Nature declares a landmark study results confirm low dose radiation causes leukemia–or does it?
Of course Nature is in the camp of the linear no threshold (LNT) scaremonger toxicolgists.
In this case they showed what appears to be a high relative risk for leukemia in the exposed population.
Observational studies with robust results are hypothesis generating.
Trouble is linear no threshold radiation biology was adopted by toxicology generally, ignoring thresholds and dose makes the poison. In fact in most pharmacology dose is critical to effect, whether beneficial or detrimental effects are being studied.
I hope that Ed Calabrese will provide a commentary on this study for our benefit. One thing for sure, multiple inquiry is a factor–the researchers looked for any cancers in these workers.
One must also recognize that low dose radiation is present for everyone around the world from environmental ionizing radiation.
JS archive on Ed Calabrese’s expose of cheating on low dose radiation claims by Muller, among other things on his efforts to maintain the toxicological foundations of threshold–the dose makes the poison, and Ed’s particular intrerest in hormesis–low dose benefits from what might be toxic at high dose.