Microwaves Kill! Or Do They?

One of the many reasons I love Facebook is it is a great forum for people to talk about their beliefs: religion, political, food choices. Granted during election years, this is arguably a good thing? lol.

According to Natural News - http://www.naturalnews.com/031929_microwaved_water_plants.html

According to Natural News – http://www.naturalnews.com/031929_microwaved_water_plants.html

Anyway, I have a lot of friends that society would brand “alternative”. That is they don’t believe in vaccinating their kids, they maybe are vegan/vegetarian, will only eat organic food, things like that. I enjoy these friends to no end, just because they are different and they make me think about issues or sides of issues I normally wouldn’t and that gives me a better understanding of, well, life.

I love these veggies! I hope they grow!

I love these veggies! I hope they grow!

Every few months it seems like there is a new issue upsetting my “alternative” friends about mainstream society. For example there was the fast food won’t rot flurry and memes. GMO food has been a pretty major issue in California for the last few months, but now that the election is over that is quieting down. It seems like the new hot topic is microwaves. Yes, microwaves.

My microwaved water. I made sure it was cool before I used it (hence the thermometer)

My microwaved water. I made sure it was cool before I used it (hence the thermometer)

I’ve seen several postings about how bad the microwave is for our health, how it destroys nutrients, and puts out deadly radiation. I mean, I’m kinda a huge skeptic when fear is used to promote a belief, but this even started scaring me, I mean, until I stopped and did some research.

My labels

My labels


I decided to do an experiment. I had read where water that had been microwaved will kill plants. So I thought how better to test this hypothesis out than start some spring seeds using microwaved water?
Seed ready for soil and water!

Seed ready for soil and water!

Last Sunday, I started brussel sprouts and peas. One tray I used regular well water from my tap, and the other tray I used tap water I had heated in the microwave. Since its only been 3 days the seeds have not geminated yet, but I am awfully excited to see how this turns out! Are you? Stay tuned!

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11 Responses to Microwaves Kill! Or Do They?

  1. AmyLou

    I love what you do, I love your blog, and I love your experiments. Thank you!

  2. brandibuzzard

    I can’t wait to see what happens 😉 And I agree with AmyLou!

    What is your hypothesis for this experiment! The science/geek/nerd part of me is loving this!

  3. Pretty excited to follow your little experiment!

    Number of questions though.
    1. Will you have 4 test groups for this experiment, two for each plant type?
    2. Will you be bringing the microwave water to a boil? If not, to what temp?
    3. Will you also be boiling the non microwave water and letting it cool as well? The reason I ask is that the microwave may very well kill any organisms in the tap while boiling the regular water would do the same.

    Sorry the scientist in me can’t help but ask. Keep up the good work!

  4. After seeing some of the same fear mongering posts, I’ve decided to avoid using the microwave whenever possible. Heating milk for hot chocolate on the stove, making oatmeal on the stove etc. I figure it can’t hurt. Sometimes, using a microwave is just unavoidable. I’m 100% certain using the microwaves in those instances won’t kill me.

  5. The Microwave Poem
    By Ian H. Moore

    Microwaves will make you ill?
    All they want to do is kill?
    If you use them you will die?
    Or is it all, one big lie?

    Natural news told the tale
    Of how microwave safety is a fail!
    A home experiment by a student
    Revealed the truth (ever so prudent!)

    Microwaved watered plants did not survive
    But boiled watered plants did stay alive!
    So Microwaves are bad for you!
    (Unless this story’s not quite true)

    So enter Megan with her seeds!
    To bring us all the proof we need!
    She’ll use real science of which we approve
    and all doubts she will remove!

    We’ll watch those seeds with held breath
    Just to see if microwaves cause us death!
    But just for now, you should know
    Microwaves are only dangerous if dropped on toes!

  6. Very Interesting experiment can’t wait for the results.

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  8. have you heard at all if its the microwaves or just heating the water? just curious

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