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Nuclear phobia is taught


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Life is a struggle, sometimes against unseen forces, often against intense competition.

To an individual in society, success in life may be expressed in terms of money. Money is but a means of exchange, giving choice and access to the real goals of freedom, access to food, water, warmth and shelter, and protection from physical attack and disease. However, the culture of fear has the greatest impact on our well-being.

When it comes to anything nuclear, there is this innate fear that we are definitely not born with, but is taught by a fearful non-scientific society. How did society become so fearful of the words nuclear and radiation, and should they be? There were basically two events that accelerated the stage for our nuclear anxiety.

The first and most obvious was the two atom bombs that the U.S. dropped on Japan at the end of World War II and the images of acute destruction to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. That image stayed with us through the Cold War decades with the Soviet Union, each country competing for more thermonuclear bombs. If you think “fake news” is bad today, the government back in the ’50s and ’60s made every effort to instill fear in the American public to support its actions (and budgets) toward the USSR.

The second event was not very well-known to the general public. Hermann Muller (1890-1967) was an American geneticist with outspoken political beliefs and an early interest in eugenics. In 1926, he published his experimental results on the production of mutations in fruit flies by X-ray radiation. Later, in 1946, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for this pioneering work. In his lectures, he claimed that any radiation dose produces genetic damage in direct proportion to exposure, all the way down to near-zero dose. This has been proven false over the last 70 years and the UN still preaches “all radiation is dangerous.”

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Fear of nuclear radiation is a superstition without scientific foundation that should be exposed. The actual science of nuclear has been distorted by fearful men and needs to be corrected through re-education. Let me leave you with this quote until my next letter to continue nuclear is for life.

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is to be understood.” – Madame Marie Curie

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Martin Kral

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