Why It’s Time To Throw Out Your Microwave

Several readers have recently asked me why I don’t use the Microwave Oven…Here are my top 5 reasons:

Microwaves were never thoroughly researched before adoption in the United States. The microwave oven was developed more than 80 years ago, and in WWII German solders were given these ovens to warm meals. Germans conducted several studies about the biological effect of using microwaves, which were transferred to the United States for further scientific investigation, but were never researched thoroughly before these ovens were mass produced for the general public. The FDA even states today that there have been no long term studies on the effects of microwaved foods on humans; however, the studies that the Germans produced are actually some of the same ones Russia used in issuing their temporary ban of microwave ovens in 1976 (it was lifted after a change in political power). The studies produced indicated that several of the German soldiers developed cancers of the blood and that microwaves voided nutritional content of the food.

 Microwaves destroy the nutrient value of your food. Live, healthy, and nutritious foods can become dead in a matter of seconds when you use a microwave. We are the only species on the planet that destroys the nutrient content of our food before eating it.A study published in the November 2003 issue of the Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture found that broccoli cooked in the microwave lost up to 97 percent of its antioxidant content.In the book “Health Begins in the Colon” – Dr. Group says that a microwave oven decays and changes the molecular structure of the food by the process of radiation. The radiation breaks down any vitamins and minerals in the food and changes its natural structure. Your body cannot handle these irradiated molecules and they eventually weaken your immune and digestive and don’t provide you with proper nutrition. Also, it is widely known that vitamin B12 becomes completely inactive once heated in a microwave. This is a critical vitamin for plant based eaters, since our soil has been depleted of this important vitamin over the years. Dr. Mercola quoted one study where it was discovered that microwaving can destroy the essential disease-fighting agents in breast milk that offers protection for your baby. The study found that microwaved breast milk lost lysozyme activity, antibodies, and fostered the growth of more potentially pathogenic bacteria.

 Microwaves create carcinogenic compounds in your food. Heating meat, dairy products, plastics and paper have all been shown to create carcinogens. The Nutrition Action Newsletter reported the leakage of numerous toxic chemicals from the packaging of common microwavable foods, including pizzas, chips and popcorn. These chemicals included BPA, polyethylene terpthalate (PET), benzene, toluene, and xylene. Microwaving fatty foods in plastic containers leads to the release of dioxins (known carcinogens) and other toxins into your food. 

Microwaves provide unnecessary daily exposure to radiation. I cannot knowingly use a microwave considering they are slowly destroying my cells.According to the book Cancer is Not a Disease – It’s a Survial Mechanism, “when you stand in front of a radar device you will start perspiring/cooking from the inside out, just like food is cooked in the microwave oven. The heat is generated by the rapid movement of molecules and the breaking down of molecular bonds. Each year millions of birds are killed when they get too close to, or sit on, cell towers. And apparently, the same can happen to the human body when it is exposed to this type of radiation on a regular basis. After all, human cells are made of molecules and molecular bonds are broken and destroyed when exposed to radiation.”

Microwaves can create severe health issues. The massive adoption of the microwave and the increase in obesity can be linked.  The microwave has made it extremely easy and convenient to eat processed foods and then further destroys its little nutritional content. The more dead food people eat, the more calories they consume trying to get the nutrition their body so desperately needs.A Swiss clinical study conducted by Dr. Hans Ulrich Hertel found significant and disturbing changes in the blood of individuals consuming microwaved milk and vegetables. Eight volunteers ate various combinations of the same foods cooked different ways. All foods that were cooked in the microwave caused changes in the blood of the volunteers. Hemoglobin levels decreased and overall white cell levels and cholesterol levels increased. The doctor in this study was actually able to cure people who were diagnosed with chronic fatigue by having them literally throw out their microwave.

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    Last by not least, Dr. Masaru Emoto, who is famous for taking pictures of various types of waters and the crystals that they formed in the book called “Hidden Messages in Water,” found water that was microwaved did not form beautiful crystals – but instead formed crystals similar to those formed when exposed to negative thoughts or beliefs. If this is happening to just water – I can only imagine what a microwave is doing to the nutrients, energy of our food and to our bodies when we consume microwaved food. For the experiment pictured above, microwaved water produced a similar physical structure to when the words “satan” and “hitler” were repeatedly exposed to the water. This fact is probably too hokey for most people – but I wanted to include it because sometimes the things we can’t see with the naked eye or even fully comprehend could be the most powerful way to unlock spontaneous healing.


When’s the last time you used a microwave? At my house, I still have a microwave, but I never turn it on. I use it for the timer feature and that’s about it. If you have any suggestions on how I could use this space above my oven in an aesthetically pleasing way, I’m open to suggestions!

If you know someone who could use this information, please share it with them! You could be a lifesaver.

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327 Responses to “Why It’s Time To Throw Out Your Microwave”

  1. JO JImerson-Cessna

    It is impressive to see such intelligence debating about such a random subject. All in all we should be eating healthier and it is proven that eating raw plus eliminating animal fats and sugar will result in optimum health. So that would eliminate microwaves anyway. I have already removed my microwave and replaced it with a toaster/convection oven. My entire family have been enjoying this oven more since the change. We also cook outside more and the taste is the best when cooking naturally. Folks should try it, go back to the old way of cooking, you will eat healthier.

