[ RadSafe ] Fukushima Emissions and Hypothyroidism in California Babies

Otto G. Raabe ograabe at ucdavis.edu
Mon Nov 25 15:14:29 CST 2013

November 5, 2013

This hypothyroidism presentation follows the standard anttnuclear 
process: "Look for something abnormal and blame it on radiation." I 
taught a university class using the book "Deadly Deceit" by Jay Gould 
and  Ben Goldman (1990) that looked for abnormally undesirable 
statistics in the U.S. and blamed these incidences on Chernobyl 
fallout. Of course, all the things with statistics that showed 
improvement were ignored.  You can expect that half of all 
statistical measures (such as wild bird hatchings) might be less than 
that of previous years.

I believe this use of thyroid hypothyroidism in babies uses the same 
methodology. The average rate was said to be 1 in 2000 based on some 
long-term average. In this  "study" the rate was apparently 1.29 
cases per 2000. On the average then there was about one extra case 
for each 6000 births. This may be random variation, but it is 
certainly not an epidemic.


Prof. Otto G. Raabe, Ph.D., CHP
Center for Health & the Environment
University of California
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Davis, CA 95616
E-Mail: ograabe at ucdavis.edu
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