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Microwave Danger

An elite athlete may seemingly have no need to pay attention to the potential dangers of microwaved foods, etc., but someone with a serious health condition and compromised immune function would.

This post was made by smalz on the Paul Chek thread. Does anybody know what the basis for this statement is? smalz, could you please explain.

I got this off a website during my search on this subject. It seemed to me to be very sensationalized, kinda, lets scare the hell out of you so that you will believe us. does anybody have any solid information on this subject.

is Killing You!

By Stephanie Relfe B.Sc. (Syd.)

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 food 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”.

Who knows what results they would have found if they had studied people who ate microwaved food for a year or more?

The violent change that microwaving causes to the food molecules forms new life forms called radiolytic compounds. These are mutations that are unknown in the natural world. Ordinary cooking also causes the formation of some radiolytic compounds (which is no doubt one reason why it is better to eat plenty of raw food), but microwaving cooking causes a much greater number. This then causes deterioration in your blood and immune system.

In addition, they found that the number of leucocytes increases after eating microwaved food - something which haematologists take very seriously, because this is often a sign of highly harmful effects, such as poisoning.

Also, after eating microwaved food, cholesterol levels increased. Hertel said “Common scientific belief states that cholesterol values usually alter slowly over longer periods of time. In this study, the markers increased rapidly after the consumption of the microwaved vegetables.” He believes his study tends to confirm new scientific data that suggest cholesterol may rapidly increase in the blood secondary to acute stress. “Also,” he added, “blood cholesterol levels are less influenced by cholesterol content of food than by stress factors. Such stress-causing factors can apparently consist of foods which contain virtually no cholesterol - the microwaved vegetables.”

The results were published in “Search for Health” in the Spring of 1992. How was this research greeted? A powerful trade organisation, the Swiss Association of Dealers for Electroapparatuses for Households and Industry somehow made the President of the Court of Seftigen issue a `gag order’. Hertel and Blanc were told that if they published their findings they would face hefty fines or up to one year in prison. In response to this, Blanc recanted his findings. Hertel, on the other hand, went on a lecture tour and demanded a jury trial.

FINALLY, in 1998 the Court Gag Order' was removed.? In a judgment delivered at Strasbourg on 25 August 1998 in the case of Hertel v. Switzerland, the European Court of Human Rights held that there had been a violation of Hertel's rights in the 1993 decision.? The Court decided that thegag order’ prohibiting him form declaring that microwaved food is dangerous to health was contrary to the right to freedom of expression.? In addition, Switzerland was sentenced to pay compensation of F40,000.

In Summary: Blanc and Hertel found that eating microwaved food:

Increases cholesterol
Increases white blood cell numbers
Decreases red blood cell numbers
Causes production of radiolytic compounds (compounds unknown in nature) RUSSIANS BAN MICROWAVE OVENS

After the World War II, the Russians also experimented with microwave ovens. From 1957 up to recently, their research has been carried out mainly at the Institute of Radio Technology at Klinsk, Byelorussia. According to US researcher William Kopp, who gathered much of the results of Russian and German research - and was apparently prosecuted for doing so (J. Nat. Sci, 1998; 1:42-3) - the following effects were observed by Russian forensic teams:

