[ RadSafe ] Nuclear mortality
jim.talty at usu.edu
Tue Jul 8 11:03:31 CDT 2008
The physician (he is an (anesthesiologist out of LDS hospital) mentioned in the article has spoken out strongly for the past three or so years about the evils of coal fired power plants. If he had his way we would shut down all coal fired power plants because of the respiratory damage they incur. He and his group seem to have taken up another evil- radiation. In the last sentence he asks who in your family are you willing to sacrifice for clean nuclear power? If we take the road he proposes somewhere around 70% (50% coal and 20% nuclear) of the power in the US would be removed from the grid. I would like to ask him which states would he chose to go send back to the dark ages. As a physician one would expect him to appreciate the benefits provided by nuclear energy and the countless lives it has saved. I used this article yesterday in a presentation and contrasted it to an article in Science (17 Oct 2003, Vol 302) "A healthful Dab of Radiation". I told the students they must be very careful when they evaluate such articles as many have a hidden agenda.
Utah State University
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Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 9:08 AM
To: Roger Helbig; radsafe at radlab.nl
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Nuclear mortality
Friday I will be touring Palo Verde with Doctors for Disaster Preparedness.
I hope they will let me use my Palm Rad (counter) to compare readings there with ambient in my office (~0.015mR/hr) and seat (~0.084, to give me exposure more like a denverite, from thorium welding rods under the pillow).
Then I would like to confront that Utah physician with his lack of information about amount of exposure I measure at a nuclear plant and the potential benefit (hormesis) he would withhold - longevity and cancer data.
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From: "Roger Helbig" <rwhelbig at gmail.com>
> This has been posted to a major anti-nuclear list; I expect
> that the doctor is not exactly providing 100% factual
> information despite using his MD to back it up -
> From: theroyprocess at cox.net
> Over a decade ago, I remember a local New Times newspaper expose' of
> whistleblowers at
> Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant. They said that the schematic
> blueprints of the wire they
> used did not match, and more!
> All machinery breaks down in time. Nuclear power plants too. Do you
> want to bet your life
> on a machine? There is no escape from invisible radiation. Words will
> not make you less
> dead! You need a Geiger counter to reveal radiation.
> Nuclear mortality
> Public Forum Letter
> Salt Lake Tribune
> Article Last Updated:07/05/2008 11:40:45 AM MDT
> Numerous medical studies in the last 50 years clearly establish that
> when large populations are exposed to any part of the nuclear fuel
> cycle - from the mining and milling of uranium to the operation of
> nuclear reactors and the ultimate storage of nuclear waste - there are
> tragic health consequences: increased rates of spontaneous abortions,
> premature births, low birth weight, overall infant mortality, impaired
> intelligence and cancers of all types in both adults and children.
> These studies repudiate the recent nuclear industry cheerleading by
> Kent Johnson and Clinton Wolfe ("Fear of nuclear power" and "Dismayed
> at fuss," Forum, June 28). Furthermore, many of the cancers and other
> debilitating diseases caused by nuclear radiation show up decades
> after exposure, or in future generations, making it likely that these
> studies underestimate the causal relationship.
> A recent study of large numbers of people in many different
> countries who lived near 136 nuclear reactors revealed higher
> mortality rates in children and specifically higher rates of childhood
> leukemia. Eighty percent of cancer is environmentally caused, and this
> year 12,500 children in the United States will be diagnosed with
> cancer. This information alone should end the debate about whether to
> build more nuclear plants.
> Proponents of more nuclear plants should be asked which of their
> family members they would sacrifice for "clean, safe nuclear power."
> Brian Moench
> President, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment
> Salt Lake City
> for more about this anesthesiologist turned entrepreneur
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