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Protect Against Radiation

Thursday, 06 December 2012 08:56 AM

Admission to the hospital, even for minor problems, generally requires a trip to the X-ray department. Your doctor may require X-rays every few years as part of your annual physical.
Depending on your reason for being admitted, X-rays of the chest and other parts of the body are often considered routine. In addition, your doctors may order CT scans and various radioactive tracer studies, such as a bone, liver or brain scan. With each of these tests, you will be exposed to a dose of radiation that could vary in strength from very low to quite high.
One thing to always keep in mind is that radiation damage is cumulative, meaning that with each exposure the damage is compounded. The greatest injury is to the DNA of your cells. This is how radiation causes cancer. (Get advice for staying healthy while hospitalized by reading my special report "Survive Your Hospital Visit.")
It has become popular for people to get a total body CT scan as a screening procedure to make sure they are healthy. A recent study found that this practice doubles your risk of developing cancer later in life.
The same is true of yearly mammograms. Women at high risk for breast cancer actually increase their chances of developing the disease by having yearly mammograms — with a 1 to 3 percent increased risk per year.
NASA devotes a lot of experimental study to radiation protection because astronauts and high-altitude pilots are exposed to extreme levels of gamma radiation.
From these studies has come a considerable amount of scientific literature showing that some of the best protection is derived from food extracts and vitamin combinations. (My special report "Key Vitamins that Save Your Heart, Prevent Cancer and Keep You Living Long") will give you all the details.
Among the most potent are curcumin, quercetin, hesperidin, ginkgo biloba, beta-glucan and vitamins E and C, as well as multivitamin combinations. All of these are available from health food stores without a prescription.
Here are some things you can take to increase your protection against radiation injury:
• Curcumin (an extract of the spice turmeric): This flavonoid is a powerful anti-cancer substance, inhibits inflammation, is a powerful and versatile antioxidant, promotes wound healing, inhibits the growth of bacteria and viruses and protects organs, especially the brain and heart, against damage.
• Quercetin: This is a very common flavonoid found in cranberries, onions, tea and apples. It has been shown to significantly protect against DNA damage.
• Folic acid: Folic acid, along with vitamins B12 and B6, plays a vital role in the protection and repair of DNA.
• Aged garlic extract: Once it ages, garlic extract contains some compounds that strongly protect DNA against radiation injury
• Alpha-lipoic acid: This is one of the body’s chief antioxidants. It also greatly protects against radiation injury, reduces mercury in the body and guards against all forms of free radicals.
For more of Dr. Blaylock’s weekly tips, go here to view the archive.

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