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Microwaves just aren’t natural. I used to use the microwave tons and after a while, I started to hesitate more and more before I put something in there. Now I haven’t use a microwave in a long time. Maybe it’s me being overly cautious, but I tend to be that way when my health is on the line.

How do they work?

I read about this in a textbook once, but Dr. Mercola says it better:

“…microwaves generated from the magnetron bombard the food, they cause the polar molecules to rotate at the same frequency millions of times a second.

All this agitation creates molecular “friction”, which heats up the food. This unusual type of heating also causes substantial damage to the surrounding molecules, often tearing them apart or forcefully deforming them.”

Food should not be cooked that way.

My research on microwaves:

Anti Microwave Website – I’ll go over the most interesting things from this website, and some of them are not from that website.

1 – It cooks food from the inside out. That’s gross and weird.

2 – Someone heated blood in the microwave before a transfusion, and the person who received the blood died.

3 – Microwaves decrease hemoglobin levels after using microwaves for a month.

4 – After using a microwave for a year, unrecognizable mutations were found in the patients.

5 – Decreased good cholesterol (HDL), increased bad (LDL)

6 – Brain damage

7 – Produces free radicals

8 – Microwaved food is hard to digest

9 – Microwaves cause molecular damage to the food you make

The site gives a great/disturbing list of things that microwaves do to your food:

“1. Heating prepared meats in a microwave sufficiently for human consumption created:
* d-Nitrosodiethanolamine (a well-known cancer-causing agent)
* Destabilization of active protein biomolecular compounds
* Creation of a binding effect to radioactivity in the atmosphere
* Creation of cancer-causing agents within protein-hydrosylate compounds in milk and cereal grains;
2. Microwave emissions also caused alteration in the catabolic (breakdown) behavior of glucoside – and galactoside – elements within frozen fruits when thawed in this way;
3. Microwaves altered catabolic behavior of plant-alkaloids when raw, cooked or frozen vegetables were exposed for even very short periods;
4. Cancer-causing free radicals were formed within certain trace-mineral molecular formations in plant substances, especially in raw root vegetables;
5. Ingestion of micro-waved foods caused a higher percentage of cancerous cells in blood;
6. Due to chemical alterations within food substances, malfunctions occurred in the lymphatic system, causing degeneration of the immune system=s capacity to protect itself against cancerous growth;
7. The unstable catabolism of micro-waved foods altered their elemental food substances, leading to disorders in the digestive system;
8. Those ingesting micro-waved foods showed a statistically higher incidence of stomach and intestinal cancers, plus a general degeneration of peripheral cellular tissues with a gradual breakdown of digestive and excretory system function;
9. Microwave exposure caused significant decreases in the nutritional value of all foods studied, particularly:
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* A decrease in the bioavailability of B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, essential minerals and lipotrophics
* Destruction of the nutritional value of nucleoproteins in meats
* Lowering of the metabolic activity of alkaloids, glucosides, galactosides and nitrilosides (all basic plant substances in fruits and vegetables)
* Marked acceleration of structural disintegration in all foods.”

To conclude

This is one where (if the evidence isn’t good enough) you just kind of have to follow your instinct and common sense. Microwaves are not natural. Not natural = bad. So, microwaves = bad.

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Estrogen is a hormone that is in both males and females (not as much in males though) and so you would think that consuming things with it would be alright, right?

Well, no, and many probably already know that. I’m determined to make you learn something anyways!

So, without getting into the role that this hormone plays in our body, I’ll mention some things that it’s found in and the first three main things that come to mind are:

1 – Plastic – the more flexible the plastic the worse it is, and the more toxic ____ (feel in the blank) it leaches into your food. I still use plastic, but I’m trying to stop! I have a glass water bottle, and it’s kind of heavy, and I’m deathly afraid of breaking it, but with a little extra care I’ve been fine. I’ve also read somewhat about SIGG bottles which supposedly don’t leak toxins. If you are interested in them, you could go here. No, I am not affiliated with them or anything 🙂

2 – Flaxseed – this one is sad for me, I’m really working on finding a good omega-3 supplement for my diet right now. This would have made the hunt simple. But no. Even though it is plant based, it still is like the estrogen in your body and can raise your levels. Your body produces all you need.

