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Scientists: “The very lowest levels of radiation are harmful to life” — We have to rethink exposure levels from nuclear plants

 
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Scientists: “The very lowest levels of radiation are harmful to life” — We have to rethink exposure levels from nuclear plants
Even low-level radioactivity is damaging
Broad analysis of many radiation studies finds no exposure threshold that precludes harm to life


Even the very lowest levels of radiation are harmful to life, scientists have concluded in the Cambridge Philosophical Society’s journal Biological Reviews. Reporting the results of a wide-ranging analysis of 46 peer-reviewed studies published over the past 40 years, researchers from the University of South Carolina and the University of Paris-Sud found that variation in low-level, natural background radiation had small, but highly statistically significant, negative effects on DNA as well as several measures of health.

The review is a meta-analysis of studies of locations around the globe that have very high natural background radiation as a result of the minerals in the ground there, including Ramsar, Iran, Mombasa, Kenya, Lodeve, France, and Yangjiang, China. These, and a few other geographic locations with natural background radiation that greatly exceeds normal amounts, have long drawn scientists intent on understanding the effects of radiation on life. Individual studies by themselves, however, have often only shown small effects on small populations from which conclusive statistical conclusions were difficult to draw.

“When you’re looking at such small effect sizes, the size of the population you need to study is huge,” said co-author Timothy Mousseau, a biologist in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina. “Pooling across multiple studies, in multiple areas, and in a rigorous statistical manner provides a tool to really get at these questions about low-level radiation.”

Mousseau and co-author Anders Møller of the University of Paris-Sud combed the scientific literature, examining more than 5,000 papers involving natural background radiation that were narrowed to 46 for quantitative comparison. The selected studies all examined both a control group and a more highly irradiated population and quantified the size of the radiation levels for each. Each paper also reported test statistics that allowed direct comparison between the studies.

The organisms studied included plants and animals, but had a large preponderance of human subjects. Each study examined one or more possible effects of radiation, such as DNA damage measured in the lab, prevalence of a disease such as Down’s Syndrome, or the sex ratio produced in offspring. For each effect, a statistical algorithm was used to generate a single value, the effect size, which could be compared across all the studies.

The scientists reported significant negative effects in a range of categories, including immunology, physiology, mutation and disease occurrence. The frequency of negative effects was beyond that of random chance.

“There’s been a sentiment in the community that because we don’t see obvious effects in some of these places, or that what we see tends to be small and localized, that maybe there aren’t any negative effects from low levels of radiation,” said Mousseau. “But when you do the meta-analysis, you do see significant negative effects.”

“It also provides evidence that there is no threshold below which there are no effects of radiation,” he added. “A theory that has been batted around a lot over the last couple of decades is the idea that is there a threshold of exposure below which there are no negative consequences. These data provide fairly strong evidence that there is no threshold – radiation effects are measurable as far down as you can go, given the statistical power you have at hand.”

Mousseau hopes their results, which are consistent with the “linear-no-threshold” model for radiation effects, will better inform the debate about exposure risks. “With the levels of contamination that we have seen as a result of nuclear power plants, especially in the past, and even as a result of Chernobyl and Fukushima and related accidents, there’s an attempt in the industry to downplay the doses that the populations are getting, because maybe it’s only one or two times beyond what is thought to be the natural background level,” he said. “But they’re assuming the natural background levels are fine.”

“And the truth is, if we see effects at these low levels, then we have to be thinking differently about how we develop regulations for exposures, and especially intentional exposures to populations, like the emissions from nuclear power plants, medical procedures, and even some x-ray machines at airports.”

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AND, in 4,3,2 1 minutes the 'Muddy' Atom will stick his oar in to 'muddy' the results/thread and attack anyone who opposes him/her/IT !

MOST important, as FEW if any are paying attention to the DISASTER Japan has forced onto the world, mainly by stupidity, LIES and LACK of concrete action!
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wow give them a prize
yeah right they must have studied hard to figure that one out huh
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So I guess this means that the useless naked body scanners at the airport that I always refuse to go through really are bad for you and I'm not crazy after all to opt out like I always do when I fly?
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Great reports/study by both universities !

Promptly dismissed by all those ALREADY suffering from the consequences, like alcoholics who blame everything BUT alcohol for the occurrences, symptoms of their 'problem' !

Naturally, your DOCTOR who is ALSO exposed to the same radioactive particles from nuke plants, especially Fukushima, have the SAME denial pattern, BECAUSE they THINK there is nothing they can do about it AND are still in DENILE when they hear of procedures, vitamins and minerals that can alleviate most of the problems associated with CUMULATIVE doses that produce radiation sickness.

Few humans do anything about ongoing problems, other than brush their teeth, LOL !

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So I guess this means that the useless naked body scanners at the airport that I always refuse to go through really are bad for you and I'm not crazy after all to opt out like I always do when I fly?
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You have been smarter than the average bear.

