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If you are living in the US where they have found radiation tainted milk, what are you going to do?

Asked by skfinkel (12877 points ) March 31st, 2011

They say no problem, too low, etc., but are you giving the milk to your young children? Does it seem by even asking this question, I am inciting panic?

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erichw1504's avatar

Drink more of it in hopes of developing a third eye or some cool super power.

SpatzieLover's avatar

If I didn’t live in Wisconsin, this might be a real concern for me. Luckily, humans don’t need cows milk to live.

No, I would not willingly buy tainted milk. No, I would certainly not allow my child to drink it.

When milk is tainted, so is spinach——That may actually be a more of a concern.

crisw's avatar

This is a good article to read, if you wish to have facts rather than hysteria.

“Results from screening samples of milk taken in the past week in Spokane, Washington, and in San Luis Obispo County, California, detected radioactive iodine, or iodine-131, at a level 5,000 times lower than the limit set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, officials said.

At that level, a person would have to drink 1,000 liters of milk to receive the same amount of radiation as a chest X-ray, said Dr. James Cox, radiation oncologist at Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The I-131 isotope has a very short half-life of about eight days, the EPA said, so the level detected in milk and milk products is expected to drop relatively quickly.

“The good news about iodine is, it has a short half-life,” said Curran. “It doesn’t dwell in any biologic system, be it an adult, a child, a cow, for any significant period of time, and at those levels there’s no evidence that there’s any medical significance.””

Tocon_Tactus's avatar

Drink it, or make cheese. Whatever you normally do with milk.

At 5000 times below a safe level, a homoeopathic doctor should recommend it as likely to act as a radiation cure!

crisw's avatar

@Tocon_Tactus

I think you just found yourself a profitable business! :>D

12Oaks's avatar

I’d have a double bowl of cereal with double the milk, then lobby for a nucler power plant to be built in our town here. Would offer free milk to anyone who signs the petition.

josie's avatar

Don’t they use radiation to kill cancer cells? Drink that shit. Live long and prosper!

cazzie's avatar

I second @Tocon_Tactus idea!!

mattbrowne's avatar

Never board an airplane. Don’t climb any mountains. Never have an X-ray. Check your rooms for radon.

Children do eat fruit. There’s a tiny amount of alcohol in them.

That’s the situation of the milk in terms of radiation right now.

So, yes, you are inciting panic. Radioactivity is dangerous at certain levels. Alcohol is dangerous at certain levels.

skfinkel's avatar

@mattbrowne You didn’t actually answer my question. I know there is radiation all over. The question has to do with a special, unusual, and hopefully rare situation, and has nothing to do with alcohol, driving accidents (which also kill children), guns, pesticides, airplanes, etc. It has to do with low levels of radiation in milk. And I presume from your answer that if you had young children, you wouldn’t worry about giving them milk that registered a small increase in radiation.

mattbrowne's avatar

@skfinkel – No, I wouldn’t worry. Not at this point in time. If I were living in the US where they had found milk that registered a small increase in radiation, I would drink this milk and my children too. Because I know that taking my children on an airplane has a far more significant effect. Same for getting an X ray at a clinic.

This has to do with my alcohol example. My children are allowed to eat all kinds of fruit including ripe ones. I wouldn’t worry about giving them ripe fruit that registered a small increase in alcohol content. But they won’t get beer or wine of whiskey.

So don’t get me wrong. I am very much anti nuclear power. I don’t let my children eat boar hunted in Germany, because they eat food in the wild which is contaminated with cesium-137 from Chernobyl.

In California I would continue to monitor the situation. More and more highly contaminated water gets into the Pacific. This will affect more and more fish and other marine life. A core melt and an explosion is still possible at Fukushima. 10000 times more radioactive substances could get distributed over larger areas.

I recommend reading this article

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sievert#Single_dose_examples

skfinkel's avatar

@mattbrowne check out this article on long term low level radiation. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/05/health/05radiation.html

mattbrowne's avatar

@skfinkel – Low level radiation is dangerous. But regarding the milk example we are not talking about low level radiation.

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