Walter Reed Army Medical Center Cancer Hoax Debunked!

The warnings about plastic bottles and wraps causing cancer by Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Edward Fujimoto from Castle Hospital keep circulating… but did you know – they are all a hoax?

We will debunk this Walter Reed Army Medical Center cancer hoax, and share with you the facts!

Walter Reed Army Medical Center Cancer Hoax Debunked!

 

The Walter Reed Army Medical Center Cancer Hoax

We first debunked the hoax in 2011, but it keeps making regular rounds by email, and now on Facebook too. So let’s debunk this hoax on The Rojak Pot!

This information is also being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

No plastic containers in microwave. No water bottles in freezer. No plastic wrap in microwave.

A dioxin chemical causes 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, 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 plastic releases dioxin into 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 TV dinners, instant soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else.

  • Can Bottled Water Cause Cancer?
  • Can Bottled Water Cause Cancer?
  • Can Bottled Water Cause Cancer?
  • Can Bottled Water Cause Cancer?

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 the foam containers to paper.

The dioxin problem is one of the reasons….

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran Wrap (Gladwrap), 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.

It’s ridiculous how people keep this Walter Reed Army Medical Center cancer hoax alive by forwarding it! Let’s dissect the claims one by one…

 

Claim #1 : Walter Reed Warned Against Plastic Use

Claim Details : This information is also being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. No plastic containers in microwave. No water bottles in freezer. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Verdict : False

The Truth : The Walter Reed Army Medical Center did not release any warning about plastic containers or water bottles or even plastic wrap.

In fact, the Walter Reed Army Medical Center ceased to exist at the time this hoax started spreading. In 2011, it was combined with the National Naval Medical Center to form the tai-service Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

 

Claim #2 : Freezing plastic bottles releases dioxins

Claim Details : Freezing your plastic bottles with water in them will release dioxins from the plastic.

Verdict : False

The Truth : Freezing plastic will NOT release dioxins because :

a) there are no dioxins in PET plastic bottles, and

b) freezing will actually inhibit the release of any chemical from any material.

Bottled water

 

Claim #3 : Heating Food Using Microwave Releases Dioxins

Claim Details : 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.

Verdict : Partially true.

The Truth : Edward Fujimoto does indeed exist, and he did talk about all that. However, that was only his belief and has yet to be backed up by any meaningful study.

The Food and Safety Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture published guidelines for safe cooking in microwave ovens, and warned against using materials that are not regarded as microwave safe.

One of the guidelines is to avoid letting plastic wraps touch the food. That is a separate issue however, and not related to dioxins or high heat in microwaves.

Plastic wrap microwave food

The FDA, on the other hand, was not so much concerned about dioxins leaching from plastics but rather, from the bleached manufacture of paper goods including milk cartons and some paper containers for microwave dinners.

In other words, paper containers in some microwave dinners aren’t safe if you are worried about dioxins…

 

Claim #4 : Plastic wrap causes cancer

Claim Details : He pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran Wrap (Gladwrap), 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.

Verdict : False

The Truth : A statement by the SC Johnson company says the “plasticizer” in Saran Wrap is derivative of naturally-occurring citric acid found in citrus fruits and is 100% dioxin-free.

The statement further adds that dioxins can only be formed with chlorine is combined with the kinds of high temperatures associated with waste incinerators.

How hot? Oh, about 1,500 °F / 800 °C. Even the most powerful microwave ovens are not capable of coming close to those temperatures.

 

Plastic Is Bad, Just Not As A Source Of Dioxin

Now, we personally dislike the use of plastic for everything. In fact, we believe EVERYONE should try to reduce our use of disposable plastics – bottled water, plastic wraps, plastic bags, food sachets, etc.

Disposable plastics greatly increase the amount of plastic waste that pollute the environment, and harm animals that accidentally consume micro-plastics.

We end up eating the plastic waste ourselves, because bits of plastic contaminate our food sources.

