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In the News ∞ The Worst Way to Cook Corn

Microwave cooking is not natural, nor healthy, and is far more dangerous to the human body than anyone could imagine.  Anthony Wayne and Lawrence Newell, health-science.com

The articles about the  “Fastest (or Easiest) Way to Cook Corn” seem to be popping up everywhere all of a sudden online (like this one from the editors of Living Well Magazine), coinciding with the arrival of corn season. People are being told to microwave their corn to not only save time, but to be free of those pesky corn silks.  (Are they really that annoying?)  Reading the comments, it is clear that microwave ovens are still very popular with many cooks, which makes this a good time to repost information about the concerns over microwave ovens

For a very complete history of the use of microwave ovens, and all their very dangerous effects on food and human beings, please read the excellent article, The Hidden Hazards of Microwave Cooking,  by Anthony Wayne and Lawrence Newell.

But if you are short on time today, here are the top 10 reasons why you should give your microwave oven the boot, from the article above:

  1. Continually eating food processed from a microwave oven causes long term, permanent, brain damage by “shorting out” electrical impulses in the brain [de-polarizing or de-magnetizing the brain tissue].
  2. The human body cannot metabolize [break down] the unknown by-products created in micro-waved food.
  3. Male and female hormone production is shut down and/or altered by continually eating micro-waved foods.
  4. The effects of micro-waved food by-products are residual [long term, permanent] within the human body.
  5. Minerals, vitamins, and nutrients of all micro-waved food is reduced or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down.
  6. The minerals in vegetables are altered into cancerous free radicals when cooked in a microwave oven.
  7. Micro-waved foods cause stomach and intestinal cancerous growths [tumors]. This has been a primary contributor to the rapidly increased rate of colon cancer in the United States.
  8. The prolonged eating of micro-waved foods causes cancerous cells to increase in human blood.
  9. Continual ingestion of micro-waved food causes immune system deficiencies through lymph gland and blood serum alterations.
  10. Eating micro-waved food causes loss of memory, concentration, emotional instability, and a decrease of intelligence.

Freedom ∞ Hemp, the Perfect Plant

The species in question is the single living organism that holds the greatest promise for renewable/sustainable food, fuel, clothing and shelter accessible to the widest possible range of people.  Hemp is the most versatile and adaptable crop plant on earth…Why are politicians opposed to such a marvelous and valuable resource?  Hemphasis.net

Species threatening genetically modified foods; the poisoning of our skies and water; the artificially constructed control mechanisms of religion, media, world food shortages; pharmacratic profit-driven healthcare systems – all are unconscionable attacks on a generally peaceful and harmless population, tightly monitored by the the iron-fisted control the uber-rich have over almost all business and government policies. But the hemp issue gets my anger raging like nothing else.  This is because the purposeful derailment of the hemp industry, beginning in the 1930s, and continuing up to the present day, contains within its dark history the combined application of all of the above-named evils and more, to provide profit for the very, very few, and increased misery for the rest of mankind.
 

Hemp has been cultivated for millenia, providing many of the necessities of life – food and medicine, clothing and shelter.  It was an integral element of the settlement of North America, being used for everything from bartering to payment for taxes, and from textile and paper production to the canvas of pioneers’ covered wagons.  More than 70% of the rope, twine, and cording manufactured was made of hemp.  Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were hemp farmers and very vocal proponents of the importance of hemp to their country’s prosperous development. 

In 1938, Popular Mechanics ran the article “New Billion Dollar Crop”, the first time the word billion was ever applied to any American agricultural crop.  Ironically, as the  Marihuana Tax Act of 1937  was just passed, effectively destroying the hemp industry, none of the predictions in that article came to pass.   The ban on growing hemp commercially was relaxed briefly for WWII, due to the disruption of supplies of hemp and jute needed for rope, webbing and canvas production, with the growing licences promptly revoked at war’s end. 

