The jury is not out, it is clear, high-altitude airline flights increase our radiation exposure. The debate is not if, but how much does it effects us. This can be dependent on many factors: current health condition, dietary habits, age, exposure, and sensitivity to radiation.
According to the American Cancer Society, “For years, our society has maintained that exposure to low levels of electromagnetic waves are harmless, but evidence is mounting that all this exposure to low-level radiation is indeed much more harmful that previously thought. What is also a major source of radiation exposure? Flying in an airplane. The higher up the plane goes in the atmosphere the more radiation we are exposed to. “  For a report on radiation per hour on flights go to: www.hps.org/publicinformation/ate/q444.html
More concerning is the rise in airport usage of new airport full body scanners that claim to be no more harmful that 15 minutes of unprotected exposure to the sun. The United States National Research Council reports backscatter x-ray energy emitted is a type of ionizing radiation that damages chemical bonds. They tell us ionizing radiation is known to be carcinogenic even in very small doses. Unfortunately, what is replacing backscatter x-ray are “full-body scanners.” These are essentially millimeter wave scanners. Millimeter waves scanners are known to emit even higher frequencies of radio waves onto the body so security can get a full body image. 
You can opt out of being screened using advanced imaging technology. The TSA has on their website the following: “This [scanner] technology is optional to passengers in the U.S. Passengers who opt out of imaging technology screening will go through alternative screening, including same-gender pat downs. Passengers flying to the U.S. from international destinations should check with the country from which they are flying regarding that nation’s policies.”
My suggestion is to opt for the alternative same-gender pat down screening. I would be far less concerned with the intrusion of my privacy than the effects of more unnecessary radiation exposure. People most at risk from being body- scanned are: pregnant women, babies/children, elderly, and those that have pace makers and cancer.
Given that air travel is a necessary part of our lives, we will need to increase our health practices to combat the air travel radiation exposure. There are a number of things you can do to minimize or perhaps counter its effects.
Dietary recommendations for counteracting radiation exposure & overall health:
- Eat quality organic foods on the day you are traveling and avoid junk food.
- Increase your intake of antioxidants, in order of strength: wolf (Goji) berries (the best source), blueberries, kale, strawberries, spinach, raspberries, brussel sprouts, plums, broccoli, beets, oranges, red grapes, red bell pepper, cherries, eggplant, lime juice, & carrots.
- Incorporate high fiber & mineral rich diet (natural iodine, iron, B-12, ginseng, & zinc).
- Eat foods or supplements high in calcium and potassium.
- Consume more beta carotene: spinach, kale, carrots, chard, swiss chard, yams, squash, carrots, winter squash, beets, and collards.
- Eat more of the brassica (cabbage) family and sulfur containing compounds: cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, collards, arugula, turnips, radishes, mustard greens, bok choy, onions, beans, and garlic.
- More sulfur-rich vegetables: kelp, kale, watercress, brussel sprouts, cabbage, turnips, cauliflower, raspberries, & spinach.
- Incorporate a lot more seaweed/sea algae family into your diet such as: spirulina (blue-green) and chlorella (green algae), sea veggies, kelp, dulse and nori. Chlorella is the most digestible, high protein, absorbable source on the market!
- Drink teas that are black, green, and rooibis (instead of coffee).
- Increase your intake of alkalizing food and drink sources.
- Use more often garlic, turmeric, and basil in your diet.
If exposed high levels of radiation, additional intake likely needed:
- Energetic Radiation Antitiox formula.
- Incorporate cysteine (thiol) … amino acid antioxidants.
- Large dosages of (spirulina (blue-green) and chlorella (green algae) and seaweed (sea veggies, kelp, nori) as well as miso broth. .
- Brewer’s yeast (mixing it with tomato juice or fermented beet juice).
- Mushroom supplements (JHS Naturals) for immune system support.
- Bee pollen to strengthen the blood.
- Extra calcium and vitamin D during radiation exposure.
- Avoid sugar, wheat, milk and fast food.
After a long flight do this to feel less toxic and more energized:
- Taking an Epson salt bath to detoxifying the body. You can buy Epson salt or use formula: Dissolve 1 lb of sea salt or rock salt and 1 lb of baking soda in a hot bath — as hot as can be tolerated — and soak into the water until the bath becomes cool. This usually takes about 20-25 minutes. Do not rinse the salt off your body for 4-8 hours.
- Also, if available, a ion cleansing detox footspa treatment can be very helpful. It can help to rebalance your bodies’ bioenergy.
Essential oils for detox/ antioxidants support (alternative care):
- While many of the fruits and veggies (listed above) are good sources of antioxidants, essential oils are far more effective.
- The top antioxidant essential oils are: clove, myrrh, clary sage, cedarwood, marjoram, geranium, cumin, douglas fir, basil, peppermint, celery seed, lime, hyssop, oregano. Only the wolf (gogi) berry comes anywhere close to any of these oils and falls after Hyssop on here.
- Essential oils for counteracting the effects of radiation: juniper berry (juniperus communis), helichrysum (helichrysum italicum, lemon (citrus limonum), grapefruit (citrus paradise), lavender, tea tree, neroli, and laurel (laurus nobilis). If pregnant, please consult your physician.
Whether you are flying a lot or not at all, these are all health self-care practices. We need to integrate this more on a daily basis in truth we are exposed to other environmental ionizing radiation such as cell phones, TV, dental/medical x-rays, computers, and other EMF exposure. Incorporate this into your life and you will improve your overall health.
-Melinda London, Travel Lotus