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Good evening hundreds of Americans tonight are evacuating Japan.
As the nuclear crisis stretches into -- seventh today.
And worsens the first State Department charter of Americans.
Took off today carrying 100 citizens another plan for tomorrow.
Meanwhile the United Nations says a plume of radiation from Japan will reach the United States.
And according to UN projections.
That radiation blob could reach Alaska's Aleutian Islands tonight and then California.
The President Obama today offered assurances to the nation that there is no danger.
Harmful levels of radiation to reach the West Coast Hawaii.
Or US territories in the Pacific.
Well in spite of the president's assurances radiation monitors -- being deployed to the western states.
And residents of the West Coast understandably are concerned tonight after conflicting messages from the government.
A reporter Tuesday asked the surgeon general whether Californians were taking extreme measures in by anti radiation -- Here's what the surgeon general Regina Benjamin then had to say.
You can't blame people rewarding to be concerned.
I'm not sure that they say -- level and we'll be right out.
And certainly yeah.
Are monitoring the CDC and so the public please visit her in -- real threat right now.
Did it seem to be.
While the Department of Health and Human Services tonight is back -- it.
Now it says it's important to be prepared but the surgeon general would not recommend buying potassium iodide now.
And here to talk about these mixed messages.
And whether irrational fear is taking over doctor mark single Fox News medical contributor.
Is also author of the book false alarm the truth about the epidemic of fear.
Doctor good to have you witnessed a little let's let's start with Japan where we are witnessing.
An extraordinary display -- courage on the part of those workers -- At the plant where these reactors and spent fuel rods are now emitting dangerous levels of radiation how much.
How much jeopardy or are they and what are they doing to their own health.
Talk about courage that they go back into those plants.
Without knowing -- How much protection suits are gonna offer them with radiation it's all about the amount of radiation -- -- -- how much you're exposed to help prolong that is.
And you know we -- we don't know exactly how much is coming out of there we had heard from the secretary over there in Japan that they had as much as 400 no receivers.
About twice that amount is necessary to get someone acutely ill when you start getting cautious -- your hair falls out acute radiation exposure.
-- -- in these pictures that they are wearing suits they do have.
House effective it is I don't know don't know.
I think they're at risk I think the workers there and those if anyone was in the immediate area they would be at risk but of course they've evacuated -- -- It's a totally different question though Lou to say what the long term risks are is there a risk for birth defects is -- risk for cancer that's one of the as everybody frightened.
But I want to tell you fear is real but fear is emotional and it's not based on logic.
Following Chernobyl in 1986 there was also caught up cloud of radiation that circulated it went over Europe.
They've been studying that for 25 years they have not found an increased risk of cancer from that.
So I feel for people that are worried.
But with the president's that is totally right.
The idea that the amount of radiation coming over to California.
Is gonna be enough to -- to actually -- human harm I think it's almost impossible.
I'm more worried about people taking potassium iodide pills once you have it done once you have it once it's there you putting -- name on your fear.
You know radiation scares us -- it's invisible right and it goes back to the 1960s.
And we can't track it.
And then cancer scares us it's all making us personalize the -- and feel it's gonna happen to us.
If it if I were in Japan right now are you saying that there is actually going out I would I would up my own opinion and -- starting -- -- and I studied risk assessment my own opinion is that people on the West Coast of the United States.
Are not going to be at risk whatsoever from this and that I'm more worried about -- -- having the potassium iodide pills which can damage their thyroid cause -- to be sick.
Why in the world is the CDC.
Health and human services the surgeon general saying precisely what you said -- clearly and directly.
Well how the surgeon general needs more media training I think our public health officials have got to get out there and do precisely -- put things in perspective.
Are the American public is Smart they can understand the mixed message that this may be dangerous to people over there this is most dangerous to the workers but -- 6000 miles away from that.
You know the idea that there's much much much less radiation coming here is the key point not radiation how much are very little.
Doctor mark -- as always thank you very much like solution.
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