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Doctor warns about health risks of TSA body scanners

Not that our sycophantic government will care, but a new warning has been issued about the invasive X-ray scanners in use by the Transportation Security Administration at airports around the country.

As reported by CBS Philadelphia, Dr. David B. Agus, author of the new book The Lucky Years: How to Thrive in the Brave New World of Health, who was interviewed by Rich Zeoli on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, said he wrote his book because "we're learning over and over again about big data studies."

For instance, he continued, "a wild study came out of Europe saying the closer you live to an airport, the higher the rate of brain decline as you get older. Just simply implying that our brain needs quiet at night in order to function."

And speaking of sleep, Dr. Agus said that when it comes to drinking red wine as a way to help you go to sleep, there are good and bad aspects to that.

"Too much wine is a depressant," he said. "You drink too much of it, you fall asleep, but three, four hours later you wake up because there is a rebound surge in adrenaline and epinephrine. You want to drink just enough to get the health benefits."

Continuing, he said, "Take a night or two off, but there are certainly health benefits. There are hypothetical reasons that red wine might be better than white, but it's certainly fun to think about."

'I get a massage instead'

As for the TSA full-body scanners at airports, he says those could cause cancer, which some believe is a risk that only grows the more you're exposed to the scanners (as in frequent traveling). As such, he advises opting out of the scan when passing through airport security.


"In the 1960s, when everybody went to a shoe store they'd put a little box on the ground and you'd put your foot in an x-ray to see if the shoe would fit or not, well what do you know, they all got cancer in our legs when they did that because they were exposed to radiation," he said, as quoted by CBS News.

"In those airports, they're putting energy through you. We don't have a lot of long-term outcome data and it's all new. I'm not a believer in technologies like that. I get a free massage. I get a pat down when I go through and I opt out. I'm not comfortable without data. It's worth it in the long run."

In addition, Dr. Agus refers to sex in his book as a kind of wonder drug.

"In a mouse experiment, they gave them the flu and when the mice were alone in the cage and the flu lasted twice as long as when they were with someone else. So it really is amazing," he said.
"Sex is part of our life. It is one of the most intimate forms of touching and it's important because it helps us in the short term and long term with health."

Radiologists know of the added cancer risks of X-ray machines

As for the airport scanners, Natural News reported in January 2012 that a Florida radiologist agrees they are cancer risks.

"I think it's potentially a real danger to the public," Dr. Edward Dauer, head of radiology at Florida Medical Center was quoted as saying by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Contrary to popular belief, even the so-called "small doses" of radiation emitted from the machines are toxic, and represent "additional exposure" that could lead to the onset of cancer, he said.

As you might have guessed, however, the TSA – which, admittedly, did begin to study a potential backscatter scanner radiation-cancer link in 2012 – so far denies that the risk is greater than the reward of better security (and getting to see near-naked images of attractive travelers).


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