Radiation is something that the public is becoming concerned with. With the recent radiation disaster in Japan the public is wondering what levels of exposure or healthy and what levels are unhealthy. There has been major debate as to what is considered healthy and the public isn’t sure what to believe anymore or who to trust.During the Chernobyl radiation disaster the public was also unsure of what was safe and never really got any factual answers.

Radiation is always present and we are generally safe depending on the current levels. Governments from around the world have told the public that there is no harm from the radiation disaster in Japan however, others say yes it is harmful and the public needs to be prepared for higher radiation levels.

High-level radiation exposure does pose a threat to humans, animals and the environment. The exposure happens from radiation disaster whether on accident or purpose. When exposed to high-level radiation your thyroid glands are affected. The thyroid gland becomes infected when it absorbs high levels of radiation.

Determining what level of radiation is safe is going to be dependent on the area in which you live in. Some areas naturally have high levels of radiation than others. You should also consider the food you eat because you are exposed to radiation through food. So based on your average yearly intake of radiation you should be able to determine what levels are safe for you.

The average person is exposed to about 300 mrem a year and this is from natural radiation in our every day lives. Now when you take into account a radiation disaster you will obviously be exposed to more than you would be at other times. This is where scientist and the main stream media disagree on how much radiation is okay. Remember that any level of radiation is dangerous and there really isn’t any safe level of radiation. You should be prepared for a radiation disaster at all times especially if you live close to a nuclear plant. You should also take the time to educate yourself on radiation levels.

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