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Microwaves – a hot potato

In our quick-fix culture, dinnertime for many has been reduced to a ‘ring and ping’ affair: calling the local Thai takeaway or shoving a lean-cuisine in the microwave is a convenient choice in an overscheduled life.

But choosing the easy option could be wreaking havoc on your health.

‘There’s nothing more disastrous than a microwave oven,’ says Burton Goldberg, renowned cancer coach and star of Cancer Conquest and Cancer is Curable Now (if you hadn’t noticed, alternative cancer films are becoming the new art house).

‘It kills the enzymes in the food, destroys them, and creates a monster food… yet nobody talks about it.’ (Taken from Healing Cancer World Summit 2011)

In Russia, microwave ovens have been banned for several decades, according to  Andreas Moritz, author of Cancer is Not a Disease: It’s a Survival Mechanism.

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Moritz, a medical intuitive, practitioner of Ayurveda and contributor to Natural News.

So what do Russians have against this kitchen staple?

‘Russian researchers have found decreased nutritional value, cancer making compounds and brain damaging radiolytics in virtually all microwave-prepared foods,’ he says.

According to Moritz the Russian scientists found a decreased nutritional value in up to 90% of all microwave-prepared food.

‘ In addition the B complex, C and E vitamins – linked with stress reduction and the prevention of cancer and heart disease… were all rendered useless by microwaves, even after short cooking durations,’ he says.

Would you like some stomach cancer with that defrosted lasagna?

In Dr. Lita Lee’s book, Health Effects of Microwave Radiation – Microwave Ovens, and in the March and September 1991 issues of Earthletter, she states that microwave ovens convert foods into organ-toxic and carcinogenic products.

Dr. Lita Lee also found that eating nuked food lead to malfunctions within the lymphatic systems, a higher percentage of cancerous cells within the blood and more cancer-causing free radicals.

Moritz work further validates the microwave/cancer connection. According to his book, Russian researchers reported increased rates of stomach and intestinal cancers and a higher percentage of cell tumours amongst people eating microwave-cooked meals.

Just warming up

A few years ago a Swiss study analysed hospital patients fed raw, cooked and microwaved foods. They drew blood from the subjects before, during and after eating. The results were astounding.

The blood samples taken from those eating cooked food came out slightly better than those on a raw food diet, but the blood taken from those eating microwaved foods revealed serious health concerns.

*Blood hemoglobin levels decreased significantly after ingesting microwaved foods

*Microwaves altered protein molecules

* Levels of leukocytes increased after eating microwaved foods (Apparently leukocytes increase in response to foreign invaders and may indicate poisoning or cell damage).

*LDL cholesterol increased relative to HDL cholesterol

So where were the newspaper headlines?

The Swiss Government suppressed the information because it compromised the microwave industry. The researchers were summarily sued by the ‘Swiss Association of Dealers for Electroapparatuses for Households and Industry’ and one of the authors was convicted by the Swiss Federal Court of ‘interfering with commerce.’

‘That’s why I say the most important thing in medicine is politics, being allowed to tell the truth,’ says Goldberg.

‘In this country (USA), you can’t tell the truth about vitamins and minerals, what it does for you. …the FDA says it’s a drug, if you make [health] claims.’ (Healing Cancer World Summit )

Microwave food might make you stupid

According to Dr. Lita Leeregularly eating microwaved food can cause long term, permanent, brain damage by ‘de-magnetizing’ the brain tissue.

Eating microwaved food can also apparently lead to loss of memory, concentration and emotional instability.

If that’s not bad enough zapping leftovers might also mess with your libido.

Dr Lee found that male and female hormone production is shut down by continually eating microwaved foods.

Oh, and whatever you do, don’t be tempted to warm-up breast-milk in the microwave.

In the journal Pediatrics (April 1992) Stanford researchers revealed that microwaving human milk, even at a low setting, can destroy some of the potent immune-boosting antibodies and encourage the growth of potentially pathogenic bacteria.

But what shocked me the most, was that even if you don’t use the microwave sitting in your kitchen, it still might be affecting your health:

‘The radiation from the microwave has been found to accumulate in the kitchen furniture, becoming a constant source of radiation in itself,’ says Moritz.

So even if the microwave languishes on the bench-top – waiting for the occasional evening when your boyfriend returns half-cut and decides to heat up the bolognaise – you could still be suffering from its deleterious effects.

I personally haven’t had a microwave in my flat for several years, and I don’t miss it at all. It only takes a few minutes more to heat something up in the oven – or on the stovetop – and having a rice-cooker means there’s usually warm rice ready to eat.

And with the three month supply of wheatgrass shots currently taking up two shelves in my freezer – there’s scant space for frozen meals (More on that soon).

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5 Responses to Microwaves – a hot potato

  1. corinne says:

    thanks for sharing such another great story. love sharing your beautifully written articles! if either you or your mum are every in mandurah, i’d love to meet! hugs to you all!

  2. Karenne says:

    Another great article Laura….I have long been aware of the health hazards of the microwave. I do have one but it only gets used to heat up my husband’s wheat pack (for his neck). I am horrified when I see young mothers heat their babies bottle in the microwave…..but most don’t listen or don’t believe your warnings. More education is needed so that consumers can make a more educated and wise decision as to how best to cook their food. Again it comes down to commercialism and the all mighty dollar! As you say it is pretty well “nuked” by the time you eat it. I make up a mix of fresh garlic & lemon tonic in my fridge for daily use and I did come across an article on the internet that stressed not to heat up the garlic & lemon in the microwave as it killes off all the nutriion in the garlic. I figured if it does that to garlic what is it doing to all the other foods! Your articles are so true and I enjoyed reading them. Thanks again Laura.

  3. Jayne says:

    We got rid of our microwave several years ago after I became aware of how awful they are. I would urge anyone to google the now famous school experiment where pupils grew two plant from seed but watered one with only cooled microwaved water and one with cooled conventionally boiled water….the results are shocking and of course, nature does not lie to us!!
    I could post various links but you are as well to just google it & see what happens.
    Thanks once again Laura for a fabulous blog 🙂 x

  4. Steph says:

    Thanks Laura for another great article. This confirmed what I have long feared and David and I have ditched the microwave!! Which we were actually using a bit. It’s hard at first. Have to heat up the soup on the stove at home and bring to work in a Thermos (it was lukewarm but at least it was nutritious.) I always feel more informed after I have read your work. xxxxx steph

  5. George says:

    Thanks for your efforts Laura, Microwave ovens are great for drying wet shoes. They are No good for cooking or defrosting food. They make good planter boxes for growing fresh herbs when filled with soil and placed in the garden. (I’m not really sure about the shoes _ just surmising). The best microwave ovens are the ones that have been unplugged from the power point and had the electrical plug cut off. (Make sure the plug top has its pins bent back though, in case a child gets hold of it.)
    Cheers George

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