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Airport Radiation: Is It Bad For Your Health?

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Every day we walk outside and are exposed to all sorts of toxins, chemicals, pollutants and radiation. Now add a dose of radiation at the airport when you go through security and it appears we are being bombarded with it, especially to those who travel regularly. You might be able to avoid going through the radiation screening machine at airport security if you fly frequently but then you must be patted down and searched like a common criminal. Both choices are annoying but necessary in today's world.

When it comes to the effects of exposure to radiation, experts can't seem to agree. Maybe that is because it is impossible to observe the effects on humans from low doses of radiation. Experts do agree there are significant side effects at high doses that cause health issues that can actually be seen. However when it comes to the low doses, there are many different opinions.

The lack of scientific evidence about low-dose radiation opens a door to all sorts of speculation and opinion as to when and how to control radiation exposure and determine its safety. Every single day our cells are bombarded by free radicals (toxins, chemicals and pollutants) that are not from radiation and we seem to be okay. The same goes for low doses of radiation that might damage a cell but there is good chance we will still be okay.

You can protect yourself and support your body nutritionally to prevent cells from being damaged by including plenty of antioxidants and enzymes. Antioxidants prevent the free radicals from attacking our healthy cells while enzymes help with digesting the nutrients from our food. We are all born with enzymes to digest our food but as we get older, they dissipate. This is why you may experience symptoms of indigestion when you eat a particular food that never bothered you before but it bothers you now.

Enzymes can help by purifying the blood, building the immune system and they actually allow the body to extract the nutrients it needs to function properly at optimum levels. If you are someone that travels frequently and are exposed to low doses of radiation, enzyme supplementation is a great way to protect the cells in your body.

Unfortunately, studies done on exposure to low levels of radiation are not consistent because most of them show there is no change in the rate of disease with exposure to low doses. On the other side of the coin, there are studies that show decreases in disease with low-levels of radiation while some show increases with the same amount of exposure to radiation. This is why there is so much controversy on this topic.

The bottom line is radiation can cause changes in cells in a laboratory setting outside the human body even when the doses are small. The fact that changes occur is what makes us uneasy as to whether all radiation is bad whether it is safe at low levels of exposure. Large doses of radiation have been used in medicine for therapy which is why many people have turned to the natural medicine world for another approach to healing.

Doses of radiation in any situation can be frightening, frustrating and controversial like many things we deal with in our daily lives. Some people eat a high-fat, high-cholesterol diet and never end up with heart disease while others eat healthy and still develop cancer. Protect your body as much as possible by giving it the enzymes and nutrients it needs to stay strong and healthy for a lifetime of good health.

Sherry L. Granader is a Sports Nutritionist, National Speaker and Spokesperson, Author of 2 healthy cookbooks, Writer, Ghost Writer, Nationally Certified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. She has shared the stage with such celebrities as Whoopi Goldberg, Suze Orman and the late Governor Ann Richards and served as the On-Air Nutritionist for QVC television in the United States and the UK. She has cooked for her favorite bodybuilder, Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk) and his family, shared her nutrition expertise with Chuck Norris on the set of his movie "Sidekicks" and appeared on 8-time Mr. Olympia, Lee Haney's Championship Workouts on ESPN. Sherry hosted her own "Healthy Living" show on PBS for several years. For more information on Sherry, visit or write to Sherry at

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