4/13/2010

How Much Radiation Can You Take

We all know radiation is dangerous and can have severe effects on the body; we only need to look at the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster or the atomic bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki to see their horrific effects. But how much radiation can a body take? Can you recover? And what are the signs and symptoms of radiation poisoning?
The first thing you have to understand about radiation is you can’t see it, smell it or taste it. The only time it will be visible is the fallout after a nuclear blast. This dust will have the appearance of dusty snow. Apart from that you won’t have any idea your in a radioactive zone without proper detection equipment.

So just how much radiation can the human body withstand? Here is a list giving you a basic idea of what to expect at what levels. All measurements here are calculated in RADS which is short for radiation absorbed dose.

5 RADS and under - No visible symptoms

5 to 50 RADS - Temporarily decreased red blood cell count (you’ll survive but will fee pretty ill)

50 to 100 RADS - Decreased production of immunity cells, you will be susceptible to infections, nausea, headache, and vomiting are common. With treatment you will survive.

150 to 300 RADS - Up to 35 percent of those who are exposed to radiation up to this level will die within 30 days. They will suffer nausea, vomiting and will lose all their hair

300 to 400 RADS - At this point your chances drop to 50/50 fatality rate after 30 days. Like the last level all the same symptoms will happen but with the addition of uncontrollable bleeding in the mouth, under the skin, and the kidneys

400 to 600 RADS - You have a 60 percent fatality rate after 30 days, symptoms like those at the 150 to 300 level starts to become visible in a couple hours after exposure

600 to 1000 RADS - Almost 100 percent fatality rate after 14 days. Your intestinal tissue will be severely damaged and almost all bone marrow will be destroyed

1200 to 2000 RADS - 100 percent fatality with immediate symptoms after exposure

2000 RADS and over - Symptoms set in instantly upon contact then will cease for several days, giving the victim a “false hope” that they are recovering. Suddenly gastrointestinal cells are destroyed and death will begin with delirium since the brain can’t function normally and starts to shut down.

If your interested in learning more about radiation poisoning I found this documentary on YouTube made by the BBC about the Chernobyl disaster and the following cover up the Soviet government used to try to try and down play the disaster.

23 comments:

  1. I vote to have no amount of radiation inflicted upon my body. The freakin sun does a bang up job on my skin by itself. I get redder than a lobster and I peel like a goddamn snake. Pisses me off. m Other than this important bit of info, I thought your information about radiation measurements and what damage they do to the human body was fascinating stuff. Scary, too.

    Thanks for the nightmares!

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    1. Everyone is exposed to radiation almost continuously... sun, rocks, heavy toxins, pollution, smoking if you do, etc.

      Radiation is scary because most people don't understand it. Believe it or not your brain has thousands upon thousands of DNA mutations and you still live. Much radiation simply doesn't have the required energy to cause harm, but some does.

      Human bodies are built to handle it upto reasonable points since it's normal.

      FYI from a nuke from NNPTC.

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  2. Yeah it's nuts what radiation can do to the human body, it actually changes you at the DNA level causing your cells to break down. What's really scary is that every one of use is exposed to radiation of some type every day.

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  3. My father-in-law had radiation therapy for cancer. A year later he got sick, not from the cancer which was in remision. His intestines had been fused to his spine by the radiation. I think I'll take no radiation as well, if possible.

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  4. Now you have me thinking about all the x-rays and cat scans I've had over the years, not to mention the year I went to a sun tanning booth all summer long. Hmmm. At least my flesh hasn't fallen off my bones yet.

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  5. I am trying to figure out how much radiation we will be exposed to as a result of Japan's nuclear disaster. I am in Southern California
    http://networkedblogs.com/Nuy5L

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  6. Fallout 4 or bust!

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  7. I used this for the game lifeline

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    1. I blew him off and told him to sleep there... he's gonna die...

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  8. Aw yeah!
    Me too, buddy. That game friggin' rocks!!!

    Gotta save Taylor and stuff, u know...

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  9. There's "your" and there's "you're". When you know the difference you'll have more credibility. Tough but so's life.

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  10. Yes! One more for Taylor the trash-talker.

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  11. totally use'd this for Lifeline, thanks so much, I read all the info and now I know a little bit more because of a game. nice.

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    1. wow used* much? idk how I managed that.
      (same person who posted the comment)

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  12. Thanks for this quick and easy information about radiation exposure! Now, I have to go help Taylor in "Lifeline" who should not expose himself to 150 rads overnight to stay warm...

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  13. I guess taylor will be sleeping inside whats left of the crew quarters tonight. ...

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  14. Thank you from another Lifeline player.

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  15. I came here for the Lifeline game too but there seems to be a few errors in the text which make distrust the info. here. 1: your instead of you're. 2: Gap between 100 and 150 rads. 3: No mention of exposure times. -20 degrees centigrade is cold enough to kill you but that depends on how long you have been exposed to the cold. In the game Killer is exposed to 150 rads which according to your list will means she will be dead within 30 days.

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