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The microwave is certainly an invention that has changed the way many people across the globe approach cooking. However, the health-conscious among us may want to reconsider using that microwave in the kitchen out of concern for the health risk that it poses.

It has already been well documented that microwaves destroy much of the nutritional components found in cooked food. That being said, the convenience often outweighed those health considerations in the eyes of many. However, there is growing concern that microwaves emit so much radiation that it can affect our heart rate. Just minor exposure could potentially result in adverse reactions in the heart. That occurs at only 2.4Ghz, which is exactly the amount of radiation that today’s typical microwave oven puts out.

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Through a series of studies conducted at Trent University, Dr. Magda Havas uncovered that exposure to 2.4Ghz of radiation for only three minutes can result in alarming changes to the heart rate. This can result in rapid aging syndrome. This can become rather serious as it leads to heart palpitations and the clumping together of the red blood cells in the human body.

 

Over the years, these studies have been largely ignored because government agencies contend that microwave ovens emit radiation at levels that do not even begin to approach federal guidelines for what would constitute a potential danger to humans. However, with all of the exposure to radiation that we are subject to today via Internet routers and mobile phones alone, microwave ovens could very well put us over the top in that regard.

 

At various times in history, some countries have actually banned the use of microwave ovens in certain situations. Russia is perhaps the most notable as they banned their use during World War II out of fear they were harming the troops as they were invaded by the Nazis. More recent studies have sought to examine the impact of microwaves on the blood structure in humans. It has been found that microwaves can lead to higher levels of cholesterol and a reduced number of red blood cells. Both of these conditions are quite worrisome and should give people pause to consider if they want to continue using a microwave.

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