My mother died of cancer, pretty young 51 yrs old. She was a doctor
too. An x-ray machine didn't occur to me until you mentioned it.
Too bad radiation is invisible. We need built in geiger counter
sensors. It seems we should evolve that among other modern poison
detectors. We probably evolved the ability to sense hot and cold so as
not to get burned or frozen... Eyes so we don't bump into things.
When is the next step.
> I don't dispute the fact that radiation can be deadly. I'd be stupid
> if I said that. I also lost both my Mother and Father to cancer, so
> believe me, I know how painful that is to have to watch. My Dad was
> 66 when he died in '82, which is relatively young by today's
> standards. He was a dentist, and must have taken tens of thousands of
> X-rays throughout his long career. Many of them were taken before
> modern safeguards were implemented, and made with older equipment that
> put out a stronger X-ray dose. Could there be a link? Beats me. He
> also smoked, although he didn't die of lung cancer. Ironically, his
> lungs were clear and his heart was strong. He died of abdominal
> cancer. By the time they found it, it was too late and pretty
> widespread. His death certificate says it may have started in his
> appendix. X-ray induced? Who knows??
> So you see, I am not completely unsympathetic. Nor do I think that
> the nuclear industry is perfect or that the gov't always tells the
> truth. I do not, however, believe going into a panic every time
> there is a small radiation release is the answer, and I still maintain
> that the nuclear power industry is for the most part doing a very good