Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Don't worry about radiation? Worry.

Don’t worry too much about the hint of radiation reaching U.S. shores from the damaged nuclear reactors in Japan, experts say.

So far, it’s much less than we’d get from a chest X-ray.

But consider this: Every day, all day long, we’re bathed in low levels of radiation — cosmic rays from outer space, radon in our houses, uranium deposits in the soil, radio signals from every AM and FM station in range, airport full-body scanners, dental X-rays, cellphones, even tiny hints lingering from the A-bomb tests of the 1940s and ‘50s.

And remember that radiation is cumulative. Most scientists agree there’s no such thing as a harmless dose. Now relax. It’s less scary than it sounds.

"It’s less scary than it sounds"?

No, it isn't.

But, when government experts start releasing "radiation isn't so bad for you" stories, you can expect to soon be doused with lots of radiation.

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