Saturday, November 26, 2011

Your Microwave’s Dark Side.

Microwave ovens: the health hazard salesmen don’t want you to know about, and “conveniently” ignored by most users. There is a sinister side to the microwave oven (MWO). Research has found that cooking food in the MWO destroys the nutrients and enzymes that are important for your health. I know several people who have stopped using them, or use them only to heat their wheat bag, or kill the bacteria in a cleaning cloth.

A study published in the November 2003 issue of The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that broccoli cooked in the microwave with a little water lost up to 97 percent of the beneficial antioxidant chemicals it contains.  By comparison, steamed broccoli lost only 11 percent or fewer of its antioxidants.

Microwaves heat your food by causing it to resonate at very high frequencies. While this can effectively heat your food, it also causes a change in the chemical structure of the food that can lead to health issues.

Recent research shows that microwave oven-cooked food suffers severe molecular damage. When eaten, it causes abnormal changes in human blood and immune systems. Not surprisingly, the public has been denied details on these significant health dangers.

Di Creasey proprietor of Enviromart Cairns North Queensland Australia tells this story. Click on Enviromart image on the right to get to Di's website.

I quote:
I once boiled a teapot of water in a microwave.  When it was ready I removed it from the microwave and threw in a scoop of tea leaves. When they broke the surface of the water it ‘exploded.There were tea leaves and water all over me, the ceiling, walls, and floors, everywhere. I was very lucky to receive only minor burns. I don’t own or use microwave ovens any more, since a study was released by JCU Townsville which found that microwave ovens instantaneously destroy all antioxidants in all foods. I grow my own veggies to get maximum nutrition and antioxidants from my food; it would be rather pointless to use a microwave. Unquote

By now, you probably know that what you eat has a profound impact on your health. The mantra, “You are what you eat” is really true. So, is it worth putting your health in jeopardy by cooking in a microwave oven? We got by for decades without microwave ovens and we will cope again without them.  For us it is a simple matter of priority. Do we want to save time or our health?  – Werner

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Following is an extract from an article By Stephanie Relfe B.Sc. (Sydney)
MICROWAVE COOKING is Killing People!
Microwave cooking is one of the most important causes of ill health. It is certainly one of the most ignored.
There was a lawsuit in 1991 in Oklahoma. A woman named Norma Levitt had hip surgery, but was killed by a simple blood transfusion when a nurse "warmed the blood for the transfusion in a microwave oven!" 

Logic suggests that if heating is all there is to microwave cooking, then it doesn't matter how something is heated. Blood for transfusions is routinely warmed, but not in microwave ovens. Does it not therefore follow that microwaving cooking does something quite different?

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".

There have been very few scientific studies done on the effect of eating microwaved food. This is rather surprising when you think about the fact that microwaves have been with us for only a few decades - and that in that time the incidence of many diseases has continued to increase.

Two researchers, Blanc and Hertel, confirmed that microwave cooking significantly changes food nutrients. Hertel previously worked as a food scientist for several years with one of the major Swiss food companies. He was fired from his job for questioning procedures in processing food because they denatured it. He got together with Blanc of the Swiss Federal Institute of Biochemistry and the University Institute for Biochemistry.

They studied the effect that microwaved food had on eight individuals, by taking blood samples immediately after eating. They found that after eating microwaved food, haemoglobin levels decreased. "These results show anaemic tendencies. The situation became even more pronounced during the second month of the study."
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If you haven’t been convinced about the danger of microwaved food you never will be. However, if you want to read the full article and find out why the Russians banned Microwave ovens, click here. Click also on this link below for your elucidation. Microwave ovens destroy the nutritional value of your food.
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Another mod con of our time also causing concern is the mobile phone, which uses radio waves to transmit. Wherever you go, you see large numbers of people having one in their hand and compiling text messages or have one on their respective ears talking. Those radio waves penetrate buildings of solid concrete, glass and steel and one has to wonder what these radio waves do to the human brain.
According to: Australia - Mobile Communications - Subscriber Statistics, there are around six million more mobile subscribers than people in Australia. Growth is likely to continue in the foreseeable future as smart phone uptake increases even though subscriber penetration rates are about 125% of the population. Into 2011/12 the rate of growth may drop below 5%. Growth is being driven by population increases and a rise in the number of people using two mobile subscriptions – one for personal use and one for business use. 

One has to wonder if our electronic mod cons is a contributing factor to the ill health of a large number of our population, with medical practices and hospitals filled up to the hilt.To read more, click on this link. Cell Phone Cancer Concerns: What Else Is a Danger in Your Home?
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My thought for today: - Werner
Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings. - Publilius Syrus


Enlightened Housewife said...

OMG, how ignorant I was about Microwave ovens, I never looked further than the convenience. Thank you for this revealing posting. I’ll stop using it now for cooking; I certainly do not want to destroy the nutrients of the food we eat.

Jenny Bell said...

Thanks Werner...and yes I do use mine, but only to heat up my hot packs (wheat packs) They DO change the molecular structure of food, and it would worry me to eat that food afterwards. Scary isn't it; I wonder how many others things are destroying the goodness in our food ??

Sonya Methlow said...

Well, well, what an enlightening posting, I had no idea about this dark side of microwave oven. I’ll stop using them now and rather save my health than time. Thank you, Werner, for this, and all the other informative blog postings.

Sonja Hardy said...

I also stopped using my microwave oven years ago (except for heating up wheat packs) after reading Dr Mercola's article "Ten reasons to throw out your microwave oven" then doing some further internet research.

Re other electronic mod cons affecting health, Donna Fisher's excellent books, "Silent Fields," "More Silent Fields" and "Dirty Electricity and Electromagnetic Radiation" cover that topic very well. (The third one is her latest book, and effectively sums up and updates info in the other two). You can order through her web site - or check if your local library has copies.

Jeannine said...

As a family we have made a concise decision to not use the microwave after reading your article. I have even invested in a steamer to cook the veggies I used to cook in the microwave.

I am going to try Karola's cabbage recipes, they sound delicious. Re posting “Cabbage, the humble vegetable loaded with nutrients.”