So avoid disposable plastics because they are TERRIBLE for our environment… not because some stupid hoax claims they cause cancer.

 

Recommended Reading

Go Back To > Health + Medicine | Hoaxes & Scams | Home

 

Support Us!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!


Comments

Post your comments here

About The Author

Related posts

0 Comments

  1. Pingback: Princeton University Warns Of Cancer Risk From Fridge Magnets

  2. Pingback: Can Face Masks Protect Us Against The Flu / Influenza? | The Rojak Pot

  3. Pingback: Wuhan Coronavirus : Protect With Surgical Mask + Eyewear! | Tech ARP

  4. Pingback: 19th COVID-19 Patient In Malaysia : Another Chinese Tourist | Rojak Pot

  5. Pingback: Skull Breaker TikTok Challenge : One Mother's Warning! | The Rojak Pot

  6. Pingback: COVID-19 Success In Malaysia : 7 Discharged, 14 To Go! | The Rojak Pot

  7. Pingback: Three New COVID-19 Patients In Malaysia! | The Rojak Pot

  8. Pingback: Tripping Jump (Skull Breaker) Challenge : Warn Your Kids! | The Rojak Pot

  9. Pingback: Deadly 18 Feb 2020 Orchard Road Accident Debunked! | The Rojak Pot

  10. Pingback: Shocking Indonesian 3-Ply Mask Packaging Operation! | The Rojak Pot

  11. Pingback: H1N1 American Pandemic Virus Hoax Debunked! | The Rojak Pot

  12. Pingback: H1N1 Pandemic : The Great American Cover-Up Debunked! | Tech ARP

  13. Pingback: What No One Is Telling You : EPF Is Not Enough! | The Rojak Pot

  14. Pingback: No, Girls Cannot Get Pregnant By Swimming With Boys! | The Rojak Pot

  15. Pingback: COVID-19 In Malaysia : Two New Cases, 3 In Total! | The Rojak Pot

  16. Pingback: Skull Breaker TikTok Challenge Continues To Injure Children! | Rojak Pot

  17. Pingback: COVID-19 In Malaysia : FOUR (4) New Cases, 7 In Total! | The Rojak Pot

  18. Pingback: AirAsia Unlimited Pass : NOT Worth The Hassle! | The Rojak Pot

  19. Pingback: COVID-19 Racists Attacked Student On Oxford Street! | The Rojak Pot

  20. Pingback: COVID-19 : Protect With Surgical Mask + Eyewear! | Tech ARP

  21. Pingback: COVID-19 Coronavirus Symptoms Revealed In JAMA Study! | Tech ARP

  22. Pingback: Malaysia Hits 50 Cases With Second COVID-19 Wave! | The Rojak Pot

  23. Pingback: AirAsia Unlimited Pass : How To Plan + Book Your Flights! | The Rojak Pot

  24. Pingback: AirAsia Unlimited Pass : Destinations + Embargo Dates! | The Rojak Pot

  25. Pingback: H1N1 American Pandemic : Chinese Propaganda Debunked! | Tech ARP

  26. Pingback: H1N1 American Pandemic : Chinese Propaganda Debunked! | Rojak Pot

  27. Pingback: COVID-19 In Malaysia : 10 New Cases From New Cluster! | The Rojak Pot

  28. Pingback: COVID-19 : United Airlines Offers FREE Changes For 1 Year! | Rojak Pot

  29. Pingback: COVID-19 : Malaysia Temporarily Bans Cruise Ships! | The Rojak Pot

  30. Pingback: COVID-19 : How Malaysia Conducts Home Surveillance! | The Rojak Pot

  31. Pingback: COVID-19 In Malaysia : 99 Cases, 24 Recovered, 75 Active! | Rojak Pot

  32. Pingback: COVID-19 : Motorola Penang Evacuation Clarified! | The Rojak Pot

  33. Pingback: Private COVID-19 Tests In Malaysia : Here Are The Details! | Rojak Pot

