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With sales seemingly being the focus of most shielding manufacturers, how do you avoid buying the wrong protection?

With sales seemingly being the focus of most shielding manufacturers, how do you avoid buying the wrong protection?

You are being deceived about what valuable shielding is and its time you learned the truth

You get what you pay for is true in many industries, but when it comes to shielding, your money may buy you not much more than clever marketing techniques. The test reports of radiation shielding effectiveness are often misinterpreted and so clever sales pitches sound perfectly plausible until you know the truth. Even your home health consultant may not understand this and with the best intentions promote to you a product because they don’t know the truth or themselves don’t actually see the incredible value the better products provide.

What is the problem with rating EMF shielding effectiveness and how to compare shielding effectiveness?

Performance of shielding is expressed in dB (decibels) or percentages. The problem is six-fold:

  1. Test results can be completely fabricated if not done by A) independent, B) off-site, C) reputable test facilities. Many shielding products don’t make test reports available at all and just state a claim of performance, other use questionable third parties or even do their own testing…(!)
  2. The score of a material is only applicable to the frequency it was referring to and so by hiding the frequency (higher frequency effectiveness is what you want) they can lead you to believe something is amazing whilst you actually still have no idea what you are looking at.
  3. If a material shows good results at a lower frequency like 0.9 Ghz or 2 Ghz it is no guarantee it will also preform well at higher frequencies.
  4. The percentages expressed seem to be so close together (99%, 99.9%, 99.99% and 99.999%) which all sound pretty well the same as being ‘nearly 100%’ whilst in reality the difference is enormous.
  5. The decibels completely underplay the massive differences in performance between one product and the next, because people naturally assume that to be twice as good, the decibel score would have to double. This leads people to invest in products that are cheaper but have terrible value.
  6. The ingredients used in the shielding material can have a great negative affect on the long-term use of the product. Especially the issue of hidden intolerances to ingredients used in a product is never considered and it hard to test for because you need a considerable group of people (or patients) to do this compatibility test with.

I’ll aim to explain these issues in more detail for you. It will likely change the way you look at shielding products forever. It will enable you to take much more educated decisions on what radiation protection products are actually worth investing.

Explaining radiation shielding test reports and what is important

To explain how it works, I have to explain first how to differentiate between how much better one score is over another and then we’ll move on to explaining the issue of frequency. So bare with me, but first of all and maybe the most important:

A Greenpeace protester outside Volswagen's Wolfsburg headquarters during emission scandal around in-house testing. Photo: Getty.

A Greenpeace protester outside Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg headquarters during emission scandal around in-house testing. Photo: Getty.

Independent RF testing by reputable facilities are the only thing you can rely on, so please see through the sales pitch

You would be surprised. Brands boast of owning in-house test laboratories and justify not having independent testing done. This was the case with German car manufacturer Volkswagen too, who got caught out in a massive car emission scandal, as they had been tweaking their own scores, with their own in-house testing.

The truth is, the whole point of independent testing is to be able to compare apples with apples and assure reliability. Anything can be done to boost test results, like testing 4 or 5 coats of paint and portraying it as 2 coats, and this is easy when you have no one looking over your shoulder. It is interesting to note that when you compare the last independent test report done on a well known shielding paint with the scores they test themselves in-house now… the performance has gone up miraculously. What a surprise… If it is not independent, it is not worth the PDF it is printed on.

If some test report is made available, the question is: was it reputable? Someone trained in EMF could have some fancy equipment for RF testing in homes, but lacks the equipment to perform proper testing of materials. Traditionally the German Armed Forces University Munich has been used. These are costly but can be trusted. If you have the search for who the testing facility was, then the chances are it was nothing the seller wants to boast about and may very well be questionable.

Decibels (dB) RF radiation attenuation doesn’t tell you what you think it does

Putting the issue of frequency aside a for a moment, lets look at decibels attenuation or reduction of signal of RF radiation. Effectiveness of shielding is expressed in decibels (dB) very much the same as a reduction in noise levels. When you buy hearing protection, it will state how many dB protection (attenuation / reduction)  that hearing protection gives you. Noise of the hammer hitting the nail is loud (X number of dB) and the hearing protection reduces it by X many dB, but you are left with some sound coming through. You can still hear the hammer hit the nail. The same with radiation shielding, which also explains why inside a shielded room a cell phone may be able to maintain a signal as they can operate at very low signal strengths.

