Worried that 5G cellular phone towers are beaming harmful ranges of radiofrequency radiation into your mind? Forget the traditional tinfoil hat and take a look at the “quantum pendant” pictured above. It’s a way more trendy accent. The product leans on a tried and true pseudoscientific advertising and marketing gimmick: Slap the label “quantum” on one thing, and the phrase imparts an aura of magical thriller within the minds of the perpetually gullible.
These sorts of “negative ion” merchandise may be discovered on the market everywhere in the Internet, claiming to boost immune operate, improve vitality, and, sure, shield the wearer from supposedly dangerous 5G waves, amongst different purported advantages. The hysteria over 5G dangers has no scientific foundation, and even when it did, “negative ions” aren’t some sort of magical protection. But if folks wish to spend their hard-earned money on nonsense, that is their prerogative. No hurt, no foul, proper?
Not so quick. It seems that many of those merchandise emit low ranges of ionizing radiation that might be harmful over extended use—a lot in order that the Authority for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection (ANVS) within the Netherlands has simply issued a shopper warning and banned the sale of ten such merchandise, together with that snazzy quantum pendant.
This is not the primary time somebody has observed most of these “negative ion” merchandise are radioactive. The merchandise can include volcanic ash, titanium, tourmaline, zeolite, germanium, and monazite sand and may additionally include naturally occurring radioactive parts, together with uranium and thorium. Granted, there are hint quantities within the merchandise, however the emitted gamma radiation continues to be enough to set off radiation monitoring gear. (Then once more, so can a truck filled with bananas.)
While the company has no authority to ban international suppliers, it did pledge to report such suppliers to the suitable authorities in their very own nations. (Ionic air purifiers, however, don’t include radioactive supplies and are exempt from the ban.) Per the ANVS:
The shopper merchandise examined include radioactive supplies and subsequently repeatedly emit ionizing radiation, thereby exposing the wearer. Exposure to ionizing radiation may cause adversarial well being results. Due to the potential well being threat they pose, these shopper merchandise containing radioactive supplies are subsequently prohibited by regulation. Ionizing radiation can harm tissue, and DNA and may trigger, for instance, crimson pores and skin. Only low ranges of radiation have been measured on these particular merchandise. However, somebody who wears a product of this type for a chronic interval (a 12 months, 24 hours a day) might expose themselves to a degree of radiation that exceeds the stringent restrict for pores and skin publicity that applies within the Netherlands. To keep away from any threat, the ANVS calls on house owners of such gadgets to not put on them to any extent further.
As we have beforehand reported, wi-fi know-how has lengthy sparked fears based mostly on obscure accusations that it causes well being points and claims that some folks are “electrosensitive.” Those fears have been maintained by a handful of ambiguous research that steered hints of potential hyperlinks between cellular phone use and most cancers, however most of those research had vital points. And loads of different research noticed no connection.
Radiofrequency radiation is comparatively low-energy, and it might probably’t break chemical bonds. Like the close by microwave frequencies, it might probably warmth tissues. But we’re not conscious of any mechanisms past heating by which radiation at these wavelengths can harm human tissue. And there is no proof on the inhabitants degree indicating that radiation from these sources poses any form of threat.