Carol Wolman 
Member since Dec 5, 2013


Stats

Favorite Places

  • None.
Find places »

Saved Events

  • Nada.
Find events »

Saved Stories

  • Nope.
Find stories »

Custom Lists

  • Zip.

Friends

  • No friends yet.
Become My Friend Find friends »

Recent Comments

Re: “Fukushima Panic

Alan Remick,

You don't know me at all- I've spent lots of my own hard-earned money on activism, I'm not wealthy, can barely afford to take a vacation, and have never made a dime from my work for the planet.

My practice is full- I rarely take new patients. What I mean when I say I don't treat nearly enough anxiety due to Fukushima is that my patients, many of them intelligent young people, Berkeley grad students, professional people, etc, don't have the awareness that they SHOULD be anxious about this ongoing disaster, especially those of reproductive age. Nor do I bring it up if people aren't already concerned- my job is to help people with the problems they are struggling with, not give them new ones.

I do believe that full mental health includes awareness of community as well as individual problems, and a long term outlook. I let selected patients know about my activism, in the hope of setting a good example of citizenship.

Peace, Carol Wolman, MD

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Carol Wolman on 12/07/2013 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Fukushima Panic

Response to Alan Remick:
Have you treated many anxeity cases caused by fhe Fukushima incident?

Not nearly enough, except among activists. A few- mostly athletes who are concerned about inhaling radioactive particles. Most of my patients wear blinders, focusing very narrowly on their own lives and problems, ignoring global warming, not asking themselves what life on the planet will be like in 20 or 50 or 100 years. Psychic numbing is all-pervasive, abetted by articles like this, meant to lull us to sleep- What, me worry?

On the other hand, several of my patients, without directly expressing anxiety, are eager to help with the work of our local Fukushima Response group, by researching, financial contributions, attending events, talking to people, etc.

My motto is "Don't agonize, organize", and I encourage people to deal with their anxiety by way of action.

Radiation threatens our DNA, the stuff of life. It determines who we are as individuals and as a species, and drives us to reproduce. I do a workshop in which I ask people to talk to their DNA, and ask their DNA "What should I do, with my talents and position in life, to protect you, my DNA, from the threat of radiation?" It tends to reorder people's priorities.

Peace, Carol Wolman, MD

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Carol Wolman on 12/07/2013 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Fukushima Panic

Response to Alan Remick:
Have you treated many anxeity cases caused by fhe Fukushima incident?

Not nearly enough, except among activists. A few- mostly athletes who are concerned about inhaling radioactive particles. Most of my patients wear blinders, focusing very narrowly on their own lives and problems, ignoring global warming, not asking themselves what life on the planet will be like in 20 or 50 or 100 years. Psychic numbing is all-pervasive, abetted by articles like this, meant to lull us to sleep- What, me worry?

On the other hand, several of my patients, without directly expressing anxiety, are eager to help with the work of our local Fukushima Response group, by researching, financial contributions, attending events, talking to people, etc.

My motto is "Don't agonize, organize", and I encourage people to deal with their anxiety by way of action.

Radiation threatens our DNA, the stuff of life. It determines who we are as individuals and as a species, and drives us to reproduce. I do a workshop in which I ask people to talk to their DNA, and ask their DNA "What should I do, with my talents and position in life, to protect you, my DNA, from the threat of radiation?" It tends to reorder people's priorities.

Peace, Carol Wolman, MD

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Carol Wolman on 12/06/2013 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Fukushima Panic

This article adds to the general tendency to deny danger from radioactivity, often called "psychic numbing". Radiation impacts the DNA, the very stuff of life, causing spontaneous abortions, birth defects, and cancer, especially in children.

It's true that the level of radioactivity in fish from the Pacific is low right now. As the crippled nuclear facility at Fukushima continues to spew radioactive water into the Pacific at the rate of 400 tons/day, unstoppably, the level will go up. Radiation bioaccumulates as it moves up the food chain, so big fish and sea mammals will have much greater concentrations than sea water. And food is NOT being tested for radiation.

Pacific currents from Fukushima come directly to our West Coast. The first wave of ocean radiation from the March 2011 disaster is due here in 2014. It will continue for decades, maybe centuries. And many of the elements have long half-lives, so they will accumulate along the coast.

This is a long term problem, and needs to be addressed as such. At the very least, food air and water along our coast should be continually monitored and reported to the public. In fact, official monitoring was discontinued a few months after the disaster. Ridiculous!

Also, the only element being monitored is cesium, whereas there is a great mix of long lived isotopes, including deadly strontium 90 and plutonium, which impact all life. This article does a great disservice, in lulling the public to sleep and marginalizing those of us who are awake enough to sound the alarm.

Peace, Carol Wolman, MD

16 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Carol Wolman on 12/05/2013 at 7:09 AM

Readers' Favorites

Most Popular Stories


© 2018 East Bay Express    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation