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Microwave Dangers – Why You Should Not Use a Microwave

Mike Barrett
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November 16th, 2011
Updated 11/08/2012 at 8:38 pm
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America’s most convenient appliance – microwave ovens seem to be an absolute necessity in today’s fast-paced world. They are currently present in at least 90% of homes in America thanks to their ability to cook and reheat foods or beverages in a simple, rapid way.The majority of people use this kitchen appliance without question and often think they are a reasonable alternative to conventional ovens for reheating or cooking. However you may want to think twice before using your microwave, as there are actually many microwave dangers you probably don’t know of.

How Using a Microwave Negatively Impacts Your Health

In short, microwave ovens are kitchen appliances which are used to cook or reheat food by emitting microwaves. Microwaves are a form of electromagnetic radiation and are on the low energy end of the energy spectrum, second to radio waves. The waves are generated by something called a magnetron – something found within every microwave oven.

Magnetrons produce an electromagnetic field with a microwave frequency of approximately 2,450 megaHertz (MGz), which is the equivalent to 2.4 gigaHertz (GHz). Microwaves produced within the microwave oven cause dialectric heating – they bounce around the inside of the oven and are absorbed by whatever is placed in the oven.

Don’t believe it? View the scientific research linking microwaves to cancer, diabetes, and nutritional deficiency.

In order for something to heat in a microwave oven, water must be present within the substance. If water is not present, heating will not occur and it would remain cool. The reason for this is that water molecules within the food vibrate at an incredible speed, creating molecular friction which is responsible for the heating of the food. The structure of the water molecules are torn apart and vigorously deformed. This is much different than any other method of cooking, as other methods such as convection ovens heat up food by transferring heat convectionally from the outside inward.

Hans Hertel, a Swiss scientist, states:

“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… 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.”

You might wonder why food is often unevenly heated when taken out of the microwave. The uneven heating occurs because microwaves work with whatever water molecules are present, and since not all areas of food contain the same amount of water, heating becomes uneven.

While microwave cooking does begin within the molecules where water is present, they don’t actually cook from “the inside out” like many people believe. They actually start with the outer layers while the inner layers are mostly heated and cooked simply by transference of heat from the outer layers. This is oftentimes why you’ll find that the outside of the food is extremely hot while the inside seems to have been absent during the re-heating or cooking.

Microwave Dangers – The Radiation Effects of Microwaves and Other Forms of Non-Ionizing Radiation

Microwaves are in fact radiation. They are classified as non-ionizing radiation – radiation which can change the position of atoms but is not strong enough to alter their structure, composition, or properties. Even though non-ionizing radiation is not strong enough to alter the structure of atoms, it is still able to cause physical alterations. A clear example of how non-ionizing radiation can harm you is the damage caused to your skin and eyes caused by the sun. When you use microwave cooking, you are exposing yourself to microwave radiation.

Other forms of ionizing radiation are visible light, ultraviolet and infrared waves, and waves emitted from televisions, cell phones, and electric blankets.

Today we live in a technologically advanced world. We could label the time we live in as the “technology age” as well as the “radiation age”. We are currently bombarded with radiation from almost everything around us: radio towers, televisions, cell phones, microwave ovens, computers, satellites, broadcast antennas, and so much more. Unfortunately, radiation doesn’t go away over time, in fact, it just accumulates.

Although we’ve conducted study after study concluding that no amount of radiation is safe, we don’t really know what all of this means in the long term. But here is what we do know:

  • When any radiation waves resonate with a body part, the biological effect is intensified. For example, microwave frequencies are very similar to the frequencies of your brain. The effects microwaves have on your brain are greater than those same waves on any other part of the body.
  • Although studies are done to view the effects of radiation, most of these studies are done for short exposure periods at higher intensities. There is an immense shortage of studies using long exposure periods with low-level radiation. More research simply needs to be done.
  • Radiation accumulates over time and never goes away.
  • Due to the amount of radiation everyone is exposed to every day, it is difficult to conduct studies using control groups. Radiation can’t really be controlled anymore due to the unavoidable invasion.

We simply don’t know the long-term effects of microwave radiation, so why risk it by watching your food cook in your microwave day after day and night after night.

Who shouldn’t use microwave ovens and why?

No one should be using microwave ovens. This is especially true for babies, children, if you are pregnant, already suffer from illness & disease, or are already bombarded with more radiation than the average person.

Why?

You may suffer from “Microwave Sickness”

Tissues directly exposed to microwaves are subject to the same deformities molecules go through, and this can in turn cause you to experience “microwave sickness”. Remember, it isn’t just microwave ovens which emit this kind of radiation. Cell phone towers also emit this type of radiation.

People may experience any or all of the following after being exposed to high levels of microwave radiation.

  • Impaired cognition
  • Nausea
  • Vision problems
  • Depression and irritability
  • Weakened immune system
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia and/or sleep disturbances
  • Frequent urination and extreme thirst

Robert O. Becker, author of The Body Electric, stated the following on page 314 in his book:

It’s [Microwave sickness] first signs are low blood pressure and slow pulse. The later and most common manifestations are chronic excitation of the sympathetic nervous system [stress syndrome] and high blood pressure.

This phase also often includes headache, dizziness, eye pain, sleeplessness, irritability, anxiety, stomach pain, nervous tension, inability to concentrate, hair loss, plus an increased incidence of appendicitis, cataracts, reproductive problems, and cancer. The chronic symptoms are eventually succeeded by crisis of adrenal exhaustion and ischemic heart disease [the blockage of coronary arteries and heart attacks].

In another book entitled Health Effects of Microwave Radiation, author Dr. Lita Lee also expressed his concern over the use of microwaves. Dr. Lee observed that the symptoms listed above could be caused by certain observations shown below.

  • Lymphatic disorders were observed, leading to decreased ability to prevent certain types of cancers
  • An elevated rate of cancer cell formation was observed in the blood
  • Increased rates of stomach and intestinal cancers were observed
  • Higher rates of digestive disorders and gradual breakdown of the systems of elimination were observed

Life Energy is Depleted

Foods which haven’t been processed or cooked and are naturally occurring contain life energy which is transmitted from the sun. Biophotons are the smallest physical unit of light which are stored in all life forms. They contain bio-information  and are partially responsible the feelings you get which signify well-being and vitality. Foods like naturally grown vegetables and especially sun-ripened fruits are the main source for these biophotons to humans.

Microwaving food, in effect, potentially destroys and depletes the life energy, rendering the food completely dead and lifeless. In addition, the food’s nutritional value is lost and it becomes nearly useless in terms of providing any real health benefit.

Fact: Russians Banned the Microwave Oven After Extensive Studies

Microwaves were first invented by the Nazis in order to provide a method of cooking for their troops during World War II. Seeing as though these microwave ovens have been experimental and new, the US War Department was assigned to research these new devices shortly after the war.

Turns out, the U.S. didn’t really perform the extensive research necessary for the new invention. Instead, the Russians decided to tackle the issue with extreme force.

Intrigued by this new device, the Russians conducted in-depth research to discover the biological effects they might possess. The results were staggering enough to lead to a ban of the new device in the Soviet Union. The ban, however, was later lifted during Perestroika, the political movement responsible for the restructuring of the Soviet Union.

The findings include:

  • Carcinogenic substances were formed from the microwaving of nearly all foods tested
  • Microwaving milk and grains resulted in carcinogenic substances being formed through the conversion of amino acids
  • Microwaving prepared meats caused cancer-causing agents such as d-Nitrosodienthanolamines to form
  • Microwaving fruits as a method of thawing resulted in the conversion of glucoside and galactoside fractions into carcinogenic substances
  • Extremely short exposure of raw, cooked, or frozen vegetables converted their plant alkaloids into carcinogens
  • Carcinogenic free radicals were formed in microwaved plants, especially root vegetables
  • Structural degradation leading to decreased food value was found to be 60 to 90 percent overall for all foods tested, with significant decreases in bioavailability of B complex vitamins, vitamins C and E, essential minerals, and lipotropics

Twenty years of the Russian research led to the international warning about the damaging biological and environmental effects microwaves possess. The warning also included other similar frequency electronic devices such as cell phones.

Say Goodbye to Your Foods Nutritional Value

Although there hasn’t been as many studies on microwaves as say, the importance of various vitamins and minerals, all of the studies generally agree on one thing: nutritional value is significantly reduced if you microwave food. You’d think that studying microwaves would be at the top of the list, given their place in our society, but evidently their role is not significant enough for more thorough testing.

Note that most of these studies have been done prior to 2000. This may be due to the shift of focus from microwaves to a more prevalent threat to humanity: the intense electromagnetic chaos from electromagnetic devices such as cell phones, computers, and advanced technology. Here are some studies illustrating the detrimental effects of microwaves and microwave cooking.

  • This study found that broccoli when microwaved with a little bit of water loses up to 97% of its beneficial antioxidants. Steamed broccoli only lost 11% or less. Some amounts of phenolic compounds and glucosinolates were also lost. The study was published in the November 2003 issue of The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.
  • Vitamin C in asparagus spears was lost during a 1999 Scandinavian study.
  • One study found 60 seconds of microwaving garlic depleted the food of it’s allinase, garlic’s primary cancer-fighting ingredient.
  • Just 6 minutes of microwave heating turned 30-40 percent of the B12 in milk into a dead form, which was found in a Japanese study by Watanabe.
  • An Australian study recently conducted showed that microwaves cause a higher degree of “protein unfolding” than conventional heating.
  • A 1992 study found that breast milk lost lysozyme activity, antibodies, and became a more suitable environment for the potential growth of pathogenic bacteria after being microwaved.

Microwaving Food Leads to a Negative Impact on Human Physiology & the Heart

Hans Hertel, a Swiss food scientist, initiated the first tests on microwaved food and microwave cooking to determine how microwaves affect human physiology and the blood. After studying these effects, Hertel concluded that microwaving food leads to food degeneration. These degenerative changes in nutrients caused changes in blood which could cause health problems.

Health issues which could be caused are:

  • Elevated cholesterol levels
  • A plummet in leukocytes (white blood cells), which could suggest poisoning
  • Decreased red blood cell levels
  • Production of radiolytic compounds
  • Decreased hemoglobin levels, which might indiciate anemia

Another study found that microwave frequency radiation affects the heart at non-thermal levels – levels which are well below federal safety guidelines. To examine these effects, the study used a 2.4GHz radiation frequency, which is the same frequency emitted by microwave ovens as well as wifi routers.

There is even evidence that this same frequency can cause elevated blood sugar levels in certain people. This points to the possibility that there may be a type 3 diabetes generated by dirty electricity. Here is a video below making a presentation support this. You may find the video “slow”, but it’s well worth 7 minutes of your time.

Editor’s note: The statements in this article are not contrived opinions of the author, but based on a number of different sources that are embedded within the text of this article as well as at the footer of the piece. The author is reporting only on the findings of these sources, studies, and research. 

Additional Sources:

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Global Healing Center

About Mike Barrett:
2.thumbnail Microwave Dangers Why You Should Not Use a Microwave Google Plus Profile |Mike is the co-founder, editor, and researcher behind Natural Society. Studying the work of top natural health activists, and writing special reports for top 10 alternative health websites, Mike has written hundreds of articles and pages on how to obtain optimum wellness through natural health.

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  • THEGHYLLY

    microwave ovens heat sugar and fats as well as water. funnily enough of the three water is the most difficult to heat and then sugars and easiest of all fats. Just try it and see. Over the years I have read loads of bunkum regarding the dangers of microwave ovens, but this article is the one with most myths an disinformation I have ever read.

  • http://www.3000records.com Terrance Schemansky

    Do you want to take a common sense approach to this? Have you truly considered the long term safety of your microwave? If you want to prove how safe your microwave is, move your fish (fish bowl) less than one foot away from it. Run your microwave regularly. Very tiny fish will likely be dead from the emitted microwaves within a few weeks depending on microwave use, and larger fish will take longer to die. How big are you? Your children?

  • FriendlyAlien19

    Well, most DA Americans eat crap (processed foods) and don’t exercise, so you’ll die from disease from that maybe before whatever might kill you from using a microwave.

  • JinMakkto

    Let’s look at the scientific studies that they
    list in order to back up their claims.

    The
    SECOND study in the list has the title: “Microwaved eggs may cause direct
    vision-threatening corneal damage”. It sounds pretty bad, right? It sounds like
    it proves their point?

    If
    you read the article, it’s about corneal damage from microwaved eggs EXPLODING
    after you take them out of the microwave after overcooking them and showering
    your face in boiling hot albumin. It’s about the dangers of getting scalding
    hot food in your eye. And the owners of the website trying to ‘scientifically
    prove’ that microwaves are Satan have CHOSEN to give it the title “Microwaved
    eggs may cause direct vision-threatening corneal damage”. To me, that’s
    despicable. They know most readers will only look at the titles and not read
    the articles.

    Lots
    of the other studies have been given (by the owners of the website) titles like
    “Microwave cooking results in structural damage to muscle fiber and
    denaturation of collagen in meat.” What this is describing is cooking. When you
    cook food you deliberately damage the fibres with heat so that you can digest
    it better when you eat it. That way you get more protein and energy from it
    than if it was raw. Again, the website owners know that people probably won’t
    click the article, so they just give it a scary title which, while accurately
    describing the study, is completely misleading in the context of the website.

    I
    really don’t trust these people. It seems like some are misguided and
    uninformed, and some are deliberately trying to trick their readers.

  • JinMakkto

    I feel kind of shifty about a piece which claims to be scientific but uses lots of scare-terminology like “molecules are torn apart” “violence experienced by water molecules”. It makes it seem like it’s trying to persuade people emotionally by using scary words rather than actually being factual.

    There are some things that are completely untrue:

    “Unfortunately, radiation doesn’t go away over time, in fact, it just
    accumulates.”

    Nope. You don’t eat microwaves when you eat the food. The microwave radiation
    does not stay in the food, just like the sun’s radiation doesn’t stay in your
    skin. Radiation is absorbed by things and transfers the energy to them. This is
    what happens in a microwave. The food cooks. You don’t eat the microwaves.

    Note that the symptoms of “microwave sickness” are t pretty general complaints
    that lots of people have at some point. It’s basically the hypochondriac’s
    horoscope.

    “Impaired cognition,
    Nausea, Vision problems, Depression and irritability, Weakened immune system, Headaches,
    Dizziness, Insomnia and/or sleep disturbances, Frequent urination and extreme
    thirst”

    Many of these are fairly normal for humans now and then (who often don’t do
    basic health things like keep hydrated enough). So if you’re telling people
    about a fictional disease, it’s best to include these symptoms.

    “Foods which haven’t been processed or cooked and are naturally occurring
    contain life energy which is transmitted from the sun. Biophotons are the
    smallest physical unit of light which are stored in all life forms. They
    contain bio-information and are partially responsible the feelings you
    get which signify well-being and vitality. Foods like naturally grown
    vegetables and especially sun-ripened fruits are the main source for these
    biophotons to humans.”

    This part is just plain imaginary. Like, it’s not real.

    “the food’s nutritional value is lost and it becomes nearly useless in terms of
    providing any real health benefit.”

    This has been proven false by many studies. This sentence is just an outright
    lie by the author. They’re not even twisting facts anymore by saying “Microwaves
    viciously tear apart molecules and pummel food without mercy or clemency,
    feeding on fear and rejoicing in pain”, but instead they’re just boldfacedly
    lying with this part. However, cooking food does denature some vitamins
    (vitamin C doesn’t stand up to heat well, so don’t broil, fry, roast,
    microwave, or grill your oranges). But in general, microwaving food doesn’t
    denature vitamins too much, although it does increase the amount of protein and
    energy you absorb from your food. Cooked eggs have around double the usable
    protein than raw eggs, for example. If you’re microwaving vegetables, don’t put
    water on them beforehand, as the cooking can cause some nutrients to leach out
    into the water (which you might then throw away).

  • Ray

    not with our Government ! o are you still asleep to King Obama’s takeover of the USA ? , Their are 840.000 foreign troops on US soil waiting for them to call Martial Law, so they can take our guns, and our FREEDOM. Wake up.

  • 102

    microwaves are waves, and that is why they cook food unevenly…not because of moisture density of the food. stopped reading after that misinformation.

    • Kazina

      pretty much any food that you put into the microwave is going to have its own moisture of some sort. and since the cooking process is an interaction, naturally components of the cooking device would interact with the cookee. 102 this is a pitiful attempt at logic. You definitely should stop using that microwave. Not eating poisonous food and water anymore would also be helpful =)

      *if you want to know what non-poisonous food is, it’s organic non-mainstream. non-poisonous water is purified/pure, not from the tap and not plastic bottles

  • Denise

    what about induction? is it the same as the microwave

  • Pascal

    explains weird vision problems

  • Not A Quack

    I see you know nothing about physics.

  • http://bennettforindiana.com/best-ab-equipment-review/ Frederic

    But, even right after Jolie-Pitt lawyers wrote to the “News of the Planet” saying the
    story was false, the newspaper then published a second story saying the pair have been arguing over exactly where the data they had separated had
    been leaked from.

  • theresa m ream

    The Microwave is not real safe!
    This is an updated article about the dangers of Microwave Ovens. Please note, These are some of the health problems that are caused by cooking your food in the microwave oven…..The Microwave oven can cause…Headaches, vision problems,depression ,weakened immune system, insomnia ,frequent thirst.

  • sweets

    Wow I haven't knowingly eaten microwaved food in maybe 3 or 4 years and I'm not looking to eat microwaved food ever again. If I want something hot I use stove top and toss it in the oven. When I'm at work I take my food the fridge and eat it room temp or if I forget I go cold.

    I was at Burger King several years ago for a veggie burger and I asked the guy if it was grilled or nuked. He said nuked but I asked for a grill version. He warned me it would be burnt, but I'm okay to eat burnt than microwaved.

  • Stuart

    What a load of crap. If any of this hysteria causing garbage had undeniable proof then microwave ovens would be made to carry a health warning.

  • Sujay

    Actually, the info stating that you cannot remove radiation on this article is wrong/false. I just went to the natural news website and found a video that says otherwise. It is a video on how to remove radiation from your body naturally.

  • Makr

    are you frighin kidding me, not to troll, but as an person who works with microwave comms everday I so know this isnt true! BIOPHOTONS ARE NOT PARTICLES, THEY DONT EXIST IF YOU CAN PROVE THAT SOMETHING CAME FOR THE SUN BIOLOGICALLY THEN YOU WOULD HAVE PROVED THAT AL.L OF SCIENCE IS WRONG. ps i have my bachelors in Electrical Engineering Technology Microwave tech was m majory

  • Peoplearenuts

    This stuff is laughable. Do people realize that radiation is defined as energy emitted from a source as a particle or wave and transmitted through space? This means that radiation sources are everywhere including your own body. Your body gives off heat , therefore you are a radiation source. Also you have low levels of ionizing radiation in your body naturally and can even get some from eating bananas because of the potassium. I guess you better stop eating those aswell….

  • chira2

    what are the carcinogens formed??????

  • Tredspane

    HA HA HA! Wow…thanks for my morning laugh. You took an obvious hoax, posted it to look like a truth, then lured all kinds of gullibles into believing it was real! Brilliant!

  • pgorkov

    Dear Pammie-O (and the author too):

    Soviets never banned the microwave. I am a former Soviet citizen whose family owned Soviet-made "mikrovolnovaja pech'" (microwave oven) purchased around 1982, well before "perestroika" this author mentioned (1988-1991). There were in fact 2 factories producing it in USSR. The reason we, Soviet citizens, had less microwaves per unit of populace than our counterparts in the West lied in inefficiency and incompetitiveness of Soviet distribution economy, and not in some imaginary "ban" that the author here referred to. Soviet economy was unable to produce any popular non-military consumer product in reasonable quantities. As a result, such products were destined to be either too expensive or be distributed through long waiting lists.

    Surprisingly, the Soviet microwave we had was made better than GE piece I am returning today to Lowe's :)

    I suspect the entire paragraph referencing to research conducted in Russia is an unsubstantiated rumour too. I found it listed among common myths on Russian-language websites.

    Best of luck in your anti-microwave quest!

  • Love

    For the skeptics . . .think of the geometry of the water. You must see the bigger picture to understand.
    http://youtu.be/33IiYb8htHk

  • Greg

    As far as I know microwaving is no better or worse than any other cooking method. The article sounds similar to the bunk I read long ago – much of this has been refuted or found to have no validity whatsoever.

  • Just wondered

    What about halogen ovens and cooking with light? That much be much safer than microwaving food.

  • Anna

    What great fun. Reading opinions of people who wouldn’t give me the time of day,
    I’ve only got a high school diploma, makes me feel almost smart. Keep going you
    guys are great.

  • Anonymous

    The author of this piece has produced something of value, but has nevertheless made a few errors due to an incomplete grasp of chemistry and physics. No need to lynch him for it. We should thank him for getting the most important message across, and clearly too.

    It is my understanding that water heated by microwaves is not "atomically changed" in any way. The H2O molecule remains intact.

    But, other researchers into microwave device usage have determined that carbon molecules in various foodstuffs are changed (ripped) by the energy imparted by the microwave energy.

    Thus, the main argument put forward by Mr. Mike Barrett is both sound and correct. According to other materials I have read/watched, the stated deleterious effects of microwaving food can be (and has been) proven by experiment. Unfortunately, I am not in a position (at this moment) to quote any experiments or technical papers that could confirm such statements, but determined readers will undoubtedly locate corroborating research, either in Academia, or somewhere in the World Wide Web.

    The bottom line is this: if you want to eat un-neutered food that is "alive" with nutrients, then DON'T microwave it. Instead, do whatever your Grandmother used to do.

    Oh, and at the same time, throw away your PTFE lined cooking pots. Replace those with set of either stainless steel cook-wear or (better still) some cast-iron pots.

    For those who want the convenience of speed (fast heating) while ensuring they can enjoy the long term benefits of eating unadulterated food … an Induction Cooker is a must have kitchen item.

    • ECho

      Let me debunk you point by point:

      First, this article is wrong both conceptually and scientifically. Water is not altered by microwave radiation. The is NO evidence or theory to the contrary. This is not an opinion, it is a matter of scientific fact. Bottom line: the article has NO value, scientific or otherwise. You are correct that water is not changed by anything that a microwave oven can do. Therefore the main point of the article is complete crap, while the subordinate points are crappette

      Second, carbon atoms are not "ripped" any differently from microwaves in organic materials than by other methods of heating. If you heat virtually any organic (read this as carbon based) substance it will "burn"/decompose/degenerate whether that be from microwaves, a frying pan, a campfire or a laser. The implication that microwaves are some special culprit is also crap.

      Third, the argument that Barrett puts forth (although his editor claims that he is merely regurgitating "facts" from other dubious sources) is also on the wrong side of logic and is also without value. Not only are you not in a position to refute this statement now, but you will find that you will not ever be in a position to do so because it is simply physically wrong. Neither you, nor anyone else will be able to find a rebuttal either in a library or the World Wide Web, or in practile experience because it is at best…wrong… and at the worst…a lie.

      Fourth, you stray into crackpot territory with your bit about "un-neutered" food that is "alive" with nutrients. These nutrients are chemicals that are not now, or were ever "alive". Molecules do not have the properties of "life". Again, more pseudo-spiritual crap. The fact is that you Grandmother heated food to cook it with a wood stove. Heating food in a microwave accomplishes the same thing minus much of the "burning" that produces much of the flavor you like.

      Fifth, PTFE is one of the most inert materials in existence. It leaches almost nothing into the food and is one of the safest of all materials. By contrast, stainless steel leaches nickel, vanadium and chromium…all heavy metals. Cast iron leaches both iron and carbon and every other alloying element including phosphorus, sulfur and chromium. Yet again, you are full of crap.

      Sixth and lastly,induction heating is also electromagnetic. This method uses eddy currents set caused by low frequency Radio Frequency emissions to cause heating directly in the pan…very similar to how microwaves work on water. So you are six for six, crap at every level.

