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Obituary notice: LNT dead at 89 years, a life in the spotlight

February 24, 2017
By Edward J. Calabrese

The theory there is no safe threshold for cancer risk from exposure to single, low doses of radiation was based on widely accepted research now shown to be seriously flawed.

Two recent publications in the journal Environmental Research show the original research that led US National Academy of Sciences, Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR) I Genetics Subcommittee to adopt the linear dose-response relationship for carcinogen risk assessment, known as the linear-no-threshold, was seriously flawed. Using the linear-no-threshold concept as a basis for regulation of environmental clean-ups and limiting low dose radiation treatments for medical patients has cost lives and millions of dollars.