Jeffrey Dach MD

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jeffrey dach md

jeffrey dach md
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Davie, Florida, USA
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Jeffrey Dach MD is founder of TrueMedMD, a clinic in Davie Florida specializing in Natural Medicine and Bio-Identical Hormones. Jeffrey Dach MD Offices of Willow Grove 7450 Griffin Road Suite 190 Davie, Fl 33314 telephone 954-792-4663

NOVEMBER 22, 2010 8:02AM

Airport TSA Body Scanner Health Concerns

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Ron Paul discusses our "calamity at the airports "

Whole body X-Ray scanning at airport security is the latest outrage, as the "Dont Touch My Junk" video goes viral and Ron Paul gives an impassioned speech before Congress announcing new legislation to protect the rights of travelers from the TSA, an agency gone rogue.

Unsafe X-Radiation Exposure to Workers and the Population

Xray scanning at the airport poses a health threat to the population.  X-radiation is a known carcinogen.   Radiation from the the airport xray machines is unsafe because it is unshielded, unregulated and unmonitored.

As a board certified radiologist, I worked with xray machines for 30 years, and I am familiar with the strict safety regulations and procedures for their use in the hospital xray department.  Number one, xray exposure is a potential carcinogen, so there must be a valid medical reason for doing an xray procedure.   Secondly, the operator must take precautions with adequate X-ray shielding, and operator must wear a radiation monitor, such as a radiation badge.  In addition, the xray room and machines must be shielded to prevent exposing bystanders with scatter radiation.

At the hospital xray department, we had a monthly visit from a radiation safety physicist whose job was to test each machine and room for radiation leaks and scattered radiation. His report was posted in a frame on the wall of the Xray room.  Another report was compiled monthly which listed the amount of radiation exposure each worker accumulated based on reading from each radiation badge.

A recent trip through ariport secutiry revealed that none of these safety precautions are followed at TSA airport security.

Grope Exam- Touching Private Parts at Airport Sercurity

In addition to the health risks, air travelers who opt out of the radiation exposure of the whole body scans are then forced to submit to a manual exam amounting to a humiliating "touching" of private parts by TSA.   One woman, a breast cancer survivor was forced to remove her breast prosthesis and submit that to inspection.  

Lawsuit Filed 

A lawsuit has been filed by EPIC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, claiming the airport Body Scanners and the humilating TSA groping exams of private parts are a violation of the Fourth Amendment Consitituionl right to privacy.

Pilots Are Exempt

TSA announced pilots would be exempt from these humiliating airport checks. attention to how TSA.

Watch Video of German Protest:  Get Naked at the airport: 

National Opt Out day is Thanksgiving  Day Nov 24, 2010.

Jeffrey Dach MD
www.jeffreydach.com
www.drdach.com

Links

http://thehappyhospitalist.blogspot.com/2010/11/whole-body-tsa-body-scanner-health.html

Whole Body TSA Body Scanner Health Concerns Exposed By Experts
The Happy Hospitalist Unfiltered Hospital Medicine Blog

The Letter of Concern was sent to Dr John P Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, on April 6, 2010 by medical doctors and professors at the University of California San Fransisco (John Sedat, PhD, Marc Shuman, MD, David Agard, PhD, Robert Stroud, PhD). 


Here is their Letter of Concern:
We are writing to call your attention to serious concerns about the potential health risks of the recently adopted whole body back scatter X-ray airport security scanners. This is an urgent situation as these X-ray scanners are rapidly being implemented as a primary screening step for all air travel passengers.

Our overriding concern is the extent to which the safety of this scanning device has been adequately demonstrated. This can only be determined by a meeting of an impartial panel of experts that would include medical physicists and radiation biologists at which all of the available relevant data is reviewed.

An important consideration is that a large fraction of the population will be subject to the new X-ray scanners and be at potential risk, as discussed below. This raises a number of ‘red flags’. Can we have an urgent second independent evaluation?

http://www.npr.org/assets/news/2010/05/17/concern.pdf
The Letter of Concern was sent to Dr John P Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, on April 6, 2010 by medical doctors and professors at the University of California San Fransisco (John Sedat, PhD, Marc Shuman, MD, David Agard, PhD, Robert Stroud, PhD).