      The breadth of your ignorance is surpassed only by your supreme, but undeserved, confidence.

      • Bevan Elliott

        Well, ECho, I don't like to respond in kind, but your condescending attitude is quite irritating, so I'll address the breadth of your own ignorance…

        First, as to the structure of water's being changed, see the two papers I posted in reply to Jim below. The gist is, water structure is changed for tens of minutes after microwave treatment…spectroscopy and other physical measurements show this. The hydrogen bond network is disrupted due to the MW E-field yanking (rotating) the water molecules via their dipolar structure.

        As to your assertion that organic molecules or structures do not react differently in MW radiation than with conventional heating, it is without merit or fact. Materials, whether carbon based or metallic, etc interact with MW frequencies as functions of frequency and polarization for the radiation, and dielectric constant and electrical conductivity for the materials. In my lab microwave systems, I can denature proteins, decompose organic molecules, and decrystallize semiconductors and oxides far below their decomposition or melting temperatures. Field processing is very different from non-resonant thermal heating. There is a wealth of information in the literature regarding this.

        Third, ptfe, or teflon, begins releasing thermal decomposition products around 390 deg F, easily attainable in an oven or on a stove, so you're wong about that as well.

        As far as induction heating's being similar to MW absorption in food or water, it is in a way…however, the water is directly absorbing the MW radiation, while the metallic pan is absorbing the rf radiation. So the food in the pan is heated indirectly and conventionally thermally.

        In conclusion, there's an old saying about first removing the log in your own eye before trying to remove a speck in someone else's eye. Try doing your homework before attempting arrogant condescension. And one other suggestion: how about carrying out some of your OWN experiments before parroting stuff you "learned" in class or somewhere else.

        • ECho

          Be careful, I am not one of the fact starved folks that seems to live here who is brought to pause by such bluster.

          I am not "condescending", I bristle at scientifically illiterate fools who know the jargon but little else and who substitute faith for reason and fact. So far you have done nothing to separate yourself from them other than to point at a non-existent web page.

          When I looked for the papers at the link you provided I found it to be dead. Please post again or different. In short, show me the money.

          You missed my point. I said that microwaves do not produce effects different than conventional heating in foods in microwave ovens. I stand by this. You have no evidence to the contrary. I have not taken the position that a burning hunk of wood is identical to microwaves under all conditions. Don't overplay the hand you think you have.

          As to my own qualifications, I have a MS in electrical engineering from Marquette University and a PhD in physics from Caltech. I hold 37 patents on a variety of technologies including 2 on technologies used in microwave ovens. I have worked in the development of a number of RF devices, including microwave devices for Loral and Motorola, and NMR Imaging for GE Medical. Early in my career I worked for a time at Litton (now defunct in microwave ovens) in the development of some of the first microwave ovens. As it happens, I have done/overseen thousands of hours of experimentation on the effects of microwave radiation on foodstuffs.

          The things I've learned over the last 37 years, I presently teach….and I have earned the right to give the homework. What's your CV?

          • Bevan Elliott

            Excellent reply! I truly did enjoy reading it (and your use of language), and also appreciate your credentials (have some friends at and who went to Caltech), I was just taking issue with your insults toward others. I try to remember always how little I really know and how much I have yet to learn so I don't discourage others. Not to have a pissing contest…I have a BS in physics as well as an MS in physical chemistry (Furman) and PhD in physical chemistry (Clemson) and have lectured physics at university level. Currently am a visiting scientist at AFRL. Have done a lot of spectroscopy (EPR at multiple MW frequencies, other magnetic resonance techniques, etc.) and have started a recent effort with material synthesis and structuring with multi- and single-mode MW. Have a few patents of my own, as well as a few more regarding MW in the pipeline.

            As to the link: you could try http://www.rustumroy.com and then look for the career publications link on the left side of the page. You're looking for 816 and 812 near the top of the paper links. Would be interested in your opinion on the spectroscopic changes in those papers if you have the time. I've done my own set of experiments and there is definitely a difference in observable spectroscopic effects in water between multimode and single mode radiation.

            With your background, I wonder if you'd be interested in talking about some device ideas that involve rf in circuits for field processing somewhat related to what I'm working on now. If so, is there some way to contact you?

            • Bevan Elliott

              Sorry, an addendum…after clicking career publications link, click biography of scientific papers. Links are near the top.

            • erewhon

              Rustum Roy? Wow, he's one of those guys that is 'on the edge', no? At least he'll reply to you in emails, I've asked him to clarify his stances on some 'edgy' topics and he'll at least give you a reasoned answer, usually pretty quickly too.

              I feel all depressed – I've only got masters degrees in EE and physics, although I've got a number of radar and comm designs in the military world. (go jtrs!)

              • erewhon

                Although from your link, it looks like he'll reply no more. Alas.

            • ECho

              Scanned them. Interesting. I will get back in a couple days.

              • Bevan Elliott

                Thanks.

          • erewhon

            A digression – ECho, were you one?

            • ECho

              One what?

        • chiliboots

          That "old saying" is a direct quote

          from the Bible-

          Luke 6:42 "How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."

          Also, Matthew 7:3.

          JESUS said it. Remember Him??

          • Bevan Elliott

            Yes, I knew that quote was from the Gospels, and it was not my intention to minimize the fact that Jesus said it. It was said over 2000 years ago, thus my description. I just didn't want to be misconstrued as bringing "religion" and a holier-than-thou attitude into a point I was making. It would have been more appropriate to cite the verses in another venue.

        • erewhon

          "In my lab microwave systems, I can denature proteins, decompose organic molecules, and decrystallize semiconductors and oxides far below their decomposition or melting temperatures. Field processing is very different from non-resonant thermal heating. There is a wealth of information in the literature regarding this."

          I would assume that in order to do so, however, you'd have to be pretty much dead on the peaks (such as they are) for some qm resonance such as rocking, scissoring, rotation or whatnot for a particular molecule, right?

          • Bevan Elliott

            Well, to tell you the truth, I'm using only 2.45 GHz right now, so there isn't any direct resonance that I know of. But in many of these cases, the coupling of the MW energy into the molecules/structures is considerable, so there have to be some sort of indirect resonant levels…but there are no adequate theories for this at the moment, so we're stuck with simply experiment.

            Yes, Roy died last year, and he definitely was known for some non-conventional thinking, but his MW materials work has been groundbreaking and may lead toward significant new research areas in the near future.

      • Joe

        ECho,

        Put the pipe down now.

        • ECho

          Which one,… crack, weed, sewer, Meerschaum or lead?

      • vejnor1155

        I love haughty when it is so ill informed. Thanks for the humor.

  • Italics Mine

    Is it possible that the microwave could be responsible for the increase in breast cancer? Many women use those contraptions and the location of the oven is right about the location of the cancer.

    • Emmy

      In a word – NO.

      A decent list of causes is here:
      http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/Detaile

      • James

        haha… you really think youll get the "Truth" on cancer.org??? are you serious? Do some real research… the answer is yes but probably not the a solid yes. We live in a time where everything we do is linked to cancer, so yes but only a small piece of the causes of cancer.

        • Emmy

          Apparently you didn't read the list at the site. The list is essentially everything you do, breath, eat or touch. That was the point. Although microwave ovens was not mentioned.

          Yes, in fact, I do believe in the "truth" of the site.

          You are a contentious jackass.

  • Wayne Green

    Take two plants. Water one with water boiled on the stove and cooled. The other with water boiled in the microwave and cooled. The second plant will die in a week. The readers of my magazine tried this and confirmed it.

    • Jim Finordiner

      Wayne, this is a complete and utter lie. The water is the same before and after heating it in a microwave. Heating water has no effect on plants unless you pour the hot water on the plant.

      Don't rely on your "readers". Do it yourself. Have we really fallen so far as a people that we are so gullible as to believe every smooth talking sharpie that comes down the pike?

      Then again…look at the government we elected, the lies we collectively believe, and the fools in which we put our faith.

