HealthAlert - Radiation Dangers
Living Fuel is greatly concerned about the dangers of radiation in the world we live in. You will find many warnings about radiation dangers on this page, including ways you and your family can avoid a lot of the radiation out there. We invite you to read this information, watch our videos and use the many resources available on this page. Current categories of radiation danger include: Medical Radiation, Tanning Bed Radiation, Airport Scanner Radiation, Cell Phone Radiation Electromagnetic Frequency Radiation, and Solar Radiation.
We introduced a LivingFuelTV video about the dangers of Medical Radiation in 2009. Your response has been overwhelming! We're so glad the video and the Internet references we shared with you have helped in your personal and family health decisions.
Recently, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Service's Preventive Services Task Force changed the routine mammogram recommendation by 10 years, from 40-years-of-age to 50-years-of-age. That started a firestorm of controversy on all sides of the issue. Much of what has come from that firestorm, and from media reports, has led to confusion by the people who need to know the truth. What are the facts concerning mammograms? Health expert and best-selling author K.C. Craichy shares the information you need to know to make well-informed decisions about your health. We'll also include links to the Preventive Services Task Force recommendation and other informational and video references at the bottom of this page.
Dangers of Medical Radiation
"...a very great deal of future cancer and ischemic hearet disease (IHD) could be prevented by reducing the dose-levels customarily administered during x-ray imaging procedures."
These powerful words were written at the beginning of this century by one of the world's leading experts in the dangers of medical radiation. Dr. John Gofman estimated that a major shift in the way the medical community in the United States used x-ray imaging could prevent about a quarter-of-a-million deaths every year! We first invite you to watch this special video with Living Fuel Founder & CEO K.C. Craichy. Following the video, please link to the many reference sites we've included on this page to help you learn more about the dangers of medical radiation and what you can do to protect your family's health.
Medical Radiation Dangers
"Medical radiation, introduced into medicine in 1896, became and remains a necessary causal co-actor in over half of the fatal cases of cancer in the USA, and became and remains a necessary causal co-actor also in over half of the fatal cases of ischemic heart disease (coronary artery disease) in the USA. From these conclusions plus the fact that x-ray harm is approximately proportional to accumulated x-ray dose, it follows that a very great deal of future cancer and ischemic heart disease (IHD) could be prevented by reducing the dose-levels customarily administered during x-ray imaging procedures, especially CT and fluoroscopy. Indeed, it is very often feasible to get good images with half (or less) of the customary dose. Doing so could prevent about 250,000 premature deaths every year in the USA, by our estimate. The conclusions above are obviously so important for human health that they demand thoughtful, independent scruitiny, i.e., peer-review."
November 2002 by John W. Gofman, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Molecular & Cell Biology, Univ. of Calif. Berkeley
Americans Get Most Radiation From Medical Scans
Americans get the most medical radiation in the world, even more than folks in other rich countries. The U.S. accounts for half of the most advanced procedures that use radiation, and the average American's dose has grown sixfold over the last couple of decades.
Too much radiation raises the risk of cancer. That risk is growing because people in everyday situations are getting imaging tests far too often. Like the New Hampshire teen who was about to get a CT scan to check for kidney stones until a radiologist, Dr. Steven Birnbaum, discovered he'd already had 14 of these powerful X-rays for previous episodes. Adding up the total dose, "I was horrified" at the cancer risk it posed, Birnbaum said.
Radiation is a hidden danger — you don't feel it when you get it, and any damage usually doesn't show up for years. Taken individually, tests that use radiation pose little risk. Over time, though, the dose accumulates.
Special Internet References:
Two more hospitals report CT scan radiation overdoses
After Stroke Scans, Patients Face Serious Health Risks
Mammograms Cause 7,000 Women To Receive False Positives Each Year In The UK
CT Scan Radiation May Cause Cancer Decades Later, Study Finds
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Routine Mammogram Recommendation
Patients Receiving High Radiation at Cedars Sinai File Class Action Lawsuit
The Dangers of Unnecessary Medical Tests
Medical Radiation Exposure Of The U.S. Population Greatly Increased Since The Early 1980s
Radiation Overdoses Point Up Dangers of CT Scans
How Dangerous Are CT Scans?
CT Scan vs. MRI
Avoiding the Radiation Dangers of Cardiac CAT Scans
Exposure to Low-Dose Ionizing Radiation from Medical Imaging Procedures
Radiation From CT Scans Can Increase Risk of Cancer
Just Say No to X-Rays!
