SCIENCE & TECH BLOG
by Eliza Donavan
I’m writing this after a conversation that some friends and I had about the tech that we had to live with, and especially microwave ovens. The story about that one is particularly important in understanding how things are decided for us, as opposed to our collective decision of what to use, and what to discard.
So consider this just one instance.
Once upon a time, in the 1960’s, there were two technologies. One was based on sound, and another was the child of the military industrial complex. I can remember a book called “The World of Silent Sound”, about ultrasonics, which at the time was called supersonics. In the book were photos of different applications of this new technology, from scrambling an egg inside the shell using a rotating field of sound waves, and cooking it at the same time to cleaning without the need for any soap, as it would alter the surface tension of water allowing the soil to easily wash off of the clothing. Also, since it was less harsh on the clothing, no fabric softener was needed either. There was also a photo of a whistle that was placed in the focal point of a parabolic dish. A short distance from that a hand held a paper tissue that you normally blow your nose in, and it was bursting into flame through molecular friction, similar to rubbing your hands together. A sonic oven was also discussed, which would put the food in a rotating sound field with transducers on 3 sides. It could cook food and emulsify gravies at the same time by matching it’s acoustic resonance frequency.
Things looked like they were going really well for ultrasonics. It could be used for breaking up gall stones, cooking food, cleaning...the applications looked endless. So what happened?
Raytheon happened. They had unlimited resources for microwave applications. Wheelbarrows full of money were thrown at them during the cold war, and they saw other applications for microwaves. The main one was for heating, as radar techs knew all too well what happened if they went into the microwave beam--they might get “cooked”. Actually, that used that term. So the corporate big wigs put two and two together, and made an oven that used the very same radiation that cooked and altered the tissue of the techs, giving them cancer in the process, to cook food. They seem to have conveniently left out the part about the cancer. That might affect the bottom line, after all.
OK, so how do the two systems differ? Well, sound works by molecular friction, like rubbing your hands together as mentioned previously. Microwaves, unlike the “domain rotation” nonsense that they promoted over the years, works by inducing voltages inside the food, and those voltages produce currents that literally electrocute the food through what is called ohmic heating. This is the same way that prisoners are electrocuted in the electric chair. They literally cook to death from the inside out—a very barbaric way to kill someone, but most governments are not famous for ethical considerations. I’m surprised they never tossed the prisoners into a big microwave oven—after all, it does the same thing.
But another problem is that non-ionizing radiation is not supposed to produce chemical changes. However, it’s not just non-ionizing radiation that we have to worry about. It’s more like electrochemistry, as you induce currents inside the food that cooks it. AHA! So we have electrochemical changes, similar to what happens when we blast food with ionizing radiation, or treat it with gamma rays. In that case, we have things called URPs, (no, not a belch). That stands for unique radiological products. These are chemical compounds that are not normally found in nature, and the body is unfamiliar with dealing with them, having a biological freakout moment when they see them.
And yes, those are carcinogens.
So we have two very separate technologies: one that induces chemical changes in the food, which can be tasted, and the other that heats through molecular friction. Since the time of its introduction in the 1960s, the microwave oven has had more and more evidence piling up that it is a really bad idea to use it for heating and cooking food. I remember a hot dog cooker from the 60’s that had two prongs that you stuck on either side of the hot dog, and then plugged that into the wall. It did the same thing, but somehow people never connected the two. Recently, there has been a study that showed when microwave treated water was used on plants after letting it cool down, that the plants either grew stunted or died altogether. It did something to the water. Now we know that the electron bond angles change when you subject water to ionizing or non-ionizing radiation, and that it is really bad news.
So after decades of going down the wrong fork in the road, are we doomed to follow that? No, in fact that tech is still there awaiting development. The lesson here is that once we have knowledge of which tech is life giving, and which is deadly, we can dump the stuff that is killing us and go back to the good stuff, similar to cancer survivors discovering that salads are a really good idea. Right now the only applications that most people are familiar with are ultrasonic nebulizers and jewelry cleaners. But it goes so much farther than that, and that is the road we must travel. I propose that we call the oven the “ultrawave”. Imagine having a washing machine that uses no soap—the same with dishwashers. You can do the same thing with shower heads, and have a shower with no soap that is also tuned to knock out pathogens, so you walk out of the shower clean on the inside as well as out. There already exist therapeutic baths that disintegrate gall and kidney stones. Not many people know about those because surgical intervention is far more profitable.
That is another lesson—we need to be aware of the motives of why certain technologies are used and promoted. If it is for the extraction of our personal resources, acting as a parasite, then we need to dump that practice or tech. If it is for self-empowerment, and independence, then it needs to be promoted.
It is all about consciousness, and self-empowerment. Let’s all be awake and aware!