified RN (Pediatrics Specialty)

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    But, what we know about radiation exposure in early pregnancy does not explain this. It is possible that this is just a statistical outlier. We had a similar incidence of childhood cancer in my county several years ago. They spent a TON of money testing and investigating everything- and came up empty.

    Outlier statistics IS a possiblity.
     
  8. STANDREID

    STANDREID A slacker when slacker wasn't cool

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    This was over 3 years and it's not that big a difference from the average so I expect that it's just a case of some county having the most while another has none. If over the next three years the rate is still above the norm then I would expect that there was some cause although we may never know what it is or was.

    These children are very bizarre looking (that illustration doesn't tell the half of it) and it's heartbreaking to see and know the fate of these pitiful little babies. I'm sure they're perfectly formed angels when they get to Heaven
     
  9. huckleberryhound

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    Besides the Hanford Nuclear Site, not too far south of this area is the Umatilla Weapons Depot, where old chemical and biological weapons have been stored for years, and are now being incinerated to destroy them.
     
  10. kdblaisdell

    kdblaisdell New Member

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    Wow! I didn't know this. I'm betting that could explain a lot. The situation reminds me of quite a few people I talked to that were in Desert Storm. They had some very strange after-effects from the chemical and biological weapons that "weren't there". It makes me wonder--should someone (not me, someone who actually knows what they're doing) be checking into similarities in the symptoms and weapons?
     
  11. gngr~snap

    gngr~snap Verified Professional Pediatric Nurse

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    I have been thinking it was the nuclear plant ? in Fukushima Japan. Trade winds head straight there and considering the amount of rainfall Washington State gets it could be in the water supply.
    There is a place in CA that gets a lot of rainfall as well. Cannot remember the name... I know both areas have seen an increase in pregnancy miscarriage.
    MAY be totally unrelated but I am happy my daughter isn't living at Ft. Lewis Army base any longer and is back in Georgia!!!

    I have also heard about growing Thyroid issues in the area. Scares me period.
    moo

    San Diego CA... Congenital Hyperthyroidism
    #'s don't lie. So sad!
    http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/forum/218/abc-san-diego-alarming-report-fukushima-fallout-harming-us-infants.2013-04-05

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  12. gngr~snap

    gngr~snap Verified Professional Pediatric Nurse

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    I REALLY wanted to move to Yakima ! The air is so fresh... and sweet! Mountains on one side and valley on the other with a river /water in between... God it was beautiful! I still wanna visit Leavenworth -sp The Christmas town... sigh...

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  13. AlwaysShocked

    AlwaysShocked Active Member

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    "it's not that big a difference from the average" Yes. It is. It is 4 times the national average. That is significant.

    I would look at ingestion before I would look at anything airborne.
     
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    kdblaisdell New Member

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