I had the opportunity to give some New Year’s resolution tips on CNN last weekend. Here’s what happened (video below) and the tips that will help you get healthy not just in 2014, but for life!
I have to be honest, during the holidays it can be hard for me not to give into nostalgic cravings and indulge on foods I typically try to steer clear of throughout the rest of the year. It’s the holidays for goodness sakes and I want to celebrate like everyone else!
Unfortunately, many holiday parties in the past consistently resulted in post holiday bulge. Every January, I used to find my “skinny jeans” tighter and my waist line generally uncomfortable when I sat down. Do you know the feeling? And let’s not even talk about how I felt mentally – tired all the time and not self-confident at all. I hate those feelings!
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.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.
- 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.
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!
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