It’s important to understand some of the types of radiation we can experience every day. Radiation, in a general context, refers to a source of energy that travels through space and may be able to penetrate certain materials. A good analogy is light. As we get more specific about various types of radiation, it’s helpful to view sources of radiation as part of the electromagnetic spectrum.
The Electromagnetic Spectrum
Within the electromagnetic spectrum different types of radiation are mapped in intensity and grouped into ionizing radiation and non-ionizing radiation. All sources of ionizing radiation are essentially man-made (X-rays, nuclear radiation), except for very low-level ultraviolet rays with slightly higher frequencies than visible light. Cosmic energy is also ionizing, but the atmosphere and ozone layer try to deal with filtering out cosmic radiation daily.
As we move to the far end of ionizing radiation we can notice that frequencies are higher and waves are shorter. Natural non-ionizing radiation, which we encounter every day, tends to be less energetic with longer wave lengths.
What is Ionizing Radiation?
Ionizing radiation simply means particles or electromagnetic waves that are energized. This causes electrons to detach from atoms or molecules. Ionization creates free radicals, and we’ve all heard much about free radicals and the health consequences for the last decade to understand the difference between ionizing and non-ionizing particles or waves.
Do we live in a radiated world? Yes. Do we live in an inherently ionized world? Nope. There’s a huge difference. Ionizing radiation is linked to cancers, heart disease and genetic coding malformations, to name a few. Non-ionizing radiation consists of radiowaves, microwaves and infrared to name a few.
Bananas and RadioPhobia
When you eat a banana, you get a good source of naturally non-ionized potassium. Due to the fact that a banana consists of non-ionized radiation we can be assured eating it will not create genetic birth effects. Conversely, if that banana was exposed to high or low levels of ionized radiation from a nuclear plant – you’d likely throw that banana out and not eat it. You can read about our previous article Why We Can't Compare Eating a Banana to Nuclear Fallout here.
Eating one banana per day X 365 days per year =
36 μSv per year dosage
Bananas contain a rare radioactive isotope of potassium, which undergoes three types of beta decay. Just like in bananas, Potassium-40 also exists in the human body, but remains a fraction of the 160 grams of potassium the human body contains. Potassium-40 should not be confused with the other stable isotopes of potassium.
There are three potassium isotopes. K-39 (a stable isotope), the most abundant approximately 93% total; K-41 is next at almost 7% and is also a stable isotope. The radioactive isotope, K-40 has a very low concentration of 0.0118% and has a very long half-life of 1,260,000,000 years. I'll still take two bananas please!
So the next time the atomic energy run media tells you we live in a radiated world lumping both ionized and non-ionized sources of energy together (so don’t worry about low levels of nuclear radiation) – tell them to shove it.
We'll also hear all about radiation-phobia in the news and business owners who are instructing citizens to support the economy because civilians won’t buy their radiated products. Your health is more important than their fat bank accounts so don't pay attention to them either. You can read about the Ionizing Radiation Coverup Here.
It is my opinion the average person as we aggregate together is going to finally tell the atomic industry, including media and government supporters of atomic energy industry that we have had enough. We will not care to support the atomic agenda any longer. When this finally happens they will finally have no choice and will be weeded out by the people.
“By and For the People.”
We put together this 2-part article to counter-balance the idiocy of those who prefer to stick their head in the sand (so be it - let them) and provide our insights to anyone interested in more facts and opinions on the world wide web. It may or may not have been the best way to dessiminate information, because all types of radiation under various levels (both ionizing and non-ionizing)can wreak biological havoc at different times.
However, for the media and for those who stick their head in the sand is it correct to tell others less knowledgeable that we live in a radiated world so who cares - why worry? All levels of radiation bring risks, and we live in a highly radiated world nowadays compared to thousands of years earlier. The point is no one needs more radiation. Period.
Some would prefer to just wait things out, live in denial, until humans visibly demonstrate mutant genetic tendencies. Other intelligent beings prefer to use their intelligence and act proactively, question things and find solutions BEFORE we get to that point. At that point, it's too late. Obviously such persons care not about the future generations in such short-sightedness and self-centered living. I think few would question the moral and spiritual emptiness of our cultural times.
Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.-Henri Cartier-Bresson-