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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Iranian Nuclear Chief: Drinking Heavy Water Helps Fight Cancer and AIDS

You can't make this stuff up.

MEMRI has excerpts from an interview with Mohammad Sa'idi, international affairs deputy of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, which aired on the Iranian News Channel (IRINN) on August 27, 2006. You can watch the entire clip here.

"Patients... Consume [Heavy Water] Daily to Heal Their Diseases "

Interviewer: "You just said that in some cases, heavy water can even be used for drinking."

Mohammad Sa'idi: "Yes."

Interviewer: "Could you elaborate on this?"

Mohammad Sa'idi: "One of the products of heavy water is depleted deuterium. As you know, in an environment with depleted deuterium, the reception of cancer cells and of the AIDS viruses is disrupted. Since this reception is disrupted, the cells are gradually expelled from the body. Obviously, one glass of depleted deuterium will not expel or cure the cancer or eliminate the AIDS. We are talking about a certain period of time. In many countries that deal with these diseases, patients use this kind of water instead of regular water, and consume it daily in order to heal their diseases.

"In other words, the issue of heavy water has to do with matters of life and death, in many cases. One of the reasons that led us to produce heavy water was to use it for agricultural... medical purposes, and especially for industrial purposes in our country."
So that's why they want to produce nuclear energy? Why didn't I think of that?


At 3:49 PM, Blogger Kranky (in the civilized world) said...


Deuterium is stable, not radioactive. Tritium decays by a neutron decay channel, whereby one of the 2 neutrons decays into a proton, an electron, and an electron neutrino.

The neutrino will pass harmlessly through you. Worst case it may be absorbed by a nucleon to catalyze the inverse reaction, taking a proton, an electron and merging them to form a neutron. Though the cross section for this is really low.

The tritium would release the electron with about 6keV of energy. This is not very much. Not relativistic at all. Not even fast enough to do much damage via ionization.

In either case, they are not meaningful radiological treatments for either illness. I am not aware either of a radiological treatment for AIDS.

At 12:38 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I recently got my PhD in epidemiology (the study of the origin and spread of diseases), and I never heard of anything about using heavy water (and certainly not "products" of heavy water, which don't exist) as a treatment for, well, anything. The whole thing about "depleted deuterium" doesn't make any sense.

If Mr. Sa'idi is going to lie, he should at least invest enough effort to do it well and come up with an excuse that people who know anything about science and medicine might actually believe. One can admire evil done with skill, but only an ignoramus is going to respect evil done stupidly.


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