Microwaving Cancer News from Johns Hopkins

Cancer update:

  1. No plastic containers in microwave oven.
  2. No water bottles in freezer.
  3. No plastic wrap in microwave.
    Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters.
    This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Centre as well.
    Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.
    Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked 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 especially applies to foods that contain fat.
    He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body.
    Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin.
    So such things as frozen dinners, instant noodles and soups, etc.,
    should be removed from the container and heated in something else.
    Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc.
    He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.
    Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as
    dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave.
    As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food.
    Cover food with a paper towel instead. This is an article that should be sent to anyone important in your life!
    Now we know one of the reasons why so many people suffer from cancer in western countries, because of the high use of plastics in cooking and food storage.
    But the same trend is growing in developing countries. They need to take care and use glassware or china for storage and cooking.
    Please take care and try to save lives.

The above information was sent to me in an e-mail from a friend in Canada. It is a bit late for me now and probably for many of you but I thought you may like to add this to the long list of things to take care about.

I had heard of the arguement re microwaving but not freezing. Was any mention made of freezing food in plastic containers? - as presumably the same problem applies as water bottles. As I live alone I freeze a lot of home made meals in individual portions and dont know of an easily obtainable substitute to the plastic dishes.


This ones been circulating for a while now - you might like to check out this link…


Julie xx

Is this a hoax? It is difficult to know what to believe, as there is so much going round.
You could try looking up
This says it is a hoax and that there is no evidence of toxins leaking into food from plastics in the microwave. It even quotes someone from Johns Hopkins saying that it is not true.

David S

Yes a hoax This e-mail has been circulating for a couple of years. It is a hoax and it certainly did not come from John Hopkins.


Hi ladies it is very interesting to read all the things we should not be doing. I have heard before about not coveing food with clingfilm. I was just wondering I use one of those plastic microwave covers we dont use a microwave very often but should I not be using this sort of cover when heating food.
Thank you love Clairemm x x