3 – Soy – Soy is supposed to be a health food but it’s not. There are some good things about it, but the bad far outweigh the good. The soy companies lead us to believe that like the Chinese eat tons of soy, but they eat hardly any at all, just a few teaspoons a day. And the soy they do eat is fermented (which is another story) so it’s easier to digest. Soymilk tastes really good, but it’s definitely a bad choice. Your best choice is probably to avoid soy altogether, unless maybe you’re chinese and your body is used to it.

Other different hormone disrupters:

1 – Phthalates – Usually in things you use to care for your body, like shampoo. The shampoo/conditioner/chapstick I use is almost completely natural (like 98%). It’s not organic though, but it will have to do. I read that the lipstick you put on all ends up being absorbed, so you are basically eating it.

2 – Pasteurized Dairy – Try to find raw milk. If you look around and it’s not illegal where you live, then you should be able to find some. Popularity for it is definitely growing!

Oooh. Here are some more good ones, after doing a search. I’ll summarize them below.

3 – Propyl gallate – A preservative used to prevent fats and oils from spoiling.

* Hair products
* Adhesives and lubricants
* Processed meat products and potato products
* Chicken soup base
* Chewing gum and candy
* Dried milk
* Baked goods, and more

4 -4-hexylresorcinol, which is used to prevent discoloration in shrimp and other shellfish.

* Pharmaceutical acne treatments
* Anti-dandruff shampoo
* Sunscreen lotions
* Antiseptic mouthwashes
* Skin wound cleansers
* Throat lozenges

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This important vitamin is often over-looked. It’s actually not a vitamin though, it’s like or hormone regulator or something. And how many genes in your body does it regulate? 2,000 out of 30,000 is how many.

Sure, it’s only 2,000, which may or may not seem like a lot to you. But it doesn’t take a whole lot of mutated genes to cause cancer or a mutation or something.

Think back about 300 years when your ancestors probably spent tons of time in the sun, gardening, playing, or whatever. Were people always getting skin cancer back then? No.

I recently saw this graph about how much skin cancer/melanoma had risen in the past 30 years. The rates have tripled for men, and doubled for women. I found that information on a sunscreen company’s website. If you think about it, have we been getting more sun over the past 30 years than our ancestors? Have we been putting on less sunscreen? The answer for both is no. We have been getting a lot less sun and slathering on chemicals that are supposed to protect us, but really only protect us from absorbing vitamin D. Not only are most sunscreens full of chemicals, they also keep block the vitamin D that your skin needs.

So get out in the sun. I know this is really hard to do, so you can also supplement your vitamin D. Get D3, not D2. D2 is artificial and produced by plants. D3 is more like the kind your body produces.

Supplementing

Right now, I take about 2,000 IU’s a day. Some people need more, some need less, I take more on the low side, just to be safe. You can get your levels tested, but that means pricking your finger, which I don’t want to do in the near future. You can also use your own health as a guide. However much makes you feel the best is the right level for you.

Exposure to Sunlight

Or you can go out in the sun. About twenty minutes (with a lot of skin exposed) lets you absorb 20,000 IU’s. Once you have enough, your body will stop absorbing it. This is the safest way.

Do not get sunburned though, because that is not healthy.

Something else to keep in mind is that the darker your skin, the more sun you’ll need. Also, if you are older, than your body absorbs less. And a general rule is that if your shadow is longer than you, then you are probably not absorbing (at least very much) vitamin D.

So start keeping tabs on how much sun you get, and don’t be like how I was, a shade-seeking, sunscreen-slathering freak!