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2010/11/17/whats-the-real-radiation-risk-of-the-tsas-full-body-x-ray-scans/

“They say the risk is minimal, but statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays,” [says] Dr Michael Love, who runs an X-ray lab at the department of biophysics and biophysical chemistry at Johns Hopkins University school of medicine…. “No exposure to X-ray is considered beneficial. We know X-rays are hazardous but we have a situation at the airports where people are so eager to fly that they will risk their lives in this manner.” [AFP]

A concern that I have that I have not seen in any of the information that I’ve seen regarding the scanners, is the effect that even small doses of radiation will have on pregnant women. Since women may not even know that they are pregnant at the time they are scanned, you are exposing a new fetus to even the proportedly low levels of radiation you risk the potential birth defects of the exposure.

Summary: open x-ray source with no shielding producing scatter radiation is a danger to workers of the unit and anyone passing through it. These dangers include constant micro doses of radiation every time it is used

Those in immediate danger: Pilots and Crew– radiation to eyes can cause cataracts and worse, putting a pilots vision in danger and possible “in air” errors. Thyroid exposure and possible cancers.

TSA workers – there is NO SHIELDING on 2 sides of the pass through unit. Scatter radiation is emitted and exposes everyone around it. End result TSA agents getting un-necessary exposure that could lead to medical complications later as with ANY prolonged x-ray exposure.

Passengers – micro doses of radiation to sensitive areas of the body i.e.: eyes, thyroid, breast etc. How long will it take for the first law suits to show up where people with cancer blame the screening device for it? Pregnant females? Present/past cancer patients?

Conclusions:

Obvious x-ray precautions are NOT being followed: There are NO SIGNS of x-ray in use, as required by all other x-ray facilities. There is NO information of the amount of radiation emitted. To the person being scanned or the unit itself. There is NO SHIELDING for sensitive areas i.e.: eyes, thyroid, groin etc. which is required by law of ANY x-ray facility. There is NO SHIELDING for the open sides of the unit. Lead shielding is required by ALL facilities to reduce scatter radiation to anyone other than the subject. A simple leaded panel on both sides of the open unit would help with this. The TSA agents are at the greatest risk here.

All in all it is very obvious to me as a professional x-ray operator that currently these devices are dangerous and NOT compliant with x-ray laws for a facility dealing with the public. If any x-ray facility had a setup like this and an inspector from the department of public health showed up the place would be shutdown due to non-compliance.

It is my professional opinion that until these safety issues are taken care of that these machines are unsafe for the workers and the workers and public. Sadly, I see this all as a lobbyists dream. I recently read that these machines are being heavily lobbied and that 100s’ of millions of dollars are spent trying to get these into airports. So I see money as a HUGE factor OTHER than public safety.

I strongly oppose ANY public source of radiation of any kind as it is all cumulative. This is a very bad idea, and NO AMOUNT of lobbying will undo my knowledge of radiation exposure dangers.

This whole thing is political for some gain OTHER than for public safety.

To wrap up:

Pilots and crew are at risk for cataract and worse. They are already exposed to excess radiation just flying at altitude. X-ray dosimetry badges should be issued and monitored for them.

TSA agents are not trained well to be around x-ray sources and as such are being dosed beyond ambient radiation levels posing them at risk for health related issues later. X-ray dosimetry badges should be issued and monitored for them as well.

The public is being irradiated un-necessarily without full disclosure of the dangers and possible latent heath problems including cancer which is x-ray linked. Public disclosure of x-ray dose needs to be released so the public can make an educated choice to use them or not.

Think about pregnant females, present/past cancer patients etc. X-rays dangers are known and NOT being presented to the public at these stations.
My experience at the TSA San Jose airport Scanners.

I arrived about 9:30 AM on Mon Nov 16th. I showed my drivers license to the TSA agent, after I noticed the scanners and metal detectors side by side. The scanners had open sides facing the line. This immediately flagged me as an x-ray source leak by not having shielding over the exposed sides. Having been an x-ray supervisor and operator for 20 years I am very aware of radiation leaks and such. I looked for a physical sign stating “x-ray” or “x-ray in use” or something to that effect. But saw NONE. This flagged me that the public was NOT being told of a public x-ray source being used around them. This is an obvious attempt to play down the use of x-ray exposure to the public and that all was fine and dandy.

The TSA agent asked me, politely, to go through the scanner, told him that I would rather be patted down than x-rayed. Immediately the TSA agent chuckled and told me it would be in my best interest to go through the scanner. I replied that I was an x-ray supervisor and that I had been exposed for 20 years of rays and that my concerns were real because of my lifetime exposure. He took me to a table where other gloved TSA agents, a rather large SJPD and his dog waited for me. My things were set aside and the TSA agent gave me one more chance to go through the scanner as he snapped his rubber glove on his hand as an obvious attempt to intimidate me. Since I have no shame and nothing to hide I opted for the “pat down.”

