By Stephanie Relfe B.Sc. (Syd.)

Microwave cooking is one of the most important causes of ill health. It is
certainly one of the most ignored.

There was a lawsuit in 1991 in Oklahoma. A woman named Norma Levitt had hip
surgery, but was killed by a simple blood transfusion when a nurse "warmed
the blood for the transfusion in a microwave oven!"

Logic suggests that if heating is all there is to microwave cooking, then
it doesn’t matter how something is heated. Blood for transfusions is
routinely warmed, but not in microwave ovens. Does it not therefore follow
that microwaving cooking does something quite different?

A little evidence of the harm caused by microwaving cooking was given by
the University of Minnesota in a radio announcement:

"Microwaves … are not recommended for heating a baby’s bottle. The bottle
may seem cool to the touch, but the liquid inside may become extremely hot
and could burn the baby’s mouth and throat… Heating the bottle in a
microwave can cause slight changes in the milk. In infant formulas, there
may be a loss of some vitamins. In expressed breast milk, some protective
properties may be destroyed…. Warming a bottle by holding it under tap
water or by setting it in a bowl of warm water, then testing it on your
wrist before feeding, may take a few minutes longer, but it is much safer".
There have been very few scientific studies done on the effect of eating
food microwaved food. This is rather surprising when you think about the
fact that microwaves have been with us for only a few decades – and that in
that time the incidence of many diseases has continued to increase.

Two researchers, Blanc and Hertel, confirmed that microwave cooking
significantly changes food nutrients. Hertel previously worked as a food
scientist for several years with one of the major Swiss food companies. He
was fired from his job for questioning procedures in processing food
because they denatured it. He got together with Blanc of the Swiss Federal
Institute of Biochemistry and the University Institute for Biochemistry.

They studied the effect that microwaved food had on eight individuals, by
taking blood samples immediately after eating. They found that after eating
microwaved food, haemoglobin levels decreased. "These results show anaemic
tendencies. The situation became even more pronounced during the second
month of the study".

Who knows what results they would have found if they had studied people who
ate microwaved food for a year or more?

The violent change that microwaving causes to the food molecules forms new
life forms called radiolytic compounds. These are mutations that are
unknown in the natural world. Ordinary cooking also causes the formation of
some radiolytic compounds (which is no doubt one reason why it is better to
eat plenty of raw food), but microwaving cooking causes a much greater
number. This then causes deterioration in your blood and immune system.

In addition, they found that the number of leucocytes increases after
eating microwaved food – something which haematologists take very
seriously, because this is often a sign of highly harmful effects, such as

Also, after eating microwaved food, cholesterol levels increased. Hertel
said "Common scientific belief states that cholesterol values usually alter
slowly over longer periods of time. In this study, the markers increased
rapidly after the consumption of the microwaved vegetables." He believes
his study tends to confirm new scientific data that suggest cholesterol may
rapidly increase in the blood secondary to acute stress. "Also," he added,
"blood cholesterol levels are less influenced by cholesterol content of
food than by stress factors. Such stress-causing factors can apparently
consist of foods which contain virtually no cholesterol – the microwaved

The results were published in "Search for Health" in the Spring of 1992.
How was this research greeted? A powerful trade organisation, the Swiss
Association of Dealers for Electroapparatuses for Households and Industry
somehow made the President of the Court of Seftigen issue a `gag order’.
Hertel and Blanc were told that if they published their findings they would
face hefty fines or up to one year in prison. In response to this, Blanc
recanted his findings. Hertel, on the other hand, went on a lecture tour
and demanded a jury trial.

FINALLY, in 1998 the Court `Gag Order’ was removed.  In a judgment
delivered at Strasbourg on 25 August 1998 in the case of Hertel v.
Switzerland, the European Court of Human Rights held that there had been a
violation of Hertel’s rights in the 1993 decision.  The Court decided that
the `gag order’ prohibiting him form declaring that microwaved food is
dangerous to health was contrary to the right to freedom of expression.  In
addition, Switzerland was sentenced to pay compensation of F40,000.

