Removes Gag Order from Swiss Scientist on Microwaved Food
(Leading Edge International)
here to read original microwave danger article)
Hertel is the first scientist to conceive of and carry out a quality
study on the effects of microwaved nutrients on the blood and physiology
of human beings. This small but well-controlled study pointed the
firm finger at a degenerative force of microwave ovens and the food
produced in them. The conclusion was clear: microwave cooking changed
the nutrients so that changes took place in the participants' blood;
these were not healthy changes but were changes that could cause
deterioration in the human systems. Working with Bernard H. Blanc
of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the University
Institute for Biochemistry, Hertel not only conceived of the study
and carried it out, he was one of eight participants. In 1991 Hans
Ulrich Hertel and a Lausanne University professor published a research
paper indicating that food cooked in microwave ovens could pose
a greater risk to health than food cooked by conventional means.
changes were discovered in the blood of the volunteers who consumed
foods cooked in the microwave oven. These changes included a decrease
in all haemoglobin values and cholesterol values, especially the
HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol) values and ratio.
Lymphocytes (white blood cells) showed a more distinct short-term
decrease following the intake of microwaved food than after the
intake of all the other variants. Each of these indicators point
in a direction away from robust health and toward degeneration.
Additionally, there was a highly significant association between
the amount of microwave energy in the test foods and the luminous
power of luminescent bacteria exposed to serum from test persons
who ate that food. This led Hertel to the conclusion that such technically
derived energies may, indeed, be passed along to man inductively
via consumption of microwaved food.
article appeared in issue number 19 of the Journal Franz Weber in
which it was stated that the consumption of food cooked in microwave
ovens had cancer- type effects on the blood. The article was followed
by the research paper itself.
7 August 1992 the Swiss Association of Manufacturers and Suppliers
of Household Appliances brought an action against the applicant
in the Canton of Berne Commercial Court. It produced an expert report
by a professor at Zürich Federal Institute of Technology from
which it appeared that the applicant's research was worthless and
his findings untenable.
soon as Hertel and Blanc announced their results, the hammer of
authority slammed down on them. A powerful trade organisation, the
Swiss Association of Dealers for Electroapparatuses for Households
and Industry, known simply as FEA, struck swiftly. They forced the
President of the Court of Seftigen, Kanton Bern, to issue a 'gag
order' against Hertel and Blanc. The attack was so ferocious that
Blanc quickly recanted his support-but it was too late. He had already
put into writing his views on the validity of the studies where
he concurred with the opinion that microwaved food caused the blood
abnormalities. Hertel stood his ground, and today is steadfastly
demanding his rights to a trial. Preliminary hearings on the matter
have been appealed to higher courts, and it's quite obvious the
powers that be do not want a 'show trial' to erupt on this issue.
March 1993, the court handed down this decision based upon the complaint
of the FEA: "Consideration. 1. Request from the plaintiff (FEA)
to prohibit the defendant (Dr Ing. Hans Hertel) from declaring that
food prepared in the microwave oven shall be dangerous to health
and lead to changes in the blood of consumers, giving reference
to pathologic troubles as also indicative for the beginning of a
cancerous process. The defendant shall be prohibited from repeating
such a statement in publications and in public talks by punishment
laid down in the law.
in 1998 that decision was reversed. In a judgment delivered at Strasbourg
on 25 August 1998 in the case of Hertel v. Switzerland, the European
Court of Human Rights held that there had been a violation of Hertel's
rights in the 1993 decision. Under Article 50 of the Convention,
the Court awarded the applicant a specified sum for legal costs
European Court of Human Rights decided that the "gag order"
issued by the Swiss courts against the Bernese scientist prohibiting
him from declaring that microwave ovens are dangerous to health
was contrary to the right to freedom of expression. In addition,
Switzerland was sentenced to pay compensation of F-40,000. This
decision is to put an end to judicial censorship of persons drawing
attention to the health hazards of certain products.
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