Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dire Straits Malaysian football!?

We were talking football yesterday morning, Malaysian Football. Just when there was some sign of restoration of country’s football pride, we are given a rude shock.. we drew 1-1 Thursday night but lost to our neighbour on 6-4 aggregate…

There were talks about players being pampered too much, spoiled yesteryear Malaysian badminton heroes were quoted as obvious examples and sterling heroes such as Wong Peng Soon, Tan Aik Huang, Chin Aun, Santokh Singh, Arumugam, SuperMokh, Ghani Minhat were equally mentioned.. Then I recounted several examples of Malaysian heroes that were not pampered that did not make good ;(

IMHO, player’s success in his life as player and “life after the limelight’ is up to the player himself/herself, his/her physical and emotional upbringings/make-ups . Those around him/her would also play a part to his/her success/failure.

Talk then moved to yesteryears when Japanese and South Korean footballs were in the same league as Malaysia. They have enough money and good vision to bring in good players to their leagues to improve their lots. Malaysian league also saw football imports albeit cheaper imports for few years only to lose them for some reasons best not to be discussed here.

Then discussion moved to management.. politicians, VIP etcetera and quickly diverted to serious topic on “Rise up for Rummenigge’s revolution” written by Bob Holmes in “the Sun”dated June 29, the article concludes

“Something has been radically wrong with the way football has been run for decades and it is surely good news that something may at long last be done about it. As a fan of the underdog, this column is uneasy about the big boys running the show but the Blatters and Platinis have quite frankly left no alternative to revolution. As they used to say beside the guillotine: “Off with their heads!”.

Malaysian football may need such a revolution as far as FAM is concerned but I am not very keen to delve too deep in football politics.. I quickly switched topic and made the following suggestion to improve Malaysian football:-

“Now that we have few football clubs in England (Today’s (30 June 2011) Star reported TS Tony Fernandes, AirAsia CEO, has been linked with a 100 million Sterling Pound move to buy EPL new boys Queens Park Rangers ) that is partly own by Malaysian maybe The Malaysian part-owner can be kind and generous enough to recruit our good football players to be trained there”.

“Now listen, you have to have some level of football standard to be playing with them ” came a very curt and sharp reply.

It was then yours truly make this observation (relating our Oil and Gas(O&G) experience with our current football predicament)

“When Petronas was formed in 1974, nobody in O&G fraternity gave 2 hoots about Petronas staff’s technical ability.. Our forefathers were smart enough to put in the Petroleum Sharing Contract agreement clauses that allow PETRONAS technical staff to be trained in PS Contractors office and operation worksites. It may take a few years but now we can see out technical staff being pinched/sought out by most O&G companies. Our technical personnel are so highly sought that there are few Middle Eastern O&G companies that conduct open interviews twice a year for a few days at a time”".

The direction for Malaysian football can take a similar route.. the Malaysian part owner of those EPL clubs can lend a helping hand to steer Malaysian football in a better direction.

Should post this yesterday.. I was hauled up to join the shopping chaos in Sogo yesterday evening, tonight have to go again to put finishing touch to Sogo shopping.. another one of my not so many Ramadhan preparation.. to complete all the baju Raya shopping before the Ramadhan. ;))) Lo and behold Sunday morning and early afternoon saw me at Sogo changing shirts that were a bit too tight and fulfilling new shopping requirement from my daughter and our helper...Arghhhhhhhh!

Have a good day and productive month of Ramadhan

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Slanderous joke

Al Quran states "And why did you not, when you heard it, say "It is not right of us to speak of this: Glory to God, this is a most serious slander". (24:16)

The Prophet said:"If the Lord should protect a man from the mischief of two things, he shall enter Paradise: firstly, from that which is between his two jaws [i.e. his tongue], and secondly, from that which is between his two loins."

The Prophet said: “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last day, let him either speak good or keep silent.”

