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Friday, 22 March 2013


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William Saenz

In case you haven't seen this yet:

Most studies indicate that tritium in living
creatures can produce typical radiogenic
effects including cancer, genetic effects, developmental
abnormalities and reproductive
effects. (Straume) Tritium can cause mutations,
tumors and cell death. (Rytomaa)
Tritiated water is associated with significantly
decreased weight of brain and genital
tract organs in mice (Torok) and can cause
irreversible loss of female germ cells in both
mice and monkeys even at low concentrations.
(Dobson, 1979)
Studies indicate that lower doses of
tritium can cause more cell death (Dobson,
1976), mutations (Ito) and chromosome
damage (Hori) per dose than higher tritium
doses. Tritium can impart damage which is
two or more times greater per dose than either
x-rays or gamma rays. (Straume) (Dobson,
There is no evidence of a threshold
for damage from 3H exposure; even the
smallest amount of tritium can have negative
health impacts. (Dobson, 1974) Organically
bound tritium (tritium bound in animal or
plant tissue) can stay in the body for 10
years or more. While tritiated water may be
cleared from the human body in about 10
days (Garland), if a person lives in an area
where tritium contamination continues, he or
she can experience chronic exposure to tritium.
(Laskey) Tritium from tritiated water
can become incorporated into DNA, the molecular
basis of heredity for living organisms.
DNA is especially sensitive to radiation.
(Hori) A cell’s exposure to tritium
bound in DNA can be even more toxic than
its exposure to tritium in water.
Cindy Folkers, NIRS, April 2006

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