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NEWSWATCH: Medical Radiation - from Lanie
This one doesn't go away. The latest newsflash:

"Patients undergoing a full-body computed tomography (CT) scan are
exposed to a radiation dose equivalent to that received by some survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs, say US researchers. This exposure has been linked with a significant rise in
cancer mortality and younger patients are especially at risk."

Radiation causes mutations in cells and genes. Most modern epidemics result from already mutated stem cells and genes, including fibromuscular dysplasia. Already mutated cells are really unstable.
Duh. Let's just give everyone more X-rays and angios. That'll shuttem up. Who cares that immunology and endocrinology profiles are better diagnostic tools - or that bone marrow transplants are the best
treatments for early prevention and have been for 50-odd years. X-rays and angios are cheaper.

Linus Pauling flagged radiation as a major contributing cause of disease back in the early 1950's. He got a Nobel Prize from the world, but got blacklisted by the CIA for his work. As a result, radiation's role in causing disease got pushed into the shadows for decades.

Radiation re-surfaced in 2002 with a surprise twist - "Americans undergoing radioactive medical treatments risk setting off anti-terrorism sensors in public places, and are getting strip searched by police..."
Radioactive patients set off subway alarms - 05 December 02

The plot thickened...
Geiger counter in every human revealed - 03 June 03

Then the stories started coming out. Here's another one..."Medical X-rays are to blame for many thousands of fatal cancers every year, according to the most comprehensive analysis to date. ...Medical
X-rays are the biggest source of man-made radiation exposure and are being used with increasing frequency in many countries. In the US, for example, their use has increased by 20 per cent since the early 1980s.
The growing use of CT (computed tomography) scans, which also use X-rays, are also adding to exposure."
Medical X-rays cause thousands of cancers - 30 January 04

Our angios use X-rays. The truth is - Sometimes we have to have angios - we have no choice under our insurance policies. But we need to be
cautious - and fight for better coverage, and new tests and treatments. One option is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - MRI should be covered with the right pitch from the doc. The rest is a bigger fight.

Hugs, Lanie

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