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'Bizarre' Cluster of Severe Birth Defects Haunts Health Experts
NBC News ^ | 2-17-14 | Jonel Aleccia

Posted on 02/17/2014 10:44:02 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

A mysterious cluster of severe birth defects in rural Washington state is confounding health experts, who say they can find no cause, even as reports of new cases continue to climb.

Federal and state officials won’t say how many women in a three-county area near Yakima, Wash., have had babies with anencephaly, a heart-breaking condition in which they’re born missing parts of the brain or skull. And they admit they haven't interviewed any of the women in question, or told the mothers there's a potentially widespread problem.

But as of January 2013, officials with the Washington state health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had counted nearly two dozen cases in three years, a rate four times the national average.

Since then, one local genetic counselor, Susie Ball of the Central Washington Genetics Program at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, says she has reported “eight or nine” additional cases of anencephaly and spina bifida, another birth defect in which the neural tube, which forms the brain and spine, fails to close properly.

“It does strike me as a lot,” says Ball.

And at least one Yakima mother whose baby is part of the cluster says no one told her there was a problem at all.

“I had no idea,” said Andrea Jackman, 30, whose blue-eyed daughter, Olivia, was born in September with the most severe form of spina bifida. “I honestly was really surprised that nobody had said anything. If my doctor hadn’t wanted us to see the geneticist, I wouldn’t have known.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: abortion; anencephaly; birthdefect; cluster; deathpanels; obamacare; roser; spinabifida; washington; yakima; zerocare
Prosser? Isn't there a big nuclear facility there? A facility that has faced years of complaints and lawsuits? Any ation?
1 posted on 02/17/2014 10:44:02 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I saw that and read it. I debated posting for reasons on which I won’t elaborate.

For what it’s worth...

Yakima is 35 miles as-the-east-wind-blows from the Hanford Reservation.


2 posted on 02/17/2014 10:46:48 AM PST by logi_cal869
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Most obvious question: How many branches are on the family tree?


3 posted on 02/17/2014 10:47:20 AM PST by Gamecock (Grace is not opposed to human activity. It's opposed to human merit. MSH)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

...and since it wasn’t me that posted it:

http://times.org/2013/12/18/the-long-tragic-trail/

http://www.hanford.gov/c.cfm/sgrp/GWRep10/html/gw10_13_0.pdf


4 posted on 02/17/2014 10:49:17 AM PST by logi_cal869
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To: Gamecock

I knew someone who had a daughter with Spina Bifada, and there was absolutely nothing in the genetic history of either parent. Sometimes these defects just appear.


5 posted on 02/17/2014 10:50:26 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Fukushima


6 posted on 02/17/2014 10:52:11 AM PST by wolfman
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Of course they do.

But when there is a spike 4x above what is expected something is going on.

Rule out the easy questions first.


7 posted on 02/17/2014 10:52:21 AM PST by Gamecock (Grace is not opposed to human activity. It's opposed to human merit. MSH)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I remember an outbreak of anencephaly in the Rio Grande Valley in the 70’s or 80’s.

Traced to an outbreak of a corn mold in grain used for masa.

Treated by increasing folic acid in prenatal care, and tighter controls on corn meal.

8 posted on 02/17/2014 10:54:04 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Gamecock

And I’d look at the environmental influences hard. That is why the doctors are sending these parents to geneticists — to rule that out.


9 posted on 02/17/2014 10:54:17 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Well the name of the town sounds almost Japanese. Just saying.


10 posted on 02/17/2014 10:54:27 AM PST by Revel
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To: afraidfortherepublic
It has been advised for at least twenty years that pregnant women take folic acid to insure against these neural tube defects. It is rather specific.
11 posted on 02/17/2014 10:55:42 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Gamecock

Very true. A spike four times normal is highly unusual. It very well could be some kind of environmental factors, something in the water, etc.


12 posted on 02/17/2014 10:55:58 AM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: wolfman

“Fukushima”

I’m going with environmental. I would start with seafood distributors. Fish is low calorie, moderate fat, high in protein. Great food for mom to be.

How old are the children and does Fukushima apply here?


13 posted on 02/17/2014 10:59:36 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Insurgent Conservative)
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To: wolfman

“Fukushima”

I’m going with environmental. I would start with seafood distributors. Fish is low calorie, moderate fat, high in protein. Great food for mom to be.

How old are the children and does Fukushima apply here?


