[ RadSafe ] Query on radium ball

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Wed Aug 22 11:06:06 CDT 2012

I think the most telling claim is: "5. The gas the radium shoots is good for exciting the intestines departments and can cure constipation well"

My mind is awhirl with the comedic possibilities of this line in connection with this product. 

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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Query on radium ball


I was  under the impression that use of radium has been stopped completely. I received a query regarding the safety of a product, made in China. The company is cashing on benefits perceived by the user.

Details about the radium ball is available at the following URL:


It appears that the ball contains radium containing mineral at specific activity of 490Bq/kg.

Can any one conversant with this product advise me on the "health physics" of it?

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