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    • Jim Bond (to JO JImerson-Cessna)

      I tend to agree that there are things we do not know about the harmful effects of the microwave oven. Many people commenting sound as if they work for the microwave manufacturing association and are more defensive than fact based. No one addressed the diminished nutritional value of microwaved foods. We all know that vegetables taste and look very different when microwaved. This news would be very damaging to fast food companies like Popeyes and Dunkin who extensively use these ovens to cook and prepare their foods that we purchase for ourselves and our children. Let’s return to conventional methods. It’s better to be on the cautious side and reduce our risks.

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    • Chris (to JO JImerson-Cessna)

      I’m sorry, but this is wrong.

      While it is true that eating more raw foods is better for most people, that is just because they don’t eat enough. You do not have to eat “all raw foods” and in fact some foods just are not as easily broken down when they are raw.

      If by heating a particular food it loses 25% of it’s nutrient value, but your body can now absorb 100% of it, then you are a lot better off than eating something raw and only getting 66% of it. Different foods are different though. Not only that, but heating kills some bacteria, which is essential with things like meat. This is why “raw food diets” and some people that take natural living overboard are responsible for pregnant women getting sick. Normally, people can tolerate a little bit of some raw meats, especially fish. But pregnant women cannot.

      The SMART thing to do is to just make sure to eat a significant amount of raw food. There is no indication that eating all raw food is healthier, and it in fact may be worse depending on the type of food you eat. Some things, like rhubarb for example, HAVE to be cooked. Potatoes basically also have to be cooked. Unless of course you want a stomach ache.

      Furthermore, animal fats are just saturated fats. Nutritionists have been saying for decades to eat the highest concentration of polyunsturated fats, then monounsaturated fats, then saturated fats, and to avoid trans fats completely. It is perfectly fine to eat some saturated fat, and again, may actually be healthier than eating none at all. Of course, you can get saturated fat from plant sources as well, but the idea that animal fat is worse for you than plant saturated fat is just complete hogwash.

      Finally, do not eliminate sugar from your diet. Not that you can. Most vegetables, and all fruits, have sugar in them. I think perhaps you meant to say “processed”, but even that only presents a problem because you digest it faster and because you can have more of it. As long as you only consume something with processed sugar occasionally, there is absolutely no problem with it, and your body functions “optimally” when it has a balance of carbohydrates that is geared towards the more complex, just like when it has a balance of fats that is geared towards the more “unsaturated”. You do not however have to remove all “sugars” or all “saturated fats” from your diet.

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      • Lvcatjo (to Chris)

        I’m too old for any pregnancies and I have IBS which does not allow me to eat red meats or wheat glutens. I eat mostly soups and raw veggies. My digestive tract has always been sensitive and I am just now learning what I am sensitive to. It’s all been trial and error for me. Dr. s are no help.

      • Manny (to Chris)

        She never said not to eat meat, and specially raw meat, she suggest not to use a microwave period, you can still cook your food like potatoes or meat or anything else but the all way with fire, meaning on a grill or on a stove using natural gas or electricity, microwaves will never give more essential nutrition to any food she said that it will destroy it, and the best is to go organic since that food doesn’t have been exposed to pesticides or other elements that will contaminate them.

      • Mr Magoo (to Chris)

        Manny,

        ” you can still cook your food like potatoes or meat or anything else but the all way with fire,”

        Obviously, you don’t know that cooking ANY food with direct fire creates carcinogens?

      • sylvia R Kilcup (to Chris)

        Chris are you a doctor? if not, why do you say the information is wrong?

  2. Tav0

    This is something I have gone round and round with my wife about, and while she is usually the smarter one… not so in this case. Read the facts, stick with the science. Try to refute this one (note we are your fans so this isnt just some jackweed stirring the pot)
    Please read the entire page and check out the references as well. http://www.drmyattswellnessclub.com/Microwave.htm

    wwwDOTdrmyattswellnessclubDOTcom/MicrowaveDOThtm

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  3. Anon

    “…found water that was microwaved did not form beautiful crystals – but instead formed crystals similar to those formed when exposed to negative thoughts or beliefs…”

    So very very much nonsense here!

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    • Ken Haley (to Anon)

      Absolute nonsense. Water is water. H2O. This simple molecule has no memory of whether it was microwaved or not, and will crystallize the same when frozen under identical conditions, regardless of its past.

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  4. Tom CHHC

    I can’t go along with you on this one, Vani. The science is clear that microwave ovens are safe.

    Using a microwave oven to cook or reheat foods with can be dangerous if the foods are in a plastic container or bag, even if these are labeled as being “microwave safe”. This would be a far better subject for your next expose, rather than quoting bad science and urban myths to support the notion that microwave ovens damage foods more than conventional cooking methods.

    Personally I only use my microwave for reheating foods. Most of the time, when I “cook”, it’s in a crock pot– a low-temperature slow-cooker. This method of cooking preserves more of the nutrients and enzymes in food than any other method of cooking.

