Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Death By Convenience

Why is it we humans keep trying to out-do Mother Nature? It never works. For instance, let's talk about microwave cooking. Do you still microwave? If you do get ready to say goodbye to this convenient health sabotager. Yes, you read that right. Despite the fact a microwave oven can probably be found in at least 90% of homes, no-one should be using one. I bet you haven't heard the Soviet Union banned the use of microwave ovens in 1976. Would you like to know why? And oh by the way do you know who invented the microwave; the Nazis. That should tell you something.

In a paper titled "Hidden Hazards of Microwave Cooking", natural health physician Dr. Joseph Mercola has stated:
"Recent research shows that microwave oven cooked food suffers severe molecular damage. When eaten, it causes abnormal changes in human blood and immune systems. Not surprisingly the public has been denied details on these significant health dangers " (
Dr Mercola is basing his comments on a ton of research which is available to all of us. I will present just a few tidbits of research in this article.

The first scientist to conceive and carry out a quality clinical study on the effects microwaved nutrients have on the blood and physiology of the human body was a Swiss scientist by the name of Dr. Hans Ulrich Hertel. His study stated, “Food cooked or defrosted in a microwave oven causes changes in the blood indicative of a developing pathological process as is also found in a carcinoma [cancer].” In a swift answer to his study an industry trade organization went to court and had Dr Hertel gagged! The gag order was reversed in 1998.

In the December 1989 issue of the medical journal, Lancet, Dr Lita Lee noted microwaved milk or baby formula not only depletes the vitamin content but converts certain amino acids (the constituents of protein) into relatedsubstances that are biologically inactive.

Researchers at the Stanford University Medical Center stated in the April 1992 Journal of Pediatrics the changes in human breast milk which was microwaved just enough to warm it, included the destruction of 98% of its immunogloban-A antibodies and 96% of its liposome activity (which inhibits bacterial infections).

The problem with microwaving is two-fold, health is impacted by the changes in the food caused by microwaving and also by how the body deals with these altered foods. Microwaved foods are not only deficient in vitamins and essential minerals; cancer causing agents are created when food is microwaved.

The nutrients in our foods already gets decreased by our use of green harvesting and the lack of nutrients in our soil. It's sheer insanity to further deplete the nutrients in our food by microwaving it. With all the hits our bodies take from environmental toxins it is imperative we safeguard our nutrition in every way we can.

Convenience doesn't look so good now does it? As always natural whole unprocessed foods and non-irradiating cooking methods are the healthiest! Bon Appetit!

Kopp, William. "Microwave Madness: The Effects ofMicrowave Apparatus on Food and Humans" in Perceptions, May/June 1996

Alexander, Gary. "Throw It In The Microwave" inChronogram, February 2001, p. 9

Wishing you wellness and joy,

Pam Murphy,B.S.,RRT