Dr. Jerry Cuttler has been concentrating his research on the health effects of low dose radiation for more than 15 years. The events at Fukushima and the human tragedy of the poor decision making both during and after the release of modest quantities of radioactive material have reinforced the importance of his work. Dr. Cuttler and dozens of other dedicated professionals are striving to share what scientists have learned during more than 100 years of intense study of the ways that radiation affects human physiology.
One of Dr. Cuttler’s most recent efforts is titled Commentary on Fukushima and Beneficial Effects of Low Radiation. The original appears in the March, 2013 issue of the Canadian Nuclear Society Bulletin. Knowing that the circulation of the CNS Bulletin is small and limited to nuclear energy professionals who are members of the Society, Dr. Cuttler obtained permission to distribute his paper widely.
The information that Dr. Cuttler has pulled together in his heavily referenced paper can help to alleviate human suffering and restore access to valuable property that has been isolated from human use by well-meaning, but ill-advised government actions. However, facts will not help anyone if they are not put to effective use by people demanding radiation regulations based on science. We have to stop accepting a regulatory structure that stubbornly clings to the 60-year-old, linear no-threshold (LNT) simplification that was initially promoted as a means of scaring people to take action to halt atmospheric nuclear weapons testing.
Here is the quoted abstract of the paper:
Two years after 160,000 people evacuated from the Fukushima area; 70,000 are not allowed back. The 1100 disaster-related deaths caused by the evacuation order show this precautionary action, to minimize cancer risks, was not “conservative.” Recent studies are reviewed on the consequences of the radioactive releases and on benefits of medical treatments with low doses of radiation that were carried out until the 1950s, before the radiation scare was created. Recent research has shed light on the high rate of spontaneous double-strand breaks in DNA and the adaptive protections in cells, tissues and humans that are up-regulated by low radiation. These defences prevent, repair, remove and replace damage, from all causes including external agents. Cancer mortality is reduced. The ICRP’s concept of radiation risk is wrong; it should revert to its 1934 concept, a tolerance dose of 0.2 r/day that was based on more than 35 years of medical experience.
Please help Dr. Cuttler and his colleagues referenced in the paper spread the word that there is no reason to fear the health effects of low levels of radiation. There is no need to worry about the accumulation of moderate radiation doses any more than one should worry about the accumulation of moderate sunlight energy, the accumulation of daily doses of vitamins, or the accumulation of moderate exercise. Human anatomy is a wonderfully evolved work of biological art; it is not susceptible to damage from modest levels of a natural energy source.
When you share this information, be ready for strong resistance from the vested interests that make their living – a fabulous living in some cases – by maintaining fear, uncertainty and doubt about radiation. They have worked hard to establish that FUD in order to discourage the beneficial use of nuclear energy and radioactive material. They prefer continuing to push dependence on inferior products.
New York Times (April 14, 2013) U.S. Rethinks How to Respond to Nuclear Disaster (Please read entire piece – we are making a difference in the discussion!)