CT Scans and Cancer Risks

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CT Scans and Increased Risk of Cancer

I remember, probably at least 20 years ago, asking my chiropractor about x-rays.  He said I needed them and I said I felt each exposure was risky and didn’t want to do that unless absolutely necessary.  I also told my dentist the same thing.

Most recently, I was interested in a therapy for adjusting the atlas but, when I called and was told that it required 6 x-rays of the head area, I declined.  Again, I was told that the amount of radiation used was minimal and harmless.

Over and over, I’ve been assured that the amount of radiation in a traditional x-ray is not harmful.  I didn’t buy it then and I don’t buy it now.

In particular, I cannot believe that dental x-rays don’t pose a risk for the brain.  It’s too small an area.  And dentist take too many x-rays.  Seek out a holistic dentist if you share my concern about x-rays in the head area, because they will most likely not use them unless absolutely necessary and then, only at lowest possible radiation exposure.

CT Scans:  The big daddy of medical radiation zaps

It was all over the news yesterday that new studies reveal a definite increased cancer risk for those who have repeated CT scans.  Of course, the medical profession still maintains that a traditional x-ray (which uses far less radiation than a CT scan) is safe.  I don’t buy it, but you decide.

As far as the current study on CT scans, it appears the FDA was warned about the risks to children as far back as 2001.  The concern is about overuse of this medical test and the risk of creating radiation-induced cancer in people who have multiple CT scans.

Some people with chronic health conditions may have a dozen or more.  This is highly significant because as few as 2 or 3 CT scans can increase risk of developing cancer down the road, according to the new reports.

On another news show, a doctor reported that this overuse (I would even say abuse) of CT scans by doctors who want a quick report and turn to CT scans rather than non-radiation options such as ultrasound, could increase radiation-induced cancers to 2 percent of all cancers.

Medical tests that could cause cancer are absolutely unacceptable!

But what can you do?  You go to the doctor and they say you need a CT scan.  Well, the first thing to do is ask if there are any other non-radiation or lower-radiation tests that will work.  If your doctor says no, and insists that you do need the CT scan, then tell your doctor you want the lowest possible level of radiation during the scan.

Nutritionally, I’ve read that taking panothenic acid (vitamin B-5) before x-rays is helpful but wouldn’t know about dosage before a CT scan.  I’m sure there are nutritionists and herbalists and naturopaths out there who know nutritional protective ingredients you could use but they are probably unable to suggest them because of the concerns over current FDA regulations that might construe that as “prescribing”.

If I felt I had to have a CT scan, I’d be seeking out a personal consultation with a nutritionist and a naturopath and getting educational information that would allow me to nutritionally support my body before the test.

If I were a parent, a doctor would really have to convince me that there was absolutely no other way to discern the condition of my child’s health except a CT scan before I would ever submit to one with a young child.  If your doctor can’t understand your concerns about that, my advice would be to get another doctor asap.

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