Medical Radiation Protection

Recently, Dr. Oz had a show on the fastest growing cancer in women, thyroid cancer. It was a very interesting program and he mentioned that the increase could possibly be related to the use of dental x-rays and mammograms. He demonstrated that on the apron the dentist puts on you for your dental x-rays there is a little flap that can be lifted up and wrapped around your neck. Many dentists don't bother to use it. Also, there is something called a "thyroid guard" for use during mammograms. For some reason you must ask for these added radiation protection devices.

Another way to protect yourself from medical radiation is to take an iodine supplement daily prior to being exposed to x-rays or CT scans. If our bodies are saturated with the iodine we need we will absorb much less of the toxic radioactive iodine when exposed. According to Dr. Brownstein, 95% of us are iodine deficient so a supplement is a good idea anyway!


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