[ RadSafe ] A little radiation is good for mice

Robert J Gunter rjgunter at chpconsultants.com
Tue Nov 13 11:03:26 CST 2012

Greetings All,

I am familiar with lots of studies looking at the generally beneficial
effects of ingesting anti-oxidants.  The question not answered by this is
whether or not even more benefit occurs from a diet rich in anti-oxidants
and whether there is a stronger health gain from that than from radiation

Anti-oxidants are also known to provide benefits from the byproducts of
oxidation as part of normal food digestion (see: "caloric restriction diet"
for the effects of digestion produced oxidants).  It is interesting in
dealing with a complex system like the body where there are many competing
mechanisms.  Which one gives the net highest beneficial effect?

A little radiation gives benefit, but the presumed cause of the benefit
(cell repair mechanism triggering), does not occur as much if the cell
damage does not occur due to the presence of anti-oxidants.  Does ingesting
vitamin C for example give an even higher health benefit than getting

Robert J. Gunter, MSc, CHP
CHP Consultants/CHP Dosimetry
Toll Free: (888) 766-4833
Fax:  (866) 491-9913 
Cel:  (865) 387-0028
rjgunter at chpconsultants.com

-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu
[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Otto G. Raabe
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2012 1:06 PM
To: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] A little radiation is good for mice

From:         Carter Schroy <cbs970 at AOL.COM>
Subject:     Radiation Hormesis in the News

Just when you thought you had it all figured out ...

  A little radiation is good for mice
Low doses of radioactivity led to healthier pups

"But radiation acts differently at low doses, producing health benefits for
mice with an unusual genetic makeup ... Antioxidant vitamins, such as
vitamins C and E, erased those health gains."


Prof. Otto G. Raabe, Ph.D., CHP
Center for Health & the Environment
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
E-Mail: ograabe at ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 752-7754   FAX: (530) 758-6140
You are currently subscribed to the RadSafe mailing list

Before posting a message to RadSafe be sure to have read and understood the
RadSafe rules. These can be found at:

For information on how to subscribe or unsubscribe and other settings visit:

More information about the RadSafe mailing list