I think the remnants... from nuclear tests, routine leaks from NPPs,
irradiated food and Three Mile, Chernobyl and Fukushima-Daiichi,
as well as the plethora of unreported radiation and other ...
should be enough for anybody.

We are so smart to poison our own well..
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Great reports/study by both universities !

Promptly dismissed by all those ALREADY suffering from the consequences, like alcoholics who blame everything BUT alcohol for the occurrences, symptoms of their 'problem' !

Naturally, your DOCTOR who is ALSO exposed to the same radioactive particles from nuke plants, especially Fukushima, have the SAME denial pattern, BECAUSE they THINK there is nothing they can do about it AND are still in DENILE when they hear of procedures, vitamins and minerals that can alleviate most of the problems associated with CUMULATIVE doses that produce radiation sickness.

Few humans do anything about ongoing problems, other than brush their teeth, LOL !

Eagle
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hi Eagle.
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Well said ... Bug !
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hi High, Waterbug ! Nice to see your still 'holding court' here on GLP !
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hi High, Waterbug ! Nice to see your still 'holding court' here on GLP !
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Ridin' herd and chasing off predators...chuckle
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Hi...
My two cents worth..

As I have stated before my Japanese grandmother is a member of a particular Hiroshima group that was exposed to low level second hand radiation. By helping the victims of the blast.

all of those she new except for her were dead of cancer by 1986.

The studies already exist, so I can only assume some bad news is coming down the line and they are getting people ready for the news...

Special thanks for the work people. And you thought Deep Water was long....

3 month average in Vancouver Canada is around .140- .148 uSv/hr still. had dropped into the .132- .135 uSv/hr for a while but jumped some the last month. After that venting issue a while ago.

based on 1 minute samplings logged 60/24/7 over 8 months

Silver
capitalist,facist,nazi,communist,
socialist,militarist,religi​ous nutbars...family nuked,gassed,or robbed by all of them. history never lies but but men who write it do.
take the man away you have the truth...
...grandpa stole first MIG17 in 52..
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They need to shut down the nuke plants and setup Homopolar Dynamo's

They are already using Superconducting versions on the battleships for Power Generation.


Its time they let us use the clean energy systems based in electromagnetism.
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Blame radiation for broken dna in our whole human lineage
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RESULTS of cumulative radiation poisoning and here, but NOT recognized/ADMITTED !

Stay tuned to YOUR 'local' health report. Turn OFF the Denial station with 'Muddy Atom' and his lies !
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..... " ARE here .... Above.
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Ooh my!
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German TV channel ZDF’s segment on the Fukushima Health Survey translaed by SImplyInfo:

[...] The number of thyroid disorders has jumped. Fukushima City this morning: the health commission of the prefecture presents the newest numbers of children tests, one and a half years after the disaster. More than 42% of 57,000 tested children have nodules or cyst, reports Dr. Suzuki who leads the examinations. In Chernobyl they found only 0.1 – 1%. nobody of the experts asks for the reasons. In the afternoon, in Minamisoma, Dr. Suzuki wants to inform concerned citizens. He explains the results mainly by improved diagnosis methods, but people don’t believe him. [...] There are no refererence studies, Dr. Suzuki tells us, and maybe the children simply took too much iodine or seafood. He doesn’t know if this has something to do with radiation. “We are mainly here to inform the parents of the results of our study.” But what do such results mean to parents without proper explanations? The official handling of the disaster is more than questionable. Many people have completely lost trust in government and believe that the disaster is played down to protect the mighty nuclear industry of Japan.”

As SimplyInfo notes:

Dr. Suzuki’s claim on iodine levels and seafood consumption are actually the opposite of how this works. Seafood consumption increases dietary iodine. The traditional Japanese diet is high in iodine. Dietary iodine is radioprotective (protects the thyroid from taking in radioactive iodine). Dietary iodine also protects they thyroid from creating goiters and other thyroid problems.

[link to www.heute.de]

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Thread: 42% of Fukushima children now with thyroid disorders — Official blames too much seafood?
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<snip>
Asahi: Now almost 100,000 Fukushima kids with thyroid problems, parents concerned — Whether that’s “alarmingly high” it’s difficult to say.....

[...] The Fukushima prefectural government [...] survey found that 40 percent of 96,000 or so children for whom test results are available developed thyroid gland problems, such as nodules, or lumps, and cysts. [...]

<end snip>



...funny.. they don't know if it is 'CONCERNING'... because nothing like this has ever been tested......

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straight up... they should have sent the children away more than a year ago.......
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Thread: Now almost 100,000 Fukushima kids with thyroid problems, parents concerned

[link to ajw.asahi.com]
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DO NOT CONSENT to backscatter radiation scanning at the airport. Get the pat down!
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DO NOT CONSENT to backscatter radiation scanning at the airport. Get the pat down!
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no amount of radiation is considered safe