Sham science- radiation “hormesis” and “adaptive response – promoted by USA govt

the agency [USA Dept of Energy]  gave a $1.7 million grant to MIT, last month that will address among other things, the “difficulties in gaining the broad social acceptance” of nuclear power. MIT has also received millions of dollars from Tokyo Electric
Power Co (TEPCO), which is responsible for the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Since the turn of the century the US DOE has aggressively pushed the concepts of hormesis and adaptive response. It has spent a lot of money funding research around the world. 

A Radioactive Conflict of Interest Robert Alvarez on the Conflict of Interest inherent within US DOE radiation research http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-alvarez/mit-radiation-study_b_1623899.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false#sb=679403,b=facebook ”……..Observations based on radiation-exposed humans have long been considered of greater scientific importance, [than those conducted on mice] some which were obtained with a callous lack of ethics. In March 1954, after the U.S. exploded an H-bomb in the Marshall Islands that released a roughly comparable amount of cesium-137 as the Fukushima accident, Japanese fishermen and Marshallese were exposed to life-threatening doses of radioactive fallout while forcing Japan to confiscate four million pounds of fish.

Two years later, medical advisors to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission  (AEC now DOE) secretly recommended returning the Marshallese people to their homes after being told they would be living in “by far the most contaminated place in the world.” At the meeting an AEC expert stated,” it would be very interesting to go back and get good environmental data… when people live in a contaminated environment…

While it is true that these people do not live, I would say, the way Westerners do, civilized people, it is nevertheless also true that they are more like us than the mice.”

Given this well-documented history of deception, why is the government reducing nuclear emergency preparedness and claiming no harm from radiation exposure, right after a major nuclear power disaster? The answer lies in the fact that since the 1940′s, the United States remains a major pillar of nuclear support here and around the world.

Currently, about 70 percent of the Department of Energy’s $26.3 billion budget goes for nuclear activities — not including $18.5 billion in loan guarantees for new U.S. power reactors being sold by Japan’s failing nuclear industry.

The Energy Department is also the main source of funding for radiation health research — much like having the tobacco industry determine the safety of smoking. This conflict-of interest is not new. Several prominent scientists on the nuclear payroll in the 1950′s and 60′s vigorously claimed that radioactive fallout from atmospheric nuclear weapons tests was harmless. Some went so far as to assert that fallout might be beneficial because increased radiation-induced genetic mutations could weed out the weak.

This problem was not lost on congressional investigators over the past 35 years. They have revealed the government’s suppression of incriminating data, blacklisting of uncooperative researchers, unethical human experiments, and submission of fraudulent research in
federal court.

By the late 1980′s DOE was forced to move funding for radiation research to public health agencies. This all changed 10 years later, when the Republican-controlled Congress restored DOE’s monopoly control.

Things have gotten to the point that the agency gave a $1.7 million grant to MIT, last month that will address among other things, the “difficulties in gaining the broad social acceptance” of nuclear power. MIT has also received millions of dollars from Tokyo Electric
Power Co (TEPCO), which is responsible for the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

This conflict of interest has tragic dimensions. The government and
nuclear industry still face the costly disposal of enormous amounts of
radioactive waste and profoundly contaminated “sacrifice zones” at the
Energy Department’s nuclear sites. Not to mention tens of thousands of
sick nuclear workers, uranium miners, military veterans, experiment
victims, and nuclear test “down-winders,” who are receiving billions
of dollars in compensation after being put in harm’s way on behalf of
splitting the atom. end quote
Since the turn of the century the US DOE has aggressively pushed the concepts of hormesis and adaptive response. It has spent a lot of money funding research around the world. In my local case, for the last 12 years, US DEO research contractors have promised a new medical treatment based on these concepts.

At the same time, the researchers claim that specific, highly defined
types of photon radiation (gamma, x) are uniformly beneficial. Even if
true, these highly defined forms of radiation at specific dose, dose
rate and Linear Energy Transfer specifications deviate from the types
of exposures suffered by people due to nuclear industry emissions. For
instance, the people subject to the nuclear industry emissions caused
by the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster are not subject to the time of ultra
low dose, dose rate and LET radiation as the GM mice used in the US
DOE experiments.

