Fact or Myth: Are Microwaves Dangerous?

This is a FACT.

microwaveOkay, so the question Are Microwaves Dangerous probably didn’t stump you, but do you actually know WHY microwaves are so dangerous…beyond the fact that they leach nutrients from and change the molecular structure of your food—not to mention, microwaved foods have been linked to elevated cholesterol and stress, as well as a decrease in immune-fighting white blood cells? It’s not just what happens inside the microwave that’s a threat to your health, but the radiation that leaks outside the glass doors and into your body.  If you regularly microwave your foods—and don’t stand at a wide (at least 20-feet) distance when the microwave is running—then you are at an increased risk for:

  • A compromised immune system
  • Lowered resistance to viral and bacterial infections
  • Birth defects
  • Cancer
  • Heart problems
  • Cataracts
  • Exposure to toxins

But the FDA Says…

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the radiation leakage that spews from your microwave’s glass doors is “insignificant” and “below the level known to harm people.” However, according to Powerwatch, a nonprofit organization at the center of the microwave health 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.”

Truth is, standing a foot away from a microwave brings you in contact with more than 400 milli-Gauss of radiation (just 400 milli-Gauss of radiation has been strongly linked to leukemia!). Microwave radiation can cause metals in the body—like those found in your dental fillings—to expand and release toxins like mercury into the bloodstream. Chronic pain and cellular damage are likely to occur, as mercury has been linked to brain damage in kids, and neurological and gastrointestinal problems in both children and adults.

Your eyes are particularly vulnerable because they lack the necessary blood vessels to dissolve the heat and cellular stress inflicted by microwave radiation. Microwave use has been repeatedly tied to cataracts!

A 2010 study even pointed to an affect on the heart. Both wireless routers and microwaves emit 2.4 GHz of radiation. Researchers found that this microwave frequency radiation impacted the heart at levels far below federal safety guidelines.

Dr. Magda Havas of Trent University explains:

“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.”

Over 90% of households have a microwave, which falls just behind the television as America’s favorite appliance. The convenience just can’t make up for the plethora of health risks. Heat your food on the stove and in the oven whenever possible, and if you must “nuke” your food, leave the room while the microwave is radiating.