radiation

  1. Cellphone radiation is a nighttime risk

    New warning over cellphone radiation

    Once again, today's news is ripped from the headlines of yesterday's House Calls.

    You know that I'm an advocate of keeping your cellphone away from your body as much as possible -- and now, a new government warning backs my advice in a big way.

    The state of California is advising concerned residents to avoid sleeping with or next to a cellphone.

    Maybe its officials have been reading my House Calls and Health Revelations!

    Get it out of your bed, off your nightstand, and evict the thing from the room altogether -- because having a cellphone just inches from your head as you sleep is bad news for your brain.

    As long as it's on, the phone is active. And as long as it's active, it's pumping low levels of radiation right into your skull.

    That means sleeping next to a phone all night could be even worse than having it in your pocket all day!

    Of course, the "experts" are all lining up to defend cellphones. Even California officials are downplaying their own advice, no doubt because they fear ticking off the tech giants headquartered in the state.

    But I'm not afraid.

    The "experts" will claim there's not enough research, which makes we wonder how they got to be experts in the first place.

    They're either unaware of the science -- in which case they need to keep their traps shut and study up -- or they're deliberately ignoring it!

    A 2015 study found that using a cellphone for 20 minutes a day will TRIPLE your risk of a rare type of brain tumor. Using it for longer periods can cause that risk to rise by as much as 500 percent.

    The "experts" might dismiss that as just one study.

    But it's not just one study: The year before, researchers found that using a cellphone for 20 years will double your risk of a type of brain tumor called a glioma, while using it for 25 years will triple that risk.

    That's a long time.

    How long have you had a cellphone?

    If you're like most Americans, you've been using one for at least 10 years... and quite possibly 20.

    And that means you could already be facing these risks right now!

    I don't want you to panic. But I do want you to be careful, so follow a few safety tips.

    Never keep your phone on your body for more than a few minutes at a time. Take calls on speakerphone mode or using a headset. Turn it off when not in use.

    And never, ever sleep with it next to your head. Leave it in the kitchen to charge at night.

    You won't just have less radiation. You'll get better sleep, since you won't be tempted to check it anytime you wake up.

  2. Radiation risks from common heart tests

    Hidden danger of common heart test

    When you think you might be having a heart attack, you don't question anything they want to do to you.

    If they tell you that you need to stand on the roof in the rain and count to 100, you'll be on the next elevator up.

    Now, an alarming new study shows how hospitals take advantage of frightened patients just like you.

    Instead of giving you the best possible care to save your life, they're working overtime to pad the bottom line, pushing every test in the book your way... including some you don't need.

    And that means you could get slammed with dangerously high doses of cancer-causing radiation for no reason at all!

    The new study finds that all of those extra tests add zero benefit to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with chest pain.

    Folks who get CT scans and nuclear stress tests -- both of which involve alarmingly high levels of radiation -- don't get out of the hospital sooner.

    They don't get treated faster, either -- and, most importantly, they don't have better outcomes.

    Patients who get those extra scans have the SAME rate of bypass surgery and procedures to reopen plugged-up arteries. They even have the SAME risk of a heart attack over the following month.

    In other words, the scans add nothing other than hundreds of dollars to the bill.

    It would be one thing if the tests themselves were harmless. Better safe than sorry, after all.

    But CT scans involve hundreds of times the levels of radiation of a typical chest X-ray, and a coronary angiography can slam you with up to 800 times the radiation of a chest X-ray.

    That radiation doesn't go away after the test.

    It stays with you... and if you've had other tests over the years, it all adds up.

    It adds up so rapidly that CT scans alone are now considered major cause of cancer.

    Researchers at the National Cancer Institute once calculated the risk and found that the 72 million CT scans carried out in 2007 would lead to 29,000 cancers down the road, some of which are no doubt already appearing.

    Another study found that 1 in 400 to 2,000 CT scans would lead to a cancer.

    If you've had just one scan, that's already a big risk. But if you've had two, three, four, or -- like many older folks -- DOZENS of tests involving radiation over the years, that can add up.