    • erewhon

      Take a number of plants. 25 might do, 50 would be better, each numbered 1 to 50. Have someone else prepare microwaved and boiled water in 50 containers, also numbered 1 to 50. The other person doing the water prep should be the only one to know which is what sort of water, and they should not tell you, or interact with you other than to hand you the water and leave. Water each plant with its corresponding water type.

      At the end of the growth period you've preselected, evaluate the plants' growth. In a way you can't change after the fact. Then and only then should the water preparer give you the chart that indicates which water was microwaved and which boiled.

      Otherwise, selection bias comes into play. This is called a large enough sample size to make a determination, and blinding. These are hallmarks of well designed experiments. Not a one pot microwave, one not, and the biased experimenter knowing which is what, which wouldn't even pass muster for a grade school science fair.

  • deko

    Ask any college biology major: electromagnetic radiation of ANY kind disrupts the cellular function of the human body–cell phones, power lines, microwaves, etc. A friend of mine did her senior thesis on this. The question is: how much can your body take? Clearly, some people can take more than others. A healthy adult male may not be affected as much as a young child. either way, it's a risk that should be avoided. in today's world of cell towers, microwaves, satellite TV, and now so-called "smart meters", there can be no doubt that we are being bathed in electromagnetic radiation like never before in human history. there is no shortage of scientific studies that prove this is a health risk. if you think the regulatory agencies have your best interest in mind, you have your head in the sand. there is too much money being made with wireless and microwave technology. I have long since ditched my microwave and wireless internet, and avoid using cell phones; when I must, I use a headset. as for microwave ovens, it's not just the readiation they expose you to, it's what they do to the food, especially meats. some studies I've read attribute the rise in colon cancer to so many people eating microwaved meat.

  • erewhon

    "Foods which haven’t been processed or cooked and are naturally occurring contain life energy which is transmitted from the sun. Biophotons are the smallest physical unit of light which are stored in all life forms. They contain bio-information and are partially responsible the feelings you get which signify well-being and vitality. Foods like naturally grown vegetables and especially sun-ripened fruits are the main source for these biophotons to humans.

    Microwaving food, in effect, potentially destroys and depletes the life energy, rendering the food completely dead and lifeless. In addition, the food’s nutritional value is lost and it becomes nearly useless in terms of providing any real health benefit."

    It just gets better and better, dunnit? Biophotons? Perhaps you can enlighten us as to how a "biophoton" differs from a photon. Is "life energy" something like the nuclear strong force? What's the force carrier for "life energy", do you think?

    I prefer my food dead – it's a lot better than eating a live cow or gnawing on a plant that's still rooted in the ground. Most food is dead, especially if you've got it in a pot on the stove, unless maybe it's a lobster. Even then, it'll likely be an ex-lobster by the time it's cooked.

  • Jim Finordiner

    "Editor’s note: The statements in this article are not contrived opinions of Mike Barrett, but based on a number of different sources that are embedded within the text of this article as well as at the footer of the piece. Mike Barrett is reporting only on the findings of these sources, studies, and research."

    The old "we're only a conduit" gambit.

    Point of fact: the statements in this article are contrived opinions. They are scientifically wrong. That Mr Barrett reports them without proper analysis or fact checking only diminishes his standing as a journalist and exposes his gullibility. That you publish them exposes the weakness of the editorial staff.

    Would you publish information from dubious sources that claimed that NASA was suppressing information that the moon was made of green cheese or that Elvis was really running the government of the US from a secret bunker in Graceland without some scrutiny?

    • deko

      I think you have your head in the sand, Jim. Do you really think the information the US govt and its regulatory agencies publish is trustworthy? Talk about dubious!

      There is plenty of valid scientific evidence to support the claim that radiation emitted by microwaves is dangerous. The question is how much can a person take before developing health problems. Personally, I don't care to be the guinea pig on that one.

      • Jim Finordiner

        The sources are crap. Straight up.

        This article goes against virtually all known understanding of physics. That you don't understand this is testimony to your scientific ignorance.

        The problem with your kind of pretzel logic is that you spend all your time braying at the wrong moon. You would spend your time attempting to shout down scientific fact, while at the same time allowing real sinister events to skate right by you.

        Did you actually read the article? The thrust of it was not that microwaves are dangerous, the thrust was that the water is somehow changed in the process. I challenge you to show me a single article or paper that shows this.

        Finally, I do not trust the US government any more than I trust these sources. Both are full of s##% and are animated by people with agenda.

        • Bevan Elliott

          "I challenge you to show me a single paper or article that shows this."

          Well, Jim F., here's your paper:

          http://www.rustumroy.com/career_publications_Jan 2008.htm

          Open the link and read paper numbers 816 and 812 by a world-class materials scientist.. I have reproduced some of these same results in my own laboratory microwave system. Dissolution (rate, concentration) of salts is quite different in MW-treated water, and the reduced Raman peaks don't re-equilibrate for at least an hour. Assuming you trust Raman spectroscopy, you need to reevaluate your definitive position on the structure of water.

          • Jim Finordiner

            Nice try, but this is a dead link. But you're in luck, I'm already familiar with the work of Roy.

            Roy is, by no stretch of the English language "a world class materials scientist".

            If you have evidence of what you claim, then publish both the method and the results.

            My guess is that no one will be able to independently or reliably reproduce what you/he claim.

            You are correct, I do not believe that you can produce any, and I mean any, measurable, reproducible or predicable changes in the chemical behavior of water due to the influence of microwave absorption. This would include any analysis technique you can name, including Raman spectroscopy.

            I will reevaluate my position in the face of credible evidence.

            The burden is not on me to prove that you're wrong, the burden of proof is with you to prove that you're right.

            • Bevan Elliott

              Jim, type in the rest of the link not highlighted in the hyperlink. Or go to http://www.rustumroy.com and click on the career publications link on the left side of the page. Let me know what you think about the decrease in that particular Raman absorption…Roy may not have published in the high-impact journals much (did have a Nature paper in '99), but his MW work is truly revolutionary. My lab is doing some initial work in this area with different materials than Roy used, and we already have some results that reproduce the same effects (and some new ones) that he has seen. In addition, I have myself measured Raman signal change in MW treated water…it's not that hard to do. Give it a couple of years, and the discussion of the microwave effect in various materials across scientific academia will be a bit more noticeable.

              • Bevan Elliott

                And by the way, my own results are reproducible, but definitely not predictable, because I know of no theory that can adequately explain all the field-induced structural effects that can be seen in MW or rf-treated materials. Papers in a certain class of solid materials will be forthcoming from my group in the near future.

    • chiliboots

      I, for one, WELCOME our new, Elvis Overlord.

  • Rod

    I wonder what arguments the author could make against using fire. Seems to me that just about anything you do to food might cause something bad to happen. This includes not cooking it at all and dying from bacteria. Looks like we're screwed if we do anything or if we do nothing.

  • Paul

    No.

  • Dood McMan

    It doesn't matter if U nuke your food or not, because it's already been nuked by the farmer, including meat, veggies, fruit, etc. They get about 300X the human lethal dose 2 'sterilize' them on their way 2 market. So, U can maybe move 2 a real country that doesn't force such 'pre-market nuking' policy, or grow your own food. BTW: B sure 2 move 2 a nation that either has or is a protectorate of a nuke-having country, or eventually the North Atlantic Terrorist Organization (NATO) or United States Of Isra-Hell will destroy it (and U), so it can B eternally enslaved 2 banksters, etc.

    • Anonymous

      Good point, most of the conventional food you are eating has already been exposed to extreme radiation.

      • Janet

        Not true. A minority of food is irradiated. That food that is must carry the Radura logo/text.

  • Chet

    Do you really want to radiate your food? I think it's pretty clear that it depletes the nutrients in your food, which will eventually cause cancer to begin with.

    There may be minor technical inaccuracies, but there's no point in arguing over those when the message is clear: stay away from microwaves.

    • Tigger

      All the microwaves do is heat up the food. No different than heating in in a pot on a campfire.

      • Kat

        That's the stupidest remark on here. Its obviously not the same, that's the whole reason people use microwaves even though they have a perfectly fine working stove and oven in their home. Its faster, uneven, and makes food and drink taste crappy. The only reason people aren't using it ALL the time, is because it makes food less appealing. Basic fire simply tranfers heat. If microwave ovens heated food the same way, then you would be able to get warm from m standing near it, like you do the oven. What a nimwit.

