How To Kick Your Thyroid’s Ass: My Health Is Not My Own, OR, My Story Of Unnecessary Uterine Bleeding
There are alot of things I want to say this week and I want to make sure they’re expressed with the kind of urgency and importance with which I experienced them. It’s poignant stuff, so maybe I should start at the beginning. The beginning in this case is the Tampa airport at 6:00 am on the-week-before-last Wednesday morning. It was me, in full travel garb (tank top, sweater, and baggy yoga pants), in line at the security check-through next to an elderly couple and no one else. The airport is pretty quiet on Wednesday mornings before 7:00 am, I guess, which explains why the security officials all looked so damn bored.
“In order to generate the nude image of the human body, these machines emit terahertz photons — high-frequency energy ‘particles’ that can pass through clothing and body tissue.“
What happened next is, I was forced into one of the new full-body scanning machines. I say “forced” because normally as a passenger, I’ve been given the option to opt out of being wanded and instead, be felt-up manually (which, of course, is so much less violating and invasive). But I wasn’t given that option: “Ma’am, I need you to step inside…
“The manufacturers of such machines claim they are perfectly safe and present no health risks, but a study conducted by Boian S. Alexandrov (and colleagues) at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico showed that these terahertz waves could ‘…unzip double-stranded DNA, creating bubbles in the double strand that could significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication.“
Because I’d only ever read about the full body scanning machines (and their apparent health risks), but never seen a picture of one, it didn’t register at first what I was experiencing. Only after the fact, did I understand what I had just stepped into — a tube of radiation, my body in full exposure and in someone else’s control. Not only was this man exposing my compromised immune system to “harmless” “amounts” “radiation” and cellular damage, but he was also seeing every bump and lump in my body — MY body; you know, MY private property? I happen to be a very modest person, you see.
“And yet no such long-term safety testing has ever been conducted by a third party. There have been no clinical trials indicating that multiple exposures to such terahertz waves, accumulated over a long period of time, are safe for humans. The FDA, in particular, has never granted its approval for any such devices even though these devices clearly qualify as ‘medical devices.”
Afterward, I felt mad, extremely violated, and then got on my flight. Once I arrived at my destination, San Antonio, about three hours later, I stopped in the bathroom (only because I always stop in the bathroom; it’s my thing; peeing alot, that is). Because I am very in-tune with my body’s signals, I notice everything. And as I went to the bathroom, I noticed one big change — uterine bleeding*, coming out from my body. I wasn’t menstruating and wouldn’t be for two and a half more weeks. And I never spot. I was bleeding for “unknownÃ¢â‚¬ reasons, from an “unknownÃ¢â‚¬ cause. , , This continued the entire day. (*Please note that I think it’s important for me to be very explicit in my description here, because it drives home how serious the situation really is. If the thought of uterine bleeding scares you, then clearly, my job here is done, because it scares the shit out of me too).
“There, study authors conclude: “Based on our results we argue that a specific terahertz radiation exposure may significantly affect the natural dynamics of DNA, and thereby influence intricate molecular processes involved in gene expression and DNA replication. In other words, millimeter wave scanning devices may damage your DNA.”
I have no proof that being exposed to the full-body scan caused my body to bleed. But, what I do know is that this had never happened to me before, and there were no other stressors besides the scanner. (Unless the plane ride shook loose my uterine lining, that is.)
“What if the experts are wrong about their safety and ten years later we find out that there is cumulative DNA damage that causes infertility and cancer? What if air travelers who subject themselves to this radiation wind up suffering some currently-unknown health condition as a result? At no time in the history of human civilization have large numbers of humans ever been subjected to terahertz bombardment of this type and frequency.”
Even more than a week later, I still feel very violated, and in many ways, raped: raped of my highest health potential; raped of my own sovereignty over my health; raped of my choice in deciding what I do with my body.
“As the security screening woman felt me up, I mentioned to her that I have an implant, the result of mastectomy. She relayed the information to those unseen through her microphone. A few seconds later, she sent me on my way. And I tweeted and Facebooked about the experience. A friend in Tallahassee mentioned that friend of his had to lift his shirt to expose his colostomy bag to the TSA in Philadelphia.”
