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  • Myths About Radiation

    Posted on June 11th, 2009 Vadim 196 comments Link to post

    Myth: Radiation poisoning as an effect of the atomic bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima caused many immediate deaths, and many more subsequent deaths from induced cancers.
    Facts: Survivors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima have not died in droves from radiation-induced cancers, or for any other reason. There were, indeed, many immediate deaths, from the heat of the blast and from flying debris. There were also later induced cancers in those who were close to the epicenter of the blast. But, those who had low-level exposure to radiation are, in fact, living longer those who had no exposure.

    Myth: Presence of radon in homes is correlative with cancer, especially lung cancer. Based on this premise, it has been believed that if you have high radon levels in your home, it is imperative that you take steps to remove it.
    Fact: High radon levels in homes is predictive of LOWERED lung cancer (and all other cancer) rates. If you have high radon levels measured in your home, you should know that the odds of your being blessed with good health are significantly increased.

    Myth: The accident at Chernobyl killed thousands of people and disabled millions.
    Facts: Thirty workers and firefighters at the plant were killed. But a 16-year investigation by the UN and WHO concluded that there were no public radiation deaths or injuries. No significant increase in any illness resulted except for 2000 cases of childhood thyroid cancer, a highly treatable disease from which there have been few if any deaths. But fear of radiation led to unnecessary evacuation of large population groups, causing unemployment, depression, alcoholism and suicides. In the year after the accident, there were 100,000 additional abortions downwind of the accident because of unwarranted fear of bearing a “nuclear mutant.” Deformed “Chernobyl victims” used to raise money for relief were later found to be a scam—unrelated to the accident. Some were from sufficiently far away from Chernobyl that they could not have been affected; others were deformed long before the accident.

    Myth: Cancer rates go up as altitude goes up because we are exposed to more cosmic radiation as our elevation increases.
    Facts: Just the opposite is true. Live high, live longer: Those who live in areas with high background radiation live longer than those who live in low background radiation areas (high altitude Colorado is best; low altitude southeast U.S. is worse).

    Myth: The quantity of nuclear waste is so great and its toxic effect so long-lasting that there is no safe method of disposal.
    Nuclear plants produce less than a millionth of the volume of waste from an equivalent coal-fired plant. Waste can be put into sealed drums and controlled, rather than dumped into the environment. The 50,000 tons of radwaste destined for Yucca Mountain was produced by all 103 U.S. nuclear plants over the past 40 years. This is less than 2 pounds per person served for the whole 40 years. This is small compared to wastes produced by most other industries, or even our homes. The waste volumes associated with construction and operation of solar, wind, and other renewables are larger, on a per-kilowatt-hour basis, than nuclear wastes.

    Myth: Radioactive waste stays toxic for thousands of years. Humanity has never faced such a long-term hazard.
    Radioactive waste continually decreases in toxicity, whereas other toxic wastes like mercury, lead, arsenic, selenium, cadmium, chromium, etc. retain full toxicity forever. After 500 years, you could safely eat a pound of radioactive waste. Currently, we bury it 2000 feet underground. The top 2000 feet of U.S. soil contain millions of times more lethal doses of natural poisons than all the nuclear power waste together. We make 10,000 times more lethal doses of chlorine each year, and put it in our drinking water to kill germs.

    Myth: Nuclear power is an especially unforgiving technology. A momentary slipup, and catastrophe ensues.
    Just the opposite. Nuclear plants are uniquely robust. They can resist earthquakes, hurricanes, power loss, sabotage and operator errors. Even if the core were to melt, even with containment breached, analyses and tests show that few, if any persons would be seriously injured or killed. Hundreds of nuclear plants worldwide, operating for decades, have confirmed this.