  • Jason

    There ARE peer-reviewed studies highlighting the dangers of microwaves. This article is on target, there are a number of studies linking microwave cooking to Diabetes http://www.greenmedinfo.com/anti-therapeutic-acti

    • Emmy

      First, NONE of these papers purports to show "the dangers of microwave cooking". All are on the chemical effect of heating foodstuffs. Second, several of them are actually opposite to your point if you read them. Microwaving is actually BETTER AND MORE HEALTHY than the alternative methods like frying and grilling….or did you miss this point. Third, several of them miss the point that different temperature regimes during the processing/cooking of these foods result in different chemistry.

      Jason, I know you want to believe that microwaves are bad, but the truth is that heating food in a microwave oven is just like heating it in a double boiler.

  • aikhooligan

    thank you, this article was awesome. microwaves cause cancer. i knew that and i am smart enough to never use one. anyone who disagrees deserves cancer and please use the chemotherapy drugs, it's just like taking vitamins. nothing at all to worry about.

  • Anonymous

    Microwaves DESTROY nutrients in the food and completely obliterate the value. Raw foods are the best alternative.

    • Kazinski

      WHAT??!! And eat DEFENSELESS plants that live on MOTHER EARTH.

      Let's all eat dirt.

  • Henry M

    In this piece we are now seeing the result of years of teaching social science at the expense of hard science. This article is pure crap from beginning to end. We are in a new world

    In this world, actual physical truth no longer matters, only feelings, intention, the set of our jaw and the volume of our voice.

    Thus, we now have lawyers and career politicians lecturing us about global warming without the previous need of evidence or logic on the large stage and intellectual pipsqueak "journalists" hectoring us on electromagnetic theory here.

    • Jessica

      Well said.

      We now live in a world in which hard truth is mailable by our passions and subordinate to our proclivities.

      Facts are no longer the bricks of our decisions and reason the mortar of our opinions. Rather, facts are now simply obstacles to be overcome in the pursuit of political and social agenda. Reason has been supplanted by focus groups and carefully constructed rhetoric for vast herds of truth avoiding, unreasoning and illiterate sheep.

      We live in a world in which the uneducated masses bleat in echo and unison opinions manufactured and carefully packaged by the shepherds who control them. These sheep are eternally wrong, but never in doubt.

      Given that every form of heating either our coffee or a bowl of soup requires, in the end, either burning of carbon producing fuel or nuclear energy, I suppose that the author would also have us devolve into a race of socially aware, but scientifically ignorant political sheep eating roots we foraged from our own back yards. This of course is only if the author believes in the notion of private property such that we might actually have a back yard in which to forage and envisions a government that tolerates the clearing of trees to produce said backyard in which to grow them.

      I know, let's all wear Microwave Awareness Ribbons so that everyone will know how much we care about the problem we erroneously think we have. Better yet, how about a tin foil hat.

    • chiliboots

      Hectoring it is. But, "science" is as

      infected as is the Public Forum, in

      this regard. It has become "religion",

      complete with priests, and dogma. And

      ex-communication.

      • Bevan Elliott

        Very true…which is why I choose not to attempt to publish certain results I have seen which don't fit the paradigm. There have been Nobel laureates (physics) that have been effectively excommunicated (APS) for research outside the current dogma.

        While I agree that largely, societal opinions regarding science/war/religion/politics etc. are controlled via media and have been co-opted for political reasons, yielding sheep who aren't qualified to hold opinions or evaluate facts, yet, there has to be some humility regarding our own knowledge limitations even in the scientific arena.

  • Andy

    This article is pure ignorant nonsense. The author doesn't even have a basic grasp of the science involved and ought to be thoroughly ashamed of writing this. Absolutely dreadful.

  • Duane

    What a silly article. Breathtaking ignorance of basic science.

  • ECho

    This is incredibly bad science…breathtaking in its ignorance of the underlying physics: pure dreck presented in shrill and impassioned ignorance.

    There is no truth here.

    This looks like information that was pieced together by someone with a preconceived agenda having little or no physical understanding of the microwave heating process from a bunch of Wikipedia pages.

    The quotes from Hertel are simply flat wrong.

    The facts:

    1) Microwaves are a frequency band of electromagnetic radiation. This is an arbitrary categorization. Radio, microwaves, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet light, X-Rays and gamma rays are simply different frequencies of the same phenomenon – electromagnetic radiation.

    2) The speed of electromagnetic propagation (speed of light) is constant. Therefore, the wavelength of any electromagnetic radiation is inversely proportional to its frequency. The wavelength of AM radio is about 1000 feet long, FM radio about 10 feet, cell phones in the 6 in to 1 foot range depending on the country and carrier, microwaves in an oven are about 5 inches long, visible light about the same size as small bacteria, hard ultraviolet large molecules, X-Rays about the size of atoms and gamma radiation in the range of the size of the atomic nucleus.

    3) The energy in the photons of this radiation is proportional to frequency (inversely proportional to wavelength): shorter wavelength/higher frequency has more energy.

    4) The is only one isomer of water. When 2 atoms of hydrogen combine with 1 atom of oxygen there is only 1 way to physically do this. Every water molecule on this Earth, and in the entire universe for that matter, has exactly the same structure and is physically and chemically identical. There is no way to "distort" it. Period. There is absolutely nothing different about the water coming from a secret ancient artesian spring or water distilled from the piss of a rabid bat.

    5) Water molecules are polarized: one end is more positively charged and the other is more negatively charged. This charge is not altered by microwaves.

    6) "Heat" is a measure of the overall motion of all the molecules in a substance. More motion = more "heat". More heat = more energy in the kinetic energy of the molecules. "Heat" is not a "thing", it is kinetic energy.

    6) The polarized molecule of water aligns itself with any electromagnetic field, including the oscillating electromagnetic field in a microwave oven.

    7) (simple explanation, not perfectly accurate) The microwave oven works by "shaking" the molecules of water at 2.4 billion times per second with microwaves. It takes energy to do this. This "shaking" of the molecules results in adding kinetic energy (heat) to these molecules. The water molecules are unchanged by the process. This heating works on ANY polarized molecule, not just water. It also works with many other frequencies of electromagnetic radiation, not just microwaves. This heating from microwaves is identical in result to heating water by burning sacred old growth redwood in a gold cauldron blessed by both the Pope and a Wiccan priestess on the eve of a new moon.

    8) The microwave wavelength is large (5 inches) compared to the size of the inside of a microwave oven. As such, it sets up "standing waves" not unlike water sloshing around the inside of a small aquarium. As a result, some areas get more "heating" than others.

    9) The makers of microwave ovens do 2 things to make this better. One- they rotate the food through this field of standing waves: the turntable. Two – in the top of the oven, usually behind a microwave transparent piece of plastic there is a thing that looks like a "fan blade". it usually rotates from air being pulled over it by a real cooling fan for the magnetron. This "fan blade" is made of aluminum and is actually a microwave reflector that changes the pattern of standing waves inside the oven as it rotates, thus moving the "hot spots" around.

    The upshot is that the oven works by a simple and safe process. The water is unaltered by the process and is chemically, physically and spiritually identical before and after the process.

    The only danger of a microwave oven is if the microwaves escape the oven due to a bad seal. Then the oven heats the water in your body (read this as your brain tissue) in the same way it warms your coffee. This damage is the same as if you were able to heat that same tissue with a hairdryer or cigarette lighter.

    • Chester

      With all respect, Echo, your 'reply' is as ignorant as the main article itself. Sadly, the 'scientific' myopia sides with scientific ignorance. One of the points is blatant: Water molecule is capable of many other 'isomers' than one. Like in so many other articles, cited here is the myopic scientific 'knowledge' as it was publicly promulgated some 40 years ago and is still today, but the real science has advanced its knowledge in major leaps. Just because it is not allowed into the public main stream, it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. It takes pulling one's head out of the academic sand and voila, a whole knew world of knowledge appears out there. The original article is a sad testament to that. People, this is 2011, educate yourselves with more than the pablum of perpetuated ignorance by the media and by dark ages 'scientific' institutions of the current stifled academia. So much research has been done into the subject of microwave effects on the molecules, on the cells, with so much of it being suppressed.. find it and learn.

