History of Radioactive Hot Spring Healing Spas
The idea that certain springs have miraculous healing power is
not a new one. For thousands of years, the sick have journeyed
long distances seeking cures at the waters of Bath in England,
Badgastein in Austria, in Japan, Germany, Poland, Russia,
Czech Republic, USA, Canada and countless other healing hot
springs worldwide. Many if not all of these hot springs
are still in operation today.
The ancient springs-town of Ikaria
was buried after a landslide. It was on a peninsula 300 meters
east of where Therma is today. As the findings prove, there
was a settlement and organized facilities for the bathers
about 2500 years ago. Today all that survive are ruins
of a small part that remained on the surface and some
buildings dating from the Roman Period.
The island inhabitants are being
studied right now by a team of researchers who are trying to
determine what lifestyle factors have left 30% of the island
residents over the age of 90. The ancient springs
are still very popular with the inhabitants and most of the
old timers visit the spring monthly. If
radiation were as hazardous as many people believe, why would
the island with the highest percentage of people 90 years of
age and older be the one. The residents bathe regularly
in radioactive hot spring water. Good food and
lifestyles are important too and the island foods are being
studied by scientists. The residents are noted for their
very low occurance of all diseases as well as their very long
In the United States,
the most famous curative waters are those at Hot Springs,
Arkansas. Indeed, the properties of these waters have been
valued so highly that in 1832 Congress established the
Arkansas Hot Springs as the first federal reservation, a
forerunner of the national park system. Even the
military recognized the importance of these waters and
established the Army and Navy General Hospital there in 1879.
At first, personnel undergoing treatment were required to lie
in tubs of water that was pumped in directly from the springs.
However, the 140-degree temperatures generated grumbling from
patients who did not appreciate what was good for them. In
response, cooling towers were installed to reduce the
In Canada Radium Hot Springs is a
village of approximately 800 people situated in the East
Kootenay region of British Columbia. The village is named for
the hot springs located in the nearby Kootenay National Park.
From Banff, Alberta, it is accessible via Highway 93.
The Radium hot springs were named
after the radioactive element when an analysis of the water
showed that it contained small traces of radon which is a
decay product of radium. The radiation dosage from bathing in
the pools is inconsequential; approximately .13mrem from the
water for a half-hour bathing. The air concentration of radon
is about 23pCi/L which is higher than the level (4pCI/L) at
which mitigation is necessary at residences; but is also
inconsequential (about .7mrem for a half-hour bathing) from a
dose impact perspective.
Canada also has Harrison Hot
Springs near Vancouver which does not speak of the levels of
radon but is known to have low levels, as do all hot springs.
In 1903, the
discoverer of the electron, J.J. Thompson, wrote a letter to
the journal Nature in which he described another
remarkable discovery of his, the presence of radioactivity in
well water. This led to the discovery by others that the
waters in many of the world's most famous health springs were
also radioactive. This radioactivity is due to the presence of
radium emanation - what we now call radon gas - produced by
the radium that is present in the ground through which the
Who could doubt that
it must be the radioactivity that was responsible for the
curative properties of the health springs? Certainly not
Surgeon General Dr. George H. Torney, who wrote (ca. 1910)
that "Relief may be reasonably expected at the Hot Springs in
. . . various forms of gout and rheumatism, neuralgia;
metallic or malarial poisoning, chronic Brights disease,
gastric dyspepsia, chronic diarrhea, chronic skin lesions,
Further details were
provided by Dr. C.G. Davis, who noted in the American
Journal of Clinical Medicine that "Radioactivity
prevents insanity, rouses noble emotions, retards old age, and
creates a splendid youthful joyous life."
Boltwood of Yale explained the scientific basis for the cures
in the following way: The radioactivity was "carrying
electrical energy into the depths of the body and there
subjecting the juices, protoplasm, and nuclei of the cells to
an immediate bombardment by explosions of electrical
atoms," and that it stimulated "cell activity, arousing
all secretory and excretory organs . . . causing the system to
throw off waste products," and that it was "an agent for the
destruction of bacteria." Radon was believed to be
so important to water that it was considered its life element.
Without it, water was dead. Radon was to water what oxygen was
turn-of-the-century in 1900 science had an explanation for the
curative properties of the springs, the health spas and
resorts associated with them began to do a booming business.
Names were changed to include the magic terms radioactive or
radium. Visitors came from near and far to soak in the waters
and inhale the air. Marble palaces (still open for business)
were built over the springs in Joachimstal in what is now the
Czech Republic, and luxurious spas sprouted like weeds in hot
springs worldwide. North America does not
mention the radioactivity of its healing hot springs anymore,
but people still use them.