What people don’t know about dB and it’s relation to effectiveness in radiation protection, is that
for every 10 dB more the shielding, the product is TEN TIMES more effective in protecting you, or
for approximately every 3 dB the effectiveness DOUBLES.

dB more shieldingFactor more protection
50100000
4010000
301000 (a thousand times better)
20100 (100 times better)
1010 (10 times better)
63.981 (approx 4 times better)
31.995 (approx 2 times better)
11.259
01 (they are the same)

Comparison of RF shielding fabrics effectiveness in dB per frequency. It shows one product is better than the other, but the vast difference in value is not clear.

Comparison of RF shielding fabrics effectiveness in dB per frequency. It shows one product is better than the other, but the vast difference in value is not clear.

The implication of this is, when you look at 2 products of which one (lets make up an example) provides 30 dB protection and another 33 dB at the same frequency, then the second product is not just 10% better… it is 100% better. It is twice as effective!

What if a product provides 20 dB protection and the other provides 40dB?… lets do the exercise shall we?

Product AProduct BHow many times more effective
20 dB20 dB0. They are the same.
20 dB23 dB2 times better. Twice as good.*
20 dB26 dB4 times better*
20 dB29 dB8 times better*
20 dB30 dB10 times better
20 dB32 dB16 times better*
20 dB35 dB32 times better*
20 dB38 dB64 times better*
20 dB40 dB100 times better
20 dB41 dB126 times better*

* approximately
(Two signals of which the levels differ by 1 decibel have a power ratio of 101/10, that is approximately 1.2589)

What does it look like when you compare how many times more effective NOVA shielding fabric is in contract to other fabrics? This graph now much clear shows the incredible value, and protection, NOVA shielding fabric brings.

What does the graph earlier look like when you compare how many times more effective NOVA shielding fabric is in contract to other fabrics? This graph now much clear shows the incredible value, and protection, NOVA shielding fabric brings.

Based on a roughly 400 times better shielding effectiveness than other fabrics compared with here:
If a length of NOVA shielding fabric sold for $100,
then the closest other fabric here would give fair value for its performance
at 25 cents (!) for the same length of fabric.
If it was more costly than 25 cents, you bought expensive fabric.

You see the difference in shielding performance is vast. You would not expect 3 or 9 dB difference to make such a big difference. Based on over 10 years of assessing the body absorption of RF as the main indicator over the last 10 years, in our opinion, any product under 30 dB is almost a complete waste of money and terrible value when health recovery or protection is the goal.

Test reports of T98 Shielding paint show incredible performance. But can you read the report so you understand what it actually says?

Independent and reputable test reports of T98 shielding paint shows incredible performance. But can you read the report so you understand what it actually says?

When going through the trouble of shielding a room or house, not knowing what the future environment has in store for you (so far it has only gotten worse) you owe it to yourself to use the best product available. Meaning EMF radiation deflection performance over a wide range of frequencies AND a product designed to be a healthy solution to have in your life long-term (You can of course imagine the low level of priority this has when turn over and price point is the main motivator of a manufacturer). If someone is electro hypersensitive and can feel the smallest amount of EMF exposure, then obviously a high performance product that is 2x, 4x, 8x or even more times better than the cheap alternatives makes sense and worth paying more for. As we say ‘our health clients want solutions, not experiments, and like to do the mitigation only once.’ 

Percentages of radiation shielding product effectiveness all sound the same

There is a correlation between dB attenuation and the percentages used to express effectiveness. Where in the lay person’s eyes 99%, 99.9%, 99.99% and even 99.999% all sound the same (sound like nearly 100%), the horrible unexpected truth is this that ONE MORE ‘NINE’ behind the decimal point means the product is TEN times better.

