Brian Hawkins brianhks at
Thu Feb 22 09:57:42 MST 2007

Man I just love these side topics.  Nothing better then a bunch of nerds 
going off on tangents.


PS I'm taking notes so I can use this in personal conversations ;)

Levi Pearson wrote:
> "Daniel C." <dcrookston at> writes:
>> On 2/22/07, Charles Curley <charlescurley at> wrote:
>>> Well, you're already radioactive. But being exposed to enough
>>> radiation can increase your own radiation. That's in addition to the
>>> other damage that radiation can cause. For most people, most of the
>>> time, it isn't an issue. If the old BYU reactor was properly run and
>>> cleaned up, it shouldn't be an issue. I've never heard of anyone
>>> refusing to play squash at the University of Chicago.
>> So, my real question - does irradiating food to sterilize it make the
>> food itself radioactive, or increase its radioactivity?
> I'm not sure that simply being exposed to radiation would indeed
> increase your own radioactivity.  If radioactivity is caused by
> radioactive elements, being exposed to radiation would have to change
> some atoms in your body to radioactive forms.  I don't think radiation
> generally does that.
> However, if your exposure was in the form of ingesting radioactive
> substances, your own radioactivity would certainly increase.
>                 --Levi
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