Medical Associations' Use of Radioactive Healing Hot Springs
Germany, Poland, Japan, Austria, Russia, Greece, Czech
Republic and many European states offer through their official
medical plans a chance to be healed through the radioactive
hot springs. European studies speak of the
function of radiation in the healing process.
Unfortunately the cold war based fear of radiation has made
this branch of medicine disappear in North
Radiation Hormesis refers to the positive effects of low levels
of nuclear radiation on living organisms. The
keyword here is "low"
level. We all know from Hiroshima
and Nagasaki that nuclear radiation in large amounts will
kill and produce cancer at ground zero. Low
level radiation refers to the levels of radiation produced
by natural uranium and thorium ores contained in the
Earth's rocks. Alpha, Beta and Gamma waves are given
off by these ores. We have evolved for
millions of years to become immune to these low levels of
The effects of low level nuclear radiation from 1880s to
1980 were studied by Dr. T. D. Luckey who published the
first book on the subject in 1981 called Radiation
Hormesis. In over 1,250 studies he found
during the 20th century it was determined that low levels
of nuclear radiation were at least harmless. In some
70% of the experiments it produced positive effects such
as increased growth rate for plants and also a reduction
in the rate of cancer in lab animals. Just
after WW1 experimental work showed that solid cancers
would sometimes disappear following exposure to low level
X ray radiation. It appeared to boost the
body's immunity to both infectious diseases and cancer.
All research with animals has shown an increase in
lifespan. Studies of a number of highly
radioactive Thorium based sand beaches, some in India and
some in South America has shown that there are 30% fewer
cancers and 20% fewer genetic mutations in these areas of
the world. These areas are between 200 to 1000
times more radioactive than most cities.
Data Shows Protection from Cancer for Low Doses
The most surprising demonstration of Radiation Hormesis
was observed in Japan over the last 65 years.
For those who were bombed in the Second World War in
Hiroshima by the atomic bomb, those that did not get
directly hit or killed by the heat wave show protection
from cancer! Here is the curve of radiation
dose received vs the incidence of leukemia.
Note that the dotted line indicates the average
incidence of leukemia seen in most normal radiation
levels. You will observe in the graph at
approximately 1/20 Gray (5 centi-Gray radiation strength)
the incidence of this cancer is way below normal!
This is what Radiation Hormesis is all about ... the
positive effects of low level nuclear radiation. In addition continuing studies
of survivors show an exceptionally long life for many
is also important to note that among the people who
received a low dose of radiation the incidence of
genetic mutations was below normal and so was the
incidence of cancer. This goes against
everything we were taught about radiation. So
why officially do we exaggerate the danger?
Why Does Nuclear Radiation Hormesis
By the year 2000 the DNA repair function of the body
began to be understood. Cells can repair DNA
damage such as is caused by nuclear radiation.
The human body is found to carry out up to 1,000,000 DNA
repairs each day of our life since we were
born. These errors are caused by the strong
chemical processes going on in the body.
Exposure to low levels of naturally occurring radiation
typically accounts for 10 errors / hour or
less. Thus it is very easy for the
body to repair nuclear radiation induced errors to the DNA
code. When the body experiences minor damage from
nuclear radiation it responds by increasing the DNA repair
activity by hundreds of percent. These same
DNA errors could produce genetic mutations or cancers if
they were not repaired. Immunity to viral and
bacterial infection is also improved. Lifepan can be
increase slightly. This website will include
references to the original science papers for those that
wish to read the research themselves.
Prize Winner Lied About Radiation Danger
People Believe That All Nuclear Radiation is Harmful
News from 2011
Nobel prize winner Hermann Muller knowingly lied when he
claimed in 1946 that there is no safe level of radiation
exposure, a new study asserts. This led to the Linear
No Threashold model for radiation that states "there is no
safe level of nuclear radiation"'
UMass researcher points to suppression of evidence on
radiation effects by 1946 Nobel Laureate.
AMHERST, Mass. – University of
Massachusetts Amherst environmental toxicologist Edward
Calabrese, whose career research shows that low doses of some
chemicals and radiation are benign or even helpful, says he
has uncovered evidence that one of the fathers of radiation
genetics, Nobel Prize winner Hermann Muller, knowingly lied
when he claimed in 1946 that there is no safe level of
Calabrese’s interpretation of this
history is supported by letters and other materials he has
retrieved, many from formerly classified files. He published
key excerpts this month in Archives of Toxicology and
Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis.
