Ann Coulter: Chernobyl Caused No Radiation Sickness

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Early radiologists often suffered "radiation necrosis." It has claimed this man's fingers.
SoFla's sexiest pundit, Ann Coulter, published a singularly weird article this week, extolling the many health benefits which our friends in Japan may expect to derive from their exposure to excess radiation.

"With the terrible earthquake and resulting tsunami that have devastated Japan," she begins, "the only good news is that anyone exposed to excess radiation from the nuclear power plants is now probably much less likely to get cancer."

This only seems counterintuitive because of media hysteria for the last 20 years trying to convince Americans that radiation at any dose is bad. There is, however, burgeoning evidence that excess radiation operates as a sort of cancer vaccine.

Coulter then proceeds to list studies which support this idea, and concludes that the improvement in the health of living cells by radiation ("radiation hormesis") is real, proven, and happens all the time. Unfortunately, she can't know that. Radiation hormesis is a subject of intense debate within the scientific community, and even the scientists Coulter cites wouldn't claim otherwise. There's just too much uncertainty. Coulter alludes to a John Hopkins study showing that shipyard workers exposed to radiation don't get cancer. Fine. Here's another one showing they're at increased risk of leukemia. (I didn't link to the Hopkins study because I can't find the damned thing. Coulter says it exists, and lots of people talk about it, but the actual study seems to have gone missing from the interwebs.)

But Coulter won't write about that study, because she doesn't deal in uncertainty -- in fact, the written record suggests she's never experienced a moment of it. Which is why she has the cojones to write:

Amazingly, even the Soviet-engineered disaster at Chernobyl in 1986 can be directly blamed for the deaths of no more than the 31 people inside the plant who died in the explosion...

Meanwhile, the animals around the Chernobyl reactor, who were not evacuated, are "thriving," according to scientists quoted in April 28, 2002 Sunday Times. (UK)

To this, a reasonably informed person can say only: Bullshit!


First off: There weren't "31 people inside the plant who died in the explosion."  Nobody died in the first explosion at Chernobyl. The number "31" comes from the number of workers and firefighters who died in the weeks that followed the Chernobyl disaster. What killed them? Radiation poisoning!

The firefighters arrived at the Chernobyl reactor well after the initial explosions, under the command of  Lieutenant Volodymyr Pravik. Pravik died on May 11th of acute radiation poisoning. So did his subordinate, Victor Kibenok. Their friend, Vasyli Ignatenko, died two days later. Another fireman, Nikolai Tetanok, died three days after that. Almost all of the men who went near the reactor fire at Chernobyl died within a few months. Of the few who managed to last three or four years, most sloughed off their intestinal lining sometime in May, 1986. In medical circles, pooping out one's own guts is considered a sign of ill health.

Of course, Coulter's correct about the animals around Chernobyl. They are very much "thriving"; they've got the whole place to themselves. Fecund as they are, however, they're also profoundly mutated. They do the best they can in a new-growth forest, which has grown up since the original pine forests of Chernobyl turned red and died in the summer of 1986.

Coulter is correct in saying that Chernobyl has proven less disastrous than originally predicted. Cancer levels among evacuees never reached the levels feared in 1986, the fallout affected a far smaller area than expected, etc. But only someone with a kinky hatred of ambiguity would claim it was anything other than a cataclysm, that radiation is harmless, or that the people of Sendai, Japan, are anything other than very, very unlucky.

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cancer
cancer

Again. Any amount of radiation isn't safe. If you look you will find answers. Do some research. The castrophe at fukushima is on going. The Northern hemisphere is getting the fallout. The Nuclear industry knows just how bad ionizing radiation is to living organisms. The militaries of the world need their plutonium.

Zeolite
Zeolite

Here is how Radiation effects the human body:http://www.standeyo.com/News_F...

Nuclear radiation is still being detected leaking out of the Fukushima Facility in Japan. There are plutonium and other poisons entering our environment wherever we are. The effects of radiation include cancer, DNA damage, reproductive damage, hormonal damage, and thyroid damage (that's why they want you to take potassium iodine, another dangerous toxin) but I wouldn't. There is a much safer substances like Zeolit.