Standing in front of a microwave is also highly damaging to your health.
Perhaps you have already felt this intuitively? We know that cells explode
in the microwave – just fry an egg in your microwave. We are made up of
trillions of cells. So work out how many are getting damaged if you stand
in front of your microwave for 5-10 minutes.

In the past I had been told that it was important for people to stop eating
microwaved food, but I did not pay too much attention to this because I had
been microwave cooking for years. I never thought much about it but I
suppose that I figured that if something was so bad for us, then there
wouldn’t be so many people using it. Little did I know.

When I first began seeing clients for sessions of kinesiology, I did not
worry too much about telling them to give up eating microwaved food.
However, I kept a record of all of the corrections that were needed for
each client when they came in. Now, once a correction is made, it is to be
hoped that the correction will stay in place for a long time to come,
hopefully months if not years. People often ask me "How long will it last?"
May answer to them is "That depends on your lifestyle".

Most of my clients came back to see me after about two weeks. In the early
days I found that many who came back were not much better. I found that
they were again `out of balance’. That is, their electrical circuits were
not working correctly (which is common for many people). It was therefore
not surprising that they were not much better, because the body does not
begin to fully fix itself until the electrical circuits are in balance.

The question was, why did their electrical circuits go out of balance? The
answer had to be something that was highly stressful, to effect the body in
such a short space of time. Once that answer was remedied, the client would
begin to get better. Using muscle testing, I went through the process of
testing if the cause was electrical, chemical/nutritional, emotional or
structural. Again and again the same answer would come up – electrical.
When I then went through a range of possible electrical causes, the same
answer again came up again and again – the person had eaten microwaved
food! Incidentally, this answer never came up when a person had NOT eaten
microwaved food.

I began to tell all of my clients on the first visit that under NO
circumstances were they ever to do microwaved cooking again. I gave this a
higher priority than any of things that are normally considered as health
risks, such as cigarettes or alcohol. Immediately I began to get a marked
improvement in the results I was getting. Long term problems such as
headaches, back aches and emotional instability went away within a few weeks.

Other kinesiologists can confirm these results. David Bridgman, who has
years of experience as a kinesiologist, said "Of all the people I test for
allergies, 99.9% so far show severe sensitivity to any microwaved food".

I experienced the effect of eating microwaved food for myself one time. I
had been doing quite a lot of kinesiology and feeling on top of the world
when for no apparent reason I began to feel rather `grey’ and rather low. I
realised that I needed a balance from a kinesiologist. Sure enough, I was
out of balance. When the kinesiologist used muscle testing to see why my
body had gone out of balance, the answer came up … microwaved food! The
trouble was, I couldn’t remember eating any. Until I remembered a
particular vegetarian restaurant I had been to. When I went back to the
restaurant and asked them if they microwaved their food, they told me that
they did.

So be warned! Many restaurants use microwaved cooking, even `health’
restaurants. Ask if the "steamed vegetables" are in fact steamed – or are
they microwaved? I have sent meals back when they have not been what they
were described on the menu, much to the surprise of the restaurant owners.

One last story: The Cornell University in 1977 irradiated some sugar and
fed it to rats. The type of cell damage shown on post mortem was the same
as if the rats themselves had been irradiated!

So, it’s up to you. One point to bear in mind is that our society runs
pretty much on money. The multinational companies who make microwave ovens
make a lot from the sale of them. There is no money in telling people to
stop microwave cooking.  There is, however, the satisfaction of knowing
that you are saving people’s lives and future happiness by spreading the
word to stop eating microwaved food.

You can easily heat up food by using a wok. If someone is coming home late,
and you want to give them warm food when they arrive, put a saucepan lid
over the food while it is on a plate. Put the plate of food on a simmering
saucepan of water. It will stay warm without drying up. If you want to cook
food, do it the old fashioned ways – it tastes much better that way!

Much of this information is from an article in the 1994 edition of Acres
Magazine, USA, by Tom Valentine.

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Some of this information was published in an Eight Volume Lawyers
Cyclopedia which is used by lawyers who sue in medical cases. Who knows?
One day there may be a class action lawsuit against microwaves. Here are
copies from the Cyclopedia:


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