Health Effects of Ionizing Radiation
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First, two in a trilogy of books on the "Health Effects of Ionizing Radiation" (HEIR) Reports:
Radiation-Induced Cancer from Low-Dose Exposure: An Independent Analysis (1990, 480 pages --last updated, 3/12/98--11 chapters to go) 1
Preventing Breast Cancer: The Story Of A Major, Proven, Preventable Cause Of This Disease, (2nd Edition, 1996, 424 pages --COMPLETE: 4/5/98)
Radiation from Medical Procedures in the Pathogenesis of Cancer and Ischemic Heart Disease: Dose-Response Studies with Physicians per 100,000 Population, (1999, 699 pages --last updated, 12/21/15)Research in this field is not commercially viable. Most radiation research, analysis, and publications are sponsored by government grants. CNR neither requests nor would accept any government funding. The low price of the HEIR Reports is made possible by the foundations and individuals who generously support these scholarly works, and by the refusal of the author to accept royalties or payment of any other sort from CNR.
Then, one of the seminal books that launched the anti-nuclear movement in the early 1970s:
- Poisoned Power, The Case Against Nuclear Power Plants Before and After Three Mile Island (combined 1971+1979 contents--COMPLETE: 12/16/98) This is a classic book, in many ways regretably as relevant 27 years later as when it was first published. As Paul Ehrlich wrote of the 1979 reprinting,John Gofman and Arthur Tamplin have been major figures in the battle against nuclear power since their pioneering work on the dangers of radiation from nuclear power plants. Their book, Poisoned Power, deserves re-reading in the light of recent events at Three Mile Island. If the nuclear juggernaut is stopped, a great deal of credit will go to these dedicated and incorruptible scientists.19 years after these words were written, there is still a great of truth to the fact that this book deserves re-reading for those who read it before, and should be required for everyone else with its wealth of information every bit as relevant today as it was almost 3 decades ago.
See also Bio-Medical "Un-Knowledge" And Nuclear Pollution: A Common-Sense Proposal, Gofman's speech on the acceptance of the 1992 Right Livelihood Award in Stockholm for his pioneering work in exposing the health effects of low-level radiation, and it's call for an independent Watchdog Authority. Establishment of such independent and enduring "watchdog authorities" throughout the world is a crucial step towards repairing the damage done to our biosphere from over 50 years of unaccountable and irresponsible generation and release of massive amounts of lethal high- and low- level ionizing radiation:The assignment of a "watchdog" team is to help prevent error and bias by ensuring compliance with the Rules of Research. The assignment is definitely not to dictate a uniform analysis of the data. That would be the opposite of good science. The purpose of "watchdogging" is to ensure that the database itself can be trusted, and that dissent is not punished and not silenced. So, the sponsor of a database -- IPHECA, for instance -- would be required to include commentary and analyses from the "watchdog authority" in each of its publications.Consider organizing such a Watchdog organization in your area 2 to address the real and consequential problem of rule-breaking in radiation research and counter the scientifically questionable practices Gofman enumerates by the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF, Hiroshima), the Department of Energy (DOE, US), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA, UN), and the World Health Organization (WHO), which collectively violated five of the Nine Essential Rules of Inquiry in Medical Sciences for Believable Bio-Medical Research in the Atomic-Bomb Survivor Study (RERF, DOE), the 1991 Study of Chernobyl (IAEA, RERF), and the 1989 Report on Chernobyl (WHO).
Regarding Radiation-Induced Cancer, see also these previous books (still in print) on this topic by the author:
- Radiation And Human Health, 1981.
ISBN 0-87156-275-8. LC 80-26484.
- X-Rays: Health Effects Of Common Exams, 1985.
ISBN 0-87156-838-1. LC 84-23527.
See the exceedingly useful Critical Information Project's Downwinders' page for an exemplary example of just what one person can initiate -- see Sam Miller's meticulous essay Why Should I Be Involved In Monitoring the Local Nuke? explaining how and why "Such [radioactive "plume"] analyses are irreplaceable tools for activists concerned with holding the correct parties responsible for radioactive trespasses on their communities" -- leveraging the work of independent, just-plain-people, watchdog groups like The C-10 Research and Education Foundation (C-10/REF), in Newburyport, Mass. Let's all get going on this!
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