Are microwaves bad for you?


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You have probably heard if from your parent. "Don't stand in front of the microwave when its in use, it'll give you cancer. The other rumor about microwaves is that that you shouldn't stand in front of it if you are pregnant. According to an article, some people think that it is not harmful if the door is latched. However the article states that since there is frequency radiating from the microwave, although it is not that much, it can still affect the body.However this low frequency is better for the body than high frequency. As long as the the microwave is not leaking, however, you should be fine. 
     Although some people may be extremely worried about the radiation and getting cancer, microwaves are not the only things that produce radiation. Cell phones also produce radiation. So if you are worried about making your food in the microwave and if it will give you cancer, be careful on your cell phone. However, don't worry, the amount of radiation is not enough to be harmful.
     It has also been said that is can be extremely dangerous if you are pregnant. According to scientists this would only be a problem is the baby becomes heated (which hopefully does not happen when you are heating food). So if you stand about 20 inches from the microwave when it is on, you should be fine.
     The way a microwave works is a transformer in the microwave transfers energy into a device that changes electric energy into microwave energy and then the microwaves heat the food. (ehow.com)
     A study in 1984 published by the National Radiological Protection Board suggest that your eyes are vulnerable to damage because they have less access to your body's blood supply.They were not able to find the exact amount that makes it dangerous however.If you stare a microwave for a while then it can be harmful to your eyes.
220px-NN-K125MBGPG_Grill-Mikrowelle_silber_Panasonic.gifSo basically, microwaves are fine to use, so do not worry. The amount of radiation is far below the amount that can harm you. There are many things in the world that you need to worry about, but microwaves are not one of them. As long as they are cleaned properly and you do not heat your body up by it, you will be fine. Also, do not stare at the microwave for a direct amount of time. Staring directly into the sun is bad for your eyes and so is staring at microwaves for an extended period of time. Your food will be ready in a few minutes so do not worry and just let the microwave work.

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My mom always made me stand a good couple of feet away from the microwave whenever it was working saying that I could get cancer from it! She freaked me out as a small child so I tried to stay away from microwaves. Over time I realized this can't be as drastic as she made it seem because then no one would use microwaves at all. Also, my mother works for GE, a company that makes microwaves, so I doubt she would want it going around that microwaves really do cause cancer. I doubt anyone will also state at a microwave for a long period of time. I'm sure that there are many things that can cause cancer just like the microwave, but we haven't figured them out yet. Good thing microwaves don't cause cancer or else we would all be in a lot of trouble...

I find this to be very interesting. I only heard about the whole "don't stand in front of a microwave if you are pregnant", but i never understood why. I did a little bit of research on this after reading your blog and found that in the past it was actually dangerous because the technology used was not half as promising as it is today. Many times microwaves would leak if it was damaged in anyway. When the leak would occur, radiation would eventually become an issue to the user of that specific microwave. Obviously, there has been a lot of improvements made on microwaves so there is nothing to worry about anymore. This is a cite that i found that shows you how to check a microwave for radiation leaks.

http://www.wikihow.com/Check-a-Microwave-for-Leaks

Very interesting!!!

I find this to be very interesting. I only heard about the whole "don't stand in front of a microwave if you are pregnant", but i never understood why. I did a little bit of research on this after reading your blog and found that in the past it was actually dangerous because the technology used was not half as promising as it is today. Many times microwaves would leak if it was damaged in anyway. When the leak would occur, radiation would eventually become an issue to the user of that specific microwave. Obviously, there has been a lot of improvements made on microwaves so there is nothing to worry about anymore. This is a cite that i found that shows you how to check a microwave for radiation leaks.

http://www.wikihow.com/Check-a-Microwave-for-Leaks

Very interesting!!!

I find this to be very interesting. I only heard about the whole "don't stand in front of a microwave if you are pregnant", but i never understood why. I did a little bit of research on this after reading your blog and found that in the past it was actually dangerous because the technology used was not half as promising as it is today. Many times microwaves would leak if it was damaged in anyway. When the leak would occur, radiation would eventually become an issue to the user of that specific microwave. Obviously, there has been a lot of improvements made on microwaves so there is nothing to worry about anymore. This is a cite that i found that shows you how to check a microwave for radiation leaks.

http://www.wikihow.com/Check-a-Microwave-for-Leaks

Very interesting!!!

Your article reminded me of something that I looked up just a few weeks ago relating to the microwave. I wanted to heat up some water, and the only available option was the microwave in my room. I wondered: Is it safe to microwave water in the microwave? After looking around online, I found that it is generally safe, although in some occasions can be extremely dangerous. I think this webpage explains it best: http://www.health.food-recipe-cooking.com/boiling-water-in-a-microwave-01.htm

Essentially, microwaves heat water differently than on a stove. The water heats up very fast, and the formation of vapor bubbles is unable to keep pace with the rapid increase in water temperature. As a result of this, the bubbling effect that we are used to seeing when water boils does not take place. The temperature of the water in the microwave continues to increase and goes beyond the boiling point of water. The absence of the bubbles means that the water retains a high degree of heat. If you take the vessel out of the microwave, the slight jerk or movement of the superheated water causes rapid formation of the vapour bubbles. These bubbles then rush to the surface of the water and cause the 'bursting' effect. The hot water could spray on your face and hands causing harmful injury.

This reaction is real, but very uncommon. It is more likely if attempting to heat water in a container with an extremely smooth surface, such as glass. If a surface has scratches or dents, the bubbles can potentially escape to the surface. Thought this information was relevant, and can help out other students who have ever wondered the same thing as me!

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