Creating Waves of Awareness
February 10, 2013 NEWS - RECYCLING RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
The Department of Energy is proposing to allow the sale of tons of scrap metal from government nuclear sites—an attempt to reduce waste that critics say could lead to radiation-tainted belt buckles, surgical implants and other consumer products. The approximately 14,000 tons of metal under review for possible initial release is only a fraction of the tens of millions of tons of metal recycled annually.
Dear MoveOn member,
U.S. Dept of Energy Secretary Steven Chu plans to dump 14,000 tons of radioactive scrap metal into the marketplace for use in the manufacturing of consumer products.1 This means that your everyday purchases, such as silverware, zippers, belt buckles, eyeglass frames, jewelry, watches, toys, pet bowls, and leashes could soon be made with radioactive scrap metal.
Please Visit Forum Category On Japan Earthquake Tsunami Nuclear Plant
Radiation describes a process in which energetic particles or waves travel through a medium or space.
It is a form of energy that comes from a source and travels through space and may be able to penetrate various materials.
Light, radio, and microwaves are types of radiation that are called nonionizing.
It is produced by unstable atoms. Unstable atoms, called as radioactive isotopes, differ from stable atoms because unstable atoms have an excess of energy or
mass or both. Radiation can also be produced by high-voltage devices.
Acute radiation side effects constitute the acute reaction occurring during radiation.
The effects which are even seen long after exposure or after treatment of acute radiation are called late effects of radiation.
It may occur during acute exposure.
It frequently occurs.
Fatigue / Malaise-
These are almost always seen.
Low Blood Count-
Reduction in certain elements of the blood is often seen following radiation. This results from radiation exposure of bone marrow, and to a lesser extent, direct
damage to lymphocytes in the blood stream and lymph nodes.
The white cell count will be reduced, particularly the lymphocyte count, and the number of platelets will be reduced. These drops are enough to cause clinical
Organ Specific Side Effect Symptoms-
Localized reactions will occur in any tissues exposed to radiation. Acute reactions result from radiation of skin, mucous membranes and accessory glands.
Radiation a reaction may develop which progresses through erythema to dry desquamation and moist desquamation.
Wherever mucous membranes are included in a radiation field similar reactions will be experienced: Whether in the mouth, pharynx, esophagus, trachea, bowel, bladder
or rectum, mucositis may develop.
As with the skin, the mucosa is reddened at first but then may be covered with a plaque-like fibrin similar to crusting of the skin. The mucous membrane remains
moist and the surface covered by fibrin until the underlying mucosa is healed,
when the fibrinous plaque is lost and the reaction healed.
There may be discomfort and dysphagia or cough, hoarseness and tracheitis, or dysuria and frequency, or diarrhoea and abdominal cramps.
The acute effects of radiation will be felt by accessory glands producing saliva and mucous for example. This leads to a degree of stickiness, leading to oral
discomfort, dryness and change in taste, irritating cough and discomfort, and
urinary or bowel symptoms.
The late effects of radiation treatment develop gradually over several months or years. These results are often disastrous and treatment extremely difficult.
Radiation results in increased connective tissue, fibrosis and scarring often associated with atrophy of accessory tissues. This leads to some increased rigidity of
tissues, less suppleness and less resistance to injury.
In addition, the walls of small blood vessels may be thickened and distorted, leading to reduction in blood supply to some tissues.
Radiation is one of the causes of cancer. Very rarely leukemia may result some five to twenty years after radiation exposure, due to bone marrow cells being damaged
Exposure of the gonads to radiation increases the risk of abnormal mutations and genetic changes. Most chromosome damage from radiation results in a failure of
conception and not an abnormal child. Even if both parents have been exposed to
radiation, the risks of abnormal children being produced are so small as to be
almost negligible. Late genetic effects in the individual are much less
important than the increased risk of inducing cancer or the late vascular
changes produced by radiation.
Toxicity - X-RAYS, poisoning, ailments from- Cadm-s. cob. m-aust. phos. rad-br. sol sulph. uran-n. x-ray
Toxicity - RADIATION, sickness, poisoning, ailments, from - radiation, burns, from- calc-f. canth. caust. fl-ac. phos. rad-br. Sol x-ray
Toxicity - RADIATION, sickness, poisoning, ailments, from- alf. ars. Cadm-i. cadm-met. CADM-S. calc-f. calen. chin. cob. Fl-ac. hydr. Ip. nux-v. Phos. rad-br. sil. SOL Stront-c. uran-n. x-ray
Stomach - NAUSEA, general - radiation, treatment from- ars. Cadm-s. ip. nux-v. sol
Skin - INFLAMMATION - radiation, dermatitis- cadm-s. rad-br. x-ray
Clinical - BURNS, general, fire, chemicals, ailments, from - radiation, from- calc-f. calen. fl-ac. phos. rad-br. Sol x-ray
Cancer - WEAKNESS, with cancer - radiation therapy, after- alf. Cadm-s. sol
Cancer - RADIATION, sickness, for side effects - radiation, burns, from- calc-f. canth. caust. fl-ac. phos. rad-br. Sol x-ray
Cancer - RADIATION, sickness, for side effects- alf. ars. BISM. Cadm-i. CADM-S. calc-f. calen. chin. cob. Fl-ac. hydr. Ip. nux-v. Phos. rad-br. sil. SOL Stront-c. uran-n. x-ray
Cancer - CACHEXIA, emaciation with cancer - radiation, therapy, from- alf. ars. CADM-S. calc-f. chin. fl-ac. hydr. Ip. nux-v. phos. rad-br. sil. SOL x-ray
Bones - SOFTENING, bones - radiation, x-rays, from- cadm-met. cadm-s. cortico. cortiso. rad-br.
GENERALITIES - RADIATION, sensation of background- tax.
CHEST - CANCER - ulcerating, mammae - surgery, radiation, after- hippoz.
STOMACH - ULCERS - radiation treatment for acne, after- phos.
GENERALS - WEAKNESS - radiation therapy; from- rad-br.
GENERALS - ULCERS - radiation therapy; from- rad-br.
GENERALS - RADIATION THERAPY; from- abrot. ars-br. ars. cadm-i. cadm-met. cadm-s. calc-f. calc-sil. calen. chin. cob-n. ferr-sil. fl-ac. germ-met. ip. irid-met. kali-bi.
kali-p. kali-sil. lith-f. lith-m. lith-met. lith-p. lith-s. mag-sil. mang-sil.
nat-sil. nux-v. phos. plut-n. rad-br. sil-met. sil. sol stront-c. x-ray
GENERALS - CONVALESCENCE; ailments during - radiation therapy; after- cadm-s.
SKIN - ULCERS - necrosis - radiation therapy; from- cadm-i.
EXTREMITIES - PAIN - rheumatic - radiation therapy; after- rad-br.
STOMACH - ULCERS - radiation treatment for acne; after- phos.
CHEST - CANCER - Mammae - accompanied by - pain - radiation; after- hippoz. streptom.
abrot. alf. ars. ars-br. BISM. Cadm-i. cadm-met. CADM- S. calc-f. calc-sil. calen. canth. caust. chin. cob. cob-n. cortico. ferr-sil. Fl-ac. germ-met. hippoz. hydr. Ip. irid- met. kali-bi. kali-p. kali-sil. lith-f. lith-m. lith-met. lith-p. lith-s. mag-sil. mang-sil. m-aust.
nat-sil. nux-v. Phos. plut-n. rad-br. sil. sil-met. SOL streptom. Stront-c. sulph. tax. uran-n. x-ray