[ RadSafe ] Tour of Dr Helen Caldicott

Jeff Terry terryj at iit.edu
Mon Mar 19 23:53:24 CDT 2012

A few years back, I almost ended up on a panel with her. The TV studio called at the last minute and said they changed to a single guest segment for her. It was too late to get me on was the excuse, but having been on on much shorter notice, I am no longer sure that was the reason. 

I asked RadSafe for some background at the time, the end of the thread was:


2007, I am getting old. 


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On Mar 19, 2012, at 11:59 PM, "Otto G. Raabe" <ograabe at ucdavis.edu> wrote:

> Helen Caldicott's statements are easily dismissed by knowledgeable scientists, but may be misleading and troubling to many members of the public and the press.. She claims that her medical training makes her especially qualified to understand radiation risks. I met her in New York City in 1998 at a reception in her apartment. I also attended a dinner reception in her honor hosted by an antinuclear group. She has a following.
> Dr. Caldicott is a part-time pediatrician with no training in radiation safety whose views about radiation risks are misleading. Although she graduated from an Australian medical school and did some clinical work in Boston, I believe that her career has mostly been as an anti-nuclear activist.
> Why does Helen Caldicott work so hard to spread radiation risk claims?.
> In her autobiography (which I read) she describes being frightened as a teenager by a fictional nuclear war in a novel entitled "On the Beach" by the Australian writer Nevil Shute. She further describes her "desperate passion" to have a public voice, and eventually finding  it in the antinuclear movement.
> She seems convinced that all nuclear technology is evil. When fighting evil, apparently radiation safety science is apparently not relevant.
> Helen Caldicott's "desperate passion" has become a mission to alarm the public about her imagined risk of all radiation exposures.
> Now she is about 75 years old, but here mission has not changed.
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