radiation

Long Island congressman calls attention to danger of radiation exposure from airport x-ray scanners

Thursday, September 06, 2012 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: radiation exposure, dangers, airport scanners

eTrust Pro Certified

Delicious Pin It
(NaturalNews) Just how safe, really, are those massive backscatter x-ray machines increasingly used by the Transportation Security Administration to screen airline passengers? That's a question a congressman from Long Island, N.Y., is asking, and it's a question he says needs answering.

Democratic Rep. Steve Israel is calling on the TSA to launch an independent study into the safety of the machines, focusing on what, if any, health risks the full-body scanners pose, and if they do, to what extent.

"I have a high regard for the TSA, but I also know that when government says 'trust us and we don't have to open this up to more scrutiny,' you should open it up to more scrutiny," Israel told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs, in a recent interview.

Why not conduct more research? What is the TSA afraid of learning?

The New York congressman cited data over the past year which said there have been 3,778 mechanical malfunctions of the backscatter machines, adding that radiation safety surveys were only conducted in about two percent of those cases, according to CBS 2's Jennifer McLogan.

"What happens if the scan pauses for a moment and concentrates on one specific area," he asked.

Israel says his goals are to raise awareness and get some results once and for all regarding the safety of using the machines to scan humans.

"We do have an obligation to make sure that our security is safe and that people know that it's safe," he said.

Other experts agree with Israel.

"Have we thoroughly looked at the safety considerations here? Until we get better studies to answer these questions, the questions will linger," Dr. Kenneth Spaeth, of North Shore-LIJ Health System, who is board certified in environmental medicine, told the local CBS affiliate. He, too, says more research into the effects of the machines is needed.

"The dose here used is quite low, far lower than even an x-ray. And it's important to reinforce the idea that this isn't about creating fear or health concerns existing right now," Spaeth said.

Passengers have routinely expressed concerns about passing through the machines. Not only can they be very revealing, because of the high-quality of the x-ray image, but more and more passengers - especially those who travel frequently - have begun to opt out of the scanning process, citing safety concerns.

There are also special concerns for certain travelers - even if they don't fly very often.

"Particularly if you're a pregnant woman or if you have children, you need to know that you don't have to go through the backscatter. You can ask for some alternatives," Israel said, adding that there were currently about 250 full-body backscatter machines currently in use at 37 airports nationwide.

Opting out for safety's sake

Though there currently is a dearth of research on the issue, some experts have already concluded that the radiation-emitting machines are just not safe for public use, despite TSA's repeated assurances to the contrary.

"There is really no absolutely safe dose of radiation," says Dr. Dong Kim, chair of the department of neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical School and the neurologist who treated Rep. Gabrielle Giffords when she was shot in the head by a crazed gunman in January 2010.

"Each exposure is additive, and there is no need to incur extra radiation when there is an alternative," Kim said, adding he always opts instead for the pat-down exam at TSA checkpoints when he flies.

He's not alone. Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, also says he opts out of the x-ray, citing concerns that the machines may not be properly calibrated and inspected in a timely manner.

The European Union isn't waiting for what its experts think is the inevitable body of research that says the scanners are not fit for human use; the EU banned the machines last year.

Sources:

http://newyork.cbslocal.com

http://www.naturalnews.com/036739_safe_dose_radiation_TSA.html

http://newyork.cbslocal.com

Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time.


Have comments on this article? Post them here:

comments powered by Disqus

Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com

Email this article to a friend

Permalink to this article:

Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):
Most Popular
Today | Week | Month | Year

See all Top Headlines...



GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Now Available at ShopNaturalNews.com

O3 Essentials OraJuvenate™
A powerful, cleansing dental cream for maximum oral/dental health.
New Cancer Solutions
Over 3 hours of content covering today’s best cancer tests, how to kill cancer cells and the best diets and exercise routines.
Freeze-Dried 100% Organic Whole Corn
Our freeze-drying method preserves taste, texture and nutrients better than any other food preservation method ever invented.
Fenix TK35 Flashlight
Tough, waterproof, extremely bright and it’s touted to throw an 800+ lumen beam more than 1,000 feet into the night.
Inca Treasure Smoothie Pack
This pack of our four most popular superfoods from South America is the perfect combo pack for smoothie lovers.
Pink Himalayan Salt
This salt delivers significant levels of magnesium, zinc and selenium, with trace levels of dozens of other elements.
Pinhole Glasses - Aviator Style
Pinhole glasses are becoming famous for helping people improve their vision without the risks of laser surgery.
Oxy-Rich Facial Serum
O3 Essentials Jojoba Oxy-Rich Facial Serum is cellular nourishment for your skin. Helps smooth fine lines while enhancing tissue elasticity.
Freeze-Dried 100% Blackberry Halves
Our freeze-dried blackberry halves are grown in Serbia under strict organic standards.

Also on NaturalNews:

Health Ranger Videos
Activist music
CounterThink Cartoons
Food documentaries
FREE Special Reports
Podcasts
Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Most Popular Stories

Flu shot kills 19-year-old, but vaccine industry still has total immunity against lawsuits
Here's a nutty fact: Eating more tree nuts lowers the risk of all-cause death by up to 20 percent
Six important facts you're not being told about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China
Vaccine fraud exposed: Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women

25 Amazing Facts About Food

This FREE downloadable report unveils a collection of astonishing and little-known facts about the food we eat very day. Click here to read it now...

 

Resveratrol and its Effects on Human Health and Longevity - Myth or Miracle.

Unlock the secrets of cellular health with the "miracle" nutrient Resveratrol Click here to read it now...

 

Nutrition Can Save America

FREE online report shows how we can save America through a nutrition health care revolution. "Eating healthy is patriotic!" Click here to read it now...

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Michael Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. Click here to read it now...

Vaccines: Get the Full Story

The International Medical Council on Vaccination has released, exclusively through NaturalNews.com, a groundbreaking document containing the signatures of physicians, brain surgeons and professors, all of which have signed on to a document stating that vaccines pose a significant risk of harm to the health of children. Click here to read it now...

Health Ranger Storable Organics

GMO-free, chemical-free foods and superfoods for long-term storage and preparedness. See selection at www.StorableOrganics.com



Recommended Resources On:

Natural News trends
Health Ranger news
Natural News GMOs
Mike Adams tracker
Natural News photos
Natural News Global
Natural News in focus
Natural News connect
Natural News shocking stories
Natural News radar
GMOs
Quackwatch
Vaccines
Health freedom
Dr. Paul Offit

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

eTrust Pro Certified Android app on Google Play

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.