Thursday, May 2, 2019

CR3 Radon News Magazine--May Issue--Apathy

    CR3 News Magazine
 2019 MAY Issue_
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Medical Update: RADON APATHY
You can no longer sit back and do nothing ... You now know too much! Paying attention to your environment can help improve your health. New studies point out the need to pay close attention to your surroundings when it comes to your family's good health. Your environment can dictate your mood, and even affect your chances of developing certain illnesses. You can't ignore cancer.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Cast Your Energy Into the Pond

Cast Your Energy Into the Pond

              We are embarking upon a new season—a season of renewal and hope.  With compassion, trust, and the spirit of togetherness in the hope of helping to prevent future deaths from radioactive radon gas exposure; we can make a difference and help save lives.  Spring is all about new life, new opportunities, and new beginnings.  Believing in a mission, having a vision, and working toward fulfillment of a dream is what life is all about.  Please share your passion for radon reduction in our next issue of CR3 News. 

              We ask ourselves what we can do to make a difference.  Walk gently on this blessed earth with mindfulness of nature and humankind.  Tread lightly along your path showing kindness but taking up your torch to light the way for this worthwhile cause for others to come.  Practice courage as you share the facts of science and embrace the challenges which energize and empower you. Cast your energy into the pond and watch the ripples begin with the awakening of the danger of radioactive radon gas exposure.  You can move mountains when it comes to the awareness, education, and action for radioactive radon reduction.

              We are strands of this magnificent web of life that brings us all together.  We have an opportunity to make a difference; don’t miss it.  Be part of the change for good on the horizon. Words are plentiful—actions are what count; realize your journey and embark upon it.

Gloria Linnertz

March 17, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Radon Action Month--test your homes, schools, workplaces

Hope you will read and share our January issue of CR3 Radon News electronic magazine. Thanks so much to Jackie Nixon, lung cancer survivor and publisher, PA Re...presentative of Citizens for Radioactive Radon Reduction, and publisher of our magazine.…/radon_water_testi…/prweb16010442.htm

Sunday, November 11, 2018


Knowledge is power when it comes to lung cancer and radioactive radon gas exposure.  In a recent national survey of 2,000 people, commissioned by the Lung Cancer Action Network, 88 percent of the respondents didn’t know that radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers.  Most people are not aware that this invisible gas can seep into any type of structure: brick, frame, basement, no basement, slab on grade, crawl space, old or new.  Awareness is needed especially relating to testing for radon and mitigating if the radon level is high.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recommends seriously considering mitigation if the level is between 2-4 picocuries (pCi/L) and certainly if the level is higher.  The action level used in the U.S. is 4.0 pCi/L, but that figure was not based on health safety.  The World Health Organization has 2.7 pCi/L as its reference level.  Actually there is no safe level of radon exposure.

              Misconceptions about the effect of radon exposure are common.  Numerous studies throughout the U.S. and world have verified that exposure to radon increases the chance of lung cancer. The EPA and other agencies and organizations estimate that 21,000 individuals lose their life to radon exposure annually.
              Early detection and prevention can be more powerful in saving lives from lung cancer than chemo, radiation, and medication.  Of course, one method of prevention is to test the structures that are occupied such as homes, schools, and workplaces for radon gas.  With the advent of new and easy-to-use measurement devices such as the Wave Smart Radon Detector and the Radon Gas Monitor by Airthings, the user can be informed on a daily basis and instantly of the radon level in the structure—much like a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector.
              Early detection can happen with a low dose CT scan (LDCT) for people at high risk of getting lung cancer.  Research has shown that us LDCT scans to screen people at higher risk of lung cancer saves more lives compared to chest X-rays.  Only approximately 16 percent of lung cancer patients are diagnosed at an early stage according to the American Lung Association.   Exposure to 20 pCi/L of radon gas is equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day according to EPA.  Radon exposure is a considerable health risk with an estimated 200,000 deaths in the next 10 years which is largely preventable.
              Most people don’t think of testing for radon in the home until it comes time to sell.   The Radon Awareness Act in IL and MN has made a difference and increased the number of homebuyers testing for radon at the time of sale up to approximately 60%. The 2017 U.S. Census Bureau indicates the existence of about 126.22 million households. (A household is all people who occupy a housing unit).  Some statistical analysis show about 6 million homes (new and existing) were sold in 2017; therefore probably tens of millions of homeowners and tenants never think about testing their residences for this silent killer.  U.S. Surgeon General urges all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon.         

              Some actions to help reduce lung cancer are getting lending institutions to demand radon testing for home loans and insurance companies to require radon testing before issuing life insurance policies. Requiring radon testing for rental properties and awareness laws would help provide a safer indoor air quality for tenants.  Most individuals pay attention to their physicians so providing the access of “Reducing the Risk form Radon:  Information and Interventions A Guide for Health Care Providers” to family physicians, pediatric doctors, nurses, cancer centers, and other health care providers will help increase the knowledge of the danger of radon exposure in both the patients and the medical community.  Increased research is providing hope and a longer life for lung cancer patients and the future is filled with new treatments and knowledge.  Getting lung cancer out in the open (if you have lungs, you can get lung cancer) is changing the perception of the general public.  Surviving patients are replacing fear with investigation, participation, and activism. 
              With early detection, prevention, and research, perhaps one day in the future, lung cancer won’t be the greatest cancer killer of both men and women.  

              The best day to test your home for radon is today.