Sunday, September 26, 2010

Microwave Hazards.

Why did the Russians Ban an Appliance Found in 90% of American Homes?

"The purpose of this report is to show proof - evidence - that microwave cooking is not natural, nor healthy, and is far more dangerous to the human body than anyone could imagine. However, the microwave oven manufacturers, Washington City politics, and plain old human nature are suppressing the facts and evidence. Because of this, people are continuing to microwave their food - in blissful ignorance - without knowing the effects and danger of doing so.

Nevertheless, some excellent scientific data has been gathered regarding the detrimental effects of microwaves on the nutrients in your food:

  • A study published in the November 2003 issue of The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that broccoli "zapped" in the microwave with a little water lost up to 97 percent of its beneficial antioxidants.
  • By comparison, steamed broccoli lost 11 percent or fewer of its antioxidants. There were also reductions in phenolic compounds and glucosinolates, but mineral levels remained intact.
  • A 1999 Scandinavian study of the cooking of asparagus spears found that microwaving caused a reduction in vitamin C.
  • In a study of garlic, as little as 60 seconds of microwave heating was enough to inactivate its allinase, garlic’s principle active ingredient against cancer .
  • A Japanese study by Watanabe showed that just 6 minutes of microwave heating turned 30-40 percent of the B12 in milk into an inert (dead) form."

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Microwave Safety

"Our basic recommendation is that, where possible, use alternative appliances such as small fan ovens (which also heat up very quickly) or just take more time for defrosting and cooking by conventional means.
But when a microwave oven is your only option, prefer longer cooking times at lower power settings, and rotate, stir or reposition food frequently to obtain the most even result. Allow the recommended standing time after cooking.

Low-frequency Radiation from Microwave Ovens

Most people worry about leaking microwaves but are quite unaware of the low-frequency EMF, which in the case of a typical microwave oven can be very extensive. (e.g. 40 mG at 60 cm).  See our EMF Table for comparison with other appliances.
Even if microwave ovens emitted no microwave energy, this level of low-frequency EMF would cause the microwave oven to rank high on any list of dangerous EMF sources.

So keep your distance while it is working. The field strength at 1 metre (3 feet) is hundreds of times smaller than at 5cm (2"). For greater safety, keep a distance of 1.5 metres (5 feet) away.




Baby's bottles should NOT be heated in a microwave:

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.

How a nurse warmed up a blood transfusion in a microwave, and it killed the patient.    More at:



When I bought a microwave tester, I found out that my old microwave was leaking radiation.  So I bought a new microwave oven, tested it, and that door was leaking radiation, too.

I returned that microwave, and finally, I got one that didn't.  So don't assume that your microwave is safe just because it is new.

The article said that coffee doesn't taste the same when it has been re-heated in the microwave, and I agree.  But sometimes that is how I have to reheat it.  

I noticed during storms when the power was out, that coffee reheated in a pot on the stove, still tasted like good coffee, so there must be some truth to that.




It was a cooler this morning, and it was quite pleasant being outside.  Ray painted the back door with the new paint.  No more fooling with that.

We both cleaned up the workshop, and vacuumed the floor mats in there.  It is surprising how many pine needles, and how much dirt, gets tracked in there from both doors.   I raked up more pine needles outside the workshop, and pulled grass that was growing between the pavers in the walkway.


Then a neighbor wanted a ride to Kroger's Pharmacy, so as I was out of bananas, I took her into town, and we picked up a few bargains.


We tried to drive without the AC, but it was still very warm once the van had sat in the sunny parking lot, so we had to resort to AC again today.

1 comment:

Gypsy said...

I never cook anything in a microwave, although once in a while I will re-heat something. I don't even like to do that any more.