, Volume 88, Issue 3, pp 847-848
Date: 07 Feb 2014

Leukemia incidence of 96,000 Hiroshima atomic bomb survivors is compelling evidence that the LNT model is wrong

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Radiobiology and toxicology owe a great debt of gratitude to renowned toxicologist Professor Edward Calabrese for his very careful investigation into the origin of the linear-no-threshold (LNT) model for cancer risk assessment (Calabrese 2013a) and for identifying the role of the US National Academy of Sciences in recommending world adoption of this unscientific concept (Calabrese 2013b). This letter is to express my appreciation to the Archives of Toxicology for publishing these very important revelations.

The linking of low radiation to a risk of cancer in the 1950s was based on the idea that radiation produces genetic damage and that some of these mutated cells progress into cancer cells. For more than 50 years, this concept has created enormous fear, uncertainty, and doubt about the safety of exposures to small doses of radiation and chemicals, even though positive health effects had been identified by medical scientists and practitioners soon after X-rays and radioactivity were di ...