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    • bob (to Tom CHHC)

      have you tried eating only foods cooked in a microwave? If it is so safe try it, you do not get nutrition from microwaved food, you will feel weakened because you need more nutrients. Try it and let me know how it goes for you

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      • YumRays (to bob)

        It goes fine.

        There, my anecdotal evidence equals your anecdotal evidence. We both win!

      • Tee (to bob)

        Except for Christmas and Thanksgiving, I use a microwave exclusively. I have lots of energy and a positive outlook on life. Of course, I cook veggies and decent meat products in lieu of pre-packaged burritos and pizza! I think it is more important what you choose to heat up, than how.

  5. Kara Gaylor

    We use our microwave to store various pots and pans that don’t fit easily in the cupboard. :)
    I once had a fishbowl next to a microwave that I never used; when a friend came to visit for a week she used the microwave frequently and the poor fish died. :(

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    • Ken Haley (to Kara Gaylor)

      Fish die for lots of reasons. Maybe something she was cooking that was toxic to fish accidentally got into the fishbowl. Other than timing, how do you know it was the microwave’s fault?

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  6. zbatia

    Vani, if it is your real picture, you are a beautiful lady.
    On another note, folks, don’t forget the purpose of this site: sell the organic products or help selling them to other companies. This is only the way to make money from displaying negative information about the food. It is a common method of marketing that is written in numerous books.
    While it’s done very well and the message “east healthy” is great, I am glad there are enough smart people who doubt some of the presented information.
    Vani, forgive me, I still love you (or perhaps, the lady on the pictures ;-).

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  7. Keith

    All you defenders of the microwave make me laugh (a sad laugh). Throw it out. It is garbage. Just another toxin in the toxic american life. What a brutally stupid animal sitting in a pot as the water temp rises. Chuckle, sad.

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    • Danny (to Keith)

      I have a similar reaction to people who use the word ‘toxin’ and are so completely confident in their unfounded opinion on something that no amount of scientific evidence could change their mind.

      Good lord, we really do need better science education.

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    • Tim (to Keith)

      Keith, are you going to cite any credible facts or evidence to support your claims? You seem to just be slinging mud at anyone who disagrees with you, even though they’re using very rational arguments. If you wanna live in la la land and pretend that basic principles of physics and chemistry don’t exist, that’s fine. But don’t insult people harshly simply for making an argument.

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  8. xxxx

    To the same end as not using a microwave, you should also not be using mobile phones (for eg.) as these have exactly the same effect. In fact, more damaging as there is a greater exposure, more frequently; not many people wait directly next to their microwave for food to cook.

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  9. teodoro

    Keep your Power Level at 50% and you will not have a problem. It just takes a little longer to heat things.

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    • Ken Haley (to teodoro)

      Running most microwaves at 50% means running at full power half the time and at zero power half the time — on and off alternately. So, you’re still creating just as much radiation (since you’re running longer) … just interspersed.

      But you’re right–you will not have a problem, because there are none of these problems with microwaves to begin with. Reasearch the real evidence — it’s easy to find.

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  10. Markwell

    A fish tank may not be good for the spot above your stove… how about one of those decorative fake fireplaces that are wall-mounted these days? ;)

    Been microwave-free for over 10 years for the same reasons you came to.

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  11. Resa

    Walking this planet for half a century now, and doing so very observantly, I have found there to NEVER be 100% agreement on ANY issue, large or small. I do my own research, notice repercussions in my own life and the world around me and make my choices based on what feels intuitively right to me. Things which might appear to be nonsensical, incomprehensible or too mystical to ring true have existed since the beginning of time. Who in 1895 would have believed a man would walk on the moon or that an entire people would be decimated in a genocidal holocaust? Simple solutions have been overlooked, hence scurvy plagued humans for centuries even after early “discoverers” of the citrus connection failed to gather believers. In the end, you make your own, gut-guided decisions for yourself and your family. I made such a decision to clean up my nutritional act to reward my body for decades of continued service, despite feeding it southern fare and chemically-polluted foods created and sponsored by the corporate/congressional/uber riche triumverate. The author of this blog holds one opinion based on facts she has gleaned through a concerted effort to be healthy and share good health habits with others equally inclined. Just like Ed Snowden is learning, you can lay the facts out bare, but people will extrapolate their own truths from those facts. Often we are more motivated to bend them to suit our own wills and desires than to use them as a catalyst for change. Are microwaves bad for you? Who really knows. I choose the lesser of evils. I know that NOT using the microwave is safe. Food Babe is providing a service that I am not paying for. This is better than Tyson, Hormel, Perdue or, worse, Smithfield, who is now outsourcing America’s pork to lead & mercury capitol of the world, China, for reselling in this country. That worries me a lot more than whether water is negatively affected by bad karma. Food Babe…I laud your mission….

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    • dawn (to Resa)

      thank you for your comment, I agree. Some people prefer convenience to protection – instant gratification to delayed gratification. I also believe following a gut feeling is more accurate than all this arguing. I have become more intuned to follow the gut and my gut says to stop using my microwave so that’s what I have decided to do – just a few weeks ago actually. I am using my toaster/convection oven much more now and happy with the results.

