Nuclear Cheerleaders Use Voodoo Science to Pretend Low Levels of Radiation Are Safe … Or Even Good For You

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Department of Energy Pretends that Low Levels of Radiation Are Safe

Dr. Peter Karamoskos – a nuclear radiologist and a public representative on the radiation health committee of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency – wrote in the Sydey Herald last year:

You have to hand it to the nuclear industry and its acolytes. In the middle of the second-worst nuclear power disaster in history at Fukushima, and with still no end in sight, you would think they would respond with contrition, humility and profuse mea culpas. Not on your life. The industry representatives and its acolytes came out swinging in full denial attire.




But more insidious and objectionable is the creeping misinformation that the nuclear industry has fed into the public sphere over the years. There seems to be a never-ending cabal of paid industry scientific ”consultants” who are more than willing to state the fringe view that low doses of ionising radiation do not cause cancer and, indeed, that low doses are actually good for you and lessen the incidence of cancer.

It is not only the nuclear companies who are pushing this junk science.

The Department of Energy is responsible for the design, testing and production of all U.S. nuclear weapons.  DOE also promotes nuclear energy as one of its core functions.  As such, it might not be surprising that DOE has been covering up nuclear accidents for decades.

DOE is also trying to replace the widely-accepted model of the dangers of low dose radiation based on voodoo science. Specifically, DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley Labs recently used a mutant line of human cells in a petri dish which was able to repair damage from low doses of radiation, and extrapolated to the unsupported conclusion that everyone is immune to low doses of radiation:


Another DOE-funded study published yesterday – which is being widely publicized in both the mainstream and alternative media – found that mice exposed to low-level radiation suffered no “apparent” genetic damage.  Sounds impressive, until you realize a 3 basic facts.

First, the mice were only studied for 5 weeks.  The whole danger of low-level radiation is from repeated exposure over a long period.   A 5-week study is therefore scientifically meaningless.

Second, the study didn’t distinguish between radiation coming from outside the body and particles of radiation ingested into the body: what are known as “internal emitters”.   Internal emitters – say airborne radioactive dust which we breathe in or radioactive fish which we eat – are much more dangerous than general exposures to radiation. See this and this.

For example, the head of a Tokyo-area medical clinic – Dr. Junro Fuse, Internist and head of Kosugi Medical Clinic- said this month:

Risk from internal exposure is 200-600 times greater than risk from external exposure.

Third, the researchers only:

Tested for several types of DNA damage, using the most sensitive techniques available.

However, DNA damage is only 1 of the 2 main ways in which low level radiation causes damage.  The second – and perhaps more important – way that low level radiation causes damage is through the creation of free radicals.  Specifically, several studies have shown that radiolysis of water, formation of reactive oxygen species and lipid peroxidation in the body are the main culprits for the damaging effect of low-level radiation.   The DOE-funded study didn’t test for free radical creation.

As such, the new study is garbage and junk science.

Real Scientists: Low Levels of Radiation Can Cause Cancer, Genetic Damage and Other Serious Illness

The overwhelming consensus among radiation scientists is that repeated exposure to low doses of radiation can cause cancer, genetic mutations and other severe health problems.

A major new study of atomic bomb data by the official joint U.S.-Japanese government study of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors found that low dose radiation causes cancer and genetic damage, and debunks the radiation “hormesis” claim (the ridiculous claim that a little radiation is good for you) once and for all:


As Dr. Karamoskos notes:

Ionising radiation is a known carcinogen. This is based on almost 100 years of cumulative research including 60 years of follow-up of the Japanese atom bomb survivors. The International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC, linked to the World Health Organisation) classifies it as a Class 1 carcinogen, the highest classification indicative of certainty of its carcinogenic effects.In 2006, the US National Academy of Sciences released its Biological Effects of Ionising Radiation (VII) report, which focused on the health effects of radiation doses at below 100 millisieverts. This was a consensus review that assessed the world’s scientific literature on the subject at that time. It concluded: “. . . there is a linear dose-response relationship between exposure to ionising radiation and the development of solid cancers in humans. It is unlikely that there is a threshold below which cancers are not induced.”