The TSA agent described all the things he was going to do to me, hands in my waist, up my leg for what he called the “grab” etc. The SJPD dog sniffed away, as the TSA agent felt here and there. To me it seemed a bit more than was necessary but again I’m used to being and giving touch to others so it wasn’t bad. After a few minutes the other TSA agents wandered over to another table, I guess my lack of intimidation wasn’t interesting to them anymore. The TSA agent them took his gloves and fed them into a scanner. In a couple seconds he said ok, your clean and can go.

It took a few minutes to re-compose myself putting back on clothes and such, but all in all was not overly un-pleasant. It wasn’t what I call professional, with the chuckles and attempts to intimidate but…

To End, I would like to say I am not opposed to TSA doing their job. However I am VERY concerned that the public is in the middle of an obvious political can of worms all the while being irradiated.

I’m sure there are going to be people, experts from the scanners manufactures’, other doctors on payrolls of this or that, which will testify as to the “safety” of these devices. However, x-ray physics are absolute. Radiation causes cellular changes that can lead to horrific diseases including cancers.

What’s going to happen  in a few years when these cancer cases start coming out? Who is responsible?

There are a lot of unanswered questions…

Since it is a known FACT that ionizing radiation ALWAYS increases the rate of genetic mutation and can be hazardous for certain persons who may or may not be aware of their increased risk, the government will be unable to prove the x-ray based technology is 100% safe and should opt for the millimeter tech instead. QED.

http://www.rapiscansystems.com/rapiscan-secure-1000-single-pose-health.html
 Backscatter / Rapiscan Secure 1000 Single Pose Health and Safety Information

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703688704575620601511628936.html?mod=WSJ_WSJ_News_BlogsModule
Will Turkey Day Fliers Cry Foul?

http://www.abc4.com/content/news/state/story/Pilots-get-a-pass-but-not-passengers/ke49fKVQmUaxna74GSK1Pg.cspx
Pilots get a pass, but not passengers Friday the TSA announced that pilots could now breeze through security checkpoints with the proper ID.

Local civil rights group sues feds over full-body scans
Rutherford Institute files lawsuit on behalf of two pilots.

CHARLOTTESVILLE — A Virginia civil rights group is suing the federal government over the use of airport full-body scanners.

The Rutherford Institute says it has filed a Fourth Amendment lawsuit on behalf of two airline pilots. Those pilots recently refused to go through a controversial whole body imaging scanner, and also refused the alternative, the TSA's new, more invasive pat downs.

The Charlottesville-based Rutherford Institute says both screening procedures violate the Constitution's protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and TSA Administrator John Pistole are both named in the lawsuit

http://investors.osi-systems.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=530184
HAWTHORNE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– OSI Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSIS), a vertically-integrated provider of specialized electronic products for critical applications in the Security and Healthcare industries, today announced that Deepak Chopra, Chairman and CEO, was selected to accompany US President, Barack Obama, to Mumbai and attended the US India Business Entrepreneurship meeting, which was held by the US India Business Council (US IBC). The goal of the meeting was to promote further trade between US and India.

Rapiscan Systems is the manufacturer of the controversial "naked body scanner" purchased for US airports with economic stimulus funds. OSI systems, Inc., owns Rapiscan Systems.

Former head of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff is a lobbyist for Rapiscan Systems.

http://epic.org/privacy/airtravel/backscatter/

Whole Body Imaging Technology and Body Scanners ("Backscatter" X-Ray and Millimeter Wave Screening)

Electronic Privacy Information Center
EPIC has filed a lawsuit to suspend the deployment of body scanners at US airports, pending an independent review. Body scanners produce detailed, three-dimensional images of individuals. Security experts have described whole body scanners as the equivalent of "a physically invasive strip-search." The Transportation Security Administration operates the body scanner devices at airports throughout the United States. On July 2, 2010, EPIC filed a petition for review and motion for an emergency stay, urging the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to suspend the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) full body scanner program. EPIC said that the program is "unlawful, invasive, and ineffective." EPIC argued that the federal agency has violated the Administrative Procedures Act, the Privacy Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Fourth Amendment. EPIC cited the invasive nature of the devices, the TSA's disregard of public opinion, and the impact on religious freedom.

