Another Dangerous Cooking Appliance – Induction Stovetops

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Blog | Jan, 10 2016

Another Dangerous Cooking Appliance – Induction Stovetops

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Since last week I revealed the dangers of microwaving your food, I thought I would go ahead and discuss another new up and coming way of cooking – Induction Stoves. I didn’t even know that there was such a thing as an induction stovetop until an acquaintance recently told me about them. She was at the home of a young couple who had just bought a new condo, equipped with a shiny, glass stovetop.

She decided to boil some water for tea and thought she was cooking on an ordinary electric stovetop until she realized that there was no heat being generated underneath the pot she was boiling water in! What??

Yours may be one of the 5-10% of American households that currently have an induction stovetop. Or perhaps you know someone who raves about how fast it heats foods up and how easy it is to clean.

Even though a small percentage of the population owns an induction range at this time, upgrades in technology and downgrades in price are making them more affordable─ and more attractive─ to families on the go. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the independent market research company Mintel in 2010, 22 percent of those polled said their next stovetop would be an induction.

I can completely understand the draw of anything that makes the daily chore of cooking easier and faster. Unfortunately, however, the jury is still out on how safe induction technology really is.

Induction Uses Electro-Magnetic Energy                                                                                                                             

The hazards of microwave ovens are well-known and documented. Like I discussed in last week’s blog, microwaving uses electromagnetic energy to agitate the water molecules in food, causing it to heat items quickly from the inside out.

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Inside an induction stovetop. photo credit: “Induktionskochfeld Spule” by Wdwd – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

Induction also works with electromagnetics but in a slightly different way. An induction “hob,” or ring, alternates magnetic field currents in order to heat the cooking vessel itself, not the surface below it. According to Powerwatch, “High EMFs are generated by the cooker on purpose, and these EMFs induce currents to flow in the metal pans which cause them to heat up. Most induction stove tops now use low radio frequency signals which induce currents in the pan (and people standing nearby!) more easily. As very high EMFs are generated on purpose and these extend into the user, we cannot recommend this way of cooking.”

The top of the cooker stays relatively cool and is mostly heated by contact with the hot pan. In the case of induction stovetops, these vessels must be made of “ferrous metals,” or metals that contain a magnetic charge. Iron and steel are the most common types of ferrous metals found in the kitchen; glass will not work on an induction stovetop.

Questionable Approval Standards for Induction Stovetops

While sources like Consumer Reports and even Dr. Weil strangely claim that the technology is safe for human exposure, current studies say something quite different.

A 2012 study published in the journal Bioelectromagnetics questions the way in which induction ovens were approved in the first place while bringing to light their inherent dangers.

Induction stovetops originally got the stamp of approval because they were said to comply with the standards for EMF exposure outlined by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) as long a person is standing at least one foot away from the unit. REALLY?! One foot away?

I don’t know about you, but my arms aren’t long enough to comfortably stand 1 foot away from the stove when I am cooking, especially when I am using the back burners as well!

Fortunately, the researchers from the Swiss Foundation for Research on Information Technologies in Society (IT’IS) conducted tests on individuals who were standing less than a foot away from the stove. The results were startling.

The study concluded that the majority of induction rings, or hobs, exceeded the maximum exposure levels set by ICNIRP when a person was standing less than a foot from the stove. The worst case scenario showed a 16-fold increase in exposure levels.

Of particular concern is the effect EMF exposure from induction stovetops could have on the brain tissue of children as well as on pregnant women or women of childbearing years. For children, a mere 2-fold increase (6 dB) of EMF beyond the standard is considered dangerous.

How EMF Effects You

EMF stands for Electro-Magnetic Field and is genreated by common household electronic devices such as clock radios, blow dryers, computers and cell phones.  Also called electro-pollution, exposure to too much of tis toxin has been documented in hundreds of studies to be a serious health hazard that can lead to inflammation, neurological damage, cataracts and even cancer. A 10-year study conducted by more than two dozen international acclaimed scientists called The Bio-Initiative Report examined the data and concluded that electro-pollution’s detrimental effects on the human immune system was very clear. 