We can say small amounts of radiation are harmless, but not in a body with a weakened immune system; not in a body with a pre-exisiting health condition; not in a body with chronic infection. No one asked if I was sick or had ever been sick; it is simply irrelevant to them. Let the decision makers at the TSA get their fill of radiation for sake of traveler security. For me, I choose ZERO radiation for my body and fragile system. And I should be granted that choice. A strip search in a stark, cold room with a stranger in latex gloves would have felt less invasive and violating — at least then I would be assured my health wasn’t being compromised.
“The takeaway here is, if you have fake body parts, you should be prepared to explain them to the full-body screening folks at the TSA.”
But the problem is bigger than the damaging/”unzipping” of DNA or radiation.
“Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. EPA sets standards for approximately 90 contaminants in drinking water. EPA’s standards, along with each contaminant’s likely source and health effects, are available at www.epa.gov/safewater/mcl.html.“
When I fly, I can’t even get clean drinking water. Airports sell polluted water and beverages, and because passengers are not legally entitled to bring our own fluids, I abstain. I drink no fluids for hours at a time when traveling. I refuse to pollute my body with chlorine, fluoride, and pharmaceutical remnants. One swig sets my health right back at square one; a swig of chlorine and I wind up with a massive infection. A few cups of tap water pharmaceuticals and I get massive dizzy spells; my vision goes black before my eyes and I end up on the floor in a panic.
“Total Trihalomethanes. Some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of EPA’s standard over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous systems, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
Haloacetic Acids. Some people who drink water containing haloacetic acids in excess of EPA’s standard over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
Bromate. Some people who drink water containing bromate in excess of EPA’s standard over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
Chlorite. Some infants and young children who drink water containing chlorite in excess of EPA’s standard could experience nervous system effects. Similar effects may occur in fetuses of pregnant women who drink water containing chlorite in excess of EPA’s standard. Some people may experience anemia.
Chlorine. Some people who use drinking water containing chlorine well in excess of EPA’s standard could experience irritating effects to their eyes and nose. Some people who drink water containing chlorine well in excess of EPA’s standard could experience stomach discomfort.
Arsenic. Some people who drink water containing arsenic in excess of EPA’s standard over many years could experience skin damage or problems with their circulatory system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
Fluoride. Many communities add fluoride to their drinking water to promote dental health. Each community makes its own decision about whether or not to add fluoride. EPA has set an enforceable drinking water standard for fluoride of 4 mg/L (some people who drink water containing fluoride in excess of this level over many years could get bone disease, including pain and tenderness of the bones). EPA has also set a secondary fluoride standard of 2 mg/L to protect against dental fluorosis. Dental fluorosis, in its moderate or severe forms, may result in a brown staining and/or pitting of the permanent teeth. This problem occurs only in developing teeth, before they erupt from the gums. Children under nine should not drink water that has more than 2 mg/L of fluoride.“
Unfortunately, this is not unique to airports. My daily life is polluted too, and my health is often not my own — someone or something else influences and owns it (I am never not in contact or close proximity to man-made chemicals or “technologyÃ¢â‚¬). My question to you this week is, have you ever felt like your health is not your own?, Do you ever feel you have no sovereignty over your health because our environment and food and water are so polluted? Would you have a problem with the full body scanners too?
I’ll end this week with this: I believe that good health is the basis for all good things in life. I grasp at any good health I can get. I hold on to any good health like it is gold-plated, diamond-studded, the most valuable thing in the world. Without good health, it is so very difficult to have and appreciate other good things in life. , I want good things in this life and it starts with good health. I ever can’t let someone take that possibility away from me again.
And you can be sure the TSA will be receiving a scathing, very detailed letter from my uterus.
- Cancer Risks Debated for Type of X-Ray Scan
- Full-body scanners used on air passengers may damage human DNA
- My Left Breast Put Fancy TSA Scanner to the Test
- EPA’s list of ground and drinking water contaminants
Until Next Week,
Also, before you leave — we’re announcing the two winners of the giveaway from Shakeology that we’ve been hosting for the last two weeks. The winners, as chosen by Random.org, are Quin and Ericka!!!!!!! Ladies, please contact me at Liz@DearThyroid.com with your shipping info and I will get it over to Beth, who will be sending you your Shakeology goodies!
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