SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

June 13, 2013

KNOW about Microwaves?

Hey, I’ve used them too – – for years.  When I learned the “truth” about what they were doing to us,  I looked around for the instruction on my machine, put inside the container and set it out by the dumpster.  It was sparkling clean without a hitch in it anywhere.  Hurt to let it go.  But, how could I keep using it when I now knew. It was gone in minutes.   By that time, I knew about my heart situation and just believed I should not be adding further injury.   

A few years later a neighbor was having a yard sale and gave me a small, innocent looking one and in a moment of weakness, took it home.  If you use one, you know how convenient they are and quick.  Of course I knew better and this one wasn’t half the machine my own had been, but it was useful.  I enjoyed it.  Kinda.    My ‘wee inner voice’  can be rather loud and annoying.  Even tho I didn’t use it much,  I knew better, so in time, it was placed out by the dumpster too and was gone  quickly.

We really should question if easy and convenient even have a right to be at the same table with health and our need to protect it.   Microwaves have been proven to alter the molecular structure of  that which is placed inside the chamber.  Heck, they can radiate out to some variable distance, anything near it.  In short,  they really aren’t safe  Not trying to ruin your day, just shake it up a little.  It is your right and mine to live life as we see fit – so no judge here, just sayin’. . . .Jan

Are You Still Using A Microwave Oven?

We are always looking to discover new ways of making our lives easier through innovative inventions. What we often fail to understand however, is that not all inventions are good for our health. Microwave ovens are one such invention that have been widely mistaken as a healthy convenience.

Do you rely on the convenience of a microwave over a stove, to cook or heat your food? If yes, then you might want to stop and think again before placing your life in the hands on this so called “harmless” man-made invention.

Microwave Oven – Not Really Harmless?

The first microwave oven was invented by Raytheon after the World War II. Back then, it didn’t seem like such an important invention for home use. A few years later, microwave ovens gained a lot of popularity for reheating previously-cooked foods and cooking vegetables. Over the last couple of decades, microwave ovens have become a necessity, and now you will rarely find a kitchen without one!

Today, over 90% of homes in America, use microwave ovens for re-heating foods, and for daily meal preparations.  It is so easy to use as it just takes a few minutes to get the meal on the table “ready to eat”. However, as you may already know, a microwave oven essentially uses microwave radiations to heat polarized molecules in food. Unfortunately, these microwave radiations have been found to distort the molecular structure of foods. As a result, microwave preparations lack healthy nutrients as most of them are destroyed during heating!

Did you know that the Soviet Union banned microwaves in 1976? Why do you think they would do so and yet the American Government still hasn’t warned us anything about it? Microwave ovens continue to be used in every home, and the reason is simple – microwaves are convenient and energy efficient way of preparing food.

Is Microwaved Food Both Safe and Healthy?

Here, are a few studies and results that indicate why this may not be the case.

1. Microwaves Are Harmful For Baby Food

It has been found that cooking food in microwaves is an unhealthy and unnatural approach for preparing baby food. According to Young Families, the Minnesota Extension Service of the University of Minnesota published in 1989, milk bottle heated in microwaves may cause harm to the baby who drinks it.

High milk temperature (often resulted due to overheating) could not only burn a baby’s mouth and throat, the steam all encapsulated in the bottle may also cause the bottle to explode due to the presence of radiation gases within it.

Maybe these effects can be ignored or averted, but the fact that milk heated in a microwavemay change the molecular structure of the milk is something that calls for attention.Microwave radiations can cause the essential nutrients in the baby foods to be lost, making them unfit for consumption. It’s just like feeding fake milk to the child with no real nutrients at all.

The study further confirmed that it may be better and much safer to heat the bottle by placing it under a tap of warm water for a few minutes than to heat it in a microwave oven.

2. Microwaves Can Destroy Your Blood

Another shocking discovery about microwave radiations came into the limelight when a nurse in an Oklahoma hospital used microwaves for warming the blood used for transfusion in a patient. The patient immediately died because of this transfusion. It was found that microwaves injected some kind of destructive substances in our blood when we heat it.

3. Microwaves Reduces Hemoglobin Levels

To understand why microwaves are dangerous for health, a study was carried out by Raum & Zelt in 1992 which showed some noticeable changes in the human build after consuming microwave heated milk and vegetables.

