Current & Prospective Funders
The Radiation and Public Health Project
was founded by concerned scientists and incorporated as a 501(c) (3)
non-profit organization in 1994. Although small, RPHP already has made
a significant contribution to understanding health effects of radioactive
chemicals entering our bodies. We have published five books and 18 peer-reviewed
journal articles and have testified before nine government panels. We
have received extensive media coverage, including The New York Times,
Washington Post, USA Today, BBC, and National Public Radio. Most recently
our scientists were featured in Gary Null's award-winning documentary
Foundations that have helped fund our work include
The Louis and Harold Price Foundation, Applica Inc., Hopeless Records
Sub City Records, Lichterman Loewenberg Foundation, Alex and Agnes McIntosh
Foundation, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Oak
Financial Group, Inc., The Health Foundation of South Florida, the Westchester
County (NY) Legislature, William M. Weiss Foundation, and The Zimmer
Family Foundation, as well as various individuals including Alec Baldwin,
David Friedson, Burton Goldberg, Glenda Greenwald, Betty Guardiani, Gail
Merrill, Marjorie Roswell, Pamela Slater, Karen Frankel and Bruce Montague,
Jay and Jane Gould, Benjamin Goldman, and Dr. Ernest Sternglass.
Our current major projects are:
The Baby Tooth Study (Tooth Fairy Project).
RPHP has tested 4000 children's teeth for levels of radioactive Strontium-90.
We found that average Sr-90 levels rose 50% in the 1990s, are highest near
nuclear reactors, and appear linked to childhood cancer trends. We are the
only U.S. organization measuring in-body radiation levels, and additional
tooth testing will achieve statistical significance for results near additional
The Child Cancer Study.
As an outgrowth of the Tooth Fairy Project, we are conducting a study of teeth
in children with cancer (100 teeth have been donated thus far). Preliminary
findings show average Sr-90 levels are considerably higher than those of
healthy children. We need many more teeth for our findings to be conclusive.
The Long-Term Health Effects (Baby Boomers) Study.
Our third major focus is the result of an unexpected gift of 85,000 individually-identified
baby teeth from Washington University in St. Louis. These teeth, not used
in a landmark 1958-1970 study, give us the unprecedented opportunity to determine
whether Baby Boomers with the highest Sr-90 levels are at the greatest risk
of developing cancer or dying by age 45.
Each of the above projects helps clarify the
health risks associated with radiation exposure.