Although immersing your body in water from a uranium mine would seem like the one thing you probably shouldn’t do with radioactive wastewater, doctors at Radium Palace say otherwise.
“There are two clinical benefits to radon water; first it has an anti-inflammatory effect – we know that it reduces inflammation. The second one is it has a direct algetic effect, it can work like a painkiller with a similar effect to morphine, but one that can last a far longer time,” Jindrich Masik, the head physician at Radium Palace tells BBC Future from his spotless examination room.
“We have different limits of radiation. For patients there are no limits, we can use what we want but in fact we use what is risk-benefit suitable – so what that means is that we don’t want to make any damage, we want to help of course. We use very small dosages.”