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Killing yourself for convenience

As reported earlier, Microwaves pretty much suck. Although they are often touted for their convenience, little is understood about how much damange they actually cause.

Here are a few more reasons, put together by health educator Deanna Latson, to help you understand why you should kick that nutrient zapping, cancer causing, oh-so-unhealthy machine to the curb.

Just What is Wrong With Your Microwave?
I am always advising people to throw out those microwaves, why?  Well, here are some concrete reasons why the microwave is dangerous:

  • A study published in the November 2003 issue of The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that broccoli "zapped" in the microwave with a little water lost up to 97 percent of the beneficial antioxidant chemicals it contained. By comparison, steamed broccoli lost 11 percent or fewer of its antioxidants.
  • When microwaving, carcinogenic toxins could be leached from your plastic and paper plates or covers and mix with your food.
  • The temperature of microwaved food can become extremely hot, at temperatures high enough to cause burns or steam buildup that could explode -- this is especially risky with baby bottles. Plus, microwaving can break down the essential disease-fighting ability of breast milk to protect your baby.
  • A 1991 lawsuit involving a woman who had hip surgery and died because the blood used in her blood transfusion was warmed in a microwave. Blood is routinely warmed before transfusions, but not by microwave. The microwave altered the blood and it killed the woman.

Before you use your microwave again, you might want to consider few other facts:

  • The Nazis are credited with inventing the first microwaves. Known first as radiomissors, they were used for preparation of meals on a mass scale during the invasion of Russia -- thus eliminating the logistical problem of cooking fuels. After the war, the Russians had retrieved some of these microwave ovens and conducted thorough research on their biological effects. So alarmed by what they learned, the Russians banned microwave ovens in 1976.
  • By far the most compelling evidence supporting the dangers of microwaves comes from a highly regarded study done by Dr. Hans Hertel, a Swiss food scientist, who concluded that microwave cooking significantly altered food's nutrients -- so significantly that participants' blood changes suggested deterioration.
  • Not surprisingly, Dr. Hertel's study was met with great resistance from those with much to lose. After the gag order placed on his work by a Swiss trade organization was removed, his study was finally published in 1992. Dr. Hertel's startling findings showed that microwave cooking resulted in:
    • Increased cholesterol levels
    • More leukocytes, or white blood cells, which can suggest poisoning
    • Decreased numbers of red blood cells
    • Production of radiolytic compounds (compounds unknown in nature)
    • Decreased hemoglobin levels, which could indicate anemic tendencies
    This study says it all -- it's time to start living without your microwave.

    To Great Health Always
    Deanna Latson 



Although I am interested in reading more about the possible damaging effects of microwaves, the historical association with Nazis does not serve to convince me of anything, except of the inflammatory, reactionary tactics used!

Let's see some links to double blind studies. And what about reheating on ceramic?


Amy, what abou this study?


Wow. Never thought I'd see Godwin's Law come into effect on a raw foods blog.


Godwin's Law is about using Nazi Analogies. This material is being presented as fact.

Not the best bit of info to include, but you can talk to Deanna Latson office manager about that: debbie@goodthink.com


Thanks for the reply. I read the linked article after reading the post. This sentence stuck out to me: "Steamed broccoli, on the other hand, lost only 11 percent, 0 percent and 8 percent, respectively, of flavonoids, sinapics, and caffeoyl-quinic derivatives."

While I understand that this is a raw food blog, and it would be pretty silly to encourage people to eat cooked foods, I think it would be helpful to include such comparative statistics in posts. The more science, the better!


Amy, in our article featured on December 22, 2005, titled "New study proves cooking kills", we did recommend the following:

"Conclusion? Stay away from microwave and try to stick to steaming. Not that I need to mention this, but you could just eat your veggies raw ;)"

Here is the link: http://www.welikeitraw.com/rawfood/2005/12/new_study_prove.html

I totally could have mentioned it again, so my bad on that.

Thanks for your readership Amy, its comments like yours that help this blog evolve.


I thought it was interesting reading about "nazis inventing the microwave" because lately I've been thinking of fast food, junk food, etc... as the "civilian" (i.e. non-military person) equivalent of MRE's (meals-ready-to-eat). I've eaten MRE's before and I think it's probably some of the most processed-and-artificial-preservative filled food out there. And I wonder if people in daily life eat fast-food for similar reasons that soldiers would eat MRE's... (or something like that)


I think it's funny that there are people that associate anything a group or country has done as negative, just because of an unrelated reputation. Now anytime you ever mention that group or anything they have done, any of their accomplishments or related history it's to smear the reputation of that invention? That makes no sense. If that's the history of an invention then that's the history of an invention. So what. I think it's relevant to the case against the microwaves due to the fact that after getting a chance to test the health effects of them, the Russians actually went as far to ban them. That's how bad their results where. Yet of course, greedy people wanted to make a fortune off them anyways, which is what America is all about right. Perfect market.

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