anyone exposed to excess radiation from the nuclear power plants is now probably much less likely to get cancer.
Said claim comes not from a scientist but from Ann Coulter, a creationist.
PZ Myers, who is an actual scientist, writes:
I only know about hormesis from my dabbling in teratology; a pharmacologist or toxicologist would be a far better source. But I know enough about hormesis to tell you that she’s wrong. She has taken a tiny grain of truth and mangled it to make an entirely fallacious argument.
Read on for the details. Bolt might like to ask himself why, if low doses of radiation can greatly reduce your risk of cancer, can’t you buy Radium elixirs at the chemist? If the evidence was good the TGA would have to approve it, right?
Also, check out this awesome chart from xkcd comparing various radiation dosages.