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"Scientistís radiation cover-up might have cost thousands of lives" Lawrence Solomon (Nobel scam)
Financial Post ^ | 2-10-2012 | Lawrence Solomon

Posted on 02/15/2012 11:58:03 AM PST by fishtank

Lawrence Solomon: The fallout of the Nobel scam of 1946

Scientist’s radiation cover-up might have cost thousands of lives

Why do most people today, scientists included, believe that small doses of radiation are harmful to human health when no proof for this theory exists, and when mountains of evidence show the opposite — that small amounts of radiation actually promote health? After years of sleuthing into historical records, a scientist at the University of Massachusetts has found a smoking gun, involving a scientific scam in 1946 at the very highest echelons — the Nobel Prize ceremonies in Stockholm.

In an august Nobel hall one year after the end of the Second World War, the scientific world was knowingly misled by Hermann J. Muller, winner that year of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. This is the verdict from a forensic review entitled Muller’s Nobel Prize Lecture: When Ideology Prevailed Over Science, just published by the Society of Toxicology in the Oxford University Press’s Toxicological Sciences. Had Muller spoken the truth and revealed the existence of contradictory research in the world’s most prominent scientific gathering, we might today have an entirely different view of radiation and its effects, preventing immense human suffering and the loss of countless lives.

Prior to the Second World War, the world of medicine saw radiation as a life-giving therapy as well as a diagnostic tool: Ordinary X-ray machines were widely used to zap more than two dozen different types of infections, gangrene among them, miraculously eliminating the need to amputate limbs. But science didn’t understand how exactly radiation worked its wonders, leading to conjecture that radiation, a known killer at very high doses, might do harm as well as good. One theory that arose held that radiation also killed at low doses, only in smaller proportions. This theory — that there is no safe dose for radiation — became the focus of a hot dispute, with one medical camp accepting it, the other rejecting it, and both investigating it.

Muller was in the ascendant “no safe dose” camp that claimed that there is no threshold below which radiation stops being harmful. As he told the distinguished attendees in Stockholm in accepting his Nobel Prize, the evidence now leaves “no escape from the conclusion that there is no threshold dose” of radiation. It was a convincing performance in the world’s most prestigious scientific gathering, except Muller himself knew that statement to be unsupportable. The historical evidence, as uncovered by Edward Calabrese, the author of the forensic review, leaves no escape from the conclusion that Muller was engaged in duplicity. Advertisement

Five weeks before Muller delivered his Nobel acceptance speech, he had received a manuscript from Prof. Curt Stern, a prominent radiation geneticist who had headed a project for the Manhattan Project that had also employed Muller as a consultant. The manuscript confirmed an earlier study that demonstrated a safe dose. Muller responded to Stern in a private letter, saying he had no dispute with the study but felt that its findings were so significant to the debate that the new study needed to be replicated as soon as possible, a major undertaking that would take a year.

Muller then went to Stockholm to accept his Nobel Prize as if the manuscript had never existed. Another several weeks and Muller again wrote Stern, to again impress on him the importance of replicating the manuscript’s findings. As Calabrese’s expose reveals, Muller not only convinced the Nobel Prize assemblage that the science was settled on the danger of low levels of radiation, he also succeeded in marginalizing the Stern manuscript, effectively thwarting important lines of inquiry. Score one giant victory for scientific deception, one giant loss for truth in science.

What harm was done by Muller’s false assertion in Stockholm? Although the scientific world has recently rediscovered the benefits of low levels of radiation in a growing discipline called radiation hormesis — universities now offer courses in hormesis and scientific journals publish an increasing number of hormesis studies — Muller’s role in derailing research over many decades is undeniable. The costs have been incalculable. As good as antibiotics have been, for example, they continue to underperform the pre-Second World War success rate of X-ray therapy in preventing amputations and deaths from gangrene. Studies also show that routine exposure to low levels of radiation act as a tonic, dramatically preventing numerous diseases, including major killers such as heart disease and cancer.

Muller is now dead and buried, along with perhaps thousands, perhaps millions who met an untimely death in part because of him.

Financial Post LawrenceSolomon@nextcity.com Lawrence Solomon is executive director of Energy Probe and author of The Deniers.

To read the expose of Hermann Muller, click here.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hermannmuller; nobelprize; radiation; saferadiationdose; safety
Here is an example of yet another junk-science story.
1 posted on 02/15/2012 11:58:16 AM PST by fishtank
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To: fishtank

I had to slightly modify the title so it would fit.


