Like that Science of Paleo thread, I will say, an academic doesn't need to explain to me how a radiation box cooking implement is weird and alien. It doesn't offer anything I can't do in the toaster oven with regular ass heat. Totally not worth it.
"Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."
Jack london, "Before Adam"
All heat is radiation, though. For reals.
Subduction leads to orogeny
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There are multiple different kinds of radiation. Ionizing radiation is not what a microwave does, even though we tend to use the same term for the dangerous, cancer-causing kind.
A microwave is a giant radio antenna. If it were actually actual ionizing radiation, you can guarantee not a single private citizen would have one, because it could be used to create a dirty bomb. Right now, the worst thing you can do with a microwave oven is overcook somebody's food.
Like I said before, if you want to use a microwave, it's fine by me. I personally see no use for them, even when you're short on time. If I need to heat something up, I do it on the stove. If I need to make a pot of tea, I have a kettle. I have definitely used a microwave before, too, and I am here to say that they make things just taste off. the texture is different, things aren't heated through thoroughly, and it makes it crappy in general. Why would I want any of this in my life? Just sayin'. I thought a forum full of people who choose health over convenience would be of like mind.
I can't believe this, but the microwave in our house is literally 22 years old. when is the last time you purchased anything that lasted that long? It's been through about 15 moves.
We use it on occasion, like to soften butter out of the fridge.. It lives on top of the fridge. I'd rather get a new larger fridge and ditch that thing. DH likes it. I'm sure I could convince him it blew up one afternoon and I just tossed it. That's believable after 22 years... Right?