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Millions of people have them at their homes – over 90% of Americans use them for meal preparation! They are so convenient and energy efficient, especially when compared to conventional ovens. Actually very few homes and restaurants don't have them.
And then it strokes you: “Microwave cooking is one of the most important causes of cancer, but is also one of the most ignored.” or “Microwaved food is dead food”.  Heard that somewhere already? But you don't believe it, right? Or you might think it can't harm, at least not really harm you. Or maybe you just don't wanna throw away that super-shiny new microwave... Well, you better...

How do microwave ovens work?

Microwaves are a form of electromagnetic energy. They are like light waves or radio waves, and occupy a part of the electromagnetic spectrum of power, or energy. They radiate at about 2450 Mega Hertz, and such radiation interacts with the molecules in food. How? All right... all wave energy changes polarity from positive to negative with each cycles of the wave. When heating food at 2450 Mega Hertz these polarity changes happen millions of times every single second! This unusual type of heating causes deformation of food.  

The good old Russian style

Did you know that Russians banned microwave ovens? Yes, they were banned in Russia up till recently when capitalistic regime got more popular...
According to United States researcher William Kopp, who gathered results of Russian and German research - and was prosecuted for doing so (J. Nat. Sci, 1998; 1:42-3) - the following effects were observed by Russian forensic teams (
1. Heating prepared meats in a microwave sufficiently for human consumption created:
* d-Nitrosodiethanolamine (a well-known cancer-causing agent)
* Destabilization of active protein biomolecular compounds
* Creation of a binding effect to radioactivity in the atmosphere
* Creation of cancer-causing agents within protein-hydrosylate compounds in milk and cereal grains;
2. Microwave emissions also caused alteration in the catabolic (breakdown) behavior of glucoside - and galactoside - elements within frozen fruits when thawed in this way;
3. Microwaves altered catabolic behavior of plant-alkaloids when raw, cooked or frozen vegetables were exposed for even very short periods;
4. Cancer-causing free radicals were formed within certain trace-mineral molecular formations in plant substances, especially in raw root vegetables;
5. Ingestion of micro-waved foods caused a higher percentage of cancerous cells in blood;
6. Due to chemical alterations within food substances, malfunctions occurred in the lymphatic system, causing degeneration of the immune system=s capacity to protect itself against cancerous growth;
7. The unstable catabolism of micro-waved foods altered their elemental food substances, leading to disorders in the digestive system;
8. Those ingesting micro-waved foods showed a statistically higher incidence of stomach and intestinal cancers, plus a general degeneration of peripheral cellular tissues with a gradual breakdown of digestive and excretory system function;
9. Microwave exposure caused significant decreases in the nutritional value of all foods studied, particularly:
* A decrease in the bioavailability of B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, essential minerals and lipotrophics
* Destruction of the nutritional value of nucleoproteins in meats
* Lowering of the metabolic activity of alkaloids, glucosides, galactosides and nitrilosides (all basic plant substances in fruits and vegetables)
* Marked acceleration of structural disintegration in all foods.

Still want to eat microwaved food? Ok, you need more proofs

  • Killed by microwaved blood transfusion
In 1991 there was a lawsuit concerning the hospital use of a microwave oven to warm blood needed in a transfusion. A patient died because of that: Norma Levitt, hospitalized because of hip surgery died because of simple blood transfusion. 
Apparently the nurse had warmed the blood in a microwave oven. And yes, the microwave heating, as mentioned before, changed the blood, which killed the patient. 

  • Microwaves are not safe for baby's milk
Yes, microwaves are not safe way for heating baby's bottle. First of all, the bottle may seem cool to the touch, but the milk or any other liquid inside may be extremely hot and could burn the baby's mouth and throat.
Second, but also important argument is that microwave alters food, and it alters also milk: the main reason is loss of some vitamins.

And what did microwave industry do?

What they did? They tried to hide the truth!
As soon as researches published the truth, the authorities reacted: in a defensive way. They protected money, not truth! A powerful organization, known as FEA (Swiss Association of Dealers for Electro-apparatuses for Households and Industry) struck swiftly in 1992. They forced the President of of the Court of Seftigen, Canton of Bern, to issue a "gag order" against researchers, dr. Hertel and dr. Blanc. For that reason Dr. Hertel was convicted for "interfering with commerce" and he was prohibited from further publishing his results! Five years later, in 1998, this decision was reversed and the European Court of Human Rights declared that there had been a violation of Hertel's rights: his freedom of expression, freedom of speech was limited. Switzerland was only  ordered to pay Dr. Hertel compensation.

And what are we supposed to do?

We should trow them away! That would be tons of garbage, but anyway! Throw them away! Or if you want that silver box in your kitchen just to look nice – don't use it! Or if you want to use it- use it for yourself! Do not feed your children with microwaved food!
You still don't trust me? “Oh, if microwaves were really harmful, our government would never allow them on the market!” Oh, please, give me a break! Isn't Switzerland proof enough? One of the most stable governments of all?! And what did they do? They've protected commerce interests before health interests! Do not think your government is any different! But all right – it is not about government- it is about you! They will not make the move and take microwaves out of sales- they would loose too much. It is up to you to decide whether you want to eat 'dead food' or not! 
Bon Appetit!