Editor Mike Adams, Health Ranger of NaturalNews.com says in a December article that there is a lot of unexplained naked scan business, and fears overall the police state that is gradually arising from the TSA airport bullying.
He quotes the four California scientists — Sedat, Agard, Stroud, and Shuman — who stress that there are “no safe doses of X-rays.” Also, radiation accumulates in the human body, so every scan, mammogram, dental X-ray, and so on adds up over a lifetime. People may already be on overload and not even yet know it.
Researchers fear that the scanners, which focus on the skin, may actually be up to 20 times higher than officially being reported. Experts say that about one in 20 people is at increased risk of DNA damage, and frequent flyers or crew should also be concerned.
“Crises create a sense of urgency that frequently lead to hasty decisions where unintended consequences are not recognized,” they said. “Examples include the failure of the CDC to recognize the risk of blood transfusions in the early stages of the AIDS epidemic, approval of drugs and devices by the FDA without sufficient review, and improper standards set by the EPA, to name a few.
“Similarly, there has not been sufficient review of the intermediate and long-term effects of radiation exposure associated with airport scanners. There is good reason to believe that these scanners will increase the risk of cancer to children and other vulnerable populations.
“We are unanimous in believing that the potential health consequences need to be rigorously studied before these scanners are adopted. Modifications that reduce radiation exposure need to be explored as soon as possible.”
WeWontFly.com, the website leading the boycott of flying until the issue is resolved, adds this about the actual health risks:
“Back-scatter X-ray uses ionizing radiation, a known cumulative health hazard, to produce images of passengers’ bodies. Children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with defective DNA repair mechanisms are considered to be especially susceptible to the type of DNA damage caused by ionizing radiation. Also at high risk are those who have had, or currently have, skin cancer.
“Ionizing radiation’s effects are cumulative, meaning that each time you are exposed, you are adding to your risk of developing cancer. Since the dosage of radiation from the back-scatter X-ray machines is absorbed almost entirely by the skin and tissue directly under the skin, averaging the dose over the whole body gives an inaccurate picture of the actual harm.”
Dr. Mercola raises an issue of radiation that has not received wide coverage, however, and that deals with the time of day that flights occur. He is among a minority that maintain that the level of radiation exposure during daylight flights — those that occur close to the sun while in flight between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. — is the real culprit. Noon flights are the most worrisome, he says, particularly for skin-cancer sufferers.
NaturalNews.com pooh-poohs the idea overall, because it says that although there is unmistakable radiation at those times, it is not concentrated on one bodily area, as with the scans.
Don’t miss Parts 1 and 3 of this series, to learn more about health risks and airport screening tips.
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