Further I believe that the Japanese government’s response to the
Fukushima Nuclear industry disaster was in large part predicated on
the entrenched pro-hormesis view which has infected Japanese
radiological safety considerations for many years.

Even though Japanese nuclear victims are forced to live in areas of
Japan which remain subject to decontamination attempts, and even
though the government maintains the safety of this situation, it has
been found, as explained lost post, that school children have suffered
thyroid exposures which have reached their Allowable LIfetime Dose.

It remains to be seen what the US DOE advocates for hormesis and
adaptive response have to say about this or what action they propose
be taken.

The obvious answer seems as least to be moving the children out of
harm’s way. However, ever since March 2011 US DOE funded contractors
have called for the reverse.

I note none of these people have moved to Fukushima Diiachi in order
to part take of the cesium baths at Spent Fuel Pool number 4.

There are thousands of possible outcomes from the cellular responses
to insult from ionizing radiation. In the end, insult by ionizing
radiation is cause of human disease and death. That medical uses exist
is not in doubt.

Industrial pollution is not medicine. It is a risk to public and
individual health.

In Australia we remember the 2006 Government finding that this
country’s nuclear veterans suffer up to a 23% increase risk of cancer.
The British and Australian government remains and has always been that
these veterans were subject to low dose radiation. After the fact, US
DOE contractors here claim the veterns dose was not dose. But this
claim contradicts government. At the same time these DOE contractors
called and call for the non evacuation of Japanese people from
contaminated areas of Japan on the basis of the pet DOE theories of
the benefit of nuclear industry emissions.

Such people advocate the routine exposure of members of the public to
nuclear industry emissions. They claims they are “Like vitamins”.

They are not.

Anyone suggesting that the children of Fukushima who suffer thyroid
exposures which have reached the Allowable Lifetime Limit should be
further exposed is really adding more risk and advocating, on behalf
of nuclear industry, for the compulsory “treatment” of a vulnerable
group without any informed consent. And that is not medicine. It is
industry propaganda.

The reassessment of “acceptable risk” and consequent increase in
maximum exposures by the ICRP in 1999 and the modification of these
limits by Japanese authorities in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear
industrial disaster is bad enough. What is worse is the sight of
obvious hormesis ideologues emerging from their featherbeds within
Japanese and Western institutions to advocate the consumption of
plutonium because it is, according to them, perfectly safe.

It is not.

The industry attempt to confuse medical use of ionising radiation with
nuclear industry radio-chemical pollution and contamination of the
living space and biosphere has failed in Japan. I hope it fails
everywhere as well.

X ray machines come with an off switch. The emitted radio-nuclides do
not. Where they are constantly present in the living space and
biosphere, they pose risk. These risks may be be calculated and
foreseen. The outcomes for the individual cannot be foreseen with any
precision at all.

At the same time, I assure the reader that, in the days following the
Japanese nuclear disaster I received emails from nuclear reactor
workers which expressed despair at the IAEA contamination data from
Japan. I received emails from a US decontamination contractor which
raised questions relating to the nature of the emissions, and in which
the person expressed the view that what was happening in Japan
amounted to an experiment in his view. Not a pre planned event, he
meant rather, that great risks were being taken, the outcomes of which
were not fully known. He considered that Japanese agriculture would
suffer great losses.

I fail to see any evidence of “beneficial radiation” in Japan. The
Fukushima disaster was not a beneficial medical treatment, it was and
continues to be an unmitigated nuclear industry disaster.

The casual reader might wonder how on earth such claims for beneficial
nuclear emissions can be made. They most certainly have been. This DOE
program has been underway in the modern era since about 1999. Though
the advocacy of hormesis as a concept has been pursued by nuclear
industry since the days of Marshall Brucer.
See also http://nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/the-purpose-of-doe-low-level-exposure-research-contracts-2/

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