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radiation The Health Costs of Low-Level Ionizing Radiation
This site is dedicated to providing information about the health costs of man-made low-level ionizing radiation.
Dr. John W. Gofman
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Open Letter to Oliver Stone On the Wisdom of Pursuing Nuclear Power, 8 July 2022
“... not merely peace for Americans...” Banning Nuclear Weapons
and Retrieving the Legacy of President Kennedy’s Last Year
10 June 2019
Help STOP Nuclear War Before It’s Too Late
We all have a part to play, 4 April 2018
Nuclear Weapons - The Ultimate Evil: Time’s Up To Kick The Habit
Back From The Brink ~ The Call To Prevent Nuclear War

Montreal Declaration for a Nuclear-Fission-Free World, 2016
Atomic Energy: Origins Of The Fallacy In A Risk-Free Radiation Dose, 2016
An Open Letter On Renewing Hope: Divest from the Nuclear Power Industry, 2013

1.  Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction, NYC, 2015
2.  Into Eternity  A FILM FOR THE FUTURE - by Michael Madsen
3.  Radioactivity and the Systematic Falsification of Nuclear Risk
4.  Fukushima: Nuclear Power Plant Accidents in Japan, March 2011
5.  The Committee For Nuclear Responsibility
6.  Nuclear Radiation and its Biological Effects, an essential lay-person's primer
7.  Chernobyl: Understanding Consequences of Playing With The Poison Fire
Health Effects of Chernobyl, 25 years after the reactor catastrophe,
Society for Radiation Protection & IPPNW, 8 April 2011
8.  Poison Fire, Sacred Earth, World Uranium Hearing, 1992, excerpts
9.  Radiotoxic and Chemotoxic Properties of Depleted Uranium (DU)
10.  Comments on Nuclear Power, Stan Thompson, 1998
11.  NUCLEAR GUARDIANSHIP FORUM, articles from Issue No.'s 1-3, 1992-94
12.  Killing Our Own, the complete 1982 book
13.  Secret Fallout, the complete 1982 book
14.  Nuclear Technology: The Inappropriate Exercise of Human Intelligence
15.  A Series posted to the internet in 1992-93
16.  Upcoming Events / Resistance is Life Affirming (last updated, 03/11/05)
17.  further recommended reading:   articles local (last updated, 10/28/01)
                                            and web-based (last updated, 11/25/01)
18.  information-rich jumpdoors / addresses
19.  jumpdoors "out there" pointing to this subtree

Michael Madsen narrating
Into Eternity    © Magic Hour Films
    Tunnel Machine 
Into Eternity    © Magic Hour Films 
I am now in this place where you should never come. We call it Onkalo. Onkalo means “hiding place”. In my time it is still unfinished though work began in the 20th century when I was just a child. Work would be completed in the 22nd century long after my death.
        Onkalo must last one hundred thousand years. Nothing built by man has lasted even a tenth of that time span. But we consider ourselves a very potent civilization.
        If we succeed, Onkalo will most likely be the longest lasting remains of our civilization. If you, sometime far into the future, find this, what will it tell you about us?

A hundred thousand years is beyond our understanding and imagination. Our history is so short in comparison. How is it with you? How far into the future will your way of life have consequences?
—Michael Madsen, Writer, Director, Narrator,
A 2009 documentary about the journey our nuclear waste must make into eternity

Summary: The Important Questions

There has been much press and TV coverage devoted to the technical aspects of the Three Mile Island accident, but very little to its moral aspects. Yet the really important questions about nuclear power are ethical:
  • The use of lies and deception by the nuclear industry in order to manipulate public opinion, and in order to use people, even kill people, for the benefit of that industry.
  • The experimentation on people without their knowledge or consent.
  • The acceptance of random murder and denial of the inalienable right to life as the cost of “progress.”
  • The genetic degradation of the human species, vs. our minimum responsibility to protect our species' genes from injury.
  • The need to hold bureaucrats and industry employees personally accountable and responsible for implementing hazardous and even murderous policies, even if such policies are advocated by Congress and the President.
Yes, Poisoned Power is a sad story about the absence of ethics and morals in men. But it is not too late to jolt society into realization of what is going on, and what is in the future if humans do not improve in the very basic and minimum principles of morality. Either we improve, or the future is dismal indeed. We hope that Poisoned Power upsets you enough to make you work toward such improvement.
—John W. Gofman, San Francisco, June 1979
From the 1979 Forward of Poisoned Power, The Case Against Nuclear Power Plants Before and After Three Mile Island, by John Gofman, Ph.D., M.D. and Arthur R. Tamplin, Ph.D.
As with Three Mile Island, so with Chernobyl, and now Fukushima: some technical aspects are reported but virtually nothing from commercial media about the moral and ethical considerations of the costs of playing with the Poison Fire.

No degree of prosperity could justify the accumulation of large amounts of highly toxic substances which nobody knows how to make “safe” and which remain an incalculable danger to the whole of creation for historical or even geological ages. To do such a thing is a transgression against life itself, a transgression infinitely more serious than any crime ever perpetrated by man. The idea that a civilisation could sustain itself on the basis of such a transgression is an ethical, spiritual, and metaphysical monstrosity. It means conducting the economic affairs of man as if people really did not matter at all.
—E.F. Schumacher
Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered, 1973,
Part II, Resources, Chp. 4, Nuclear Energy–Salvation or Damnation? p. 154

X-rays: The Major Cause of Cancer

"I consider Gofman one of the greatest teachers of the 20th century. His work has already changed the way the world views the dangers of radiation, and his latest book [Radiation from Medical Procedures] will—eventually, after a long fight—revolutionize the way the world looks at medical radiation. Cumulatively his work will save tens of millions of lives."

—Peter Montague

From John Gofman and the Committee for Nuclear Responsibility:

XaHP: The X-rays and Health Project
Launched: December 2000
The plan:  Lower x-ray doses per x-ray procedure.
The result:  Fewer cases of x-ray-induced cancer
and coronary heart disease.

  A New, Low-Cost Way to Shake a Mistaken Mindset, April 2, 2000
  Preventing an Exercise in Self-Defeat:
The Relevance of Medical Radiation to Nuclear Pollution
, April 2000


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