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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Welcome to Portland, Dr. Helen Caldicott

An internationally recognized voice about the hazards of exposure to ionizing radiation is in town today. She'll be speaking here and here. Straight talk about the high environmental costs of nuclear power and nuclear weapons is always worth listening to.

Comments (9)

Hope she brought some soap. She'll need it at that "church".

Dr. Caldicott has valuable things to say and is outspoken against anything nuclear. If you want to hear the other side, why nuclear power now for example, you'll need to find another source.

Didn't pass judgement on her one way or the other - just the venue. Quick to assume, aren't you?

http://www.livestream.com/occupyportlandcollective This is the PSR dinner, livestreamed by occupy

Oh my gosh. Is she still around?

IIRC she throws a lot of unsupported numbers and doomsday talk around.

She's successful because no one take to the time to actually check out her "facts."

Oh well, we all gotta earn a living somehow. I suppose that profiting from the perennially credulous is still in fashion.

Google Hormesis and Radiation hormesis


I wonder is she talks about this:

The experience of these 10,000 persons suggests that longterm exposure to radiation, at a dose rate of the order of 50 mSv (5 rem) per year, greatly reduces cancer mortality, which is a major cause of death in North America. Medical scientists and organizations may wish to seriously assess this and other current evidence in deciding whether chronic radiation could be an effective agent for enhancing defenses against cancer.
Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 9 Number 1 Spring 2004


I heard her years ago. She's a bit, or more, of a fanatic. I'm just not sure that is ever good. Though fanatics, of course, will fanatically insist that it is.

Always kind of hope they're not right.

I know what you mean when you say you kind of hope they're not right.
In my view, the real fanatics are those who make horrendous decisions without giving a second thought to whether the health of the people are negatively impacted and then turn around and call those who object the fanatics or conspiracy theorists.
Unfortunately, politics has taken precedence or interfered with some of the science.

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