  1. Heating prepared meats in a microwave sufficiently for human consumption created:
  • d-Nitrosodiethanolamine (a well-known cancer-causing agent)
  • Destabilization of active protein biomolecular compounds
  • Creation of a binding effect to radioactivity in the atmosphere
  • Creation of cancer-causing agents within protein-hydrosylate compounds in milk and cereal grains;
  1. Microwave emissions also caused alteration in the catabolic (breakdown) behavior of glucoside - and galactoside - elements within frozen fruits when thawed in this way;
  2. Microwaves altered catabolic behavior of plant-alkaloids when raw, cooked or frozen vegetables were exposed for even very short periods;
  3. Cancer-causing free radicals were formed within certain trace-mineral molecular formations in plant substances, especially in raw root vegetables;
  4. Ingestion of micro-waved foods caused a higher percentage of cancerous cells in blood;
  5. Due to chemical alterations within food substances, malfunctions occurred in the lymphatic system, causing degeneration of the immune system=s capacity to protect itself against cancerous growth;
  6. The unstable catabolism of micro-waved foods altered their elemental food substances, leading to disorders in the digestive system;
  7. Those ingesting micro-waved foods showed a statistically higher incidence of stomach and intestinal cancers, plus a general degeneration of peripheral cellular tissues with a gradual breakdown of digestive and excretory system function;
  8. Microwave exposure caused significant decreases in the nutritional value of all foods studied, particularly:
  • A decrease in the bioavailability of B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, essential minerals and lipotrophics
  • Destruction of the nutritional value of nucleoproteins in meats
  • Lowering of the metabolic activity of alkaloids, glucosides, galactosides and nitrilosides (all basic plant substances in fruits and vegetables)
  • Marked acceleration of structural disintegration in all foods.

As a result microwave ovens were banned in Russia in 1976; the ban was lifted after Perestroika.

Standing in front of a microwave is also highly damaging to your health. Perhaps you have already felt this intuitively? We know that cells explode in the microwave - just fry an egg in your microwave. We are made up of trillions of cells. So work out how many are getting damaged if you stand in front of your microwave for 5-10 minutes.

In the past I had been told that it was important for people to stop eating microwaved food, but I did not pay too much attention to this because I had been microwave cooking for years. I never thought much about it but I suppose that I figured that if something was so bad for us, then there wouldn’t be so many people using it. Little did I know.

When I first began seeing clients for sessions of kinesiology, I did not worry too much about telling them to give up eating microwaved food. However, I kept a record of all of the corrections that were needed for each client when they came in. Now, once a correction is made, it is to be hoped that the correction will stay in place for a long time to come, hopefully months if not years. People often ask me “How long will it last?” May answer to them is “That depends on your lifestyle”.

Most of my clients came back to see me after about two weeks. In the early days I found that many who came back were not much better. I found that they were again `out of balance’. That is, their electrical circuits were not working correctly (which is common for many people). It was therefore not surprising that they were not much better, because the body does not begin to fully fix itself until the electrical circuits are in balance.

The question was, why did their electrical circuits go out of balance? The answer had to be something that was highly stressful, to effect the body in such a short space of time. Once that answer was remedied, the client would begin to get better. Using muscle testing, I went through the process of testing if the cause was electrical, chemical/nutritional, emotional or structural. Again and again the same answer would come up - electrical. When I then went through a range of possible electrical causes, the same answer again came up again and again - the person had eaten microwaved food! Incidentally, this answer never came up when a person had NOT eaten microwaved food.

I began to tell all of my clients on the first visit that under NO circumstances were they ever to do microwaved cooking again. I gave this a higher priority than any of things that are normally considered as health risks, such as cigarettes or alcohol. Immediately I began to get a marked improvement in the results I was getting. Long term problems such as headaches, back aches and emotional instability went away within a few weeks.

Other kinesiologists can confirm these results. David Bridgman, who has years of experience as a kinesiologist, said “Of all the people I test for allergies, 99.9% so far show severe sensitivity to any microwaved food”.

I experienced the effect of eating microwaved food for myself one time. I had been doing quite a lot of kinesiology and feeling on top of the world when for no apparent reason I began to feel rather `grey’ and rather low. I realised that I needed a balance from a kinesiologist. Sure enough, I was out of balance. When the kinesiologist used muscle testing to see why my body had gone out of balance, the answer came up … microwaved food! The trouble was, I couldn’t remember eating any. Until I remembered a particular vegetarian restaurant I had been to. When I went back to the restaurant and asked them if they microwaved their food, they told me that they did.

So be warned! Many restaurants use microwaved cooking, even `health’ restaurants. Ask if the “steamed vegetables” are in fact steamed - or are they microwaved? I have sent meals back when they have not been what they were described on the menu, much to the surprise of the restaurant owners.