      I had stopped warming up foods in plastic, using glass a year or so ago – but I now believe it’s time to stop the microwave all together – and so it is~!

      I like the idea of storing pots and pans in it – I need the storage~! ♥ Or maybe I could start using it like a pantry for my glass jars filled with organic seeds, popcorn, powders, or teas.

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      • No Hope for Humanity (to dawn)

        Seriously, how big are your microwaves or how small are your pots and pans that you can store them in a microwave. This is not a legitimate life hack, it’s like turning lemons into lemons with toothpicks in them to make it more useful. It’s an exaggeration fitting for an unsubstantiated article like this.

        I have no idea whether microwaves are safe, and this article that is lacking citations or credible arguments is of no use at all. Also, a research paper by some “doctor” in India (which is poorly written for a paper of that nature) doesn’t prove anything.

        This article is 10x better http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/02/26/jane-says-everything-you-know-about-microwaves-wrong but by no means a definitive proof, though it at least attempts to advance the conversation using some form of actual logic.

        There are many personalities and mine is that I would prefer to take the safest route, however microwaving something once in a while is unlikely to kill you, and I’m far more worried about cell phones which emit the same kind of radiation directly beside your head.

    • dawn (to Resa)

      thank you, I agree. Is convenience more important than protection? Instant gratification more important than delayed gratification? I have become more in-tuned to using my gut feeling also. My gut says to stop using the microwave and so I have – actually just last week. I am now using my toaster/convection oven.

      A year ago I stopped microwaving in plastic using glass instead, but I don’t feel that’s enough.

      I could start storing my pots and pans in there (I’ve also starting using primarily glass pots for cooking). Or maybe it would be a perfect pantry space for containers filled with organic seed, popcorn, powders, tea, etc.

      It comes down to making a choice and I chose to follow my gut and eat healthy.

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      • sue (to dawn)

        Storing food in a microwave oven isn’t a good idea unless it’s far from another heat source. Mine is an over the stove type, so it gets too warm from both the stovetop use and from the lights on the underside to store food. It’s coming out and a nice strong and quiet hood is going in its place.

    • sargint rock (to Resa)

      Well said!

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  12. Nicole N.

    I am not sure if it has already been suggested, but maybe you could take out the microwave and make a little bookshelf there for some cook books. And I’ll do the same! Get a small timer.

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    Fastidious answer back in return of this issue with solid arguments and describing the whole thing regarding that.

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  14. Tina

    As I admire you and the work you I thought I would forward this article to my friends however what is this nonsence about how water reacts to the words devil or hitler? I am quite disapointed that you’ve included and would even consider something like that as having any merit whatsoever. Really I’m baffled and of course I can’t forward this on now! It’s a shame as the it’s an otherwise excellent write up.

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  15. paul

    My mother bought a microwave when they first hit the market in the mid 70′s ($750) , 40 years later she is still here and in great shape for an 80 yo and still uses her microwave daily!……go figure!

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  16. Jheri Bermudez

    Dr. Masaru Emoto research has never been able to be replicated. Microwave or no microwave, I am weary of your research now. I would like you to re-visit this topic. Your other articles seem to have much better backing and this seems like an odd post. It comes off as an attempt at page views to gain revenue which is the kind of thing you seem to fight against. Misleading consumers with hard to validate information for gain, no?

    Basically, I can’t take this article seriously with that nonsense at the end.

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    • healthy foods (to Jheri Bermudez)

      The facts about the dangers of microwave radiation and cell phone radiation are all out there, but are being continually lied about by industry. Google Dr. Barrie Trower, a retired MI5 agent who was trained by the British Navy in microwave weapons, and who is an expert on the effects of microwaves on the human body. He will tell you about the cancers caused, and the damage to the brain and the DNA. He describes a disaster that will become more evident as time goes on. They are lying in favor of this, just as they did about tobacco. Do your research before you say anything about Vani. She is warning you. Also look up Dr. Devra Davis, another scientist who was a White House advisor.

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  17. Actual Scientist

    Another good argument for teaching science in our public schools. Microwave ovens heat with photons- just like an infrared heater or, for that matter, the Sun. The photons in a microwave oven have a much longer wavelength and hence less energy than those from the sun, so if you’re afraid of eating food exposed to microwaves, you should be especially afraid of food grown under the Sun. Think of all that exposure- twelve, sixteen or more hours a day, for months on end! Obviously the only safe diet is one consisting entirely of root vegetables and earthworms.

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  18. NicolaTesla

    And get rid of all your light bulbs. They produce dangerous high velocity photons! Do you have any idea how FAST those things are going?

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  19. Andrew

    Vani,

    If you cant tell from all the “scientists” posting about radiation I think we would love it if you could do some more research on the microwave. I myself am skeptical. I respect you, and follow all your blogs but this is a weak arguement you are giving. Why is stove top or baking better. What kind of chemical reactions are happening to food when its being baked? If you burn your food on the stove?
    Or do you want to advocate for a raw food diet?

    Please update this blog ASAP. Do more research so we have less questions.

