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Radiation Health Benefits

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Mar22-11, 11:24 PM
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Seriously, should I just consider this social Darwinism?
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Mar23-11, 12:52 AM
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I'd look at it more like any other "psuedo treatment" or whatever you want to call it. It probably only works because the peope THINK it works. Call it the placebo effect if you want.
Mar23-11, 11:32 AM
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Radiation Hormesis is not a treatment for anything, just a theory that there isn't a purely linear relationship between ionizing radiation and harm to human tissue/life.

Personally, if that's the case, we already have that exposure from common sources, and there's no other possible benefit beyond its relationship to radiation. I'd add, Hormesis is not a commonly accepted model for radiation exposure, nor is it meant or believed to have ancillary benefits.

So yeah, lets call it social-Darwinism, even if it's just at the level of liberating money from fools.

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Mar23-11, 05:05 PM
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Radiation Health Benefits

In the late 20th century and early 21st century, some "health mines" were established in Basin, Montana which attracted people seeking relief from health problems such as arthritis through limited exposure to radioactive mine water and radon.[66] The practice is controversial because of the "well-documented ill effects of high-dose radiation on the body."[67] Radon has nevertheless been found to induce beneficial long-term effects.[55]...

Results. The two groups showed a similar baseline situation. After completion of treatment, relevant clinical improvements were observed in both groups, with no notable group differences. However, the follow‐up revealed sustained effects in the radon arm, and a return to baseline levels in the sham arm. After 6 months, marked between‐group differences were found for both end‐points (pain intensity: −16.9%, 95% confidence interval −27.6 to −6.2%; AIMS score: 0.57, 95% confidence interval 0.16 to 0.98). The between‐group differences were statistically significant for both overall means (pain intensity, P = 0.04; AIMS, P = 0.01).
Conclusion. Marked short‐term improvements in both groups at the end of treatment may have masked potential specific therapeutic effects of radon baths. However, after 6 months of follow‐up the effects were lasting only in patients of the radon arm. This suggests that this component of the rehabilitative intervention can induce beneficial long‐term effects...

Five clinical trials with a total of 338 patients and comparing the effect on pain of radon baths (three trials) or radon speleotherapy (two trials) with control intervention in degenerative spinal disease (two trials), rheumatoid arthritis (one trial) and ankylosing spondylitis (two trials) met the inclusion criteria. In meta-analysis, the pooled data showed no difference immediately after treatment (P=0.13) but significantly better pain reduction in the radon group than the control group at 3 months (P=0.02) and 6 months (P=0.002) after treatment...

Not sure what to make of this yet, but Google Scholar is your friend.
Mar23-11, 07:58 PM
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Yeah, I'd really try to avoid Radon baths, or the Polonium 210 burgers.

Remember 'Radium Water'?
Apr3-11, 12:11 AM
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I wonder if Potassium Iodide Pills would work against that.
Apr3-11, 03:13 AM
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Against what?

Potassium iodide pills ONLY make it less probable for your thyroid to collect radioactive iodine from the environment. They don't block radiation in any way.
Apr3-11, 11:36 PM
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I guess radiated salt from the supermarket.
Apr4-11, 03:53 AM
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I guess radiated salt from the supermarket.
Yeah. If the salt contained radioactive iodine, the Iodine pills would protect against your thyroid absorbing the radioactive iodine since it already has plenty.

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