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Do Microwave Ovens Pose Hidden Health Risks?

microwave 2 Like vaccines and cell phones, the safety of microwave ovens is the subject of heated debate. Some voices within the natural health community have expressed concern that the appliance poses multiple health risks, while most voices from the allopathic medical community insist these concerns have no foundation. Who is right?

With people in America on both sides of the debate, each saying that science backs up their views, it’s hard to get to the bottom of the issue and sort out fact from fiction. Live in the Now sought the opinion of Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., Medical Advisory Board Member of the non-profit Nutritional Magnesium Association. As a nutritionist as well as a practitioner with both allopathic and naturopathic credentials, she is more qualified than most experts to evaluate whether the concerns have merit.

Dean asserts that microwaves may indeed present many health dangers. When asked why medical opinions are so divided and why many discount the risks, she gives the following astute insights. “This disconnect has happened on so many levels: mercury fillings in teeth, mercury in vaccines, fluoride in dental products … Decisions are made based on economics, and the products are never tested for safety and long-term health. Then the various industries are afraid to say they made a mistake because they could be held accountable. Therefore, the mistake stands and is often rigorously defended. And people suffer the consequences.”

Microwaves Destroy the Nutrient Content of Food

The doctor conveyed in no uncertain terms that microwaves destroy the nutrient content of food. “Microwaves work by heating food to very high levels, which breaks apart cell walls. Consequently, enzymes and nutrients leak out and disintegrate in the high temperatures because they are no longer protected inside the cells. That alone tells us that food cooked in microwaves is completely dead. Devoid of life means the food has no enzyme activity and most of its nutrients are burnt off. Additionally, heat from microwaves will also coagulate protein and make it very hard to digest,” Dean said.

Russia Banned Microwaves in 1976

In searching for the truth, something to factor into the equation is that Russia had banned microwaves after finding an extensive array of safety concerns. The Nazis invented these appliances during WWII. At the conclusion of the war, Russian scientists conducted thorough research on its biological effects. Disturbed by what the researchers uncovered, the country banned microwaves in 1976 but later removed the ban in Perestroika. Here are a few of the alarming health risks the studies revealed.

What Does Research That Is More Recent Show?

Dangers of Packaged Microwave Food

Concerns about microwaving aren’t limited to the radiation and cooking process itself: they also extend to the packaging of microwavable foods. Microwave popcorn is immensely popular, but many of the popcorn bags are coated with Teflon, a substance containing chemicals that can be metabolized to carcinogens.

Additionally, chemicals from most plastics, including Styrofoam and food wrap, can contaminate food when heated in a microwave. Scientists disagree on the potential health effects of this problem.

Minimize Your Use of Microwave Ovens

By no means are the above health issues an exhaustive list of concerns associated with microwaves. Even if only some of them are valid, it seems like a good idea to stop using this appliance completely. Dr. Joseph Mercola, natural health guru provides these suggestions to help you make this adjustment.

However, if you feel you still need to use a microwave, here are some common sense practices that can reduce your risks.






Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com. Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.

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