The picture(a painting) is from Google entitled "Slander Detail by Botticelli"

I am blessed with the bibik of my SIL who came to my house yesterday. She has been upset the whole of yesterday and was more than RM100 poorer for it and not to mention the fact that she nearly lost her husband as well.
Do not ask me how (there is a high probability bibik may have dialled wrongly) but for the past 10 days, most of the time she dialled her husband’s hand-phone number there was a lady answering the phone at the other end. When bibik asked why was she answering the phone of bibik‘s husband.. the lady nonchalantly told bibik that “he had been staying at her place for weeks”.
I do not get the exact detail of what ensued .. I gathered that bibik was informed that the lady is eighteen and the man (bibik’s husband?) is her husband as well and she gave her home address in Puchong, which coincidently the place where bibik’s husband is currently working.
That’s it.. bibik borrowed some RM200 from my SIL called her husband (somehow he was at the end of the line that time) told him that she is going to “ganyang” (go and destroy) the lady at that Puchong address. The husband frantically enlisted the help of his cousin and reached the house some 30 minutes before bibik reached the house in a taxi.
Before entering the house, Bibik in no uncertain term has issued her ultimatum.. if what that lady said is true.. bibik’s husband has to leave bibik immediately. On giving salam and entering the house bibik was in for a surprise, the lady in question is about eighty and has an equally old husband at her side.. When Bibik asked her why did she said bibik’s husband has been sleeping there.. the lady apologised and said she was only joking, bibik husband has never been to the house etcetera.. ;((
Again I do not get the full detail, but bibik stormed out of the house after a while and left her husband and his cousin in a hurry. She seek refuge in my house to avoid her husband as her husband is familiar with my SIL and he has been reluctant to visit her at my home..
The lady might be irritated to receive so many unwanted calls from bibik but to lead her to think that bibik’s husband is also her husband and that he has been sleeping at her place for weeks is a rather irresponsible action and slanderous.. Non?!

Have a good Sunday and week ahead

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

It is not fair

Those were the words she said..

I told her that since she did not fast for the whole month, last Ramadhan.. she need to "qadha” those days that she did not fast.
"No, I wanted to but I cannot" she said.
Then she repeated those words and asked me to accompany her in her fast..
That was my 15 years old daughter talking to me on her first time “qadha puasa” and that was how I got started in my preparation for Ramadan.. on fasting issue at least ;).

I remembered I have met a good friend in Kerteh (when I was there for the whole of 2005), we compared note on our development in Taddarus. We sort of compete with each other then.. I accomplished a record of sort for myself and to-date I have yet to be anywhere near that record any Ramadhan since ;((

Picture is from Mr Google

Most of you would not be too surprised with our children’s sense of fairness.
I would not be surprised if most of youngsters think differently on that Bersih issue.
Now that Titiwangsa has lost its MP, it would be interesting to find out the effect of our Prime Minister visit to Vatican and the effect of recent Bersih issue.

I was searching an image for the title when I came across the song of same title sung by Dinah Washington (somebody believed in 1950) here
If that was not too agreeable you can try Billy Eckstine

I can sure write a lot more on recent happening but I would rather heed to what Syeikh Mohammad Rashid Redha have said on Khilafiah
" We work together on things we have agreed upon, and mutually walk away from things that we differ."

IMHO, political topics are not easy for a group of people to agree upon..

Have a nice day.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lessons from events before Israa’

Glory to (Allah) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless,- in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who heareth and seeth (all things). 017.001 Al-Israa’

This notes is what I managed to record from one Saturday morning tazkirah (admonition)by Ustaz (teacher in Arabic) Sharir Long in Masjid Ubudiah , Kg. Tasik Ampang.

Israa’ is the journey of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) from Mecca and Jerusalem.

Before the journey, Allah’s Apostle undergo a form of surgery as rarrated Abu Dhar:Allah's Apostle (pbuh) said, " While I was at Mecca the roof of my house was opened and Gabriel descended, opened my chest, and washed it with Zam-zam water. Then he brought a golden tray full of wisdom and faith and having poured its contents into my chest, he closed it.

The teacher specifically read the Arabic form of the hadith and translate the last part to be… the wisdom was poured into the heart and faith was coated around the heart before he closed the chest.

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) informed us in a very famous tradition, commonly quoted with reference to halal and haram, about the importance of the heart .
The hadith in full :- Bukhary, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 49: Narrated An-Nu'man bin Bashir: I heard Allah's Apostle (pbuh) saying, 'Both legal and illegal things are evident but in between them there are doubtful (suspicious) things and most of the people have no knowledge about them. So whoever saves himself from these suspicious things saves his religion and his honor. And whoever indulges in these suspicious things is like a shepherd who grazes (his animals) near the Hima (private pasture) of someone else and at any moment he is liable to get in it. (O people!) Beware! Every king has a Hima and the Hima of Allah on the earth is His illegal (forbidden) things. Beware! There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoilt the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart.