Electro-pollution has been labeled the “deadliest toxin on the planet.” because you can’t see it, feel it, smell it or taste it, but it is affects you 24/7. Now the evidence is pointing to the increasingly-popular induction stovetop as being another major source of this “dirty” power in your home. Is ease and convenience worth the risk to your health and that of your family? Essential # 2 is to Reduce Your Toxic Exposure, and induction stovetops definitely fall under the category of toxic exposure.

 

Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as Dr. V, is the founder of The 7 Essentials System ™, a step-by-step guide that teaches you exactly how to prevent and heal Breast Cancer Naturally. To get your F.R.E.E. 7 day mini e-course, and to receive her weekly action steps and inspiring articles on the power of Natural Medicine, visit https://breastcancerconqueror.com/.

 

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25 thoughts on “Another Dangerous Cooking Appliance – Induction Stovetops

  1. Induction is not a “new up and coming way of cooking”. It has been used in Europe for many, many years. Some Americans have imported the stoves for quite sometime. It seems new because more US manufacturers are now producing and promoting them. Thank you for making us aware about the EMF issue but please amend the article with a bit of the history as to when and where induction stoves were first developed. It is far from new technology.

      1. I agree with Dr. V. When these stovetops make it into apartments, we will know they are common. 🙂 I only know 1 person with this.

        It seems like there is danger in whatever we do. It pays to be informed but sometimes I long for the days of naivety!

    1. Note: Dr. William Deagle measured the frequency coming off his induction stove and said it is the exact frequency that causes leukemia. Buyer Beware!

  2. Well what is a good (or rather, the best!) option for cooking??! We currently have a glass top but we’re planning to make some changes in our kitchen later this year and I was leaning toward a gas stove.

  3. Dr. V ~~ thank you so much for all the great information you are sharing. My microwave went out of the house last week! Did have a question and wanted to see what information/thoughts you had. Our electric meter recently broke and the electric company replaced it with a new digital meter. Am hearing some not so great things about them (EMF, house fires, monitoring usage, etc.). Just wondered what your thoughts were on them versus the old analog meters. Knew you would have some sound scientific information in a sea of internet mis/information. Appreciate the help and all you do! Have a brilliant day!

    1. You really don’t want a ‘smart’ (digital) meter. They are emitting pulsed radiation 24/7, harmful to all forms of life. Switch back to analogue. In the meantime, if you can turn it off, do so at night. Your body needs to rest and repair while you sleep and it can’t do so properly if it’s being bombarded by pulsed radio waves (emitted by DECT cordless telephone too). https://youtu.be/8RP7vmFeo0k

  4. Are all stovetops with flat surfaces the induction stovetops? I have one that came with our home. It gets red hot very quickly with nothing on top of it. I have a hand held EMF detector & there was no noticeable increase when the burner was turned on.

  5. I wondered your take on a couple of things:

    1) Everyone is agreed that EMF is present with induction cooktops. The discrepancy lies in the argument that with the right size pan placed on the surface and at distance of 12” the EMF levels are pretty minute.

    2) We seem to get more from our vacuum’s and blenders…do you use those? I’m asking seriously as I am truly trying to understand your point of view on the topic. I have a family that I am trying to do the right thing by. Is it just that you don’t prefer induction as it adds one more layer of EMF?

  6. The real problem with Induction cooktops is you have to go out and buy $5 million worth of new pots because nothing is compatible. They are complete garbage and a crazy idea. They use them all over uncivilized and backwards Europe. Thank God Almighty we have proper gas stoves in the states. I hate these things so much. Nothing like a good flame.

    1. I purchased only one size pot $15 at Target) that does the job for soup, steaks, eggs, pancakes, gravy, fried hicken and ork chops, sausage.
      Love the accurate temp selections available . I also have an infra red toaster in my kitchen plus a microwave……..never, never use my electric range any more, covered it with a huge tile and gained counter space.

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