From: doug@d-w-m.com

Sent to me by a reader: Hello Folks. Hopefully all of you are already well enough informed so as to avoid the use of a microwave oven due to the many detrimental effects consuming microwaved food has upon our health, but “just in case”, here is some interesting info sent to me by Ron Scanlon – many thanks, Ron! Cheers, Doug

University of California, Davis Medical Center 2315 Stockton Boulevard, Sacramento, California 95817

As a seventh grade student, Claire Nelson learned that di(ethylhexyl)adepate (DEHA), considered a carcinogen, is found in plastic wrap. She also learned that the FDA had never studied the effect of microwave cooking on plastic-wrapped food. Three years later, with encouragement from her high school science teacher, Claire set out to test what the FDA had not.

Although she had an idea for studying the effect of microwave radiation on plastic wrapped food, she did not have the equipment. Eventually, Dr. Jon Wilkes at the National Center for Toxicological Research agreed to help her. The research center, which is affiliated with the FDA, let her use its facilities to perform her experiments, which involved microwaving plastic wrap in virgin olive oil.

Claire tested four different plastic wraps and “found not just the carcinogens but also xenoestrogen was migrating [into the oil]…” Xenoestrogens are linked to low sperm counts in men and to breast cancer in women. Throughout her junior and senior years, Claire made a couple of trips each week to the research center, which was 25 miles from her home, to work on her experiment. An article in Options reported “her analysis found that DEHA was migrating into the oil at between 200 parts and 500 parts per million. The FDA standard is 0.05 parts per billion.”

Her summarized results have been published in science journals. Claire Nelson received the American Chemical Society’s top science prize for students during her junior year and fourth place at the International Science and Engineering Fair (Fort Worth,Texas) as a senior. “Carcinogens --At 10,000,000 Times FDA Limits” Options, May 2000. Published by People Against Cancer, 515-972-4444

Some of the above information on microwaved food was published in an Eight Volume Lawyers Cyclopedia which is used by lawyers who sue in medical cases. Who knows? One day there may be a class action lawsuit against microwaves. Here are copies from the Cyclopedia:

	Irradiation of Food: (Note: Irradiation is not the same as microwaving, but they are similar in that both use unnatural frequencies to alter food).

The Cornell University in 1977 irradiated some sugar and fed it to rats. The type of cell damage shown on post mortem was the same as if the rats themselves had been irradiated!

Irradiation of Food: Public Citizen has released the English translation of a recent German study revealing that a chemical formed in irradiated food can damage DNA.

The study confirms what safe-food advocates have known for more than thirty years: that exposing food to ionising radiation can lead to the formation of bizarre new chemicals called “unique radiolytic products” that can cause serious health problems.

One such chemical, known as 2-DCB, caused “significant DNA damage” in the colons of rats that ate the substance. The chemical - which, ironically is a well-known “marker” for determining whether food has been irradiated" - has never been found naturally in any food on earth.

The study was conducted in 1998 under the auspices of two prominent pro-irradiation organizations. IT was performed at one of the most prestigious food irradiation labs in the world: the Federal Research Centre for Nutrition in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Public Citizen released an English translation of the study at a meeting on 13 February at the US Food and Drug Administration in Washington DC.

So, it’s up to you. One point to bear in mind is that our society runs pretty much on money. The multinational companies who make microwave ovens make a lot from the sale of them. There is no money in telling people to stop microwave cooking.? There is, however, the satisfaction of knowing that you are saving people’s lives and future happiness by spreading the word to stop eating microwaved food.

You can heat food quickly in a convection oven. You can also easily heat up food by using a saucepan. If someone is coming home late, and you want to give them warm food when they arrive, put a saucepan lid over the food while it is on a plate. Put the plate of food on a simmering saucepan of water. It will stay warm without drying up. If you want to cook food, do it the old fashioned ways - it tastes much better that way!

Much of this information is from an article in the 1994 edition of Acres Magazine, USA, by Tom Valentine.

