Monday, November 29, 2010
Radiation, at low levels is not only not harmful it is beneficial. This has been proven repeatedly, the process is known as hormesis, but there are a lot of political careers tied up in promoting the scare.
Here is how the fraud is being done:
"Men in the area have twice the rate of leukaemia cases as the rest of Germany. Among women, there was a tripling of the rate of thyroid cancer between 2002 and 2009."
Sounds bad but whenever somebody tells you the proportion always ask about the basic numbers. In this case the total number is 18.
That's 9 men & women. So "twice the rate of leukaemia" is in men 4.5 people (probably 4). The article doesn't say if there is any increase in women for leukaemia so I think it is fair to bet there aren't - instead the article focuses on another illness, which presumably men don't share in the increase in. This is just cherry picking data. These illnesses are random, this year it may be 4 more, next year it is equally likely to be 4 less but if you go through all the possible groups & all the possible diseases for all the possible years you are bound to get an outlier. If you toss 50 coins in a row you will probably get 6 heads or tales in a row. It is nothing to do with radiation or God.
But false scare stories sell papers.
Rob Edwards, Environment Editor
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30 May 2010
Scotland’s first, longest and most disputed Freedom of Information case has ended up keeping vital cancer statistics secret.
After two investigations by the Scottish information commissioner, Kevin Dunion, plus appeals to the Court of Session in Edinburgh and the House of Lords in London, numbers that might shed light on the links between children’s blood cancer and radioactive pollution have been kept under wraps.