The importance of heart is outlined by the following verses from Al-Quran
The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail, 026.088 Asy-Syu’ara’

Except him who comes to Allah with a heart free (from evil). 026.089 Asy-Syu’ara’
Having said that the teacher told us that the Messenger (pbuh) has to have his heart cleansed, his heart was filled with wisdom(hikmah) and coated with belief (iman) to start his journey to meet Allah in his Mikraj. Similarly, we have to do the same, purify our heart and seek for knowledge or wisdom (hikmah) and Iman in our journey on this earth.

He said the way to purify the heart has been clearly outlined in verse 31 from suratunNur (24)
..And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.

The above verse called for Taubatan Nasuha which means true or sincere repentance; repentance that mends life; such repentance that one never returns to such sin after one repents of it .
Taubatan Nasuha as was outlined by Imam Nawawi:-
1. Stopped from committing the sin
2. Regretted for committing the sin.
3. Determined not to repeat the sin.
4. If anything to do with human being.. to ask for human being forgiveness.

While 1, 2 and 3 are between man and his Creator, to do 4 correctly one have to tell/narrate/detail what exactly were his sins that he want to be forgiven by that particular human being ;( .

The teacher said “Imam Nawawi died when he was 46 years old; he was too busy searching for/teaching knowledge to even get married, while the Muslims now are too busy getting married to search for knowledge” ;) .

To stress the importance of sincere repentance the teacher gave us few more Quranic verses for good measures.
O ye who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance: In the hope that your Lord will remove from you your ills and admit you to Gardens beneath which Rivers flow,- the Day that Allah will not permit to be humiliated the Prophet and those who believe with him. Their Light will run forward before them and by their right hands, while they say, “Our Lord! Perfect our Light for us, and grant us Forgiveness: for Thou hast power over all things.” 066.008 AtTahrim

Turn ye to our Lord (in repentance) and bow to His (Will), before the Penalty comes on you: after that ye shall not be helped. 039.054 AzZummar.

If only thou couldst see when the guilty ones will bend low their heads before their Lord, (saying:) “Our Lord! We have seen and we have heard: Now then send us back (to the world): we will work righteousness: for we do indeed (now) believe.” 032.012 AsSajada..

The last verse signify that it is pertinent that we prepare ourselves while we are in this world.. The teacher even quote the Malay saying “before the rice has become porridge” ;) before bombarding us with more Quranic verses
O ye who believe! Enter into Islam whole-heartedly; and follow not the footsteps of the evil one; for he is to you an avowed enemy 002.208 Al-Baqarah

Or do ye think that ye shall enter the Garden without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? they encountered suffering and adversity, and were so shaken in spirit that even the Messenger and those of faith who were with him cried: “When (will come) the help of Allah?” Ah! Verily, the help of Allah is (always) near! 002.214 Al-Baqarah

“Prosper will be those who purify their soul. Lost will be those who defile their soul” he stressed to the congregation. Taking the cue from the story that Gabriel poured knowledge and Hikmah into the Messenger’s heart before coating it with faith before undertaking the journey (israk), we should filled our heart with knowledge while we are our journey to meet HIM.

To further elaborate the importance of knowledge the teacher quote Saidina Ali’s saying
those who want to succeed in this life, he should have the knowledge, those who want to succeed in the hereafter, he should have the knowledge, those who want to succeed in this life and the hereafter, he should have knowledge’

From a saying of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh)"Whoever Allah wants good for, HE gives him fiqh (understanding) of the Deen".

He granteth wisdom to whom He pleaseth; and he to whom wisdom is granted receiveth indeed a benefit overflowing; but none will grasp the Message but men of understanding. 002.269 Al-Baqarah

To know more about virtues of seeking knowledge mentioned in Sunnah, please go here
The teacher was saying that we are here(on this world) as guests of Allah.

