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I thought 1 extra curie (Ci) was deadly?

- by - January 26, 2013 - 21:28 America/New_York - 1 Comment

The Greens in the world have convinced most of us that ANY radiation is deadly poison to be avoided at all costs. Does your dentist still dress you in a lead apron for your panoramic photos? Guess what, there’s a competing hypothesis called hormesis which postulates that a toxic substance at one dosage, may be beneficial at a lower dosage. Guess which occupation has the lowest overall rates of cancer? Airline crews. Why, all of the radiation they get from being so far above the Earth getting more of the Sun’s radiation all of the time. Check out Chernobyl today.

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  1. Stranded in Sonoma

    January 27th, 2013

    Actually, hormesis has been around for a while. If you want a good discussion on the topic, read The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science.

    Basically, radiation (in various forms) was found to be beneficial in small doses. There are radiation treatment centers in Germany were you go to GET radiation, albeit small doses.

    There was a story of an apartment building in Taiwan that was built using steel beams exposed to radiation. The people living in the apartments were exposed to a higher (but not high) dose of radiation compared with other city residents. Their percentages of cancer were less than that of the population at large.

    Researchers have found that in the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the instances of cancer are very high near ground zero and drop off as you get further away from the epicenter. But they climb back up to normal levels (where they level off) the further away you get. In other words, a small dose of radiation will actually be good for you.

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