    Thanks

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  20. gincon6

    #5 has clearly been hacked

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  21. Edward Henry

    I do not have a microwave anymore, but when I did I used it to sterilize idsh rags. Also another use is to heat up damp clothes for appling to the forehead for sinus releif. Other then that it’s a paper weight.

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  22. Ginny

    I have a micro wave that is about a year old…its a small one. For no reason it starts…would you know why? can you reply to me in via email?
    Thanks

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  23. J

    Interesting comments. I’m glad to see that not everyone is a Conspiracy Barbie.

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  24. Rickenbacklive

    I knew this 25 years ago and told everyone. No one in my family uses a microwave
    after I heard a scientist explain the harmfulness of using a microwave. Its amazing how ignorant people are about the things that really effect there lives.
    Great Job will mention on my Show,,Rickenbacklive , weinetwork ,Tuesdays 8 pm . Thanks again Great site

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  25. Mythblasterinverted

    I see a lot of people with all kinds of logic, equations, etc, trying to make this article look meaningless. I confess that the last paragraphs make the most important part of the discussions loose focus.
    The most important thing though is that even the smart fellows trying to poke holes at the main part of the discussion realize that for the microwave oven to do its job as good as it can, it is imperative that the food item contain water in it (liquid or ice). The reason is pure and simple from the fact that water molecules resonate at frequencies near the oven frequency. So what microwave ovens do is to get the water in the food to heat up very fast, (much faster than it would be the case in an oven of any other kind). You are applying 1200W on just a few cubic inches sometimes, so it creates a lot of heat very fast. This is the reason that the amount of time to microwave 1 item is less than 2 of the same items. Did any of you guys calculate the amount of energy per in^2 inside the microwave oven over the food area seen by the waves coming out of the oven oscillator cavity? Do you guys know what is the max for human exposure to avoid issues of all sorts? Do you know how much leaks through the front screens on the doors? Keep your eyes far away from it. But I digress, Now let me go back to the food inside the microwave oven. So you have this excessive heat applied to food in small areas, which then causes all sorts of damage to its nutritional value (by heat, photons, bosons, whoknowswhatons? whocareson?). God knows what is done to the molecule of all the food components (water is the least important). One thing I know. If I put bread inside the microwave oven what comes out is something terribly looking and tasting. None of the other type of ovens do that to bread unless you over cook it. So what the microwave oven can easily cause is the damage of food by excessive heat in small areas by just overstaaying the food stay by a few more seconds. One needs to carefully use it and make sure that there is always enough water left inside the containers where the food is. Why do you think the mcirowavable foods come in pouches which must not be fully opened while microwaving? It is to retain the humidity inside the package so that most of the microwave energy is used to heat that water and not melt the lifetime out of the molecules in the food container. One of the risks of excessive heat is that the container or wrapping material may leech its molecules into the food in a way contaminating it. Those plastic wraps are one of my concerns. Even at ambient temperature those petroleum derived plastics already have some tendency to leak some of the molecules to food. Imagine at excessively high temperatures when it may reach more liquid forms?

    So in summary, The write up you picked has some merits but the conclusions on the shape that the water molecule has after microwaved did not add value to the discussion and incited the high heat from critics who are looking for any opportunity to make you look like a foul, regardless if it makes themselves one at the same time. Please do a better research next time so as not to disappoint us.

    I am sticking with my regular ovens and stove top as much as I can.

    Mothers should never warm up baby milk in microwaves, especially life giving and protecting breast milk.

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  26. Gene Fowler

    I am a fan.
    I found this:
    http://nutritionfacts.org/video/best-cooking-method/
    that says the opposite about microwave cooking.
    I would be interested in your comments.
    Thanks, Gene

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  27. Julie

    This is a constant argument between me and my boyfriend.
    I haven’t had a microwave for well over a year and do not intend to purchase one. He wants one.
    I have told him every single time that it is not healthy for our body both because of radiation and because of its effect on foods and its effect on our habits!
    He doesn’t get it. Then again this is a man who isn’t grossed out by all the crap in his soda..
    Hopefully this will help me get through to him!!!!
    Thanks! :)

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  28. Cassie

    I have been on so many sites trying to find out about microwaves. my family and i have one in our home and my man has been getting sick from us cooking in ours for the past 2 nights since he has had to go to work at 2am. he gets very nauseated and later on during the night has diareahea and pukes

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  29. Foodtest gal

    I test fibers in feed and food and if a sample is microwaved the test
    does not work – it is not able to be broken down – that’s proof enough for me
    and I have never used a microwave because of it !!

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  30. JoJo

    This was a very thought-provoking article. I received a Keurig Coffee maker for Christmas, so my microwave is virtually a big wall clock, too.

    Does anyone know how to test a microwave for leaks? I’m leasing a house that has a 24 year old microwave and I’m afraid to use it. The inside of it is rusty.

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    • Scientist (to JoJo)

      Put your mobile phone inside it and shut the door (Don’t turn the microwave on!!) and try and dial it from another phone.

      If your phone rings inside the microwave the shielding is broken and you shouldn’t use it. If your phone doesn’t ring then the shielding is fine.

