The nuclear industry lies when it tells you that ionising radiation is like a banana
[the nuclear industry] claims the residue of its pollution is like a banana.
If the nuclear industry tempts you with the idea that radio cesium is nutrient, dont believe them. They are asking you to take on an internal radio cesium dose in addition to your natural radio potassium dose, to take on an addition radio strontium dose where one does not exist in nature (no form of radio strontium exists in nature, there are about 6 radio strontium fission isotopes), strontium is not a nutrient and baby mice fed stable strontium instead of calcium die (Pecher `1941),
Nukers promoting contaminated food – the falsehoods of the Potassium excuse, Paul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog, 31 Aug 12, I have blogged about this before. Attempts at selling contaminated food in the market of people’s lives by nuclear advocates has to stop in Japan and everywhere.
It will take me the weekend to finish this post as I gather the historic and current sources which show the Potassium equivalent dose (which the industry calls the banana equivalent dose) is a false, incorrect, wrong and a deceptive fallacy.
In the interim, this wiki article explains the fallacy in brief: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_equivalent_dose
In brief: radio potassium (K40) is much a very small proportion of all potassium. It is far less radioactive per unit weight (amount, physical dose) than any biologically active fission product.
Potassium in any form is dangerous to the heart in excess, but
potassium is a needed nutrient.
The body maintains a potassium balance therefore. This danger to the
heart is a bio-chemical effect. The radiological nature of radio
cesium (a potassium analogue) poses an additional threat to the heart
and other soft tissue. The body maintains the appropriate its
potassium balance by excreting potassium. Eating potassium rich food
results in excretion of potassium, maintaining the body’s appropriate
potassium balance. Eating a banana in fact results in cytokine
release, and other biological responses. This is due to the chemical
composition of the banana which contain precursors which, according to
some people, are radio-protective.
On the other hand, cesium and strontium are not needed by the body in
any form. In fact, strontium mimics calcium even though its bio
chemistry is not exactly the same (analogue = similar to but not the
same as the original). There are about half a dozen different isotopes
of radio-strontium. The body is able to discriminate between strontium
and calcium at the gut wall and prefers calcium. If the dietary
calcium is adequate, the body is able to preferentially absorb calcium
over strontium in a ratio of about 4 : 1.
Once absorbed, strontium moves to bone and other places which have a
biological demand for calcium. In bone, strontium, which has a large
crystal structure than calcium, binds more loosely to bone than
calcium. It tends to deposit on the outside of bone structure.
During pregnancy strontium moves from bone to fetus with the bulk of
movement occurring later in pregnancy.
During breast feeding, strontium moves from bone to breast tissue and
is excreted into the milk.(Erf and Pecher, 1940).
When uncontaminated orphaned baby mice were given to strontium
contaminated mother mice to suckle, the previously uncontaminated mice
“became more radioactive than the (surrogate) mothers” Pecher, 1941.
The potassium cycle in humans is no excuse for nuclear authorities anywhere on the planet to claim any benefit or natural precedent for the marketing of nuclear industry emissions contaminated food.
The fission products are not nutrients. Do not eat them. Nuclear
industry promises to keep its radioactive sources sealed. When nuclear
industry invariably fails in this undertaking, it turns around and
claims the residue of its pollution is like a banana.
Crap. The residue is like the residue of a rad weapon. Fact. Its the
same stuff. Terrorists do not attempt to arm themselves with bananas.
They are not dangerous…..
If nuclear industry tempts you with the idea that radio cesium is nutrient, dont believe them. They are asking you to take on an internal radio cesium dose in addition to your natural radio potassium dose, to take on an addition radio strontium dose where one does not exist in nature (no form of radio strontium exists in nature, there are about 6 radio strontium fission isotopes), strontium is not a nutrient and baby mice fed stable strontium instead of calcium die (Pecher `1941), There is no natural radio iodine dose. Eating radio Iodine damages the thyroid and consequently the rest of the endocrine system. The endocrine system is needed by the body for many reasons, including it’s important role in fighting the effects of radiation exposure…..
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