[ RadSafe ] FW: New Scientist report on Uranium risks compromises ICRP (UNCLASSIFIED)

Bjorn Cedervall bcradsafers at hotmail.com
Wed Sep 10 09:56:22 CDT 2008

Take a look at ref. 2,
www.ebab.eu.com (including the sample paper: cross-check on Google Coghill with words like healing...)
and the editorial board including
Henry Lai, PhD in psychology and professor at some acupuncture institute for Herbal Medicine (Artemisia to use against malaria...)... (My ideas: anti-EMF activist, anti-mobile phones etc).
The Journal seems to have a limited distribution...
This is enough of credibility indicator - must I read the rest?
Then draw your own conclusions,
My personal comment only,
Bjorn Cedervall
------------------------------------------------------------------> Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 08:47:16 -0400> From: Jerry.Falo at us.army.mil> To: radsafe at radlab.nl> Subject: [ RadSafe ] FW: New Scientist report on Uranium risks compromises ICRP (UNCLASSIFIED)> > Classification: UNCLASSIFIED > Caveats: NONE> > All,> > FYI from the "Low Level Radiation Campaign." I thought that this might> be of interst to the group.> > Enjoy,> Jerry> > > _____ > > From: bramhall at llrc.org> To: list at llrc.org> Sent: 9/9/2008 3:00:06 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time> Subj: New Scientist report on Uranium risks compromises ICRP> > > ICRP model in trouble> > A New <http://www.nuwinfo.se/tickell20080903newscientist.html>> Scientist report on Uranium toxicity reveals a massive gap in the> scientific modelling of the International Commission on Radiological> Protection (ICRP). There are massive implications for all aspects of> nuclear policy and Uranium weaponry. > > > "Secondary Photoelectron effect" > > The dangers of Uranium may have little to do with its inherent> radioactivity. The Low Level Radiation Campaign's Dr. Chris Busby has> proposed that genetic damage is caused by the interaction of natural> gamma and other radiation fields with Uranium or any element of high> atomic number. The impact of the gamma causes localised showers of> ionisations close to particles and even single atoms of elements of high> atomic number. Research by Busby in conjunction with Pr. Ewald Schnug, a> colleague at Germany's Federal Agricultural Research Centre, is about to> be published [see footnote].> > All elements absorb gamma radiation and re-emit its energy in the form> of secondary photo-electrons. Their ability to do this varies with the> fourth power of the atomic number of the element; Uranium absorbs gamma> rays 585365 times more effectively than water does. The shower of> localised ionisations caused by the secondary photo-electrons creates a> mechanism for genetic damage which is ignored by the conventional model> of radiation risk. (The arithmetic is in LLRC's journal Radioactive> Times April 2008 page 8. www.llrc.org/rat/subrat/rat72.pdf)> > In 2003 Busby reported this "Secondary Photoelectron effect" to the> British Government's Committee Examining Radiation Risk of Internal> Emitters (CERRIE). It was one of the many important topics omitted by> the CERRIE Majority Report. Subsequently Busby published two papers [see> footnote] and described the effect to the UK Ministry of Defence> Depleted Uranium Oversight Board and CoRWM (Committee on Radioactive> Waste Management).> > Heavy metal poisoning > > The New Scientist has discussed the Secondary Photoelectron effect only> in relation to Depleted Uranium, although it has far wider relevance. It> has potential to explain why heavy metals are toxic. Heavy metal> toxicity exists despite wide differences in chemistry; until now no-one> has understood the reason.> > Uranium DNA affinity> > Uranium itself has a high affinity for the phosphates in the DNA> molecule and it is known that, at small total body burdens of Uranium, a> very high proportion of it will be on the DNA. Meditated by the> Secondary Photoelectron effect, Uranium focuses the energy of natural> gamma radiation onto DNA. This has the potential to explain observed> high risks of genetic diseases associated with nuclear facilities and> events like Chernobyl which are ignored by the ICRP and sneered at by> the pro-nuclear International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Health> Organisation (which has to defer to IAEA in matters of radiation and> health).> > Policy implications> > The mining, processing, use and disposal of Uranium must now be seen as> creating health hazards far greater than predicted by the ICRP's out of> date modelling. There are extremely important policy implications for> nuclear power, disposal of radioactive waste, and nuclear weapons> (including depleted Uranium and new generations of weapons containing> other types of Uranium). > > As LLRC has said since 1992, the effects of other types of radioactive> pollution have probably been underestimated too, but it now seems that> Uranium is the dominant problem.