The most comprehensive study of nuclear workers by the IARC, involving 600,000 workers exposed to an average cumulative dose of 19mSv, showed a cancer risk consistent with that of the A-bomb survivors.




IARC states that ”by 2065, predictions based on these models indicate that about 16,000 cases of thyroid cancer and 25,000 cases of other cancers may be expected due to radiation from the accident and that about 16,000 deaths from these cancers may occur”. Whether we will be able to detect them when there will also be more than 1 million other cases of cancer over this period is debatable. But every one of these excess cancers is a tragedy for each victim and their family, and is no less so simply because cancer is a common disease.

Many studies have shown that repeated exposures to low levels of ionizing radiation from CT scans and x-rays can cause cancer. See this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this.  (Remember, the radiation from CT scans and x-rays are external emitters – the radiation emanates from outside the body.)

Research from the University of Iowa cconcluded:

 Cumulative radon exposure is a significant risk factor for lung cancer in women.

And see these studies on the health effects cumulative doses of radioactive cesium.

As the European Committee on Radiation Risk notes:

Cumulative impacts of chronic irradiation in low doses are … important for the comprehension, assessment and prognosis of the late effects of irradiation on human beings …

And see this.

A military briefing written by the U.S. Army for commanders in Iraq states:

Hazards from low level radiation are long-term, not acute effects… Every exposure increases risk of cancer.

(Military briefings for commanders often contain less propaganda than literature aimed at civilians, as the commanders have to know the basic facts to be able to assess risk to their soldiers.)

The briefing states that doses are cumulative, citing the following military studies and reports:

  • ACE Directive 80-63, ACE Policy for Defensive Measures against Low Level Radiological Hazards during Military Operations, 2 AUG 96
  • AR 11-9, The Army Radiation Program, 28 MAY 99
  • FM 4-02.283, Treatment of Nuclear and Radiological Casualties, 20 DEC 01
  • JP 3-11, Joint Doctrine for Operations in NBC Environments, 11 JUL 00
  • NATO STANAG 2473, Command Guidance on Low Level Radiation Exposure in Military Operations, 3 MAY 00
  • USACHPPM TG 244, The NBC Battle Book, AUG 02

Why was the military advising commanders on radiation in Iraq? Presumably because the American military used depleted uranium in Iraq (see this, this, this, this, this and this).

Indeed, the top government radiation experts – like Karl Morgan, John Goffman and Arthur Tamplin – and scientific luminaries such as Ernest Sternglass and Alice Stewart, concluded that low level radiation can cause serious health effects.

Low levels of radiation cause not only cancer, but heart disease, stroke and other serious illness.

And its not just humans:  scientists have found that animals receiving low doses of radiation from Chernobyl are sick as well.

Nuclear Cheerleaders Just Trying to “Keep People Calm While They’re Being Poisoned”?

This is actually part of the trend of governments worldwide raising acceptable radiation levels based upon politics.

No wonder one medical doctor asks whether acceptable radiation levels are being raised “to keep people calm while they’re being poisoned”.

Indeed, while counter-intuitive, many preeminent scientists believe that repeated doses to low level radiation can cause more illness than short, high-dose exposures.  And see this.

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yourfather's picture

what are your opinions on nuclear reactors in countries that are perceived to be safe, like switzerland... does anyone ave an opinion on this?

onthesquare's picture

Politicians lie, governments lie, government agencies lie.  Always follow the money and the truth will reveal itself.  Always interpret the facts for yourself.  Do not be lazy and let others do it for you.  Good work George.  Do you have any good news?

Zero Govt's picture

the nuclear industry is finished, it's all over bar the shouting (shills)

...and the decommissioning clean-up ....gulp!!


VonSalza's picture

Chernobyl: A Natural History
Documentary exploring the aftermath of the nuclear disaster that struck the city on April 26th 1986,
uncovering how nature has survived in the radioactive zone. This compelling film explores how nature
has survived in the radioactive ghost town.