Product AProduct BHow many times more effective
90% shielding = 10 dB99% shielding = 20 dB10 dB difference = 10 times better
99% shielding = 20 dB99.9% shielding = 30 dB10 dB difference = 10 times better
99.9% shielding = 30 dB99.99% shielding = 40 dB10 dB difference = 10 times better
99.99% shielding = 40 dB99.999% shielding = 50 dB10 dB difference = 10 times better

Lets compare one products to several alternatives…

90% shielding effectiveness compared

Product AProduct BHow many times more effective
90% shielding = 10 dB99% shielding = 20 dB10 dB difference = 10 times better
 “99.9% shielding = 30 dB20 dB difference = 100 times better
 “99.99% shielding = 40 dB30 dB difference = 1000 times better
 “99.999% shielding = 50 dB40 dB difference = 10,000 times better

99% shielding effectiveness compared

Product AProduct BHow many times more effective
99% shielding = 20 dB99.9% shielding = 30 dB10 dB difference = 10 times better
99.99% shielding = 40 dB20 dB difference = 100 times better
99.999% shielding = 50 dB30 dB difference = 1000 times better

 

Would you like to compare 99.9% and 99.99% products? Click to expand the information

99.9% shielding effectiveness compared

Product AProduct BHow many times more effective
99.9% shielding = 30 dB99.99% shielding = 40 dB10 dB difference = 10 times better
 “99.999% shielding = 50 dB20 dB difference = 100 times better

99.99% shielding effectiveness compared

Product AProduct BHow many times more effective
99.99% shielding = 40 dB99.999% shielding = 50 dB10 dB difference = 10 times better

Radiation shielding is not expensive considering the cost of a home and health. But buying the wrong product can be a waste of money.

Radiation shielding is not expensive considering the cost of a home and health. But buying the wrong product can be a waste of money.

Radiation shielding effectiveness reported values only apply to one frequency

This must be the delight of any marketer of inferior product. If a product shows ok results at 0.9 Ghz, but terrible results at 8 Ghz, not to mention what it’s results were at 20 Ghz, then the person wanting to sell it to you could simply state:

‘Tested to have 99.9% shielding effectiveness’
(deceiving sales slogan)

Sounds pretty good right? What they could be withholding from you is that this was at just 1 Ghz… at 6 Ghz it may only have 90% effectiveness which is an enormous 20 dB difference or 100 times less effective. They technically didn’t lie to you, but you think you bought something wonderful, when you did not.

‘At which frequency are you getting the protection’ is what matters

It is relatively easy to shield against lower frequencies like 1 and 2 Ghz. What we value much more, and what we have always advocated, is that the high frequencies like 6, 10, 12, 20 Ghz, should not be ignored. As measuring these frequencies is incredibly expensive, amateur as well as the home health consultant can’t afford that level of equipment and for body measurements it simply is not available as far as we know. There are plenty of services using these frequencies. 5G will be and the new generations of high speed internet, like NBN in Australia, use it. Also many directional transmitters you see on most cell phone towers (the round drums) operate at higher frequencies.

Comparison chart of effectiveness of shielding paint expressed in dB per frequency. To the untrained reader the performance difference doesn't seem very big. The reality is very different.

Comparison chart of effectiveness of shielding paint expressed in dB per frequency. To the untrained reader the performance difference doesn’t seem very big. The reality is very different.

It is not size that matters, it’s what is in it that matters

Here comes the game changer. Performance in shielding material effectiveness is important, but lets not loose sight of the end goal: Health protection or Health restoration. There are many materials, substances or ingredients, that can affect health. In our natural health clinic, we do energetic intolerance testing with health clients. Modalities like muscle testing, electro acupuncture and Vega testing are used to find hidden food intolerances and naturally this became part of designing shielding solutions.

Radiation shielding is not expensive considering the cost of a home and health. But buying the wrong product can be a waste of money.

Shielding effectiveness that lacks in high frequency ranges, or ingredients that cause intolerance reactions should be considerations when designing or choosing a shielding paint.

Not every ingredient is justified in the fight for shielding effectiveness.

Imagine, a person’s health is struggling and radiation is addressed with a product that contains ingredients that a percentage of people has intolerance issues with and therefor makes them weaker, more exhausted over time, just by being (or sleeping) near it. The radiation may have been reduced, but the bedroom was turned into a nightmare. These are the shielded bedrooms where the results, the feeling after, can be disappointing.

