[ RadSafe ] Helen Caldicott

Jeff Terry terryj at iit.edu
Wed Mar 21 15:22:18 CDT 2007

Hi Otto,


I was going to be on a TV show with her in Chicago but they changed  
the segment so it will just be her with no counterpoint. So  
unfortunately, I won't have a chance to rebut what she has to say.



On Mar 21, 2007, at 4:08 PM, Otto G. Raabe wrote:

> At 11:44 AM 3/21/2007, Jeff Terry wrote:
>> Could someone give me some background information on Helen Caldicott?
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> March 21, 2007
> Helen Caldicott, whom I have met personally and heard speak at an  
> antinuclear event, has dedicated her life to attacking all nuclear  
> technology. In her autobiography ("A Desperate Passion"), which I  
> have read, she says she was frightened by a book called "On the  
> Beach" by Neville Shute which she read when a teenager, and her  
> whole career has been an extension that experience. Although she  
> obtained a medical degree in Australia in her youth, she only  
> attempted to practice medicine for a short time before embarking on  
> her personal lifetime career to rid the world of all things  
> nuclear. (She is about 70 years old.) She will twist any issue and  
> exaggerate any risk to accomplish her purpose. But she has no  
> training in and only very limited knowledge of radiobiology,  
> radiation safety, nuclear physics, radiochemistry, or environmental  
> biology. She claims that radiation risk is a medical issue and she  
> can speak about it because she has a medical degree. I believe that  
> ANY MEANS POSSIBLE!  She will go to any extreme, make any scary  
> claim, and pretend any authority of knowledge to accomplish her  
> purpose. I do not believe that she is a reliable source of  
> information about radiation risks or  the possible medical effects  
> of radiation.
> Otto
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> Prof. Otto G. Raabe, Ph.D., CHP
> Center for Health & the Environment
> University of California
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