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Microwave Cooking: Cancer for Convenience?

Paul Fassa
December 5th, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 1:05 pm
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microwave oven 263x164 Microwave Cooking: Cancer for Convenience?It’s a bit controversial, but you should know that using a microwave oven could be damaging your health. Swiss scientist Hans Hertel did independent research on microwave cooking that was once banned from publication by a court gag order demanded by an industry association. He was told to recant or be arrested. His findings were not favorable for microwave-oven users.

Hertel’s research corroborated early Soviet Russian research that led to a ban on microwave ovens, which was lifted after the “iron curtain” fell to increase microwave oven sales.

Both Hans Hertel’s research and the Soviet Russian research went beyond the commonly accepted dangers of microwaves leaking into the immediate environment and lowering nutritional value of microwave-cooked foods – two very real consequences of using a microwave oven.

Check out this extensive article on how microwaves are damaging your health, as well as links to numerous research pieces. Be sure to read the comments to see both sides of the argument.

Molecules are Agitated and Damaged

Hertel explains how heat is produced from the inside out in microwaves:

“Technically produced microwaves are based on the principle of alternating current. Atoms, molecules and cells hit by this hard electromagnetic radiation are forced to reverse polarity 1 to 100 billion times a second.”

Hertel is quick to point out that microwaves from the sun don’t cause the same type of molecular damage because the sun emits direct current (DC) pulses, where microwave ovens are generated by alternating current (AC) that causes the rapid polarity shifts in molecules to torque and tear them.

“There are no atoms, molecules or cells of any organic system able to withstand such a violent, destructive power for any extended period of time, not even in the low energy range of milliwatts.” Hertel continues, “This is how microwave cooking heat is generated – friction from this violence in water molecules. Structures of molecules are torn apart, molecules are forcefully deformed (called structural isomerism) and thus become impaired in quality.”

So it’s the water molecules in foods that are directly agitated first to produce frictional heat. Even worse, using a microwave oven for heating water for coffee or tea or for warming baby’s formula will create severely damaged molecules, which are carcinogenic. More on that later.

Gene Damage from Microwave Cooking

Besides these thermal modifications, there is direct damage to cell walls and genes from microwaves. Gene altering technology, which includes the biotech food industry, alters genes by weakening them with microwaves.

Hertel explained further, “… the cells are actually broken, thereby neutralizing the electrical potentials – the very life of the cells – between the outer and inner sides of the cell membranes.”

Strange and unknown compounds are created by microwave energy’s penetration into organic matter. They’ve been called radiolytic compounds. Some scientists argue that normal cooking creates these as well. However, Hertel’s research has indicated that far more radiolytic compounds are created by microwave cooking.

Hertel used human trials to demonstrate that the food and liquids damaged from microwaving modifies the cellular activity in humans consuming them. In addition to creating lower red blood cell counts and white blood cell (immune system “killer cells”) damage, one’s normal cells can be forced by the damaged molecules and radiolytic compounds to adapt into an emergency mode of energy production.

Cells are forced from normal cellular oxidation of glucose into the anaerobic energy production of glucose fermentation. This is a cancerous condition. Anaerobic glucose fermentation is how cancer cells survive and thrive.

It almost seems impossible to omit microwaves completely in today’s fast-paced world. But reducing the use of microwave ovens will help, and that’s something you can feel good about.

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  • Alex

    There is so much bullshit scare tactics in that article with just enough science terms to make it sound plausible to someone who doesn’t know any better that I actually got physically angry while reading. Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet, folks, especially if their only two sources are from a single guy posting on his own website. And that’s disregarding the completely unprofessional format of this post! The ads in the middle of the text of the article should be a hint that this is not the most reliable source. Dave, don’t you dare attack me for complaining about ads. I realize that advertisements are a necessary and valid part of the Internet, but if your ads are in the middle of the text of your article, it is simply unprofessional. If you go to any website with actual scientific backing and support, you will not find these kinds of ridiculous advertisement schemes. Also, microwaving water does not do anything to the molecular structure of water. If that were true, it would no longer be water. That is basic chemistry. Also, “Strange and unknown compounds”? Give me a break. That is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever read in my entire life.

  • magnified

    Microwave a cup of water until it is very hot. Then, conventionally heat a cup of water to the same temperature. Now, take two seeds, and start them using the two waters. The conventionally heated seed will germinate, while the microwave heated one will not.
    Just sayin’.

    • magnified

      BTW, let the water cool before pouring in the soil!