Muller was awarded the 1946 Nobel
Prize in medicine for his discovery that X-rays induce genetic
mutations. He experimented between 1927 and 1946, working his
way down from high levels of radiation in 1927 to the very
lowest levels by 1945. His low level radiation
experiments showed LESS mutations than would occur at even
lower normal background radiation. He was astounded to
see this. In collaboration with other scientists
concerned over the dangers of atomic testing they agreed to
not mention the harmlessness of low level
radiation. Muller’s intentions were good,
Calabrese points out, but his decision not to mention key
scientific evidence showing a positive effect has had a
far-reaching impact on our approach to regulating radiation
and chemical exposure. It led directly to an
extreme fear of radiation by the public worldwide.
It also lead to the dismissal by the scientific community of
the healing effects of radiation. A few leading
scientists like Calabrese and Luckey refused to abandon their
research on Radiation Hormesis.
These positive effects of
nuclear radiation were hidden by a number of key scientists
for political reasons. It was not until
Dr. T D Luckey published his Radiation Hormesis book in 1981
that serious study of the subject was restarted after a
break of nearly half a century. Political
propaganda seriously affected the advancement of science and
it has been very difficult to do low level radiation
research since 1960.
Principle of Hormesis in General
Hormesis refers to the positive effect of
poisons when delivered in very low
doses. The 20th century had a
primitive way of classifying things into either
poisonous or non-poisonous
categories. It has been well
known for centuries that "The dose makes the
poison" To quote Dr. T D Luckey ...
The Paracelsus paradigm, “the
dose is everything,” is ageless. This
many-splendored view of the history of hormology highlights my
contributions. The more succinct statement of Dr. R. Arndt of
the Psychology Department of the University of Greifswald is
paraphrased: “unusually low doses of a toxicant should be
beneficial” (Schulz, 1918). The concept
that small doses of poisons are stimulatory was verified
experimentally by Dr. H. Schulz
(1888) (Pharmacology Department, University of Greifswald)
with mercury, chromium, arsenic and iodine in yeast cultures.
This established the Arndt-Shultz law, generalized and
paraphrased: sufficiently diluted toxicants should have a
beneficial effect on the organism. In Sept. 1979,
I visited the campus and was keynote lecturer at the II
Symposium of Gastrointestinale Mikroflora des Menchen,
Applied to Nuclear Radiation,
hormesis refers to the non lethal, health enhancing effects
observed to happen when low levels of nuclear radiation are
One of the first studies in radiobiology (1898) found that
X-irradiated algae grew faster than unirradiated control
groups. Stimulated growth was noted in trees (1908) and
increased life span in invertebrates (1918) and insects
(1919). X-Rays stimulated seedlings (1927), plant growth
(1937), along with guinea pigs, rabbits and mice (1940's).
Increased life span was the rule in low dose irradiated rats,
dogs, and even house flies (1950's). In a 1981 monograph (CRC
Press), T. Luckey revived the term "hormesis," but this time
with ionizing radiation and backed it up with a review of over
1250 articles from 85 years of experimental biology.
of the Radiation Hormesis Health Industry
Just after 1900 it was observed that all the
healing hot springs in the world were slightly
radioactive. There are springs in Poland,
Germany, Austria, Greece, Russia and in fact in most
European countries as well as Japan and China that
have been used for literally thousands of years to
cure the effects of arthritis. In Europe
today these same springs are used by the medical
professions to treat arthritis. The reason it
works is radiation hormesis and the radioactive
element in all these springs was found to be mostly
radon gas. Is radon gas a healer or a
threat? It certainly can be a healer for
arthritis. The question of its danger in
basements is debated in the scientific community.
In 1912 a product called the Revigator was
created. It was a water jug with uranium
ore built into the clay material it was made
from. The idea was to fill it with water
the night before and drink water from it the
next day so that radon could enter the body to help
with arthritis. This was the very
first radiation hormesis device from the early 20th
The Revigator Patented
The Revigator is regarded on the internet as being
the ultimate quack medical device. There are
amusing websites which quote the original instruction
Now you can have all the radioactive water you can drink
in the convenience of your own home!
We laughed about the revigator from 1950 onwards but in
reality it was a possibly useful radiation hormesis
tool. Unfortunately some of them used poor
quality uranium ore that was high in arsenic ... not much,
but enough to possibly counteract the hormesis
effect. If the water was used for bathing,
rather than drinking, this devices was excellent at
replicating healing hot spring water! This first radiation therapy
device was based on low level radiation. The
ore selected for the Revigator was somewhat high in
several heavy metals such as arsenic, vanadium and
lead. There were benefits for many but
for some people the presence of these heavy metals was not
good for health.
