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Ion Bands are secretly sending radiation to body

2018-07-05
If someone wears two of these [bands], they get double that [exposure]," Graafstra told?Mic. And the?problem is, if someone thinks ionic bands have health benefits, they'll wear them all day, every day.
Radiation is everywhere:?Robert Emery, vice president for safety, health, environment & risk management at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, told?Mic?plenty of household items — smoke detectors, exit signs, gun sights, some glow-in-the-dark watches — contain low levels of radiation, too. In fact, you're being exposed to 6,200?microsieverts?every year, according to Emery.
Emery told?Mic?the radiation exposure in the negative ion bands "isn't that significant." But "I think the consumer should at least be aware," he said.
While the bands don't give off an outright dangerous level of radiation, anyone wearing them needs to know they dramatically increase your personal exposure to radioactivity — especially if you wear one all the time.?"If someone wore that band for 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, the approximate dose ... equates to about 3.5 times the dose the average American receives [annually]," Emery told?Mic.
Scientists are catching on to the risks: In fact, Israel banned these wristbands because it was?concerned with irradiating citizens. In November 2015, a team of researchers from Nuclear Research Centre Negev in Israel published a study on rubber "balance bracelets" being a source of uranium and thorium, both radioactive isotopes.?
Vince Holahan, a senior-level advisor for health sciences at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, published a post about the dangers of the colorful silicon wristbands allegedly able to release negative ions.
"NRC staff experts on radiation worked with federal agencies and state regulators to determine the most appropriate path forward," Holahan wrote in 2014. "Products containing negative ion technology — that is to say containing licensable amounts of radioactive material — should not be sold at the present time because they have not been licensed, as required, by the NRC. ... If you have them or know someone who does, our best advice is to throw them away."
A?year and a half later, the wristbands are still on the market.?In China, a product marketed as negative ion powder was being put in the negative ion wristbands,?Graafstra told?Mic. "It's basically crushed-up radioactive waste from things like mining. It's in things like A/C filters and laundry sheets. Which is fine because, if it's not on your skin, it's not a danger. But when it touches, [the radiation] is pretty intense."
The phenomenon he's talking about is called?hormesis. It's a toxicology term that means, at low doses, something is good for you, and at high doses, it'll screw you up.
According to Graafstra, the color of the band could indicate how much of the shady materials are present in these wristbands, because the ion powder would discolor brighter silicon.
Despite the frantic nature of the Geiger counter's clicking when exposed to these bands, and the alarming reaction that might set off in your head, you aren't going to turn into a mutant or suffer radiation poisoning by wearing one of these ionic wristbands. But you would be setting your baseline of daily radiation much higher than most people — and in the name of therapeutic claims that are, at best, suspect.
So until clear evidence comes out to support the medicinal claims by manufacturers of ionic wristbands, maybe skip the opportunity to turn your body into a nuclear reactor.