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Jul
2004

Plastic and the Microwave

PLASTIC & MICROWAVE: Carcinogens - At 10,000,000 Times FDA Limits" (excerpt)

Plastic and the Microwave! It's amazing what a curious student can
learn. As a seventh grade student, Claire Nelson learned that diethylhexyladepate (DEHA), considered a carcinogen, is found in plastic wrap. She also learned that the FDA had never studied the effect of microwave cooking on plastic-wrapped food. Claire began to wonder: Can cancer-causing particles seep into food covered with household plastic wrap while it is being microwaved?

Three years later, with encouragement from her high school science teacher, Claire had an idea for studying the effect of microwave radiation on plastic-wrapped food, but she did not have the equipment. Eventually, Jon Wilkes at the National Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson, Arkansas, agreed to help her. The research center, which is affiliated with the FDA, let her use its facilities to perform her experiments, which involved microwaving plastic wrap in virgin olive oil.

Claire tested four different plastic wraps and found not just the carcinogens but also xenoestrogen was migrating into the oil. Xenoestrogens are linked to low sperm counts in men and to breast cancer in women.

Throughout her junior and senior years, Claire made a couple of
trips each week to the research center, which was 25 miles from her home, to work on her experiment. An article in Options reported her analysis found that DEHA was migrating into the oil at between 200 parts and 500 parts per million. The FDA standard is 0.05 parts per billion. Her summarized results have been published in science journals.

Carcinogens - At 10,000,000 Times FDA Limits"
Options May 2000.
Published by People Against Cancer, 515-972-4444.

Claire Nelson received the American Chemical Society's top science prize for students during her junior year and fourth place at the International Science and Engineering Fair (Fort Worth, Texas) as a senior. On Channel 2 (Huntsville, AL) this morning they had a Dr. Edward Fujimoto from Castle Hospital on the program. He is the manager of the Wellness Program at the hospital. He was talking about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the Microwave using plastic containers.
This applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat and plastics releases; dioxins into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Dioxins are carcinogens and highly toxic to the cells of our bodies...

Omega: best for your health to avoid microwave cooking at all; more under:
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