Dr. Hans Ulrich Hertel, who is now retired, worked as a food scientist for many years with one of the major Swiss food companies that do business on a global scale.
A few years ago, he
was fired from his
job for questioning certain processing procedures that denatured the food.
In 1991, he
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.
An article also appeared in issue 19 of the Journal Franz Weber in which it was stated that the consumption of food cooked in microwave ovens had cancerous effects on the blood.
The research paper itself followed the article.
On the cover of the magazine there was a picture of the Grim Reaper holding a microwave oven in one of his
Dr. Hertel was the first scientist to conceive and carry out a quality clinical study on the effects microwaved nutrients have on the blood and physiology of the human body.
small, but well controlled, study showed the degenerative force produced in microwave ovens and the food processed in them.
This led Dr. Hertel
to the conclusion that such technically derived energies may, indeed, be passed along to man inductively via eating
According to Dr. Hertel
, "Leukocytosis, which cannot be accounted for by normal daily
As soon as Doctors Hertel and Blanc published their results, the authorities reacted.
In March 1993, Dr. Hertel
was convicted for "interfering with commerce" and prohibited from further publishing his
However, Dr. Hertel
ground and fought this decision over the years.
Not long ago, this decision was reversed in a judgment delivered in Strasbourg, Austria, on August 25, 1998.
The European Court of Human Rights held that there had been a violation of Hertel's rights in the 1993 decision.
The European Court of Human Rights also ruled that the "gag order" issued by the Swiss court in 1992 against Dr. Hertel
, prohibiting him from declaring that microwave ovens are dangerous to human health, was contrary to the right to freedom of expression.
In addition, Switzerland was ordered to pay Dr. Hertel