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  1. Bro. Curtis

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    Although it is hardly a settled scientific fact that excess radiation is a health benefit, there's certainly evidence that it decreases the risk of some cancers -- and there are plenty of scientists willing to say so. But Jenny McCarthy's vaccine theories get more press than Harvard physics professors' studies on the potential benefits of radiation. (And they say conservatives are anti-science!)
    I guess good radiation stories are not as exciting as news anchors warning of mutant humans and scary nuclear power plants -- news anchors who, by the way, have injected small amounts of poison into their foreheads to stave off wrinkles. Which is to say: The general theory that small amounts of toxins can be healthy is widely accepted --except in the case of radiation.
    Every day Americans pop multivitamins containing trace amount of zinc, magnesium, selenium, copper, manganese, chromium, molybdenum, nickel, boron -- all poisons.
    They get flu shots. They'll drink copious amounts of coffee to ingest a poison: caffeine. (Back in the '70s, Professor Cohen offered to eat as much plutonium as Ralph Nader would eat caffeine -- an offer Nader never accepted.)
    But in the case of radiation, the media have Americans convinced that the minutest amount is always deadly. Although reporters love to issue sensationalized reports about the danger from Japan's nuclear reactors, remember that, so far, thousands have died only because of Mother Nature. And the survivors may outlive all of us over here in hermetically sealed, radiation-free America.


    http://townhall.com/columnists/anncoulter/2011/03/16/a_glowing_report_on_radiation/page/full/
     
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    Praise God for the radiation therapy that killed my cancer.
     
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    And these....

    In the last 10 years, 7 people have been killed worldwide in nuclear accidents. A full 44 have been killed making windfarms. While that has happened, Nuclear power has returned 30 times the energy of wind. That makes nuclear power about 200 times safer than wind.
     
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    And how many coal miners have died in cave-ins? How many people have died in oil rig explosions or accidents?

    I'm tired of the left using scare mongering tactics to attack nuclear energy industry.
     
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    I thank God for that too, Curtis, and I thank God that you're well today.

    But on the other hand, while some radiation can eradicate cancer, other forms of radiation can cause cancer.

    Radiation is a naturally occuring phenomenon but if it's used as a tool, whether for medicine or for enegery, it's got both a good side and a destructive side. Or, as George Washington said about government, comparing it to fire, "a good servant, but a terrible master".
     
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    I'm not sure that's how you calculate that.
     
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    The question isn't how many coal miners have died in cave ins, but how many coal miners have died slow, painful deaths as a result of black lung from being exposed to what's in the mine.

    Nuclear accidents are accidents and they're usually cleaned up pretty well. While we tend to focus on the accidents because they're so dramatic, the truth is that the problem isn't with the accidents themselves, but with the ongoing effects of the waste produced by nuclear energy. Obviously, what's going on in Japan and happened in Chernobyl was terrible, but it's far more difficult to calculate the ongoing effects of people who live in areas where there are nuclear plants and where nuclear waste is stored.
     
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    Maybe humans are evolving to favor radiation resistance. <G>
     

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