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ALERT -- Europe Bans X-Ray Body Scanners Used at U.S. Airports

ALERT -- Europe Bans X-Ray Body Scanners Used at U.S. Airports

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  • The European Commission has banned X-ray body scanners that use “backscatter” radiation technology from airports, “in order to not risk jeopardizing citizens’ health and safety” – but they are still in use in the United States
  • Backscatter X-ray scanners expose your body to ionizing radiation, which causes cumulative DNA damage that can lead to cancer
  • Because the scanners’ X-ray beams are concentrated on your skin, not distributed throughout the volume of your entire body, there is concern that the dose to your skin could be dangerously high
  • The former Homeland Security chief and co-author of the PATRIOT Act, Michael Chertoff, is one of the primary promoters of full-body scanners, and is a paid consultant for the companies that sell them
  • You always have the right to opt-out of X-ray body scanners while traveling and can choose to have a pat-down instead; if enough people choose to opt-out, it may prompt the scanners to be removed from U.S. airports

By Dr. Mercola

On November 14, 2011 the European Commission banned X-ray body scanners that use "backscatter" technology from airports.


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