Baby teeth collected both in the 1950’s and 60’s, compared to baby teeth collected now from area around Dresden nuclear reactors in Illinois and Fermi reactor in Michigan may reveal radiation exposure from nuclear reactor emissions as a cause of spikes in cancer rates.  Radiation and Public Health Project’s Joseph Mangano explains background, history, and current actions.


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  • Baby teeth were studied in the 1950’s and 60’s to determine childhood exposure to radioactive strontium 90 from atmospheric nuclear bomb tests.  The results from what was called the Tooth Fairy Project led to U.S. President Kennedy and Russia’s Premier Khrushchev creating the 1963 Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and Under Water, known as the Atmospheric Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. 
  • Now, a cache of more than 100,000 teeth not used in that initial study has just recently been discovered.  These teeth will be compared with baby teeth from communities in Illinois and Michigan near nuclear reactors.  The more recent teeth are being collected now by epidemiologist Joseph Mangano, the Executive Director of the Radiation and Public Health Project (RPHP) to determine through data analysis if radiation releases from nuclear reactors pose health problem.
  • Mangano is a health researcher who has served RPHP since 1989.  He is author or co-author of 33 medical journal articles on radiation health, and is the author of the books Low Level Radiation and Immune System Damage: An Atomic Era Legacy (1998) and Radioactive Baby Teeth: The Cancer Link (2008). He managed the study of Strontium-90 in baby teeth, and now manages the citizen-based radiation monitoring programs near the Indian Point NY and Oyster Creek NJ nuclear plants.
  • If you live near the Dresden nuclear reactor in Illinois or the Fermi nuclear reactor in Monroe County, Michigan, and you have even a single baby tooth from one of your children, RPHP needs your help.If you’re interested in helping, CLICK HERE to access a link to a downloadable PDF of the simple submission form.  It explains what to do and where to send the tooth.If you have further questions, contact Joe Mangano at


Joseph Mangano of Radiation and Public Health Project (l) sharing a moment of levity with Nuclear Hotseat’s Libbe HaLevy.

  • Sister Megan Rice passed away on October 10 at the age of 91.  She is best known to Nuclear Hotseat listeners for having broken in to the U.S. Y-12 nuclear facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee – a so-called high security site known as “Fort Knox of Nuclear” – as part of a 2015 peaceful Plowshares demonstration against nuclear weapons.  She was convicted of sabotage – a conviction that was overturned after she’d already served two years in prison.
  • I interviewed Sister Rice right after she got out of prison.  Here’s the link to that episode: Anti-Nuclear Peace Nun Sister Megan Rice of Plowshares

Sister Megan Rice


Numnutz of the Week (for Outstanding Nuclear Boneheadedness):

Japanese government ministers keep insisting that they’re going to release radioactive tritium-contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi triple nuclear meltdown into the “sea” (meaning Pacific Ocean)… as though that’s a good thing!  Short sighted, tone deaf, brain dead…



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