I do not drink it but I use a revigator in my own bathroom
to generate bathtub water ... eliminating the need to
visit the nearest radon hot spring resort to deal with my
arthritis. Most therapeutic hot springs
should not be consumed by drinking due to measurable toxic
levels of metallic minerals. I am 62
years old and have not found any satisfactory treatment
for my arthritis in Western Medicine since I was
20. I do have some luck with a glucosamine hcl
supplement that improves lubrication of the
joints. With radon spa treatments in my
own home I am dancing again many weekends. It
works well for me and I understand how popular a treatment
it must be in Europe.
A similar device is in use today made by a Colorado
Medicine Man Jay Gutierrez of Night Hawk
minerals. He simply uses a small piece
of carefully selected uranium ore (low in arsenic, lead
etc.) that you put in a gallon jug of water
overnight ... and you drink it the next day.
Several thousand people are using this new version of the
revigator and it seems to work. He has been
using radiation hormesis for about 20 years and has
invented a number of low level naturally radioactive tools
to improve health.
Many other products followed, most based on radon gas
generation. These products proved to be useful
and quite harmless but a competition started about 1930 to
see who could produce the most radioactive
medicine! It led to a major disaster that
ended the industry.
The industry forgot the basic definition of a poison ...
the poison is in the dose! Even table salt is
poisonous if taken in sufficient quantities.
The revigator would never kill. Over 300,000
revigators were sold and there are no reports at all of
anyone being harmed. We would not drink such
water these days since more is known about heavy metals
such as lead.
The early radiation hormesis devices were relatively
harmless. Then the competition started to see
whose medicine was the strongest.
Radithor won the contest!
Tragic End to the Early 20th Century Radiation
From 1920 to 1930 a competition was underway to see who
could produce the most radioactive home
remedy. The winner (unfortunately) was
Radithor, a bottle containing a microgram of
radium which is a very powerful radioactive
element. Several famous and rich
people who could afford to purchase it in large
quantities died horrible deaths from radiation
poisoning. The industry mostly had
ended by 1950.
being emptied, the bottle pictured at left contained
one-half ounce of Radithor, i.e., triple distilled water
guaranteed to contain at least 1 microcurie each of Ra-226
and Ra-228. The manufacturer of the product, Bailey Radium
Laboratories of East Orange, New Jersey, offered $1,000 to
anyone who could prove the product contained less than the
stated amount. No one ever did. It was USA
Another of the company's
guarantees, that "Radithor is harmless in every respect,"
proved false. Radithor is one of the few radioactive
quack cures that can be unambiguously linked to someone's
death, specifically that of Eben Byers at age 51. He
was the USA amateur golf champion 15 years earlier.
The industry faltered and
by 1950 Cold War propaganda had made such an industry
unthinkable. Radiation dangers were
exaggerated to prevent the proliferation of the A
bomb. No one wanted to even encounter
radiation! This avoidance of
radiation has had a health cost since it is now known
that radiation is a micro nutrient that prevents many
cancers from occuring. Swiss experiments
in a deep non radioactive mine in the 1960s showed
that plants and animals could not reproduce and grow
if there was no radiation at all.
Scientist Agree that Radon is Dangerous for
little disagreement that breathing the hundreds of pCi/L
of radon that caused thousands of uranium miners to get
fatal lung cancer is definitely harmful. However
miners are also in contact with carcinogenic rare earth
metals and other dangerous heavy metals. By
the 1960s uranium mining was using carcinogenic solvents
down in the mine itself. Uranium mining is
dangerous by general agreement. However the safety
of radon in homes is an area of controversy.
Many scientists disagree with the USA EPA about what the
level of radon should be before it should be reduced.
studied the lung cancer risk of uranium miners exposed
to 400 pCi/L. They assume the risk of a home owner
exposed to 4 pCi/L to be one hundredth as much. Based on
this assumption, the EPA guideline level of 4 pCi/L
represents a much greater risk than allowed for other
have tested more than 70,000 homes across the United
States. Cohen collected and published a huge USA study
in 1995. This study of all USA county radon data
shows the counties with the highest average radon levels
had the lowest incidence of cancer. Radon showed a
hormetic effect to prevent lung cancer.
Perhaps, breathing the low levels of radon found in the
home environment, might not be harmful. If
the levels are low, such as is the case with radon
therapy for arthritis or typical levels in our homes
there is no danger.
As far as radon safety in houses goes,
there is conflicting research, but the largest study by
Cohen which includes all the counties in the USA shows a
bio-positive effect for radon in almost every
county. A danger for smokers appears to be
true in some counties. There is also
evidence that nicotine damages the DNA repair mechanism.
There is a multi billion dollar industry called the
"radon mitigation industry" which proposes to pump radon
from all of our basements. When looking at
research on the effects of radon it is important to make
sure that the research is not funded by this industry!
