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:

  1. 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.
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  3. 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.
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  5. 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.The summary of Russian investigations published by an Educational Center in Portland, Oregon showed carcinogens were formed in virtually all foods tested and no test food was subjected to more microwaving than necessary to accomplish the purpose, i.e. cooking, thawing, or heating to insure sanitary ingestion.
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  7. 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.”
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  9. 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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293 Responses to “Why It’s Time To Throw Out Your Microwave”

  1. steve

    this is ridiculous. what is this based on? i may have given this a little more respect had it not been for the section about water and how it reacts to different words that are spoken to it. i honestly laughed at that statement. and the one about “Dr. Masaru Emoto, who is famous for taking pictures of various types of waters and the crystals that they formed”. i’m sorry, but i don’t think there are various types of waters. water is 2 hydrogens and one oxygen. any other variation of this and it is not water, but another compound. and the only time that water forms crystals is when it is frozen, so unless he was taking pictures of frozen water (aka ice) he would have been trying to view the molecular structures of liquid water, which would require a hugely powerful microscope. and the type of radiation that microwaves use to heat food is not what causes the food to lose its nutritional value, it’s the heat itself. no matter how you heat food, it will break down nutrients and compounds in the food and reduce their effectiveness. this is honestly the worst article i have ever read.

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    • Joel (to steve)

      Then you will be most interested to know that when said scientist boiled some water and microwaved another batch of water, and of course used a control, unheated water, that the results were most enlightening. Plants watered with the control water did fine. Plants watered with boiled (and cooled) water did fine. Plants watered with microwaved (and cooled) water died. DIED. Um, yum, microwaved green tea-NOT. Do you really want to be a chemistry experiment? Can you not tell/taste/feel the difference between microwaved and regularly heated food? There is a huge difference between plain old heat and and MW radiation. They are two fantastically different animals. To believe that they act the same way upon foods is to believe that sunlight and gamma radiation are the same. Your lack of curiosity astounds me. Oh, and by the way, he DID have a hugely powerful microscope. Perhaps you should take the time to know something real before you respond to facts with unsupported beliefs backed by poor or no science training.

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      • steve (to Joel)

        I’m not saying all methods of heating are the same, and yes i do notice that microwaved food tastes different. believe me, i avoid microwaving food if i can, but the convenience is hard to argue with. and you’re right, i should have read the dr.’s report before commenting, but what can i say, i was up late, and didn’t really feel like it. i kind of want to try that plant experiment now though. if i get the same results, there will soon be a free microwave sitting on my curb. :)

      • Mike Drake (to Joel)

        > Plants watered with boiled (and cooled) water did fine. Plants watered with microwaved (and cooled) water died. DIED.

        Yeah, good job referring to an experiment that’s actually a hoax…
        http://www.snopes.com/science/microwave/plants.asp

      • jim (to Joel)

        “Plants watered with microwaved (and cooled) water died. DIED. ”

        HA HA HA! That’s hilarious! Some people will believe anything. Microwaving water doesn’t do anything to it other than heat it up, and the only way it would kill a plant is if you didn’t let the water cool before pouring it on the plant.

      • Punky (to Joel)

        Do you have a link or journal article for this “study” done by “scientists” or are you referring to the student who did a science experiment with microwaved water? I’d love to see an actual scientific study. The studies I’ve found demonstrated that cooled microwaved water had absolutely no difference on plants, as measures by any color, size, size of leaves, etc. However, if you pour boiling water–from the stovetop or microwave, on your plant, it will likely not thrive.

      • Emily (to Joel)

        If you want to use the microwave, use it. You’re crying because you don’t want to get rid of your microwave so don’t haha. Just think about it though, it’s pretty amazing how you can bring a small amount of water to a boil in less than 30 seconds. Yea, that’s natural. Not.

    • Lakin (to steve)

      Read this, and perhaps you will change your mind:
      http://www.who.int/peh-emf/meetings/archive/en/paper03nageswari.pdf

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    • Jeanne (to steve)

      Sounds like you haven’t read or seen book. His pictures of water molecules are amazing. Haven’t you ever known anyone with a “green thumb”? Or wonder why some people are able to grow house plants that are bigger and healthier looking than what you’re able to grow? How could you possibly think that heating something exposed to radiation from a microwave would not change it in an unhealthy way? The question is how much does it change it. It took them a long time before they warned people about heating food in plastic. Speaking of plastic you don’t have to heat it for it to leach synthetic chemicals into that water you are drinking. It doesn’t have to be biphenyl plastic either.

