Most people are not highly sensitive to EMF radiation, and therefore don’t feel the effects of the constant exposure. However, some people are what is called electromagnetic hypersensitive, you can read my post on this here. Whether you feel the symptoms of EMF radiation, or not, I hope that if you’ve looked around this site and others you’ll understand the dangers. EMF radiation, especially from long-term consistent exposure causes many symptoms and health issues. From your cell phone to your router, to your microwave oven, even your Bluetooth devices are all emitting enormous amounts of EMF radiation.
When people first start reading about and understanding the danger that EMF radiation poses, one of the first things they start looking for is clothing that can protect them from it. There are a lot of products out there, but not enough information about if these products even work, and whether EMF protection clothing even works. Let’s talk a bit about EMF shielding clothing, and then look at some of the products that are available on the market.
Does Anti Radiation Clothing Work?
The short answer would be: it depends. There are certainly products out there that will block EMF radiation, but it may not be giving you all the protection you think it is.
First of all, whenever you think about any type of material’s ability to block or shield EMF radiation, try not to think of it absolutes, like 100% blocked or not at all. Instead, think of it in terms of reducing radiation, because this is usually the case.
So when we’re looking at a material’s ability to reduce radiation, we are actually looking at its ability to attenuate radiation. In the world of physics, attenuation is when a material of some kind, causes a gradual reduction in force as energy passes through it. A few examples of attenuation:
- The tinted glass on your car attenuates the sunlight as it passes through.
- The lead vest you wear at the dentist attenuates the x-rays and keeps your body safe.
- Your bedroom door attenuates the sound in your house as it passes through.
- Materials like mylar, copper, aluminum, attenuate EMF radiation by absorbing or scattering the photons as they pass through.
When you’re shopping around for anti-radiation clothing, take a look at the packaging or product details and look for information about attenuation.
This rating is usually shown in values of decibels, which rates the shielding performance. As you can see from the chart to the right, the higher the decibel value, the greater the protection capabilities, so keep your eye out for this.
Some EMF protection clothing products may only protect from certain types of radiation, like electrical fields. So you might read that a product has a shielding effect of 30 dB at 1 to 5 GHz. As you can see from the chart, this would mean that the product blocks 99.9% of radiation for products in that wavelength, which would include your cell phone and router.
Now let’s talk a little bit about some of the downfalls of these kinds of products.
Problems With EMF Protection Clothing
First of all, when you’re thinking about shielding against a source of EMF radiation, like a smart meter, you need some sort of methodology in order to know how effective of a job you are doing.
Usually, this is done with a quality EMF meter like the new TriField TF2 (read my review) and getting a reading. Then you provide some sort of shielding, take readings again, then ground the protection if necessary, then test again and so on until the readings are where you want them.
This type of testing method is tough to do with clothing, so it’s harder to know how much protection it is actually providing.
Another issue is that some of the products (read reviews, super important) are not very comfortable. Typically these clothes have to have a high amount of metal, often silver, in them in order to provide any type of clothing, which is not always comfortable.
Now let’s look at some examples of anti-radiation clothing I found!
Anti-Radiation Maternity EMF Protection Dress
The nice thing about this dress (go take a look at the listing on Amazon), is that the material used was tested at an accredited lab and verified to have an attenuation rating of 30-35 dB.
If you scroll back up to that chart we looked at earlier, you’ll see that this would block over 99% of EMF radiation. Also, out of all the products I looked at, this one actually looks really cute, and even my wife said would wear it, so that’s something!
Dangers Of EMF Protection Clothing
I would say that the biggest danger of this type of clothing is that people will believe they are completely protected, and not make the other good decisions that people should when they are concerned about EMF radiation protection.
Just because you are wearing a piece of EMF protection clothing, certainly doesn’t mean that you are perfectly safe. In my opinion, you would probably be best off just using good practices and reducing your overall exposure, and using clothing items like these for specific needs, like maternity protection.
If it were me, I would start by reducing the sources of EMF radiation around your house. start by reading through a few of these other EMF Academy articles for great tips and guides on this.