Inside the strange and scammy world of anti-5G accessories

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If you’re in the market to protect yourself from a 5G signal, you have no shortage of options. Want a hat that protects your cranium from all those annoying electromagnetic frequencies when you’re out and about? For the low price of just $55, this hat can be yours. Need a blanket to block out invisible 5G radiation while you sleep? It can be had for only $500.

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And this is just the beginning. In addition to the above items, Florida-based organizations defendershield also sells gear for all your companions—including a $113 dollar belly band for pregnant women hoping to protect their unborn babies, and a $125 pet collar that wraps around your furry friends. Creates a 5G force field.

Well, even if you’re not sure what type of protection you need, a company called mold your body Offers 30-minute long consultation sessions where a “Certified Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist” will assist you in choosing the right equipment – all for a reasonable price of just Rs.100.

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As you’ve probably noticed, these items have a few things in common. First and foremost, they’re full and pronounced snake oil (more on that later). But besides being completely bogus, they have one thing in common: They’re selling like hotcakes.

booming business of fake

Dmitry Serov, CEO of Dmitry Serov, says, “People are realizing the massive push for 5G, with more and more wireless devices connecting, and now with 5G towers being installed everywhere, the risks associated with electromagnetic radiation are greater than ever before. are stronger.” technical field, a publicly traded Canadian company that sells a wide range of questionably marketed radiation-blocking technologies.

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In September 2020, Aerys Tech reported record sales for the third fiscal quarter and generated 322% higher revenue compared to the same period a year ago. On marketplaces like Amazon, anti-5G devices are flying off the shelves — and accumulating rave reviews in the process. According to Google Trends, searches for “5G EMF” [elecrtomagnetic field] Security” has hit breakout levels in recent years, with people seeing that particular query 5,000 percent higher in recent years than before.

So what does it give? The fear of cell phone radiation has been around for as long as cell phones have existed, so why is it that these anti-5G products are enjoying so much success compared to their 3G and 4G predecessors?

Well, as it turns out, this latest wave of EMF protection profiteering has been a long time in the making, and the people behind it have been building on this moment for years to come.

Keeping it in the family

For the people behind these manufacturers, cashing in on the misguided 5G panic has been a long-running task. Most of them (and their families) have spent most of their lives online in misinformation and common hoaxes – though it’s not clear whether they are intentionally selling useless products, or whether they really and wholeheartedly believe that they are people. Helping to protect them from dangerous radiation.

“this stuff [electromagnetic radiation] It’s harmful,” Shield Your Body founder R Blank told Nerdshala, “but there’s no way to get rid of it. So there had to be ways to make the technology secure. That’s why I started it.”

Blanc says he launched a line of “anti-EMF” products when he “Experience” co-authored “Overpower”, a book on the biological effects of device radiations, with his late father, Dr. With Martin Blanc, known as R “the”. The most important emf scientist in the world. “

More precisely, though, Martin Blanc was one of the most public voices behind the theory that cellular signals are harmful to humans, and he also urged schools to exercise caution when dealing with technology around children. BioInitiative, a related report he co-authored, is often misused by conspiracy theorists.

In Ares Tech’s case, it’s also a family affair. The company’s CEO, Dmitry Serov, told Nerdshala that it began as a result of his family’s research into “the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation.” His father, Igor Serov, started a dubious research firm called Ares Research in 1998, which sought to reconcile the physical existence of “animate and inanimate natural objects”.

Similarly, Daniel Debon of Defendershield co-authored another fairly popular book, “Radiation Nation,” with his son, Ryan Debon, on the health risks and safety of modern technology.

“Governments and large organizations are mostly driven by money, and the precautionary principle is not at the top of their priorities,” says the elder DeBon, who claims to have held several executive positions at telecommunications giants such as AT&T and Bell Labs, None of which the record of Nerdshala can be found.