AnAnonymous's picture

Radiation has this good actually, it pushed away US citizens activity.

Apparently, nature fares better with radioactivity around than with US citizen induced economically activity.

Bullet hard to bite for most Us citizens who consider they are a gift to nature that would not be able to do without them.

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

You know we've gone full circle, as a zombie-type horror movie based at Chernobyl comes out in a week or 2.  Is it an attempt to diminish the problems by taking them to ridiculous extremes or to amp up the fear factor even more?  Either way, TPTB or status quo seem to's almost like they feed on fear.

PLove's picture

Not even robots can work in Fukushima Unit #2.

The Russians used 10 of thousands of soldiers to cleanup Chernobyl.

Newt wanted to use prisoners to cleanup atomic waste sites in 1980.

Think Happy Hunting Grounds





xtop23's picture

Bullish for Professor X.

People have every right to be pissed off about Fukushima but honestly, there isn't really much you can do at this point is there?

Unless you have a suite under Denver Airport that is.

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

There have to be air intakes for the Denver facility somewhere.  Where are they...?

ebworthen's picture

The only thing holding "you" together is your DNA/RNA.

Radiation and X-Rays can knock the orbitals out from the molecules that define you as "you" (versus a Rhododendron or Snail).

I know, you can take a lot of punches, but sooner or later your spleen will get popped or your kidneys crushed.

Be careful out there.

q99x2's picture

How do they expect people to live if they don't kill them?

laosuwan's picture

May 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Crazed, Unshaven George Washington Publishes Incomprehensible 10,000-Word Rant About Aliens, Zionists, Nanobots, genetically modified radioactive cheeseburgers

14 May 2012

TEXAS – The highly anticipated expose by former Branch Dividian member George Washington was finally released this morning, only to disappoint readers who found the 10,000-word essay to be the completely unreadable, illogical rantings of a possibly insane person.

The article, which Washington’s former employer KJFK-FM declined to release because of its supposedly incendiary revelations about the three week old grand niece of George Bush and her involvement in satanic rituals, was titled “Radioactive Deep Water Blowout Nano-Nuclear Overlords Of The Seventh Dimension Within Our Collective Hive Brain” and made only minor passing references to politics or political figures.

Originally intended for release on April 13, repeated delays and increasingly cryptic apologies from Washington added to the hype surrounding the article, which was allegedly based on the contents of 3,000 Wikileaks documents about the song “”I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)” that he had obtained and was studying thoroughly.

Posted on Washington’s personal blog site at 7am, the article was quickly disseminated and reprinted by the alternative press and blogosphere, including the Prisonplanet site and USA Watchdog, under a pre-arranged plan to mass-distribute the article before Bilderberg functionaries could block it. As many as 30 websites including Zerohedge were reportedly carrying the story by 8am, at which point people actually had a chance to read it.

Variously described as “gibberish,” “bizarre,” and “the ravings of a lunatic” by Washington’s colleagues, followers and supporters, the article described the so-called “invisible globalist hand” that controls the world as the fringe effects of 3000-milennia war between two intergalactic armies of space-faring beings whose weaponized “brain-imaginings” caused entire humanoid civilizations to come into existence.

Additionally, a renegade member of one of the intergalactic beings apparently “went rogue” from its native dimension and was hiding on Earth in the form of photoplankton blooms and Freemasons, who were responsible for building the pyramids and the Eiffel Tower, initiated the Nazi genocide to silence the Jews who were about to reveal the conspiracy before they were usurped by the superior Palestinian propaganda overlords of the third parallel, and who were soon going to release a cloud of nanobots to re-collectivize the brains of the human race.

The radioactive oil blowout weather modification chemtrail number 2 lead pencil conspiracy was only mentioned in the article as a “zero-material portal” through which messages could be sent through time using a language of “encoded neutrino probabilities,” a skill limited to a select few humanoid “dimensional slider-knights” including 19th-century scientist Nikola Tesla, goth singer Nick Cave and entertainer Lady Gaga.

