Wednesday, March 16, 2011


The news has been freaking us out that the radiation from Japan is going to make it's way over here. Some say it could happen, others say there's NO WAY.

Here's some food for thought.

People are exposed to small amounts of radiation every day, both from naturally occurring sources (such as elements in the soil or cosmic rays from the sun), and man-made sources. Man-made sources include some electronic equipment (such as microwaves, TV's, YOUR CELL PHONE!!!!), medical sources (such as x-rays, certain diagnostic tests, and treatments), and from nuclear weapons testing.

Exposure occurs when radiation energy penetrates the body. For example, when a person has an x-ray, he or she is exposed to radiation.

• These adverse health effects can range from mild effects, such as skin reddening, to serious effects such as cancer and death, depending on the amount of radiation absorbed by the body (the dose), the type of radiation, the route of exposure, and the length of time a person was exposed.

• Exposure to very large doses of radiation may cause death within a few days or months.

• Exposure to lower doses of radiation may lead to an increased risk of developing cancer or other adverse health effects later in life.


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