York Chapter

Radiation Effects on Humans: Overcoming Fear of Nuclear Energy


Location: London Pub, 9724 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 1V8

Fee: $15 plus a small Eventbrite processing fee

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The ongoing crisis of radiation fear led our speaker to examine the political motivation for creating this fear. He also uncovered evidence of a lower leukemia incidence of the Hiroshima atomic bomb survivors who were in the low radiation zone. The leukemia data fit a hormetic J-curve with a threshold at 50 rem. Dose-response data on lifespan reduction also show a radiation threshold. This contradicts the basis for radiation protection and risk assessment that was established in 1956-58. Beneficial effects, thresholds and the biological mechanism are explained. The rate of spontaneous DNA damage far exceeds the rate caused by background radiation. The effect of radiation on the very powerful adaptive protection systems is what determines the dose-response characteristic. Low radiation up-regulates the adaptive protection systems, while high radiation impairs these systems. The remedy for radiation fear is to expose and discard the politicized science.

speaker-jerry-cuttlerOur speaker is Jerry Cuttler, P.Eng. who graduated from the University of Toronto (Engineering Physics, Nuclear) in 1964. He received his M.Sc. and D.Sc. degrees from the Israel Institute of Technology (Nuclear Engineering and Nuclear Sciences) in 1967 and 1971 while employed by IAEC as a research engineer and by the IIT as a laboratory manager. He was the Technical Manager of Seforad Applied Radiation from 1971 to 74, and then began a 26-year career at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in 1974. He led the team that designed and procured the nuclear instrumentation for three CANDU 6 reactors and for Pickering B and Bruce B stations. Jerry was later AECL's engineering manager for Bruce B, resident engineering manager in Romania, engineering manager of the SLOWPOKE district heating reactor, manager of AECL services at Pickering, CANDU 9 engineering integration manager, and a technical services manager. After retiring from AECL in 2000, Cuttler & Associates has been very busy serving Ontario Power Generation, AECL and Bruce Power for Pickering-4 return to service, the MAPLE medical isotope reactors, and the Bruce 1&2 Restart. He continues to provide services to Bruce Power and to OPG for nuclear plant life extension. Dr. Cuttler served on the council of the Canadian Nuclear Society for about 15 years and was president

It’s Hamburger Night at the Pub and with the purchase of a beverage; the Chapter will buy you a very good burger. Networking and socializing encouraged.
*Note: Please drink responsibly and arrange for a safe ride home

Friends are also welcome.

Rick Vender, P.Eng.
Program Director
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