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I had heard about the TCEs but not about the failed nuclear reactor.  I have no information on radiation as a factor in Parkinson's.  Is there any family history that cannot be explained by such exposure?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jul 19th, 2009 at 12:15:00 AM EST
I just found a terrific site which documents this nuclear "event" with a marvelous 1979 television news reports about it. Committee To Bridge the Gap

Here is another current report in the Huffington Post - Los Angeles Nuclear Meltdown Anniversary

I, as well, was surprised to find out about our own personal meltdown, and then surprised to find this video of it...I guess that its importance was lost in the noise of the then recent Three Mile Island news.

I've seen educated people mock the TCE and PCE problems in the San Fernando Valley water table, making fun of parts per billion-as if that would ever affect them and why are we picking on such good companies for such obviously little problems.

I imagine that some will gloss over the nuclear venting as well, some will consider it another failure on the chain for nuclear's malevolent history. Part of my thinking process went the same way that one of the engineer's in the video went...so many other things, like the famous smog of that region, drunk driving, etc., which are part of "modern life" impact us more and for which we should be marching on the street to end.

What strikes me is that engineers with families in the area were willing to crank the dial back up to Yippee~! hours after having such a series of failures, and for weeks. There had to have been word from some Dr. Strangelove above, some Cold War, "What a great opportunity, I'll be a hero if I can get breeding to work" nutcase with some such thinking.

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My mom was hit with early onset Parkinson's when she was in her 30s. Being close enough to UCLA, she partook in a number of early experimental trials, both with drug therapies and later with brain surgeries at other facilities. It's been an active area of research around the world, with little tid-bits of knowledge gleaned every once in a while, mostly educated guesses...and it seems, most often gained by failures.

At no time did anyone find anything on the reason side. No trace of the disease was found earlier in her history. None of my siblings have shown any signs, or their kids. The eldest of us is just approaching 60, so we are conscious of every hand quiver, but so far, so good.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Sun Jul 19th, 2009 at 06:34:22 AM EST
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The correct links referenced above are:

Committee To Bridge the Gap

Los Angeles Nuclear Meltdown Anniversary

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Sun Jul 19th, 2009 at 10:33:32 AM EST
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My grandmother died of Parkinsons disease.  My family was in denial until the end.  Only well after the fact did I find out that Parkinsons can be caused by DDT--and that was most likely the cause in her case, for the town where she lived in southwest Wisconsin bordered a swamp and was therefore thoroughly sprayed with DDT at least twice a week (right through the 1950s and early 1960s) in summer to keep down the mosquitos . . .

I have not come across anything relating radiation exposure to Parkinsons, but many, many chemicals have been implicated as causes, so you might want to check in to what chemicals the aerospace companies in your area were using.  You would be surprised at the horrific toxins seemingly innocuous industrial processes use for very boring or mundane tasks like degreasing, &c.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Tue Aug 4th, 2009 at 09:01:21 PM EST
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