      The only way to test if the magnetron is still working is to put something in and try to heat it up. Or if you are feeling brave you could try a lightbulb in a glass of water (google it); if the microwave works the lightbulb will light up!

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  31. Serge

    Here is my analysis based on my knowledge of physics, electronics, facts known to me so far, and common sense.
    1.
    Effects on irradiating living beings:
    (a) Microwave radiation (not an ionizing radiation, cannot change atoms or molecules)

    - Heat depth penetration factor
    Yes, we are constantly irradiated by sun, however that heat is mostly at infra-red frequencies (shorter wave length) and as such is dissipated mostly on the skin, as opposed to microwave frequencies (larger wave lengths) that penetrate deeper into our body, basically heats tissue inside. And I have a suspicion that living bodies just were not designed (or evolved, if you wish) to effectively cope with that kind of the radiation source as it is not widely occurring in nature. Our skin takes care of outside heating sources.
    The harmful effects are possible.

    - Electromagnetic effects and coherency factor
    Harmful effects are mostly from the artificial sources of radiation, as natural ones typically do not penetrate into depth of bodies (see above). Electromagnetic effects on tissues are very much possible as indicated in many publications. These effects may be very noticeable because they could be multiplied by the coherency of the artificial sources of radiation vs. the natural ones.
    Microwave radiation, produced by an electronic device (typically a ‘magnetron’), is a very coherent radiation, as it is actually just a radio wave of high frequency that maintains its frequency and phase. Let’s call this ‘clean’ heat energy, as opposed to sun heat (or heat from the heat lamp, or any filament heating device), which is a ‘dirty’ heat, in the sense of being a mix of many different waves having (even mildly would do it) different frequencies or phase relationships. Now, coherent radiation is able to produce way more harmful effects in the living tissue, as it can constructively sum and stay that way for a protracted periods of time. Again, as above, the living tissues are not designed (or evolved, if you wish) to encounter that.
    The harmful effects are possible.

    Conclusion:
    Luckily, it is easy to stay away from the microwave radiation. Do not use the broken (leaky) ovens and stay at about 3 feet or more away from them when they work. That is why the gold fish died, and some workers develop problems in the work place where there are those sources.
    It is easy to avoid harmful effects and continue our life of convenience and luxury.

    (b) Cell phone radiation (not an ionizing radiation, cannot change atoms or molecules)

    - Heat depth penetration factor
    None here. The wave length is such that the radiation goes through like knife through butter. Almost no dissipation whatsoever. Does not create heat inside.
    The harmful effects are NOT possible.

    - Electromagnetic effects and coherency factor
    Same as for microwave radiation above.
    The harmful effects are possible.

    Conclusion:
    Luckily, it is easy to stay away from cell phone radiation. Do not speak with the phone pressed to your ear. Use the headphone set, blue tooth in the car, etc. as the electromagnetic field drops dramatically with distance.
    It is easy to avoid potential harmful effects and continue our life of convenience and luxury.

    2.
    Effects on irradiating food:
    (a) Microwave radiation (not an ionizing radiation, cannot change atoms or molecules)

    - Heat depth penetration factor
    Heat penetrates way deeper compared to convection ovens. That is why you will never get a crust in the microwave oven (not that it is healthy – it is not). Food is basically brewed without the water, and that is what seems like a good method for food preparation. More juices stay inside, etc. which is supported by many publications – that is, of course, if you do not overcook.

    - Electromagnetic effects and coherency factor
    Don’t think they are very much applicable here, as these affect mostly living tissues by disrupting complex biological cycles, rhythms, etc. For dead tissues, I see only thermal effect of heating (see above). Yes, the coherency will dramatically increase the ‘unevenness’ of the heating (widely known for microwave ovens: meats have many raw areas, etc.). That also means some areas will be overheated and lose more of their nutrients. But that’s about it -particularly since all microwave ovens nowadays have rotating tables inside.

    Conclusion:
    Do not see any issues (properly) using microwave ovens, beyond overcooking, which is even a bigger problem with convection ovens, grills, etc.
    We can continue our life of convenience and luxury.

    3.
    What to take home:
    After all, it seems like it is okay to use microwave ovens and cell phones, but be careful and know where and what your threats are. The sky is not falling. We can continue our life of convenience and luxury.

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  32. Divya

    Well said, Vani.

    Microwave is harmful, irrespective of people accept it or not. People will have to use their consciousness and take a decision. Those waiting for a scientific research on this will be fooled because, governemt will never issue a statement against MW companies since it’s a multi billion dollar business.
    People will never stop using it because it is a super convenient method.

    I completely agree with the water molecule experiment. According to our eastern philosophy, water is not considered merely as a chemical molecule but as life particles.

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  33. Charles Tan

    If I were to put turquoise labels with words such as ‘Love’, ‘Harmony’ and ‘Peace’ on my microwave oven, would that make the food cooked in it safe to eat?

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  34. Gary Heard

    The first Microwave was tested and used at Fort Benning, Georgia (approximately in 1968-1969), prior to it being approved for the public. I was the first person to use it, as I was a Fixed Station High Frequency High Powered RF Transmitter Repairman.

