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Old 01-09-2017, 12:59 PM
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Microwave ovens: safe?

I don't want to wander into foil hat territory but this question has been around for a while. One of my best clients, a couple who are weightlifting champs and personal trainers recently gave me a nearly new microwave to sell on Craigslist (and keep the money) or otherwise dispose of as they decided it wasn't worth the health risks.

I've usually pooh-poohed such notions but who knows? Clearly our species did not evolve over milenia using the things. OTOH, things that are hotter than cold things are such because their molecules are moving/vibrating faster. A microwave excites the molecules and makes them move faster. Would that really be a problem?

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Old 01-09-2017, 01:07 PM
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Whether you use a frying pan over a gas burner or a microwave, increasing the temperature of a food to be heated creates the molecular excitement in question.
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Old 01-09-2017, 02:53 PM
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I don't want to wander into foil hat territory but this question has been around for a while. One of my best clients, a couple who are weightlifting champs and personal trainers recently gave me a nearly new microwave to sell on Craigslist (and keep the money) or otherwise dispose of as they decided it wasn't worth the health risks.

I've usually pooh-poohed such notions but who knows? Clearly our species did not evolve over milenia using the things. OTOH, things that are hotter than cold things are such because their molecules are moving/vibrating faster. A microwave excites the molecules and makes them move faster. Would that really be a problem?
Check with ElChivito, he had some interesting things to say about them. It's been several years since he commented but it was informative.
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Old 01-09-2017, 04:06 PM
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I'd refrain from sticking my head in one and turning it on. I suspect it would be unpleasant. I haven't heard of any bad health effects from them. Aren't there other microwaves passing thru the atmosphere around us?
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Old 01-09-2017, 04:59 PM
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i hear they zap the nutrition from food away. Not really sure. I dont own one, but thats because I dont have room for one and I use my oven.
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I don't think the microwaves themselves are dangerous as long as you're not heating your arm or something similar. Metal grills in the oven are designed to keep the RF radiation inside the oven, and microwaves don't typically heat food to a degree that would cause the development of carcinogens (unlike grilling, roasting or frying).

I think some of the parts can be dangerous if you try to disassemble it, and certain metal shapes can cause arcing if placed inside the oven.


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Old 01-10-2017, 03:13 AM
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My feeling for some time has been that they're safe for the reasons mentioned here. The unknown for me is how they might interact with the components of food. That stuff was alive not long ago. Could it possibly damage something in the cellular structure? Hypothetical question, I don't know.
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My understanding is the risk originates from the ability to heat food in plastic containers. Some of the hydrocarbons and other unpleasant chemicals end up in your dinner. So reheat only in glass or ceramic containers and cover with wax paper, not plastic wrap. This of course means all frozen fast foods are off the menu, as they are all packaged in plastic.
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:21 AM
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Microwave ovens: safe?

I agree with the plastics to a degree.

https://www.verywell.com/is-plastic-a-carcinogen-or-not-796983?
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Old 01-10-2017, 12:52 PM
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Yes, I avoid microwaving anything in a plastic container or with plastic wrap.
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Old 01-10-2017, 01:03 PM
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They're great for drying out a rained-on newspaper.
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Old 01-10-2017, 04:05 PM
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This is old time stuff. They say to stay 6 feet away from the Oven due to the microwaves and more so if you have a Pacemaker.

The next issue is you are supposed to wait 2 minutes after you are done heating the Food or Drink it to stop cooking before you eat it because doing that can cause parts of your Stomach to sort of cook also. Lots of people don't wait and sometimes I don't wait the 2 minutes either.

It is possible for Microwave ovens to develop a microwave radiation leak. But, owners don't know that has happened.
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Don't burn yourself.

That's it, the only scientifically proven danger I am aware of. Everything else, "the findings are consistent with there being no affect."
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:15 AM
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I know that cheap unit can leak micro waves around the doors.I have always kept my children a safe distance when nuking food.
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:43 AM
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Theres some research on how frequencies in the 2.4ghz range alters heart and brain function over time. That would include wifi routers.

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