Microwave ovens are used all over the world. They have been since the 1950’s. Many people don’t realize that microwave radiation is a health hazard. Microwave radiation is produced by your cell phone, cordless phone, and other wireless devices such as Wi-Fi routers and baby monitors.
These devices are all used in our homes and offices on a daily basis. In this article we will cover what microwave radiation is, how it affects you, and how to avoid exposure.
What Is Microwave Radiation?
Microwave radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths ranging from as long as one meter to as short as one millimeter; with frequencies between 300 MHz (1 m) and 300 GHz (1 mm). This broad definition includes both UHF and EHF (millimeter waves), and various sources use different boundaries. In all cases, microwave includes the entire SHF band (3 to 30 GHz, or 10 to 1 cm) at minimum, with RF engineering often restricting the range between 1 and 100 GHz (300 and 3 mm). The prefix micro- in microwave is not meant to suggest a wavelength in the micrometer range. It is simply a historic name for the short wavelength bands used in
I don’t believe that low-level microwave radiation is a serious health hazard. But I do think it’s better to be safe than sorry. And I do think exposure should be limited.
Microwave radiation is emitted by many products we use every day, including cell phones, cordless phones, Bluetooth devices, baby monitors, security systems and smart meters. Even your microwave oven emits a tiny bit of radiation when in use.
Many people are concerned about exposure levels from wireless devices and the potential health risks. The possible health concerns include brain tumors and cancer, headaches, fatigue, anxiety, depression and sleep problems (including insomnia).
Here are a few simple steps you can take to limit your exposure to microwave radiation:
Microwave radiation is commonly used to cook food. In the microwave oven, food is cooked by the heat generated in response to the microwave pulses. The oven contains a magnetron tube that produces microwave pulses. Microwave radiation is also used in radar and communications systems. These systems are typically used by the military.
Microwave Radiation Health Hazards
There are many stories about people who have been injured by exposure to microwave radiation from various sources. One such source is from cell phone towers installed on top of apartment buildings. There have been many reports of people becoming sick after living near these towers for extended periods of time. Some individuals have even died from exposure to microwave radiation produced by cell phone tower antennas that were placed too close to their living space.
The health hazards associated with exposure to microwave radiation are fairly well known and documented. Exposure can cause a variety of illnesses including cancer and other serious diseases.
Microwave Ovens and Cancer: Is There a Link?
A study done at the University of Washington found that prolonged use of a microwave oven can lead to an increased risk of cancer in humans, especially in children and young adults who use them frequently. There were two types of cancers studied; brain tumors and leukemia
Last updated: September 15, 2019
Microwave ovens have been around for more than 50 years and are a common kitchen appliance. They are used to reheat food or cook food quickly. It’s estimated that 90% of American households have at least one microwave oven, and most people use them daily.
Microwaves work by producing electromagnetic radiation, a low-energy form of radiation similar to radio waves. This type of radiation is also produced by cell phones, cordless phones, Wi-Fi devices, baby monitors and other wireless devices.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that all microwave ovens sold in the U.S. meet strict safety standards to protect the public from possible harm from this type of radiation. Is using your microwave safe?
Is Microwave Radiation Dangerous?
You might be surprised to hear that microwaving food doesn’t make it radioactive or harmful in any way if you use the microwave correctly.
When a microwave is used properly to heat food, it doesn’t make the food radioactive or dangerous. The only radioactivity associated with a microwave oven comes from the small amount of energy released when it’s plugged in and running (like other appliances). That energy is called non-ionizing
On Jul. 20, 2011 I published a blog post entitled The Microwave Effect – What is it? which sparked controversy and has been viewed thousands of times since.
In addition to the original post, I have since written another article called The Microwave Effect in Context – How microwave radiation affects us and what we can do to avoid it. This latter article went into more detail about the issue and included a number of practical suggestions on how to reduce one’s exposure to microwave radiation in their everyday life.
I would like to discuss here some of the issues which were raised in response to those articles and respond to them.
The first thing that struck me was how much emotion was raised by the topic. People who are not normally interested in science or technology have strong opinions about microwave ovens and other sources of microwave radiation. It takes a certain kind of person to be enthusiastic about science and technology and this same kind of person is often drawn to issues relating to health and well-being. When you combine these two aspects, you get a whole range of passionate people with strong views on this subject.
I have to admit that I am one of those people who has been convinced for years that there is some health hazard associated with microwaves. I have heard a few stories about this from friends and from various sources. Even my own daughter claims to have a friend who’s mother got cancer from working in a microwave repair shop, and there are many other stories on the Internet.
It wasn’t until I decided to write this post that I started researching the issue, and what I found surprised me. There is no evidence whatsoever linking health problems with microwaves! How can this be? The fact is, we’ve been using microwaves for decades now without any proven problems. So why all the concern? Why do people believe that microwaves could cause cancer or other health issues?
1) Microwave radiation is dangerous
2) We don’t really understand how they work
The debate over whether cell phone radiation is safe or not rages on. The issue has become even more contentious in light of California’s Proposition 65 decision to list cell phones as a “carcinogen” – carcinogens are substances or exposures known to cause cancer. As a result, warnings must be given when the product emits electromagnetic radiation.
The debate over whether cell phone radiation is safe or not rages on. The issue has become even more contentious in light of California’s Proposition 65 decision to list cell phones as a “carcinogen” – carcinogens are substances or exposures known to cause cancer. As a result, warnings must be given when the product emits electromagnetic radiation..