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Linda Sefcik
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Several years ago, I began getting distorted light streaks in my eyes.
I set about trying to pinpoint why... was it flurescent lights?? ...
and then I discovered what I am convinced was the problem...
I was eating microwave popcorn. When I stopped eating it... streaks gone.
However, I rationalized it as most likely rancid oils... old oils part of the
package that had sat on a store shelf and deteriorated... or something similar.
I now think it is more likely... microwaving.

It is worth one's while -- to do some personal research on this subject.
I haven't used my microwave since the day I came across this information.

Here are some links and some quotes:

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

"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".

"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."

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
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This article continues listing the harmful consequences of microwaving food for several pages.
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http://www.herbalhealer.com/microwave.html

"Is it possible that millions of people are ignorantly sacrificing their health in exchange for the
convenience of microwave ovens? Why did the Soviet Union ban the use of microwave ovens
in 1976? Who invented microwave ovens, and why? The answers to these questions may shock
you into throwing your microwave oven in the trash."

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"Leukocytosis, which cannot be accounted for by normal daily deviations, is taken very seriously
by hemotologists. Leukocytes are often signs of pathogenic effects on the living system, such as
poisoning and cell damage. The increase of leukocytes with the microwaved foods were more
pronounced than with all the other variants. It appears that these marked increases were caused
entirely by ingesting the microwaved substances."


 
Weston Ginther
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I don't understand why people accept using a microwave as normal practice. It seems ridiculous to me that people assume it's okay to eat something that has been heated up using microwave radiation. It takes like 5-7 minutes to heat something up in the oven. If we have time to heat something up for one minute in the microwave but not to heat something up in the oven for 5 minutes, we have our priorities wrong!
 
John Morelli
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Thanks for posting. I've been meaning to look into the dangers of microwave ovens. Thank you for giving me a good starting point.

Frankly I don't know if I'll ever be able to convince my mother to stop using hers. I think people just look at the time and gas it takes to heat an entire oven as being much more than what it takes to run the microwave for a minute or two. I certainly intend to do the research though so I have some solid stuff to present to my loved ones to urge them to either stop or at least drastically cut down on microwave use.
 
Cris Bessette
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To have some balance on this issue, I suggest people read some good skeptical points on the "dangers of microwave ovens":

http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4080

Points out:
Probably the most flagrant error ...is that microwaved food or water contains what they call "radiolytic compounds" — new chemicals created by the tearing apart of molecules in a microwave.
These new chemicals are said to be dangerous, cancerous, radioactive, unnatural, or otherwise harmful.

This is a demonstrably false claim. ...
Water can be dissociated under ionizing alpha particle bombardment, which is a natural process. Microwave radiation, as mentioned earlier, is not ionizing radiation. It is thus scientifically incapable of causing radiolysis. The differences between microwave radiation and alpha radiation are huge.


"Two researchers, Blanc and Hertel, confirmed that microwave cooking significantly changes food nutrients. ...."

Again, per http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4080


"Dr. Hertel seems to have managed to gain this claimed following even without producing the most basic of information that prospective groupies should request: a specific, testable claim about what this change in blood chemistry might be; or a single victim. He is best known for his most publicized test."

" In 1989, he and seven fellow vegetarians confined themselves to a hotel and consumed only milk and vegetables, prepared in different ways, for two months. When he emerged, he announced his results: That microwave ovens cause cancer and degenerative diseases, despite no cases of cancer or illness among he or his group. His research, if you want to call it that, was never peer reviewed or published in any reputable journal, and yet it has become the foundational magnum opus of the anti-microwave agenda."




In short, the only verifiable danger of microwave ovens I can find is using them without the door interlock safety mechanism (which would let the microwaves out of the oven. )


 
Cris Bessette
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Test done on plants grown in microwaved water, (and "regular" water)

http://www.snopes.com/science/microwave/plants.asp
 
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