ANTI-RADIATION clothing, one of the must-haves for pregnant women in China, could be doing more harm than good, scientists have warned.
An investigation by China Central Television has raised questions over whether they might even be more harmful than not wearing them.
It reported that while such clothes were able to block most frontal electromagnetic waves, they would magnify the influence of waves coming from other angles.
While the garment was able to block most radiation from one source, radiation levels became greater inside the maternity garment when there were multiple sources, it said.
Chen Feng, a scientist from a laboratory recommended by the Chinese Academy of Sciences to conduct the experiments, said the garments proved effective in blocking 90 percent of electromagnetic waves coming from in front of the body — from computers, for example — but failed to protect people from radiation from any other direction.
“When the electromagnetic waves get inside the garment from other directions, there would be no outlets for them to be dispersed. You are actually exposed to a higher level of radiation influence (compared to others who don’t wear such clothes),” Chen said.
However, in contrast to these findings, many maternity clothing producers claim their products are able to block 99.99 percent of radiation waves.
China currently has no industry standard for such so-called protective clothing.
The garments are said to be made from a fiber interwoven with anti-radiation material.
Anti-radiation garments are not considered essential in Western countries. (SD-Agencies)