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Doctor insights on: Does Putting Styrofoam In The Microwave Cause Cancer

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Can heating food in styrofoam containers cause cancer?

Can heating food in styrofoam containers cause cancer?

No: It takes only a few minutes to make up a scare story / health hoax. Debunking it takes far longer, and for your trouble you get called "unspiritual" or told you're in the pay of the wicked corporations. This is one more internet hoax that you can ignore. Despite all the piranhas at the nih, each striving to make a name by proving a real risk, there's not a single publication. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Do microwaves cause cancer? I've heard several times that microwaving your food can cause cancer.

Do microwaves cause cancer? I've heard several times that microwaving your food can cause cancer.

No evidence: There is no evidence that microwaving foods causes cancer. You may consult this site for more information: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cancer/in-depth/cancer-causes/ART-20044714 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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For what reason wouldn't microwaved food cause cancer?

For what reason wouldn't microwaved food cause cancer?

Not ionizing: A chemical that truly causes cancer at realistic doses must mutate genes. Ionizing radiation (high-frequency) does this, but radiation at microwave levels won't. Further, even subjecting food to ionizing radiation doesn't seem to produce cancer-causing chemicals. And microwaves are too long to ionize, so even microwaving yourself would cook you but not give you cancer. ...Read more

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Does microwave popcorn healthy ? Because I read that may cause cancer Thank you

Does microwave popcorn healthy ?
Because I read that may cause cancer
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No cancer: Microwaving pop corn or any other food will not cause cancer. Just do not add too much fat to the popcorn. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Standing in front of microwave all day - can this cause you to get cancer?

Standing in front of microwave all day - can this cause you to get cancer?

No: These wavelengths won't mutate the dna (induce) or cause cells to overgrow (promote). The online claims that microwave cooking causes cancer are scaremongering and are obvious disinformation (discredited ideas about the nature of cancer and the processes of biochemistry) by people misrepresenting themselves as humanitarians and persecuted scientists. Don't let these people scare you. ...Read more

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Does eating microwaved food everyday(I'm a student) cause cancer. The majority says yes but some articles say no. Thoughts?

Does eating microwaved food everyday(I'm a student) cause cancer. The majority says yes but some articles say no. Thoughts?

No: There is no evidence that eating microwaved food causes cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Would microwave cause meat to generate poisons that will damage our bodies, eventually we will get cancer or some weird disease?

Would microwave cause meat to generate poisons that will damage our bodies, eventually we will get cancer or some weird disease?

No: This is a perennial scare story. There are even militants who claim that all cooked food is horrible. Cooking, especially char-broiling, does generates chemicals that can damage genes and contribute to the background damage from which cancer arises; microwaving probably less so.A chemical in plastic does get into microwaved food, for how, use glass / ceramic. ...Read more

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Does a microwave let out enough radiation to eventually cause cancer? From where on the microwave does the most radiation come out when microwaves on?

Does a microwave let out enough radiation to eventually cause cancer? From where on the microwave does the most radiation come out when microwaves on?

It just doesn't: Microwaves produced wavelengths of radiation that don't damage the genes, which must happen to cause cancer. Everything gives off radiation -- light, your own body warmth, and dangerous x-rays. There are many types and most are harmless. The world is full of crooks posing as humanitarians, and you need to be discerning. Thanks for your question. ...Read more

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Can radiation from a microwave oven cause cancer?

Can radiation from a microwave oven cause cancer?

Possible: Microwave ovan prodices electrmagnetic non ionizing radiation in huge quantity , built in such way not to leak.And cause cell damage , cataracts , immediate cell death or late effects like caner possible ( if it leaks ) by dna damage . It is also possible will break down products may be harmful to the body. ...Read more