I hope you are having a nice summer.
I thought you might like to read the following letter that appeared in the Northumberland News.
Someone is reading the material we are publishing.
Promote Port Hope as radiation health spa
July 26, 2011
To the editor:
RE: Port Hope cleanup agency needs to step up positive press, July 15, 2011.
In my opinion, the Port Hope Area Initiative let Dr. Helen Caldicottt and her FARE (Families Against Radiation Exposure) backers off the hook too easily.
The PHAI might have made better use of
the media to assure residents and prospective property buyers that exposure to low level radiation does not present a health concern.
Numerous health studies of nuclear communities like Port Hope by Health Canada and the independent World Health Organization have shown that their residents are no different from non-nuclear areas.
These studies were supported by the London School of Hygiene, which found that the mortality rate of nuclear workers in the UK was 23 per cent lower than that of the general population. Similar studies by Columbia University found that nuclear workers in the USA were less likely than the general public to die from cancer.
In fact, Jerry Cuttler presented a paper at
the annual Toronto Canadian Nuclear Society conference, in 2003 which advocated total body, low-dose irradiation therapy to stimulate the patient's own defences to prevent and control most cancers, including prostate cancers, with no symptomatic side effects.
Over one half of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors who were exposed to radiation from the atomic bombings of 1945 were still alive, according to McMaster University research, casting doubt on Dr. Caldicott's prediction that radiation exposure is "a silent process" that takes five to 60 years to turn cells cancerous.
As a 1940s nuclear worker myself, I envied the soft touch Bill "Bung" Young had as he trucked loads of LLRW away from Eldorado Nuclear to disposal sites while I slaved over filter tubs of radium barium
sulphate. The PHAI should interview Bung about his experiences.
The (Toronto) Star reported Oct. 17/09 'Contrary to the myths and imagery, (of the Dr. Caldicotts and FAREs presumably) Chernobyl's lands had become a unique new ecosystem'. It had come back to life as Europe's largest nature sanctuary.
Perhaps Port Hope should be promoted as a radiation health spa?