14 posted on 02/17/2014 10:59:37 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Insurgent Conservative)
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To: Gamecock

Neural tube defects are also associated with a lack of folate in the diet, I would first look at regional dietary habits which may not sound as sensational as nuclear fallout but would be the “easy question.”


15 posted on 02/17/2014 11:04:34 AM PST by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: wolfman

First thing I thought. The beginnings of the after-effects of this disaster.


16 posted on 02/17/2014 11:09:53 AM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: wolfman
I'm not familiar with this area but I wonder if there are illegal pot farms around there? The illegal farms use tons of pesticides to grow their weed. The growers don't give a damn about polluting rivers, lakes and ground water with their poison.
17 posted on 02/17/2014 11:17:02 AM PST by peeps36 (I'm Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Certainly.

That requires a bit more technology and time. Look for the easy stuff first.


18 posted on 02/17/2014 11:18:57 AM PST by Gamecock (Grace is not opposed to human activity. It's opposed to human merit. MSH)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
...something in the water...

...or the air... Most people look at a map and think the wind in Washington State blows a west wind (to the east); that is seasonal & subject to pressure ridges, mostly due to the Rockies.

Frequently, an east wind blows to the west in this area, almost akin to the ubiquitous Santa Ana winds in CA. The Columbia Gorge was hit with this pretty hard the past few weeks.

Published in 1972 by Dr. Ernest J. Sternglass:

It was not our physics and technology that had been inadequate, but our knowledge of biological systems and their enormous ability to concentrate toxic agents. Just as in the case of DDT, it was not the amount distributed throughout the environment that was so serious. It was the selective concentration in the food chain and then in the newly forming organs of the rapidly developing young embryo. Since all higher animals, including man, must pass through this critically sensitive phase, it was clear that, unless the problem was widely recognized and acted upon, man could extinguish himself and all other animals, not through the effect of radiation on the adult, but through the effect on the weakest link in the chain of life -- the unborn and the very young.
(disclaimer: I am not anti-nuke, just anti-stupid. Thorium? The anti-coal regulations of this administration will place more burden on our dated nuclear infrastructure. Roll the dice...)
19 posted on 02/17/2014 11:21:38 AM PST by logi_cal869
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I had 2 babies (in the 80’s) in Sunnyside, closer to Hanford than Yakima - they were and are just fine. My two daughters have had a total of 4 children born at Yakima Memorial Hospital (within a 10 yr period). All four were and are fine. However, in the past 10 yrs I've had 5-6 friends die of cancer. All lived in Selah (bedroom community to Yakima). Is that related to the pesticides used in agriculture? Who knows, could be from the ash fall from Mt St Helens. But unless long-term studies are done, it may never be known if there is a link.
20 posted on 02/17/2014 11:29:32 AM PST by zlala (Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice Capt. Aaron R. Blanchard, KIA 4-23-13, Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Yakima is the site of a large Indian reservation. And there is a very large population of migrant workers, both legal and illegal.

Their living conditions are on the shitty side to say the least and has not improved even with mandates from the State.

And as the article states that this was noticed 3 to 4 years ago. The Japan Nuke disaster would not be a contributing factor. Also with Hanford being so close.
What are the effects on the other communities in the area? The Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Richland, Pasco and West Richland but they still call it the Tri-Cities) has a pop of close to 200,000 (also with a large pop of legal and illegal migrant workers). Has the rate of these birth defects also risen at the same rate?

Ed

21 posted on 02/17/2014 11:49:17 AM PST by husky ed (FOX NEWS ALERT "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" THIS HAS BEEN A FOX NEWS ALERT)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

A result of pot smoking and other libertine behaviors after a couple of generations.


22 posted on 02/17/2014 11:56:28 AM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Revel
Well the name of the town sounds almost Japanese. Just saying.

DING! DING! DING! Most ignorant post of the day.

23 posted on 02/17/2014 12:04:13 PM PST by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Pesticides?


24 posted on 02/17/2014 12:14:16 PM PST by proudpapa (Scott Walker - 2016)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It’s in the taters ....


25 posted on 02/17/2014 12:15:14 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: texas booster
Treated by increasing folic acid in prenatal care, and tighter controls on corn meal.

Probably some damn hippies have been buying some organic fairtrade flower with no folic acid. By the time you are pregnant it is too late. if it is not already in your diet BEFORE conception your babies are at risk.
26 posted on 02/17/2014 12:55:40 PM PST by TalonDJ
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To: proudpapa
Research has shown that there are potential links between anencephaly and exposure to molds and to pesticides,

My daughter lives in apple country in Washington. After moving from Oregon, she was surprised by the amount of cancer in apple country. Nobody publicly says anything about it because $$$$$$$$.

