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X-RAYS

Posted on 15 August, 2014 at 7:53 Comments comments (12)
X-RAYS
 
X-RAYS ARE THE MOST COMMON PROCEDURE YOU'RE LIKELY TO BE EXPOSED TO AT LEAST ONCE IN YOUR LIFETIME. IONIZING RADIATION IS ACTUALLY VERY HIGH-FREQUENCY WAVES, WHICH PASS THROUGH LIVING TISSUE. DEPENDING ON HOW DENSE THE TISSUE ARE, THE BODY RETAINS SOME OF THIS INFORMATION.
 
'MEDICAL IRRADATION IS BY FAR THE LARGEST MAN-MADE CONTRIBUTION TO THE RADIATION BURDEN OF THE POPULATION OF DEVELOPED COUNTRIES', R. WOOTTON, PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL PHYSICS AT HAMMERSMITH HOSPITAL IN LONDON, WROTE IN A TEXTBOOK ON THE SUBJECT. IN THE UK, HE SAYS X-RAYS ORDERED BY DOCTORS ACCOUNT FOR OVER 90 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL RADIATION EXPOSURE OF OUR POPULATION.
 
X-RAYS HARM PEOPLE IN THREE WAYS. FIRST, THEY CAN DAMAGE INDIVIDUAL CELLS (ALTHOUGH THE HARM CAUSED BY THE LOWER DOSES IS USUALLY QUICKLY REPAIRED). RARELY (BUT DEPENDING ON EXPOSURE) THIS DAMAGE CAN CONVERT THE CELL TO A CANCER CELL.
 
ALTHOUGH WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY HOW THIS WORKS, IT HAS BEEN PROPOSED THAT, SINCE A CELL IS 75 PER CENT WATER, MOST OF THE RADIATION WILL BE ABSORBED BY THE WATER, FORMING FREE RADICALS, WHICH ARE KNOWN TO BE CARCINOGENIC.
 
SECOND, IF A WOMAN IS PREGNANT, IT CAN INJURE THE DEVELOPING FOETUS, CAUSING DEATH OR MALFORMATIONS.
 
FINALLY, X-RAYS CAN DAMAGE THE SPERM OR OVARIES OF CHILDREN OR ADULTS, CAUSING ABNORMALITIES IN FUTURE GENERATIONS. WE ALSO KNOW THA X-RAY EXPOSURE IS CUMULATIVE; DANGER OF SOMETHING GOING WRONG MAY INCREASE EVERY TIME YOU GET ANOTHER ONE.
 
WE'RE STILL COMING TO GRIPS WITH EXACTLY HOW DANGEROUS  X-RAYS ARE, HOWEVER. UNNECESSARY RADIATION FROM X-RAYS MAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR BETWEEN 100 AND 250 OF THE 160, 000 CANCER DEATHS IN THE UK EVERY YEAR, AND PERHAPS 1,000 CANCER DEATHS PER YEAR IN THE US, ACCORDING TO THE UK'S NATIONAL RADIOLOICAL PROTECTION BOARD AND THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGISTS.
 
BUT THESE FIGURES MAY STILL BE CONSERVATIVE. A 1991 UK NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE COMMITTEE REVIEWED THE USUAL ASSUMPTIONS THAT X-RAYS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR 1 PER CENT OF ALL LEUKAEMIAS AND 1 AND 2 PER CENT OF MUCH AS FOUR TIMES HIGHER - CONCLUSION ALSO REACHED THAT SAME YEAR BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON RADIOLOGICAL PROTECTION .
 
RECENTLY, MULTIPLE X-RAYS HAVE BEEN LINKED WITH MULTIPLE MYELOMA - A FORM OF BONE CANCER. THOSE WHO'D HAD THE MOST EXPOSURE HAD FOUR TIMES INCREASED RISK, THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE FOUND.
 
 
BESIDES CANCER AND GENETIC DEFORMITIES, X-RAYS OF THE BRAIN CAN LEAD TO ABNORMAL HORMONAL FUNCTION, POSSIBLY CAUSING UNDERACTIVE THYROID AND INFERTILITY, OR RESULTING IN SUBTLE CHANGES IN YOUR ADRENAL GLANDS.
 
THE US FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION HAS ALSO LATELY RECEIVED A NUMBER OF REPORTS OF PATIENTS SUFFERING SKIN BURNS AFTER RADIATION, SO SEVERE IN SOME INSTANCES THAT THE SKIN HAS DIED.
 
THE PROBLEM IS COMPLICATED BY THE FACT THAT THESE INJURIES DON'T SHOW UP FOR WEEKS AFTER THE EXPOSURE. EVEN TYPICAL DOSES OF FLUROSCOPY CAN RESULT IN SKIN INJURY AFTER LESS THAN AN HOUR.
 
ANOTHER EXERT FROM 'WHAT DOCTORS DON'T TELL YOU' BY LYNNE MCTAGGART

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