Peer-reviewed report reveals massive errors in radiation protection law and likely cause of global cancer epidemic.
Nukewatch Quarterly Summer 2022
By the Low Level Radiation Campaign
A new report by British radiation scientist Christopher Busby shows that current radiation exposure limits are based on a risk model that is totally unsafe when applied to internal irradiation. For the purposes of setting radiation exposure limits for common radioactive materials released to the environment, today’s model is deadly, the study says, and was dishonestly assembled back in the 1950s.
The new paper, “Ionizing radiation and cancer: The failure of the risk model,” was published in the peer-reviewed journal Cancer Treatment and Research Communications. In the paper Dr. Busby, the Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk, presents comprehensive evidence that today’s radiation protection standards are grossly inadequate, particularly regarding internal radioactive materials that are ingested or inhaled.
The new study also illuminates the way in which the U.S.-influenced international radiation effects model was constructed between 1956 and 1977. The model still used by regulatory agencies today artificially minimized internal radioactivity across the whole human body in such a way that it could be argued that the radiation’s health effects were vanishingly small. In reality, radiation effects at the DNA level and inside the cell (where cancer starts) are thousands of times higher than the official model says. Likewise, the incidence of cancers caused by radiation exposures is also thousands of times greater than the failed risk model predicts.
The official risk model, which wrongfully minimizes radiation’s harmfulness, enabled the development of nuclear weapons, nuclear power reactors, and “depleted uranium” weapons. Today’s “Linear No Threshold absorbed dose” model was assembled before the discovery of DNA as the target for radiation health effects, yet has not been essentially altered since then, in spite of scientific evidence which strictly falsifies it. Consequently, atmospheric nuclear weapons tests have resulted in the global cancer epidemic and caused more than 100 million deaths among those exposed, the paper explains.
“I have worked for more than 30 years on this issue, and I have been attacked on the internet. My Wikipedia entries are constantly changed by trolls in an invisible war against the idea that internal radiation is very dangerous. I have stuck to the issue and refused to back off, because it is critical for life on the planet,” Busby said. A previous journal article by Busby shows that the Japanese lifespan study of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing was dishonestly manipulated to minimize radiation’s health effects.
Dr. Busby, who was previously Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster, together with Professors Alexey Yablokov, Alice Stewart, Inge Shmitz-Feuerhake, Rosalie Bertell, and Molly Scott Cato, set up the independent European Committee on Radiation Risk (ECRR) in Brussels in 1998. The ECRR risk model was published in 2003 and 2010, and a new version is due this year.
— The Low Level Radiation Campaign is a research and lobby group in England promoting a scientific understanding of radiation risk.
– Science Direct, Volume 31, 2022 Christopher Busby, “Ionizing Radiation and Cancer — The failure of the Risk Model,” Cancer Treatment and Research Communications, Vol. 31, April 21, 2022
 Christopher Busby, “The Hiroshima A-Bomb Black Rain and the Lifespan Study — Resolution of the Enigma,” Cancer Investigation, Vol. 39, Issue 10, Sep. 16, 2021.