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Radioactive Baby Teeth: The Cancer Link

This important book describes past and current studies measuring amounts of Strontium-90 in baby teeth, and how this radioactive chemical raises the risk of childhood cancer.

The book reads like a mystery, beginning with the discovery of an old ammunition bunker where thousands of baby teeth from the 1950s are stored. It is an easy-to-read account of one of the most crucial science and health issues of the 20th century.

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The Enemy Within: The High Cost of Living Near Nuclear Reactors

This book offers substantial evidence of the adverse health effects of radioactive emissions in high risk areas near each nuclear reactor site.

"At a time when both environmental and consumer protection legislation is under attack, Gould's book is a potent and alarming reminder of the necessity of continued vigilance and skepticism in the face of the government's and industry's reassurances concerning the dangers of nuclear power....With a wealth of backup data, Gould raises the critical and unanswered questions on the risks of breast cancer and other hazards of living near nuclear reactors. However controversial, we ignore Gould's warning at our own peril."

Dr. Samuel S. Epstein
Professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine
School of Public Health
University of Illinois at Chicago

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Deadly Deceit: Low-Level Radiation High Level Cover-Up

Published in 1990 by Four Wall Eight Windows.

Deadly Deceit discusses the importance of statistical estimates of excess numbers of deaths with regard to man-made radioactive pollution. Practical examples are given showing global effects from Chernobyl fallout in 1986, low-level radiation effects from nuclear bomb tests, and similar effects from nuclear power reactors.

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Low Level Radiation and Immune System Damage: An Atomic Era Legacy
by Joseph J. Mangano

This book establishes an undeniable connection between the nuclear buildup of the past and the widespread health problems seen today. While baby boomers were growing up in the 40s and 50s, aboveground atomic bomb tests and startups of civilian nuclear power plants were carried out without fear of public exposure to radioactive emissions. Although the consequences of low-level radiation are still hotly debated, Mangano's research findings emphasize a direct link between nuclear exposure and immune system deficiency.

Published by Lewis Publishers, Inc. (July 1998)
ISBN 1566703344

Profiles In Power: The Antinuclear Movement And The Dawn Of The Solar Age

Dr. Jerry Brown's book, Profiles In Power, presents, in five case studies, the compelling stories of ten 'Davids' who won against the nuclear 'Goliath.' Dr. Brown, and his co-author Rinaldo Brutoco, also profile individuals involved with soft energy alternatives, offering a viable alternative to nuclear technology.

These studies demonstrate how we each can make a difference, by exploring how others have brought about dramatic turnabouts in the American nuclear arena.

Dr. Brown's Book Profiles In Power: The Antinuclear Movement And The Dawn Of The Solar Age is available by calling toll-free: 1-800-257-5157

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The Petkau Effect: Nuclear Radiation, People And Trees
by Ralph Graeub, introduction by Dr. Ernest Sternglass.

Excerpt from Alternative Medicine Online:
Abram Petkau, head of the Medical Biophysics Branch of the Canadian Atomic Energy research laboratory in Manitoba, announced a discovery that should have shut down the nuclear industry as a matter of human survival. But he was not heeded and nuclear testing, nuclear power plant operation, and nuclear waste disposal continue 26 years later.

Dr. Petkau discovered that chronic low-level nuclear radiation exposure produced far worse damage to living tissues than high-dose, short-term exposure. Continuous exposure to small amounts of nuclear radiation can destroy cell membranes in a matter of minutes to hours, leaving cells, especially those in the immune system, open to damage and destruction by free radicals (toxic unstable molecules of oxygen), Dr. Petkau explained.

He named this the Petkau Effect. . ..As Swiss engineer and nuclear hazards expert Ralph Graeub explains in his shocking and lucid exposé of nuclear radiation hazards, The Petkau Effect, the more drawn-out the radiation, the lower the total dose required to break the membrane. Small doses of radiation can be more dangerous than large ones and low-level radiation magnifies all health risks....The Petkau Effect seems to cause damage to those cells which are responsible for the body's resistance to disease.

The Petkau Effect may be ordered from Four Walls Eight Windows
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Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and Nature

Written by Alexey V. Yablokov (Center for Russian Environmental Policy, Moscow, Russia), Vassily B. Nesterenko, and Alexey V. Nesterenko (Institute of Radiation Safety, Minsk, Belarus). Consulting Editor Janette D. Sherman-Nevinger

This is a collection of papers translated from the Russian with some revised and updated contributions. Written by leading authorities from Eastern Europe, the volume outlines the history of the health and environmental consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. Although there has been discussion of the impact of nuclear accidents and Chernobyl in particular, never before has there been a comprehensive presentation of all the available information concerning the health and environmental effects of the low dose radioactive contaminants, especially those emitted from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Official discussions from the International Atomic Energy Agency and associated United Nations’ agencies (e.g. the Chernobyl Forum reports) have largely downplayed or ignored many of the findings reported in the Eastern European scientific literature and consequently have erred by not including these assessments.

