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A small dose of radiation is worse than an atomic blast

Dr. Abram Pelkau

Dr. Abram Pelkau discovered that the longer the time of exposure, the smaller the dose of radioactive salts needed to be in order to rupture a cell membrane.

On page 46, in Sara Shannon’s book,  Diet for the Atomic Age, she tells us that small doses of radiation have a cumulative effect.

“..a scientist named Dr. Abram Pelkau, did some research for the Canadian Atomic Energy Laboratories back in 1972. He wanted to find out how chemicals cross the cell membrane to enter living cells and he discovered that under some conditions the cell membranes rupture more easily than what had been previously recorded…In order for the membrane to rupture with this amount of radiation, they were zapped with the x-Ray machine for several minutes, however, when Pelkau irradiated the cells slowly, by adding small doses of radioactive salt to the water surrounding the cells, the membranes ruptured  at a dose of less than one rad.”

Did you catch that? One rad?

Dr.Pelkau varied the length of time that the cells were exposed to the radioactive salts and he came to the conclusion that the longer the time of the exposure, the smaller the dose needed to be. I’m going to repeat that, the longer the time of exposure, the smaller the dose of radioactive salts needed to be in order to rupture the cell membrane.

Prior to this, the popular opinion about how low levels of radiation effected the cells had been taken from studies based on high doses of radiation exposure for a short period of time. The  two main sources of data used were based on the health records of Hiroshima survivors and follow-up records of patients that received radiation therapy.

In Diet for the Atomic Age, Sara Shannon tells us that Dr. Sternglass, the author of Secret Fall Out, commented on Palkau’s study, ”It…turned out instead, a highly toxic, unstable form of ordinary oxygen normally found in cell fluids was created by the irradiation process and that this so-called  ’free radical’ was attracted to the cell membrane, where it initiated a chain reaction that gradually oxidized and thus weakened the molecules composing the membrane…”

In other words, free radicals are attracted to cell membranes.

The previously accepted notion of extremely low doses of radiation as being harmless was wrong. Instead of being less harmful than a short atomic flash, it turns out that a low-level, low rate of exposure to radiation was more harmful to tissue than an atomic blast or for that matter, any other type of radiation exposure, even for a brief moment.


If you would like to look into Dr. Pelkau’s findings, it was published in 1972 under the title, “Effect of 22Na+ on a Phospholipid Membrane” in the journal, Health Physics.  


taken from   by Maggie LaRue