Danger MicrowaveDid you know that there is a dangerous device in your kitchen that was invented by the Nazis? This device was also considered illegal to own by the Russian government. I am not pulling your leg here!  If you own a microwave, then this – unfortunately –  is a fact, not fiction.

The microwave oven was invented by the Nazis during World War II in order to provide a mobile food source for their troops.  Although the German microwaves were in the experimental stages, the U.S. took notice and began their own investigation of their safety and efficiency.  The United States improved upon the original microwave and began selling it in the 1970s for home use.

The Russians, however, did their own investigating and were alarmed by the results.  In 1976, the Russian deemed the microwave illegal to own due to grave safety concerns. In the Russian studies, they found that every food microwaved and tested (milk, grains, raw vegetables and meats) contained some sort of carcinogen.

microwave danger in home and health by flickr AloneAlbatross

Carcinogens are substances that have been found to cause cancer in the body.  They also found a dramatic decrease in the bioavailablity of the nutrients in the food. Basically, they determined the microwave is an appliance of the living dead!

Dangers of Micro-Radiation

There is no arguing against the convenience of using a microwave.  Even fast food chains take advantage of their speed in cooking time.  However, the convenience is far outweighed by the microwave’s dangerous side-effects.

I remember my Grandmother always saying to me, “Back away from the microwave!” while I was warming my food.  I thought she was crazy, but come to find out, she was onto something.   When microwaves were first introduced in the 1970s, they were proudly advertised as radar ranges. You blast your food with high-intensity radar and it gets hot.  But radiation can leak through the microwave and into the home we live in.

The FDA has been regulating microwaves through a radiation control program since the 70s.  However, a microwave used over a period of years or with an unseen flaw in the seal may can leak toxic levels of radiation into our space.  The American FDA advises don’t stand in front of a microwave for long periods of time. Standing just 1 foot away from your microwave can expose you to up to 400 milliGauss of radiation!  As little as 4 milliGauss has been linked to leukemia!  Several other negative health consequences from microwave radiation include:

  • Changes in heart rate
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Decreased immunity
  • Vision problems

If you continue to use your microwave, please step out of

the room while it is in use.  And please, never let children near while it’s on and zapping your food!

Zapping Your Food to Death

microwave radiation side-effects by flickr PaulTeeeHeating alone can cause raw, live food to lose valuable enzymes and nutrition. However, zapping your food with a microwave takes the nutrition loss to entirely different level! The dangerous carcinogens that the Russians discovered in microwaved food, were merely the tip of the iceberg!

The Russian scientists found that microwaves decreased food value from 60% to 90%! The mechanism by which heat is produced causes internal damage to the delicate molecular structures of vitamins and phytonutrients. Broccoli, for example, contains anti-cancer nutrients called flavanoids.  Studies have found that using a microwave to cook broccoli destroys 97% of these beneficial flavanoids!

Microwaves are an inferior mechanism in preparing food at home for many reasons:

  • Microwaves kill your food leaving it lacking vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.  Microwaves produce molecular friction, which quickly destroys these delicate molecules in your food.
  • Microwaves cause damage to cell walls of your food.  Scientists actually use microwaves to weaken the walls of cells when performing experiments and chemical reactions.
  • Microwaves change the molecular makeup of food and even convert amino acids into toxic by-products!
  • Microwaves create something call radiolytic compounds in your food.  These compounds are not found in nature and there have been no studies to confirm how they affect us when consumed.

Basically, people who use the microwave on a regular basis are walking down a dangerous path towards degenerative disease and a lifelong battle with obesity. The more you use the microwave, the worse your nutritional state gets. Then, you are more likely to be diagnosed with various diseases and use pharmaceuticals, which create other health problems that lead to a grand spiraling nosedive of health.

Life Without a Microwave

Living without a microwave is possible!  It may seem like a necessity in your life, but I assure you it isn’t worth it! It will clear up counter space, save you electricity and greatly enhance your dietary habits.

Fresh veggies without microwave for RattatouilleI personally haven’t owned a microwave in about 10 years.  I learned many years ago about their ability to destroy the nutrients in your food. I made the decision to use my stovetop and toaster oven to warm up my leftovers.  Yes, it takes a couple more minutes, but why eat when you aren’t getting any benefits from the food  going into your body?

A few tips in going microwave free:

  • Invest in a toaster oven or small convection oven for quick reheating of small meals.
  • Be sure and thaw your frozen food ahead of time to avoid relying on a microwave’s defrost mode.
  • Pack a lunch that doesn’t require heat.  Sandwiches, raw vegetables, salads, and soups in a thermos work great!
  • Better yet, strive to eat more of a raw, unprocessed diet. That where you’ll get the best nutrition anyway. Blend up some smoothies. It’s faster than microwaving foods and far healthier.

Microwaves are many times synonymous with prepackaged foods like TV dinners.  These frozen meals are full of preservatives and artificial ingredients.  Add zapping food in the microwave and their nutrient value becomes almost null and void.

Replace your prepackaged meals with fresh food!  Eat your vegetables raw or lightly steamed to preserve their nutrients.  It will take some getting used to, but life without a microwave isn’t that bad!  The health benefits far outweigh the speedy convenience.

Your kitchen should be a sanctuary for you and your family!  It should be place where they gather for both fellowship and food.  Using a microwave in that space creates a toxic and dangerous environment.  It is worth the exchange, I promise you.

Dump your microwave for healthier food and a safer home for both you and your family. Protecting health is our own responsibility, and it’s up to us all to make informed decisions about how we buy, prepare and consume our foods. You have to save yourself.

Spend a little longer preparing a meal and live a longer healthier life!

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