Radiation Overload? Medical imaging usage has grown, and some are concerned it's too much
X-Rays vs. Sonograms: Does Overuse of X-Rays and Underuse of Sonograms Endanger Patient Health?
Can radiation treatment hurt others?
Study Verifies Mammography Screenings Cause Cancer
Guidance on Potassium Iodide as a Thyroid Blocking Agent in Radiation Emergencies
American Nuclear Society: Radiation Dose Chart
Potassium Iodide Tablets
Antioxidant in Ginkgo may protect cells from radiation damage
Toronto Hospital for Sick Children (`SickKids`) acquires Biospace med`s 2D/3D ultra low dose X-ray imager, EOS
CT Scans and Cancer: How to Minimize Your Risk
Thermography In Early Detection Of Breast Cancer
Dr. William Amalu On ABC News On Thermography
Fox News About Thermography
Tanning Bed Radiation
June 11, 2010
Tanning Beds Can Quadruple Risk for Dangerous Skin Cancer
The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.
The biggest study ever done on tanning beds and melanoma finds that indoor tanning can raise the risk of that cancer roughly two to four times.
Scientists have long known that heavy exposure to ultraviolet rays, including sunburns and heavy tanning, can cause skin cancer. That link is one reason tanning businesses were taxed in the recent health reform law, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may beef up warnings and ban teens from using tanning beds.
But doctors are still trying to figure out just how risky indoor tanning is. After studying more than 2,200 tanners and their pale peers, scientists report that regular indoor tanning raised a person's risk of melanoma -- the deadliest skin cancer -- between 74 percent and 340 percent. People who tanned longer had higher risk, as did people who tanned in beds that mostly use UVA radiation, not a related kind known as UVB.
"Too many teenagers tend to live a life ignorant of risk," said researcher Electra Paskett. "We need to encourage a shift in social norms about tanning similar to what was done with smoking because the risk is that high." Read more here
Airport Scanner Radiation
Radiation Risks Cited In Full-Body Airport Scans
We have heard many radiation concerns about the new full-body security scanners at airports. Here is an update from June 1, 2010.
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Full-body airport security scanners manufactured by Torrance-based Rapiscan Inc. expose the skin to high radiation levels that may lead to cancer and other health problems, according to researchers from the University of California, San Francisco.
Particularly at risk, the researchers said, are travelers who are pregnant, elderly or have weakened immune systems.
The machines emit X-ray energy levels that would be safe if they were distributed throughout the body, but a majority of that energy is delivered to the skin and underlying tissue at levels that "may be dangerously high," the researchers wrote last month to the White House Office of Science and Technology.
Two Rapiscan backscatter machines have been tested over the past two years at Los Angeles International Airport, with more expected to arrive by the end of the year as part of a nationwide deployment.
Read more about these concerns here.
Cell Phone Radiation
Did you Know?
More than 200 million Americans use a cell phone every day
An estimated 4 billion people use cell phones worldwide
Many doctors and health researchers believe radiation from cell phones can cause cancer
Some believe the cancer risk from cell phone usage could be as dangerous as smoking
The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee heard testimony just last week as part of its probe into potential links between cell phone use and cancer
This is an important subject to all of us. Cell phones and computers are a reality (and have become a necessity) in today's world. I use my cell phones and computers daily, and most likely you do, too.
Electronic devices such as these emit electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) - radiation that, at high levels, can be environmental hazards. As with all hazards, we need to learn how to minimize our exposure to them and protect ourselves from them. Science tells us that every living and non-living thing has a natural electromagnetic frequency level. You've seen the video of a wine glass shattered by a high pitch sound - a high frequency. In the same way, there are external frequency levels that have the potential to harm you, such as EMFs.
Our friends at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) just published an insightful report on cell phone radiation. They studied and tested over 1,000 cell phones currently on the market. They also report the best (and worst) cell phones tested and publish a practical guide to reduce cell phone radiation exposure.
Click on the graphic below to see how your cell phone tested!
Did you Know? Scientists estimate that our daily exposure to electromagnetic radiation is 100 million times higher than when our grandparents were children. A top emitter of this potentially harmful radiation is our ever-present cell phones.
Here are some practical tips to protect yourself and your family from cell phone EMFs:
Purchase a low-radiation cell phone recommended by the Environmental Working Group (click here
for EWG-recommended phones).
Use the "speaker phone" options and place the phone down on a desk or table away from your head.
Purchase a "skin" or rubber case as an insulator for your cell phone. This is important when texting or emailing from your cell phone.