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Click here to read Karl Grossman's powerful review of the book
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Life's Delicate Balance: Causes and Prevention of Breast Cancer
By Janette D. Sherman, M.D.

With breast cancer rates soaring, Life's Delicate Balance defines and documents many causes highlighting means to prevention.

Applicable to other cancers as well, this book is being published at a critical time. Patients, their families, environmental activists, physicians, attorneys, and all of those working toward prevention will find this book interesting, informative and insightful.

  • Analyses the links between chemical, radiation, endocrine disrupters and cancer
  • Dispels the "myths" of risk for breast cancer
  • Provides a detailed examination of the promotion of tamoxifen and post-menopausal hormone use
  • Discusses the history, ethics and morality of the current cancer epidemic
  • Considers environmental related diseases in men as well as women.

Order Dr. Janette Sherman's two books Life's Delicate Balance, Chemical Exposure And Disease.

Chemical Exposure And Disease Diagnostic and Investigative Techniques
by Janette D. Sherman, M.D.

In any scientific discipline it is rare to find a book that does not oversimplify, and yet can be understood by the untrained. Chemical Exposure and Disease is precisely such a book, making complex issues clear to the general public untrained in medicine and toxicology. This book does not discuss the health effects of radiation. But to truly understand the effects of radiation, it is necessary to also know the adverse consequences of chemical exposure. We believe Dr. Sherman's book is ideal for learning how chemicals effect our bodies.

Before the Big Bang The Origins of the Universe and the Nature of Matter

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Jay M. Gould reviewed Dr. Sternglass's BEFORE THE BIG BANG
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Four Walls Eight Windows, New York, (1997, 2000) 328 pp, $16.00

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  Secret Fallout, Low-Level Radiation From Hiroshima To Three-Mile Island
by Dr. Ernest Sternglass

This ground-breaking book, Secret Fallout, Low-Level Radiation From Hiroshima To Three-Mile Island, is available on-line and for downloading at rat haus.

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The End of Nuclear Power

This 55 minute color video features Dr. Jay Gould, Dr. Ernest Sternglass, Nobel Prize winning scientist Dr. George Wald, Ruth Messinger, Larry Bogart, Karl Grossman and citizen activists fighting for safe energy sources. The program covers topics from a 1987 conference sponsored by The Citizen's Energy Council on dangers from continued use of nuclear power plants.

End of Nuclear Power video is available from:

Willow Mixed Media
PO Box 194 Glenford, NY 12433
$29.95 plus $3.50 s/h (NY residents add $2.60 sales tax)

RPHP Monograph Series

Post-Chernobyl Thyroid Disease in the United States of America by Jay M. Gould, Ernest J. Sternglass and Joseph J. Mangano, presented to The International Medical Commission Conference: Chernobyl: Environmental Health and Human Rights Implications (Vienna, April 12-15, 1996), RPHP Series 1, Number 1, price $2.00. Out of print.

Why Cancer Rates Are Highest Near New York Metropolitan Reactors by Jay M. Gould, RPHP Series 1, Number 2, $2.00. Out of print.

Radioactivity Levels and Cancer In Long Island by Jay M. Gould, RPHP Series 1, Number 3, $2.00. Out of print.

Radioactive Strontium in Long Island Baby Teeth by Jay M. Gould, RPHP Series 1, Number 4, $2.00. Out of print.

Ten Years After Chernobyl: The Rise of Strontium-90 In Baby Teeth by Dr. Roland Scholz of The Otto Hug Radiation Institute, Munich, Introduction by Jay M. Gould, RPHP Series 1, Number 5, $4.00.

Breast Cancer And Radioactive Strontium In Baby Teeth by Jay M. Gould, submitted to the World Conference on Breast Cancer, (Ontario, Canada, July 13-17, 1997). RPHP Series 1, Number 6, $2.00. Out of print.

Infant Mortality Deterioration In The Nuclear Age by Jay M. Gould, RPHP Series 1, Number 7, $2.00. Out of print.

USA Newborn Deterioration In The Nuclear Age, 1945-1996
by Jay M Gould, E.J. Sternglass, J.J. Mangano, RPHP Series 1, Number 8, $3.00.
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The RPHP Monograph Series may be ordered from RPHP by sending a check for amount plus $3.00 s/h for the first Monograph, and 75 cents for each additional copy NY residents please add 8.25% sales tax

Note that several are out of print

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