“Tends to concentrate in the testicles”: 360+ atoms of radioactive sulfur per day may have been inhaled by Californians after Fukushima

Published: August 17th, 2011 at 12:27 pm ET


Where’s That Radioactive Sulfur Now? Possibly In Your Pants, Forbes.com by Jeff McMahon, August 16, 2011:

When the news broke yesterday that a previously unreported type of fallout from Fukushima—radioactive sulfur—had reached the United States in late March, nearly all mainstream media reports made the claim that it poses no threat to the health of Americans. […]

And if you’re a man, you may be interested to know that some miniscule portion of it could be in your testicles. […]

The California Air Resources Board estimates that Californians inhale 10-50 liters of air per minute during normal activities ranging from sitting to running. A liter equals 0.001 cubic meters, meaning Californians may have inhaled only about 360 radioactive sulfur atoms on that day—or more. […]

Sulfur-35 is absorbed by the entire body but is of particular concern to men because it tends to concentrate in the testicles, according to a Nuclide Safety Data Sheet from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Beta radiation occurring there could damage neighboring cells. […]

Published: August 17th, 2011 at 12:27 pm ET


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30 comments to “Tends to concentrate in the testicles”: 360+ atoms of radioactive sulfur per day may have been inhaled by Californians after Fukushima

  • selfsovereign

    You’ve heard of GLOW STICKS
    get ready for GLOW NUTS.

    Minor, unobservable damages to ones recessive DNA traits, from chronic low level radiation exposure, can take as long as TWENTY generations to express themselves as systemic disease.

    The exposure we silently suffer today…….

    Dooms our descendants for an eternity of tomorrows….

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Posted to HP. Thanks enenews.

  • arclight arclight

    i surmise that it must have been a female poster who submitted this dr watson 🙁 🙁

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Hey, Cheerleaders have arrived and I’ve got to get off HERE. Any takers go here
    Boy, now they are ALL with Looney Toon Avatars. How f**king fitting. These guys make me sick.

  • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

    OMG! This is completely NUTS!

  • Nukeholio

    They are going to end up like Lance Armstrong…Rad Nuts.

  • Hot Tuna Hot Tuna


  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Good! Finally, I’ve got one to give to the male administrators and managers at the apartments where I live.

    They are putting through a rule to force the 150 tenants to take all their belongings — shoes, umbrellas, raincoats, shopping carts– into their apartments at all times, even when it rains, or face eviction. I’ve tried to show them data, especially for Berkeley California; but they just laugh at me and call me some sort of hysterical conspiracy theorist.

    I can hardly wait to tell them: “Hey, dudes, check your pants!”

    • DiogenesNJ

      Ummm… well, sorry, dude, but you ARE a hysterical conspiracy theorist. 🙂

      All you need to show this “news” is nonsense is a little physics and a little arithmetic.

      Here’s the physics. The standard unit of radioactivity is the Bequerel (Bq), which is 1 atomic decay per second.

      You are walking around with about 8000 Bq of natural radioisotopes in your body: Potassium-40 and Carbon-14. The first is essential to your metabolism and the body maintains a constant amount of potassium. The second is generated by cosmic rays out of nitrogen in the air. This natural radiation exposure is unavoidable.

      Now for the arithmetic.

      If you read the original article, you will find that people are supposedly inhaling about 360 radioactive sulfur atoms per day.

      The half-life of sulfur-35 is 87 days. That means half of the atoms decay every 3 months or so. Half of 360 is 180, divided by about 90 is 2 atomic decays per DAY. Your natural radioactivity is 8000 atomic decays per SECOND for your entire life.

      There are (24 * 60 * 60) = 86400 seconds in a day. That’s somewhere around 700 million atomic decays a day inside you. Yeow! Why aren’t you dead yet????

      The radioactive sulfur is contributing 2 more,
      or 1 part in 350 million. I wouldn’t really worry about it much if I were you. Milk is radioactive. So are bananas, Brazil nuts, and practically everything else you eat, Fukushima or no.

      The point is that low levels of radioactivity are as natural as…

      • DiogenesNJ

        Ok, so I have to do the rest as a separate post.

        Low levels of radioactivity are as natural as organic tofu (which is radioactive). Life evolved in a radioactive environment — actually more so than today, because the K-40 half-life is 1.3 billion years. Life emerged about 2.5 billion years ago, or 2 half-lives, so background radiation then was 4 times what it is now.

        Since low-level radiation is everywhere, life evolved cellular repair mechanisms to deal with it, just as your immune system deals with the millions of viruses you inhale every day, mostly without your even noticing.

  • arclight arclight

    lol! ….getting alot of hits from worried men on this headline…looks like admin hit em where it hurts 🙁

  • James Tekton James Tekton

    They sit back in their leather chairs…allied with others of the same ilk…smiling at the ingenuity of the program’s smooth roll out…the human population slow kill off is proceeding at full pace and they are too stupid to realize how hot the pot is.

    The grass grows greener.


  • jump-ball jump-ball

    My CA desert bike ride with some kind of N95 multi-valved mask and now with sulfur shielding is going to get cumbersome; but if the GF accepts my new “use ’em or lose ’em” rule for later that day it may all be worthwhile.

  • “When the Earth is sick, the animals will begin to disappear, when that happens, The Warriors of the Rainbow will come to save them. ” – Chief Seattle

  • Hot_Rod

    Just Wonderful, now we can all play hot potato with Lance Armstrong!

  • bigisland bigisland

    This rainbow is not hiding. May we all Shine On! Welcome hohm.

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      The sixties showed us the vision of that rainbow. Now is the time to do the work to manifest the vision or maybe just to let go into it.
      Here’s to the evolution of consciousness, the consciousness to balance and match the technological and scientific advances. Physically, we acquired the power once attributed only to gods. Now consciousness must match that. Evolution and the survival of life requires it, mandates this growth of consciosuness. Otherwise we can not handle the physical powers we have attained.

      Mahalo brother bigisland. Mahalo.

  • Seems all the news of late is “Too Late” !

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    A Tepco apology for the glowing testicles.

  • shaktasna999

    I’m hoping mothers of teenage boys are figuring out a way to get them checked for their beginning of school sports physicals.