Today: 23.Nov.2020

Mohan Doss, medical physicist, SARI, XLNT, SRI: 1. Exposure to a high dose of (ionizing) radiation over a short time, i.e., at high dose rates, as occurred to the atomic bomb survivors closest to ground zero, increases the risk of cancer. This information is irrelevant to estimating the cancer risk from the exposure to low doses and low dose rates of radiation. 2. A radiation dose under 100 mGy received over a short time (seconds or hours) is completely safe. This exposure corresponds to 10 typical CT scans and will not contribute to the risk of cancer. A radiation dose of 1000 mGy, delivered within a few minutes, i.e., a high dose rate, may, however, contribute to increasing that risk. In the case of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the residents of Fukushima should not have been evacuated. 5. We challenge the recommendations of advisory bodies, such as the ICRP and NCRP, that call for maintaining radiation doses as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA), which they base on the present LNT paradigm they have adopted.

Published in 6) SARI and XLNT

Abel Gonzalez, senior adviser with the Argentine Nuclear Regulatory Authority, Argentine representative at UNSCEAR, a member of the Commission of Safety Standards at the International Atomic Energy Agency, and a member of the Argentine delegation to IAEA's General Conference and Board of Governors: The realities of radiation are not speculation by the nuclear industry, but are based on the scientific findings of UNSCEAR. The time is ripe to ask: Are policymakers aware of the facts about radiation? Is the general public informed of the evidence reported by UNSCEAR? Shouldn’t the nuclear industry be doing all it can to debunk the myths about radiation?

Scientists for Accurate Radiation Information https://radiationeffects.org/

XLNT Foundation https://www.x-lnt.org/

Anything taken in excess can be harmful; aspirin is a good example. Thus, the adverse health effects of high doses of ionizing radiation at high dose rates do not predict possible harmful effects from low doses or low dose rates of (ionizing) radiation. Repeated studies have tried and failed to detect harmful effects caused by low doses or low dose rates of radiation. On the contrary, studies have found beneficial health effects. By ignoring such studies and extrapolating the effects of high doses of radiation at high dose rates, advisory bodies have concluded that low dose rates and low doses of radiation increase the risk of cancer. They are wrong.

Theo Richel, documentary film producer: This is an interesting and easy to understanding low-dose radiation. It is in the world all around us. It can be beneficial, just like low doses of sunshine and many medicines.

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