3000 Years of Radon Therapy
There is historical evidence that radon and uranium have
been in use for therapeutic purposes in Europe for
thousands of years. Use of Radioactive
Substances in the 1500s to reduce arthritis and improve
health was happening in Germany in a silver mining
town. People drank water from the mine and
had yellow powder (uranium oxide) from the mine sewed
into pockets in their clothing to treat
This is a quote from the article 100 years of radon
therapy by Klaus Becker.
It was generally known
since the Middle Ages that the miners in the silver
miners of Saxony/Germany and nearby St. Joachimsthal
in Bohemia (now Czech Republic), although working
under very difficult and generally unhealthy
conditions and frequently suffering (and dying early)
from lung diseases ( K. Becker 2003), had less
problems with arthritic and
similar diseases than
the rest of the population. Therefore, the miners had
sometimes uranium containing ore residues sewn into
their clothes. They drank water which originated in
the mines, and the local population used pitchblende
(U ore) packages for the external treatment of
inflammatory diseases (W. Schüttmann 1987). A C.
Bruschius already wrote in 1548 in a description of
the high-radon Fichtelgebirge/Germany: “Here people
get very old, have few diseases, and recover quickly
if they have any.”
On the Greek Island of Icharus there is a radon hot
spring that has been popular for over 2500
years. It was used by the ancient
Greeks. This healing hot spring has both
radon and radium and it is still popular today.
Such traditional knowledge of Radon therapy explains why
Europe supports spa therapy in their medical
To read the original paper click on link below.
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Years of Radon Therapy in Europe
Hormesis Tools from Colorado Medicine Man (2012)
Gutierrez offers the following tools on his website
I am using these tools myself to promote health and
to avoid prostate cancer.
Radiation Hormesis Research in Japan
Radiation Hormesis research in Japan has been
carried out for a number of decades since they
started to study their own people involved in the
bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After
the initial bombing and deaths the remaining people
who received the lower doses of radiation from
nearby cities and towns were studied.
This study continues today and it has been observed
that no ongoing genetic mutations have been observed
in Japanese families. It would appear
that the genetic heritage is well protected
naturally. These ongoing studies have
shown longer lifespans and a lowered incidence of
cancer in the people who surived the first 10 years.
In addition Japan has the largest collection of
healing hot springs in the world.
Hot springs are extremely popular in Japan and the
health of villages which host hot spring spas have
been studied. Hormetic (positive)
healing results have been observed in all the
studies. Mifune (1992) (Mifune et al.
1992) and his co-workers indicated that in a spa area
(Misasa), with an average indoor radon level of 35 Bq/m3,
the lung cancer incidence was about 50% of that in a
low-level radon region. Their results also showed that in
the above mentioned high background radiation area, the
mortality rate caused by all types of cancer was 37%
The use of Radiation Hormesis in medicine is still
experimental in Japan but they are 20 years into the
work. It was Japanese scientists who
helped to launch studies of radiation hormesis in
Ontario Canada. McMaster University is
the centre for this research in Canada but without
the support of the Japanese researchers it would not
have moved forward so quickly.
Here are some links to leading edge Japanese
research and researchers ...
Radiation Hormesis Overview
(Using Low-dose Radiation for
Cancer Suppression and Vitalization)
Occurring Radiation to Nuclear Accident Releases
The press consistently confuses naturally
occurring radiation from that released by a
nuclear accident such as at Fukushima in
Japan. Naturally occurring radiation
comes from Uranium and Thorium mainly which have a
half life in excess of 4 billion
years. Both give off a mild type of
radiation dating back to the formation of the
Earth. On the other hand, many
radioactive components escaping from Fukushima
have a half life of days, not billions of
years. That means all the radiation is
given off a million times more quickly ... and it
could poison people. Please do
not confuse natural radiation with man made
isotopes which can be very
One thing the Japanese have in their favour is the
popularity of radon hot springs for
healing. This means the Japanese
people have developed an elevated resistance to
the effects of radiation from their cultural hot
spring bathing behaviour. Lets hope
this protects them.
For USA and Canadian folk worried about the tiny
amounts of bad isotopes floating in from the ocean
... time to build up your immunity.
Shop for beads at your local bead
shop. The good ones are called
vaseline or uranium glass beads. They
are 2% uranium and give off very low levels of
natural radiation which will build up your
immunity to both diseases and to radiation.
The Major Radiation
Hormesis Researchers in 2012
For further research please look at the scientific papers
by the following researchers ...
Dr T. Don Luckey of the USA: The original researcher
to surprise the world by stating that radiation can be
biopositive! Here he is with Jay Gutierrez, a
medicine man from Colorado who heals with uranium and
thorium ores. Luckey is in his 90s in this picture
from the fall of 2011.