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      • steve (to Jeanne)

        yeah i don’t care about this anymore, but i keep getting notifications. and if exposing and heating water molecules with microwave radiation changes the molecule, then it is no longer water. so unless he had the one microwave ever built that can actually cause a chemical reaction to change the makeup of a water molecule, this is all bogus. i know, because i’m actually a scientist.

  2. Rusty

    I am a nuclear engineer. Microwaves produce non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation. Microwave radiation is too low in frequency/energy to damage atoms. They do not pose a credible risk to human health. This is a common public misconception that is simply not substantiated by radiation health physics.

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    • Mike Drake (to Rusty)

      hey! you with the logic! none of that crap is allowed around here! please stick to alarmism and paranoia, or you’re outta here!

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    • Keith (to Rusty)

      Hah. Oh well than we shall bow down to you oh anonymous nuclear engineer. So lets take the mans word for it who pollutes the earth with long decaying radioactive particles. How disgusting, even if you really aren’t a poisoner, you are a liar, one or the other. I don’t usually accept anonymous poison info from poisoners or liars. “Common public misconception”… tell me are you peering over your spectacles as you jot down on your pad with the heading, “radiation health physics”. LOL quack

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      • Rusty (to Keith)

        From my Nov 27th post:

        Microwave photon energies are roughly 0.00001 eV. You need an energy greater than 1 eV to damage a DNA molecule (break bonds or ionize). In other words, the microwave radiation is at least 100,000 times too weak to cause DNA damage that could induce cancer (and I am using very conservative values here).

        If you don’t believe me, you can calculate the energy of a microwave via Energy = h*frequency, where h=4.14e-15 eV/Hz.

        Microwave ovens operate at 2450e6 Hz.

        2450e6 Hz * 4.14e-15 eV/Hz = 0.00001 eV, which is 100,000 less than 1 eV. 1eV is a very conservative lower bound for radiation induced DNA damage.

        Therefore, microwave induced damage to DNA is not possible. The risk is zero.

      • Keith (to Keith)

        I do not believe that you are irradiated by your microwave. I believe two things. One is that microwaves alter the polarity of the molecules in the food millions of times per second. I am mot an expert and dont care enough to do mountains of research but if anyone wishes to see what im talking about they can google polarity changes in a microwave. Im not interested in eating food that has been treated in such a way. We have no way of knowing if humans are adapted to eating that sort of food.

        Reason 2 could be part of the first, i dont know. But i have an overall sense that food coming out of a microwave has been stripped of its healthful properties. That is dangerous and its probably a contributing factor as to why americans are so fat and lazy.

        I ditched my microwave and wouldnt dream of ever using one again.

      • Cool Runnings (to Keith)

        Please kill yourself.

    • David (to Rusty)

      Then why are all microwave ovens in a faraday cage?

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      • Rusty (to David)

        Hi David,

        The Faraday cage keeps the microwave energy inside the box so that it heats the food and not the surroundings.

        I would therefore not advise operating a broken microwave. It is a good safety practice to periodically check all of the thermal devices in your home to make sure they are in working order.

        Hope that answers your question.

    • Mary Krause (to Rusty)

      A question for the nuclear experts: What causes the crust on a frozen pizza to harden so much as to be inedible if microwaved for a few (or 15-30) seconds too long? It is not burnt, brittle, or turned into charcoal as in a conventional oven. It is a material which cannot easily be broken.

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Tom

    “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 – …”

    You have a curious notion of what a fact is.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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    • 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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    • sargint rock (to Resa)

      Well said!

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  15. 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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  17. 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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  18. Andrew

    Wow! I have been poisoning my water all these years while thinking bad thoughts. But then how do exorcisms work? If you have holly water and repeatedly say “out with Satan” are you making the water bad? And do all germans from WW2 error die of cancers and things because their water supply was tainted from all the Heil Hitlers?

    Boggles the mind.

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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. Chemist

    I lost it at the part where water was “exposed to the words Hitler and Satan”. I spilled my coffee from laughing so hard. How does one exactly expose water to words? Did the good doctor sit there yelling at it? In which case, kudos for trying but he needs help.

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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. gincon6

    #5 has clearly been hacked

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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. J

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

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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. Cynthia

    This was a very disappointing piece of writing. I can’t call it research or news or information. I’m interested in the safety of microwaves, but if you’re going to post pictures of water crystals that “spell out Satan” as evidence that microwaves are bad, well, you’re going to need to find a new following. Like many others, I respect your work and am interested in what you have to say, but this was rubbish.

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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. Mary McDowell (to Greg Lohr)

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

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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. Jefe (to Tom)

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

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  47. 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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  48. 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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