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Underexposed: What If Radiation Is Actually Good for You?

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ISBN-13: 978-0930073350
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Why "All things are poison; nothing is poison." You may not believe the following claims now, but you will after reading this book. * Low levels of radiation don't harm us. * Our fear of tiny traces of radiation stops us from tapping a limitless source of clean energy. * We could improve our health by increasing our exposure to radiation! For one thing, it may well reduce the risk of cancer. Hiserodt reminds us of a cardinal rule of pharmacology: "the poison is in the dose." Just as arsenic and salt are deadly poisons in large enough doses but necessary nutrients in much smaller amounts, copious data have been reported for decades showing that exposure to low levels of radiation (but considerably more than people normally receive) can actually increase one's health (a stimulatory effect called hormesis). Alas, though researchers have scrupulously recorded such data, when it comes to drawing conclusions they too often ignore their findings or treat them as a fluke. This subject that "very few of us understand" may seem intimidating at first, but Ed Hiserodt is the perfect guide -- friendly, clear, knowledgeable, and not a little irreverent. Step by step, he spells out the basic physics, tours the evidence he has spent years pondering, flays flimsy claims, and opens the door to exciting possibilities. Put it this way: if you're worried about the radon in your home... don't be. You'll also learn: What the media hasn't told you about Chernobyl, Three Mile Island... and the survivors of Hiroshima. * What we could do with the radioactive "waste" that we now try to get rid of. * What gravity, sound, heat, light -- and ionizing radiation -- all have in common. * Which is most dangerous: a reactor leak... a pint of salad oil... or a handful of dirt? * How did X-rays help Professor Shrader's Guinea pigs survive the diphtheria bacillus? * Why it's impossible to steal nuclear fuel from a functioning reactor. Sorry, Mr. Terrorist.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Laissez Faire Books (October 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930073355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930073350
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Crosslands on November 14, 2005
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The book concerns the faulty hypothesis that any amount of radiation, no matter how small can be dangerous (the Linear No Threshold or LNT hypothesis). The LNT hypothesis unfortunately is widely regarded as the truth in many places. The author exposes this LNT theory for the fallacy it is. Hiserodt analyzes and refers to mountains of data refuting this theory. He also provides a very good exposition of the science and units of radiation. He demonstrates that the wealth of data indicates that some radiation even increases human health (hormesis). Thus Hiserodt refutes a key pillar of the ecofreak movement that wants to stop all human progress. This book should be read by all Americans.

This unfortunately unique work should have been written much earlier. This book is a must read for anyone thinking about the energy problem.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jay Lehr on February 24, 2010
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I was recently invited to lunch by the editors of Newsweek magazine in New York City to discuss with them my views on what should be included in their next special issue on the nation's environmental priorities.

They were quite shocked when I told them that one of my top three, just behind applying DDT to stamp out malaria and improving drinking water supplies for impoverished nations, was reducing the unwarranted fear of low-level radiation that grips most of the world's population.

I was determined to call this issue to Newsweek's attention because I had recently read Ed Hiserodt's new book, Underexposed. I cannot recommend this book too strongly, nor can I praise it articulately enough.

Identifies False Theory

Let us first examine the Linear No-Threshold (LNT) theory, by which we have been held hostage for so long.

To take it to an absurd extreme so you will easily understand it, the theory basically says that if 100 percent of a given population will die from a fall from a 100 foot cliff, and 50 percent would die when falling from a height of 50 feet, then we can expect that one person of a hundred would die when falling from a height of one foot.

Silly as this seems, we use the same theory when studying the effects of chemicals and heavy metal intake by humans. Substances such as mercury, lead, tin, cadmium, oxygen, fluorine, arsenic, and selenium are toxic in large quantities, yet critical to our health in small quantities.

We call the phenomenon of harm at high doses and help at low doses "hormesis," derived from the Greek word "hormo," which means to excite. Thus, a substance that excites a positive bodily response at a low dose and is harmful at high doses is considered hormetic.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By MarkAardvark on January 28, 2006
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When we make policy decisions based on junk science we all lose. This is a must read book if you want the facts on low levels of ionizing radiation and the clear evidence that it is actually beneficial rather than hazardous. After Chernobyl, hundreds of thousands of abortions were performed based on unfounded fear that flies in the face of the facts. How very, very sad that we collectively have been 'educated' to believe what simply isn't true...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Conciencious consumer #1 on November 9, 2013
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Man, have we been fed a load of crap. After reading this book, you understand that Mankind has "grown up" in a mildly radioactive environment and we actually thrive with a base line exposure to radiation. He also proves with factual historical data that it is not cumulative.

I am a skeptic of most lemming science, so this was an interesting adventure in learning. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Pintel on May 31, 2013
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Book is good and it was delivered in a fairly short time in good condition. The book should have gotten more play or exposure so that the general public would understand radiation.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By N.. Martin on May 12, 2006
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Few important health subjects are as poorly reported or underreported as the beneficial effects of radiation. Few Americans have heard of hormesis -- the beneficial effects of toxins in small doses -- or of the possibility that low-dose radiation may prevent or treat cancer and other diseases.

So, the release of this book was long overdue, and it is disappointing that it is not a better book.

The chatty style does not befit the subject. The documentation is not sufficient. Even the index is poor. Why would there be no author bio for a science book? Don't readers deserve to know more about the person who wrote it? (He is listed on a web site as "aerospace engineer and an electrical control manufacturer's representative.") I don't fault Hiserodt for serving as a reporter (since he isn't a radiation health expert), and he seems to have talked to the right experts, but a bio page is essential.

Among the best books on environmental health in the past 20 years are Edith Efron's "The Apocalytics," and " Bjorn Lomborg's "The Skeptical Environmentalist." "Underexposed" is inferior to those in every respect. It is slapdash and confusing to read. It needed the hand of a strong editor.

Radiation hormesis is a critical topic. If the theory is true -- and excellent evidence points that direction -- increasing radiation exposures could save many lives. At the very least we could all relax about what are now thought by many to be unhealthy exposure levels. The book that provides a comprehensive and clear introduction to the topic for a general audience has yet to be written.

I recommend the book only because so little has been written on the subject, and there isn't anything else available for non-technical readers. It's a modest beginning.
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