When news of the earthquake, tsunami, and resulting explosion at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant reached the U.S. media, many knew that it would be hard for the talking heads to restrain themselves from inciting mass panic.
It’s important for facts to be communicated to the public as quickly and accurately as possible, without blowing the situation out of proportion. But telling people that exposure to radiation in doses in excess the federally designated safe levels is actually “good for you”?
Fox News pundit Ann Coulter may just have outdone herself with this one.
Treehugger clears the air:
…”The most recent study done by the National Acadamies’ National Research Center on this very subject — and guess what that study’s called? Health Risks from Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing Radiation: Low Levels of Ionizing Radiation May Cause Harm. Yes, the prevailing wisdom of scientists, in the most up-to-date peer-reviewed work on the subject, shows that even exposure to low levels of radiation can be dangerous.
“The report clearly states that ‘A preponderance of scientific evidence shows that even low doses of ionizing radiation, such as gamma rays and X-rays, are likely to pose some risk of adverse health effects.’”
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