[ RadSafe ] RE: Comments on scientific papers must also be subjected to peer review

John Jacobus crispy_bird at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 13 10:36:45 CST 2005

Dr. Scott,
I hope you will keep us appraised of all responses
that agree with and opposed to your letter on this

--- "Scott, Bobby" <BScott at lrri.org> wrote:

> Colleagues:
> I plan to submit a letter to the editor of the JNCI
> related to the paper
> by E. Cardis et al. on thyroid cancer after the
> Chernobyl accident.
> For readers of the Radsafe Digest that may have an
> interest, I have a
> pdf version of my seminar given on November 10, 2005
> at Los Alamos
> National Laboratory entitled "The LNT Hypothesis May
> Have Outlived Its
> Usefulness".  The seminar presents evidence that
> diagnostic X rays
> (e.g., CT scans, mammograms, chest X-rays), elevated
> natural background
> radiation, and radon in our homes may be protecting
> us from cancer and
> possibly also from other diseases via activating
> cooperative protective
> processes.  The protection is attributed to the
> low-LET component of the
> dose in case of radon and background radiation.  I
> would be happy to
> e-mail the pdf version of the seminar to interested
> persons.
> Sincerely,
> Bobby R. Scott
> ________________________________
> From: parthasarathy k s [mailto:ksparth at yahoo.co.uk]
> Sent: Sunday, December 11, 2005 7:08 PM
> To: John Jacobus; Scott, Bobby; radsafe at radlab.nl
> Subject: Comments on scientific papers must also be
> subjected to peer
> review 
> Friends,
> I agree with John. Very few of us have the expertise
> in epidemiology to
> evaluate the comments. Even if  we are experts, it
> is appropriate that
> the comments or any analysis should appear in open
> literature; ideally
> in the same journal. That way the authors of the
> original paper will get
> a chance to respond, even to re-analyse their data.
> This is not to
> dismiss the validity of the comments or analysis in
> the present
> instance.

"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction."
"John F. Kennedy, U.S. President and former Naval Officer 

-- John
John Jacobus, MS
Certified Health Physicist
e-mail:  crispy_bird at yahoo.com

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