[ RadSafe ] Re: Radiation Hormesis

John Jacobus crispy_bird at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 28 10:49:37 CST 2007

The BEIR-VII report has an appendix that discusses hormesis.You can read it on-line.
  Have pity on your EPA friends.  They did not write the laws.

"Brennan, Mike (DOH)" <Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV> wrote:
  "All science is either physics or stamp collecting." Ernest.

I am reminded of the story of a zoologist, biologist, and physicist each
being asked to discuss the most important aspects of elephants. The
zoologist discussed the social aspects of the herd how elephants
interact with their environment. The biologist discussed the huge
amount of food the elephant consumes and processes in which it is
processed. The physicist gets up, thinks for a minute, and starts,
"Assume the elephant is a sphere..."

On the topic of hormesis; I would love for someone to do some definitive
research, well designed and meticulously controlled, that would address
both the claims and the criticisms. I will even allow as to how I would
LOVE to have hormesis confirmed, if for no other reason than the
entertainment value of watching my friends in the EPA struggle with
setting maximum and minimum desired radon exposure levels. Sadly, I
have yet to see anything about such research being done. The hormesis
papers I've seen show as much evidence of cherry picking as the
anti-(fill in the blank for whatever you don't like) papers. 


"If history teaches any lesson it is that no nation has an inherent right to greatness.  Greatness has to be earned and continually re-earned."
- Norman Augustine, Chairman of the National Academies Committee 

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