[ RadSafe ] Fwd: [New post] Dr Helen Caldicott explains the facts on radiation

Brad Keck bradkeck at mac.com
Fri May 2 17:06:21 CDT 2014

As it is the end of Friday, I am inclined to go home and enjoy a nice, tall cool glass of H3O, nail up the cadmium sheets on the living room wall and joyfully hide from some neutrons! 

Happy Friday, Everybody! 

Bradly D Keck, PhD, CHP

> On May 2, 2014, at 3:58 AM, Roger Helbig <rwhelbig at gmail.com> wrote:
> This probably is miseducating a lot of young impressionable people who
> will grow in importance as they season through the years !  Perhaps,
> it should have a reply from genuine experts in the same forum.
> Roger Helbig
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> From: nuclear-news <comment-reply at wordpress.com>
> Date: Thu, May 1, 2014 at 9:06 PM
> Subject: [New post] Dr Helen Caldicott explains the facts on radiation
> To: rwhelbig at gmail.com
> Christina MacPherson posted: "The impact of the nuclear crisis on
> global health Australian Medical Student Journal By Helen Caldicott in
> Volume 4, Issue 2 2014  ".......Types of ionizing radiation  X-rays are
> electromagnetic, and cause mutations the instant they pass through the
> bod"
> Respond to this post by replying above this line
> New post on nuclear-news
> Dr Helen Caldicott explains the facts on radiation
> by Christina MacPherson
> The impact of the nuclear crisis on global health Australian Medical
> Student Journal By Helen Caldicott in Volume 4, Issue 2 2014
> ".......Types of ionizing radiation
> X-rays are electromagnetic, and cause mutations the instant they pass
> through the body.
> Similarly, gamma radiation is also electromagnetic, being emitted by
> radioactive materials generated in nuclear reactors and from some
> naturally occurring radioactive elements in the soil.
> Alpha radiation is particulate and is composed of two protons and two
> neutrons emitted from uranium atoms and other dangerous elements
> generated in reactors (such as plutonium, americium, curium,
> einsteinium, etc - all which are known as alpha emitters and have an
> atomic weight greater than uranium). Alpha particles travel a very
> short distance in the human body. They cannot penetrate the layers of
> dead skin in the epidermis to damage living skin cells. But when these
> radioactive elements enter the lung, liver, bone or other organs, they
> transfer a large dose of radiation over a long period of time to a
> very small volume of cells. Most of these cells are killed; however,
> some on the edge of the radiation field remain viable to be mutated,
> and cancer may later develop. Alpha emitters are among the most
> carcinogenic materials known.
> Beta radiation, like alpha radiation, is also particulate. It is a
> charged electron emitted from radioactive elements such as strontium
> 90, cesium 137 and iodine 131. The beta particle is light in mass,
> travels further than an alpha particle and is also mutagenic.
> Neutron radiation is released during the fission process in a reactor
> or a bomb. Reactor 1 at Fukushima has been periodically emitting
> neutron radiation as sections of the molten core become intermittently
> critical. Neutrons are large radioactive particles that travel many
> kilometers, and they pass through everything including concrete and
> steel. There is no way to hide from them and they are extremely
> mutagenic.
> So, let's describe just five of the radioactive elements that are
> continually being released into the air and water at Fukushima.
> Remember, though, there are over 200 such elements each with its own
> half-life, biological characteristic and pathway in the food chain and
> the human body. Most have never had their biological pathways
> examined. They are invisible, tasteless and odourless. When the cancer
> manifests it is impossible to determine its aetiology, but there is a
> large body of literature proving that radiation causes cancer,
> including the data from Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
> Tritium is radioactive hydrogen H3 and there is no way to separate
> tritium from contaminated water as it combines with oxygen to form
> H3O. There is no material that can prevent the escape of tritium
> except gold, so all reactors continuously emit tritium into the air
> and cooling water as they operate. It concentrates in aquatic
> organisms, including algae, seaweed, crustaceans and fish, and also in
> terrestrial food.  Like all radioactive elements, it is tasteless,
> odorless and invisible, and will therefore inevitably be ingested in
> food, including seafood, for many decades. It passes unhindered
> through the skin if a person is immersed in fog containing tritiated
> water near a reactor, and also enters the body via inhalation and
> ingestion. It causes brain tumors, birth deformities and cancers of
> many organs.
> Cesium 137 is a beta and gamma emitter with a half-life of 30 years.
> That means in 30 years only half of its radioactive energy has
> decayed, so it is detectable as a radioactive hazard for over 300
> years. Cesium, like all radioactive elements, bio-concentrates at each
> level of the food chain. The human body stands atop the food chain. As
> an analogue of potassium, cesium becomes ubiquitous in all cells. It
> concentrates in the myocardium where it induces cardiac
> irregularities, and in the endocrine organs where it can cause
> diabetes, hypothyroidism and thyroid cancer. It can also induce brain
> cancer, rhabdomyosarcomas, ovarian or testicular cancer and genetic
> disease.
> Strontium 90 is a high-energy beta emitter with a half-life of 28
> years. As a calcium analogue, it is a bone-seeker. It concentrates in
> the food chain, specifically milk (including breast milk), and is laid
> down in bones and teeth in the human body. It can lead to carcinomas
> of the bone and leukaemia.
> Radioactive iodine 131 is a beta and gamma emitter. It has a half-life
> of eight days and is hazardous for ten weeks. It bio-concentrates in
> the food chain, in vegetables and milk, then in the the human thyroid
> gland where it is a potent carcinogen, inducing thyroid disease and/or
> thyroid cancer. It is important to note that of 174,376 children under
> the age of 18 that have been examined by thyroid ultrasound in the
> Fukushima Prefecture, 12 have been definitively diagnosed with thyroid
> cancer and 15 more are suspected to have the disease. Almost 200,000
> more children are yet to be examined. Of these 174,367 children, 43.2%
> have either thyroid cysts and/or nodules.
> In Chernobyl, thyroid cancers were not diagnosed until four years
> post-accident. This early presentation indicates that these Japanese
> children almost certainly received a high dose of radioactive iodine.
> High doses of other radioactive elements released during the meltdowns
> were received by the exposed population so the rate of cancer is
> almost certain to rise.
> Plutonium, one of the most deadly radioactive substances, is an alpha
> emitter. It is highly toxic, and one millionth of a gram will induce
> cancer if inhaled into the lung. As an iron analogue, it combines with
> transferrin. It causes liver cancer, bone cancer, leukemia, or
> multiple myeloma. It concentrates in the testicles and ovaries where
> it can induce testicular or ovarian cancer, or genetic diseases in
> future generations. It also crosses the placenta where it is
> teratogenic, like thalidomide. There are medical homes near Chernobyl
> full of grossly deformed children, the deformities of which have never
> before been seen in the history of medicine.
> The half-life of plutonium is 24,400 years, and thus it is radioactive
> for 250,000 years. It will induce cancers, congenital deformities, and
> genetic diseases for virtually the rest of time.
> Plutonium is also fuel for atomic bombs. Five kilos is fuel for a
> weapon which would vaporize a city. Each reactor makes 250 kg of
> plutonium a year. It is postulated that less than one kilo of
> plutonium, if adequately distributed, could induce lung cancer in
> every person on earth...........http://www.amsj.org/archives/3487
> Christina MacPherson | May 2, 2014 at 4:06 am | Categories: 2 WORLD,
> radiation | URL: http://wp.me/phgse-he2
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