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From: Michael C. Baker
Sent: Friday, August 25, 2000 12:51 PM
Subject: Fwd: Gunnar Walinder's book is available
Gunnar Walinder's excellent book HAS RADIATION PROTECTION BECOME A
HEALTH HAZARD has been co-published with Medical Physics Publishing in
Madison, WI. The regular price is $39.95 shipping included. You can order it
on MPP's toll free line 800/442-5778, on MPP's web site
http://www.medicalphysicorg or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following summary has been added to the first printing in Sweden.
Summary from HAS RADIATION PROTECTION BECOME A HEALTH HAZARD
Gunnar Walinder, Professor of Radiobiology, U.of Stockholm, Sweden
1. I have found no rationale of distinguishing cancer risk assessments from
those applied to other hazards. Generally speaking, cancer is not more nor
less a stochastic event than the so called deterministic effects (Cf. the
fetal brain damage, pp. 21-23 and Figure 8).
2. On grounds of principle, we can not acquire any knowledge about the
multi-iterative cancer development in a mutually adaptive human body in
cases where the acting agent is non- dominant. This fundamental ignorance
applies to carcinogenesis as well as to its opposite - hormesis.
3. The current pretensions to knowledge about the low-dose radiogenic
cancer should be rejected. In particular, we have to realize that the
dose-response relationship at very low radiation doses (non-dominant doses)
can not be comprehended through or based on simple mathematical expressions
and, least of all, on an equation of the first degree. The LNT hypothesis
is deeply unscientific.
4. More often than not, countermeasures against the possible effects of
very low radiation doses will imply more harm than benefit. For example,
people who were evacuated to Kiev from low- contaminated, rural areas in
the Ukraine, would probably run a greater cancer risk than what would have
been the case had they remained in their native districts. (The
age-adjusted cancer rate in big cities - like Kiev - is about 20% higher
than that in rural areas).
5. Sooner or later we will be forced to abandon the current radiation
protection doctrines, not only with regard to cancer prognoses but also
within the administrative work. The main reason for this conclusion is the
'categorical imperative': we must not let radiation protection become a
Michael C. Baker
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