Dr. T. Don Luckey,
pioneer of rad. hormesis and Medicine Man Jay
Douglas Boreham is a Radiation Biologist and Associate
Professor in the Department
of Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences, at McMaster University.
Professor Boreham is from
Elliot Lake which was a small uranium mining town in
Northern Ontario. He completed his Ph.D. at the University
of Ottawa in 1990 and worked for ten years as a Radiation
Biologists for Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. He moved
to McMaster University in 2000 and in the past eight years
has established four new state-of-the-art radiation
biology laboratories to study the biological effects of
low dose radiation exposures in humans and non-human
Professor Boreham has
attracted millions of dollars in research support for
McMaster University and is building Canada’s first
biological microbeam to study the effects of a single
alpha particle in cells. He has over 22 years of radiation
research experience and his expertise involves radiation
cancer risk and genetic effects of radiation on living
systems. He has published more than fifty scientific
research manuscripts and has won four major teaching
awards since moving to McMaster University. He has been
invited to give scientific and public lectures about
radiation risk around the world.
Doug Boreham has been
conducting experiments in Hamilton Ontario with low level
X ray suppression of cancers.
Jerry Cuttler of
Since 1995, Dr. Cuttler has
been assessing the health effects of ionizing radiation
and drawing international attention to radiation hormesis.
He presented tens of papers at many conferences pointing
out that low exposures are stimulating for curing
infections, extending life and reducing the incidences of
cancer and congenital malformations. He organized adaptive
response sessions at nuclear energy conferences, inviting
renowned radiobiologists to present remarkable evidence.
He has urged many oncologists to use total-body low-dose
radiation in cancer therapy. He has intervened with
regulators with submissions that identify beneficial
effects following low doses and debunk the LNT assumption.
He arranged presentations by world specialists in low dose
at hospitals, universities, nuclear centers and societies.
He continues to communicate positive low dose information
and fight politicized radiation scares on the Internet and
at professional and social clubs.
Dr. Cuttler is the recipient
of 2011 International Dose-Response Society Award for
Outstanding Career Achievement. The award is presented to
individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the
field of Dose Response
Edward Calabrese, a professor
in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the
University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded the
Marie Curie Prize for “outstanding achievements in
research on the effects of low and very low doses of
ionizing radiation on human health and biotopes.”
At an international
conference this week at UMass Amherst, Andre Maisseu,
president of the Paris-based World Council of Nuclear
Workers, announced that Calabrese is the council’s 2009
Curie Prize winner. Maisseu saluted Calabrese during the
annual meeting of the International Dose-Response Society,
of which Calabrese, an environmental toxicologist, is a
founder and current director. Maisseu said the prize
recognizes an entire body of research that has improved
scientific knowledge of low-dose ionizing radiation
effects on human beings and biological communities. A
formal award ceremony will be held in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, in September.
Edward Calabrese of the USA has advanced the
theory of radiation hormesis through extensive
Dr. Sadao Hattori
is the now retired Vice President in charge of Nuclear
Energy of Japan's Central Research Institute of the
Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI). He directed Japan's
research program on the effects of low-dose radiation,
conducted at 14 universities. A 1959 graduate of Tokyo
Institute of Technology with a master's degree in nuclear
engineering, Hattori received his Ph.D. from the
University of Tokyo with a thesis on the risk assessment
of nuclear energy. He has been a guest professor at Tokyo
Institute of Technology and at the Nagoya Institute of
Technology, and he has held his present position at CRIEPI
since 1989. Hattori was interviewed by managing editor
Marjorie Mazel Hecht in April 1997, and published in 21st
Century Science & Technology. Summer 1997, Vol. 10, No. 2.
a .pdf interview with Hattori outlining Japanese medical
research using rad. hormesis.
The University of Ottawa hosts the International Centre
for Low Dose Radiation Research. This is a
The two main researchers can be contacted through the mail
555 King Edward
555 King Edward Ave,
There are many many other researchers in the field of
Radiation Hormesis. This is just a
sample of the researchers.
These researchers will
lead you to other researchers. The topic of
Radiation Hormesis is a very hot topic in biology and many
PhD papers have come out in the last few years on this
Research Documents to Download (pdf format)
years of Radon Therapy
of Radon and Gas Therapy
and Low level Radation Therapy by Jerry Cuttler.
