Researcher Keith Meyers argues the scale of deaths related to radioactive milk is on the scale of those who died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
One estimate puts the number of American's killed by thyroid cancer at 49,000. The cancer-inducing radiation behind these deaths is the result of decades of above-ground nuclear testing and Arizona economist Keith Meyers thinks that number could be 14 times higher than the government is admitting.
The results of Meyer's study can be found here: https://qzprod.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/6043f-meyers-fallout-mortality-website.pdf
Basically, the study revolved around milk, specifically the milk consumed by Americans that was produced by cows who were victim to radioactive fallout carried by Nevada winds from test sites in 1951 to 1963.
The US government does acknowledge that there were domestic casualties of the nuclear program and paid them over $2 billion, but Meyers says the true toll is far larger than the government is admitting. His study goes so far as to suggest the true toll is "between 395,000 and 695,000 excess deaths from 1951 to 1973."
Meyers essentially reached this conclusion by taking National Cancer Institute estimates for the deposition of the highly radioactive Iodine 131 and its estimates for I-131 "secreted in locally produced milk, and pairing those figures with county mortality data.
Meyers says, "exposure to fallout through milk leads to immediate and sustained increases in the crude death rate." He even goes on to provide explanations for his theories that go against the traditional theories such as where the "largest mortality effects" are found.
The study explains that farmers exported hay from elsewhere in Nevada and Utah and this cut down the presence of I-131 which has a short half-life of eight days and this would explain why areas closer to the test sites had lower fatality rates.
In conclusion, Meyers says, "The cumulative number of excess deaths attributable to these tests is comparable to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki."
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