We at Spear have dedicated this Sunday to pray for Moses currently in Mulago cancer institution battling cancer of the blood. He is a strong young man with a will to live. About four years ago he was having the best of his life. He had just got himself a job,identified a woman to marry and indeed married, built himself a house and started a family. Then a strange disease struck and a few days later he was diagnosed with leukemia. He responded positively to the first phase of treatment and was discharged. Three years later he got a fresh attack and he is now at Mulago. We pray for Moses’s quick recovery and total healing.
Many Ugandans are asking why there is an increase in cancer cases in the country? This coupled with the fact that the country has no facilities to treat the sick makes Ugandans very sad. At Spear we ask the same questions. The SpearDoctor points at some possible causes of cancer in the modern world and we bring them out here in our series on cancer because minus a cure,the world needs to focus on prevention.
The fancy microwave in your kitchen may “kill” your family Few people realize that when you use a microwave oven, the microwaves do not stay within the confines of the oven. Microwave ovens have to meet safety standards set by the FDA. These standards “limit the amount of microwaves that can leak from an oven throughout its lifetime to 5 milliwatts (mW) of microwave radiation per square centimeter at approximately 2 inches from the oven surface.” This might sound quite rigorous, but it’s not. My tests with an EMF meter show that even brand new microwave ovens emit significant levels of microwave energy, otherwise known as radio frequency radiation.
What this means is that when you switch your microwave oven on these EMFs permeate into your home… traveling through walls, ceilings, and you. These EMFs, though being in the non-ionizing range of the EMF spectrum, are not negligible. In May 2011 the World Health Organization officially classified this type of EMF exposure as a class 2B possible carcinogen. Added to this, a microwave ovens’ cables and motor also give off high magnetic fields, often over 10 milligauss. Exposures of just 4 milligauss have been firmly linked to leukemia.
Not surprisingly these magnetic fields have also been categorized as carcinogenic. Twenty years of Russian research, and German studies dating back to 1942 in Berlin, make a strong case against the safety of microwave cooking. The Nazis are thought to have invented the first microwave ovens to provide mobile food support to their troops during their invasion of the Soviet Union in World War II.
After the war the United States War Department was given a task to researching the safety of microwave ovens. But it’s the Russians who are credited with having performed the most thorough research. The Russians research on biological effects of microwave ovens led to microwave ovens being banned in Russia in 1976. The ban was later lifted during Perestroika to promote free trade with the west. Their findings led the Russian government to issue an international warning about possible biological and environmental damage associated with the use of microwave ovens and other similar frequency electronic devices such as cell phones.
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