NH #438: Radiation: The Invisible Threat – Mary Olson on Gender/Age Dangers, Joseph Mangano on Thyroid Cancer Risks

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Radiation: The invisible threat is discussed by two researchers who have each spent decades focused on nuclear radiation dangers:

  • Mary Olson is a retiring member of Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) staff after almost 30 years. She now serves as Acting Director of Gender and Radiation Impact Project. Mary shares startling information on how radiation exposure rates do not impact all ages and biological genders equally. Especially at risk: little girls.
  • Joseph Mangano talks about his 2016 report on Thyroid Cancer’s Invisible Epidemic, an article co-written with the late Dr. Janette Sherman.

All of us at Nuclear Hotseat mourn the passing of Dr. Janette Sherman. She died on November 7, 2019, at age 89. Dr. Sherman was a great supporter of myself and the program, as well as my book, and constantly encouraging of the work.

This is the obituary put out by Joseph Mangano and Radiation and Public Health Project:

Dr. Janette Sherman was an internist and a toxicologist who served as an expert witness in over 5,000 workmen’s compensation cases after exposure to toxic chemicals.

Janette served RPHP for over 20 years, and is the co-author of many of the professional journal articles the group’s members have published.

Perhaps Janette’s greatest contribution to the effort to fully understand the truth about exposure to radioactivity was as the editor of the 2009 book “Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment.” The principal author, Dr. Alexey Yablokov, asked Janette to ensure that the English version was accurate, and she labored tirelessly for 14 straight months to ensure publication in 2009.

Please listen to the 12 minute presentation she made about the book’s findings:

I’ve just returned from a major meeting with activists from around the country on nuclear waste issues. Report and interviews will be coming up on Nuclear Hotseat; stay tuned!