As evidenced by the sales figures, extensive efforts to support and promote the loosely substantiated scientific evidence behind the health effects of the technology have paid off. However, exactly how anti-5G accessories work remains a mystery to everyone, apparently, the people who buy and sell them.

Pseudoscience and Technobabble

Ares Tech says its tags are equipped with a semiconductor that absorbs charge from the atmosphere to create a hologram. This hologram, Serov claims, reconstitutes and “turns the EMF haze into a more biologically compatible form.” DefenderShield and Shield Your Body, on the other hand, told Nerdshala that their products use a combination of “different metals and materials” to block frequencies.

Experts Nerdshala consulted, however, found no evidence to support the efficacy of these products. Dr David Robert Grimes, assistant professor of biomedical physics at Dublin City University, commented, “These products are wide-ranging and utterly ineffective.”

Grimes discovered an alarming number of “pseudoscience red flags” on Ares Tech’s website and concluded that his explanations are “backed with technobabble.”

A rubbish diagram that explains how a pseudoscientific anti-5G device works
The diagram appears on a page on Ares Tech’s website explaining how the company’s technology allegedly works.

Additionally, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), on several occasions, rejected Such devices, labeling them as “cell radiation scams”.

The International Commission on Non-ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) confirmed to Nerdshala that there is no need for accessories as long as the appropriate guidelines are followed. It added that any external attempt to reduce exposure could result in more emitted power, “since the device may think the connection is damaged and thus counteract the effect.”

On top of this, the scientific evidence and studies in reviews by Nerdshala these companies found on their websites to be unreliable and weak. For example, all of Ares Tech’s scientific publications are written by Igor Serov, its founder, or Andrew Mikrovsky, who is on the management board. The research papers on Shield Your Body are either out of date, authored by R. Blank, or discuss unrelated science, such as how cell phone signals inhibit a sparrow’s ability to navigate the air.

More importantly, since it is well established by reputable bodies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and ICNIRP that radiation from your gadgets or network towers is not harmful to your health, these “anti-5G” devices making it unnecessary in the first place.

blame it on social media

Grimes says that despite warnings from official bodies, the reason these “fringe groups” have flourished is that they “have become far more adept at exploiting social media to advance their false claims, which unintentionally intimidating.”

This is true on many levels, and while social media companies have tried to censor misinformation, they have consistently failed to do so. Even a cursory review of any of these social networks can land you a flood of posts that sell or promote EMF-protection accessories or other related quackery. For example, on TikTok, a post tagged “#emf” has garnered over 70 million views. Similar misinformation has recently allowed malicious groups to sabotage 5G network towers to mislead people.

recent reports has revealed that most of the people who believed that there is a link between 5G and COVID-19 get a lot of their information about the virus from YouTube.

On top of that, Nerdshala found that tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, and Google let vendors including Ares Tech run ads despite clear content policies against EMF-shielding products and pseudoscience.

Influencer marketing also plays an important role. Companies including Ares Tech offer generous affiliate programs that reward people every time they buy a product from their shared link. In an investor report, Aires Tech said it pays 10% to 20% commissions to affiliates. In comparison, Amazon’s Affiliate Commission is between 1% to 9%.

While Amazon, TikTok and Facebook declined to comment on the topic, a Google spokesperson told Nerdshala that “ads or video content that promotes harmful health claims or ‘miracle cures’, including 5G being used for COVID-19 Contains claims linking to 19, violates [Google’s] Policies When we find content that violates our policies, we remove it immediately.”

Dr. John Dawson, deputy head of the Communications Technology Research Group at the University of York, England, believes that the term “radiation” has become emotive because it is also associated with activities that are actually harmful to human health, such as X-rays. That connection is now being exploited to spread rumors about 5G and other radio waves on the Internet.

But at the 5G and mobile levels, he says, “you can get more heat wearing a wool hat than you can using your phone.”

Despite the science being so blatantly against them, anti-5G vendors have thrived from a combination of…

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