Historical Investigations. by Edward
of Low Doses of Radiation for Curing Cancer by
Jerry M. Cuttler DSc.-Myron Pollycove MD-James
S. Welsh MD
Experiments with Pitchblende to Replicate
Healing Spring 1913
Health Effects of Radon in Europe
and low level hormesis by Hattori
Radiation Hormesis and Cancer
2011 by T D Luckey
Hormesis 641 by
T D Luckey
using Internal and External Sources by T D
Examples including cancer
of Radon by Hattori
Treatment of Gangrene from Early 20th Century
Repair Center Mechanism Understanding 2011
Dose Radiation in Medicine by Cuttler.
basis of hormesis
Cancer Mortality (japanese village with high
using Radon for Arthritis type diseases
High levels of
natural radioactivity in Iran ... harmlessness
Cuttler Receives award for research
Hormesis, Demise of a Legitimate Hypothesis by
Muller Nobel Prize
Speech misinformation about low doses
Nobel Prize Speech misinformation - expanded
This page provides
background research for the Idea Wave Conference talk in
2012 in Victoria BC Canada where Ian Soutar presented a
talk on Radiation Hormesis on Feb 25 2011.
Making Your Own Radiation
How to Find the Ideal Dose of Radiation for Disease
The ideal dose of nuclear radiation to
produce a maximum bio-positive effect can be found
from the following dose diagram, originally from T. D.
Luckey and modified by Jerry Cuttler for clarity in a
paper published in April 2012.
ALARA = as low as
AHARS = as high as reasonably safe.
It should be noted that
there is almost a 3 orders of magnitude difference!
ALARA is the currently
used standard resulting in the evacuation from Fukushima
The following article by
Dr. Jerry Cuttler questions the evacuation as
unnecessary in the Dose Response website ...
Calculating Your Yearly Dose from
the discussion below the units shift from microsievert
To make this clear, we have shown the units as either
Micro-Sievert or Milli-Sievert in the discussion.
You can see
from the above diagram Figure 3 that bio--positive
effects can be seen to peak at 100 mGy =100
Milli-Sievert per year. A sievert is
equal to a gray for calculation purposes.
As an example: If you are continuously exposed to 11
Micro-Sievert/hour source that you wear 24/7 the dose
will be ...
0.000011 * 24 * 365 = 97 Milli-Sievert/year which is
close to optimal.
general use I would recommend 5 beads source shown
below in order to try it out. 5
beads put out 4 Micro-Sievert/hour or 35
Milli-Sievert/year. The above Figure
3 diagram suggests an almost equal degree of
bio-protection as 8 beads provide.
In the picture of myself below I am wearing 8 uranium
glass beads that together produce 7
Micro-Sievert/hour. This results in a yearly
dose of 61 Milli-Sievert/year. This will
reduce cancers by about 40% as well as reducing
infectious diseases (almost as well as 100
Milli-Sievert/year.) Wearing the beads
below I have experienced the first winter of my life
with no colds and no flus. My immunity is
usually poor and for the last 40 years I have been
sick for 1 to 2 weeks every winter with multiple colds
and I almost always get the flu. Time will
tell if this trend continues ... but I am unlikely to
give up using the beads.
Wide Range of Safe and Effective
You can see from the diagram Figure 3
that doses from 10 Milli-Sievert per year to 1000
Milli-Sievert per year score at least a 35%
reduction of cancers.
This is a range of two orders of magnitude that is
bio-positive! There is therefore a very
wide range of dosages that produce the identical
degree of protection within 5%.
This means that by choosing a lower but effective
dosage for protection of a population you will
mitigate the problems for someone whose immune
system is weakened. So when data
becomes available it is expected that minimal
levels would be adjusted according to the finding
of the research in this area of health study.
Here is Ian Soutar, me, wearing some beads. Being an old hippie I
beads are approved for jewellery use and are
completely safe. You can purchase these beads in
many bead stores. Ask for uranium glass
beads ... any glass (not plastic) beads that glow
under UV light are the right kind. If they
glow optimally then they are 2% uranium.
Making Radiation Hormesis Tools
Using Uranium Glass Beads
One medium sized bead (1 cm across) produces 1
Micro-Sievert/hour. These are my standard
beads which I can sell if you cannot find them in your
area. We would prefer
that you find a local source of Uranium Glass
Beads, but we can send some out on special
request or suggest suppliers. Ours
are also calibrated but with the wide range of
strengths shown by the above chart that are
biopositive you can see this is generally not
needed. 5 beads in the 1 centimeter diameter
size will do the job.
Someone will need a geiger counter and they can help
many people in your town to find true uranium glass
beads. A UV or Black Light is another
option to identify uranium glass beads because they
glow green under UV light. The key fact is
that GLASS beads can only be made to fluoresce with
the addition of uranium. Plastic beads are
useless! Uranium glass is widely available,
having been popular worldwide since the 1830s.
Some sources suggest that uranium glass was used in
ancient Roman villa tilework in 70 AD.
