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Say No to Radiation

By Wednesday, 10 June 2015 04:49 PM Current | Bio | Archive

An area of medicine that is badly neglected is protecting patients from radiation damage caused by radiological procedures, including CT scans, PET scans, X-rays, mammograms, and injection of radioactive dyes.

The danger goes beyond the period of exposure. Damage done by radiation is cumulative and long-lasting — which means that each X-ray does more damage, and it builds up over time.

When I was practicing neurosurgery, doctors were told by radiologists that CT scans exposed patients to very little radiation.

But now we know that a single CT scan can contain radiation that’s equal to hundreds of chest X-rays.

The incredible number of X-rays patients were getting over a lifetime also appalled me. Many had X-ray folders that were several inches thick.

Most doctors were nonchalant about it all. I was always trying to get the X-ray technicians to be more careful in exposing people to excessive amounts of radiation — but to no avail.

While doctors should be more responsible about ordering radiological procedures, in most cases such procedures are essential for diagnosis and patient care.

However, sometimes the procedures should be refused.

For instance, one of my own sons had developed a kidney stone. I went with him to the emergency room, where the doctor strongly recommended a CT scan of his entire abdomen and pelvis.

Such a scan would have exposed him to a lot of radiation.

I suggested that he refuse the scan, and he did. Later, when I spoke to a radiologist, he admitted that the chance of seeing the kidney stone was remote.

The lesson: There are times when you should refuse a radiological scan, or at least ask for a procedure that does not use radiation, such as an MRI scan.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to protect yourself from the dangerous radiation given off by X-rays.

Powerful radiation protection has been demonstrated by natural substances such as:

• Curcumin


• Hesperidin

• Resveratrol

• Aged garlic extract

• Pomegranate extract

• Beta-glucan

• Propolis extract

• R-lipoic acid

• Vitamin E

• Vitamin C

If people know they are going to have a radiological procedure performed, they should take one or more of these supplements as early as possible before the procedure — and then continue taking them for at least a week afterward.

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