      • ECho

        My post is an abbreviated explanation of the physics involved in the operation of a microwave oven. This elementary explanation is accurate from both an electromagnetic and chemical perspective. It is fact. I can point you to thousands of books, papers, articles and discussions on the subjects that are involved here. In fact, I can point you to entire wings in modern scientific libraries devoted to housing row after row of books and papers on both the basic physics and the nuance of the principles involved. If you do not wish to lift your rear and make this trek, a significant amount of information is available on the Internet…more than enough to persuade you of this truth should your mind be both capable of and willing to become enlightened. The facts are my friends.

        You on the other hand need to play the "secret and suppressed knowledge" card to make your point a mere third of the way into your paragraph.

        There is an interesting Crackpot Index produced by John Baez. Google this name and you will find it. Compare what you must do to make your point with what I must do to make mine. If you are honest, you will see that conspiracy theory, supposed suppressed knowledge and the lack of reproducible or non-existent "evidence" pushes you dangerously into the crackpot range.

        You are a perfect example of someone who takes on personal faith what you wish to believe despite both your personal experience and the collective experience of mankind pulling you in another direction. That you might believe with all your heart that psychotronic energy from Venus is attempting to control your brain does not make it so. Therefore, wearing a tin foil hat does not help you with the problem.

        Fact:

        1) There is ONE chemical isomer of water.

        2) There are precisely 2 hydrogen spin isomers of water not "many" as you state. Both occur naturally and, in the regime we are discussing, chemically identical.

        3) Microwave radiation does not affect either of these spin isomers.

        4) There is no conspiracy to keep knowledge about the effect of microwaves on water out of public knowledge. Do you fear a cabal of cigar chomping appliance robber barons conspiring under the cover of night?

        5) Things that you can't see, can't feel, can't reproduce and those things for which there is no physical evidence generally DON'T exist, contrary to what you state.

        6) I would like you to point to a single article on the "facts" you state. Extra points for you if the person who wrote the article is not selling some magic secret potion/device/program on a website with a lot of flash animation.

        Since I don't really expect you to do any of this, maybe you best stay with the tin foil hat.

        • Mr Fat

          Only 1 isomer of water. Hmmm heavy water, is one of several isomers of water. Fact 1 debunked in 30 seconds.Need we check any more?

          Any of several isotopic forms of water, especially deuterium oxide, that consists chiefly of molecules containing heavy hydrogen and is used as a moderator in certain nuclear reactors.

          • ECho

            I hate to tarnish your moment of triumph, especially since you gloat that it took you only 30 seconds to craft your rebuttal, but alas, you are as wrong as you are smug.

            My grandmother used to say "Speak in haste, regret in leisure".

            Heavy water (D2O)is NOT a structural isomer of water, it has exactly the same molecular structure as H2O. There is a single structural isomer of water no matter what the atomic weights of the individual atoms is. Any freshman level chemistry textbook will correct your error.

            Please avail yourself of this instruction, I want sincerely for your next post to stand up to scrutiny for more than an hour.

            However, if after your little refresher on elementary chemistry you somehow believe that H2O can be transmuted into D2O inside a microwave oven, guard your secret recipe: D2O is about $500/liter thereby giving Mr Fat a tidy profit on cooking water.

    • http://www.chargedbarticle.org/ barticle35

      If you want to ban a really dangerous method of cooking, go after barbecues. They are a well-known producer of carcinogens.

    • cedar212

      Dear ECho,

      I really appreciate your input. I am very much a layman in the respect to your science. I have spent lots of hours reading on both sides of the "fence", concerning microwave safety. The reason for my interest is that I have a company that is interested in the safety and health of homeowners. I was considering briefly expounding on Microwave safety, and in that respect, I am wondering if there are some common sense precautions one should take when using a microwave? I would be honored if you would expound on this. It seems that one should be mindful of using plastic containers arbitrarily to reheat food. Should older microwaves be checked to insure proper door sealing. My kids like to stand directly in front of the microwave when making popcorn? No problem? I do have a question for you beyond this. Could Microwaves be used to generate power for cars? Steam? Is the energy required to activate microwaves less or more than the energy generated by them? Please understand that I'm not a scientist, but lean upon your dedication and research to guide me. Respectfully,

      Cedar212

  • Douglas Gray

    What needs to be done is double-blind studies to give people micro-waved water steadily for a couple of months, and measure the response or non-response of the immune system.

    Whenever we ingest something toxic to the body, the body reacts in various ways, and by measuring these responses, we can know if there is a significant difference.

    Has anyone taken two identical rats and given one all microwaved water and food, and the other not? What is the result?

  • Ron Lepeska

    Microwaves radiation tears apart water at the atomic level? No. There is no free hydrogen and oxygen being released. An isomer chain being broken? If that is the case then it is being broken it into a simpler form of H2-O. It would be making the water simpler and "purer" then water with all those nasty "structural isomers". Therefore by using a microwave you are getting a "purer" form of water. Easier for your body to use.

    Lets have three cheers for the microwave.

  • Dave

    I positively hate microwave ovens. I quit eating food from them since I was a young teenager back in the 70's.

  • Adam Evenson

    Fuck you government censors!

    • Lynn

      Yep, Uncle Scam has really upped the Internet censorship over the past few months I've noticed. I can only comment on about 1 out of every 5 websites now, especially since I refuse to be a part of "FACE"book (CIA data mining op to get your FACE on their police state cams). Amerikka: Land of the sheep, and home of the slaves. Thank you Military for fighting for our slavery by being dupes and mercenaries for the banksters who start all these illegal wars.

  • Adam Evenson

    Nobody really knows for sure what is happening with modern appliances. EVERYTHING is driven by the profit motive, even scientific research. When somebody has something to sell, there is an old legal axiom that applies: "Let the buyer beware!"

    The same is true if one is just "buying into" a particular concept such as, "Tons and tons of radiation can't hurt you." Let the buyer beware.

  • erewhon

    "The reason for this is that water molecules within the food vibrate at an incredible speed, creating molecular friction which is responsible for the heating of the food. The structure of the water molecules are torn apart and vigorously deformed. This is much different than any other method of cooking, as other methods such as convection ovens heat up food by transferring heat convectionally from the outside inward."

    When water's not at absolute zero, the water molecules vibrate at incredible speed. This vibration isn't different when caused by microwaves than with any other form of heat. The molecules are NOT torn apart, or deformed – if they were torn apart you'd have ionizing radiation, which you don't. What you DO get is…heating. This involves various sorts of motion regardless of how the energy was applied. BTW, the "convection" part of a convection oven just means there's a fan to move the hot air around. In a regular oven, a lot of the food heating comes from infrared radiation – a sort of "super microwave radiation" if you will – it's a lot higher in frequency. Convection ovens increase the amount of heat transferred from the high velocity impact of air molecules with the food. Sounds all sciency and scary, dunnit? But that's the way food heating works, microwaves or no.

    Hans Hertel, one of the microwave-woo illuminati, was a food chemist. He and a few friends concocted some fake data and wrote a paper that no-one published. It's not like he's a great reference.

    "They are classified as non-ionizing radiation – radiation which can change the position of atoms but is not strong enough to alter their structure, composition, or properties."

    Bingo. You said it yourself. It does not alter their structure, composition or properties. That being the case, there isn't any of this faux damage you're angsting about.

    "A clear example of how non-ionizing radiation can harm you is the damage caused to your skin and eyes caused by the sun. When you use microwave cooking, you are exposing yourself to microwave radiation. Other forms of ionizing radiation are visible light, ultraviolet and infrared waves, and waves emitted from televisions, cell phones, and electric blankets."

    A clear example that you are uninformed. Damage to your skin and eyes by sunlight are due to medium to far ultraviolet, which is ionizing. Anything of longer wavelength such as visible light, IR, or microwaves is NOT ionizing. You do not normally "expose yourself to microwave radiation" when using a microwave oven unless the oven is badly damaged and is leaking. Do you seriously think that electric blankets emit ionizing radiation? You ought to put down the big book of scary science words and take a few classes.