Instead you can use natural substances. There is one that is strong enough to protect against radiation. A good article on radiation sickness protection that shows what you need do to test radiation levels and protect yourself is here:

Radiation Sickness

And to make sure the water you drink is safe, look at the following article:

Water Purification Tablet

Zeolite
Zeolite

Here is how Radiation effects the human body:http://www.standeyo.com/News_F...

Nuclear radiation is still seeping out of the Fukushima Facility in Japan. There are plutonium and other poisons entering our environment wherever we are. The effects of radiation include cancer, DNA damage, reproductive damage, hormonal damage, and thyroid damage (that's why they want you to take potassium iodine, another dangerous toxin) but I wouldn't. There is a much safer substances like Zeolit.

Instead you can use natural substances. There is one that is strong enough to protect against radiation. A good article on radiation sickness protection that shows what you need do to test radiation levels and protect yourself is here:

Radiation Sickness

And to make sure the water you drink is safe, look at the following article:

Water Purification Tablet

Cliff Kline
Cliff Kline

It appears that Ann was referencing low levels of radiation. The level of radiation around Chernobyl is much higher than the low levels that might have benefit.

Apples and Oranges.

Zeolite
Zeolite

Nuclear radiation, plutonium and other poisons entering our environment wherever we are. The effects of radiation include cancer, DNA damage, reproductive damage, hormonal damage, and thyroid damage (that's why they want you to take potassium iodine, another dangerous toxin) but I wouldn't. There is a much safer substances.

Instead you can use natural substances. There is one that is strong enough to protect against radiation. A good article on radiation sickness protection that shows what you can do is here:

Radiation SicknessAnd to make sure the water you drink is safe, look at the following article:

Water Purification Tablet

Here is how Radiation effects the human body:http://www.standeyo.com/News_F...

philhead
philhead

If she can make the appointment I'll X-Ray that empty gourd she calls a head.

ktrav
ktrav

Why bother listening to this nut?!? Why does any legitimate media outlet give this lying piece of trash the time of day?

Her and Palin, both nuts both extremely partisan and both extremely stupid. And what in the world is this obsession with their looks. To me they both look like men in drag (which, come to think of it, may explain why old, white Republican men find them attractive).

UtterNonsense
UtterNonsense

Sarah Palin now has competition. Wow, Palin is an expert on world affairs, and Coulter is an expert on just about anything and everything. Perhaps Fox News will have an interview with Annie since she fits their bill. Better stick to the law reviews Ms Coulter.

UtterNonsense
UtterNonsense

Like this outspoken University of Michigan lawyer is a trained epidemiologist right? Did this "conservative wacko" ever have a radiation physics class? Yup, she's qualified to speak on any and every subject right? OK Annie baby, please tell me what the health risk is from direct inhalation, dermal, and contaminated food exposure as well as latent cancer cases with time? I would love to have Annie give us a first hand account of the contaminated area by a visit to Japan. She can then tell the Japanese how to clean up the mess that being she is an expert on anything and everything right? Yup, I just can see the scene where Annie is telling the Japanese how to respond and these guys in Japanese saying: "This American woman is nuts".

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

What is it with the right wingers thinking radiation is a good thing? I know Beck owns stock in one of the companies that is trying to build more nuke reactors but damn.If it was so good for you why is it she isnt over there right now enjoying a nice dose of radiation burns and sickness?I guess in their efforts to spread ignorance, the right wing infected themselves with the same disease.

Miss Bee Haven
Miss Bee Haven

She is a little misguided for sure. The ones who died were OVER exposed but low-level radiation healing is for real...

WorthReading:
WorthReading:

So sad that without the wherewithal to do their own research, there are good, honest individuals who mistakenly listen to and unfortunately, believe such gross misinformation and misrepresentation of the facts.

Perhaps even more troublesome, it seems Coulter, ever the blabbermouth, spewing unfounded details on topics for which she has neither the expertise nor business in speaking to, can be counted on for having zero compunction for her careless and often reprehensible actions.

Although, I must heartily admit, she is the one person whom I have admired in complete amazement as to just how long she is able to survive with her head straight up her arse, 24/7.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I just booked a cruise to Chernobyl on the SS Boehner.. I can't wait to return and hear my friends tell me how I look glowing.

Gravityfactory
Gravityfactory

Was waiting for her comment. All the other wackos have already come out of the woodwork.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Ann is very qualified. She has a masters degree from Batshit University.

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