I did a little scrounging for and against microwaves, and I’ve been in the “don’t use the microwave” crowd for a long time but never did deep digging into the subject. I have to be honest that the “For Microwaves” group has WAY more substantive research to support their claims. The “Against Microwaves” group has very little if any conclusive evidence to support the paranoia around the subject. Read for yourself; it’s interesting. However, having done a lot of reading around the effects of EMF, there’s a ton of research that shows that it can make you sick and that the limits imposed by ICNIRP are not recognized in the US because it doesn’t serve our capitalist agenda. There are too many other instances of research suppression in the name of competition and economic growth (cancer and HIV come to mind) to not do some of your own fact finding, but be weary that the internet breeds confusion and rarely is anything conclusive.
Even after all of this research, I’m on the fence with microwaves. I have one. I use it to kill the bacteria on my kitchen sponges, and I leave the room when I do it because I’ve measured first hand the radiation level of the box, and it’s higher than I’m comfortable with. I sometimes heat things that don’t have much by way of nutritious benefit anyhow and never cook with it. I don’t believe that it’s generating cancerous molecular structures or making frankenfood because I haven’t seen the research to support that, but something in my gut tells me that if I want to hold onto the nutritive benefit of my veges, I should steam them. That’s completely unscientific, but placing my intuition on the scale with science, I’ll take my intuition.