  34. Pingback: COVID-19 In Malaysia : Another Recovery, 20 New Cases! | The Rojak Pot

  35. Pingback: COVID-19 : Malaysia MOH Looks For Ijtimak Tabligh Attendees | Rojak Pot

  36. Pingback: COVID-19 : SJKC Puay Chai 2 Gets Sanitised As Precaution | Rojak Pot

  37. Pingback: 158 COVID-19 Cases In Malaysia : 9 New + 6 Recoveries! | The Rojak Pot

  38. Pingback: Surgical Mask : How To CORRECTLY Wear + Remove! | Tech ARP

  39. Pingback: COVID-19 In Malaysia : 39 New Cases, 197 Total Today! | The Rojak Pot

  40. Pingback: Soap vs Sanitiser : Which Works Better Against COVID-19? | Tech ARP

  41. Pingback: COVID-19 : UOB Penang Case From Tabligh Gathering! | The Rojak Pot

  42. Pingback: COVID-19 : Agilent Penang Shuts Down As Well! | The Rojak Pot

  43. Pingback: Braun + Infineon : Suspected COVID-19 Cases Quarantined! | Rojak Pot

  44. Pingback: COVID-19 : National Instruments Penang Quarantine + Cleaning!

  45. Pingback: COVID-19 Coronavirus Gargling Hoax Debunked! | Tech ARP

  46. Pingback: 428 COVID-19 Cases In Malaysia : 190 NEW + 7 Recoveries! | Rojak Pot

  47. Pingback: COVID-19 : Almost 5000 Tabligh Participants Tested! | The Rojak Pot

  48. Pingback: Bitcoin Revolution : Fake Celebrity Endorsements Exposed! | Tech ARP

  49. Pingback: Malaysia NATIONWIDE COVID-19 Lockdown Details! | The Rojak Pot

  50. Pingback: Malaysia NATIONWIDE COVID-19 Restrictions : Full Details! | Rojak Pot

  51. Pingback: COVID-19 In Malaysia : 120 NEW, 7 Recoveries + 2 Deaths... | Rojak Pot

  52. Pingback: MYEG COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits Are Fake? | The Rojak Pot

  53. Pingback: MYEG vs KKM : Our COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits Are Real! | Tech ARP

  54. Pingback: COVID-19 Rapid Tests : What You Need To Know! | Tech ARP

  55. Pingback: COVID-19 : This Tabligh Participant Refused To Be Tested? | Rojak Pot

  56. Pingback: American Soldier On Train Is Patient Zero Hoax Debunked! | Rojak Pot

  57. Pingback: MYEG COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits Are Genuine, But... | Tech ARP

  58. Pingback: Chloroquine Was NOT Approved By FDA To Treat COVID-19! | Tech ARP

  59. Pingback: What Happens When A Suspected COVID-19 Case Lies! | The Rojak Pot

  60. Pingback: COVID-19 Coronavirus : Why Snakes Are Not Hosts! | Tech ARP

  61. Pingback: Hand Sanitiser Alcohol Catching Fire : Hoax Debunked! | Tech ARP

  62. Pingback: Chloroquine Poisoning : Do NOT Use It To Prevent COVID-19! | Tech ARP

  63. Pingback: COVID-19 : Chloroquine Poisoning Kills One, Injures Others | Rojak Pot

  64. Pingback: US FDA Did NOT Approve Chloroquine For COVID-19 Yet | The Rojak Pot

  65. Pingback: Did The Chinese Use Tea To Cure COVID-19 In Wuhan? | Tech ARP

  66. Pingback: KKM : No Online Ad / Sale Of COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits! | Tech ARP

  67. Pingback: COVID-19 Food Safety : Fruits, Vegetables, Takeouts | Tech ARP

  68. Pingback: Is COVID-19 An Airborne Virus? Here Are The Facts! | Tech ARP

  69. Pingback: DIY Face Shield : An Easy Way To Make / Mass Produce! | Tech ARP

Have something to say? Share it with us!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: