The packaging for a microwavable “microwave” dinner is programmed for a shelf life of maybe six months, a cook time of two minutes and a landfill dead-time of centuries. David Wann
We stopped using our microwave oven about 2 years ago, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Having a large family, our microwave wasn’t used for cooking meals, but it was used regularly for reheating leftovers and to speed-thaw frozen food we were in a hurry to use. Why did we make this decision after 25 years of blissfully ignorant use of this modern can’t-do-without convenience? Just a short half hour of research into concerns over the safety of microwaves and microwaved food. Would it surprise you to learn that the use of microwave ovens was outlawed in the Soviet Union, or that they issued an international warning on the health hazards, both biological and environmental, of microwave ovens and similar frequency electronic devices?
Microwaves, like light waves or radio waves, occupy a part of the electromagnetic spectrum of power, or energy. Microwaves are very short waves of electromagnetic energy that travel at the speed of light (186,282 miles per second). A microwave oven produces a spiked wavelength of energy (which) decays and changes the molecular structure of the food by the process of radiation.
The most compelling reasons for tossing your microwave, from The Hidden Hazards of Microwave Cooking at Health-Science.com.
◊ microwaves cause a marked acceleration of structural degradation leading to a decreased food value of 60 to 90% in all foods tested.
◊ every microwave oven leaks electro-magnetic radiation, and converts substances cooked in it to dangerous organ-toxic and carcinogenic products.
◊ continually eating microwaved food causes long term, permanent, brain damage by “shorting out” electrical impulses in the brain [de-polarizing or de-magnetizing the brain tissue].
The following video describes the history of the use of microwave ovens by the German army in WWII, and more, including how microwaved food can cause you to gain weight.
Here is an online photographic record of the experiment suggested in the video above using microwaved water on plants, done for a school science project.
Boy do I wish I had taken the time to do some research a little sooner than I did! That, I think, is the lot of most workaday people in our world. We spend most of our energy, mental and physical, just tending to our family’s basic needs. By default, we put our trust in the agencies of our nations that purport to be looking out for our well-being. Unfortunately, more often than not, when one takes the time to look for the relevant information, we discover we have been purposefully misinformed.
It takes no more time to heat food up on the stove or in our convenction toaster over than it did to microwave it. I really think we have improved our general health in doing so. As for dealing with the residual effects of 25 years of microwave use, I believe there are measures we can take to repair our bodies, but that must be a topic for another day.