2 posted on 02/15/2012 11:59:11 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: fishtank

Pfl.


3 posted on 02/15/2012 12:06:05 PM PST by ConjunctionJunction
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To: fishtank

So now x-rays are bad and should not be provided under obamacare.


4 posted on 02/15/2012 12:07:39 PM PST by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: fishtank

It’s not that hard to believe ionizing radiation is bad for you. It’s destroys or alters chemicals that your body uses. Thinking it is helpful is almost like the idea that randomly banging places in your house with a hammer is going to improve the house.


5 posted on 02/15/2012 12:08:57 PM PST by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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To: fishtank

I assume you are claiming that the very idea of hormesis is junk science. Yet there is a great deal of evidence, which continues to grow, that hormesis is real for radiation and for many toxins, perhaps most toxins.

If true, it might possibly provide an indication of a mechanism by which homeopathy might work, which I know from indisputable personal experience can be remarkably effective, though I have no idea of the mechanism.

Hormesis is after, merely a variant of the oldest and best documented principle of toxicology: The dose is the poison.


6 posted on 02/15/2012 12:09:19 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: fishtank

I wondered about the workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant that went in and worked on the disabled plant. The MSM told us that the Fukushima 200 would all die in a matter of days. I wonder if they survived.


7 posted on 02/15/2012 12:13:17 PM PST by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: Nateman

“It’s not that hard to believe...”

Even if the facts are against that belief?


8 posted on 02/15/2012 12:15:48 PM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Nateman

It’s not that hard to believe releasing CO2 causes global warming.


9 posted on 02/15/2012 12:19:01 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (Society is well governed when the people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law)
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10 posted on 02/15/2012 12:27:03 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Oztrich Boy
It’s not that hard to believe releasing CO2 causes global warming.

It is for me. Levels are 392 Parts per million. That means one molecule out of 25000 is Carbon Dioxide.Not enough for much of an effect. It's that small because life loves the stuff and pulls it out of the air. ( On Venus and Mars CO2 is a majority gas. Why? Because they are lifeless) More Carbon Dioxide actually leads to more life , not less

11 posted on 02/15/2012 12:30:54 PM PST by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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To: fishtank
"Muller is now dead and buried, along with perhaps thousands, perhaps millions who met an untimely death in part because of him."

Another "political" scientist! Does anyone know where this fraud is buried?? I might make a side trip especially to urinate on his gravesite.

12 posted on 02/15/2012 12:34:14 PM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: Nateman
randomly banging places in your house with a hammer is going to improve the house

That used to work very well for my old TV.

13 posted on 02/15/2012 12:35:19 PM PST by frithguild (Withdraw from the 1967 Treaty on Outer Space. It bans private property and profits.)
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To: fishtank

I can see a mechanism where it does help. Doing a little damage turns on the bodies repair response which also fixes stuff that was messed up by something else but not enough to be noticed. Like the increased vigilance of wartime picking up spies that were able to lay low for a long time but could not hide from the increased scrutiny. The analogy with houses fails because houses can’t heal themselves.


14 posted on 02/15/2012 12:37:13 PM PST by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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To: Oztrich Boy

Surely you jest.


15 posted on 02/15/2012 12:42:43 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: fishtank

“junk-science” would imply poor or biased evidence gathering, rather than controlled studies.

“disputed science” would imply sound evidence exists that is contrary to a widely held theory.

start here:
http://www.angelfire.com/mo/radioadaptive/inthorm.html


16 posted on 02/15/2012 12:44:07 PM PST by kidd
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To: fishtank

Pol Pot, Genghis Khan, Joseph Stalin, Rachel Carson and now Hermann Mueller. You guys are on my list!


17 posted on 02/15/2012 12:44:48 PM PST by READINABLUESTATE ("We must hang together, gentlemen...else, we shall most assuredly hang separately." - Franklin)
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To: DuncanWaring

That’s no reason to call me Shirley


18 posted on 02/15/2012 12:48:28 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (Society is well governed when the people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law)
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To: fishtank

I find this interesting. I was 3 or 4 years old, sometime during WWII, and had the whooping cough. My mother took me to a hospital the Navy had set up for the civilians. I was given a radiation treatment to “dry up” the gunk in my lungs. Must have worked...I’m a healthy 72 now.


19 posted on 02/15/2012 12:53:46 PM PST by ryderann
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To: READINABLUESTATE

Don’t forget Al Gore and global warming.


