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NATURAL RADIATION: WHAT ARE ITS FORMS? ARE THEY REALLY SO DETRIMENTAL TO YOUR HEALTH?

Natural radiation forms part of the radioactivity generated by the cosmos (cosmic radiation), by the solar system (solar radiation) and by the ground (telluric radiation). Radiation emitted from underground affects us both directly and indirectly. The direct action of radioactivity may occur in the form of a gas, such a

s Radon, or in the form of alpha, beta, or gamma radiation: this last, in particular, is the most important because it penetrates further into a person’s body (while alpha radiation can be effectively blocked by a sheet of paper, and beta radiation by a sheet of aluminium or a large piece of wood, blocking gamma rays requires several centimetres of lead or innovative radiological protection systems).

The indirect action of radiation is manifested in the construction industry through the use of certain building materials such as tufa stone, granite, concrete, etc. Being ionizing, natural radiation is without doubt carcinogenic and, in fact, even IARC (the International Cancer Research Agency) with headquarters in Lyon (France) classifies this type of radiation as Class I; that is, definitely carcinogenic (like petrol, asbestos, etc.). Obviously, the higher the dose of radioactivity a person is exposed to over time, the greater their risk of contracting pathologies comprising degenerative disorders, inclusive of cancer. Some forms of natural radiation are well known: everybody knows, for example, about UV rays emitted by the Sun (solar radiation), and many people are aware of telluric radiation such as radon gas. However, few people have heard of “muons”, gamma rays emitted by the Sun, and even fewer are familiar with telluric radiation such as Radium226 and Polonium210 (decay chains of Uranium and Thorium), Strontium87, Caesium133 and Potassium40 (which are generated directly by the terrain).

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