[ RadSafe ] Myth or Fact?

Baumbaugh, Joel SPAWAR joel.baumbaugh at navy.mil
Thu Aug 24 17:15:59 CDT 2006

Hi Sandy,


Well, I sat down and added up my yearly estimates (non-occupational)..


170 Natural Background in San Diego

 20 Living in a Lath and Plaster house

285 Natural Radioactive Materials in Body

 50 Jet Travel at 35,000 Feet.  Maybe 100 hrs this year in the air.

  5 Fallout

100 X-rays from various diagnostic procedures (1 CT scan not figured in)

 15 Dentist

100 Beer, Milk and other food products (love those Brazil nuts and

 10 Uranium Glazed Orange tile in my bathroom.

755 Total... 


- so, Stossel's figure looks a little high to me... Of course I went to
Poco De Caldas in Brazil this summer so I might be a little higher than
most... LOL...


Joel Baumbaugh

San Diego...


-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
Behalf Of Sandy Perle
Sent: Thursday, August 24, 2006 2:47 PM
To: radsafe; Bev
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Myth or Fact?


On 24 Aug 2006 at 16:34, Bev wrote:


> Hello Radsafers,


>     I recently read a book called "Myths, Lies, and Downright
Stupidity" by John Stossel of 20/20 fame. In it he makes a case for food
irradiation, which was refreshing to hear from a member of the media.


>  Everything was going fine until I got to the part where he states
"Every year, the average U.S. citizen is exposed to natural radiation
equal to about 360 dental X-rays."


> Now, I'm certainly no expert on this, but that figure does seem pretty
high to me. So, I'll ask the experts, (you folks), what you think. Myth
or fact? I'm curious.


Should have said to about 360 mrem per year (natural + man-made 





Sandy Perle

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