[ RadSafe ] German radiophobia

John Jacobus crispy_bird at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 13 11:26:33 CDT 2005

Thanks for the posting.  

What I was asking is do you know personally know of
anyone who has a fear of chronic low level ionizing
radiation.  That is, a friend, family member, or

I believe that we associate with people who are like
ourselves.  If you read, have a college education, and
a good job, you will associate yourself with like
individuals. I really do not know of anyone who truly
fears radiation, but I read about them all the time. 
I wonder where they all are?  In Germany? 

I assume that the article you quote from is not from a
publication that you normally read.  Of course we have
similar publications in the United States.  We are
just more taken with celebrities


--- Rainer.Facius at dlr.de wrote:

> Some time ago John Jacobus asked me in the context
> of Chernobyl's Reduced Impact:
> "Do you know of anyone who has a fear of chronic low
> level ionizing radiation exposure?"
> Here is the n+1. example of (German) lunatic
> radiophobia - or is it radiophobic lunacy? - again
> in the context of Chernobyl:
> "Flüchtlinge in Weißrussland: Asyl im verstrahlten
> Niemandsland"
> ("Refugees in Belorussia: Asylum in the
> 'verstrahlten' No-man's-land")
> As I stated previously, I know of no way to convey
> the meaning of this word "verstrahlt" as a German
> layman will absorb it. "Overexposed to radiation"
> would be a phrase which approaches its technical
> content to some extent. The German layman will more
> likely assimilate this title as: Asylum in
> Radiation-Death-Valley.
> The story:
> The Belorussian dictator Lukashenko plans to get rid
> of unwanted refugees from Afghanistan by deporting
> them to the Gomel district, a region which counts
> among the areas most heavily contaminated by the
> Chernobyl accident. Of cause, these poor people are
> doomed.
> The facts:
> While it is true that the Gomel district belongs to
> the three most heavily contaminated areas, the
> remainder of the truth is that by the year 2000 the
> total (external+internal) annual radiation exposure
> of people living in the Gomel-Bryansk area was well
> below 1 to 2 mSv, a fraction of the natural exposure
> of people living in the Massif Central or in
> Cornwall.
> Hille R, Hill P, Heineman K, Ramzaev V, Barkovski A,
> Konoplia V, Neth R, Current development of the human
> and environmental contamination in the Bryansk-Gomel
> spot after the Chernobyl accident. Radiation and
> Environmental Biophysics 39(2000)99-109
> Yet, who cares about facts. Phobia (Angst) sells!
> Rainer

On Oct. 5, 1947, in the first televised White House address, President Truman asked Americans to refrain from eating meat on Tuesdays and poultry on Thursdays to help stockpile grain for starving people in Europe. 

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

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