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In 1999, North Dakota was the first state to pass legislation permitting hemp cultivation, yet it is still not legal to grow hemp there today as the law requires the federal American government to approve it.  Currently, the United States imports over 1.9 million pounds of hemp fiber, 450,000 pounds of hemp seeds, and 331 pounds of hempseed oil per year to meet its needs since American farmers are not permitted to grow it. 

Below is the video Hemp, What Are We Waiting For? combining a locally produced news report from KX News in North Dakota with further information on the amazing commercial potential of hemp.  
  

Some of the advantages, both for the farmer and the environment, of growing hemp, from everywherealways:

  • Less pollution- Cotton uses so many pesticides, due to all of it’s natural enemies. Hemp rarely needs a pesticide, because not much will bother its growth. This means hemp can help with the runoff pollution, toxins in water or soil, and contamination of wilderness areas and other crops.
  • Biodegradable- Hemp biodegrades faster than other crops. Hemp is known as a “low maintenance” crop. It doesn’t require much fertilizer and acts as its own mulch, meaning it grows very tall very fast and provides its own shade to keep weeds away, eliminating the need for herbicides.
  • Save Farmer’s Money- After harvest, the fields are left weed free, so no need to spray the fields down. Saving money on pesticides and other sprays help the farmers make more of a profit off of the crop.
  • No Erosion- Hemp has a deep root system which means no erosion and not only does it not deplete the soil of nutrients like many other crops, but it has the ability to clean contaminants from soil.
  • Less Deforestation- Hemp doesn’t need as much land to grow, because it grows tall (not wide) and has a higher yield than most crops.  Unlike wood, you don’t have to chop it down, harming forests and the creatures that live in it.

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Over 50,000 environmentally friendly products can be made from hemp!  150 years ago, people laughed when it was proposed that paper be made out of wood pulp.  All paper was made out of rags – hemp, linen and cotton.  Wood pulp is actually very low in cellulose, which is the basic material for paper making.  One acre of hemp equals 4 acres of wood paper production.  The following video is 64 minutes of hemp praise, mixed in with a little hemp history.  It is fascinating to watch people’s enthusiasim for the fabulous and surprising products they are creating out of every part of the hemp plant, things like building materials, fabrics, fuels, personal care products and more.   Hemp fibre is a cheaper and greener replacement for fibreglass and carbon fibre, strong and lightweight. Remember cellophane plastic – polyethylene plastic’s early cousin?  It’s biodegrable!!!  Why are we not using it?  Don’t let the length of the video put you off – this video is a must-watch.  It should be required viewing for all school children.  It is very ire rising.

 

 
Then the medical uses of hemp must be considered.  Hemp was the premier medicinal source in America for most of the 1800s.  It was the only treatment available for tetanus, and massive doses of hemp extractems or hashish were given over a 9 day period to save lives.

Smoking hemp dilates your arteries, lowers your body temperature, dilates your bronchials better than anything else, lowers your stress levels.  Hemp is an excellent treatment for asthma, and is also an excellent muscle relaxant.  We are going to investigate medical marijuana as a way of improving our daughter’s quality of life (she has severe cerebral palsy) because muscle spasticity is the number one problem we have to deal with in her care, as it impacts every concern – feeding, clothing, elimination, mental focus, etc..  At this time, we are importing hemp products (oil, protein powder, seeds) for health purposes from a US supplier who does the processing, although the hemp itself is grown in Canada.  How crazy is that?  Hemp seeds are rich in protein, and a source of all eight essential amino acids, containing an oil very high in poly-unsaturates.  Hemp has the highest percentage of protein (25%), by weight, of any plant-based source, except for soybeans.  But unlike soy products, the majority of hemp protein is readily digestible, being composed of two proteins (edestin and albumin) normally found in human blood plasma.  It has a perfect 3:1 balance of Omega 6 to Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids for optimum health.  

 
A terrific collection of quotable quotes about hemp:

 

To close, here is Jack Herer, the grandfather of hemp activists, author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana, who spent 40+ years promoting greater awareness of this amazing plant, one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts to us.  Please join the fight to regain our right to this miracle plant.  Jackherer.com  is an excellent resource for following the latest pushes for reform, carrying on Jack’s legacy of activism.

 

In the News ∞ Monsanto Buys Leading Bee Research Firm

We could call it colony collapse disorder of the human being too. Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us

What would we do without bees? It is hard to understand how we have gotten to the point where this question actually needs to be asked.  This unsettling news article was on the Natural News website recently:

Amid all the controversy over genetically-modified (GM) crops and their pesticides and herbicides decimating bee populations all around the world, biotechnology behemoth Monsanto has decided to buy out one of the major international firms devoted to studying and protecting bees. Beeologics handed over the reins to Monsanto back on September 28, 2011, which means the gene-manipulating giant will now be able to control the flow of information and products coming from Beeologics for colony collapse disorder (CCD).

Since 2007, Beeologics has been studying CCD, as well as Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV), for the purpose of coming up with intervention-based ways to mitigate these conditions…Now that Beeologics is owned and controlled by Monsanto, the company is sure to completely avoid dealing with the true causes of CCD and IAPV as they pertain to Monsanto’s crop technologies — GMOs and their chemical counterparts. So going into the future, it seems expected that Beeologics will come up with “scientific breakthroughs” that deny any link between CCD and GMO technologies, and instead blame mystery pathogens and other factors that require more chemicals to eliminate. Read more.

http://www.beeologics.com/breaking_news.asp

http://www.activistpost.com

Health Matters ∞ From SAD to Raw – 8 Weeks

It is estimated that 60% of disease is caused by the SAD diet. If food is the culprit, I believe that food can be the answer.  Susan Powers, Rawmazing.com

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May 22 marked 8 weeks of our new eating plan and the time has flown by, as it always does.  Unfortunately, as seems to be the norm for us, we had a few other challenges to deal with in the same time frame, which limited my opportunities to invest in incorporating change into our diet. These included, but are not limited to:

-working on developing my blogging skills, since I only started my blog 3 weeks before deciding to revamp our eating habits.

-going through the process of looking for, then beginning the training of, an aide who is now coming into our home to help care for our cp girl.

-another stage of this undertaking was adapting to having the aide in our house on an almost daily basis. Since we homeschool, most of our family is at home all day long, and adding an outsider to our mix takes getting used to, even though she is a very sweet and kind girl. Our preference would be to care for our daughter ourselves, but after 10 years of doing so, we are burnt out and can no longer do it alone.

-initiating a relationship with another government agency regarding the aide issue as the number of care hours our daughter requires is not covered by the agency we began the respite programme with.  This includes multiple in-depth interviews and paperwork regarding her extreme care needs to get the care in place.

-working our way through our spring birthday season, as we celebrate 5 birthdays within the space of 6 weeks. We do birthdays very simply around here, but 5 in such a short time takes some sustained effort.

-having 2 appointments in the city for our daughter. We try to limit the numbers of trips we have to make for our daughter’s medical needs, as they are truly exhausting.

-getting our garden in shape, planting our veggies, fruits, and flowers for the summer growing season.  Last year was our first year back at gardening after a few year’s break, so there was still a lot of cleaning up to do this spring.  (We live on almost 2 acres of land.)  This included trying to start plants from seeds for the first time ever.

-doing our tax returns (x7), and compiling all our homeschooling receipts to submit for reimbursement.  (Alberta is the only province that I know of that provides some minimal funding for homeschooled students.)

-continuing to research brain injury, health issues in general, and the world we live in.

My head kind of spins just reading that!  Happily, our improving health has made it a little easier to deal with the stuff that comes our way.  Even though we have not been consistently eating raw/vegetarian/vegan, both my husband and I have each lost about 11 pounds.  More importantly, our clothes are fitting way better (I have dropped 2 sizes in the pants I am wearing), and we are more comfortable being active.  And that is in spite of our birthday season, a couple of traditional pasta suppers, our celebratory spring-is-here steak barbecue, and other departures from strictly healthy eating.  (Don’t tell anyone but we actually bought doughnuts for the family from Tim Horton’s on our way home from our city appointment!  We were very tired!)  Our goal is still to reach about 60% raw, but we don’t have a nervous breakdown if we have an off day.

Some of the things I enjoy about our new food lifestyle:

-grocery shopping is a lot more fun, and easier somehow.  I spend almost all my time (30 minutes?) in the produce section, bagging fruits and veggies.  It takes a lot of time to fill 2 carts full of enough fresh produce to feed 12 people for most of the week.

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Our weekly shopping expedition! Kidding, almost!

-I feel like we can occasionally afford to buy some more exotic fruit, because we are not spending that money on dairy (very expensive!), or meat (still buying some, but much less).

-we have much less garbage, and a lot more raw material for our composters, which is a definite bonus to my gardener’s heart!

-I am having fun trying out new recipes with old favourite and new favourite ingredients, like raw baba ganoush, raw ratatouille, bok choy salad (which was surprisingly very yummy, as I had never had raw bok choy before).

-we are all trimming down, and looking healthy.

Problems with this food plan? Just one really.  We run out of supplies before the week is up, and either don’t have the time or the money to go and replenish the larder.  (An illustration: 12 bananas x 7 days = 84 bananas, or 13 average sized bunches.)  That is more of a logistical problem than anything else, though.  Overall, we are very pleased, and are looking forward to ever-improving health.  The linked articles below are very informative if you are looking for more reading.  Wishing you good health!

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Health Matters ∞ From SAD to Raw Week 2

Cow’s milk is for calves. You have no more need of cow’s milk than you do rat’s milk, horse’s milk or elephant’s milk. Cow’s milk is a high fat fluid exquisitely designed to turn a 65 lb baby calf into a 1400 lb cow. That’s what cow’s milk is for! Dr Michael Klaper MD

Yesterday marked the end of 2 weeks with our new lifestyle, and things are going great.  The transition really was enjoyable and not nearly as challenging as I anticipated it would be.  The feelings of improving health came surprisingly quickly, and were a great reinforcement to bolster my committment to this new way of life.  I simply feel healthier.  My skin is clearer.  I have lost 8 pounds to date.  I have experienced almost no cravings for sweet things.  My appetite is satiated by the foods I am preparing.  (I had wondered if I would feel hungry eating raw.)  My energy levels are rising.  It’s been a busy time, as I have had to do a lot of reading and video viewing, but it has been fun too, looking up new recipes and methods of food prep, all of this being a nice change from the rather stagnant state I was in previously, culinarily speaking.  We are enjoying more fresh foods (rather than cooked).  There is an interesting article linked at the bottom of this post which explains why raw foods provide less energy (i.e. have fewer calories) than cooked.  I’m sure that is a big part of the fairly rapid weight loss I am experiencing.

April 3 was another red letter day here as we made the decision to give up dairy.  As with most matters, you can find information both for and against consuming dairy products.  I have been suspicious of the effects of dairy for quite a long time, but I never got around to a making a definitive decision.  We switched to organic milk and yogurt about a year ago, hoping to offset a lot of the problems related to the hormone-laden regular milk products.  However, after watching  the video below, I knew that dairy had to go completely.  The science he presents is irrefutable and, quite frankly, highly aggravating to me, and  just one more example of how we are sold lies as truth.  As I found with my post on microwave ovens, the information is all there for the finding, but a person has to have the time and energy to invest in chasing down the real facts we are not supposed to know.   (You can start at  the 7 minute mark if you want to skip the introduction to his talk.)

                               
So dairy is gone, and we are learning how we can replace it with other healthier alternatives.  While we have been trying out different boxed drinks (almond, rice, hemp, oatmeal milks – never, ever soy) for the past couple of months, we finally made our own almond milk and found, not surprisingly, it had a better, fresher taste than store-bought.  My daughter says it tastes less dry, if that makes any sense.  Here is the method we followed to make it, which includes important information about pre-soaking the almonds.

A heads up for any one who might have a brain-injured family member – almonds are a great source of glutaminic acid (forms glutamine, precursor to GABA - gamma-Aminobutyric acid), which naturally elevates the production of key neurotransmitters.  Brown rice is another great source, so next on our to try list is raw rice milk.  There are recipes for making milk from cooked rice, but I want to try the raw first.  Happily you can find videos on youtube to teach you how to do almost anything in the kitchen.   

I still have a lot to learn before I can say that I know we are getting everything we need in our diet, but I am happy with the start we have made.   We are also scaling back on our meat consumption, hopefully working to mostly meatless (credit again to Dr. McDougall’s video).  Here are some examples of how we are eating.  I am a big fan of stir-fry, and now especially, as I can cook the veggies just very lightly so they still have lots of crunch. 

breakfast: green smoothie w/barley powder 
lunch: almond, chocolate, coconut shake; guacamole w/organic corn chips 
supper:  turkey, oven roasted potatoes, rappini

breakfast: green smoothie w/barley powder 
lunch: lentil soup (leftovers)  
supper: chicken w/rice, butter lettuce with tomatoes, sunflower seeds, and raw dressing

breakfast: green smoothie w/barley powder
lunch: green salad/w sunflower and hemp seeds
supper: stir-fried rice (delicious! – pictured above)

The barley powder is something I came across at a sample booth at our local health food store about 6 months ago.  It’s a sprouted barley product which is organic and locally grown.  The video below is from the people who manufacture the product.  I am not connected to them in any way, just a big fan.  I am guessing it has similar properties to wheat grass juice (something to look into further), but comes in a much more convenient format so you can easily include it in your diet on a daily basis.    

So, until the next update…good health to you!

 

Health Matters ∞ From SAD to Raw

Raw is living. Cooked is dead. You have to eat living food to get life.   Danny Dolton

I have always been a stay at home mom, and I love my job.  I truly believe that the mother makes a home, and that food is a huge part of how we make a happy space for a family to flourish.  I have always tried to be informed about matters of health.  Having been pregnant and/or breastfeeding for the larger part of my adult life, and also being responsible for the care and feeding of a family of twelve, I have worked hard to provide the best, most nourishing food I could.  Of course, my knowledge was only as good as  my source material, so I have refined my understanding of good nutrition through the years as I have found better information. 

We happily ate totally vegetarian for about 8 months early in our marriage when our first born was just arrived.  Laurel’s Kitchen was my bible.  We enjoyed the food, and felt great.  I don’t even remember why we stopped.  Probably because it took a little more advanced planning than normal cooking, and we moved around a lot in our early years. 

After our daughter was born with severe cerebral palsy 9 years ago, it became even more important to understand the interplay between what we ingest and how we function.  Maintaining her optimal health was key to keeping her well at home and not in the hospital.  We learned a lot more about the neurological, endocrine and digestive systems, the brain and healing.  We had visits to a naturopath to find out which nutrients and supplements were lacking in her diet.  The upshot is that we have a quite healthy severely brain injured girl who receives very little pharmacological intervention – only 2 meds, one of which is for her reflux, and the other to help her to sleep (theoretically).

Unfortunately, the strain and stress of caring for our daughter has lead to the deterioration of my own health and my husband’s. We have both put on 60+ pounds since her birth.  A large factor in this weight gain has been the sleep deprivation we have experienced for the last 9 years. Even as an infant, our daughter would never sleep for more than 8 hours out of 24, and never all in one go.  Although the situation has improved quite a bit, there can still be 2 or 3 nights out of the week where someone is up through most of the night trying to encourage our daughter to sleep.  This ongoing lack of sleep has decimated our vigor.  Whatever energy we had left over after meeting our daughter’s needs (as well as our other kid’s) was spent on the bare necessities of life – cooking and cleaning.  As our energy reserves shrank, we became less active physically, and our daily walks dwindled down to no walks.  We became a little more enamoured of coffee than was good for us.  My blood pressure became a problem, and I went on medication to control it.  (I voluntarily quit my prescription about 2 years ago when the doctor wanted to increase my already strong dose of a strong medication.  I realized that not only was the medication not working, it was making things worse.) 

