Wednesday, September 5, 2007

IR: Any dose can cause mutation

Although it's two years old, I found the following item this week on the internet, relating to ionizing radiation and the view that even tiny amounts of IR are enough to cause mutation.

Read on:

BEIR VII Released
As the Washington Post and other press sources are reporting, the National Academy of Science's Committee on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation ("BEIR") has released a long-awaited report on the health effects of exposure to low radiation doses. From the NAS press release:

Specifically, the committee's thorough review of available biological and biophysical data supports a "linear, no-threshold" (LNT) risk model, which says that the smallest dose of low-level ionizing radiation has the potential to cause an increase in health risks to humans. In the past, some researchers have argued that the LNT model exaggerates adverse health effects, while others have said that it underestimates the harm. The preponderance of evidence supports the LNT model, this new report says.

One of NAAV leaders sent a comment to the blog:

Pat Broudy writes ...
My name is Pat Broudy. I am the national legislative director of the National Association of Atomic Veterans. I have listened to the oral presentation by the committee responsible for BEIR VII. There was not one mention by the committee members, nor were there any by the questioners, regarding the several hundred thousand atomic veterans exposed to ionizing radiation by our government during the Cold War. I wonder why that was not an issue, or did the committee consider the men/women deliberately exposed to ionizing radiation, and then sworn to secrecy a "throw-away" segment of society, as well as the Downwinders and uranium miners.

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Posted by Bill Ricks of Soperton

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