Other prominent globalists such as Bill Clinton and Tammy Faye Baker were briefly mentioned, but played no more significant a role in the overall story than non-globalist figures such as US actress Marisa Tomei, and long-deceased baseball player “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, whose participation in deliberately losing the 1919 World Series was, according to Washington, “the opening of the First Door.”

Washington also released a chart allegedly outlining the complex relationships between the major players in the vast intergalactic conspiracy, which involved such disparate elements as the Saudi Royal Family, the extinction of the dinosaurs 60 million years ago, and the price of a 12 ounce pack of Slim Jims. As of press time, none of the bloggers who had reposted the article and chart were able to offer an explanation, or for that matter a linear thought process, on either item.

The veracity of the surprising conclusions of the article was further put into doubt by the appearance of Washington himself in a YouTube video posted at the same time as the article’s release. In it, an unshaven and possibly sleep-deprived Washington gargles at the camera a series of non-sequiter warnings about “convergence” and “the Third Door Plan.”

Friends and colleagues have speculated that the long hours of reading so many Wikileaks documents may have caused Washington some kind of mental breakdown, possibly exacerbated by abuse of coffee and other mild stimulants. Many of the Twitter followers who initially disseminated the article later expressed sympathy for Washington and his condition and theories about what may have happened to him.

More fanciful theories on alternative blogs have suggested that the reading of Wikileaks releases exposes the reader to satanic codes that makes one a victim of a brain-wasting conspiracy that destroys the ability to think forever.

Meanwhile, the article remains accessible on Washington’s blog and other sites. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that while no clear crime had been committed by Washington, they were still combing through the 10,000-word article in search of possible violations that might warrant further evaluation of him in one of their newly opened re-education camps.

malikai's picture

Pretty good trollage there mate. I give it +1. But remember, next time, you'll have to make it more customised to the target.

Element's picture

Wow ... that burr really goy, ... sorry, ... got under your (phantom) foreskin  ...  lol

Thunder_Downunder's picture

Gee.. if only there was a magic world where energy was safe and free.


Tradeoffs happen.. are we gonna ban planes and cars because the benzine and other volatile hydrocarbons they spew into our air? There is no question that exhaust fumes that we breath contain carcinogens.


Sensationlist crazies on both sides of the argument. Lets not lose focus on the issue- bad government enforcement of safety regulations and energy isn't free. 

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

energy isn't free

Are you absolutely sure about that?  It certainly has NOT been free, that's true.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Animals have evolved with radiation for billions of years.  Between cosmic rays, radon, phosphates, other naturally occuring sources of radiation (NORMs) animal species have evolved many mechanism for coping with DNA damage.  The most important thing to protect yourself is a healthy diet with lots of anti-oxidants.  Eat a modern diet of twinkies and steak and you get the double cancer whammy.  Most deaths due to radiation exposure have been among smokers.  Eat your veggies, avoid excess radiation, and stop listening to alarmists like this Author.

TradingTroll's picture

Most of the research on radiation and effects on humans is held by the WHO, a subsidiary of the IAEA


But, you will find in old books such references as reptiles being 400x more resistant to radiation


So yes, animal evoolved under high radiation, but humans are fragile. We will be gone long before the radiation from our leaky reactors is

iDealMeat's picture

Research, Research, Research.  When do we get to the obvious correlations of the petri dish to the planet??


Overpopulation Bubble crashes to the benefit of the perfieral community.

"RR" Resuse, Recycle.


carry on..

Arnold Ziffel's picture

The 'Fuki Factor''s worse then GMO manipulated, antibiotic saturated, hormone imprgenated, pesticide coated produce.


Walt D.'s picture

GW - since you are so worried about radiation, why don't you volunteer for study that is using cockroach DNA gene therapy. (Be careful though, a possible side effect is that you may grow antennae!)

