On my way back from Washington, D. C. I was asked to go through a full body scanner. I politely declined and was told to step over to the side where a TWA female employee took a wand and gave me a thorough scan. She then took this wand and put it into a machine to see if I had other chemicals on my body that might be dangerous. It took a few extra minutes rather than walking though this total body scanner.
So you are thinking why is it such a big deal? Even some experts say that you get a small amount of radiation.
In order to generate the nude image of the human body
, these machines emit terahertz photons
— high-frequency energy “particles” that can pass through clothing and body
tissue.The manufacturers of such machines claim they are perfectly safe and present no health
risks, but a study conducted by Boian S. Alexandrov (and colleagues) at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New
showed that these terahertz waves could “…unzip double-stranded DNA
, creating bubbles in the
double strand that could significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression
and DNA replication.”In layman’s terms, any time you’re talking about interfering with “gene expression” and “DNA replication,” you’re essentially talking about something that could be a risk
to human health.
Here is a quote from an article from a financial newsletter I get on line. Dr. Eifrig just happens to be an M.D. as well as a financial newsletter writter. He writes:
In 1980, X-ray computed tomography (CT) scans represented 15% of the radiation Americans absorbed. Today, CT scans account for 50%. CT scans are a high-speed version of X-rays. More and more people are getting these scans unnecessarily.
A recent survey shows even doctors think patients are being overtreated – this includes medical tests like CT scans.Radiation is known to cause many types of cancer. And the danger increases incrementally… The more you get, the higher your odds of getting sick.
What can you do to cut down your exposure to radiation? If you’re a perfectly healthy adult, don’t consent to unnecessary medical procedures. If your doctor suggests an X-ray or CT scan, be sure the results will make a difference in your treatment decision…And refuse to get irradiated at the airport security screening area. (You know, those machines where you have to put your arms up and then get “quickly” scanned.) The scanners emit radiation. And the idiots employed by the Transportation Security Administration have no idea about safe dosing levels or how to administer radiation…
Do what I do and “opt out.” That requires them to frisk you and adds a few more minutes on the screening time. But it’s worth keeping the unknown radiation effects down as much as you can.
Maybe if enough of us opt out, they’ll realize that most of us can get expedited screening – I mean really, folks, where’s the common sense? Do they really need to pat me down? Am I really a risk to society? Are you? But unless we tell them, “Hell no, I won’t be irradiated by morons,” nothing will change.
Here is a another article for further reading on airport scanners