Using baby teeth from 1950s/1960s and death index. These were collected are still available for genetic studies.
“Below is a very crude first draft (minus a budget and a timeline) of proposed study for generations of children and descendants of U.S. Atomic Veterans. It could be a one time, more intense project, or drawn out over a longer time, and less intense. How many and what type of personnel are needed? I tried VERY hard to keep this relatively brief. And I have a feeling that we could and should do more.” Joseph Mangano
- No government studies performed on bomb fallout and health.
- Unsupported government claim that relatively low-dose radiation poses no threat.
- Calculate death risk, from cancer and other causes, using baby teeth from 1950s/1960s, and death index
- Estimate death risk from cancer and other causes in other exposed groups (atomic veterans, nuclear plant employees, other)
C. Items Needed
- Baby teeth from Americans born 1950s/1960s, with data on each tooth and donor
- Liquid spectrometer machine/radiochemistry lab to test teeth for radiation levels
- National Death Index search to identify tooth donors
- List of donors on Missouri voter registration rolls – perhaps do a survey
- Statistical testing, written report, journal article
- Effort to publicize results
- Joseph Mangano – management, research
- New Full Time or Part Time Employee – research, public relations
- Lab Director – testing teeth
- RPHP Board of Directors – advisory
- Kathy Sinai – advisory, management, fund raising
Tooth Fairy Project
High and rising levels of radioactive Strontium-90 were measured in nearly 5,000 baby teeth, the only study of in-body radiation levels near U.S. nuclear plants.
- Read a brief summary of the “Tooth Fairy Project” and its results
- Read the five medical journal articles about the findings
- View media reports on the “Tooth Fairy Project” from sources like the New York Times and USA Today
- Order Joseph Mangano’s book on the history of studies of radiation in baby teeth
- Read the journal article and New York Times story of RPHP research on cancer risk to Baby Boomers using Strontium-90 levels in their baby teeth