Non Passaran's picture

He could become the first insect blogger :-)

bunnyswanson's picture

Fukushima should be a Frontline and 60 Minute special coverage once a month. 

An antidote if you will or substance to decrease uptake by of plutonium, radioactive iodine, cesium 111 should be investigated at this very moment by every working researcher renowned in his field across the planet.

A a million dollar prize should be awarded to the person who finds a the only solution to our problem should be offer.

Another million dollar prize should be offered to the person/people who can figure out a plausible plan to either reinforce reactor #4 or move the spent rods from all the nuclear reactors in anticipation of a collapse and explosion subsequent to an earthquake or event that causes this already destabilized structure to complely collapse.

How you can make light of this situation only confirms my believe this are individuals paid to spread propaganda, kill threads and sway popular opinion away from the truth.  Or you are so incredibly dulled into a dunce that you should not be permitted on a computer. Which is it, I don't even care. You are a sorry excuse for a human being, that is undeniable.

digalert's picture

Hundreds of Alaska flight attendants have their hair falling out? WTF?

Reptil's picture

Over here something like that happens it's because of a "mystery virus".

(No mention that immune system is seriously damaged when an individual absorbed radioactive particles (Strontium 90))

ebworthen's picture

My guess would be consistent oxygen deprivation.

I wouldn't doubt that those F-22 Pilots start dropping hair either.

Need to lower costs and all that; the fuel is more important than crew or passengers.

NoClueSneaker's picture

Break even is by 20 pilots. F-22 costs 400MM a piece, so let's kill 20 flyboys b4 we doubt

about quality of LOC*MART products.


Collateral damages priced in :-P


( edit ):

That's nothing wrong with the bad air in the cockpit. Raptor made by Skunk Works. It's not a bug, it's a feature.

Non Passaran's picture

I've been suffering from the same since my early 30's...
The ultimate outcome is you become an bald old man. Or a woman, as the case may be.

world_debt_slave's picture

GW, you are all over the fucking place. lol

Joe The Plumber's picture

We will evolve faster with radiation mutating our genes. Whats not to like?

Widowmaker's picture

OT: Today, liar Janet Napolitano quoted George Washington in her commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy regarding the limits of power of government -- promptly followed by her 6 car pig parade motorcade speeding out of the premises.

That cunt is straight out of the 3rd reich.

Keep up the good fight, Washington.

The rest of you fags and squeeks better be ready for a fucking showdown -- your nation is boiling.

Liberty or death.

NoClueSneaker's picture

She's never an OT. She took over in Bruxelles, supporting the Goldman/Morgue/Bernank franchise.

What to hell has american Gestapo to do over here ?!?!?!

Half billion of EUsheeple menaced by a stupid cunt, noone dares to say a word .....


+1 for the "OT"

Freddie's picture

I wonder if Moonbeam is being bathed with gamma rays.  I heard the grapes in Napa are showing traces of radiation.

wisefool's picture

Smoking tobbacco actually subdues asthma and allergy symptoms. Immelt will solve this Fukushima thing after tax season.

BDO chicks are HOT like plutonium!

Gully Foyle's picture


At one point Tobacco enemas were a big thing.

The tobacco smoke enema, an insufflation of tobacco smoke into the rectum by enema, was a medical treatment employed by European physicians for a range of ailments.

Tobacco was recognised as a medicine soon after it was first imported from the New World, and tobacco smoke was used by western medical practitioners as a tool against cold and drowsiness, but applying it by enema was a technique appropriated from the North American Indians. The procedure was used to treat gut pain, and attempts were often made to resuscitate victims of near drowning. Liquid tobacco enemas were often given to ease the symptoms of a hernia.

During the early 19th century the practice fell into decline, when it was discovered that the principal active agent in tobacco smoke, nicotine, is poisonous.