Symptoms

This is Dr. Mercola’s (I love is newsletters!) of things that are at least partially a result of a vitamin D deficiency:

Cancer, Hypertension, Heart disease, Autism, Obesity, Rheumatoid arthritis, Diabetes 1 and 2, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Cold & Flu, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Tuberculosis, Septicemia, Signs of aging, Dementia, Eczema & Psoriasis, Insomnia, Hearing loss, Muscle pain, Cavities, Periodontal disease, Osteoporosis, Macular degeneration, Reduced C-section risk, Pre eclampsia, Seizures, Infertility, Asthma, Cystic fibrosis, Migraines, Depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and Schizophrenia

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Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)

For the record, I don’t spend a whole lot of time or thought on cleaning-things, but since I just did hydrogen peroxide, I’ll talk about baking soda now.

Baking soda is another things that’s very cheap, and is another great alternative to lots of things.

Some things I use it for:

1 – To brush my teeth – I’ve used it alone, or you can use it with your toothpaste. I eventually got around to finding a natural toothpaste without chemicals. Your toothpaste could say natural and have something like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in it still.

2 – To exfoliate, usually my face – It leaves your face fresh, but don’t leave it on for long, it’s drying!

3 – As a great deodorant – I use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Sometimes I need to put it on twice during the day, I’m kind of new at using it.  Anyways, it kills the bacteria, which causes the smell.  I love it, and it’s natural.  Antiperspirants are bad because, for one, it’s obviously not natural, and for two, sweating is a great way to get rid of toxins.  So most deodorants aren’t healthy.  Some people just put the baking soda under their arm and have had a lot of success.

4 – And of course, for baking!  It’s what makes the cookies raise 🙂

I also forgot two things about the hydrogen peroxide:

1 – If you have a problem with earwax build up (like I do) then you can lie on your side a put a few drops in.  Then after some time, maybe ten minutes, let it drip back out if it will come.  It feels weird and you’ll be able to hear it fizzing (a sound I find satisfying).  If you tilt your head on it’s side then it will plug your ear, but that’s okay, because you’ll eventaully let it drip out.  It definitely beats getting your ear irrigated (I know from experience).

2 – Another good deodorant.  If I use plain hydrogen peroxide then I have to spray it on twice.  That’s why I mix it with baking soda because the baking soda will stay there.  I put it all in a squirt bottle, which makes it so easy.

Good luck,  I hope I helped you!

fall_imageI love hydrogen peroxide!  Go get some right now.  I like it for a couple reasons:

1 – It’s cheap!  You get this big bottle for less than a $1.00

2 – It’s a great cleaner!

From my experience, hydrogen peroxide is found in the pharmacy.  We had it at our local grocery store, so I bet you’ll have it too.

One of the things that I use it for it to clean my teeth.  Almost every day, I swish it around in my mouth for about a minute and then spit it out, then brush my teeth (with the most natural toothpaste I could find, Spry).  It leaves your feeling so clean (because they are clean) and a lot of people think it makes them look whiter (like me).  Also, I always give my toothbrush a few squirts, because after sitting out, it has plenty of time to grow bacteria and other stuff on it.

Another thing that it can be used for is to clean things/surfaces in your house.  A natural way to clean a surface (without harmful chemicals and stuff) is to spray it with vinegar, then hydrogen peroxide.

Some people report having cured different kinds of diseases and stuff by consuming a few drops of FOOD GRADE 35% solution.  Google this, I haven’t tried it.  I think it’s like a cleanser or something.

It comes diluted to 3%  and usually has stabilizers in that you want to be careful you don’t ingest this kind.  This is the kind that you will probably find.  I haven’t found food grade yet.

Have fun with it, but be careful, it is a chemical!

Update: GOOD INFO FROM THE POSTERS, THEY KNOW A LOT! AND THIS IS PART OF FIGHT BACK FRIDAY’S @ FOOD RENEGADE (I always forget that part).


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