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.


Cat-from-Sydney said...

Ayoh Wang,
We do have microwave oven at home, mostly to heat leftover food and to defrost stuff life beef treats. Perhaps someone can conduct a study on its effect on cats. har har har *evil laughs*

Wan Sharif said...

Dearest CfS,
Since human kind believe that cats have nine lives.. we also believe that cats would not mind us not conducting serious studies of any kind that concerned cats life.. kik kik kik an equally *sinister laugh*
So did you cats organise a nice birthday do for your mama?..
If you did here is hoping that you do have a blast...

Pak Idrus said...

The simple answer is that Russia is still a third world country compare to the US.

I believe most of you who no longer use a Micro Wave Oven are no longer using your Cellphone because it too use Micro wave.

I believe you would stop eating at Fine Dine Restaurant because they heat your food using Micro Wave Oven too.

Whatever it is I am still using Micro Oven in all my homes and are as healthy as ever.

Take care.

Wan Sharif said...

Dearest Abang Idrus,
May Allah bless you and yours Sokmo..

Pak Idrus said...

You all now do not use the Cellphone and the Micro Wave Oven because you all believe in that Micro Wave theory by the Russian.

BTW do you know that the Russian never ever invented any Electrical Consumer appliances that are in used now all over the world. Have you seen any consumer goods made in Russia. Well the world have not seen any. In the care of the Micro Wave Oven it is just the case of sour grape.

Take care.

Anonymous said...

Salam Pak
Me no scientist but the MW is gone. Piring/mangkok ayan panaskan lauk/nasi dlm toaster oven. Bakar roti atau pizza - garrringgg .. yummmm.
Bawak duduk college lagi practical dari MW.

Pak Zawi said...

I will use less of the microwave oven and since cellphone emits harmful microwave too, I am lucky since my usage has been reduced from a high RM200 monthly to just a mere RM50 monthly after retirement. To stop using these two items entirely may not be possible as dining out occasionally do occur.

ninotaziz said...

Ayoh Wang,
Working on it. Reducing its usage drastically. Thank you.

ninotaziz said...

Because I was always doubtful. Have my girls to think about.

Al-Manar said...

So the second contract is signed. Tak adalah berjagung ....Kalau tidak balik Terengganu candak sotong dan tolong Almanar, lagi molek.

Pat said...

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Les informations ici est incroyable! Je les envoie à tous mes amis. Merci.

Wan Sharif said...

Pak Idrus,
The choice is still yours..;)

Wan Sharif said...

Thanks for the supporting comments ;)

Wan Sharif said...

Brother Zawi,
In the article t is written "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" signifying the relative comparison between microwave oven and cellphone.

Wan Sharif said...

Ninot dearest,
It takes some great effort to change the habit but for sake of safety sometime it may worth the efforts.

Wan Sharif said...

Dearest Abang Hassan of Al Manar,
Yes Alhamdulillah belum ada keperluan bertanam jagung.. tangan saya ni rasanya panas sikit untuk kerja bercucuk tanam .. candat sotong rasa macam boleh cuba, tapi kalu kucah kuat mabuk laut jugak rasanya.. Ha tolong Al Manar usung buku atau usung budak budak bolehlah.. dah saya evaluate kebolehan saya mengajar.. murid lebih faham sekiranya saya tak mengajar ;((..

Wan Sharif said...

Vous gérez quelques blogs et il est vraiment mon plaisir de lire et d'apprendre de nombreux bons conseils de votre part.. merci bien