By:  Andreas Moritz
Posted:   September 27, 2012 — updated 2016
Book excerpt:  Timeless Secrets of Health & Rejuvenation

One of the riskiest of all diagnostic tools is the X-ray machine. Most people who visit a doctor will experience at least one exposure to these high-frequency waves of ionizing radiation (X-rays). These are the facts that have been discovered so far about the adverse side effects of X-rays:

    • If children are exposed to X-rays while still in the mother’s womb (in utero), their risk of all cancers increases by 40 percent, of tumors of the nervous system by 50 percent, and of leukemias by 70 percent.
    • Today there are thousands of people with damaged thyroid glands, many of them with cancer, who were radiated with X-rays on the head, neck, shoulder or upper chest 20-30 years ago.
    • 10 X-ray exposures at the dentist’s office are sufficient to produce cancer of the thyroid.
    • Multiple X-rays have been linked with multiple myeloma – a form of bone marrow cancer.
    • Scientists have told the American Congress that X-radiation of the lower abdominal region puts a person at risk for developing genetic damage that can be passed on to the next generation. They also linked the ‘typical diseases of aging, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, strokes and cataracts, with previous exposure to X-rays.
    • It is estimated that at least 4,000 Americans die each year from X-ray related illnesses.
    • In the UK, one fifth to one half of all X-rays given to patients are without real necessity. In the US, the FDA reports that as much as one third of all radiation is unnecessary.
    • In the UK, X-rays ordered by doctors account for over 90 percent of the total radiation exposure of the population (Cambridge University Press, 1993).
    • In Canada, almost everyone gets an annual X-ray of one sort or another.
    • Old X-ray equipment still used in many hospitals gives off 20 to 30 times as high a dose of radiation as is necessary for diagnostic purposes.

Unless it is for a real emergency situation, X-rays should be avoided as far as possible because their harmful side effects may pose a greater health risk than does the original problem. As a patient you have the right to refuse X-ray diagnosis. By discussing your specific health problem with your physician, you can find out whether exposure to X-rays is really necessary or not. Many physicians today share this concern with their patients and try to find other ways to determine their exact condition.

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