Richard Gantlett writes:
>Having read the mail about microwave antennae and energies which they emit,
>I started thinking about Microwave ovens.
>We don't have one at present because I have always felt them to be
>un-natural. We have a baby on the way and many friends suggest a microwave
>will be an essential aid to defrosting and warming baby foods and milk.
>Can anyone tell me about any negative effects in using a
>microwave...negative energies passing into the food perhaps?
>Thank you in anticipation,
Light and heat are not as simple as some like to think. A good start
towards understanding the implications of various systems of lighting,
heating or cooking would be taking up the study of photochemistry.
Photochemistry was originally discovered because of the effects of light on
various chemical reactions, notably chlorination of hydrocarbon compounds.
But, of course, everyone nowadays is familiar with color photography and
knows that different wavelengths of light affect color film differently.
The effects are extremely sensitive and subtle, which is why the walls in
hospital rooms are traditionally painted pastel shades of green while the
decor in "brain rooms" at advertising agencies is uniform grey. We talk of
people being in a brown study, a blue funk, having a yellow streak down
their back, green with envy, red with rage and so on as color has powerful
effects on emotion.
1. Did you ever hear of Seasonal Affective Disorder Syndrone (SADS)? To
maintain robust physical and emotional health people must get a sufficient
light diet of wavelengths present in normal sunlight. You won't get a good
mix of these from most incandescent or flourescent lights and certainly not
from your computer screen or TV set. The wavelengths entering the eye are
received by the retina, conducted by the optic nerve and stimulate the
pituitary gland, which regulates all the other glandular activity in the
body. Diseases often are related to one or another color deficiency, which
is why color projection on different parts of the body can restore the body
to healthy resonance patterns and cure a wide variety of diseases.
2. Photosynthesis is considered to be one of the most important fields of
study in photochemistry. Small wonder since most organic forms and organic
materials in the biosphere derive from plants receiving solar energy and
storing it up in the complex chemistry of carbon and its compounds.
Wavelengths are important in the buildup of these forms, so of course they
also are important in their breakdown. Many studies have been made of the
results from cooking with wood, charcoal, gas, coal, electric and
microwaves. Chefs and tasters agree that all else being relatively equal
the finest flavor and greatest satisfaction is achieved by cooking with
wood. In fact, they would quickly tell you the type of wood makes
considerable difference. Nor could you talk the famous barbecue chefs
throughout the Southern US into cooking with gas instead of oak or hickory
charcoal sprinkled with moist, green wood chips. "There's something to it."
they say. In many a gourmet restaurant the chefs would be horrified and
walk off the job if you replaced their gas appliances with electric. And,
interestingly enough, chemists agree. Chromatographic analysis reveals that
the complex chemistry of food flavor and nutrition is best retained and
enhanced by using wood as a heat source, while gas is not so far behind.
But when electricity is used many of the chemical bonds of complex flavor
and nutritional factors are affected in ways that yield results less
resonant and harmonious with human body chemistry.
3. As you might guess from the above, when microwaves are used to warm milk
for infants formula, blood for transfusions in hospitals, beverages in
restaurants, etc. this also affects the chemistry involved in these fluids.
As the name microwaves implies, these are very short, high energy
wavelengths. As they interact with the chemistry of organic substances they
tend to disrupt the chemical bonds where ever they impact and not solely at
the best junctures for compatibility with human digestion and metabolism.
For example, the human metabolism only does well handling carbon chemistry
in two carbon pieces, which is why a two carbon alcohol like ethyl alcohol
is relatively non-toxic while three carbon isopropyl or one carbon methyl
alcohol is quite toxic. However, in microwave cooking this two carbon
breakdown requirement of human metabolisms is routinely violated.
Chromatographic analysis of microwaved foods reveals such a wide variety of
random breaks and recombinations of chemical bonds that chemists call these
incompatible and indigestible chemicals "unique radiolytic by-products" and
compare them to some of the results of irradiating foods with gamma
4. Of course you will NOT hear this sort of discourse from chemists or
physicians whose jobs depend on the industries profiting from either light
or heat of a less than healthy nature. What you will hear is denials and
patronizing efforts to soothe and quiet public fears. The public is hardly
well-informed and depends on the reputations of people with specialized
degrees in positions of respect and authority to tell them what is safe and
good and what is not. And since our culture is so highly compartmentalized
it is the exception rather than the rule for fine chefs, nutritional gurus
and independent chemists of integrity to get together and compare results
that then are given international media attention. So we have WalMart
selling microwave ovens like hotcakes, every fast food chain using them,
hospitals warming infant formula and blood transfusions in them, and all
sorts of similar radical abuses. The day when society wakes up seems
remote. For one thing our schools are not up to teaching folks how to
distinguish biased and deceptive from unbiased and revealing sources of
When you stop and think about it, however, uncommon GOOD sense suggests you
should get a healthy exposure to the wavelengths of natural sunlight,
particularly through the eyes, and the majority of your cooked foods should
at least be heated by gas since wood or solar cookers are the exception
rather than the rule in both the US and the UK. And if you or one of yours
falls ill? Look into healing with color, homeopathy and radionics. Virginia
McIvor and Sandra LaForest wrote an excellent introductory book on this
subject, published by Samuel Weiser, Inc. It has gone through dozens of
printings and is still a classic: VIBRATIONS: Healing Through Color,
Homeopathy and Radionics.
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