    "Unfortunately, radiation doesn’t go away over time, in fact, it just accumulates."

    Not at all. You may be confusing radioactive isotopes with the generic word "radiation" – not the same at all. When you turn the lamp off the light is gone – it doesn't accumulate somewhere. Same with the microwave. It's not radioactive. It's a form of very very red light, if you want to think of it that way. Qualitatively it's the same thing as light, just farther down the red end of the spectrum than you can see.

    "When any radiation waves resonate with a body part, the biological effect is intensified. For example, microwave frequencies are very similar to the frequencies of your brain"

    Totally erroneous. The phrase "radiation waves resonate with a body part" is meaningless tripe, the sort of 'science' you hear in very bad 60's scifi. Microwave frequencies are spectacularly different from 'the frequencies of your brain'. First, the term frequency is attributive – it describes how often something happens per unit time. It is not a thing in itself. Brain waves are not radio, as microwaves are – no similarity at all. Not to mention that most brain waves are in the very low frequency range – maybe 10-15 Hz, whereas microwave ovens are about a billion times higher in frequency. Thus you can't really say a membrane depolarization wave of a neuron is like a radio wave anymore than you can draw a functional similarity between the rate you blink and the rate that a faucet drips – both have "frequency", neither are related.

    "Although researchers and scientists have conducted study after study, concluding that no amount of radiation is safe…"

    Although generally when they state this, they're talking about nuclear radiation, which is a mix of particulate radiation like neutrons or beta particles (not EM at all) or ionizing EM (like gamma rays), neither of which relate to microwaves. At all. You DO know that you are constantly emitting EM radiation yourself, because you're not at absolute zero? It's not ionizing, of course.

    "Radiation accumulates over time and never goes away"

    This wouldn't be true even if you were talking about nuclear radiation. No, radiation does not accumulate over time. Yes, it goes away. In this case, it goes away at the speed of light – it's a radio wave.

    • robbie

      well said

    • Don McCoy

      Amen. Well done. Did this author even do any research?

    • aqwsedrfty

      Nerd!

    • AKE

      just saw this, thanks for taking the time for a proper rebuttal. It just didn't pass the smell test for me either.
      AK

  • sam

    @answers: microwave ovens actually pump out radiation for a radius of about 2 metres, so if you are standing near it you are being dosed with low amounts of radiation.

  • JamesAt17

    Oh my God! That thing about the plants. I Microwave everything from my coffee in the morning to my dinner at night. – I was wondering why I was looking like shit lately, now I know why.

    • Fred

      Use scalar energy r quantum energy pendants to help protect you from EMF in the environment.

    • aqwsedrfty

      Its not the microwave doing that

  • pammie-o

    I haven't had a microwave in over a decade now.

    Whenthey first came out I didn't like the way the food tasted.

    Finally got one,had it for a little while,and threw it out.

    The Russians banned microwave ovens for a while.There was also an instance I recall when they first came out where a microwave was used to thaw frozen blood.

    Normally it was left to thaw naturally.But the medical professionals (garbage in garbage out)also believed the hype that it was totally safe,but the patient died.

    You will not see them microwaving frozen blood in emergencies.

    If anyone doubts the veracity of what I am telling you?

    Do yourself a very simple test. Get two plants.Two containers of water,and then nuke the heck out of one container of water.

    Give one plant microwave water…

    Give one plant non-microwaved water.

    See what you get!

    The microwaved water plant will look like crap.

    It's just as safe as that aspartame,fluoride in your water,and the mercury preservatives in your vaccines,insecticides (that the insects are now resistant to)in your genetically modi-fried food,and that nice space age Teflon plastic lined pan that doesn't leach into the food ever !

    That's safe too!

    It's just as safe as wrapping your foods in plastics made from gasoline,on a little styrofoam trays that are so light and fluffy due to a chemical reaction of like paint thinner and plastic beads.

    It puffs up and hardens which is also the space age way to package meat in!

    Microwaves are as safe as the high fructose corn syrup made from hydrochloric acid and corn syrup that's in everything you eat!

    It's all good for you so just munch it up!

    There is a big population problem I hear and the populace is destroying the whole planet with their CO2

    The people aren't going to stop their lazy nuke food.

    What they are cooking in it is slop anyway.

    They could care less.

    • Kat

      Thanks there Pammie. Makes sense to me. I didn't need mounds of debate and this and that to know not to use the damn things. Food taste like sht and I didn't like the way it made me feel. How about a common sense question to answer like, WHY was Hans Hertel's life threatened for claiming that Microwaved food transfers radiation to the body thru induction? Why did another such microwave researcher change his name and disappear? Seems very strange indeed that ANYONE would feel the need to so vehemently defend this piece of crap device. Even my animals shun microwave heated food. Seems most humans have lost their ability to instinctively know what good or bad for them. Hence the need for all this BS, and the success of those making us sick.

      • Kat

        I suppose I should add for all you anal folks defending this piece of crap device, that my animals show a preference for non-microwaved food, vs microwaved food.

    • Kiwi-Ian

      Pammie-o, I'm sorry to negate your illusions but you state some misunderstandings here.

      The Russians (Soviets at the time) did not ban MW ovens, in 1976 or at any other time. This was made up by Bill Kopp and repeated by Anthony Wayne and Laurence Newell and thence by Joseph Mercola. There may have been a ban on western consumerist imperialistic goods like blue jeans, rock & roll . . . and perhaps MW ovens.

      Norma Levitt died following the transfusion of MWed blood. However the court case found in favour of the hospital (who claimed it was a blood clot) not the family (who claimed that the rapid heating in a MW oven cooked the blood). Nobody claimed it was dangerous microwave radiation. You are right in saying hospitals no longer use MW ovens to heat blood, but they don't use frying pans, saucepans or grills either. It is the COOKING that was dangerous, not the radiation.

      The plant test often quoted on the net is by Arielle Reynolds / A. Bohmert / someone’s granddaughter with a series of photographs of a single plant given microwaved water and a single plant given ordinary water. Look at the photos for Day 1 and compare to Day 5. There is NO difference except in the "MWed water" plant which has obviously been photoshopped. I encourage you to follow your own advice and do the experiment yourself, though on a few more than just 1 plant and please compare to stove heated water. It is done 1,000s of times a year in high school science projects and if a dozen show any difference I would be surprised. You may find that both heated waters give a result different from normal water though.

      And please everybody, do not confuse radiation and radio-activity. They are NOT the same.

      In simple terms radiation is energy radiating out from a source. Arguably sound is form of radiation. Light, radiant heat, radio waves are definitely all forms of radiation. Yet we hear nothing about exposing food to light or heat. Yes your common electric oven is a "radiation oven". When you turn a light off, there is no residual radiation, nothing is glowing. It is the same for microwaves. If you turn a MW oven off, there is no more MW emission. All forms of radiation carry energy (they ARE energy), but the amounts vary from longwave, low frequency low energy radio and MW to very high frequency, very short wavelength, high energy x-rays and gamma rays.

      MWs cannot cause ionisation (they would need to be ionising radiation, MWs are NON-ionising), they cannot form radiolytic compounds (for this you need radiolysis and high energy gamma rays), it is the heat that forms any structural isomerisation and the source of the heat could be a grill or frying pan.

      There are a lot of sites on the web that quote all sorts of rubbish. It is a worry that Kopp, Wayne Newell and Mercola are so often quoted yet have so little evidence to support their suppositions. They prey on the innocent and concerned people who feel overwhelmed by technology.

  • vejnor1155

    An attitude like yours is why people are so ill informed, by their own closed minds and unwillingness to see beyond themselves. Thanks for making that crystal clear. Also you who jump on the Holy/Jesus/Christian bandwagon also seem to miss the point, you too often confuse fact with your superstitions and fairy tales mentality. WAKE UP!

  • vejnor1155

    Thanks for making an important point. Too bad most will miss it. They are sheep or they wouldn't need so much prodding to move forward toward progress. Blinders must sell pretty cheap on the net.