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    • Watersisland (to Gary Heard)

      I saw a demonstration of a microwave oven….where they were on display in a Sears Department Store in South Florida in 1967. I remember everyone being amazed when they put a paper cup of water in one and made the water boil.

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    • Jason Q. (to Gary Heard)

      This is incorrect. Microwaves were in use for years before that. Consumer models were sold as early as the mid-1950s.

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  35. Nunya Bizness

    Percy Lebaron Spencer (19 July 1894 – 8 September 1970) was an American engineer and inventor. He became known as the inventor of the microwave oven. Spencer was born in Howland, Maine.

    Therefore, I doubt the rest of any of this is valid.

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  36. Gail Legato

    Replace your microwave oven with a small, convection/regular/ broil oven. It is the same size as a microwave and fits in the space perfectly. It is much safer and useful for heating small things faster than the full sized oven. When the weather is hot and I don’t want to heat up my kitchen with my regular oven, I even use the small oven to bake muffins, it fits a muffin pan with 6 spots. It requires the same cooking time, but takes little time to heat to temperature and cool down after baking.

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  37. Douglas

    Microwave Ovens banned in Russia ( 1976 ) “SIMPLE HOME TEST”

    Plant seeds in two pots. Water one pot with water that has been
    micro waved, the other with regular tap water.

    The seeds that received micro waved water will not sprout.

    Since last Novmber (2013) I only use a micro wave oven to warm
    my bowls / plates !

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    • Jason Q. (to Douglas)

      Douglas, microwave ovens were never banned in the USSR, nor are they banned in Russia today. You’ve been lied to, I’m afraid.

      http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/First-Hand:There_Was_No_Ban_on_Microwave_Ovens_in_the_USSR

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    • Tee (to Douglas)

      You need to let the water cool first before you pour it on the pot.

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    • Austin (to Douglas)

      There are only two pots being tested. You need a larger sample size for the results of this study to be conclusive. Also, questions need to be answered: What is/are the difference(s) between microwaved water and non-microwaved water? How do those differences effect the growth of the seeds? How is the effect of microwaved water on the growth of a seed relevant to human safety?

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  38. jamarys hwang

    I took my heavy over the stove microwave off my wall 2 yrs sgo snd have not regreted it. I replaced it with a vent. since yoyrs is above the oven you could replace it with plate cabinet or wine glass cabinet the one you can slide glasses in upside down.
    u should post a picture for more ideas

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  39. Gary

    Too many contradictory studies of articles on the internet comparing microwaves and conventional cooking methods. Don’t know what to believe these days. Here’s an article I found recently. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/17/health/17real.html?_r=0

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  40. Emi

    The allopaths due to all their consumption of cardboard food via the microwave. I have no read the book or seen the studies in question. By the way, a great item for a great website.

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  41. S H

    I am interested in your ‘point 3′ from your 5 reasons “Microwaves create carcinogenic compounds in certain foods”. Could you advise which foods, so that I can avoid them?

    Thanks

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  42. Kati

    My microwave broke a little over a year ago and we never replaced it. At first I thought it was the worst thing ever and soo inconvenient to heat up my food on the stove or in the oven. Now, over a year later I couldn’t imagine cooking everything with a microwave. It ruins the taste and is so unhealthy.

    As for the microwave taking up space, we use it as storage. Usually we store the bread or other items that would normally be out on the counter.

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  43. Sophie (to dude man)

    The New York Times, Havard and CNN? Those are your sources? Dude man, they are all eating in corporation’s hand! You can’t trust it, for the only reason they have money to make out of it! You better trust yourself and what you really feel, trough your own experiences. If you are super healthy, that’s great! Maybe you have a strong nervous system that breaks all the waves around you! ;o)

    J Hannah, you know what I am tired of? People that doesn’t trust their own impressions, people that needs to rely to some random scientists, often hired by corporations to deliver a false result with a so-called credible cover. It’s not the first time it happens, history is full of false studies, ordered by politicians and companies. I trust scientists better when they are not attached to a corporation or a corrupted school, and when there is no money to make out of their results!

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  44. Food Babe (to Lisa)

    Lisa – I hear ya – but Dr. Emoto did conduct scientific research on water in his book. I can see now that many people haven’t read his work – it’s fascinating and I’m THRILLED to share his work with more people. It’s interesting that people are so up in arms about giving up their microwave. I am daring everyone to just think a little differently and maybe try not using it and see what happens.

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  45. Melissa (to Food Babe)

    I have read the book and it is simply AMAZING! Of course, the word “Satan” wouldn’t produce the same response in everyone, but knowing it represents hate is the point here. You should also watch “What the Bleep?” which states, If your thoughts can do this to water, just think about what your thoughts do to you! Since our bodies are comprised of 60-70% water, I can see how this is valid.