> > New light on Busby's "Second Event theory"> > In the last 20 years Chris Busby has proposed his "Second Event theory"> as a possible explanation of how radioactive elements that decay more> than once (Strontium 90 is an example) may have a greater effect on> genetic mutation. A first radioactive disintegration that hits a cell> without killing it forces the cell to repair itself. If a second> disintegration hits the same cell during the repair process, which takes> a few hours, it may cause a mutation that the cell cannot repair. This> is all in Wings of <http://www.llrc.org/wings/wingspage.htm> Death> > (http://www.llrc.org/wings/wingspage.htm) > > Supporters of nuclear power have attacked the theory, not least because> they said radiation could not initiate the repair process in cells, but> in the New Scientist article the ICRP's Hans-Georg Menzel accepts that> "double hits of energy are known to be the most damaging to cells." The> Majority Report of CERRIE denied this in 2004 after long arguments. See> the Minority <http://www.llrc.org/wobblyscience/subtopic/cerrie.htm>> Report (http://www.llrc.org/wobblyscience/subtopic/cerrie.htm) for the> true state of the debate on the Second Event theory.> > The Secondary Photoelectron effect is now seen to be another case of the> general Second Event theory, describing how sequences of radiation> events can be concentrated into very localised cellular targets. These> considerations make nonsense of the conventional model of radiation> biology, which views radiation in terms of average energy transfer> across large volumes of tissue. The old concept of "dose" is now useful> only for those exposure regimes where the radiation truly is> well-averaged. The regulation of radioactivity in the environment is> about to enter a new phase in which "ionisation density" will be the> vital parameter. > > Compton scattering> > In the New Scientist article Mark Hill of Oxford University is reported> as saying that Compton scattering would reduce the importance of the> secondary photo-electron effect. However, Hill only discusses high> energy gamma; the low energy part of the natural gamma spectrum will> create relatively high ionisation densities with a correspondingly> enhanced probability of causing double hits to DNA. > > The> <http://www.newscientist.com/channel/health/mg19926723.800-how-war-debri> s-could-cause-cancer.html%20> New Scientist article in full is only> accessible to subscribers > > but it is free on http://www.nuwinfo.se/tickell20080903newscientist.html> > and <http://www.pharmacychoice.com/News/article.cfm?Article_ID=93531>> http://www.pharmacychoice.com/News/article.cfm?Article_ID=93531 > > > The Low Level Radiation Campaign plays a key role in all this. LLRC> funds much of Dr. Busby's research. It was LLRC's publicity material> that alerted Professor Schnug to Dr. Busby's existence, and our office> put them in touch with each other. It was our journal Radioactive Times> that alerted New Scientist to the imminent publication of Busby and> Schnug's new paper.> > LLRC does all this and much more on a microscopic budget, but we need> money. Please consider a donation. http://www.llrc.org/donation.htm> tells you how you can give money - cheques, Standing Orders, transfers,> and Paypal (you don't need to have a Paypal account of your own)> > Clicking on this> <https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_xclick&business=bramhall@llr> c.org&no_shipping=0&no_note=1&tax=0&currency_code=GBP&bn=PP-DonationsBF&> charset=UTF-8> link takes you to our Paypal account, which is a safe way> to send money and costs you nothing.> > You can do this even if you don't have a Paypal account - when the> payments page opens, scroll down to find where you can pay with plastic.> > > > _____ > > > 1. "Advanced Biochemical and Biophysical Aspects of Uranium> Contamination". Chris Busby and Ewald Schnug: Institute of Plant> Nutrition and Soil Science, Federal Agricultural Research Centre (FAL),> Bundesallee 50, D-38116 Braunschweig, Germany in "Loads and Fate of> Fertilizer Derived Uranium", pp. xx-xx Edited by L.J. De Kok & E. Schnug> (c) 2007 Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands> > 2 Busby C (2005) Depleted Uranium weapons, Metal Particles, and> Radiation Dose European Journal of Biology and Bioelectromagnetics Vol 1> No 1 p 82-93 www.ebab.eu.com <mip://043805e0/www.ebab.eu.com> > > 3. Busby C (2005) Does Uranium Contamination amplify natural background> radiation dose to DNA?> > European Journal of Biology and Bioelectromagnetics Vol 1 No 2 p 120-131> www.ebab.eu.com <http://www.ebab.eu.com/> > > > > ________________________________> > The statements and opinions expressed herein are my responsibility; no> one else (certainly not my employer) is responsible, but I still reserve> the right to make mistakes.> > Don't panic! - Douglas Adams in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"> > Gerald A. Falo, Ph.D., CHP> U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine - Health> Physics Program> jerry.falo at us.army.mil> 410-436-4852> DSN: 584-4852 > >
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