•Tests in Italy Raise New Questions About Airport Body Scanners: Following field tests at international airports in Rome, Milan, Palermo, and Venice, the Italian civil aviation authority, has concluded that airport body scanners are inaccurate and inconvenient. Earlier this year the European Commission stated that body scanners have “raised several serious fundamental rights and health concerns,” and recommending less intrusive measures. The European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs has announced a hearing on the Body Scanner program for October 6, 2010. For more information, see EPIC v. DHS (Suspension of Body Scanner Program) and EPIC - Airport Body Scanners. (Sep. 17, 2010)

http://blogs.forbes.com/kashmirhill/2010/11/16/gizmodo-joins-the-internet-war-on-tsa-with-100-leaked-body-scans/
Gizmodo Joins The Internet War on TSA With 100 ‘Leaked’ Body Scans

Here’s the fleshmob protest (in German):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jrgUhOrHFU

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_AzDO_uwz8
NUDE IT app for iPhone (x-ray naked body scanner) This is the original NUDE IT video created by Michael Krivicka at http://www.whoisthebaldguy.com/ For more info go to http://www.nude-it.com/ This video is NOT ...
by whoisthebaldguy | 1 year ago | 1,965,162 views


Dont touch my junk video Mike Adams Helath Ranger
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhEMRSp7vaY


DONT TOUCH MY JUNK original VIDEO
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/dont-touch-my-junk-passenger-revolts-against-tsa-airport-searches-15009022.html


images

http://info-wars.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/body-scanners-naked-woman1.jpg
http://nimis540.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/4.jpg?w=287&h=420
http://smartmeetings.com/meeting-and-event-planning-news/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/airport_xray_scanner-thumb.jpg
http://i56.tinypic.com/2whqoo8.jpg - cartoon
http://www.cartoonaday.com/images/cartoons/2010/03/TSA-Body-Scan-598x443.jpg cartoon 3

http://open.salon.com/blog/reikoeoh/2010/11/16/maybe_you_should_take_a_train
cartoon reiki eoh


AP press http://www.zimbio.com/Full-Body+Scanners/articles/bVLlghwJnWF/FAQ+TSA+Full+Body+Scanners

isotope scan
http://www.ellnaz.com/images/full-body-scan.jpg

BJR
http://bjr.birjournals.org/cgi/content/full/76/908/553/F2

 

 

 

 

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Why-the-Battle-Against-TSA-by-Kevin-Gosztola-101120-94.html

GOP lawmakers in the House have been the ones taking the lead on this issue. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) introduced the American Traveler Dignity Act to "remove legal immunity from federal employees who subject an individual to any physical contact, x-rays, or aids in the creation of any part of a individual's body as a condition to travel in an aircraft." The law would prohibit pat-downs that are tantamount to sexual assault. And, Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex.) singled out former DHS secretary Michael Chertoff's connection to companies that have received contracts from the government for these machines and said, "T]he populace is giving up more rights in the name of alleged security. These body scanners are a violation of the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures ...There must be a better way to have security at airports than taking pornographic photographs of our citizens, including children, and then giving apparent kickbacks to political hacks."

Citizen groups and civil liberties advocates have been receiving attention because of how this is likely a violation of the Fourth Amendment. And, one particular individual, Isaac Yeffet, former head of security for El Al and now an aviation security consultant in New York, is receiving much attention because Israel does not use body scanners, pat-downs or even require people to take their shoes off. Israel, instead, has highly-trained engage in passenger profiling and do behavioral and psychological analysis of all passengers through interviews to determine whether a person is a threat or not. [See end of article for video of his appearance on "Countdown" with Keith Olbermann.]

Of course, on Friday, TSA announced pilots would be exempt from some airport checks. From the standpoint of those waging a campaign to call attention to how TSA is violating the Fourth Amendment, this is a nice way of diminishing the pressure on the agency to get rid of the new security pat-downs and body scanners. The pilots unions had been one reason why the story was receiving so much attention. Now, it's virtually guaranteed that after the Thanksgiving holiday media coverage of public outrage and what this means for civil liberties in America will subside


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vjrNmlU9is
Ron Paul to TSA: Enough is Enough!

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Jeffrey, excellent points here about the safety and privacy issues. A frequent passenger and TSA employee could be subject to far too much radiation based on what I am reading here.
Personally I'll take trains until they change this policy. Isn't it sad when Democrats try to act like Republicans and come off seeming even more whimpy? We've gone from assholes to clueless nerds.
Rated.
You don't understand: We have to kill ourselves or the terrorists will win!
If you're this concerned about radiation, don't fly. You'll get a much higher dose of radiation on a typical flight than walking through a backscatter Xray machine.