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  • 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/