Bananas are radioactive

It's pretty easy to understand why tile, granite, and kitty litter are radioactive. They contain low levels of minerals that naturally decay. Bananas are radioactive for a similar reason. The fruit contains high levels of potassium. Radioactive K-40 has an isotopic abundance of 0.01% and a half-life of 1.25 billion years. The average banana contains around 450 mg of potassium and will experience about 14 decays each second. It's no big deal. You already have potassium in your body, 0.01% as K-40. You are fine. Your body can handle low levels of radioactivity. The element is essential for proper nutrition. If you have a banana in your car for your lunch you aren't going to set off a Geiger counter. If you carry a produce truck full of them, you might encounter some problems. Ditto for a truck of potatoes or potassium fertilizer.

Radionuclides are found naturally in air, water and soil. They are even found in us, being that we are products of our environment. Every day, we ingest and inhale radionuclides in our air and food and the water. Natural radioactivity is common in the rocks and soil that makes up our planet, in water and oceans, and in our building materials and homes. There is nowhere on Earth that you can not find Natural Radioactivity.

It turns out that if you peel the popular adhesive tape off its roll in a vacuum chamber, it emits X-rays. The researchers even made an X-ray image of one of their fingers.

Who knew? Actually, more than 50 years ago, some Russian scientists reported evidence of X-rays from peeling sticky tape off glass. But the new work demonstrates that you can get a lot of X-rays, a study co-author says.

"We were very surprised," said Juan Escobar. "The power you could get from just peeling tape was enormous."

Reptil's picture

Bananas and Tobacco Enemas? And this is relevant to a massive amount of radioactive Caesium-137 destroy the biotope of the northern Pacific, how?

All Out Of Bubblegum's picture

> Tobacco enemas

Have you ever tried one? No? Some scientist you are.

wisefool's picture

I hear you man. My only point is that:

  • Nuclear = G.E.
  • Cheerleaders = Hot chicks on BDO commercials on bloomberg
  • Jeff Immelt = G.E. & Jobs Czar.

Heaven forbid. G.E. have more nuclear engineers than sexy tax avoidance sirens.

bob_dabolina's picture

How does the body handle Plutonium isotopes?

And yes the body has Potassium, however radioactive Cesium is absorbed into the body muscle tissues like potassium....however, cesium can cause mutations in muscle tissues, tissues like found in the heart (research Chernobyl heart) 

Also radioactive Strontium isotopes mimic those of Calcium in the human body and lead to things like Leukemia.

The bottom line is that radioactive isotopes cause both hard and soft cancers in human tissues; either through acute exposure, or, through long-term low dose exposure levels.

sumo's picture

"Nuclear Cheerleaders Just Trying to “Keep People Calm While They’re Being Poisoned” That is the standard playbook for the kleptocracy. The Fed is trying to keep retail investors calm while they're being robbed by inflation, bailouts, and falling income. Nuclear cheerleaders just talk their book, like any Wall St scammer.

Non Passaran's picture

That still doesn't explain the fact that Japan politicians live in Tokyo and haven't moved to say Okinawa.

Scarticia's picture


   I believe that you mean well.  Radiation is real and calcualable, perhaps.  As far as I can tell all photos(videos) of nuclear explosions from the 40s, 50's and 60's were produced from a video lab in Laurel Canyon Calif.  See Lookout Mtn.  Separately, I have seen no evidence that nuclear explosions are possible or likely.  I am only suggesting that there are other factors at work in these events.



Dr Benway's picture

Have you heard of Hiroshima or Nagasaki by any chance?



LetThemEatRand's picture

It's called narcissism.  You haven't experienced it, so it doesn't exist.  Ironically, once you do experience something as a narcissist, it will become the most important thing and nothing else will matter.  

Augustus's picture

Geo Wash continues to be a shill for the No Energy for Humans cabal.  First the bugger employed a cut and paste of every BS fantasy from Matt Simons and Before it is News to try to get people scared about oil wells causing the earth to crack.  Now it is denouncing the agency which performed the studies which he often cited as authoritative. 


It makes not difference to Geo Wash.  After consuming the Sigsby Salt scare story, no energy source is satisfactory.  Evidently the shill has found a new funding source after the death of Simmons.