Russia Banned Microwave Ovens in 1976

By Kashish Gupta, Ecologist - November 2003
MICROWAVE OVENS * Eighty per cent of the UK'S Population use them and yet two comprehensive studies have shown that they damage our health. Isn't it time more research was done into the effects they have on us and the food we put into them?


From 1957 up until very recently Russian research into microwaves was
mainly carried out at the Institute of Radio Technology at Klinsk in
Byelorussia. According to US researcher William Kopp, Russian
forensic teams observed the following key effects:

1. People who ingested microwaved foods showed a statistically higher
incidence of stomach and intestinal cancers, plus a general
degeneration of peripheral cellular tissues and a gradual breakdown
of the function of the digestive and excretory systems.

2. Due to chemical alterations within food substances, malfunctions
occurred within the lymphatic system, causing a degeneration in the
immune system's ability to protect the body against neoplastic
(cancerous) growth.

3. Microwave exposure caused significant decreases in the nutritional
value of all foods studied, most significantly in the
bio-availability of Bcomplex vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E,
essential minerals and lipotropics (substances that prevent abnormal
accumulation of fat).

4. Heating prepared meats in a microwave sufficiently for human
consumption creates the cancer-causing agent d-nitrosodiethanolamine.

5. Cancer-causing free radicals were formed within certain
trace-mineral, molecular formations in plant substances --
particularly in raw root vegetables.

6. Ingestion of microwaved foods caused a higher percentage of
cancerous cells within the blood serum.

7. Microwaving foods alters their elemental food substances, leading
to disorders in the digestive system.

The use of microwave ovens was banned in Russia in 1976.


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Dr Hans Ulrich Hertel

Food scientist Dr Hans Ulrich Hertel fought for 10 years to have his
findings concerning the dangers of microwave ovens acknowledged. His
statement that inspired the microwave manufacturers to use the Swiss courts
to silence him was: 'Food cooked or defrosted in a microwave oven causes
changes in the blood indicative of a developing pathological process as is
also found in a carcinoma.' Put simply, microwaved food causes cancer.

In 1989 Hertel teamed up with professor Bernard Blanc of the Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology. They proposed to the University of Lausanne a
research programme to look into the effects of microwaved food on humans.
Their application for funding was turned down on the grounds that there was
no need for research in this area. Undeterred, the two scientists decided
to fund a smaller research programme themselves.

They selected eight individuals and fed them on a range of raw,
conventionally cooked and microwaved foods. Blood samples were taken from
each volunteer before and after eating. Serious irregularities were found
both in the structure of the food microwaved and in the blood of those
eating the microwaved samples.

The microwave industry reacted to the research by taking Hertel to court.
He was convicted under Swiss unfair competition laws. And such was the
pressure put on Blanc (he told Hertel that he feared for the safety of his
family) that he publicly dissociated himself from the research.

[Another source
writes: "As soon as Doctors Hertel and Blanc published their results, the
authorities reacted. A powerful trade organization, the Swiss Association of
Dealers for Electro-apparatuses for Households and Industry, known as FEA,
struck swiftly in 1992. They forced the President of the Court of Seftigen,
Canton of Bern, to issue a 'gag order' against Drs. Hertel and Blanc. In

March 1993, Dr. Hertel was convicted for 'interfering with commerce' and
prohibited from further publishing his results. However, Dr. Hertel stood
his ground and fought this decision over the years.

"Not long ago, this decision was reversed in a judgment delivered in
Strasbourg, Austria, on August 25, 1998. The European Court of Human Rights
held that there had been a violation of Hertel's rights in the 1993
decision. The European Court of Human Rights also ruled that the "gag order"
issued by the Swiss court in 1992 against Dr. Hertel, prohibiting him from
declaring that microwave ovens are dangerous to human health, was contrary
to the right to freedom of expression. In addition, Switzerland was ordered
to pay Dr. Hertel compensation."]

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