October 20—The Nuclear Industrial Complex: How Its Price, Pollution, and Proliferation Threaten Public Health

Please join us for a special Global Security Seminar with Jeff Patterson MD, Immediate Past President of PSR National.

When: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 6:30 PM
Where: UCLA Faculty Center
To RSVP: RSVP to Bennett Ramberg by October 19, 11am with your selection of $33 dinner/$38 dinner with dessert. Please bring your check payable to “Michael Intriligator,” your UCLA host. Parking is available at Structure 2, near the Faculty Center, at the corner of Hilgard and Westholme. Parking fee is $10.
For more information: Contact Denise Duffield at 213-689-9170

Topic: The nuclear industrial complex provides a combination of nuclear weapons and nuclear power that are tied together in a hand and glove relationship. Through the incalculable costs of production and cleanup, the devastation of catastrophic accidents, leakage along the fuel cycle, and the long lived contamination of spent fuel, our very civilization is threatened. In addition, recent data shows that even a limited nuclear war would be utterly catastrophic, creating a mini nuclear winter in which hundreds of millions would starve to death. The nuclear industry’s hallmarks of secrecy, cover’up and minimization make PSR’s role in educating the world about these facts ever more pressing. This discussion will review these risks and elucidate PSR’s role as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.

Speaker: Dr. Patterson is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI. In this role, he maintains an active family practice and teaches residents in family medicine. This has been his academic and clinical base since 1975.

He has been active in Physicians for Social Responsibility and is past president of National PSR. PSR is the US affiliate of The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, winners of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. He has traveled extensively in the former USSR and has lectured about the effects of nuclear weapons and radiation there, in Europe, as well as in the US. Dr. Patterson has visited Chernobyl and sites of nuclear testing and nuclear weapons’ production in the former Soviet Union. His special interests include the medical effects of radiation, non-violent alternatives to war as means of preventing war, and sustainable methods of ameliorating climate change.

Dr. Patterson is the medical director of the Hackett Hemwall Foundation (HHF), a charitable foundation doing medical work in Honduras, Mexico, and the Philippines. Through the foundation, with the help of many dedicated volunteers, he has taught physicians from over 20 countries around the world the procedures of prolotherapy to treat chronic pain. The HHF projects have provided treatment for chronic pain and the treatment of varicose veins for thousands of patients and this work is continued by physicians who have been trained in these countries. The foundation also supplies medical supplies, computers, and school supplies to clinics, hospitals, and schools in Honduras annually.

In addition to producing a DVD teaching video for training in prolotherapy, Dr. Patterson has taught seminars widely in the US and other countries. With his colleagues, Dr. Patterson has established the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine as one of the premier research centers for prolotherapy.

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