Helen Caldicott, M.D.

It is with great pleasure that we present Dr. Helen Caldicott as a Trusted Adviser to The Mothers Project on the question of nuclear power. Dr. Caldicott is a pediatrician specializing in cystic fibrosis. For the past 41 years, she has been an international leader in educational campaigns on the medical effects of nuclear power, nuclear weapons, and nuclear war. In 1978, she was founding president of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), an organization of tens of thousands of U.S. physicians that has led the movement against nuclear weapons globally. The work of Physicians for Social Responsibility and its allies in the 1970s and 80s played a significant role in bringing about an end to the Cold War. Along with colleagues in the Soviet Union and elsewhere, Physicians for Social Responsibility shared in the Nobel Peace Prize awarded in 1985 to International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Dr. Caldicott and Physicians for Social Responsibility also educated the public about the medical dangers of the nuclear fuel chain – from uranium mining, to meltdowns, to nuclear waste.

In 1982, Dr. Caldicott founded Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament (now Women’s Action for New Directions). She is the author of eight books, including Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer (2006), War in Heaven (2006), If You Love This Planet (1992 and 2009), Nuclear Madness (1979), Missile Envy (1984), The New Nuclear Danger (2001 and 2004), and A Desperate Passion (1996). The documentary film If You Love This Planet, which features a lecture by Dr. Caldicott, won the 1982 Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject.

Since the Fukushima tragedy, Dr. Caldicott has lectured widely on the carcinogenic dangers of nuclear power. She hosts a weekly radio show that airs on Pacifica and community stations entitled “If You Love This Planet,” and she has a web site packed with articles and the latest information on all things nuclear at nuclearfreeplanet.org. Dr. Caldicott is founder of the Helen Caldicott Foundation for a Nuclear Free Planet.