Granite countertops are dangerous because they are radioactive, and they emit poisonous radon gas. This phenomenon is something that even the mainstream press has begun reporting. The E.P.A. and other regulatory agencies have received floods of phone calls from home owners and inspectors about high levels of radiation from granite countertops. Regulators are urging people to ignore the high readings as unimportant, because taking a negative stance against radiation in kitchens would also imply that the radiation used in modern medicine is also dangerous. There is a tremendous amount of money to be lost across several industries, in other words.

Some mainstream news agencies parrot that granite countertops are categorically safe, even though the variations in radiation levels are extreme. All granite countertops emit a small amount of radiation, but some are far higher than E.P.A. 'recommended amounts'. Despite the numbers being sometimes higher than environmentally allowable standards, the E.P.A. nevertheless maintains that granite countertops should not be a cause for concern. You see, radiation from countertops is safe. It's a healthy kind of radiation, and it might even cure cancer. Granite radiation is safe in much the same way that fluoride mystically becomes safe when it is mixed in drinking water or toothpastes. It's F.D.A. science, in other words.

Meanwhile, the E.P.A. recommends that every house get checked for radon levels to, of course, detect how much healthy radiation homes are blessed with. ABC News exposed that the Environmental Protection Agency does not even have a procedure for checking countertops, which might explain some of the agency's insanity. If they do not have any procedure, and presumably have not done any testing of their own, then we must wonder how they could possibly conclude that all granite countertops are safe. Since the time of Madam Curie, we have clearly known what radiation exposure does to health, as is the case of poison gas.

The Marble Institute of America unsurprisingly claims that granite is completely safe, and distractedly focuses on negligible sources of radiation in homes, such as that which "comes from soil or rock beneath the building". However, they do admit that some of the newer varieties of granite, particularly exotic types, have not been seen before, and are emitting the highest levels of radon gas and radiation. Again, safety was institutionally declared before any investigation.

Famous bio-chemist, Linus Pauling, was one of the foremost supporters of ending nuclear testing. He maintained that radiation damage is accumulative. Small amounts of radiation over an extended period is just as damaging as being exposed to all of it on the same day. The human body never truly heals from it, or develops any kind of natural defense, and we're talking about mutagenic damage (at the DNA level). Pauling won one of his Nobel Prizes for his work in convincing governments of the dangers of radiation exposure.

Even tiny amounts of radiation should be avoided whenever possible, including microwave ovens, Pepto-Bismol, commercial mayonnaises, and commercial salad dressings. These foods have a high probability of being radioactive, and will almost certainly have radiolytic compounds, which are caused by exposure to radiation. We recommend that those with granite countertops test the radiation and radon levels in their kitchens, to ensure that they are not at increased risks of cancer, birth defects, or a plethora of disease states that are routinely caused by radiation. The presence of radiation can sometimes be detected by the way it destroys colloidal silver.


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Sarah Perry
# What is a safe Alternative to GraniteSarah Perry 2010-12-02 13:36
If granite is not a good choice, what would you recommend for use as countertops? We need something you can cut on, and set hot pots on too. Is marble the same as granite? What about wood? (although I don't particularly like the look of wood...)
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Thomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief)
# Thomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief) 2010-12-03 08:12
Marble is a completely different stone. We are not aware of any health risks involving marble.
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sean taber
# Granitesean taber 2018-04-26 01:10
This is an old thread but anyone getting worried and considering alternatives, maybe Quartz would be a good option. It is man made using epoxies and quartz stone dust. It's more expensive than granite but it's a lot more durable, more uniform in color with more choices for the look you prefer.
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Rachel Dilly
# all granite has some level of radonRachel Dilly 2012-11-10 11:31
I am a geological engineer so may be able to shed a little light here.

All countertops that are advertised as "granite" countertops are not necessarily granite. It is popularly called granite because most people do not know to ask for basalt, diorite, etc. When consumers buy, for example, black granite they are actually purchasing basalt. The salt and pepper colored granite is actually diorite. And the list goes on. All of these examples are igneous rocks, meaning that they came from a volcanic environment. They are used in kitchens because of their durability. All igneous rocks will have some level of radiation, and there is just no way to get past it.

Cemeteries used to use marble for headstones. If you go to any old cemetery you will see old marble headstones that are barely legible. This is because rain is slightly acidic and leaches minerals away from the stone. This is also why granite is used now instead of marble. Therefore, if you use marble in your kitchen, know that over time it will degrade, specifically from exposure to water. This may take quite some time but maybe not. It depends on the density of the specific marble that you purchase. Also, marble is somewhat porous and becomes more porous through exposure to water. This porosity can hide bacteria, etc.

Therefore, if you would like to avoid radiation and purchase a well made product, purchase stainless steel. It has no radiation and will not degrade over time. Personally, I think stainless steel becomes more beautiful with age.
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Rachel Dilly
# in additionRachel Dilly 2012-11-10 11:35
In addition to my last post, one cannot avoid all radiation. Sunlight qualifies as radiation and societies have lived in volcanic areas for millenia. The issue here is bringing the source of radiation into your house and the unknown effects of living in close proximity to it everyday.
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