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Microwave dinner not the safest bet

When Percy Spencer invented the microwave, it changed the world dramatically. People would no longer have to wait endless hours while cooking their food in an old-fashioned oven. Instead, using the microwave has allowed them to cook food in just seconds.

According to the medical website, just about “ninety percent of Americans have microwaves in their homes.” However, is this convenient invention as flawless as it seems.

There are many reports of microwaves changing the original properties of the food, which can cause cancer as well as mutations in the body because the food no longer takes the proper and healthy form.

“Electro-magnetic radiation harms food, and converts substances cooked in it to dangerous organ-toxic and carcinogenic products,” Dr. Lita Lee–chemist, enzyme therapist, nutritionist, author and lecturer–wrote in her book, Health Effects of Microwave Radiation – Microwave Ovens (1991).  Seventeen years later this data still holds true.

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However, the microwave is not just for food; microwaves are used in medicine, as well. For example, it warms heating pads and used to warm blood used in transfusions.

Norma Levitt, a hip surgery patient in an Oklahoma hospital (1991), died after blood being heated for her transfusion was altered in the microwave.  A lawsuit followed and because of this incident, blood is no longer heated in the microwave.    

Regardless of what has happened, corporate giants still claim that microwaves are great machines that have caused trouble to a “few people” and have had “few consequences.” However, people should decide if saving a few minutes is more important than preventing mutated, cancerous cells from entering the body. 

Dr. JonathanWright, Medical Director of Tahoma Clinic in Renton, Washington, considers the microwave unhealthy and recommends some alternatives.

“Try eating a lot of your food, like vegetables, raw. Ideally, at least one-third of the food in your diet should be raw, since this is the form that will give you the maximum amount of nutrients. If you do want to cook some food or heat up leftovers, use your oven or stove,” he said.

These alternative cooking styles may take a little time from your day, but can help you lead a healthier and more stable lifestyle. These methods will allow you to get the most nutrients from your food, as well.

Dr. Thomas Fuller, British physician, preacher and scholar (1654-1734), wrote in his book of proverbs, Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs, 1732, “Health is not valued till sickness comes.”

Dr. Fuller’s statement accurately describes many peoples’ attitudes in today’s fast-paced modern world, which has little consideration towards peoples’ health.

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    anaNov 2, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I found the article interesting and helped me on my microwave speech at lbstate


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    Percy SpencerApr 6, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Where does eastside get these topics from?

    step it up.