Expert: Radiation-proof Suit is A Lie
   2011-12-19 14:22:08    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: yangyang66

A screen capture of CCTV-10 on December 18 shows an experiment of radiation-proof clothes. [Photo: Handannews.com.cn]

In the past few years, a new trend has been gaining popularity, particularly for pregnant women: clothing which can protect you from daily doses of radiation. The clothes look like regular clothes. But do they work?

Last Sunday, a CCTV program exposed that these radiation-proof clothes do not protect people from daily doses of radiation but can actually do more harm than good, reports Guangzhou Daily.

An experiment carried out at a national leading electronic test center showed that the radiation absorption by a person wearing a radiation suit is much higher than a person without one.

A separate experiment showed that a radiation-proof suit only protects you where you're covered, so radiation can still reach the body via the ends of sleeves, neckline, etc.

The radiation that can squeezes inside the radiation clothes gets trapped inside, accelerating absorption through the skin. Like a greenhouse, the intensity of the radiation underneath the clothes is thus increased as radiation waves bounce back and forth between skin and clothing.

Without these radiation clothes, normal skin can actually reflect most radiation away from the body, absorbing only a small amount.

Dr. Chen Qingsong, an expert on electromagnetic radiation at Guangdong Prevision and Treatment Center for Occupational Hygiene, said that electromagnetic radiation that is seen in our daily lives has a very small impact on human health.

"National standards for electromagnetic radiation from home appliances has been set up in 1998 with a top limit of 12 volt/meter, which is far less than a western standard" said Chen. "If a TV, a computer, a micro-wave oven and a hairdryer are turned on at the same time, their combined radiation is still harmless to human health."

Dr. Chen Pingjun, member of Chinese Society of Nuclear Medicine, said there is no need for pregnant women to wear a radiation suit at all.

Dr. Cheng Aiping at Zhejiang Provincial People's Hospital suggests that people should not use computers or mobile phones for long periods. He also recommends washing one's face after using a computer, and keeping fresh air circulating inside a room. "These measures are far more important than wearing a radiation suit," said Cheng.

Fang Zhouzi, a renowned writer and figure who is driven to expose counterfeit products, was quoted by the web portal zjol.com.cn as saying that the manufacturers took advantages of consumers' fear of radiation and lack of education.

Though expensive, radiation-proof clothes are popular, especially among pregnant women, who want to protect their unborn baby from radiation of appliances at home and office.

Fang proposed that a national standard for radiation-proof products be established soon.

There is no national standardization of radiation-proof products right now, according to the report.

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