    Myth: Marie Curie died of radiation poisoning at a young age.
    Dr. Curie was concentrating radioactive ores in a huge caldron that was so potent that she could literally read at night by the radioactive glow. (Think what she was inhaling.) During WW I, she worked on the wounded brought in freshly from the battlefield, holding the film with her bare hands as x-rays were taken. She got lots of radiation—it wasn’t even measured until detection instruments were invented, developed and deployed. Yet, she still out-lived the normal life-span for that period of time.

    Provided by Jane Goldberg http://www.becausepeoplearedying.com/

  • Famous Studies on Low Level Radiation Exposure

    Posted on June 2nd, 2009 Vadim 1 comment Link to post

    • Dr. Sohei Kondo, in his 1993 book, Health Effects of Low-Level Radiation, documented that survivors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima who received some radioactive exposure live longer and healthier than those who had no exposure to the post-bomb radiation.

    • Research on the health effects of plutonium inhaled and ingested by the Manhattan Project workers at Los Alamos was started in 1952 to determine the delayed effects. Workers at Rocky Flats and the Mound Laboratory were also studied. Although plutonium has been called “the most toxic substance known to man,” the exposed group has remained in surprisingly good health ever since. Dire predictions of catastrophic increases of lung cancers have not occurred. In fact, mortality has been significantly lower than the non-plutonium workers.

    • A Japanese study reported on a twenty-five year follow up study of Japanese fishermen who were heavily contaminated by plutonium from the hydrogen bomb test at Bikini. No one died from cancer.

    • Double-blind studies performed on patients at Japan’s Misasa Radon Springs have confirmed the ability of its radioactive water to relieve rheumatism, neuralgia and other complaints. Similar results were obtained in studies conducted in conjunction with Radon Therapy Hospital specialists at Austria’s Bad Gastein spa.

    • In a large scale Chinese study, it was shown that the mortality rate due to cancer was lower in an area with a relatively high background radiation (74,000 people), while the control group (78,000 people) who lived in an area with low background radiation had a higher rate of mortality.

    • In an area in Japan with a high average indoor radon level, the lung cancer incidence was about 50 percent less than the incidence in a low-level radon region. Researchers Mifune and Mifune also showed that in this high background radiation area, the mortality rate caused by all types of cancer was 37 percent lower.

    • In the U.S., Bernard Cohen’s epidemiological large scale study looked at 90% of the counties in the country. Results over a five year research period indicated that the total cancer mortality is inversely correlated with background radiation dose. More radon; less cancer.

    • In another large scale study by Frigerio in the U.S., it was found that the mortality rate due to all malignancies was lower in states with higher annual radiation dose.

    • Rates of leukemia and lymphocytic lymphoma were studied in relation to altitude. Higher altitudes have higher radiation. The finding, however, was the higher the altitude, the lower the incidence of leukemia.

    • In China, as reported by Blot, a study compared background radiation levels from homes of women suffering from lung cancer. Those who lived in high-level radon homes had an 80 percent lower lung cancer risk than those living in a low-radon home.

    • Auxier shows that in Kerala, India, there is 400-800 percent more background radiation than neighboring areas, yet the people there have the highest fertility rate with the lowest neonatal deaths of any other Indian state.

    • In Germany, women living near uranium mining areas of Saxony, Germany, with high radon levels, have significantly lower lung cancer rates than a control group from East Germany where the radon levels are lower.

    • In England, the towns of Cornwall and Devon have high background radon levels, yet have a cancer incidence well below the national average.

    • 1,700 Taiwan apartments were constructed with steel girders accidentally contaminated with cobalt 60, one of the more dreaded radioactive substances. Over a period of sixteen years, 10,000 occupants were exposed to levels of radiation that should have, according to traditional theories of the damaging effect of all radiation, induced cancers many times in excess of background expectations. Taiwan health statistics predicted 170 cancers among an age-matched population of this size. But only five were observed. Describing this “incredible radiological incident,” Y. C. Luan suggested that this might point to “effective immunity from cancer” from the very source thought most likely to give rise to it.

    Provided by Jane Goldberg http://www.becausepeoplearedying.com/