[ RadSafe ] The Demon Metal or The Gospel According to Chris Busby

Falo, Gerald A CIV USARMY MEDCOM PHC (US) gerald.a.falo.civ at mail.mil
Sat Jan 4 16:15:41 CST 2014


Here's what, I believe, Mr. Hess is looking for:

(1)  http://rpd.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/05/28/rpd.ncs013.abstract. The concluding line of the abstract is "The proposal is shown generally to be based on sound physics, but overall the impact on human health is expected to be negligible."

(2) http://rsif.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2009/09/23/rsif.2009.0300.full.  Here the authors conclude "We found that although the dose enhancement is significant, of the order of 1-10, it is considerably smaller than that suggested previously."

(3) Dr. Busby has more here: http://environmentalarmageddon.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/dr-chris-busby.pdf including a response to (2) above.

There might be other information floating around out there (I have a vague recollection of a US national laboratory report on the topic.), but I haven't been keeping up.

I hope this helps.

Happy New Year,


The statements and opinions expressed herein are my responsibility; no one else (certainly not my employer) is responsible, but I still reserve the right to make mistakes.

Gerald A. Falo, Ph.D., CHP
Army Institute of Public Health - Health Physics Program
gerald.a.falo.civ at mail.mil
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Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] The Demon Metal or The Gospel According to Chris Busby

Hi, Dan,

Thanks for the informative link. I sometimes worry about Wikipedia articles where I don't know enough to really judge.

By Busby's conjecture, the uranium would have about 7.77 times the "damaging power" through the concentration of gamma rays in the DNA due to the ratio of atomic numbers squared: 92 vs 33.

Of course, we need something to go with uranium like "Arsenic and Old Lace" <smile>.



On 2014-01-04 2:57 AM, Dan McCarn wrote:
> As I recall, Arsenic and Uranium are about equal in crustal abundance.  
> Too bad he doesn't discuss the carcinogenic, mutagenic, etc.  
> properties of arsenic.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arsenic_toxicity
> Dan ii
> Dan W McCarn, Geologist
> 108 Sherwood Blvd
> Los Alamos, NM 87544-3425

Richard L. Hess                   email: richard at richardhess.com
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