You may have heard that microwaves emit radiation. You may have even heard that microwaves are dangerous to your health. But has that stopped you from using them? If not, this article might. It turns out that the health risk is real. Microwave ovens have the potential to cause many health issues, thanks to the effects of radiation on your health.
When your tissues are directly exposed to radiation from microwave ovens, deformations can occur, leading to “microwave sickness.” People who have been exposed to high levels of microwave radiation experience several symptoms, including:
- Insomnia, night sweats and other sleep disturbances
- Swollen lymph nodes
- A weakened immune system
- Impaired cognition
- Depression and irritability
- Loss of appetite
- Vision and eye problems
- Frequent urination
- Extreme thirst
What Is Radiation?
Radiation is the emission of energy from any source. Radiation comes from X-rays, the sun and – you guessed it – microwave ovens. High-energy radiation has enough energy to remove an electron from an atom or molecule. This process can damage the DNA inside of the cells, which can result in major health issues, including cancer. While microwave ovens are at the low-energy end of the electromagnetic spectrum, they still have enough energy to move atoms in a molecule, causing them to vibrate. If this type of radiation is absorbed in large enough amounts by materials containing water, such as food or fluids, it can produce heat. This can lead to burns and tissue damage, which may have biological effects.
Other Health Problems Caused By Microwave Ovens
A study recently examined the effects of 2.4 GHz of radiation on the heart, which is the frequency of radiation emitted by microwave ovens. The study found “unequivocal evidence” that microwave frequency radiation affects the heart at non-thermal levels. Dr. Magda Havas of Trent University said, “This is the first study that documents immediate and dramatic changes in both heart rate and heart rate variability caused by an approved device…” There is also evidence that the same radiation frequency may cause a spike in blood sugar.
While the non-ionizing radiation emitted from microwaves is not able to break atoms apart, it can cause physical alterations. Overexposure to this type of radiation can affect tissues and cause molecular damage. Damage to DNA has been linked with many types of cancer. In addition to the health risks of being exposed to microwave radiation, research has shown that microwaving your food depletes nutrients in the food by 60-90%! Most packaged microwavable foods also contain numerous toxic chemicals which leak into the food, putting your health at risk.
Yes, microwaves are convenient. They make meals quick and easy. But are you willing to risk your health or the health of your family? The evidence is clear. Microwave radiation has the ability to damage DNA, which can lead to a whole slew of health problems, including cancer. Watch the video below for more information on microwave radiation.