Frequently Asked Questions:

(Information directly from the Environmental Protection Agency - EPA.gov)

What is radiation?

Radiation is the emission of energy as electromagnetic waves or as moving subatomic particles, especially high-energy particles that cause ionization.

What is plutonium?

Plutonium (chemical symbol Pu) is a radioactive metal with Atomic Number 94. It is a dense silvery radioactive, actinide metal used as a fuel in nuclear reactors and as an explosive in nuclear fission weapons. Plutonium is a purely synthetic element and has about 15 different isotopes, all of which are radioactive. Each isotope has a different half-life, in some cases thousands of years. 

How do people come in contact with plutonium?

Residual plutonium from atmospheric nuclear weapons testing is dispersed widely in the environment. As a result, virtually everyone comes into contact with extremely small amounts of plutonium.  People who live near nuclear weapons production or testing sites may have increased exposure to plutonium, primarily through particles in the air, but possibly from water as well. Plants growing in contaminated soil can absorb small amounts of plutonium. 

How does plutonium get in the body?

People may inhale plutonium as a contaminant in dust. It can also be ingested with food or water. Most people have extremely low ingestion and inhalation of plutonium. However, people who live near government weapons production or testing facilities may have increased exposure. Plutonium exposure external to the body poses very little health risk.

What does plutonium do once it gets into the body?

The stomach does not absorb plutonium very well, and most plutonium swallowed with food or water passes from the body through the feces. When inhaled, plutonium can remain in the lungs depending upon its particle size and how well the particular chemical form dissolves. The chemical forms that dissolve less easily may lodge in the lungs or move out with phlegm, and either be swallowed or spit out. But, the lungs may absorb chemical forms that dissolve more easily and pass them into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, plutonium moves throughout the body and into the bones, liver, or other body organs. Plutonium that reaches body organs generally stays in the body for decades and continues to expose the surrounding tissue to radiation.


For more information, please visit the Environmental Protection Agency's website - epa.gov.

Is it possible to remove plutonium from the body?

Yes. RadiExposure has tested numerous specimens contaminated with plutonium. The results reveal that one to four doses of RadiExposure removes plutonium from the DNA. This applies to the different forms of radiation as well. However, please keep in mind that as long as there may be plutonium particles in the atmosphere, water and food, it is recommended that RadiExposure be taken long term.

Can radiation cause cancer?

See the following article published by the American Cancer Society:  

According to the American Cancer Society...
Second Cancers Caused by Treatment.pdf
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