Ethical issues of current policies on low dose ionizing radiation (Socol, Dobrzynski, Doss, Feinendegen, Janiak, Miller, Sanders, Scott, Ulsh, Vaiserman) USofA Poland Germany Israel28.Feb.2015
The linear no-threshold (LNT) model of ionizing-radiation-induced cancer is based on the assumption that every radiation dose increment constitutes increased cancer risk for humans. The risk is hypothesized to increase linearly as the total dose increases. While this model is the basis for radiation safety regulations, its scientific validity has been questioned and debated for many decades. The recent memorandum of the International Commission on Radiological Protection admits that the LNT-model predictions at low doses are “speculative, unproven, undetectable and ‘phantom’.” The authors have made this report available at (http://www.pubfacts.com/author/Brant+Ulsh)
Current radiation protection philosophy is based on the linear no-threshold (LNT) theory. This theory postulates that any dose of ionizing radiation, no matter how small, causes a finite increase in cancer risk. The LNT theory does not predict any qualitative differences in effects between low doses delivered at low dose-rates (LDDR) and high doses delivered at high dose-rates (HDDR), It does not allow for the possibility that LDDR may decrease risks, and it does not account for nonlinear modifiers of risk. Brant Ulsh has made this report available at (http://www.researchgate.net/publication/234099731_The_new_radiobiology_returning_to_our_roots)
Jeffrey Mahn, Ionizing Radiation Risk - Risk Issues are Emotional. Solutions are Technical. Decisions are Political.
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