[ RadSafe ] Cohen's radon results and LNT

Chris Hofmeyr chris.hofmeyr at webmail.co.za
Thu Sep 29 11:03:06 CDT 2011

Prof Raabe,
Your most recent Radsafe posting is appreciated as implying that my
understanding of Cohen's radon data does not conflict with your proposals
concerning cancer induction by protracted exposures, as explained in your
well-considered 2011 paper.

I am thinking aloud about the alpha equal 2 beta effect. It is fairly trivial
to calculate that a whole-body short-term lethal dose of a couple of Gray
actually only affects one atom in a million. Of course, a DNA strand contains
millions of atoms, but a double strand break cannot happen very far separated,
or it would be classed as two single strand breaks.  The alpha would tend to
break both strands close together, but how is that envisaged for two
(uncorrelated?) betas, as the beta-active nuclei are presumably spatially well
separated. Consecutive beta-decays are usually well separated in time, but a
beta is often almost instantaneously followed by a gamma.
Some clarification would be appreciated.  

chris.hofmeyr at webmail.co.za

On Wed, 28 Sep 2011 12:00:14 -0700 "Otto G. Raabe" <ograabe at ucdavis.edu> wrote

> At 09:40 AM 9/28/2011, Chris Hofmeyr wrote:
> >Prof Cohen, Radsafers,
> >In the condensed notes on Cohen's radon studies (attached to posting
> >on Radsafe
> >21 Sept), I attempt to show unequivocally, although slightly
> unconventionally,
> >that Cohen's lung cancer (LC) mortality rates are basically independent of
> the
> >average domestic radon concentrations as determined by Cohen on a per county
> >basis. This independence clearly means that LNT is REJECTED, since lung
> cancer
> >is not perceptibly correlated with domestic radon...
> *****************
> My Forum paper,  "Toward Improved Ionizing Radiation Safety
> Standards", Health Phys. 101:84-93;2011, explains why LNT does not
> apply to any protracted or repeated radiation exposures.
> Otto
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