Why You should REJECT "Routine" NON-Diagnostic X-ray
June 19, 2020 (updated) -originally posted: Nov 23, 2010
Old policies that allow the traveling population to be subject to greater exposure of ionizing, non-diagnostic x-ray will lead to greater incidence of thyroid disease, and greater burden on the health care system of this country. Ultimately it also means more money out of your hands, and into the hands of the manufacturers of these airport x-ray scanners, the pharmaceutical giants, and the insurance companies who will raise their "affordable care" rates again with the excuse of greater disease incidence. None of these entities care that your long-term health is at risk, proportionately with greater x-ray exposure.
Do you remember the last time you got x-rays at the dentist? They likely used a "thyroid shield" as an addition to the lead apron they put on you, in an attempt to block any scatter radiation from reaching your thyroid gland in your neck. Scatter radiation is often labeled as "harmless," yet they use a shield for this at the dentist's office. Why? The reason is the thyroid is one of the most vulnerable tissues in your body. Other radiosensitive tissues include the eyes, breasts, and gonads. Ionizing radiation is a known cause of cancer.
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Have you also noticed that any time a person takes your x-ray, they leave the room? Guess why. It is to reduce their exposure to scatter radiation.
Cumulative scatter radiation is unhealthful. This is a fact. It is not at all comparable to the ultraviolet radiation you experience every time you go out into the sun, or fly in a plane. X-radiation is classified as ionizing radiation, while ultraviolet radiation is NOT. When they tell you your exposure from scatter radiation from each scan (classified as ionizing radiation) is less than your exposure to "background" radiation (including aspects from ultraviolet radiation that are NOT a type of ionizing radiation), they are comparing apples to oranges; x-rays to daylight. It is an intellectually dishonest comparison. Sunlight is not ionizing radiation.
"Cumulative scatter radiation is unhealthful. This is a fact."
The effects of x-ray exposure are not immediately measurable. The wrong question to ask is if one scan has been shown to be "harmful." There is no short-term way to measure the long-term cumulative effects. The question: "Is it harmful?" only considers the short term effect, which cannot be measured, and is therefore a foolish, misleading question. Every time this obnoxious question is asked, the wrong issue is addressed and the confused public continues to line-up at the airport for another dose of harmful ionizing scatter radiation.
The real issue is the long-term effects of large populations being exposed to non-diagnostic ionizing radiation, and the disaster it poses for our own health and our whole healthcare system. We have already commenced this disaster a few years ago, by this short-sighted and dangerous policy.
Problems with your thyroid can lead to brain degeneration, leaky gut and irritable bowel syndrome, weakness, chronic fatigue, brain fog, hormonal imbalance, autoimmunity, autoimmune disease, bone loss, environmental sensitivities, allergies, constipation... the list goes on! What's almost as bad is most doctors not knowing how to functionally address the thyroid and its associated problems in a meaningful way, but instead waiting until thyroid blood tests show a clear hypothyroid profile. Thyroid problems may take a minimum of three years to be diagnosable. All the while your thyroid is being destroyed by autoimmune disease. Not good! Until their diagnosis finally comes, you would remain in thyroid limbo. At my office in Beverly Hills, CA we see people with undiscovered thyroid problems all the time. You have to seek the available alternatives.
Your health is at risk. We have to reject this type of security screening now, before it leads to the further degeneration of our health, and its tremendous repercussions on the American healthcare system.
Yes, you have the right to refuse the airport x-ray scan. How? When you are in line, tell the TSA: "I prefer to get the Pat-Down," NOT the x-ray. It's really as simple as that. You're not a criminal, and this is still America. They can't force this on you.
By now, many airports, like LAX in Los Angeles, have replaced these dangerous scatter x-ray scanners with "milimeter wave" technology, which is not ionizing radiation—so it seems like less of a hazard, but it's not that simple. I'll bet you don't know what "millimeter wave" means, right? That's on purpose by all who promote this newer technology. Everybody knows what microwave is, right? Well, "millimeter wave" uses higher frequencies than microwave, with frequencies that boggle the brain: 30 GigaHertz to 300 GigaHertz. How "safe" is that? Your decision.
You should support the discontinuation of all non-diagnostic ionizing radiation at airports, due to the long term dangers of this type of radiation exposure to large populations of people.