Radiation hormesis (also called radiation homeostasis) is the hypothesis that chronic low doses of ionizing radiation (in addition to the natural background doses) are beneficial, stimulating hypothetical reserve repair mechanisms that protect against disease, but are not activated in absence of additional ionizing radiation. Wikipedia, Radiation Hormesis

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Comment by Zuzu Petals on April 3, 2011 at 10:49am
Usually, RC, I'm there with you, but as someone who has lived in NM for a really long time and attended many, many meetings where uranium and atom bombs are so entrenched in the culture as destructive, deadly, etc., I've never believed for a second that nuclear power plants included human safety as the over-riding component. So, doubt regarding what regulators were saying was inherent in my filter. The field trip at age 12 to see the models of fat man and little boy (still at the base in ABQ) sent a pretty strong message, after all. The families of uranium miners carry it the most strongly and their stories are as much part of the make-up here regarding its destructive qualities as anything else. Too many WIPP hearings, I guess, to find this funny. Usually, I love ya, RC, but there's history here in NM and this didn't work for me. Keep on.
Comment by jes on April 4, 2011 at 9:53am
Not sure it was meant to be funny. Chilling, rather.
Comment by once banned twice shy on April 4, 2011 at 10:13am
Zuzu--I am pretty sure Recovery Cat is being sarcastic....as in the nuke plants AREN'T safer.

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