To stress the point create a story that if he visit to the Imam’s house.. he will have to follow the Imam’s house rules and procedures.
“Should the Imam want me to seat on the floor by sitting himself on the floor instead of sitting on his nice and comfortable chair, then I will have to follow suit. Should the Imam only asked his wife to bring in a cup of tea for me, then I will have to drink tea for breakfast.. it would be very impolite for me to ask the Imam to bring me the Nasi Lemak, the nice fragrance of which has been whiffed /brought in from his kitchen”

As guests of Allah, we have to follow the Allah’s rules and procedures.
He quoted this verse
O ye who believe! Enter into Islam whole-heartedly; and follow not the footsteps of the evil one; for he is to you an avowed enemy. 002.208 Al-Baqarah

Then he dropped a hint quoting
And pursue not that of which thou hast no knowledge; for every act of hearing, or of seeing or of (feeling in) the heart will be enquired into (on the Day of Reckoning). 017.036 Al –Israa’

Then he talked about the current issue then: “the use of video tapes to accuse one of sexual transgression”, followed by a rather brief history of blasphemous accusation of Messenger’s wife and the related verses from Al-Quran.
Those who brought forward the lie are a body among yourselves: think it not to be an evil to you; On the contrary it is good for you: to every man among them (will come the punishment) of the sin that he earned, and to him who took on himself the lead among them, will be a penalty grievous. 024.011 AnNur

Why did not the believers – men and women – when ye heard of the affair,- put the best construction on it in their own minds and say, “This (charge) is an obvious lie”? 024.012 AnNur

Why did they not bring four witnesses to prove it? When they have not brought the witnesses, such men, in the sight of Allah, (stand forth) themselves as liars! 024.013 AnNur

Were it not for the grace and mercy of Allah on you, in this world and the Hereafter, a grievous penalty would have seized you in that ye rushed glibly into this affair 024.014 AnNur

He mentioned solemnly that he was rather unhappy about the use of tapes to accuse someone of sexual transgression.. because if we believe that the accused are guilty based on videotapes alone.. then we believed liars in the sight of Allah and we ourselves may fall in Kufr..

He sends down water from the skies, and the channels flow, each according to its measure: But the torrent bears away to foam that mounts up to the surface. Even so, from that (ore) which they heat in the fire, to make ornaments or utensils therewith, there is a scum likewise. Thus doth Allah (by parables) show forth Truth and Vanity. For the scum disappears like forth cast out; while that which is for the good of mankind remains on the earth. Thus doth Allah set forth parables. 013.017 Ar-Ra’d

Expounding that we must take care of our Iman (belief), the teacher quote ..
Those who believe, then reject faith, then believe (again) and (again) reject faith, and go on increasing in unbelief,- Allah will not forgive them nor guide them nor guide them on the way. 004.137 AnNisaa

Due to lack of time he quoted a hadith from Bukhari which meant +-“Wealth is not due to plenty of money, but wealth is calm and collected soul”.

But when I met him after the tazkirah he quoted another hadith from Bukhari which meant +-“Those who slander will not go to the heaven”.

Have a good and nice month of Syaaban .

N.B. Ustaz Sharir Long.. is a former teacher and former banker who gave up the professions to seek pleasure of Allah. He is the Chairman (co-founder) of Tahfiz Mutmainnah in Sungai Petani , Kedah. He can be reached at 019 473 6060
Tahfiz Mutmainnah adalah Wakil Zakat Perlis(Ruj. MAIPs.003/20JLD2 (016)
The picture is from Mr. Google

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Notes from Oilfinder

Today I feel I want to share little information that I find interesting in my career as petroleum geoscientist or a petroleum geophysicist as we say it in those early days.

As posted in the last entry, 1st July marked my second 2 year contract terms with PETRONAS Carigali Sendirian Berhad (PCSB), the petroleum exploration arm of PETRONAS. Alhamdulillah.

When I first joined Petronas on 1st October 1979, I was told that our Nation’s Petroleum reserve can last another 15 years with the then production of about 260,000 barrel of oil per day.

When I was supposed to retire on 15th May 2009, I was told that our Nation’s Petroleum reserve can last another 17 years with the then production of more than 500,000 barrel of oil per day (after we have reached the highest oil production of more than 650,000 barrel of oil per day).

