Thursday, March 22, 2012

Opting Out

Not sure if any of you have flown lately, but I'm sure most, if not all, of you are aware of the "porno" x-ray scanners that we are being subjected to on our way through security. My first encounter with this monstrosity was last weekend on my way back home to New Jersey. I know Newark Airport has a few but they at least have the decency not to use them on us. LAX on the other hand is. I unfortunately got in the line using the scanner. I didn't realize it until I saw the eerie sign that said "Backsplatter X-ray Machine...."in the name of your safety." You wanna know what I call it? P-R-O-P-A-G-A-N-D-A!

How is it safe to go through an X-ray machine (which you stand in for 30 seconds by the way) every time you step onto an airplane? For the business traveler I would think this could add up to a tremendous exposure to X-rays. Or how about the pregnant lady? I'm sure her baby will appreciate standing in a field of X-rays every time she gets on a plane.

I grew up hearing about how you should limit your exposure to X-rays and only get one if it was absolutely necessary. Now we have to pass through them in order to get on an airplane. RIDICULOUS! One of the reasons you want to avoid this is because of your thyroid. Iodine is required for essential hormones to be produced by and concentrated in the thyroid gland. Your thyroid is programmed to take in iodine, and a lot of it. Back in the day when we were hunting and gathering all day, and we didn't have iodine supplements or iodized salt, we counted on our thyroid to absorb it and all of it as fast as possible. It was key to our survival.

Your thyroid is sensitive to toxic chemicals as well. And guess what we are constantly bombarded with in our every day lives? Toxic chemicals & radiation. And what does the 'ray' in X-ray stand for? Radiation. Are you getting where I'm going with this?

Needless to say I opted out. So I got escorted by some government monkey across the threshold of "safety" and was borderline sexually assaulted. And the kicker was that I was literally wearing my workout spandex. You could see my underwear lines. Like I practically had camel toe. Imagine how difficult it would be for me to hide anything in there. Ridiculous.

Why should you opt out? The government says that these things are perfectly safe. I think otherwise. The government also told us it was necessary to go into Vietnam. What a waste of life that was. They claim they have our best interest in mind, but honestly do you really believe subjecting innocent people to radiation is going to catch the next Osama Bin Laden?

I don't. We would be safer on airplanes if everyone was allowed to carry guns with them. But that is a whole other topic that doesn't really have anything to do with cancer prevention.

If you are concerned about your health and the health of your children, your friends, and your family, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE opt out. And spread this to everyone you care about. 

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