PO Box 8800, Metairie, Louisiana? 70011, USA

Tel:? (504) 889 2100??? Fax:? (504)? 889 2777

Public Citizen www.citizen.org

			Email from Readers

Hi Stephanie Relfe;

Last night, I stopped by a healthy food store, and picked up a publication called Indigo Sun Magazine.? When I browsed through this publication, a title of your article “The Dangers of Eating Microwaved Food” caught my attention.? When I read your article, it really relieved me and I was so glad to know that there is an actual article that finally published about the dangers of eating microwaved food.? Thank you for sharing it with us by choosing to publish your article on this publication.?

Let me share my experience of eating microwaved foods with you.? Before I start it,? some years ago, when I heard about the dangers of eating microwaved foods through some spiritual writings that came from channeling, I
began to believe it, but I did not move this knowledge into action.?

Until sometime last year when I became more intuitive and sensitive to listen to my body, I began noticing some uncomfortable feelings inside my body and my
moods immediately turned into bad ones for no reason every time I ate microwaved foods.? I internally knew that my body was trying to tell me stop using a microwave so I took it.?? But I was little frustrated because I could not convince my partner or others why I don’t want to use a microwave anymore.? They would think I am insane or making it up about the dangers of eating the microwaved foods or drinks.? Now, I am so relieved that I have your article that I can share with others.? Again, thank you.?

That also made me wonder now if eating microwaved foods could have caused my mother’s breast cancer, which she luckily survived 18 years ago, since she was a first woman who had breast cancer in both of my family generations.? We used our microwave for years before a discovery of my mother’s breast cancer.
May the blessings be.

Brian Determan
Houston, Texas??

Disclaimer : This information is not medical advice. Because every person’s situation is different , the author of this article will not be held responsible for any negative results which come from reading or acting upon the information in this article. Use at your own risk.

Does heating polyunsaturated oils in the Microwave hydrogenate them?

Hydrogenate= to add hydrogen.
You cannot create hydrogenated fats yourself unless you have special machines which combine hydrogen and fats at extremely high temperatures.

I’d want to see comparative studies before I worried about this. For example, cooking food on the stove can create all kinds of changes as well.

Also, the claim that microwaving food creates new life forms has me searching for my tin foil hat. I mean, come on, lets get serious here.

However, some of the milder claims probably have some truth to them. It’s true that microwaved food is prone to get hot and cold spots. Heck, anyone can see this one for themselves.

Also, plastics shouldn’t be used in the microwave as they do indeed release harmful products into food. Nothing new or shocking in this area.

As for the rest, lets see some reputable COMPARATIVE studies instead of Internet claims…

I agree with you vroom, I was hoping that more people would comment on this. I know we have a wide range of people on this forum and I believe it would be interesting to hear what they have to say.

Obviously, the lady who died from a blood transfusion with microwaved blood is a no-brainer if it is true that microwaves cause cells to burst. So if she got filled up with burst blood, no oxygen would have been transported etc. But as far as eating ruptured cells, I think there isn’t much of a difference between cooked and raw foods, because do we not break down cells eventually with out enzymes anyway? What caught my eye out of the brief section I read was the advice: “…it is better to eat foods raw…” Now that’s a PETAesque statement if I’ve ever seen one, because no matter how harmful the microwaves may be to the vitamins or whatever else, we can always be thankful they are harmful to bacteria/salmonella in one way or another (the waves themselves or the temperature they bring about).

[quote]fedorov91 wrote:
Does heating polyunsaturated oils in the Microwave hydrogenate them?[/quote]

I did a check on PubMed. I’m not a science guy but I think this may be helpful. The abstract probably doesn’t directly answer your question because it studied the oxidation of polysats in herring, not something like vegetable oil added to tv dinners or other foods. Also, it didn’t discuss hydrogenation.

Anyways, the study found that microwaving herring “did not lead to a reduction in the n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) fraction of the total fatty acids, indicating that these fatty acids have a high durability and a low susceptibility to thermal oxidative processes.”


Nahrung. 2002 Dec;46(6):383-8.

