Wearable technology is getting more popular all the time, and it’s likely that you and your family own at least one or two of these smart devices, whether it’s a fitness tracker, smart watch, virtual reality (VR) headset, heart rate monitor or sleep tracker. Augmented reality (AR) smart glasses are on the horizon, as are hearables (smart headphones). Companies have also started marketing fitness trackers and smart watches designed for children.
They all seem very exciting and convenient and like the next great gadget - but it is important to know that these wireless devices all emit EMF radiation, and that can be harmful to your health.
Studies have found serious health risks from the type of radiation emitted by wearables, which are often worn throughout the day (or night) for hours at a time. And since much of this new technology was introduced recently, studies regarding long-term health effects are not yet available. Keep reading for your complete guide to wearable tech radiation, including possible dangers and EMF radiation protection methods.
What Kind of Radiation Do Wearables Emit?
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains, wearable technology uses RF (radiofrequency) transmitters to send and receive data, and this RF emits non-ionizing radiation. They use either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and they must comply with FCC regulations, but unfortunately these safety standards don’t take into account many potential health hazards – like long-term exposure, non-thermal health effects, or children’s smaller and less developed skulls that are more sensitive to EMF damage.
Is Wearable Tech Safe?
Do smartwatches cause cancer? At this point there is probably not enough evidence to prove that, but what we do know with certainty is that exposure to the non-ionizing radiation emitted by wearables has been linked with a host of health problems, including increased risk of cancer. In addition to cancer risks and possible DNA damage, people who have electromagnetic hypersensitivity can experience neurological disturbances.
There is evidence that wearable devices can cause serious health issues, from headaches and dizziness to nervous system damage and the risk of miscarriage. Researchers have also found that the type of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields that these devices emit is possibly carcinogenic. This 2011 study was years before the multitude of smart watches, fitness trackers, hearables, VR headsets, fitness trackers, smart clothing, smart jewelry and HMDs (head-mounted displays) that are available today.
On the ‘Why’ page of our website you can find more research on the health concerns associated with electromagnetic radiation exposure.
What Health Risks Does Wearable Tech Bring?
Smartwatch radiation and the RF radiation emitted from other wearable devices are a concern since they’re used for long periods of time and they come into direct contact with your skin. Although there has been very little research conducted on the long-term effects of low-level EMF exposure, there is plenty of evidence that short term exposure to higher levels such as those from cell phones and WiFi routers can damage health, so there is reason to be cautious.
In the case of wireless headphones and earbuds, and smart glasses and head gear used for VR gaming, the radiation is emitted right next to your skull. For this reason, people using such devices—and especially children—are potentially susceptible to health issues related to the brain, which has already been documented with heavy cell phone use.
What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?
Fortunately, there are ways to keep yourself safe from EMF exposure. These solutions are: limit usage, don’t wear devices next to your skin, block the RF with shielding products or use something that neutralizes the effects of EM radiation.
- Limit Usage – While it may not be an attractive idea to stop using smart watches, even to minimize the time wearing them may help to reduce potential health issues. For example, consider taking it off at night while you sleep
- Don’t Use Devices Next to Your Skin – In the case of fitness wearables, this might not be possible, as they rely on skin contact to get accurate pulse and other measurements. While you can keep your cell phone in a purse, briefcase or backpack, the same isn’t true for a wearable device that is used to monitor your health.
- Block the Radio Frequency Radiation with Shielding Material – Certain metals and other materials will effectively block the RF, reducing radiation exposure. The problem with this solution is that it will also block the signal, so your device might not work properly.
- Use a Product that Neutralizes the Effects of EMF – The only way to effectively reduce the risks from EMF while still enjoying the benefits of your wearables is to neutralize the effects of EMF radiation. Instead of blocking EMF, this type of product harmonizes electromagnetic radiation from smart devices, making them safe to wear.
The Best Radiation Solution for Wearable Tech
EMF Harmony offers true Smart Watch EMF Protection, so that you can continue to use your health and fitness devices while enjoying optimal health. We also have Apple Watch EMF Protection for your Apple watch.
Our harmonizers use a proprietary bio-energetic technology that has been successfully used in Europe for more than 20 years. They work at the sub-atomic level to neutralize the RF radiation without effecting how your devices operate. It is a two-phase approach that first harmonizes the negative energetic frequencies of the EMF radiation, and then supports your body’s cells to improve your overall health. Learn more about how our technology works.
There have been a host of research studies that confirm the efficacy of our unique products. Our EMF harmonizers lets you and your family continue to use your beneficial fitness wearables and other smart devices without having to worry about exposure to radiation.