20 posted on 02/15/2012 1:04:27 PM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: fishtank
My great-uncle was a Photographer for the Army and within a couple of days was sent in to Hiroshima to take Photographs. He died last year at age 94 of diabetes complications, and his mother died when he was 13 from cancer. He used to say cancer ran in his family and the radiation must have taken care of it! Granted he was only there a few hours and then taken by boat far off shore.
21 posted on 02/15/2012 1:05:13 PM PST by MacMattico
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To: fishtank
One the other hand, numerous physicians died of leukemia and other radiation-caused illnesses because they stood in front of the cathode tubes of fluoroscopes in the early days of radiological diagnosis. Many physicians received radiation burns on their hands and arms. Thomas Edison's assistant, Clarence Madison Dally, died of radiation burns, and Edison abandoned his work on fluoroscopes because he was afraid of the radiation.

These results do not sound at all like the consequences of inadequate documentation or research. Perhaps the theory is not so much junk science after all. Now I know you're not going to concede that. But give me radiation safety practices over a faulty point-of-view any day.
22 posted on 02/15/2012 1:18:43 PM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: fishtank

—bflr—


23 posted on 02/15/2012 1:19:02 PM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: fishtank

Looks like I can wear that Radium watch after all!


24 posted on 02/15/2012 1:47:59 PM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: ryderann
I've had 3000 RADS shoved through my gut as "treatment" for cancer in 1985. Fast growing cells are more sensitive than slow growing cells. Cancer cells grow faster, so they are more sensitive. Bacteria are even faster growing and more sensitive. The side effect of the radiation on the gut is that the epithelial lining of the colon is killed more quickly too. Lots of vomiting and diarrhea from the radiation exposure. Bone marrow is killed too, so blood tests were required before each "treatment" to ensure that enough blood generating capacity remained for survival.
25 posted on 02/15/2012 2:15:41 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: righttackle44

What you are talking about are LARGE doses of radiation.

You yourself are exposed to low level radiation ALL THE TIME.

What the professional radiation health community is saying is that we should stop assuming that ANY amount of radiation is harmful, no matter what.

Not only is it bad science, but it is VERY expensive to implement, from a public health point of view.


26 posted on 02/15/2012 2:16:57 PM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: All

It is surprising how many Freepers here either have not read the article and/or don't understand it.

Wikipedia article - The "no threshold" radiation theory.

No one is saying that radiation can't be dangerous. But, the question is: is ANY AMOUNT of radiation ALWAYS harmful? Common sense and science says no. We are all exposed to small amounts of background radiation.

27 posted on 02/15/2012 2:23:04 PM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: fishtank

If I see a cluster of stories like this in the near future I’ll assume the meltdown in Japan is worse than they’re telling us...


28 posted on 02/15/2012 2:28:08 PM PST by GOPJ (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: fishtank

The Atomic Boy Scout is not looking too healthy these days...

http://www.google.com/search?q=atomic%20boy%20scout&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari&um=1&biw=1024&bih=672&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=Ki48T-OBIY71sgbA6IiLBw


29 posted on 02/15/2012 2:29:45 PM PST by Bon mots ("When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...")
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To: Sherman Logan

Your comparison between homeopathy and X-ray dosage might hold if they had studied people who spent most of their time in a room which had previously been bathed in ionizing radiation, but when they were in the room its intensity was zero.

This story makes no mention of such a study, and I sincerely doubt one like this has ever been done.


30 posted on 02/15/2012 2:35:30 PM PST by Erasmus (Able was I ere I saw this crappy little island.)
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To: fishtank
It is surprising how many Freepers here either have not read the article and/or don't understand it.

Yup. And it is a bit sad how many will speak up and pretend to understand it despite having no apparent clue what 'threshold' means.
31 posted on 02/15/2012 3:29:48 PM PST by TalonDJ
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To: fishtank

The true culprit in all this:

official national bodies of ‘experts’ in various disciplines of science

law and government mandates and policies based on the opinions of such ‘experts’

national and international prizes for such ‘experts’

all leading to the public psychology that among such ‘experts’ there is one opinion or one set of opinions that are sbolutley correct compared to all other opinions on the subject and only the appointed ‘most expert’ opinions should be followed, should allowed government and social sanction

THAT

not the particular expert opinions is the real problem


32 posted on 02/15/2012 4:07:05 PM PST by Wuli
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