      • Adam of the Fifth Order

        dude this shit has been debunked long long ago, time and time again.. I’d seriously recommend updating your knowledge with something other than a crude experiment that barely controls for any environmental factors.

        • dave

          magnified is correct. For even water molecules get messed up in a microwave.
          I have not used one for 20 years.
          It is so simple to cook a wonderful full course meal without one; in no time at all.

        • magnified

          Adam- what experiment can you recommend? Thousands of “regular” folks have done this, to the same effect each and every time…
          Enlighten us as to how microwaves are safe.

  • Gary

    No such thing as DC pulses. If that is the level of investigation that this article has I doubt the validity of any of the information. We all live and are bathed in electromagnetic fields and have been forever. We are an assembly of electronic fields or alternating voltage fields be cause electrons fly around the nucleus of all atoms.

    • dave

      I guess you are saying there are no such things as DC gated pulse generators?!
      As far as level of investigation goes, you yourself Gary, may want to do your own investigation(s) before typing. Just a suggestion.
      This article above on microwaves has been well documented.

  • Faye Brown

    It was when I read how microwaves used works of electrons to heat and cook .. that I stopped using it .. I had come to believe that electrons are the very sin-ions that contaminated the energy streams of our world and is the basic destructive element of all that this worlds was to thrive on .. and the enemy of Positive energy and true Love which are the building blocks of the quantum acceleration in the cosmos …

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  • Amy

    I think this article would have been extra lovely had there not been so many ads in the middle of the article. Is there any way you could put them to the side? I am sure this causes many people to not want to finish reading. I am not trying to be rude. I love what this website promotes but seeing an airplane ad in the middle of two sentences is very distracting. Maybe I’m just “ADD” :)

    • Ugattasmallfry

      Get Ad Block for your browser. It’s free, and legal.

    • Sunshine Smith

      How do you get this for a cell phone? I have a galaxy 3 but I’m technologically challenged….lol

    • dave

      You are getting a wealth of information for free, and you are complaining about a few ads that helps promote Natural Society’s revenue.
      You remind me of the people who complain about commercials that they see on free air TV. They watch great shows for free and they complain, complain.
      Tell me, when you look out the window, do you see all the beauty outside, or do you just see the specs on the glass?

  • Suzanne

    Haven’t used a microwave in years! Not that hard to get used to a water kettle to heat water and use a pan to reheat food. Kids adjust as well. Get rid of it! ;-)

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      • dave

        Why?, because all the food you put in it gets destroyed by the molecular changes in the food molecules. All the vitamins, amino acids, enzymes all get destroyed. You are eating foods that fill you, but do not really feed you. There is a difference you know. You might as well go eat at a fast food places, or live off of GMO processed so-called foods.
        Reality check, I read your other comments and I have to say you are in dire need of help. What is wrong with you?

    • Amna

      I’m getting there! :-) recently switched to a tea kettle for all my tea and coffee needs. You can actually taste the difference!

  • RealityCheck

    The good ol’ “banned in Russia” myth. Microwaves were never banned in Russia, especially not for the reason this article cites. Seriously, the devices have been ubiquitous for decades and there have no side effects link to their use.

    • dave

      History: The Germans invented microwave technology to bring hot foods to their troops during WW2. England, USA, and Russia grab all the German technology they could after the war. As in Raiders of the Lost Ark, England and the USA put this technology in a warehouse somewhere, while the Russians studied it from day one. Because of their findings of molecule destruction, they banned it use, as this article states, “until the fall of the so called Iron Curtain. Seeing that no one supposedly died from microwave cooking use in the USA and England, Russia started to manufacture their own to help improve their economy.
      For a reality check, have you ever wondered why hospitals no longer use microwave to heat up blood before an operation? Even blood from the patient? Due to molecular structure changes in the blood, it will kill a person every time.
      Though it has been everywhere for decades, So goes your theory of no side effects, I guess it is time for a Reality Check, so Google it and tell me I am lying!
      Why would you think that Natural Society would lie to you about this?

      • Dave Z

        Hospitals no longer use microwaves because it’s too rapid and uneven, and can damage the blood cells that get too hot. That’s all. This article is a bullshit lie. The physics in it read like it was written by a shitty sci-fi producer with 15 minutes to meet a deadline. With real knowledge, any of the credulous marks that buy into this would have laughed it off after the first paragraph.

      • Paul Fassa

        Because he’s a “science” shill who keeps trolling!

    • Paul Fassa

      Reality check keeps popping up to dispute everything with the usual arrogance and insults of a troll who just might be a pro shill for big pharma!