Anti-radiation patches have no health benefits

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    Influencers regularly promote anti-radiation patches to stick to the smartphone. Useless, these gadgets would even cause the opposite effect than expected, i.e. increase the emission of waves. Update on the issue with Dr. Christophe De Jaeger, physiologist and member of Doctissimo’s expert committee.

    The waves are sometimes so scary that some people want to protect themselves at all costs. Some influencers have therefore been contacted to promote anti-radiation patches to stick to the mobile phone.

    Waves essential for the operation of the phone

    Smartphones work independently, radio waves are used by the phone to work. He therefore sends out and receives them. These waves form an electromagnetic spectrum, which has its own characteristics: frequency, energy, wavelength …

    This spectrum is everywhere and enables networks like WiFi to work. “For a patch to be effective, it must completely surround the phone because the radiation is emitted in all directionssays Christophe De Jaeger first.

    No health benefits

    These anti-wave patches are presented as the solution to limit the exposure to waves from your mobile phone. Influencers speak for an effect on sleep or headaches. But according to our colleagues at Numerama, the two founders of Fazup admit that their product “removes the feeling of headache, not that it removes headache“.

    The National Frequency Agency, whose role is to verify compliance with exposure levels, goes further and clearly states that “anti-radiation devices intended to be placed on or near the antenna of the mobile phone do not show significant protection efficiency for all tested mobile phones and frequency bands“.

    A show finally highlighted?

    These anti-radiation patches are found and promoted despite the various health authorities who have explained their uselessness and this for a very long time sometimes. ““What the public should understand is that these spots do not suppress the waves, and if they are subdued, it is not known to what extent.” still reveals Dr. The Jaeger. “I think the risk rather lies in the fact that this constitutes a blockage and that the emission of waves is more accentuated ‘.

    Same statement from ANSES since 2013

    Already in 2013, the National Agency for Food, Environment and Working Environment (Anses) tested 13 units and concluded that “anti-radiation devices intended to be placed on or near the antenna of the mobile phone do not show significant protection efficiency for all the tested mobile phones and frequency bands. Therefore, no conclusion can be drawn about their effectiveness in reducing the level of SAR, the specific rate of absorption“.

    More seriously, ANSES was also concerned in 2013 that “protections that alter the radio performance of mobile phones, for example by degrading the reception capacity, risk, under real conditions of use, which increases the user’s exposure level. “. Either the opposite of what the anti-wave patch advocates.

    Preventive tips

    Smartphones are objects that are part of our daily lives and sometimes the youngest. But the effects of waves on the body of adults and children are still poorly known. Dr. De Jaeger therefore advises to adhere to the precautionary principle and “use them by keeping them as far away from you as possible using the speakerphone feature “. And discourages the use of these patches, which can “mistakenly soothe” and encourage, especially the youngest, to spend even more time sticking to their smartphone, day and night.

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