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where do we get the most radiation?

By Robyn Openshaw | Jun 14, 2010

Here’s an interesting  Associated Press story today for your consideration since we’ve been talking about radiation exposure from cell phones.

To summarize it, we get more radiation from medical testing than anything else, including airport scans and cell phone use.

Preventative medicine is the best way to avoid those medical tests. (My older son recently required an MRI because of a pitching injury. My younger two kids each fell from a significant height when they were little and had worrisome injuries, each requiring a scan. But many CT and other scans can be avoided.)

Prevention is just a euphemism for making good lifestyle choices.

I was talking to my friend Tif today about how so many men we know have the philosophy, “If you’re active, it doesn’t matter what you eat.” (This is an actual quote from a real live guy I am close to.)

(If that’s true, why are so many people who work out regularly still overweight?) Diet is still a bigger part of the picture than exercise is. Not to diminish exercise, of course.

I love the ridiculous things we come up with, sometimes, to justify floating along in popular culture’s dirty river.

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5 thoughts on “where do we get the most radiation?”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I found the same article earlier– disturbing! It might put you at ease to know that an MRI at least doesn’t rely on radiation to retrieve images, so your older son probably has had very little exposure.

    YES to prevention!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I just found your blog/website and love it! Thank you! So nice to know there are people out there who think like me! I just get so frustrated at the way people around me eat and complain about the way they feel or that they can’t lose weight… etc. How do people not realize that so many problems with health come from the way you EAT! It’s just so simple but so misunderstood. I’m glad you are doing something about it to help everyone! Thank you again from Lehi!

  3. *LIKE*….a lot!

    I was listening to an audio the other day about how the mammograms are especially harmful to breast tissue because irradiated tissue becomes cancerous…the more it is irradiated. Now I am wondering about ultrasounds and if I will even get one next time I get pregnant.

  4. “I love the ridiculous things we come up with, sometimes, to justify floating along in popular culture’s dirty river.”

    Well said Robyn, well said!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’ve studied the ultrasound issue extensively, but it’s been a while.

    One thing I do remember reading is that one study shows that when babies are exposed to ultrasounds, more of them end up left handed. Well, so what, who cares if your left handed? The change in left-handedness shows that there is something significant going on in the brain or the DNA — we don’t know what else is changing too! I didn’t know any better and had several ultrasounds with my first pregnancy. I ended up doing gender ultrasounds for my 2nd and 3rd pregnancies. For someone generally opposed to ultrasounds, that was kind of pathetic, but at least it was only the one ultrasound each time.

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