AW: [ RadSafe ] BEIR VII repercussions in the medical community

Rainer.Facius at Rainer.Facius at
Fri Feb 24 11:01:48 CST 2006


The categorical tone of this unreserved promotion of the LNT-postulate in a professional - rather than media - context outside the radiation protection community struck me as something new. Excuse me if I was boring you.

Frankly, as a non physician and a non-US scientist I have no idea how much the "Continuing Medical Education" program (under the auspices of the AMA?) affects thinking and practice of the U.S. medical community.

Unless the statements below are pure hot air, "continuing education for medical professionals" in the spirit of this "CME/CE activity" can hardly grow beneficial results.

Kind regards, Rainer

Medscape self-portrayal:

CME/CE in this activity indicates continuing education for medical professionals.

Medscape is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Medscape designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 Category 1 credit(s) toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that reflect the time he/she actually spent in the activity.


Von: John Jacobus [mailto:crispy_bird at]
Gesendet: Fr 24.02.2006 17:11
An: Facius, Rainer; radsafe at
Betreff: Re: [ RadSafe ] BEIR VII repercussions in the medical community

This is really not new news.  Similar comments appears
when the BEIR VII report appeared last year.  There
has been an effort over many years to reduce radiation
exposures to patients.  Well before the publication of
the BEIR VII report.  The real issue is the effect, if
any, such statements will have on the quality of
medical care.  I haven't heard of any.

--- Rainer.Facius at wrote:

> Some quotations from a recent MEDSACPE tutorial for
> general physicians
> and in particular for radiologists.
> You may get access to the full paper at the above
> URL after registering
> for (free) access.
> Imaging X-rays Cause Cancer: A Call to Action for
> Caregivers and
> Patients
> Author: Richard C. Semelka, MD;  Director, Magnetic
> Resonance Services,
> Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of
> Radiology, University of
> North Carolina at Chapel Hill
> Disclosure: Richard C. Semelka, MD, has disclosed no
> relevant financial
> relationships.
> Editor: Robert Chevrier;  Program Director/Site
> Editor, Medscape, Inc.
> Disclosure: Robert Chevrier has disclosed no
> relevant financial
> relationships.
> Excerpts:
> [...] the National Academy of Science released their
> 7th report on the
> Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR VII),
> which should be
> considered the definitive and indisputable
> authoritative resource on the
> subject of radiation risk
> [...]
> The above being said, the indisputable fact, and in
> my opinion rendered
> truly indisputable by the BEIR VII report, is that
> medical x-rays cause
> cancer.[1]
> [...]
> Of course, having said that, in reading the
> radiation science literature
> some research is even more alarming than the BEIR
> VII report.[15-17]
> [...] However, major policy shifts should probably
> only be made based on
> the consensus of the majority of experienced
> scientists in that field of
> research. That is what BEIR VII represents, and its
> findings are in line
> with all previous large consensus reports dealing
> with radiation and
> safety.[18,19]
> [...]
> BEIR VII, the definitive report, has been released.
> BEIR VII states that
> medical x-rays cause cancer, even in the doses of
> individual CT scans.
> [...]
> I recommend that you refer your provider to the BEIR
> VII report
> regarding radiation hazards,[1]
> [...]
> Enjoy, Rainer :-(
> Dr. Rainer Facius
> German Aerospace Center
> Institute of Aerospace Medicine
> Linder Hoehe
> 51147 Koeln
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