TEXT or E-MAIL instead of calling whenever possible. This is especially important for children using cell phones.
Choose a "land line" phone whenever available and keep your cell phone conversations as short as possible, particularly when your phone is placed up to your head.
Avoid wearing "Blue Tooth" headsets all day. Use them only when on a call and keep these these calls as short as possible.
NEVER have a cell phone on both ears and never be between a cell phone an a computer.
Keep your cell phone away from your vital organs. For example, don't place your phone in your lap or in a coat pocket.
Carry your cell phone in your purse, bag or briefcase rather than using a belt holster or carrying it in your pocket.
Avoid sleeping near a cell phone that is on. It has been reported that an alarming number of kids sleep with a live cell phone under their pillow and text their friends in the middle of the night. This is extremely dangerous!
Avoid using a cell phone as an alarm clock. Instead invest in a wind-up travel alarm.
San Francisco Chronicle article about cell phones affecting brain activity.
For more information about the invisible dangers of EMF radiation, click on the link below to watch an informative video:
Electromagnetic Frequency Dangers
Electromagnetic frequencies are part of the electromagnetic spectrum that consist of electromagnetic waves like gamma rays, X rays, visible light, ultraviolet light, and radio waves. Magnetic fields are created with the flow of electric current. The magnetic field is stronger as the electric current becomes stronger. They are present everywhere in our environment, but are invisible to the human eye.
We’ve heard for many years about the potential danger from electromagnetic frequencies and radiation. The potential for cell damage in humans, animals and other living things gave birth to the term “electromagnetic pollution.” It comes from every electrical and electronic device imaginable from televisions to microwaves to light bulbs to cell phones. Scientists estimate that our daily exposure to EMF radiation is 100 million times higher than when our grandparents were children.
Electricity and electronics are an important part of our lives, so how do we live with them while protecting ourselves from them? As we saw in last week’s Living Fuel e-mail newsletter, you can buy a low-radiation phone, use a headset or speaker, hold the phone away from your body, and text more than talk. Here are ways you can protect yourself and your family from EMF’s:
Purchase a low-radiation cell phone recommended by the Environmental Working Group (click here
for the EWG's recommended phones).
Use your phone's "speaker phone" option often and put the phone down or get rubber case for your phone as an insulator when you are holding it.
Use TEXT or EMAIL instead of TALK whenever possible and again use a rubber case on your phone as an insulator when you are holding it. THIS IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT FOR KIDS.
Don't wear a blue tooth headset EXCEPT when on a call and ONLY use it if you must during a call. Keep the call as short as possible.
NEVER have a phone on both ears and never be between a cell phone an a computer.
NEVER put a cell phone near major organs.
NEVER sleep near a cell phone that is on. Invest in a wind-up small travel alarm clock - it could save a life! It has been reported that an alarming number of kids sleep with a live cell phone under their pillow to text their friends in the middle of the night. THIS IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!
Check out watches that can help protect you from EMFs, including our favorite - the Philip Stein Teslar watch www.philipstein.com
Use a corded telephone whenever possible.
- Use a Gauss meter to check your home and office for high levels of electromagnetic radiation.
- Avoid any area that has a level higher than 1 mG.
- Sit as far from your computer and television as you can while using them.
- Stand as far away from your microwave oven as you can – or remove it from your house.
- Move all electrical appliances at least six feet away from your bed.
- Place all major electrical appliances against outside walls to keep from creating EMF fields in the next room.
- Move all electrical and electronic devices several feet away from your bed – especially from your head.
- Eliminate wires running under your bed.
- Replace fluorescent lighting with incandescent lighting.
- Make sure the wiring in your home or office is up to date and installed correctly.
- Eliminate dimmers and 3-way switches.
For more information about the invisible dangers of EMF radiation, click on the video link below.
For more information about managing environmental hazards, see Chapter 6 of my book Super Health 7 Golden Keys to Unlock Lifelong Vitality.
During these hot summer days, our first impulse before stepping on the beach, the pool deck or the golf course is to lather ourselves with sunscreen. Do you know for sure that the SPF 100 that you just sprayed on your five-year old daughter is effectively blocking the harmful UV rays? Does it contain any ingredients that could compromise her overall health?
We encourage you to read the 2011 Sunscreen Guide from the Environment Working Group (EWG). Click here
for the full report. The EWG offers their thoroughly researched recommendations for the top sunscreens and lip balms, gives practical sun safety tips and much more. It's definately one of this summer's best beach reads!