Now at the start of my second 2 year contract, I was told that our Nation’s Petroleum reserve can last another 17 years with the then production of about 500,000 barrel of oil per day. Our petroleum exploration effort has seen some relentless effort to increase our petroleum reserve.

Successful in finding oil in the geological basement (Anding Utara well -oil from metamorphosed reservoir rock) in 2004, the nation have yet to see development and production in this unfamiliar reservoir type. With an area exceeding 250 square kilometer and a possible column of some 500m, basement reservoirs hold a large possible potential to be exploited.

Anding Utara-1 sidetrack-1 well

Oil from Anding Utara-1 sidetrack-1 well

Success in finding down-dip oil accumulation in the field declared to be gas field, results in several marginal gas fields being acquired and evaluated in our search to satisfy the nation's thirst for the black gold.

We can not say for sure that the our nation’s petroleum reserve can last another 15 years in year 2024 when PETRONAS will be celebrating its 50 years formation, but looking at the historical data and the determination of our young geotechnical scientists and engineers, there is great hope (my 2 sen opinion) that we will achieve that, InsyaAllah.

With that in mind, it is my pervent hope that parents of bright students do not look at Oil and Gas industry as a sunset industry and stop them from trying to join the industry. Our Nation’s geotechnical scientists and engineers have been pinched by other industry players (mostly in Middle East)that could not find enough personnel to get the industry moving at the level required. Thus we need a good number of qualified geo-personnel to get Malaysian petroleum industry moving at a good pace.

Here is hoping that this small input can be useful to some of my kind readers.

The raw oil shown above is a very different oil from the normal raw oil found in most wells as can be seen below.

Basement Oil from 2 wells AU-1 and AUB-1

Friday, July 1, 2011

Microwave- Why did the Russians Ban an Appliance Found in 90% of American Homes?

Today marked my second 2 year contract with PCSB... Alhamdulillah

This entry is in response to one of the comment on my last posting. I only download a part of a rather long article that can be read here (only for those with time to spare). If you do not have time to read the full entry here and just like to browse through you can read the sentences in bold and in red fonts.

If you also prefer to read something similar in Bahasa you can read it here.

Whatever you do please note that numerous researches on the subjects has been conducted and their conclusion can not be all wrong.. Happy reading /browsing!!

Convenience Comes at Significant Toxic Threat to You and Your Family
However, according to Powerwatch, a non-profit independent organization with a central role in the microwave radiation debate:
Even when the microwave oven is working correctly, the microwave levels within the kitchen are likely to be significantly higher than those from any nearby cellular phone base-stations. Remember also that microwaves will travel through walls if the microwave oven is against an inside wall.”
New Study Confirms Microwaves Affect Your Heart
Dr. Magda Havas of Trent University says:
“This is the first study that documents immediate and dramatic changes in both heart rate and heart rate variability caused by an approved device that generates microwaves at levels well below (0.3 percent) federal guidelines in both Canada and the United States.”
No longer can skeptics claim that microwaves produce no immediate biological effects at ordinary household levels!

Microwaving Also Zaps the Nutrients Right Out of Your Food
The handful of studies that have been done generally agree, for the most part, that microwaving food damages its nutritional value. Your microwave turns your beautiful, organic veggies, for which you’ve paid such a premium in money or labor, into “dead” food that can cause disease!

