Childhood Leukaemia Letter to Whitehaven News


In 1962 Rachel Carson wrote a book that launched the environmental movement.  The book was called “Silent Spring” and the very first page outlines the known impacts of chemicals and radiation on health and the living world.

“The most alarming of all man’s assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials. This pollution is for the most part irrecoverable; the chain of evil it initiates not only in the world that must support life but in living tissues is for the most part irreversible. In this now universal contamination of the environment, chemicals are the sinister and little-recognized partners of radiation in changing the very nature of the world—the very nature of its life.”  Rachel Carson – Silent Spring 1962

The following is a letter sent to Cumbrian press by a supporter of Radiation Free Lakeland.  It was never published so it is published here for the first time.

Dear Editor,


Returning to live in the UK after over 20 years living in France I am picking up where I left off back then on the causes of leukaemia.

Answers I had asked in the UK parliament on 11.1.1989 on the causes of leukaemia listed nearly 200 prescribed drugs, many chemicals including many pesticides and radiation as known causes.

During my investigations into the causes in countless cases over the years, which sometimes resulted in successful claims for compensation, every case showed there had been substantial exposure to a known causative agent. In all these cases there was only one where a virus was found present and in that case the sufferer had been prescribed a drug documented in drug books used by doctors in the UK when prescribing to cause the form of leukaemia from which he died..

The reaction of the medical profession was to protect their friends in the drug industry and blame the virus ignoring the drug prescribed.

The government disinformation that some unknown virus could be to blame for the cluster of leukaemia cases around nuclear power stations is a red herring to distract attention from the true causes.

Another bit of government disinformation is that without the nuclear industry the lights will go out. “If you repeat a lie often enough the people will believe you” – Aldolf Hitler. Most countries do not have nuclear power and France, the world’s biggest user for many years, is now in danger of its lights going out because of the many faults in its nuclear reactors and the French government is now finally coming to its senses and plans, along with other countries, to get out of the nuclear industry.

The UK government has not followed up on the advice given in a Royal Commission report in 1976 on the nuclear industry and environmental pollution and has not pursued all the renewable alternatives the report suggested.

Edward Priestly

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