Using Wisdom and Prudence in the Face of Technology

“Who just texted me? Ooh, Lisa. Oh, boy, another one. Mason. Gotta grab me some Hot Pockets® or Lunchables® and microwave ‘em quick, so I can get back to class. But I gotta answer these texts first, so they won’t wonder why I haven’t answered yet. Oh, yeah, and download some tunes for the ride. There just never seems to be enough time any more to keep up with everything. Gosh, who’s calling me now?”

Ain’t Technology Great?

Sure, in many ways. But in other ways, “if we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner,” according to the beloved “Soldier’s General” Omar N. Bradley. I mean, I agree, it’s nice to have the convenience of your phone at your fingertips so you never miss a call or a text, heaven forbid. How many people keep them under their pillows at night ‘just in case…’ Okay, I love having my pictures right there in my iPad and I take them everywhere. What if I want to show off my garden or my dogs? And how many households today exist without the now standard microwave oven? Sure it’s quick and easy – takes only seconds or, at most, minutes, to cook a meal that might take hours in your ‘regular’ oven or on a stovetop. Yes, we love our technology, and the wonders aren’t ceasing, but the side effects associated with them are growing at an alarming rate.

For Example…

A lovely young couple in their late 20s (the Martinezes) came up the mountain to see me with their four young children, ages 2-8. They had recently moved to the Gallup area where the husband was relocated for his job. The home they were supposed to move into wasn’t ready when they arrived in town, so they had to rent a room in a motel for a couple of months. Motel management graciously provided them with a small refrigerator and a microwave oven so they could provide ‘home-cooked meals’ for their small children. They purchased as many easy-to-cook prepackaged meals as they could for each day, so the family wouldn’t have to spend a fortune in restaurants. And they proceeded to ‘nuke’ all their meals, as well as coffee, milk, and anything that needed to be cooked, heated or reheated. When they arrived in Gallup they felt fine. A month and a half into their motel stay, they were referred to me, complaining that they felt like their entire family was dying, and they had no clue what the cause was. They had absolutely no energy, and that included the two-year old. I’ve had a lot of families into my home with their young children, and they took a lot of attention to keep them from getting into mischief. The Martinez children all sat lethargically and had a gray pallor about them. It didn’t take long for us to discover the cause, as soon as we started talking about what they were living on food-wise.

We decided to do a test with 3 batches of absolutely fresh (directly from the garden) spinach. One was raw, one was blanched for only seconds, and one was microwaved. We then strength tested each family member with the 3 batches, and in each case they tested very well especially to the raw spinach, and quite well to the barely blanched spinach. When they were tested on the microwaved spinach, their strength was zapped.


All heating methods deplete the nutrients in our foods. However, microwaves seriously produce the greatest nutritional losses, since microwaves are high-frequency electromagnetic waves alternating between positive and negative directions, causing molecules to vibrate at a rate of 2.5 billion times per second, creating friction and heat that can completely destroy the fragile structure of all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes in our foods. One the food’s structure is thus molecularly altered, it cannot perform any beneficial function in your body, which, in turn, can cause pathological changes in the body. Hemoglobin levels decline with the consumption of microwaved meats, vegetables and milk, which can contribute to anemia, thyroid deficiencies, rheumatic aches and pains and fevers.

In 1976 Russia banned microwave ovens due to their dangers. Researchers found that so many symptoms were associated with microwave ovens that they termed it “microwave sickness.” Symptoms included restless-leg syndrome, anxiety, high blood pressure, dizziness, hair loss, headaches, inability to concentrate, stomach pains, sleeplessness, and nervous tension. They also found that continued exposure led to increased incidences of appendicitis, cataracts, reproductive problems and cancer.

The friction from microwave ovens damages and deforms molecules. In a paper focused on health effects of microwave ovens, chemist and enzyme researcher Lita Lee, PhD, provided a summary of findings from the Russian research:

  • Carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) were formed in just about ALL foods tested!
  • Microwaving prepared meats caused formation of the well-known carcinogen d-Nitrosodiethanolamines.
  • Milk and cereal grains converted some of their amino acids into carcinogens when microwaved.
  • Thawing frozen fruits converted fractions containing glucoside and galactyoside into carcinogenic substances.
  • Short exposure of raw, cooked or frozen vegetables to microwaves converted their plant alkaloids into carcinogens.

Remember the 1991 Oklahoma Lawsuit…

Where the hospital used a microwave oven to warm blood needed for a transfusion? The surgery patient died after receiving the microwaved blood, since it had altered and kill the life force in the blood. Although normally stored in refrigeration, blood is usually warmed prior to administration to a patient, but NEVER warmed in microwave ovens. If hospitals refuse to microwave blood, isn’t there a message in how it alters the chemistry of a substance?

What’s Happening Today that Didn’t Exist 50 Years Ago?

Is there anyone out there who isn’t experiencing inflammation these days? We have insomnia. Restless leg syndrome. Nervous tension. Agitation. What’s surrounding us today that didn’t exist in our society 50 years ago? Technology has always been advancing, but now we all seem to be ‘attached’ to one electronic device or another throughout the day.

We rely on our mobile devices to communicate with the world, meaning we’re constantly disrupting the natural flow of our body’s rhythms. Computers, televisions, smart phones, smart meters, cell towers, microwave ovens, tablets and laptops all have powerful electromagnetic fields, and they disturb our energy fields with the symptoms mentioned above. Which takes a major toll on our health. And usually makes it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Then you’ve got to start all over again tomorrow. See the pattern and how detrimental it can be?

Give It a Rest

In this day and age it seems hard to imagine turning off all electronic devices an hour before heading to bed, but it might be the best medicine around. Sleeping pills only leave you groggy and nonfunctional the day after, and yet so many Americans find themselves agitated by the electronic-device exposure that they’re starting to rely on them. Better yet, try an hour without your electronics (what, no television to lull you to sleep?). I like to read actual paper books (not ebooks) for the last hour before going to bed, to wind down naturally and de-agitate. Or meditate. Or even write a letter (on actual paper, with a pen or pencil).
Update on the Martinez Family

After moving into their new home and consuming mainly a plant-based diet focusing on a lot of raw foods, our young family with four children is vibrantly alive, feeling great these days, and they refuse ever to own a microwave oven. They said their fifth baby that is on the way will never experience microwave cooking in their home.

Technology… is it really the altar of convenience?

Modern marvels are wonderful, and we all enjoy their conveniences. But paying for them with our health just doesn’t seem to be all that wise or that much fun. Using wisdom and prudence in the face of technology can help us to avoid sacrificing good health on the altar of convenience.


Dr. Bera “The Wellness Whisperer” Dordoni, N.D.

Specializing in immune system rehabilitation, restoration, and maintenance through nutritional counseling, life-style coaching, and the laws of attraction. To purchase I Have a Choice?!, schedule a private consultation, or learn more about her next workshop, wellness retreat, or natural-health class, visit or call 505-783-9001.