How Your Microwave Actually Heats Your Food
Microwaves are a form of electromagnetic radiation—waves of electrical and magnetic energy moving together through space. EM radiation ranges from very high energy (gamma rays and x-rays) on one end of the spectrum to very low energy (radio waves) on the other end of the spectrum.
Microwaves are on the low energy end of the spectrum, second only to radio waves. They have a wavelength of about 4.8 inches—about the width of your head.
Microwaves are generated by something called a magnetron (a term derived from the words “magnet” and “electron”), which is also what enabled airborne radar use during WWII. Hence the early name for microwave ovens: radar ranges.
A magnetron is a tube in which electrons are subjected to both magnetic and electrical fields, producing an electromagnetic field with a microwave frequency of about 2,450 megaHertz (MHz), which is 2.4 gigaHertz (GHz).
Microwaves cause dielectric heating. They bounce around the inside of your oven and are absorbed by the food you put in it. Since water molecules are bipolar, having a positive end and negative end, they rotate rapidly in the alternating electric field. The water molecules in the food vibrate violently at extremely high frequencies—like millions of times per second—creating molecular friction, which heats up the food.
If the food or object place in the microwave had no water it would not be able to have this resonance heating type effect and would remain cool. Or, as investigative journalist William Thomas calls it, “electrical whiplash.”
Structures of the water molecules are torn apart and forcefully deformed. This is different than conventional heating of food, whereby heat is transferred convectionally from the outside, inward. Microwave cooking begins within the molecules where water is present.
Contrary to popular belief, microwaved foods don’t cook “from the inside out.” When thicker foods are cooked, microwaves heat the outer layers, and the inner layers are cooked mostly by the conduction of heat from the hot outer layers, inward.
Since not all areas contain the same amount of water, the heating is uneven.
Additionally, microwaving creates new compounds that are not found in humans or in nature, called radiolytic compounds. We don’t yet know what these compounds are doing to your body.
In addition to the violent frictional heat effects, called thermic effects, there are also athermic effects, which are poorly understood because they are not as easily measured. It is these athermic effects that are suspected to be responsible for much of the deformation and degradation of cells and molecules.

As an example, microwaves are used in the field of gene altering technology to weaken cell membranes. Scientists use microwaves to actually break cells apart. Impaired cells then become easy prey for viruses, fungi and other microorganisms.8
Another word for these athermic effects is the “microwave effect,” a subject of controversy that I’ll get into a bit later.

Microwave Sickness
When your tissues are directly exposed to microwaves, the same violent deformations occur and can cause “microwave sickness.”
According to Professor Franz Adelkofer, a leading scientist in the area of biological effects of EMF fields:
"There is real evidence that hyperfrequency electromagnetic fields can have geno-toxic effects. And this damaged DNA is always the cause of cancer.
We’ve found these damaging effects on the genes at levels well below the safety limits. That’s why we think it’s urgent to base our safety limits on the biological effects, not the thermic ones.
They should be based on biology, not on physics.”

Twenty Years of Russian Research Supports Microwave Concerns
The Nazis are credited with inventing the first microwave-cooking device to provide mobile food support to their troops during their invasion of the Soviet Union in World War II. These first microwave ovens were experimental. After the war, the US War Department was assigned the task of researching the safety of microwave ovens.
But it was the Russians who really took the bull by the horns.
After the war, the Russians had retrieved some of these microwave ovens and conducted thorough research on their biological effects. Alarmed by what they learned, the Russians banned microwave ovens in 1976, later lifting the ban during Perestroika.
Twenty years of Russian research (and German studies as far back as 1942 Berlin) make a strong argument against the safety of microwave cooking.
The Powerwatch article cited above summarizes the Russian research quite well, which I will duplicate below.
· Russian investigators found that carcinogens were formed from the microwaving of nearly all foods tested.
· The microwaving of milk and grains converted some of the amino acids into carcinogenic substances.
· Microwaving prepared meats caused the formation of the cancer-causing agents d-Nitrosodienthanolamines.
· Thawing frozen fruits by microwave converted their glucoside and galactoside fractions into carcinogenic substances.
· Extremely short exposure of raw, cooked or frozen vegetables converted their plant alkaloids into carcinogens.
· Carcinogenic free radicals were formed in microwaved plants—especially root vegetables.
· Structural degradation leading to decreased food value was found to be 60 to 90 percent overall for all foods tested, with significant decreases in bioavailability of B complex vitamins, vitamins C and E, essential minerals, and lipotropics (substances that prevent abnormal accumulation of fat).
I might add that this finding is supported by the 1998 Japanese study by Watanabe about vitamin B12 in milk, cited above.

