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Author Topic: Try the Revigorator, get some of that radium glow in your cheeks  (Read 779 times)
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« on: July 25, 2015, 06:45:06 am »

The Revigorator is one of the many health products from back when people thought radiation was good for you. A container with radium and uranium that you filled with water, which you then drank later. Not only did that water contain more energy than modern energy drinks, it was also more likely to give you wings. Or perhaps some extra fingers.
Some scientists in 2009 decided to test it out, see just how bad it would be for you.

http://io9.com/scientists-tested-the-revigorator-a-vintage-uranium-he-1720025527
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2015, 07:20:40 am »

Radioactive drinking water? Heavy! Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2015, 07:26:11 am »

Much of the mineral water you buy in shops also has a lot of radioactive trace elements.
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2015, 08:55:26 am »

Much of the mineral water you buy in shops also has a lot of radioactive trace elements.

Yes but they are not selling it for the radiation in those minerals.  When was the last time that Perrier proudly announced that it contained "vital minerals such as uranium and radium"?

Mind you bananas and apricots are mildly radioactive as they contain 3 isotopes of potassium, and 40K happens to be unstable.  You could always say that "bananas provide a healthy dose of natural radiation."

It's interesting that the Revigorator water decanter actually was poisoning people, but not due to radioactive isotopes, but rather because it leaked high relatively high levels lead and arsenic into the water...

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When scientists tested the exposure to radiation that people would get, they were pleasantly surprised. The Revigorator did give off radon gas, which got into both the air and the water. While the levels exceeded EPA restrictions, the amount of radiation a person would get from either would have been minor, especially if they lived in a house with just a bit of a draft.
The real problem was that the Revigorator leaked its materials into the water. Those materials included uranium and vanadium, of course, but also arsenic and lead. Some of the water contained 300 times the maximum safe level of arsenic. Some contained 20 times the maximum allowable level of lead. So, the people drinking it were actually poisoning themselves—just not in the way they paid for.
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2015, 11:56:16 pm »


Arsenic is rather good for the skin, though, isn't it?  Even if the lead would make you irritable, your face would glow.

Himalayan pink salt is also a bit radioactive.
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