Monday, March 3, 2014

Do Dental X-Rays Cause Brain Tumors?

by Michael Greger, M.D.
DESCRIPTION: Getting bitewing or full mouth (panoramic) X-rays at the dentist may be associated with an increased risk of meningioma, the most common type of brain tumor.

I was just actually at the dentist for my check-up and was again offered a set of full mouth X-rays (because I was "due"). Normally when I refuse routine dental X-rays I've just explained that I try to minimize my radiation exposure, but this time I was able to refuse "as per the official recommendation of the American Dental Association"! I just got a blank stare.

More on avoiding brain tumors in:

• The Inflammatory Meat Molecule Neu5Gc (
• IGF-1 as One-Stop Cancer Shop (
• When Nitrites Go Bad (
• #1 Anticancer Vegetable (
• Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer? (

This is the third in a five part series on preventing and mediating the adverse effects of radiation exposure. The first, Fukushima and Radioactivity in Seafood (, described the natural and artificial sources of radioactive isotopes in our diet. The last video, Cancer Risk from CT Scan Radiation (, detailed the estimated 29,000 cancers that doctors cause with CAT scans every year. In my next video, Mediating Radiation Exposure from Air Travel (, I talk about those full-body scanners in airports and I'll close out with ways to mediate all these risks with Reducing Radiation Damage With Ginger And Lemon Balm (

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