Comparison of the effects of microwave cooking and conventional cooking methods on the composition of fatty acids and fat quality indicators in herring.

Regulska-llow B, Ilow R.

Wroclaw Medical University, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, pl. Nankiera 1, 50-140 Wroclaw, Poland. regulska@bf.uni.wroc.pl

The aim of this study was to examine the changes which occur under the influence of different heating methods in the compositions of fatty acids and selected fat quality indicators in fillets of herring. The results that are compared herein were obtained via conventional culinary techniques and using microwave radiation. Culinary processes like boiling, grilling and frying, whether done conventionally or with a microwave oven, did not lead to a reduction in the n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) fraction of the total fatty acids, indicating that these fatty acids have a high durability and a low susceptibility to thermal oxidative processes. The culinary processes used in this study also had an insignificant influence on the fat quality indicators–the peroxide and anisidine value. The fat quality indicators in herring, both after conventional and microwave heating, differ little, and indicate a low content of primary and secondary products of oxidation.

PMID: 12577584 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Sorry man not to put you down but “PETA-esque statement” and the shit that followed is a pretty ignorant stance. There is NO question that humans were actually engineered to eat raw foods and that the more raw foods you can incorporate into your diet, the better. I’m not saying I support PETA in any way nor am I saying give up cooked food or whatever but you should really educate yourself more if you think microwaved food is good cause it might kill some of the bacteria. Sorry the damage on a cellular level that it does to your food doesn’t merit that. Just take the extra time in your day to use your stove. I eat meat. love it. but I also realize that raw foods are tremendously beneficial and that eating more raw stuff for better overall health doesn’t make you a PETA-loving, tree-hugging, granola hippie. It actually just means you’re smart for trying to eat better which is one focus of this site!

[quote]Heowww wrote:

Obviously, the lady who died from a blood transfusion with microwaved blood is a no-brainer if it is true that microwaves cause cells to burst. So if she got filled up with burst blood, no oxygen would have been transported etc. But as far as eating ruptured cells, I think there isn’t much of a difference between cooked and raw foods, because do we not break down cells eventually with out enzymes anyway? What caught my eye out of the brief section I read was the advice: “…it is better to eat foods raw…” Now that’s a PETAesque statement if I’ve ever seen one, because no matter how harmful the microwaves may be to the vitamins or whatever else, we can always be thankful they are harmful to bacteria/salmonella in one way or another (the waves themselves or the temperature they bring about).[/quote]

vroom said, “As for the rest, lets see some reputable COMPARATIVE studies instead of Internet claims…” Vroom, most internet articles when properly referenced ARE real published studies! Like the Russian data that was presented.

Yes, the internet is full of BS information. Despite the WWW being the greatest invention in the information age, it has its draw-backs. Since its unregulated you do have to act as your own filter. However, after you put your cross-reference skills to the test, you grow some “hellified” BS radar. Most scientific studies will have references sited, not to mention who would write hundreds of pages of medical lingo just to mess with someone??? I could see people BS’s about material items and social things, often is the case. But, it’s hard to fudge solid science - usually you can tell.

As far as my specific take on microwaves, I just heard an audio lecture from a Holistic Nutrition Course. The professor said there is concrete evidence that there is MARKED changes in microwaved food. She didn’t specify at length, but did say food tends to change in structure, taste, and texture. And, it is thought that it does reduce the level of nutrition contained in the food. And, this was not an internet article, this is a nutritionist that has been practicing for 30 years.

Vroom, I agree with your skepticism, but more and more I am finding that about 99% of what “the average person” does with their daily lifestyle can be dangerous. We’re not talking about crossing the street and getting wacked by a bus. I’m talking about how 28% of ALL intestinal cancers are directly attributed to drinking chlorinated/fluoridated tap water!!! Can you say, Hello Culligan Man?! Did you know that most commercial beef is irradiated - just like they talked about in this excerpt! So, between the FDA, microwaves, store bought beef, and your tap water, you really have to run around almost paranoid and hypochondriac to really be TRULY healthy in today’s society!