Uranium glass is still produced today for specialized
markets such as beads, marbles, stained glass sheets
for church windows. as well as for cups and plates,
bowls etc. Boyd Art Glass of Ohio is just one
example. There is an abundance of this kind of
items in antique stores and it is fun to track them
down, either with a geiger counter or a portable black
(UV) light. I prefer the light
because it is quicker. There is no
shortage of ideal strength glass
materials. They are very safe to handle
and approved for jewellery.
Uranium glass beads glowing
Uranium glass marbles glowing
Find Your Own Beads!
Why not find your own with a geiger counter or UV
light. The beads are commonly available,
particularly from the Czech republic where they are
traditional. Check your local bead
shop. Each bead is always in the range of
0.5 to 2.0 micro-sievert/hour output. If
you use 5 of any design of jewellery grade uranium
glass beads you will be receiving a radiation dose in
the biopositive range.
Own Healing Experiences with Radiation Hormesis
Here I am wearing
some uranium glass beads.
Being an old hippie, I like wearing beads.
Soutar, Victoria BC Canada
I am an electronic
product developer who uses microcontrollers and analog
electronics to create industrial and medical
tools. My business in Victoria BC Canada
is called Microsec R&D Inc. The Microsec
webpage is at http://microsec.net.
We began making geiger counters after the Fukushima
accident in March of 2011. After designing
them I wondered if I could find a source to mail out
with each unit. I discovered uranium
glass was available from the local bead
shops. It worked as a mail out
source for geiger counters.
Then I started to look at the safety ... and found
that they were 100% safe. Then with
a little more research I stumbled across T. D.
Luckey's writing and emailed him for more
information. He introduced me to
Jerry Cuttler, who lives in Ontario where I met him in
2011. These people introduced me to
others in the hormesis field and I started collecting
science papers. That is the origin of this
I personally found it
very hard to discard the propaganda of the 1960s.
As a kid we had atomic bomb practices at school
etc. People were building bomb
shelters. I saw the regulations
coming as a kid. I played in the Ranwick
Uranium mine near Sault Ste Marie as a kid collecting
radioactive samples using a friend's dad's geiger
counter. There were no regulations to speak of
in 1959. This was a major hobby between the
ages of 9 and 12.I slept with my radioactive rocks under my
pillow and on the night table. On my
pillow was the toy spinthariscope that you could look
at in the night and see the sparkling scintillation
with your own eye that represented nuclear energy
Suddenly the new
regulations came into play by 1961 and my parents
threw away my rock collection. All the cool
Atomic Experimenters Kits for Kids disappeared from
the hobby shops. In 2011 I called
all my childhood friends that played in the Ranwick
Uranium Mine. We had all been told to
expect problems later in life from our radiation
exposure. But when I called them,
all were healthy, none had had cancer.
In 2011, after emailing
T. Don Luckey I started ordering samples of
radioactive minerals on ebay. Since
I had a geiger counter to select the strength of stone
I could start scientifically irradiating myself to
improve health. I bought some minerals
from Thailand (pure thorite crystals) and some
radiation hormesis tools from Nighthawk
Minerals. The effects were
immediately evident. The first day
of self irradiation an allergy that had developed to
my favourite cat completely disappeared never to
return. Later my arthritis pain mostly
disappeared. The mudpack is to be
recommended for pain control. My wife and I both use it
and it provides for non pharmaceutical pain relief.
Most of the time (24/7) I wear pendant sources between
4 micro-sievert/hour to 11 micro-sievert/hour
resulting in a yearly exposure between 35 and 97
millisievert. Starting in March or April
2011 I have been accepted into a university scientific
study at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario to
look at my blood using a dose-response method. They
can detect changes in my immune reactions.
Looking at the 5000 year
history of radiation hormesis based healing through
natural hot springs it has been and remains of great
benefit. Population studies worldwide show
that in areas of high natural radiation there are 30%
fewer cancers and also 20% fewer genetic
mutations. Europe and Asia have gotten
over the Cold War propaganda about the dangers of low
level naturally occurring radiation.
Here in North America
however the fear of natural nuclear radiation has not
lifted and as we establish more and more rules to
lower the background radiation level people's health
will decline. It is very important
that this basic mode of healing that has been with us
for 5000 years or more be embraced just as it was in
Ancient Greece and also in 2012 throughout much of
Europe and Asia.
of this website is to overcome the nuclear
propaganda of the Cold War that still haunts North
America. There are several directions we can go from
1/ This site can be a place for amateur and
professional scientists to report their discoveries
share ideas. If you have comments or
wish to add material or offer corrections ... please
do not hesitate to email me.
2/ There are a few hundred people doing the same
experiments ... should we create a section of the
web for health effects that people
Should we have a chat area for live discussions?
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of keeping it online.
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