Ann Coulter: Nuclear Meltdowns Are Healthy for Children and Other Living Things
It’s a battle of dimwits, as Ann Coulter goes on the Bill O’Reilly show to argue that anyone exposed to radiation from Japan’s damaged nuclear plants is actually much less likely to get cancer. That’s right; Coulter actually says radiation is good for you. Scientists agree!
And uh, about that study of radioactive Taiwan apartment buildings Coulter cites to back up her idiocy:
In popular treatments of radiation hormesis, a study of the inhabitants of apartment buildings in Taiwan has received prominent attention. The building materials had been accidentally contaminated with Cobalt-60 but the study found cancer mortality rates 96.4% lower than in the population as a whole. However, this study compared the relatively young irradiated population with the much older general population of Taiwan, which is a major flaw. A subsequent study by Hwang et al. (2006) found a significant exposure-dependent increase in cancer in the irradiated population, particularly leukemia in men and thyroid cancer in women, though this trend is only detected amongst those who were first exposed before the age of 30.