Letters to the Editor
Are microwave ovens really safe?
Re: "Hungry? Just heat it and eat it", Nation, October 1
The front page of The Nation extols the convenience, and safety, of microwave ovens. The author claims no evidence exists that microwave cooking causes cancer. This statement needs challenging.
Microwave cooking is neither natural nor healthy. It is very dangerous to the human body, and that's why the Soviet Union banned the use of microwave ovens in 1976.
In our modern technological age, microwaves are used to relay long distance telephone signals, television programmes, and computer information. This same microwave radiation (2.45 GHz), interacts with the molecules in food in these ovens. All wave energy changes polarity from positive to negative with each cycle of the wave. These polarity changes happen millions of times every second. This agitation creates molecular friction which heats up the food. The friction also causes substantial damage to the surrounding molecules, often tearing them apart or forcefully deforming them, termed "structural isomerism".
The microwave oven, "radiomissor", was invented by German scientists during WWII to feed their troops with warm food during severe winter operations. After the war, the Allies discovered medical research done by the Germans on microwave ovens, based on massive cancer deaths among their troops. The Russians also researched these biological effects, then outlawed the "ovens" in the Soviet Union. The Soviets then issued an international warning on the health hazards of microwave ovens.