You Should Know About Cell Phones and Bananas

If you search the internet for how radioactive our world is, you’ll find friendly websites, not at all scary with cartoon illustrations (even though this is a science) and written for elementary classrooms.

Here is an example of one of these websites:

The Emergency Evacuation Map now mailed annually to residents in Pennsylvania looks like a road map for a fun vacation.

It even explains nuclear power in simple language with bright illustrations to show how electricity is made from nuclear power and turns on your toaster.

Albert Einstein once said, “Nuclear is a hell of a way to boil water.”

I will add: “And a hell of a way to make toast.”

From medical procedures like mammograms, chest and dental x-rays to going through the TSA body scanners and flying, radiation is all around us.

The sun, the stars, the moon and the earth—including us—all have radiation. The nuclear industry makes it sounds like radiation is everywhere just like dust.

However, dust doesn’t give you cancer, neurological diseases and brain tumors.

Their semantics need to change and match the severity of its long-term effects.

I want you to be aware of the long-term exposure to radiation.

Your Annual Radiation Dose

While you cannot manage what you do not know: the radioactive leaks and the nuclear accidents from the daily operation of nuclear plants and the transportation and the storage of nuclear waste in your world, you can lessen your daily exposure of other, man-made radiation.

You can calculate your annual dose of radiation on their websites, but there are many items missing in their list like cellphones and it does not allow you to accurately include the number of hours spent in front of such radioactive items, thus your number will be low and not accurate.

Compare the two charts. They each measure something different and are incomplete; but at least you can begin to make a note of what is radioactive and take steps to lessen your exposure.

RE: Cell Phones

Find out your SAR rating on your cell phone. The permissible upper limit for cell phones set by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is 1.6 W/kg of RF radiation.

FYI: The average yearly radiation dose per person in the U.S. is 620 mrem, according to the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP).

FYI: The average person is exposed to about 300 mrems of background radiation in a typical year. This is not counting any medical procedures or what the nuclear industry releases into our air and water and neglects to tell us.

RE: Bananas

Bananas have 0.01 mrem of radiation because of its potassium. This element makes bananas an official radioactive food. Please continue to eat bananas, this amount will not give you cancer. The health benefits far negate any risks and your body needs potassium from sources like this.

Truth in Numbers

Talk to anyone, who lives near the 450 nuclear plants in the world, 99 in the United States, 5 in Pennsylvania, or anyone living next to the 30 nuclear waste site Hanford like the TriCities or in St. George, Utah or near Rocky Flats south of Denver, these downwinders will tell you the truth or show you. They are living with cancer, neurological diseases, and brain tumors.

Ask the good people near Coldwater Creek in St. Louis, Missouri, which is one of the nuclear locations that worked for The Manhattan Project.

They made the mistake as children and played in the creek. Their Facebook group has more than 15,000 members and are now very sick due to their long-term exposure to radiation.

Since November, 2016, we started this closed group to help connect everyone in Central Pennsylvania: Three Mile Island Survivors Facebook group.

This group is incredible and is there for you, so you will not have to face anything alone. We are already 3,200+ strong. Please join or share with someone you know who could use the support.

Please actively be aware and manage your exposure on an annual basis because radiation is cumulative and invisible, then help us help others. Educate. Share. Act.

If in Central PA, please share your story:

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela (1981-2013)

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