WHO: Japan Nuclear Radiation Is Localized; Not a Threat to Human Health

The World Health Organization tonight announced that the radiation spread in Japan is localized and not harmful to human health.
Via Reuters:

Meanwhile, a top expert on radiation says that fear of radiation is a bigger health threat than radiation itself.
Technorati.com reported:

A top expert on radiation, doing studies for the World Health Organization, reports that fear of radiation exposure has caused more health problems than the radiation itself. Other experts on psychological effects of radiation agree. In addition to the fear of the effects of the radiation, survivors are stigmatized by their society, increasing stress and feelings of isolation. This stigmatization can interfere with the survivors getting proper health care, jobs, and economic stability. Others turn away from them, fearing that association with those who have been exposed to radiation can be “catching.” Experts who have studied these impacts at Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Nagasaki, and Hiroshima, say that the fear and stigmatization causes so much stress in the people affected that, overall, the stress is more damaging to health than the radiation itself.

Someone needs to forward this to Shepard Smith on FOX who has been fear-mongering all week.

More… Books, Bikes and Broomsticks added this, via Instapundit:

Remember back in ’50s and early ’60s, when we set off something like 900 atomic bombs in Nevada? And how we just let the fallout blow wherever and it landed all over the eastern US? And how it wiped out life as we know it and all that was left from Colorado to the Atlantic were six-legged rats battling two-headed cockroaches in the glowing ruins?

Yeah. Exactly. So shut up with the panic already.

(And Lester Holt of Today? Stop being such a big girl’s blouse.)

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