If EMF’s are Dangerous, Microwave Radiation (RF) may also be dangerous.
EMF’s are electro magnetic frequencies that operate at much lower frequency levels that the very high frequency microwave scanners deployed by the TSA. We know now that EMF’s cause can interference with DNA synthesis and RNA transcription; interact with the response of normal cells to various agents and biochemical such as hormones, neurotransmitters, and growth factors; and interact with cancer cells. EMF’s could effect your immune system, your digestive system, and even your brain function. If research on EMF’s is a predictor of what we will find with additional research in the high frequency radiation field, over time, we will find these same results from microwave radiation such as is used by the TSA’s scanners.
An Overview of the Evidence
Not all research proves that millimeter waves are dangerous. Some experiments have shown no observable effects in biological systems. But these experiments did not observe cellular effects real time. This does not prove millimeter wave or super high frequency microwave technology is safe. It more likely points to the inability of the experiment to examine the hard to observe effects of cellular communication and maintenance that could be damaged by microwave radiation.
Some studies have even used millimeter wave frequencies to help reduce pain the body. Other studies claim that the effects of microwave radiation is temporary, and not permanent. And the studies I have cited show a cause for alarm about the effects of low dosages of radiation. Even though the microwave radiation used by the TSA scanners is different that radiation produced by cell phones and microwave ovens, some readers might reflect on their experience with cell phones and microwave ovens and see that even though they know they are exposing themselves to radiation using these products, that they do not experience negative health effects from them. This doesn’t mean that there are no negative health effects, but simply that none were observed. Keep in mind that the millimeter wave scanners of the TSA operate at more than 20 billion times more oscillations per second, with waves that are of a much smaller size. So the cellular effects will be different than cell phones. And that some people in the population are far less sensitive to the effect or radiation than others.
What Can We Do About Stopping the TSA’s Scanners?
The most effective tool you have to stop the use of the TSA’s scanners is to not use them. If enough people refused to use the TSA’s scanners, the TSA would have to abandon the program. Each traveler, thus far, has the right and ability to opt-out of the x-ray and “millimeter wave” scanners. Simply say to the TSA officer that you opt-out. But opting out comes with a price. You will have your breasts, buttocks and potentially your genitals touched by a government TSA employee as you will be patted down as if you are a terrorist until you can demonstrate that you do not have any lethal weapons or mal intentions on your body.
If you feel sick after walking through a scanner. Take note of the effects. Report the illness to your local health department, as well as your state and federal representative and demand that the use of scanners be halted. Demand an independent health investigation of the scanner, and demand that the TSA start tracking health damages from the scanner. In addition, use social media tools to share your health reports from the scanner. Post on facebook, on your blog, on twitter and let the world know how you are being negatively affected by the TSA’s disreputable actions.
The next step will be stopping the TSA’s assaults on our liberties. The best way to do this would by communicating with your county, state and federal representative and urging them to pass legislation prohibiting the use of the TSA’s scanners and prohibiting indecent touching in the full body pat down. You can also urge your local district attorney and local sheriff to hold the TSA accountable for violating your state’s laws about touching other people, about the deprivation of liberty and rights protected by your state’s constitution, violating state privacy and decency laws, and for violating radiation and medical scanning technology laws. The power is in your hands to make a difference.
The Fundamental Question of Liberty
This article is not for those who feel fine microwaving themselves with cell phones or other new technologies. This is for those who don’t want to have to choose between dousing themselves with untested microwave radiation, and having their privates touched by a stranger when they want to fly from state to state on an airplane.
Do we live in a world where our bodies and our individual rights are uncared for an unacknowledged by the government who feels justified in violating us in a variety of ways on the alter of protection from terrorism? I don’t think so.
We live in a world where our bodies deserve to be cherished an honored. We live in a world where we deserve to be innocent of being a terrorist until proven guilty. We live in a world where the government is made, of, for, and by the people to protect our rights and our liberties. We live in a world were we should be treated as worthy individuals whose bodies deserve to be free from injurious forces such as untested microwave radiation, or from being touched indecently. I demand change. Join me.
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