Our microwave stopped working back in 2007. We opted not to ever fix it and sold our house with the broken microwave that lay dormant in the wall above the oven.
I personally remember seeing my first microwave as a young Campfire girl in 6th grade. Oh what an advanced appliance! I thought then I was entering the space age for sure. That was 1959.
In 1976, Russia banned microwave ovens because of their negative health consequences. After Perestroika in the early 1990's, the ban was lifted but here is what documented findings back in the 70's showed:
1. Microwaved foods lost 60-90% of their nutritional value and it also accelerates the structural disintegration of food.
2. Microwaving creates cancer-causing agents within milk and cereals.
3. Microwaving alters elemental food substances, causing digestive disorders.
4.It alters food chemistry which can lead to malfunctions in the lymphatic system, degenerating the body's ability to defend against cancerous growths.
5. Free radicals form because of the altered breakdown of elemental substances.
6. Microwaved foods caused stomach and intestinal cancerous growths and a gradual breakdown of the GI system.
7. It lowered the body's ability to utilize B Complex vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, essential minerals nad lipotropics.
8.It caused an alteration in the catabolic ( breakdown) behavior of glucoside, within frozen fruits thawed in this manner.
Microwaves heat food by causing waer molecules in it to resonate at very high frequencies that eventually turn to steam which heats the food while changing the chemical structure. Hot spots in the microwaved food can be hot enough to cause burns or build up a steam explosion. This was discovered when mothers heated baby bottles of formula and babies were burned.
Carcinogenic toxins leach out of the plastic and paper containers and covers into the food. One of the worst contaminants is BPA, an estrogen like compound used widely in plastics.
Back in the nineties, microwaves were used for warming blood transfusions. A well publicized lawsuit showed how a woman died from such a transfusion because the blood product was damaged.
What about leakage? Studies from independent organizations showed that levels within the kitchen are likely to be significantly higher than from cell phone base stations.. Microwaves will travel through walls if the microwave is against an inside wall. One of these orgs is called Powerwatch. No one can say if the current regulations about leakage are truly safe and it is recommended for those who still use them to have the microwave emissions checked annually. Or you can purchase an inexpensive device that tests radiation in the home.
Step away from the oven while in use, because eyes are particularly susceptible to the radiation. High exposure has been known to cause cataracts.
2.4 GHz radiation is the same as Wifi routers. They have recent studies that the microwave frequency radiation affects the HEART at non-thermal levels according to Dr. Magda Havas of Trent University.
A study published in November 2003 issue of The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that broccoli "zapped" lost up to 97% of its beneficial antioxidants. By comparison, steaming broccoli only loses 11%.
Garlic microwaved inactivated its allinase, which is the principle ingredient in garlic against cancer.
A Japanese study showed that 6 min of microwave heating turned 30-40% of the B12 in milk into a dead form.
Most of us already know that microwaved foods cook from the outside in, and the outer layers conduct the heat that cooks the food.
They have found that microwaving creates new compounds that are not found in humans or in nature called radiolytic compounds. Science has no idea what those compounds are doing to the human body.
So what about microwaves?
Science uses them in the field of gene altering technology to weaken cell membranes, thus breaking cells apart. Impaired cells then become easy prey for viruses, fungi and other toxic microorganisms.
People have reported symptoms of microwave sickness:
Insomnia, night sweats, sleep disturbance
Headaches and dizziness
Swollen lymph nodes and a weak immune system
Impaired cognition, depression and irritability
Nausea and appetite loss
Vision and eye problems
The Swiss food scientist , Hans Hertel was the first to see the effects of microwaving on the blood and physiology of humans. Along with Dr. Bernard Blanc of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the University Institute for Biochemistry they concluded that microwave cooking leads to:
Increased cholesterol levels
Decreased white and red blood cells
Production of radiolytic compounds
Decreased Hemoglobin that could create anemia
A gag order was placed on these findings but later removed in 1998. Dr. Hertel wrote: "There are no atoms, molecules, or cells of any organic system able to withstand such a violent, destructive power for any period of time. This will happen even given the microwave oven's low power range of milliwatts."
To study further, there are writings, one being, Microwaving Our Planet by Arthur Firstenberg, president of the Cellular Phone Taskforce. Another, source is Penn State University 2001, "DNA and the Microwave Effect."
We have been without a microwave for over 6 years and do not miss it a bit. We purchased a portable convection oven from a very reputable kitchen boutique store that has worked beautifully. We still have a range and oven for major cooking. Our choice to eliminate all microwaving of food was strictly based on health concerns.