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The BEIR VII Estimates of Low-Dose Radiation Health Risks Are Based on Faulty Assumptions and Data Analyses: A Call for Reassessment.

The BEIR VII Estimates of Low-Dose Radiation Health Risks Are Based on Faulty Assumptions and Data Analyses: A Call for Reassessment.
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Siegel JA, Greenspan BS, Maurer AH, Taylor AT, Phillips WT, Van Nostrand D, Sacks B, Silberstein EB,


Siegel JA, Greenspan BS, Maurer AH, Taylor AT, Phillips WT, Van Nostrand D, Sacks B, Silberstein EB, (click to view)

Siegel JA, Greenspan BS, Maurer AH, Taylor AT, Phillips WT, Van Nostrand D, Sacks B, Silberstein EB,

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Journal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine 2018 02 23() pii jnumed.117.206219
Abstract

The 2006 National Academy of Sciences Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR) VII report is a well recognized and frequently cited source on the legitimacy of the linear no-threshold (LNT) model – a model entailing a linear and causal relationship between ionizing radiation and human cancer risk. Linearity means that all radiation causes cancer and explicitly excludes a threshold, below which radiogenic cancer risk disappears. However, the BEIR VII Committee has erred in the interpretation of their selected literature; specifically, thedata quoted fail to support LNT. Moreover,data cannot be considered as definitive proof of cancer development in intact organisms. This review is presented to stimulate a critical reevaluation by a BEIR VIII committee to reassess the validity, and use, of LNT and its derived policies.

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