Opt Out at the Airport
While being sexually groped by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel at the airport, can be both painful and humiliating, it sure beats getting cancer. I was curious to read in the recent Association of Natural Health (ANH) that an increasing number of doctors refuse (as I do) to go through the full body scanners due to the radiation risk. They quote two really prominent physicians, including former Representative Gabrielle Gifford’s neurosurgeon. According to Dr. Dong Kim, “There is really no absolutely safe dose of radiation. Each exposure is additive, and there is no need to incur any extra radiation when there is an alternative.” Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, also refuses to go through a scanner when he travels.
The ANH also reveals that the Department of Homeland Security has defied a court order issued a year ago to “promptly” undertake a formal rulemaking process and open up a public “notice and comment” period to discuss and justify the need for the scanners.
Meanwhile two congressional committees have been sharply critical of this extremely expensive and questionably effective technology – since it fails to detect powder explosives.
The ANH cites the Department of Homeland Security’s own report found that the scanners break down frequently and that many aren’t correctly calibrated to ensure radiation safety. They also quote a ProPublica investigative report estimating that up to 100 US passengers could get cancer from them every year.
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