Exploring the health impacts of microwaves
When I was in high school I conducted a study for my grade 9 science. It was exploring the influence water had on plant growth. I used town water, tank water and microwaved tank water. What I found was the plant growth of microwaved tank water compared to tank and town was dismal. This sparked my interest in understanding the influence microwaves have on our health and food.
The history of research surrounding microwave foods impact on our health is to say the least controversial. When I started looking into this more recently I found that Russian scientists have carried out research around the use of microwaves and observed the following findings
- People who ingested microwaved foods showed a statistically higher incidence of stomach and intestinal cancers, plus a general degeneration of peripheral cellular tissues and a gradual breakdown of the function of the digestive and excretory systems.
- Due to chemical alterations within food substances, malfunctions occurred within the lymphatic system, causing a degeneration in the immune system's ability to protect the body against neoplastic (cancerous) growth.
- Microwave exposure caused significant decreases in the nutritional value of all foods studied, most significantly in the bio- availability of B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, essential minerals and lipotropics (substances that prevent abnormal accumulation of fat).
- Heating prepared meats in a microwave sufficiently for human consumption creates the cancer-causing agent d-nitrosodiethanolamine.
- Cancer-causing free radicals were formed within certain trace-mineral, molecular formations in plant substances -- particularly in raw root vegetables.
- Ingestion of microwaved foods caused a higher percentage of cancerous cells within the blood serum.
- Microwaving foods alters their elemental food substances, leading to disorders in the digestive system.
The use of microwave ovens was banned in Russia in 1976.
In 1989 a swiss researcher, Dr Hans Urlich Hertel, found grounds to support the work of the Russian scientists, however he was silenced. In 1998, the European court of human rights did remove this gag under freedom of speech. You can find the document here - https://www.legal-tools.org/doc/10801e/pdf/
Furthermore, the Japanese have researched and found evidence on the changes in Vit B12. They found that 6 minutes of microwaving beef, pork and milk a 30-40% reduction in Vit B12 was found. Here is the link to the study http://lib3.dss.go.th/fulltext/Journal/J.agri.food%20chem/1998/no.1p1-360/1998v46no1p206-210.pdf
On the contrary Harvard university found that microwave use vs steaming has little difference to food. Their research supports and 'debunks' the ideas of nutritional loss due to microwaves.
How do EMF’s influence health?
So leading on from this I then concluded that yes there is nutritional loss from heating food regardless if its steaming or microwaving. What is the impact of EMF’s on our health. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you limit your exposure to EMFs between 0.5 mG to 2.5 mG. When you are three feet away from a microwave, you are exposed to up to 25 mG. One study explored the impact of women who were exposed to higher magnetic field levels had 2.72 times the risk of miscarriage.
The research and concern on how it influences our health does raise concerns. The World Health Organisation raises many concerns on the influence EMF’s have on our health. We are in a live experiment with the overload of EMF’s in our environment. Let’s consider the impact when we add in 5G mobile, Wifi, electricity wiring in our homes, electricity poles in our front yards, transmitters, power lines and so forth. I have worked with clients that are sensitive to EMF's and the influence on health is damaging.
The World Health Organisation has released a statement on
What is Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Sensitivity?
“EHS is characterized by a variety of non-specific symptoms, which afflicted individuals attribute to exposure to EMF. The symptoms most commonly experienced include dermatological symptoms (redness, tingling, and burning sensations) as well as neurasthenic and vegetative symptoms (fatigue, tiredness, concentration difficulties, dizziness, nausea, heart palpitation, and digestive disturbances). The collection of symptoms is not part of any recognized syndrome.
EHS resembles multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), another disorder associated with low-level environmental exposures to chemicals. Both EHS and MCS are characterized by a range of non-specific symptoms that lack apparent toxicological or physiological basis or independent verification. A more general term for sensitivity to environmental factors is Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance (IEI), which originated from a workshop convened by the International Program on Chemical Safety (IPCS) of the WHO in 1996 in Berlin. IEI is a descriptor without any implication of chemical etiology, immunological sensitivity or EMF susceptibility. IEI incorporates a number of disorders sharing similar non-specific medically unexplained symptoms that adversely affect people. However since the term EHS is in common usage it will continue to be used here.” Quoted from WHO
The health implications of Electro Magnetic Fields
When I read the research and see doctors such as Dr Teo in Sydney speaking out I think we have to listen as they are seeing the impact day to day on the ground running
In Europe more than 180 scientists and doctors from 36 countries warn about the danger of 5G, which will lead to a massive increase in involuntary exposure to electromagnetic radiation. The release of statement can be found here - https://www.jrseco.com/wp-content/uploads/2017-09-13-Scientist-Appeal-5G-Moratorium.pdf
Recently Brussells has halted the roll out of 5G due to health conerns. It has been reported http://www.brusselstimes.com/brussels/14753/radiation-concerns-halt-brussels-5g-for-now
Personal choice when it comes to microwaves
As always, I do believe its personal informed choices and once we know both sides to the discussion we can make a decision based best on our family, health and well-being. We have had many requests for this information and I hope this helps you make your informed choice or at the very least continue your own research. In regards to microwaving or steaming; I choose to steam however we don’t create out vegetables to be too soft either we keep a little crunch to them. x