Microwaves are unhealthy if they leak.

How does one test for a leak?  Put a cell phone in the microwave (DO NOT TURN THE MICROWAVE ON!).  Call that phone from an outside line.  If the phone rings, you have a leak in your microwave.

You should either get the microwave repaired or discard the unit.

A great book on electromagnetism is Public Health SOS which can be ordered from electromagnetichealth.org:

  • Blue tooth is microwave radiation.  There are no health effects for the first 5 years, but rapid decline after this.
  • Blackberry seems to have the best electromagnetic profile, the iPhone is the worst.
  • Over 1 milligauss of electromagnetism is considered detrimental to health.  Steel belted radial tires in cars generate 10 milligauss.  Most cars expose the driver to 30 milligauss and that front passenger to 25 milligauss.  The Prius exposes both front seats to 40 milligauss, and the backseat has 50 milligauss.  Heated carseats have been reported to cause prostate cancer.
  • Fluorescent bulbs, although they are supposedly environmentally friendly, contain mercury.  If there is a bulb breakage, your home could be contaminated with this neurotoxin, and could require special clean-up crews for hazardous substances.  If you decide to use them, when they burn out, they need to be taken to hazardous waste pick-up sites. Without this attention to disposal, there could be ground water contamination with mercury, if people dispose of these bulbs in the trash.