AW: [ RadSafe ] German radiophobia

John Jacobus crispy_bird at
Thu Oct 13 13:12:36 CDT 2005

So what have you done to educate your co-workers?  I
assume that you are communicating with us on this list
server because we have some understanding of radiation
science.  But the ones that you should be engaging
with are those who know you the best, e.g., your
coworkers and friends, about the real radiation risk

--- Rainer.Facius at wrote:

> "I assume that the article you quote from is not
> from a publication that you normally read."
> John:
> Quite the contrary! 
> SPIEGEL-ONLINE, the internet version of the
> prestigious and MOST influential (German governments
> nearly stumbled on several occasions) weekly news
> journal DER SPIEGEL (THE MIRROR), is one of my
> regular daily news sources, mainly because of its
> otherwise very useful science rubric. 
> The article itself quotes an 'expert', Dr. S.
> Pflugbeil, president of the "Gesellschaft für
> Strahlenschutz",
> (Society
> for Radiation Protection - no kidding ) as warrantor
> for the doom the poor refugees will face.
> Regarding my colleagues in the institute, the vast
> majority has no radiation expertise and most of them
> believe the public myth that "any small amount of
> ionizing radiation is potentially (with some finite
> probability) lethal". Some of them - otherwise most
> professional technicians - I even would count among
> the hysterics in this regard.
> All this mainly because the media flourish best on
> selling ANGST and because BEIR VII and the like do
> feed them by endorsing the LNT postulate as a
> scientific fact!
> Best regards, 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
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