The Risks of Microwave Ovens

I stopped using my microwave oven a few years ago thanks to microwavable popcorn. The taste was nasty! I realized that the best-tasting food is cooked on the stove, naturally. That's how our family used to make it in the first place! We never had a microwave and we cooked and heated everything on the stove. When my first daughter was born, I went back to basics and started cooking and reheating all of our meals on the stove or in a toaster oven. I know, it takes some time and a lot of dishes to wash also, but it's worth it. It's your health that matters.

Sure if I was short of time and single, living a fast-paced life, I would enjoy the convenience of a microwave and not even think about the effects, or would I? Well, today I do think about my health and want to feel good, not just for myself,  but for my family, considering the toxins  your body ingests that might contribute to overall health, energy, weight and ultimately LIFE.

The FDA, (Food and Drug Administration) states even now, that there have been no long-term studies on the effects of microwave ovens. Considering that over 90% of American homes have and use microwave ovens since their inception in 70's, why can't the FDA begin the study? Because they really believe that there is no harm in using them and their convenience and efficiency are a big hit with the American lifestyle.

People believe that whatever FDA approves, is safe for humans. And if it was not, would they allow such a thing to be sold on the market? What about that handful of drugs you see on TV everyday, that law firms are telling you if used and had side effects (including death), you can receive financial compensation? The FDA approves of all those drugs. Use your instincts and common sense, microwave cooking is not natural or healthy and is far more dangerous to the human body than you are lead to believe. 

Invention of microwaves: These ovens were originally developed by the Nazis for use in their mobile support operations. After the war, the Allies discovered medical research done by the Germans on microwave ovens. These documents and the microwave ovens were transferred to the United States War Department and classified for reference and scientific investigation. The Soviet Union also retrieved some microwave ovens and have done thorough research on their biological effects. 

As a result, their use was outlawed in the Soviet Union. The Soviets issued an international warning on the health hazards, both biological and environmental, of microwave ovens and similar frequency electronic devices. Other Eastern European scientists also reported the harmful effects of microwave radiation and set up strict environmental limits for their usage. The United States has not accepted the European reports of harmful effects, even though the EPA estimates that radio frequency and microwave radiation sources in America are increasing at 15% per year.

How it works: A microwave oven works by passing non-ionizing microwave radiation through the food. Microwave radiation is between common radio and infrared frequencies, being usually at 2.45 gigahertz (GHz). Water, fat, and other substances in the food absorb energy from the microwaves in a process called dielectric heating. Many molecules (such as those of water) are electric dipoles, meaning that they have a partial positive charge at one end and a partial negative charge at the other, and therefore rotate as they try to align themselves with the alternating electric field of the microwaves. Rotating molecules hit other molecules and put them into motion, thus dispersing energy. This energy, when dispersed as molecular vibration in solids and liquids (i.e., as both potential energy and kinetic energy of atoms), is heat. (Source: Wikipedia)

A little evidence of the harm caused by microwaving cooking was given by the University of Minnesota in a radio announcement: 

"Microwaves are not recommended for heating a baby's bottle. The bottle may seem cool to the touch, but the liquid inside may become extremely hot and could burn the baby's mouth and throat. Heating the bottle in a microwave can cause slight changes in the milk. In infant formulas, there may be a loss of some vitamins. In expressed breast milk, some protective properties may be destroyed. Warming a bottle by holding it under tap water or by setting it in a bowl of warm water, then testing it on your wrist before feeding, may take a few minutes longer, but it is much safer".

The following is a summary of the Russian investigations published by the Atlantis Raising Educational Center in Portland, Oregon:

Carcinogens were formed in virtually all foods tested. No test food was subjected to more microwaving than necessary to accomplish the purpose, i.e., cooking, thawing, or heating to insure sanitary ingestion. Here's a summary of some of the results:

  • Microwaving prepared meats sufficiently to insure sanitary ingestion caused formation of d-Nitrosodienthanolamines, a well-known carcinogen
  • Microwaving milk and cereal grains converted some of their amino acids into carcinogens
  • Thawing frozen fruits converted their glucoside and galactoside containing fractions into carcinogenic substances 
  • Extremely short exposure of raw, cooked or frozen vegetables converted their plant alkaloids into carcinogens 
  • Carcinogenic free radicals were formed in microwaved plants, especially root vegetables
  • Decrease in nutritional value

Conclusions of the Swiss, Russian and German scientific clinical studies prove that 

  1. Continually eating food processed from a microwave oven causes long term or permanent brain damage by "shorting out" electrical impulses in the brain.
  2. The human body cannot metabolize (break down) the unknown by-products created in microwaved food.
  3. Male and female hormone production is shut down and/or altered by continually eating microwaved foods.
  4. The effects of microwaved food by-products are residual (long term, permanent) within the human body.
  5. Minerals, vitamins and nutrients of all microwaved food are reduced or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down.
  6. The minerals in vegetables are altered into cancerous free radicals when cooked in microwave ovens.
  7. Microwaved foods cause stomach and intestinal cancerous growths (tumors). (This may explain the rapidly increased rate of colon cancer in America).
  8. The prolonged eating of microwaved foods causes cancerous cells to increase in human blood.
  9. Continual ingestion of microwaved food causes immune system deficiencies through lymph gland and blood serum alterations.
  10. Eating microwaved food causes loss of memory, concentration, emotional instability, and a decrease of intelligence.

The FDA warns that you should not stand directly against your microwave while it’s heating your food. It is especially important that children follow this rule since their bodies absorb radiation more easily than adults. But is it ok for food to sit inside, be cooked and later consumed by these children?

Radiation, as defined by physics terminology, is "the electromagnetic waves emitted by the atoms and molecules of a radioactive substance as a result of nuclear decay". Radiation causes ionization, which is what occurs when a neutral atom gains or loses electrons. In simpler terms, a microwave oven decays and changes the molecular structure of the food by the process of radiation. Had the manufacturers accurately called them "radiation ovens", it's doubtful they would have ever sold one, but that's exactly what a microwave oven is. 

Dr. Leonard Coldwell, NMD, PhD, CNHP, leading health, motivation and success researcher, world-known expert on cancer and stress related illnesses says that if you boil water in the microwave, then let it cool down to normal temperature and then water the plant at your home with it, the plant will die within a week. 

In 2001 Dr. Lita Lee wrote a book "Health Effects of Microwave Radiation - Microwave Ovens", where she stated that every microwave oven leaks electro-magnetic radiation, harms food, and converts substances cooked in it to dangerous organ-toxic and carcinogenic products. 

Kevin Trudeau's infamous book "Natural Cures They Don't Want You To Know About", Chapter 6 notes that in order to heal yourself from any disease, you have to end putting toxins into your body and that is to stop eating everything that comes out of a microwave oven.

Will we forever put our faith in whatever a government agency tells us is safe or will we get back to basics and absolutely know what we are doing?


Sources for this article include:

http://curezone.com/foods/microwave_oven_risk.asp

http://www.relfe.com/microwave.html

http://www.litalee.com/shopexd.asp?id=182


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