Radon is good for you!

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Daryl
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Radon is good for you!

Post by Daryl » 30 Aug 2016, 14:13

Residential Radon Appears to Prevent Lung Cancer.

This is from the National Institute of Health
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3315166/
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Re: Radon is good for you!

Post by brehwens » 01 Sep 2016, 04:04

"a little bit of a bad thing is good for you"

Those interested in further reading can google "radioadaptive response" and "hormesis"

On the other hand you also have radiation hypersensitivity....

For an overview of the current theories about the dose-effect relationship, you can google "LNT-hypothesis", if I recall correclty the ICRP has some good info. Basically, it states that there is a linear-no threshold (LNT) dose-effect relationship, meaning no dose is without risk and radiation is inherently bad. Problem is that the statistical information to support this theory below doses of 100 mSv is quite shaky, and various phenomena (such as those listed above) have been seen. And the vast majority of people recieve doses in this region, with annual doses of 3-5 mSv. In sweden, we are closer to 5 mSv as we have more natural radon here due to the bedrock. Do we have less lung cancer here? Impossible to know given all the confounding factors such as genetics, screening, smoking habits and whatnot...
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Re: Radon is good for you!

Post by Daryl » 01 Sep 2016, 16:24

Thank you for improving my perspective of the situation.
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