[ RadSafe ] Re: relevance of coffee to radiation

Bernard L. Cohen blc+ at pitt.edu
Thu Jun 12 12:08:48 CDT 2008

My offer was to eat as much plutonium-239 as Ralph Nades would eat 
caffeine. This was in response to Nader claiming that I was trying to 
detoxify plutonium with a pen. He said that in response to my article in 
Health Physics on "Hazards from Plutonium Toxicity" and the substantial 
publicity that followed that paper in about 1977. He never replied to my 
offer but did not attack me after that.

Mark Sonter wrote:
> Was it not Bernie Cohen who a generation ago pointed out that caffeine 
> was one tenth as toxic as plutonium...??  And offered to drink a mug 
> of both to prove some point (probably in response to needling from 
> Gofman or Sternglass or Caldicott or some other cheer-chaser....)
> Mark Sonter
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Bernard L. Cohen
Physics Dept., University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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