We tried to restrict our carb intake for a few years.  We ate less bread and noodles and tried to eat more stir fries and rice.  It made a little difference but not enough.  I could feel that I was not as healthy as I needed to be.  I lost about 10 pounds, but I stiil looked and felt bloated.  I didn’t have the energy I wanted to have.  I lost interest in food, and was eating erratically, skipping some meals to work through whatever I was trying to accomplish.  Clearly our traditional diet (or the standard American diet, or SAD) was no longer working for me.  I was looking for something more than a different way of cooking, something better that could restore our health completely.  I really didn’t think we were going to go vegetarian, because we really like eating meat!  When listening to the Celtic Rebel’s rants about vegetarianism, I tuned out (he gets rather strident about it).  Another blog I like to visit, Atlantean Conspiracy,  is very big on raw foods, and while I would read the posts, and watch some of his videos on the subject, I tuned out there too (again, strident).

And yet, somehow, I finally decided to take the plunge and try to start a raw foods diet.  It just happened almost spontaneously, as most things do around our home (if you define spontaneous as the sudden springing forth of an idea or decision after  months or even years of research followed by lots of reflection).  March 28 was the big red letter day in our house (as well as being the 23rd birthday of one of our sons).  Of course, as chief cook and bottlewasher,  I was not going down this road alone.  There is no way I was changing my diet while continuing to  cook traditional meals for the rest of the family. Luckily, my kids are pretty game (we’ve made a few dietary experiments in our past).   We started the day off with a green smoothie breakfast.  After reviewing a bunch of different smoothie recipes, I went with this:

3 avocados                                                   3 bananas
1 large whole english cucumber             juice of 2 oranges
1 whole apple                                                handfuls of spinach
1 whole lemon                                               water to blend

It turned out great, and everyone had some, even our cp girl!  She really seemed to like it.  I know I enjoyed mine.  It definitely wasn’t smooth like the bottled smoothies you can buy in the store, but boy was it fresh tasting.  A good pointer I read was to be sure to chew the smoothie.  That get’s the saliva glands going and aids digestion (these instructions make more sense after you make 1 of these).  Lunch was a salad of mixed greens with sunflower seeds and an avocado, basil, and orange raw dressing, one of Dan McDonald’s recipes (a youtube raw foodist).  It was delicious and very filling. The sunflower seeds take on a very crouton like character. Supper was not raw, and was followed by birthday cake!

The smoothie pictured is our day 3 experiment.  I poured the glass from the bottom of the pitcher after it had sat for a while so it looks a little extra fibrous, but it tasted great.  I am not sure if a more powerful blender can get these drinks any smoother.  We have a pretty good blender.  (It’s a Ninja blender with triple sets of blades and 1000 w of power.)  The reviews were more mixed on this one as not everybody loves cilantro as much as I do. I put in:         

4 stalks of celery             
1 whole apple
1/2 lemon, without the peel
3 frozen bananas
1 whole green pepper
1 whole pear
frozen oj (out of fresh)
bit of cucumber
cilantro (love cilantro!)
water to blend

So far so good.  I think if we get to 60% raw I will be very happy.  I feel better already, and have already lost much of the puffiness and bloated feeling, and 4 pounds.  Apparantly the green smoothies are great for weight loss.  I have a lot more reading and video viewing to do, but I am happy we have started.  Here are a couple of inspiring videos which explain a lot of the facts about transitioning your diet, and why raw foods are healthy.  I hope you enjoy watching them.  Good health to you!

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Health Matters ∞ Microwaves

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 centuriesDavid 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?

English: wall of microwaves

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.