posted on Apr, 8 2011 @ 12:25 PM
People keep downplaying the danger of Ionizing Radiation in the mainstream media, on the street, and even on our beloved ATS.
I am going to put an end to this nonsense now with actual scientific information and I shall show you exactly how Ionizing Radiation causes damage in
This is all very simple and basic. Everyone should be able to grasp this information.
Biological effect begins with the ionization of atoms. The mechanism by which radiation causes damage to human tissue, or any other
material, is by ionization of atoms in the material. Ionizing radiation absorbed by human tissue has enough energy to remove electrons from the atoms
that make up molecules of the tissue.When the electron that was shared by the two atoms to form a molecular bond is dislodged by ionizing
radiation, the bond is broken and thus, the molecule falls apart. This is a basic model for understanding radiation damage.
Sourced from Jefforson Lab
Please read the entire link in depth if you care to have a clue about this stuff.
We consider the chromosomes to be the most critical part of the cell since they contain the genetic information and instructions required for the
cell to perform its function and to make copies of itself for reproduction purposes. Also, there are very effective repair mechanisms at work
constantly which repair cellular damage - including chromosome damage.
It lists the 4 possible outcomes of being exposed to ionizing radiation on a cellular level.
Cells are undamaged by the dose
Cells are damaged, repair the damage and operate normally
Cells are damaged, repair the damage and operate abnormally
Cells die as a result of the damage
So basically what it comes down to this is.
How much damage happened? Was the organism capable of self-repair? Was the repair fully successful or resulting in further problems?
Basically it becomes a race between the organism's capability to repair the damage vs the speed at which the damage is being caused.
Please folks, read up.
Ionizing radiation causes your molecules to fall apart because the chemical bonds holding the atoms together are broken.
Next time someone tells you that ionizing radiation is "safe", ask them "what mechanism does radiation cause damage to your body?" I betcha they don't
have a clue.
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edit on 4/8/2011 by tothetenthpower because: (no reason given)