Sadly, if finances even allow it and we are asked to come in as a second opinion, we have to start the mitigation all over again.

You must consider what kind of company you are considering placing your faith with. Where did it come from? What has been the need and motivation for its creation. Should the tools for your health restoration or protection come from a dark warehouse in an industrial estate… or have it’s roots in a naturopathic health clinic that works with patients/health clients?

This questions must be asked by the end user, but also by home health specialists (geobiologist/building biologist) advising people on what product they place their faith in when it comes to advising their clients on the best way forward.

Graph of how much more effective Geovital T98 shielding paint is and also in relation to the frequency when compared with another shielding paint. Even at 20 Ghz, T98 is twice as good as this other paint. The difference is in this representation enormous between 2 and 16 Ghz.

Graph of how much more effective Geovital T98 shielding paint is and also in relation to the frequency when compared with another shielding paint. Even at 20 Ghz, T98 is twice as good as this other paint. The difference is in this representation enormous between 2 and 16 Ghz.

 

Would you like to view some videos explaining shielding paint in brief? Click to expand and see the video

Introduction to shielding paint

What is shielding paint?

Deflection problems with shielding paint

How to shield

Limitations of shielding paint with electric fields

Grounding shielding paint. How, why, safety and health concerns.

Performance and Quality in shielding paint

Shielding paint needs healthy ingredients

Shielding effectiveness and performance in shielding paint

Deception in marketing and sales of shielding paint

Benefits of shielding paint against RF-EMR

Shielding paint accessories and grounding tips

Shielding paint application, how much to use, stirring

Preparation before shielding paint is applied

Shielding of doors and windows against RF radiation

Conclusion about shielding paint and creating healthier homes and bedrooms

Like to see more videos? View the Geovital Academy Youtube channel and ‘like it’ to see the latest

Conclusion on what shielding performance is important and how to compare

Now that you know more, you’ll be able to question the marketing:

  • ‘We no longer use external test facilities but proudly own our own laboratory’ -> and you think: ‘Ok, so you have the ability to fabricate your own results like Volkswagen did. This is of no value to me.’
  • ‘one-coat screening protection up to 40 dB (99.99 %)!   <…and no test report link in sight> -> and you think: ‘Why are you not proudly showing the link to the expensive independent test you had done? Do you really have one?’
  • ‘Providing you an amazing 99% Shielding Effectiveness’ -> and you think: ‘99% equals only 20dB. Useless?’
  • ‘Tested to have 99.99% Shielding Effectiveness’ -> and you think: ‘Yeah great, but at what frequency am I getting that 99.99% (40dB) shielding? 0.5 Ghz?? What do I get at 6, 8, 12 or 20 Ghz?’
  • ‘99.9% shielding (at 0.9Ghz)’ -> and you think: ‘Well at least they were honest enough to show at what ‘low’ frequency that 30dB was. But what do I get at 6, 8, 12 or 20 Ghz?’

When comparing 2 products (one giving 30dB at 10 Ghz and the other 36 dB at 10 Ghz) and one offers 6 dB more protection, then you know it is not just 20% better, it is a staggering 4 times better or 400% more protection.

The fact that a product is sold in many places, doesn’t mean it is necessarily the best option. Cheap often means poor value or little service. You wouldn’t shop around for the cheapest brain surgeon if you needed one…  Why look for the cheapest shielding option?

You should look for and value, shielding products that have high performance across a much larger range of frequencies (not just around the 1, 2 or 3 Ghz) and which were designed with health clients as the benchmark in which long-term outcomes were important.

If we, or one of our consultants, can help you with shielding solutions or assessing your situation and best way forward, we would be delighted to assist you. If you are a professional, contact us to discuss how you can let your clients enjoy our solutions.

I trust this was helpful. Please leave a comment below and link to this article.

Patrick van der Burght
Geobiologist, Radiation Protection Specialist, Speaker
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About the Author:

Patrick van der Burght
A family brush with cancer and success with complementary therapies motivated Patrick to study naturopathy, various types of bioresonance and building Geobiology. Patrick is director of Geovital USA/AU/NZ, is a Geovital instructor, author and international speaker on patient focused radiation protection.

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