I am the daughter of Dr. Earle Reynolds, who was sent by the American government to research the effects of the Hiroshima bomb on the health of exposed children (1951-54). We later sailed our family yacht Phoenix to both American and Soviet testing areas (1958 and 1960) to protest nuclear weapons.
The Atomic Energy Commission funded the original research on the effects of radiation in Hiroshima--until the results of the research, showing radiation to be adverse to public health, conflicted with the AEC's attempts to reassure the American public regarding the risks of radiation so the government could undertake a series of atmospheric nuclear explosions in Nevada and the Pacific. The AEC cancelled the Hiroshima research and suppressed my father's findings for four years, until the testing program was over.
You will be glad to know that impartial, scientific studies on the connection between radiation and cancer have been resumed. As you can imagine, they are no longer funded by the government, so the scientists--an epidemiologist, a a radiation physicist, a toxicologist, etc.--need our help. One study, on those with cancer who live in proximity to nuclear power plants, showed a strong correlation between radiation and cancer. A separate study of 85,000 baby teeth of Americans who were alive during the testing of nuclear weapons is underway. It is called The Tooth Fairy Project. You can read about both studies at www.radiation.org and in the scientific journals listed there.
I'm sure you agree that this research is important. If you are a baby boomer, how are your chances of developing cancer increased by the fact that nuclear testing was releasing radiation into the air you breathed and water you drank as a child? Of the 85,000 teeth donated for study, the Tooth Fairy Project has only been able to study 300 so far. It costs $75-100 to study each tooth--and the half-life of the radiation (Strontium-90) in the teeth is 29 years so the research can not be put off indefinitely.
Since there are no government or other grants presently available to the Radiation and Public Health Project (RPHP) which oversees the Tooth Fairy Project, please join my husband and me in (1) supporting the Tooth Fairy Project with financial donations and (2) passing this information on to other individuals, anti-nuclear organizations, peace churches and so on which may be willing to donate, too. (Do you know anyone with a spare $8,470,000 to underwrite the whole project?)
For further information about the Tooth Fairy Project or to donate online, contact Joe Mangano, Director, at www.radiation.org.
Jerry and Jessica (Reynolds) Renshaw