"How many times in the past have the "experts" told us technologies were perfectly safe and then later we found out they were dangerous? X-Rays were once used in shoe stores to see if new shoes would fit the bone structure of your feet. High-voltage power lines are perfectly safe, we're told -- but then why do children who live closer to those lines have higher rates of cancer?
Dentists still claim that mercury fillings are perfectly safe for your health -- a preposterous notion -- and cell phone companies continue to insist that cell phone radiation isn't hazardous to your health at all. Time and time again, the public has been lied to by the authorities during the roll-out of some new technology. Why should we believe that full-body scanners are safe when they've never been proven safe?" - Natural News
Since the new whole-body backscatter X-ray machines were implemented at airports around the country last October, I've been hearing many contradictory things about them. Some say the level of radiation emitted by them is low and therefore perfectly safe, while other reports claim that the scanners cannot be trusted because there have been no long-term clinical studies on the health effects of their radiation on travelers.
However, there's lots of information out there on radiation. If you do some research on the subject, you'll find that the effects of radiation are cumulative in the body. The more you expose yourself to it, the more your cells are mutated, and thus the higher your risk of developing various forms of cancer among other potential health issues. There's no safe dose of radiation. So here's the thing: even if you accept that the amount of radiation is low when you go through the scanner, simply knowing that the effects of radiation are cumulative should make you think twice about walking through a body scanner at the airport. Especially since we also know that we are unavoidably exposed to background radiation on a daily basis.
Not to mention that this is a HUGE invasion of privacy. As you're likely well aware, the radiation emitted by the machine is for the purpose of taking a naked picture of your body that is then reportedly stored in some TSA/government database. Furthermore, this is just a photo of the naked body; it does not show if someone is hiding something dangerous in a body cavity. You can even put something between your butt cheeks and the machine wouldn't see it. If someone is willing to give up their life to harm others, they will go to extremes to hide something. So, in the end, is this machine actually protecting us? Like this article says, body-scanners may not work, but they do cause cancer.
I recently found this letter that was written to Dr. John P. Holdren, the man appointed by President Obama as the Science and Technology Czar. The letter was written by doctors and professors from the University of California, San Fransisco who are experts in imaging, cancer, biochemistry and biophysics. And they share my concerns. What they wrote in the letter below blew my mind! I can't believe these machines are being called "safe," when, as these UCSF scientists and physicians point out, they're anything but safe.
After explaining all the serious health risks, the doctors end the letter with this statement:
"...we urge you to empower an impartial panel of experts to reevaluate the potential health issues we have raised before there are irrevocable long-term consequences to the health of our country. These negative effects may on balance far outweigh the potential benefit of increased detection of terrorists."
Do your friends and loved ones a favor and share this letter with them. We should all know the truth about these machines:
For these reasons and because I have no choice but to travel extensively at times for work (School Pride would've never happened if the entire crew didn't travel by airplane) , I will never go through one of these machines. Even if you don't travel a lot, you should still opt out. Radiation exposure, in any amount, is never a good thing.
"We really need to look at what benefit we're getting from these scanners. Certain kinds of plastic explosives will remain undetectable. People can also swallow an explosive or hide them in body cavity like the anus or vagina and that won't be detectable."
- Arjun Makhijani, nuclear engineer and president of the Institute of Energy and Environmental Research in Maryland