In this study, 8 volunteers ate different combinations of the same food cooked in different ways, which caused different changes in the blood of the volunteers. Hemoglobin, which is an important constituent of blood decreased while white blood cells and cholesterol increased. Lymphocytes, which provide immunity to the body, also decreased which is quite an alarming sign. Bacteria also increased after eating the microwave heated food.

4. Microwaved Food Can Cause Cancer

A food scientist by the name of Dr. Hans Ulrich Hertel who worked with one of the major companies of Switzerland carried out a research which showed striking discoveries about cooking food in microwaves. Dr. Hertel was fired from his company because of raising questions on how the food was prepared.  His famous research with a Lausanne university professor which showed that food cooked in microwaves has cancerous effects.

Dr. Hertel and Dr. Bernard H. Blanc collaborated on a clinical study at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the University Institute for Biochemistry. Determined to study the physiology of the human body, Dr. Hertel carried out experiments to find out the effects of “microwaved” nutrients on human blood. He showed that microwave radiations completely destroy the nutrients in the food and could cause very bad effects on the human body. He also found out that microwaved food decreased hemoglobin in our body and could increase the cholesterol levels.

Comfort OR Health? The Choice Is Yours!

The FDA, the government and even the manufacturers themselves may never tell you these harmful effects of cooking food in microwaves. As it is evident, microwave ovens are not really the recommended method of cooking. You could either live in denial and keep on using it or give your life some value and start cooking food on stoves.  Use the conventional and the safer way!

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2 Comments »

  1. Was (2) because of the use of the microwave, or because the blood was overheated? It’s been known since at least the 1960s that overheating and then transfusing blood can cause serious harm to people. If this is the case of Norma Levitt from 1991, the nurse wasn’t supposed to be using a microwave for heating blood, so it’s quite likely that the blood got too hot. As I understand it, they usually heat up transfusion blood very slowly using precise temperature controlled heaters. Heating up blood using any normal cooking method would be potentially dangerous – so there’s no reason to suspect that it was something special about microwave heating that caused this.

    I’ve been reading lots of stuff about the apparent risks of slightly charred meat. When you sear a steak, it often burns a bit of it at the edges. That burned stuff may be carcinogenic. I wonder if heating the edges of the food a lot is what’s going on here?

    Regarding nutrients, doesn’t the type of conventional cooking you do have a big impact on the nutrient levels of food? I thought that boiling food with lots of water would tend to leach out the nutrients? I remember reading something a few years ago that compared raw food and microwaved food and talked about all the chemical changes. I was scratching my head when I read it because the entire purpose of cooking food is to cause chemical changes…

    Comment by gopiballava — June 13, 2013 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

    • I can’t answer your questions – but I wonder if anybody could. It comes across to me at least that you aren’t impressed at all with the fact that many others HAVE done analysis on these principles and there is a general consensus in the scientific community that a) microwaves do alter molecular structure b)charring one’s steak leaves it not only with great ‘flavor’, but the gift of carcinogens as well. c) It is wise to cook many (various) foods simply because the content of that food is not possible to digest without breaking down the structure of the fiber or content as in the case of certain vegetables especially in the carbohydrate family.

      The majority of fruits and vegetables are more nutritive to ingest in the raw state as it is of course destructive to the enzyme to be cooked or have “heat” applied. Its kills the enzymes. Ergo, we can’t digest these foods or if we do eat them, they putrefy in our gut leaving us bereft of nutrition. We are stuffing our bellies, but being mal-nourished – – or more to the point – starved!

      As a further aside, there are a few schools of alternative medicine where the healing involves mostly organic and raw foods, but coincidentally ALSO include the use of Hippocrates soup which has almost everything but the kitch4en sink in it. And that is thought to be a major contributing factor to the overall process. Learning of this, I incorporated Hippocrates Soup into my own regime of simple, mostly raw diet and found I felt better and color started to return to my cheeks rather impressively. Don’t think that would have happened had it not been welcomed by my body. This is of course, my own experience – – from which I learn, my own laboratory. Works for me. Jan

      Comment by Jan Turner — June 13, 2013 @ 5:28 pm | Reply


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