We are under High Radiation Risk

Knowingly or unknowingly we are all exposed to radiation when we fly and when we get medical treatment – and whenever we leave the house. But the large dosages can have dramatic effects.

Radioactive materials that decay spontaneously produce ionizing radiation, which has sufficient energy to strip away electrons from atoms (creating two charged ions) or to break some chemical bonds. Any living tissue in the human body can be damaged by ionizing radiation in a unique manner. The body attempts to repair the damage, but sometimes the damage is of a nature that cannot be repaired or it is too severe or widespread to be repaired. Also mistakes made in the natural repair process can lead to cancerous cells. The most common forms of ionizing radiation are alpha and beta particles, or gamma and X-rays.

It has been known for many years that large doses of ionizing radiation, very much larger than background levels, can cause a measurable increase in cancers and leukemias (‘cancer of the blood’) after some years delay. It must also be assumed, because of experiments on plants and animals, that ionizing radiation can also cause genetic mutations that affect future generations, although there has been no evidence of radiation-induced mutation in humans. At very high levels, radiation can cause sickness and death within weeks of exposure.

It is appreciable that Safety Messenger is undertaking the responsibility of exposing severe matters like radiation to the public. Hope to see more serious matters like this in the coming issues.

L Radhakrishnan

Dubai, UAE

Author: SubEditor

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