The Ten Week Challenge Syllabus

I walked people through a ten week challenge, using the following syllabus.

Week 1 - Sugar-free
Week 2 - Whole grains
Week 3 - Wild-caught fish and grass-fed meats
Week 4 - Raw dairy
Week 5 - The microwave
Week 6 - Fats and oils
Week 7 - Cultured and fermented foods
Week 8 - Local and organic produce
Week 9 - Processed foods
Week 10 - Implementing lifestyle changes

Visit my Recipe Index over at Going Green in a Pink World.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Week 5: Microwave 101

The microwave is a symbol for American culture. Microwaves scream, "We want it now!" and if you're living and breathing in the United States, it's hard to not see that our culture often screams the same thing. Whether we're talking about food, high-paying jobs, sex, or fame - we want it now. Ask someone to get rid of their microwave, and they'll look at you like you asked them for a kidney. Tell someone you haven't actually used a microwave in two years, and well, it's worse than admitting you voted for George Bush in a Blue State. So I understand that this week may be a tough pill to swallow. Add that to the fact that there really isn't a slew of conclusive scientific evidence (due to government censorship, in my opinion) to support the convictions of the anti-microwave party, and I feel the pain of an uphill battle. But I march on...

What IS a Microwave, Exactly?

Let me bring you back to eighth grade science class. Microwaves have magnetrons, which are tubes that send out radiation waves. The waves have energy. Foods have positive and negative polarity. The energy in the waves works to change the polarity in the food each time the wave goes through a cycle, which ends up being millions of times every second. These changes create friction, which heats up the food. Sounds good, right? Well, the friction can also create damage to its neighboring molecules, sometimes forcefully denaturing them. The scientific name for this deformation is "structural isomerism". Minerals remain unaffected, but because the structures of the molecules are so compromised, the cells, precious store houses of vitamins, are at serious risk. One study shows that 97% of the nutrients in vegetables are lost in this process!!

Where Did Microwaves Come From?
Oh, I'm so glad you asked! Those do-gooders, the Nazis, invented the first microwaves to assist them in food preparation as they moved towards invading Russia. The Russians ended up doing research on microwaves after the German occupation ended, and in 1976, they banned microwaves for a time, due to their findings that microwaves denatured nutrients and transformed them into carcinogens (read: cancer-causing!). The free radicals that were found to result from microwaving your food can lead to a host of issues - including arthritis, cancer, asthma, multiple sclerosis, and on and on.

Why Isn't This Public Knowledge?
Well, a food scientist by the name of Dr. Hans Ulrich Hertel conducted research on the effects of microwaves on food and the blood of those who consumed the food. His research concluded that the nutrients in the food were changed, resulting in degenerative changes in the subjects' blood, as well as poor immune function, and the morphing of normally healthy cells into cancerous cells. However, in 1992, the Swiss Association of Dealers for Electro-apparatuses for Households and Industry charged Hertel with "interfering with commerce" and his research was banned from publication. The FDA insists that microwaves are safe, but they seem to dismiss the warning from Young Families, the Minnesota Extension Service of the University of Minnesota, who declared that babies' bottles should not be microwaved because the protective properties of the milk may be destroyed. Nor are they commenting on the patient receiving a blood transfusion who died because the blood was microwaved!

In Conclusion...
**This information is taken from The Global Healing Center's website

Ten Reasons to Throw out your Microwave Oven

From the conclusions of the Swiss, Russian and German scientific clinical studies, the following main points have emerged:

1. Continually eating food processed from a microwave oven causes long term - permanent - brain damage by "shorting out" electrical impulses in the brain [de-polarizing or de-magnetizing the brain tissue].

2. The human body cannot metabolize [break down] the unknown by-products created in microwaved food.

3. Male and female hormone production is shut down and/or altered by continually eating microwaved foods.

4. The effects of microwaved food by-products are residual [long term, permanent] within the human body.

5. Minerals, vitamins, and nutrients of all microwaved food is reduced or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down.

6. The minerals in vegetables are altered into cancerous free radicals when cooked in microwave ovens.

7. Microwaved foods cause stomach and intestinal cancerous growths [tumors]. This may explain the rapidly increased rate of colon cancer in America.

8. The prolonged eating of microwaved foods causes cancerous cells to increase in human blood.

9. Continual ingestion of microwaved food causes immune system deficiencies through lymph gland and blood serum alterations.

10. Eating microwaved food causes loss of memory, concentration, emotional instability, and a decrease of intelligence.


  1. What a great post! It always flabbergasts me that people use these things. I love seeing organic microwave popcorn on the shelf at the health food store! It kills me. Why would someone trust our FDA? The same people that say artificial sweetners are ok?

  2. I wonder if they were the ones that let cocaine juice ::ahem:: Coca-Cola sell in the early 1900s. I don't think we've come that far....