Are Microwaves Compromising Our Health?The commercial microwave oven was developed from radar technology after World War II. First marketed as the "Radarange" in 1947, it was too large and expensive for general home use, but when the countertop model was introduced in 1967, microwaving caught on fast. In 1970, 40,000 units were sold in the U.S., growing to one million by 1975. The technology improved, prices came down and soon the microwave became a standard fixture in most American kitchens, and in many other parts of the world. By 1986, about 25% of U.S. households owned one and, according to current estimates, over 90% of Americans households are zapping their foods.
- 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 substance, leading to disorder in the digestive system.
The microwave industry reacted to the research by taking Hertel to court. He was convicted under Swiss unfair competition laws. And such was the pressure put on Blanc (he told Hertel that he feared for the safety of his family) that he publicly disassociated himself from the research. But in 1998 the decision was reversed when the European Court of Human Rights decided that the "gag order" issued by the Swiss courts against Hertel, prohibiting him from declaring that microwave ovens are dangerous to health, was contrary to the right to freedom of expression. In addition, Switzerland was sentenced to pay compensation of 40,000 Swiss Francs.