    Obviously, there are times when you need these tests, and you shouldn't flat-out refuse them in every case.

    But if you have mild chest pain, no other symptoms, and your blood tests and EKG tests are all clean, ask your doctor if the more invasive tests and radiation are truly necessary.

  3. CT scan radiation linked to heart risk

    What your last heart screening REALLY did to you Back when I was a kid, comic books would use radiation exposure to transform regular people into one of two things: either superheroes or supervillains. Today, those same characters have moved from the comics to the big screen, where they earn billions at the box office. And that radiation? It's also...
  4. Radiation for prostate cancer can cause other cancers

    Radiation given to patients with prostate cancer can increase the risk of cancers of the bladder, colon and rectum.
  5. Fast colonoscopies miss more precancerous cells

    Some doctors are moving too fast when performing colonoscopies and those lost couple of minutes of scope time could turn out to be deadly when they miss polyps and precancerous growthsthat could eventually become killer cancer.
  6. Effects of radiation linked to heart disease

    Women who get radiation for breast cancer face an increased risk of heart disease in the years and even decades after.
  7. CT scans: More radiation exposure than you realize

    CT scans deliver more than 100 times the radiation of an X-ray -- but many people don't realize the test delivers any radiation at all.
  8. New rules boost radiation levels for food

    The feds will allow chicken to exposed to 50 percent more radiation to kill germs in food -- here's why that's just crazy.
  9. Fingers pointed at breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure

    One of the Komen foundation's key claims about mammograms has been exposed as a wild exaggeration. The real numbers show screenings save few lives.
  10. Tuna caught off California found to have radiation from Japan

    New tests on tuna caught in California waters finds high levels of radiation, a result of last year's nuclear disaster in Japan.
  11. Ginseng can ease fatigue in cancer patients

    Up to 90 percent of all cancer patients battle fatigue, but new research shows that ginseng can help restore those energy levels.
  12. Patients say real colonoscopy has less pain than virtual ones

    Patients think virtual colonoscopies are easier, but a survey of patients who've had both find real colonoscopies have less pain and more comfort.
  13. Do cellphones cause brain tumors?

    I remember 12 years ago a friend of mine was scheduled for thyroid cancer surgery. He was relatively young, had no strong family history of the disease and no exposure to any major source of radiation... except for one. As we spoke, I found out he was using his cellphone for buying and selling for 8 hours or more every day!
  14. The risks of 'dental health'

    For too many dentists, the X-ray machine is more like a cash machine. They don't use it when they absolutely need images to diagnose a problem in your mouth. They use it the moment your insurance company will allow them to make a new set of images.
  15. The tests seniors should skip

    Even as the mainstream moves away from routine cancer screenings for men and women alike, there's one group of Americans that are still getting screened regularly for cancers that almost certainly won't hurt them. And that's the elderly.
  16. TSA refuses new study on airport scanners

    It's outright insane if you stop to think about it: In order to "protect" air passengers, the U.S. government is blasting them all with dangerous levels of radiation from full-body X-ray scanners.
  17. The patient made me do it!

    CT scans, X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds -- you name it, people are getting them far more often than necessary, leading to extra stress and excess treatments. And in the case of those CT scans and X-rays, patients are being dosed with high levels of radiation for no reason at all.
  18. What your Ob-Gyn doesn't want you to know

    You might think medical guidelines are based on years of clinical evidence and gold-standard research. After all, doctors use them every single day to make life-or-death decisions. In reality, they're based on the whims and fancies of the medical elite... and that's especially true when it comes to women's health.
  19. Hidden dangers of heart scans

    Not only are these scans useless when it comes to saving lives or preventing heart problems in healthy patients, but they also lead to more tests, drug prescriptions, and even invasive catheters.
  20. New mammogram brings new risk

    The feds have just signed off on the Selenia Dimensions System, a mammogram device that delivers 3-D images of the breast... along with double the radiation of the traditional screening.

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