The Swiss Clinical Study: Hans Hertel
Some fairly compelling evidence supporting the destructive effects of microwaves comes from a highly cited study by a Swiss food scientist named Hans Hertel. Dr. Hertel was the first scientist to study the effects of microwaved foods on the blood and physiology of human beings.
His small study, coauthored by Dr. Bernard Blanc of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the University Institute for Biochemistry, revealed the degenerative forces produced by microwave ovens on the foods they cooked.
Dr. Hertel concluded that microwave cooking changed the nutrients in the food, and that changes took place in the blood that could cause negative health effects.
Hertel’s conclusions were that microwaving food resulted in:
· Increased cholesterol levels
· Decreased numbers of leukocytes (white blood cells), which can suggest poisoning
· Decreased numbers of red blood cells
· Production of radiolytic compounds
· Decreased hemoglobin levels, which could indicate anemia

Not surprisingly, Dr. Hertel's study was met with great resistance from those with much to lose.
A gag order against Dr. Hertel was issued by a Swiss trade organization in 1992, which was later removed in 1998. But an American journalist, Tom Valentine, published the results of Hertel’s study in Search for Health in the spring of 1992.
Hertel wrote:
“There are no atoms, molecules, or cells of any organic system able to withstand such a violent, destructive power for any period of time. This will happen even given the microwave oven’s low power range of milliwatts.”

And then there is the issue of biophotons.
Possible Microwave Effects on Your Biophotons
Biophotonics is the study, research, and applications of photons in their interactions within and on biological systems. Much of the work in the area of biophotons was done in Germany. Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt discusses biophotons in our 2008 interview.
Biophotons are the smallest physical units of light that are stored in and used by all biological organisms—including you. Vital sun energy finds its way into your cells via the food you eat, in the form of these biophotons.
Biophotons contain important bio-information and are very important to many vital processes in your body. They are partly responsible for your feeling of vitality and well-being. You gain biophotons by eating foods rich in them, such as naturally grown fresh vegetables and sun-ripened fruits, which are rich in light energy.
The more light energy a food is able to store, the more nutritious it is.
If the “microwave effect” exists (as you shall see, there is a huge amount of evidence that it does), then microwaves can potentially destroy biophotons in the same way that it alters other structures, rendering your food dead and lifeless.
It seems quite plausible that microwaves could disrupt or destroy biophotons, since they are capable of breaking apart DNA bonds!
As far as I can find, there haven’t been any studies of the direct effects of microwave radiation on biophotons, but it seems like an important angle of investigation for the future.
Long-Term Effects of Exposure to Non-Ionizing Radiation
One of the basic controversies about the effects of microwaves centers on whether or not microwaves exert some sort of force beyond heat, commonly called “microwave effect” or “athermic effect.”
It is first necessary that you understand the difference between ionizing radiation and non-ionizing radiation.
There are two basic forms of radiation: ionizing and non-ionizing:
1. Ionizing Radiation: Creates charged ions by displacing electrons in atoms, even without heat. Examples are radiation emitted from radioactive substances in rocks and soil, cosmic rays of the sun, and radiation from man-made technology such as x-rays machines, power stations, and nuclear reactors.
2. Non-ionizing Radiation: Can change the position of atoms but not alter their structure, composition, and properties. Examples are visible light, ultraviolet and infrared waves, waves from radio or television, cellular phones, microwaves, and electric blankets.
Despite not being able to break atoms apart, non-ionizing radiation (such as microwaves) CAN cause physical alterations.
For example, sunlight can damage your skin and eyes. Overexposure to radiation can affect tissues by causing molecular damage, DNA mutations, and other changes that can lead to cancer.
The serious concern is, with all of this radiation surrounding us from cell and cordless phones, radio towers, satellites, broadcast antennas, military and aviation radar, home electronic devices, computers and Internet, we are all part of an involuntary mass epidemiological experiment, on a scale never before seen in the history of the human race.
And the truth is that we don’t really KNOW what long term, low-level (but persistent) radiation does to us—even the non-ionizing type.

But here are some of the things we DO KNOW:
· Effects at low levels can be more noticeable than at higher levels. There is something called a “window effect,” meaning an effect occurring only at specific frequencies or power densities, but not occurring just above or below them. A number of studies demonstrate effects of microwave radiation on blood cells via this phenomenon.
· For a complete discussion of this, you can read Microwaving Our Planet, written by Arthur Firstenberg, president of the Cellular Phone Taskforce.
· Cindy Sage of Sage Associates, an environmental consulting firm, has compiled a comprehensive list of studies showing biological effects at radiofrequency exposure levels far below what would be explainable as “thermic effects” and well within the range you are commonly exposed to every day.
· Resonance intensifies biological effect. Resonance occurs when a form of radiation has a similar frequency as a body part. For example, microwave frequencies are similar to the frequencies of your brain!

Have a productive weekend.