Airport Backscatter x-ray machines, sometimes called “virtual strip searches” for their ability to allow security men to see beneath people's clothing, are setting the stage for a future epidemic of cancer. Thus far, news coverage has focused almost exclusively around the more emotionally charged, privacy concerns. But the looming issue is whether repeated bombardment with radiation is “planting the seeds” of disease.
In light of the abundance of evidence attesting to radiation's proven dangers, it is unfathomable that any competent, unbiased doctor could take the position that x-rays do not pose a menace to all living cells through which they pass, leaving behind a painful and costly trail of destruction.
Drawing on sources like The Mayo Clinic and The Radiological Society of North America as well as interviews with prominent radiologists, molecular biologists, and medical doctors, ionizing (penetrating) radiation in any dose, no matter how tiny, causes genetic mutations, which set all living cells exposed on the path to cancer. X-rays are considered ionizing radiation.
However, the manufacturer of the new Backscatter machines, currently being piloted at several airports, along with the FDA have given assurances of the device's “complete safety” for everyone. It is undisputed within scientific circles that even a single x-ray increases a three-month-old's chances of developing cancer in later life by at least 10 times, and yet they have plowed ahead approving up to 5000 backscatter images per person, per year. It's unconscionable.
Predictably, the product's manufacturer spins out the usual half-truths, citing “very low level of x-rays'” and boasting the opinion, packaged to appear as fact, that, “The system is completely safe for all persons…” Back peddling authorities are now trying to appease the public by saying everyone will be allowed to opt out. Maybe, for now.
Also a risk are other non-medical uses of radiation, including pre-employment, dental and chiropractic x-rays, newly developed “Silent Guardian” microwave crowd control devices and even police radar beams pointed at drivers that might contribute to cataracts.
Lives get cut short and people die totally avoidable, agonizing deaths, long before their time, just so doctors can pay off their “investment' in an office x-ray suite, or so some entrepreneur who invents a new machine for airports can make a fortune, or so hospital chains and insurance companies can generate a profit, or so a sales rep who sells x-ray machines can collect his commission.