Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, reports from Tokyo on the mental and physical health of the Japanese victims.
If we have to wear a lead apron to reduce the risk of exposure during a routine x-ray then how can Sanjay Gupta say that exposure levels at Fukushima which is hundreds of mSv higher than that pose no biological risk?
Not to meantion the exposure during an x-ray is a few seconds whereas exposure in this case might last hours or even days.
Sanjay Gupta also says in this interview that once the radioactive materials leave the gates of the Fukushima plant they begin to decay. This is a true statement although his intention is to imply that the principle of decay will further reduce the impact of the exposure. This is misleading since Caesium 137 has a half life of 30 years. It doesn't take a phD to see that credentials can be misleading.
How did Sanjay Gupta become an authority on everything? This guy pops up to discuss every topic there is from how to prevent bunions to mental health issues to nuclear radiation. All one needs is a medical degree and a microphone.
Ah yes, Sanjay Gupta.. America's voice of medical reason. He's safe.If anyone thinks simply taking iodine pills to prevent the effects of radiation exposure i.e. thyroid cancer, is nuts.
Sanjay Gupta's credibility is forever compromised as far as I'm concerned, due to his having made the inaccurate accusation on CNN that Michael Moore "fudged his facts" in his movie "Sicko," and never having apologized for this.
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