Best of 2010: Dr. Janette Sherman on the true magnitude of the Chernobyl meltdown and the staggering health effects of nuclear radiation
This week, in light of the still unfolding nuclear accident in Japan, we play for the third time Dr Caldicott’s May 17, 2010 interview with Janette D. Sherman, M.D. on the long-term effects of the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown.
Dr. Sherman translated and edited the book Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and Nature, published by the New York Academy of Sciences in December 2009, which indicates that nearly one million people were killed by the Chernobyl disaster. Download and read the book for free by following the instructions on this page. Dr. Sherman has been an advisor to the National Cancer Institute on breast cancer and to the EPA on pesticides. She is a resource person and speaker for universities and health advocacy groups concerning cancer, birth defects, pesticides, toxic dumpsites, and nuclear radiation. Dr. Sherman is a specialist in internal medicine and toxicology. She has published more than 70 articles in the scientific literature and also writes for the popular press to provide information to the concerned public. She is the author of Life’s Delicate Balance: Causes and Prevention of Breast Cancer, and Chemical Exposure and Disease. As background for this interview, read the article Chernobyl Radiation Killed Nearly One Million People: New Book. And read the review by
Dr. Rosalie Bertell, Ph.D. of the Chernobyl book as well as this review in Watershed Sentinel. Read the March 22, 2011 article Chernobyl Cleanup Survivor’s Message for Japan: ‘Run Away as Quickly as Possible’. Also read the March 21, 2011 article Safeguarding Spent Fuel Pools in the United States: A drained spent fuel pool in the U.S. could lead to a catastrophic fire that would result in long-term land contamination substantially worse than what the Chernobyl accident unleashed. And check out the March 11, 2011 article An 8.9 Quake Could Have Irradiated the Entire US. Plus see the March 20, 2011 article Food and water poisoned by Japanese nuclear leak as expert warns more could die than in Chernobyl.