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  46. kim anderson (to Food Babe)

    I tell you if the government said it is ok then people just automatically “think” it is ok! I remember in the 80′s when that stupid oven was introduced to my home. I hated it and come to find out it takes about the same amount of time to cook on the stove. I am against microwaves, I mean listen to the word. Sounds like something for computers! Don’t know WHY people are so willing to fight for something they learn is BAD for their HEALTH! Thank you and Thank you again. For 30 yrs now I have been studying and telling loved ones about the evils of the people who do not care about our health and well being. It seems people are just trapped in their little fast food, soda drinking, pill popping, gotta go to the Dr. driven society! I meet people and they are amazed that I am 51. I could pass for 30. Thank god I listened to my soul when it comes to doing RIGHT to my body! god Bless us all to WAKE-UP and go back to the HEALTH food store. Been buying organic since 1984!Peace!

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  47. Dan (to Food Babe)

    Just because someone attaches the words “Scientific” and “Research” to a study do not mean the study is true. It is very possible to do bad science that shows all sorts of ridiculous things. You need to examine the methods in each study and determine whether the data was accurately gathered and then whether the data supports the conclusions drawn. Often you will find they don’t. The research made mistakes or constructed a study poorly. That’s why “peer review” is an essential part of the scientific methods.

    I have no read the book or seen the studies in question. But here’s wikipedia’s statement on it: “Commentators have criticized Emoto for insufficient experimental controls,[6] and for not sharing enough details of his approach with the scientific community.[7] In addition, Emoto has been criticized for designing his experiments in ways that leave them open to human error influencing his findings.[8] Writing about Emoto’s theory in the Skeptical Inquirer, physician Harriet A. Hall concluded that it was “hard to see how anyone could mistake it for science”.[1]”

    Which is about what I would expect.

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  48. Steve (to Sophie)

    FYI: Valid scientific research adheres to The Scientific Method. That is, it must be based on measurable evidence, and be able to be duplicated. The fact that anyone can conduct the same research and get the same results establishes credibility. Research conducted by these sources fit this criteria, therefore are credible.

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  49. Greg Lohr (to Sophie)

    So often, scientific research is approached with a hidden agenda…someone is doing their research in order to prove their point, and thus they find a way to make it work in their favor. Because of this, I question our “so-called scientific research.”

    Things I do consider is the evidence I can see right in front of my own face. Things like the fact that our gov’t agencies charged with protecting our health, are only protecting the profits of Big Pharma and Huge Corporations. The FDA allows so many toxins in our food and personal care products, and no one needs to be a scientist to see this, all they need to do is to be able to read an ingredient label, then look up what that chemical name is.

    It is obvious we cannot trust those we are supposed to be able to trust, so why then am I going to trust the scientist these same people say we should trust? Think about it you nay-sayers. Go read your labels on both your food and your personal care products. Notice all the toxic ingredients in things like your shampoo and other items in your bathroom. Explain that if you can. Then tell me who you trust.

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  50. charkilah (to charkilah)

    here is an article that I find slightly less revolting. http://ehealthmd.com/content/microwaved-food-dangerous-myths-and-facts#axzz2Os5AKTmv

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  51. Mary (to Melissa)

    What the Bleep? is totally off-base. They are taking quantum mechanics which apply to sub-atomic particles and trying to apply them to larger objects. It doesn’t work. I saw the movie, and it is taking real science and twisting it in a way that simply has no scientific basis.

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  52. Erin (to Melissa)

    His work is fascinating. I haven’t read his book – but have seen the pictures and listened to a lecture on him.

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  53. Jonelle (to Mary)

    Quantum Mechanics is “real science”, it’s just not as easily understood, but that’s changing.

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  54. Mary McDowell (to Greg Lohr)

    (To Greg) Truth…….very well penned!

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  55. Tom (to Greg Lohr)

    “So often, scientific research is approached with a hidden agenda…someone is doing their research in order to prove their point, and thus they find a way to make it work in their favor. Because of this, I question our “so-called scientific research.””

    What you are describing here is not really science. The scientific method has error correcting mechanisms built in through peer-review and independent corroboration. Results must be reproducible. Before you bash “scientific research” as being untrustworthy, you may want to know what you’re talking about first.

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  56. Nata (to Sarah Mckay)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILSyt_Hhbjg

    As a Bach practitioner, that much I know. Water does have memory, energy matters.

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  57. will (to Tom)

    the only part of this that really doe’s give me pause is the part

    about placing packaging in the microwave and formation of carcinogenic trace compound’s on the plastics which are made mostly from oil

    the roman’s poison them-selfs by using lead line or lead cups and never knew it

    is it possible that the microwave radiation could cause a reaction to some packaging to form hazardous trace chemicals and eating alot of microwaved food might cause that to build up over time.

    that really doe’s sound like a legitimately scary thought.

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  58. Jefe (to Tom)

    She doesn’t need to understand science. She’s a “babe” and therefore a qualified nutritionist.

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  59. Keith (to Steve)

    Except that all scientific truths are not always replicable due to the constantly shifting nature of things. Scientists can never see the limits of science, so sad. Pathetic really. But they sure do have white coats!

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  60. Keith (to will)

    Not scary to me, except… all the obamacare recipients of free/cheap healthcare (not saying good or bad) that will be cancerous and needing fit able people to pay for their monopolized poisonous treatments from the allopaths due to all their consumption of cardboard food via the ‘microwave’.

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