X-Rays tied to brain tumors

If you are like me, you dislike going to the dentist.  My emotion is more akin to hate going to the dentist.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love my dentist, just hate the procedures that I have to go through.


My mother was very consistent with dental visits when I was a kid.  We went every six months, and I don’t think we had dental insurance.  My dentist was kin to the dentist depicted on Marathon Man.   When I watched that movie, I had horrible flash backs to my time in his chair.  Things are easier now, but not much.


Besides the somewhat painful procedures that we are subjected to, there is the added risk of radiation poisoning that occurs from dental x-rays.  According to a recent study by the American Cancer Society publication Journal, there is a link between certain dental x-rays and brain tumors.


“The study found at a general level that people with meningioma were more than twice as likely as people without the brain tumor to have had a bitewing x-ray sometime in their lives. (The Houston Chronicle, 4/11/12)   The study also found an association between the less commonly used panorex x-ray, which are taken outside the mouth and deliver a panoramic view of the full set of top and bottom teeth, and meningioma risk.  People who reported having had a panorex exam before they turned 10 years old were 4.9 times as likely to develop meningioma as those who had them at any other time, and those who had them most frequently but not necessarily at that young age) were about three times as likely to do so as those who had never had a panorex exam.


The study reports that ionizing radiation is the major environmental risk factor for meningioma and that dental x-rays are the most common artificial source of exposure in the United States.”


So, what do we do?  Do we allow the dentist to take x-rays every visit?  Every other visit?  Do we allow our young children to be x-rayed?  If so, how often?  These are serious issues that need to be addressed with our dentists.  Obviously, the dentists feel that these x-rays are important to perform.  However, we must be mindful of our health and the health of our children.  We need to be proactive, and weigh out the risk/benefit of such procedures.


Until next time,




About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
This entry was posted in Health and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s