Radiation “homesis” Nuclear industry hogwash

Cancer, Coverups and Contamination: The Real Cost of Nuclear Energ27th September 2015 Andreas Toupadakis Ph.D Contributing Writer for Wake Up World   “…….many nuclear industry advocates actually maintain that low-dose nuclear radiation is in fact beneficial to human health. Their theory, known as the “Hormesis Effect”, is deliberate industry propaganda. The human body perceives radiation as a threat to its existence, which results in an intense immune response. The short term result of this immune activity can be a short-term improvement of other existing ailments, however the immune system cannot work permanently in such a state of stress, and as environmental exposure continues, human health inevitably deteriorates. This is also the conclusion of the ECRR which concludes that…


“… hormesis may exist, but if it does exist its long-term effects are likely to be harmful… [When exposed to radiation] immune system surveillance is being potentiated in the short term … [however] the existence of radiation-inducible repair means that the repair systems themselves may be open to attack, also by radiation… If cells were induced into a state of high sensitivity for repair replication, then the cell line would undergo a greater rate of replication throughout the period of stress, and… the consequence of the short-term advantage conferred by hormesis is… accumulated DNA damage caused by high numbers of replication-copying processes.”

Over fifty years ago, questions on radiation and toxicity hazards were raised by at least three groups – the the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP), and the Federal Radiation Council (FRC).The first two were NGO’s, founded in 1928 in 1964 respectively, while the FRC was created in 1959 to “protect” the public from radiation exposure by setting the so-called official guidelines, based on little experience and on not-well-developed statistical data. FRC was also created for another reason — to offset public concern about the fallout from weapons testing. These actions did not answer the concerns of the public, nor did the scientists. Their role was simply propaganda.

By the late 1960s, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), established in 1952, started a series of studies. The people of the AEC hoped that the chosen researchers would tell them what they wanted to hear; that the public faced no risk from nuclear power generation and weapons testing programs. Unfortunately for the AEC — but fortunately for humanity — the chosen researchers, John W. Gofman (Ph.D and M.D) and Arthur R. Tamplin (Ph.D) spoke the truth before a nuclear science symposium in October 1969. They plainly stated that radiation was a far more serious hazard than previously suspected, that twenty times more deaths would occur from radiation-induced cancer and leukemia than had been previously estimated, and that genetic damage from radiation exposure had been underestimated even more seriously.

Following the nuclear science symposium, both scientists experienced such professional condemnation from within the industry that they both left their positions at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory. In their book Poisoned Power, which was reissued in 1979 following the Three Mile Island disaster, Drs. Gofman and Ramplin stated:

“The entire nuclear industry had been developing under a set of totally false illusions of safety and economy. Not only was there a total lack of appreciation of the hazards of radiation for man, but there was a total absence of candor concerning the hazard of serious accidents…

“Nuclear power is not the only enterprise imposing on your health, but if allowed to proceed unchecked, it surely will lead ultimately to setting back public health by hundreds of years. And the public health disaster will then be irreversible because once the radioactive poisons are let loose into the environment, there is no way of bringing them back under control…

“It is now clear to most Americans that the nuclear emperor is wearing no clothes.”

After publication of Gofman’s and Tamplin’s findings in 1969, eminent scientists who joined the ranks of nuclear’s learned critics included Nobel laureates James Watson and Harold Urey, chemist at the University of California; Linus Pauling, chemist and biochemist at Stanford, as well as peace activist, author and educator; and George Wald, biologist at Harvard University. Facing this renewed academic pressure to abandon nuclear programs, the National Academy of Sciences in 1970 assembled the Advisory Committee on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (the BEIR Committee) in hopes of stemming the tide against nuclear energy. However the subsequent BEIR report in fact vindicated Gofman and Tamplin’s assertions.

Dr. John Gofman has since reviewed 22 separate studies confirming unequivocally that exposure to ionizing radiation causes breast cancer.http://wakeup-world.com/2015/09/27/cancer-coverups-and-contamination-the-real-cost-of-nuclear-energy/

 

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