Skip to comments.The women living in Chernobyl's toxic wasteland
Posted on 11/09/2012 10:25:42 AM PST by BenLurkin
Hanna was among some 1,200 returnees, called 'self-settlers, most over the age of 48, who made their way back in the first few years after the accident, in defiance of the authorities legitimate concerns. For despite the self-settlers deep love of their ancestral homes, its a fact that the soil, air and water here in what is now known as the Exclusion Zone, or Zone of Alienation, are among the most heavily contaminated on earth.
Instead, she and her neighbours were relocated to a hurriedly constructed housing project outside Kiev, on land where many people had died in the 1930s during the Holodomor, the massive genocide-by-famine that the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin instigated in order to subjugate Ukraine and move peasant farmers on to state farming collectives or into factories...between three and-a-half million and five million Ukrainians died during this period, and many of the babushkas lost their fathers. Some almost died themselves since, during the Holodomor, starving villagers sometimes resorted to cannibalism, slaughtering one child to save the rest.
Dosimeter readings, which indicate accumulated radiation exposure, varied wildly, and sometimes the Soviet authorities took bribes to alter them...Alexander Anisimov, who spent his career studying the self-settler community, claimed that the women who returned to their ancestral homes in the zone outlived those who left by a decade.
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You know what they say...
A little bit of Radiation a Day, keeps the government beurocrats away....
Could be a paradise....
Reminds me of: "The Hiding Place" by Corrie Ten Boom about living in a Nazi concentration camp - the lice infestations kept the guards away.
Lol! Strange, isn’t it?
I wonder how a psychological finding like above would apply to conservatives who may be subject to long-term subjugation in Obama's Marxist America?
Just wait until the gay lobby gets a hold of this author. One ticket to re-education camp, coming up!
The take away is that the plume has produced many thyroid cancer cases. These were avoidable, since you have to ingest dairy products, which could have been tested. But this is a poverty stricken area. The Russian victims said they fear starvation more than radiation. They still die from stroke primarily, as they have in the past.
These cancers can be avoided even if the dairy products are consumed. Taking iodine pills immediately can saturate the thyroid so that radioactive iodine won’t accumulate; the nuke plants around here maintain a stockpile for that purpose.
There is a much-challenged concept called "radiation hormesis," in which low doses of radiation actually have a tonic and health-promoting effect. This is as opposed to the "no safe dose of radiation" standard model.
I'm not a radiation scientist, but from what I've read the evidence points toward the hormesis group being closer to the truth.
Similar effects have been claimed for many toxins and pollutants.
Which is not to say that the levels of radiation at issue here fall into the hormesis range.
Partly, but not entirely correct.
Radioiodine is concentrated and ingested through dairy products (and to a lesser degree in other foods). However, it can also be inhaled, especially in the midst of the release from the reactor. It is a gas and inhalation uptake is a big concern during a General Emergency. It is why prophylactic KI is distributed.
Did not know that. Very interesting.
I have known for a long time that the hysteria over second-hand smoke is profoundly unscientific. SHS is unpleasant, and I’m the first to admit I don’t miss having to breathe it in the bar. But it is very doubtful it ever posed much of a risk for anyone other than those with extreme exposure levels. (Such as those working in the smoky bars and restaurants 40 or 50 hours a week.)
Tobacco smoke isn’t inherently any more risky to inhale than any other smoke. It’s just that people don’t inhale massive amounts of smoke voluntarily under other circumstances.
Thanks, that is hilarious.
People tend to develop a fixation that certain things, such as tobacco smoke and radiation, are “bad,” and become utterly impervious to contrary evidence.