27 posted on 02/17/2014 1:06:59 PM PST by aimhigh
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To: peeps36

“I’m not familiar with this area but I wonder if there are illegal pot farms around there?”

I know there are a hell of a lot of illegals in the Yakima area, and they and the natives do not get along much.


28 posted on 02/17/2014 1:29:51 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Hanford, near the Columbia River, right nearby. Oregon environmentalists got Oregon’s only reactor destroyed and buried—in Washington State, across the river.


29 posted on 02/17/2014 1:35:22 PM PST by firebrand
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To: zlala

Oregon plant was buried there later, 1999 I think.


30 posted on 02/17/2014 1:38:39 PM PST by firebrand
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To: firebrand
From the test well samples that I use to see, the ground water flow from Hanford was toward the Columbia and not the Yakima River.
But I was not privy to all of their data.

Ed

31 posted on 02/17/2014 2:23:44 PM PST by husky ed (FOX NEWS ALERT "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" THIS HAS BEEN A FOX NEWS ALERT)
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To: husky ed
I should have stated that the aquifer not the ground water.
Sorry brain seizure 8^(

Ed

32 posted on 02/17/2014 2:26:35 PM PST by husky ed (FOX NEWS ALERT "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" THIS HAS BEEN A FOX NEWS ALERT)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Are they getting their pre-natals?
33 posted on 02/17/2014 2:27:48 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I remember hearing about many cases of anencephaly amongst people along the Texas/Mexico border. Especially around Matamoros/Brownsville. If these migrant workers grew up around that area, that may explain it too. The majority of the cases happened on the Mexican side.


34 posted on 02/17/2014 2:29:43 PM PST by toothfairy86
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“But as of January 2013, officials with the Washington state health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had counted nearly two dozen cases in three years, a rate four times the national average.”

“Clusters” happen often. Especially with not very common problems. It’s easy to get concerned but consider this.

2 dozen cases in three years. 8 cases a year. Four times national average would be an additional 6 cases a year. In a 3 county area.

Averages are called average exactly because they are the best of the best and the worst of the worse. Heck somebody has to be at the bottom. Or the top.....


35 posted on 02/17/2014 2:38:36 PM PST by saleman
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To: afraidfortherepublic

One word... LIBERALISM


36 posted on 02/17/2014 9:46:03 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: afraidfortherepublic

NBC News wins the ‘stoopid’ prize:

http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/latestlocalnews/1607885-8/11th-tank-emptied-of-nuclear-waste-at-hanford


37 posted on 02/18/2014 6:47:41 AM PST by GOPJ ( America's drifting into totalitarianism because the left's exploitation of social failures.Greenfi)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Hanford was an old nuclear plant and one of the only - if NOT the only plant - that didn’t have a containment building around their reactor. The site was a disaster for years... IMHO...


38 posted on 02/18/2014 6:50:48 AM PST by GOPJ ( America's drifting into totalitarianism because the left's exploitation of social failures.Greenfi)
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To: logi_cal869

Hanford was an old nuclear plant and one of the only - if NOT the only plant - that didn’t have a containment building around their reactor in it’s early years. The site was a disaster for years... IMHO...


39 posted on 02/18/2014 6:52:23 AM PST by GOPJ ( America's drifting into totalitarianism because the left's exploitation of social failures.Greenfi)
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To: GOPJ
Right, but the old contamination, aside from future 'tank explosion scenarios', is ground-based, having leached into groundwater and moving eastward into the Columbia River and the aquifer.

The current commercial operational reactor is outputting isotopes right into an east wind; see the charts. Yakima is, ironically, in the plume shadow.

The Columbia Generating Station (former WPPSS site) is also on the Hanford 'site'.

It's amazing to me that all this data & research spans 40+ years and they're still reticent to give any credence at all to what, for some doctors & scientists, is already well-established.

40 posted on 02/18/2014 7:26:23 AM PST by logi_cal869
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To: logi_cal869
It's amazing to me that all this data & research spans 40+ years and they're still reticent to give any credence at all to what, for some doctors & scientists, is already well-established.

Wasn't Hanford originally a military research site? And that's how they got away with covering up their filth? I heard the Hanford story years ago... and have forgotten most of it....

41 posted on 02/18/2014 8:11:16 AM PST by GOPJ ( America's drifting into totalitarianism because the left's exploitation of social failures.Greenfi)
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